2023: Zoning Presidency To South-East Will Stop IPOB Agitation – Northern Group

Spokesman of the Arewa Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria, Abdulsalam Kazeem, speaks during a press conference in Kaduna on December 6, 2021.

 

A coalition of northern groups under the umbrella of Arewa Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria has declared support for the zoning of the 2023 presidency to the South-East in the interest of equity, fairness and justice.

The group said that zoning the presidency to the South-East will automatically stop the agitations for secession by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and also promote national unity and cohesion.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna on Monday, the spokesman of the group, Abdulsalam Kazeem, urged all political parties to consider zoning their presidential tickets to the region, noting that the zone has been largely marginalised in the political equation of the country.

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“The people of the South-East no longer feel as if they are respected in the Nigerian project. Their people are out causing mayhem, asking people to sit down at home at the detriment of the Federal Government and state governments which has a direct effect on the IGR of those states,” he said.

“This is how the crisis of the North-East started. Today, the Nigerian government is the highest importer of ammunition despite the enormous resources we have allocated to the fight against insurgency, we have nothing to show for it.

“They should zone the presidency of Nigeria to the South-East in the interest of fairness, peace and tranquility. If for nothing, for the purpose of the masses they promised to govern.

“We hereby urge all political parties to zone their presidency tickets to the South-East for justice, equity and fairness.”

The Northern group canvassed support for former President of the Senate and a one-time Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

While describing Anyim as a bridgebuilder and a detribalised Nigerian who will ensure that all interests are protected across the board, Kazeem noted that only the South-East and the North-East out of the six geopolitical zones of the country have not occupied either President or Vice-President seat since 1999 till date.

According to the group’s spokesman, such discrimination is against any democratic standard.

Alleged N780m Fraud: EFCC Grills Former Senate President Anyim

Centenary Project: Anyim Accuses Reps Member Of Bias
A file photo of Anyim Pius Anyim – a Nigerian politician who served as the President of the Nigerian senate and was Secretary to the Government of the Federation during Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency.

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has commenced the interrogation of a former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim in a case of alleged corruption and diversion of public funds.

Anyim who arrived at the headquarters of the anti-graft agency in Jabi, Abuja at about 3:00 pm on Sunday, is now being grilled by a team of operatives.

Though details of the specific allegations against the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), were sketchy as of press time, a source familiar with the case informed Channels Television that it is linked to the corruption and money laundering case involving former Aviation Minister and serving senator, Senator Stella Oduah.

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Part of the rehabilitation funds to the tune of N780 million was allegedly traced to a company in which Senator Anyim has interests.

Centenary Project: Anyim Accuses Reps Member Of Bias

Centenary Project: Anyim Accuses Reps Member Of BiasIt was a drama-filled session on Friday at the investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Federal Capital Territory probing the centenary city project.

The former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, who was at the hearing, accused the chairman of the committee, Herman Hembe of pursuing a personal agenda with the exercise.

The House committee is investigating alleged irregularities surrounding the centenary project launched by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Eminent Nigerians Want Implementation Of National Conference Report

National Conference recommendations implementationA group of Nigerians, predominantly from the south-west region, are seeking prompt implementation of the recommendations of a national conference that was held last year.

The group made the demand in a meeting held on Friday in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial city.

At the meeting, which may be the last of the series of what they call post-confab summit, the participants expressed concerns about the conference recommendations.

The convener of the summit and Governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko and other speakers also canvassed that the Yorubas should cue behind the President as the man who has their interest at heart.

Group Endorsed President Jonathan

He urged them to vote for President Goodluck Jonathan, who is seeking re-election in the March 28 presidential election, as he had guaranteed the implementation of the recommendations.

In a meeting held on February 27, the group endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, expressing hopes that he is the only leader capable of implementing the recommendations of the National Conference without any alteration.yoruba leaders

The resolution was adopted in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at a gathering that had in attendance leaders from all walks of life.  They gathered to discuss the future of Nigeria at a post-National Conference Summit.

The group’s endorsement was contained in a 10 point communique read by the chairman of the summit, Ayo Adebanjo.

It has been over six months since the conference ended and the recommendations submitted to the Nigerian President.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on Wednesday approved the final report of the National conference for full implementation.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the council meeting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, said that council’s decision follows the recommendation by a committee President Goodluck Jonathan set up, which concluded that the report is implementable.

According to Mr Anyim, this is the first leg of the Jonathan administration’s concrete steps in the implementation of the recommendations and resolutions of the conference.

FEC Approves Full Implementation Of Confab Report

National ConfabThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the final report of the National conference for full implementation.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the council meeting the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, said that council’s decision follows the recommendation by a committee President Goodluck Jonathan set up, which concluded that the report is implementable.

According to Mr Anyim, this is the first leg of the Jonathan administration’s concrete steps in the implementation of the recommendations and resolutions of the conference.

He said the recommendations and resolutions that have implications for constitutional amendment should be transmitted to the National Assembly for enactment into law, while resolutions on policy matters by federal and state agencies or local governments which require action should be transmitted to the appropriate quarters for immediate implementation and all that requires action by state governments should be referred to the states for immediate implementation.

FEC said the National Assembly should work with the state assemblies in bringing the implementation to effect.

Also approved are contracts for the construction of the Oshegbodo-Oweto Road in Benue State at the cost of N7.9 billion to de-congest traffic on the Abuja-Lokoja Expressway, the Ningi-Fuskamanta Road in Bauchi State at the cost of N7.1 billion and the dualization of the Suleja-Minna Road in Niger State at the sum of N23.6 billion.

The Minister of Works, Mr Mike Onolememen, said the roads will help improve transportation in Nigeria and oil the wheels of the economy of the states.

The FEC also approved the procurement and distribution of tricycles by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) for the Benue North-West Senatorial District at the sum of N472.5 million to alleviate transportation challenges.

Council also approved the construction of corporate head offices for the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC) in Lagos and Abuja. While the construction of the Abuja complex will cost N14.7 billion, the Lagos office building will cost N24.7 billion.

Council approved that Nigeria should now serve as headquarters of the West African Telecommunications Regulators Assembly having been an active leader in the telecoms business in West Africa.

Transformation Ambassadors Gather 17Million Signatures For Jonathan

Transformation Ambassadors The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, have gathered over 17million signatures from the nationwide rally organised in support of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, announced this while handing over the document to the Vice President Namadi Sambo at the grand finale held in Abuja.

While receiving the documents, the Vice President commended the support group for the nationwide rally and stated that President Goodluck Jonathan would respond to the call in no time.

“The signatures represent the confidence Nigerians have in the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

“They also show the President’s acceptability and popularity across the country. It is good that Nigerians appreciate the efforts of Mr. President in the areas of education, aviation, trade and investment, agriculture, security, roads and many others,” the Vice President said.

From each geo polictical zone of the country, representatives delivered motivating speeches, all with one goal of presenting President Jonathan as their presidential candidate in 2015.

PDP governors, led by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and also Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Goodswill Akpabio, were also present to add their voices to the call for President Jonathan to run for a second term.

Some of the serving ministers also seized the opportunity to reel out the achievements of the Jonathan administration, with the Minister for Agriculture, Akinwumi Adeshina, and the Minister For Petroleum Resources, Diezian Alson Madueke leading the pack.

As the 2015 elections draw closer, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria have remained optimistic that in the coming days, President Jonathan would heed their call and respond in the affirmative.

 

Jonathan Unveils National Identity Card

National Identity CardPresident Goodluck Jonathan has asked the National Identity Card Management Commission to ensure that the issuance process of the new e-card is prompt and swift enough to enable many more Nigerians obtain their e-ID cards, as soon as possible.

While speaking at the unveiling of the e-card, he urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and the private sector, to key into the project, following the benefits from its designed functionalities.

According to the President, the regime of duplication of biometric databases must give way to harmonization and unification with the e-ID scheme, which shall be the primary database.

He asked the commission to also ensure that all registrable persons are enrolled into the National Identity Database and that all MDAs involved in data capture activities, align their activities, with a view to switching over to the NIMC infrastructure.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, while extolling the beauty of the card and its multiple purposes, expressed happiness that the National Identity Management Commission has tried to survive despite various challenges.National Identity Card

The Director-General of the commission, Chris Onyemenem, in a presentation, took the audience through the uses of the card. According to him, the card would solve the challenge of proof of identity, the way no proof of identity has.

There were also testimonies from the operators of the system on what the identity card could do for the holders anywhere in the world.

President Jonathan unveilled the card, and used it to carry out some financial transactions via the ATM.

Top government officials were present for the presidential launch and unveiling of the national e-id card, including the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, and the Minister of Finance and Supervising Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala.

Insurgency: FG Constitutes Committee On Victims Support Fund

In its effort to scale up support for victims of insurgency and terror attacks nationwide, the Nigerian Government has constituted a Committee on Victims Support Fund to mobilize resources and administer appropriate support to victims of insurgency and Boko Haram terror activities all over the country.

Accordingly, the President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, has approved the composition and appointment of members of the Committee on Victims Support Funds as follows:

  1. Gen. TY Danjuma, GCON                                         –        Chairman
  2. Mr. Fola Adeola                                                       –           Deputy Chairman
  3. Alh. Mohammed Indimi                                       –           Member
  4. Alh. Abdulsamad I. Rabiu                                    –           Member
  5. Alh. Sani Dauda                                                       –           Member
  6. Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija                                     –           Member
  7. Mr. Cosmas Maduka                                            –           Member
  8. Mr. Jim Ovia                                                          –           Member
  9. Mr. Wale Tinubu                                                 –           Member
  10. Alh. Sani Sidi, DG, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)          –           Member
  11. Air Vice Marshal Tony Omenyi (Representing Defence Headquarters)     –           Member
  12. CP Salisu Fagge, representing Nigerian Police Force       –           Member
  13. Mr. Sayana Yusuf, representing Department of State Services                  –           Member
  14. Chief Uche Secondus, PDP Deputy National Chairman (South)                 –           Member
  15. Alh. Tijani Tunsah, APC Deputy National Chairman (North)                    –           Member
  16. Representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) —          Member
  17. Representative of Jamaatul Nasril Islam (JNI)                 –           Member
  18. Chief(Mrs.) Nkechi Mba, Representing National Council of Women Societies    –   Member
  19. Prof. Ben Angwe, Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)  – Member
  20. Representative of the United Nations (UN)                 –           Member
  21. Representative of Department for International Development (DFID)     –     Member
  22. Representative of Unites States Agency for International Development (USAID) – Member
  23. Representative of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)           –           Member
  24. Alh. Balarabe Musa, Representing Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) – Member
  25. Two (2) Representatives of Local Civil society/Youth Groups (Male & Female) –           Members.
  26. Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF)     –     Secretariat

Terms of reference

  1. To identify sources and ways of raising sustainable funding to support victims of Boko Haram terror activities;
  2. To develop appropriate strategies for the fund raising;
  3. To ascertain the persons, communities, facilities and economic assets affected by Boko Haram terror activities;
  4. To assess and determine the appropriate support required in each case;
  5. To manage, disburse or administer support to the victims as appropriate;
  6. To address related challenges as may be appropriate; and
  7. To advise Government on other matter(s) necessary or incidental to support victims of Boko Haram terror activities.

According to the press release by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, the Committee would be inaugurated by the President on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by 10.00am at the Council Chamber, Aso Villa, Abuja.

President Goodluck Jonathan Unveils Centenary City

jonathan-5-599x300President Goodluck Jonathan, on Tuesday, unveiled the Centenary City, which is the last of the activities lined up to mark Nigeria’s 100 years of existence.

President Jonathan said that the Centenary City would be used to attract foreign investors and showcase the rich cultural heritage of Nigeria to the International Community.

He commended the confidence displayed by the developers and promised that his administration would do all it could to provide the enabling environment needed to complete the project in ten years.

President Jonathan, whose dream is to build a Nigeria that posterity would cherish, expressed happiness that it had become a reality.

For him, the outcome would be a representative of Nigeria’s unity and strength such that would galvanise investors from across the world.

The FCT Minister, Bala Mohammed, described the vision as evidence of good leadership and inspiration from the President, while Secretary to the Government of the Federation,  Anyim Pius Anyim, said that this was the legacy the President wants to bequeath to posterity.

An inspection of the architectural design  showed that there would be residential houses comprising of 260 luxury villas and 256 apartment buildings, 5 star hotels and residences, including the Abuja commercial center with 139 office buildings.

The ground breaking and unveiling ceremony attracted captains of industries from Nigeria and overseas,Government officials including State Governors, members of the Federal Executive Council, friends and well-wishers of Nigeria and members of the diplomatic corp.

 

 

 

 

 

I Will Always Encourage Nigerian Youths To Be The Best – Jonathan

Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has promised Nigerian youths that his administration will continue to encourage them to be the best in their chosen professions.

The President was speaking in an interactive session with Nigerian youths themed “Democracy Day-a Day with young leaders organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Federal Government.

He used the occasion to launch another booklet on the transformation agenda 2013-2014—Steady Progress Moving Forward, challenging Nigerian politicians to live by their promises to the electorate.

The president provided answers to questions posed by the youths but before then he had launched a book- transformation agenda 2013-2014-steady progress moving forward where he threw up another challenge to politicians.

The Minister of Youths and former governor of Adamawa State, Mr Boni Haruna described Nigerian youth as very enterprising and reiterated governments call for amnesty for Boko Haram members.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Haruna likened the amnesty offer to the one in the Niger Delta, saying 30,000 youths have benefitted from the programme and have been transformed from militants to “wealth creators, employers of labour and skilled citizens”.

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable
“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”

Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

 

“President Goodluck Jonathan has declared amnesty for members of the Boko Haram sect. A series of integration programmes have been lined up for the members of the sect who would surrender their arms and embrace peace. “Let me use this opportunity on behalf of the federal government to call on the members of the Boko Haram sect to embrace the government’s gesture and key into amnesty programme.”Read more at: http://www.thecable.ng/breaking-jonathan-declares-amnesty-for-boko-haram/ | TheCable

The president said he has confidence in Nigerian youths and urged them to grab the numerous opportunities available and be who they want to be.

President Jonathan said that terrorism cannot succeed in any community without support from the local people and called on those who are respected by the insurgents to join hands with the government in order to encourage them to lay down their arms, insisting that the “military alone cannot stop terrorism”.

He said: “Terror succeeds with local support. It will be difficult for terror to thrive where people reject it. It is a major challenge to all of us.”

“Military alone cannot stop terror or any radicalism. Terrorists have people they respect, they have community, traditional and opinion leaders they respect. All of us can deradicalise them.

“We will through persuasive activities encourage people to shun violence,” he added

As part of efforts to ensure youths are reorientated and not misled, he said that his government is already working out modalities to reintroducing moral education in schools.

Also at the event are the former Head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan, former Vice President, Chief Alex Ekwueme, and former Chief of General Staff, Oladipo Diya.

Bring Back Our Girls Protesters Stopped At Aso Rock

#bbogFormer Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, and the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ Coalition have been refused entry into the Presidential Villa in continuation of their protests.

The efforts of the campaigners to get to the Presidential Villa were frustrated by officers and men of the Nigerian Police Force who put up a barricade.

The leader of the group, Dr Ezekwesili, insisted that with or without the blockade, they would proceed to the Presidential Villa to see the President, and that they would not stop until their girls were brought back

They were, however, met by a delegation of government officials sent by President Goodluck Jonathan, most of them ministers, also in the same red attire, who went to receive them at the entrance into the Three Arms Zone, which was made the meeting point.

Frustrated by the blockage, the protesters went down on the floor weeping, after which they rolled out ten questions for the delegation of the Presidency, led by Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim.

The Federal Government asked the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ protesters to direct their protests to the terrorists, who are the real enemy, as the Federal Government works with the international community to effect the release of the missing girls.

Government said that it was unfair to say that it had been slow in action, calling on the group to match their patriotic zeal with a realistic understanding of the situation on ground.

Calling on Nigerian citizens to protect each other at this time, the President’s delegates advised civil society groups to also use their influence to encourage Nigerians to supply useful information to security services, using the number 112.

Government extolled the orderly manner they conducted themselves but insisted that their protest should now be directed to the terrorists.

The protesters said that the response by the Government was grossly inadequate as it failed to meet any of their demands.

They also reminded the Government that they could not have been where they were if they were abducted like the missing girls. They maintained their earlier stance that they were not going to stop until the Nigerian girls are returned alive.

CBN Vows To Remain Stable Despite Sanusi’s Suspension

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) today reiterated its commitment to “remain stable” adding that it will continue to “facilitate the smooth functioning of financial markets as well as ensure currency and price stability” in the country.

In a statement by the Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor, the apex bank noted that “it remains committed to achieving its core mandates as enshrined in the CBN Act 2007; particularly relating to price (exchange and interest rate), monetary and financial stability”.

The statement further confirmed the receipt of a letter from the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, Mr Anyim Pius Anyim, officially notifying the bank of the federal government’s decision to suspend the governor, Mr Sanusi Lamido Sanusi and the appointment of Mrs Sarah Alade as acting governor.

Mr Sanusi was suspended today by President Goodluck Jonathan over alleged financial recklessness and misconduct.

The president also directed the most senior deputy director, Mrs Sarah Alade to take over in acting capacity.

Meanwhile, President Jonathan has sent the name of Zenith Bank Boss, Mr Godwin Emefiele and Mr Adelabu Adekoya to the Senate for screening and approval as Governor and Deputy Governor of the apex bank respectively.