Oshiomhole Kicked Against Removal Of Fuel Subsidy Under Obasanjo – Atiku

 

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has recalled how the decision to remove fuel subsidy and increase fuel price was opposed by former governor of Edo State, Comrade Oshiomhole when he was President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC).

Atiku said Obasanjo, during his tenure, had begun a phased subsidy withdrawal, stressing that despite the opposition from the NLC, two phases of subsidy removal of fuel were achieved by the Obasanjo government before leaving office in 2007.

The Peoples Democratic Party chieftain stated via Twitter that he was assigned the task of negotiating with Oshiomhole who is now chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said it is sad that the current removal of subsidy for which some are being praised is the same one which ‘patriots’ like himself have been calling for and for which they were demonized.

The PDP’s presidential candidate in the last election noted that the stoppage of subsidy and price-fixing is the right move, stressing that it should have come earlier when the economy was stronger.

Below are tweets by Mr. Atiku Abubakar.

 

 

 

Atiku, Yahaya Bello Congratulate Buhari’s New CoS

Gambari attends the first FEC meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding on May 13, 2020.

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, have congratulated Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Gambari, a renowned diplomat and former Minister of External Affairs was appointed on Wednesday by President Buhari as the CoS. He is replacing Abba Kyari who died of COVID-19 complications in April.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha made the announcement of Gambari’s appointment before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

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Atiku in his congratulatory message posted on his official Twitter handle said he hopes that Gambari will deploy his varied skills in service to the nation.

“Congratulations Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR on your appointment as Chief of Staff to @MBuhari.

“It is my hope and expectation and those of millions of Nigerians that you will deploy your varied skills garnered over the years in the service of our nation. -AA”

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has also congratulated Gambari describing him as Gambari as a man of many parts whose vast wealth of knowledge and experience remain unrivaled.

He said as a thoroughbred scholar and seasoned career diplomat who had served in various capacities both at home and on the international scene particularly at the United Nations, Gambari’s appointment was no doubt a round peg in a round hole.

“Just as the Late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari played a prominent role in the success of the Buhari’s administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum will further add more colour to the administration’s achievements,” Bello said.

According to the Governor, Gambari would bring his wealth of knowledge to bare in the discharge of his new responsibility as the Chief of Staff to the President and ‘engine house’ of the Presidency

Nigeria Will Never Become Industrialized By Selling Oil, Says Atiku

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has called for the diversification of Nigeria’s economy, warning that the country will never be industrialized via dependence on crude oil.

Atiku who was the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, said this in an article he published on his Medium account.

In the post captioned “How to Pull Nigeria from the Brink,” Atiku called on the Nigerian government to look into the agricultural sector as a way of shoring up revenue in the face of dwindling oil fortunes.

“We must face the fact that reliance on crude oil is failing Nigeria and other mono-product economies, crude oil exporters,” he said.

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Recalling how agriculture used to be the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy in the 50s and 60s, Atiku admitted that diversification might not be easy but said it is possible.

While citing the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia as examples of oil-producing nations who have diversified their economies, he called on Nigeria to take advantage of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AFCTA) to make the country “become an agricultural powerhouse in Africa.”

According to him, Nigeria must learn from “Venezuela’s predicaments,” stressing that “what is abundantly clear is that Nigeria is never going to become an industrialized nation by selling more oil, even if the oil market recovers.”

Also, he called for cost-saving measures including letting go of the Presidential Air Fleet, the cancellation of the planned renovation of the National Assembly and reduction of budgets for the legislature among others.

“We cannot be funding non-necessities with debt and not expect our economy to collapse,” he warned, adding that “The same cost-saving measures must be adopted by the states and councils government.”

Easter Message: Nigeria Will Rise And Defeat This Scourge – Atiku

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is positive that Nigeria will rise and defeat the novel Coronavirus. 

The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stated this on Sunday in his message to Christians on the celebration of Easter.

Atiku in a series of tweets stated that he has strong faith in God that the nation in togetherness will bid farewell to COVID-19.

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He also urged Nigerians to learn the relevant lessons that should be obtained in this period and profit from their experiences.

As We Battle Coronavirus, We Must Never Lose Track Of Boko Haram War – Atiku

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has said Nigeria must not lose sight of its war against Boko Haram, even as the nation battles the novel Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Atiku disclosed this in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Tuesday Night.

He said, “The ambush and killing of scores of our gallant soldiers by terrorists in Gorgi Village, Borno State is a reminder that even as we are focused on the battle against coronavirus, we must never lose track of the Boko Haram war.”

Atiku, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Presidential elections said his thoughts and prayers are with the fallen.

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On Tuesday, there were conflicting reports regarding the latest killing of soldiers in Borno State.

However, the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) confirmed that not less than 47 soldiers were killed by members of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

The Director of Defence Information, Major General John Enenche, who disclosed this during a session with reporters in Abuja, noted that Nigeria was in a fluid conflict situation while the troops were at the front-lines.

Enenche explained that troops of Operation Lafiya Dole were on clearance and fighting patrol operations to Gorgi in Borno between March 21 and 23.

“During consolidation, they (the troops) were ambushed by elements of Boko Haram terrorists. Sadly, we suffered some casualties in the unfortunate attack,” he said.

Atiku Abubakar’s Son Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Abubakar says his son has been moved to the Specialist Hospital in Gwagalada for treatment and management. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun/Channels TV

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar says his son has tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Abubakar disclosed this in a tweet on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday night.

He did not mention the name of which of his sons was infected but revealed that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has been duly informed about the situation and that his son had been moved to the Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital in Abuja for treatment.

Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Presidential elections called for prayers for his son and urged Nigerians to stay safe.

“Coronavirus is real,” he warned.

READ ALSO: Three New COVID-19 Cases Confirmed In Lagos

A few hours before Abubakar made the announcement he had tweeted his support and praise for the health workers battling the virus, which has infected thousands across the world, claimed more than 12,000 lives and forced almost a billion people to stay indoors as governments move to tackle its spread.

“I join millions of other Nigerians to celebrate our health workers for their courageous work at this challenging time, and I urge all Nigerians to remain strong while we fight the scourge of this #COVIDー19 to the end,” he tweeted.

The announcement comes a day in which the NCDC announced eight new cases of coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 30.

Of the eight cases announced on Sunday, six were in Lagos, one was in Oyo State and one in the nation’s capital Abuja.

It is not clear if the case confirmed in Abuja on Sunday is Abubakar’s son or whether he represents a fresh case.

The last update provided by the NCDC is that there have been a total of 30 confirmed cases in the country.

Twenty-two of the cases were in Lagos State, four in Abuja, two in Ogun State, one in Ekiti State and one in Oyo State.

Coronavirus: Halt Flights To And From Nigeria, Atiku Tells Buhari

 

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stop all flights to and from Nigeria.

This according to Atiku is perhaps one of the decisive ways of tackling the coronavirus threat.

In a statement via Facebook, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election said the nation must call upon its experience with the Wild Ebola Virus, of which Nigeria was the first nation in the world to defeat that scourge in 2014.

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According to the former vice president, Nigeria achieved the feat against Ebola by showing unprecedented unity.

“The federal government of the day worked closely with the Lagos and Rivers state governments. There was complete unity, solidarity, and oneness of purpose, which created the atmosphere that defeated that deadly infestation,” Atiku stated.

He strongly counseled that any tendency to blame and point fighters must be temporary, if not permanently, suspended. Adding that if fingers must be pointed, it must be to solutions.

In his communique which was geared towrads offering his patriotic counsel to President Buhari’s government, on how best to tackle this issue, Atiku noted that Nigeria needs firm and decisive actions to prevent an escalation of the scourge.

“Recently, we closed our borders as an act against economic sabotage. Perhaps now is the time to temporarily halt flights to and from any nation with a prevalence of this scourge. It is more important to secure human lives than to secure an economy. We also need to invest in early detection facilities at our airports,” Atiku opined.

He, however, noted that above all, Nigeria must not panic whether at government or individual levels. Stressing that “we have defeated Ebola before, and we can defeat this present predicament”.

As far as Atiku is concerned, this crisis is an opportunity to show that “we are first and foremost Nigerians and that we have no other country but our dear fatherland, which we must work together to keep healthy and secure”.

Review Judgment On Atiku’s Petition Against Buhari, PDP Urges Supreme Court

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the 2019 presidential election with regards to the case of certificate forgery against President Muhammadu Buhari. 

PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan disclosed this at a press conference held on Monday in Abuja.

Mr Ologbondiyan stated that the Party had no option than to seek a review, following the manner with which the APC has conducted itself after the ruling on the Bayelsa State Governorship election which ousted the All Progressives Congress’s candidate.

“Consequently, the National Working Committee of the PDP, after comprehensive consultations, states that our party has no choice left, given the manner with which the APC has conducted itself than to ask for a review of the judgment of the Presidential election petition tribunal, where the issue of certificate forgery and or presentation of false information in aid of qualifications was clearly established against the APC and her presidential candidate,” Ologbondiyan stressed.

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The PDP spokesman further revealed that the party’s position is predicated upon the “desperation of the APC to subjugate, and to intimidate for the purpose of annexing the Supreme Court over Imo, Bayelsa and Zamfara Governorship Election Judgments”.

According to party’s image-maker, there is a consensus among majority of Nigerians and even the international community that there was “obvious miscarriage of justice” by the Supreme Court panel on the Imo state governorship election, for which the PDP accordingly reverted to the Supreme Court asking it to correct the “manifest mistakes and errors in that judgment”, which are already in the public domain.

PDP, however, says it finds it ludicrous, ridiculous and insulting to the sensibilities and respect of the Supreme Court Justices for the APC to hurriedly and malevolently head to the Supreme Court to attempt to “arm-twist the lord justices” to effect a forceful reversal of the valid, flawless and faultless judgments on Bayelsa and Zamfara states governorship elections.

The PDP asked the Supreme Court to review the Kano, Kaduna and Katsina election judgments, because of manifest violence and substantial non-compliance to our electoral law.

The opposition party also asked the Supreme Court to review its judgment on the Osun Governorship election in view of “manifest, complete and total disregard to our electoral rules in the conduct of the elections”.

Mr Ologbondiyan said his party will not fold its hands and watch enemies of Nigeria’s hard-earned democracy, who contributed nothing to its birth, to continue to appropriate the nation’s collective sovereignty for their selfish political gains while destroying institutions and holding the people to ransom.

He said the time has come for all Nigerians to stand in unity to defend the nation and salvage it from political marauders and oppressive elements.

“Our nation is already aware of the desperation by the APC to annex the Supreme Court, subjugate and browbeat the justices and direct judicial determinations to suit their selfish ends,” Ologbondiyan stated.

The PDP’s call comes on the heels of pressure mounting on the Apex Court from both the ruling and opposition political parties seeking a review and possibly reverse of the Court’s judgment on Imo, Zamfara, and Bayelsa state governorship elections.

While the APC insists that the Apex Court erred in its judgment on Zamfara and Bayelsa state governorship polls, the PDP maintains that its Imo State governorship candidate was wrongly removed from office by the Court.

Borno Attack: We Must Explore All Options To Stop This Scourge – Atiku

 

Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, says the killings which took place in Borno State on Sunday calls for a second look at possible ways to end Nigeria’s war against the Boko Haram insurgents. 

Reacting to the killing of stranded travellers in Maiduguri yesterday by the Boko Haram terrorists, the former presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), noted that the attack which took place in Auno was one too many.

Atiku said Nigeria can’t afford to stay divided in the face of its common enemy.

He also sympathized with the bereaved families, noting that the incidents should make the nation explore all possible options to put a stop to the carnage.

Atiku made these remarks on Sunday via his verified Twitter handle.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised to continually frustrate the goal of terrorists to hold Nigeria to ransom, insisting that their days are numbered.

President Buhari in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Monday, condemned the “murderous and cowardly attack on innocent passengers by the Boko Haram terrorists near Maiduguri.”

The insurgents attacked stranded passengers on Sunday night at Auno, a village near Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, killing 10 people and burnt no fewer than 18 cars, including heavy-duty trucks.

Travel Ban: Atiku Gives Trump Five Reasons To Reconsider Position

 

Former Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar is unhappy about the US Government’s decision to place Nigeria on its travel ban list.

The US Government had announced on Friday that citizens from Nigeria, Eritrea, Myanmar, and Kyrgyzstan won’t be allowed to apply for visas to immigrate to the U.S.

According to the country, its new policy is part of efforts to tighten security for countries that don’t comply with the U.S. minimum security standards or cooperate to prevent illegal immigration.

But Atiku took to Twitter on Saturday to express his displeasure with the situation while giving reasons why he believes the policy should be reconsidered for Nigeria.

One of such reasons is that he believes the ban does not take into account, the pro-American sentiments of the Nigerian public and the solidarity which previous Nigerian administrations have had with the United States.

He also asked the Trump administration to consider the pivotal role that Nigeria, in partnership with the US, played in bringing peace to Liberia – an American sphere of influence, that now enjoys democracy because “Nigerian blood and money paved the way for peace in that nation”.

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A third reason according to Atiku is that Nigeria is one of the biggest trading partners of the US.

He also says Nigeria has consistently voted in support of the United States and her allies at the United Nations and other multi-lateral world bodies.

Finally, he believes that placing a ban on the entire country, rather than dealing precisely with specific elements in government which he says are to blame for the nation’s inefficiencies, is unfair.

“The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigeria people ought not to be punished for their inefficiencies,” Atiku said.

“Once again, I call on President Trump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population”.

Read Atiku’s Full Statement Below.

US Travel Ban on Nigeria: Punish Those Responsible, Not the Nigerian People

I received with sadness the policy of the government of the United States of America to place Nigeria on its travel ban list.

While I understand the reasons given by the Trump administration (the failure of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to share information and to address issues of terrorism), the ban does not take into account the pro-American sentiments of the Nigerian public and the solidarity previous Nigerian administrations have had with the United States.

I urge the government of President Donald Trump to consider the history of US-Nigerian relationships. Nigeria was one of the few African nations that joined the US led coalition during Operation Desert Storm in 1990-1991, when the United States championed the liberation of Kuwait.

The Trump administration may also consider the pivotal role Nigeria, in partnership with the US, played in bringing peace to Liberia, an American sphere of influence, that now enjoys democracy because Nigerian blood and money paved the way for peace in that nation.

Nigeria has also consistently voted in support of the United States and her allies at the United Nations and other multi-lateral world bodies. This is even as we are perhaps the biggest trading partner that the United States has in Africa, even where we had alternatives.

Nigerians love the United States and have been a major force for the positive development of that great nation: 77 per cent of all Black doctors in the United States are Nigerians. Nigerians are also the most educated immigrant community in America Bar None.

Surely, the US stands to benefit if it allows open borders with a country like Nigeria that is able to provide skilled, hardworking and dedicated personnel in a two-way traffic.

The current Nigerian administration may have its deficiencies and deep faults, but the Nigeria people ought not to be punished for their inefficiencies.

Once again, I call on President Trump to consider adopting measures that individually target those in government who have failed in their duties, rather than target the entire Nigerian population.

Amotekun: Atiku Supports Community, State And Zonal Policing

Supreme Court To Hear Atiku's Appeal August 20
A file photo of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

 

As enshrined in the Nigerian constitution, the primary responsibility of government, at any level, is the protection of lives and property of the citizen, says PDP chieftain Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. 

According to the former Vice President, it is in carrying out this function that the state employs different layers of measures to ensure effective and efficient policing.

In a statement on Sunday, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the last election said that it is without doubt that in the past decade particularly, the current policing administration in the country had been stretched to its limits, adding that it is obvious that the reality of the nation’s domestic security upheaval will demand that the people recalibrate the police systems.

Mr Atiku in explaining further noted that in the First Republic before things gravitated too much to the center, policing was done federally with each native authority and region having some mechanisms to deal with little upsets that were the security concerns of those times.

He added that in present-day Nigeria, there is hardly any state of the federation that does not contend with some type of security challenges.

The elder statesman argued that because the nation’s security challenges are diverse in forms and impacts, it is thus incumbent that centrally controlled police architecture cannot exclusively deal with those challenges.

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Atiku stressed that consequently, there is a need for the creation of additional policing structures in the country to address the rapidly growing challenges of insecurity and crime.

“The time is ripe to seriously confront the reality of insecurity in the country by addressing the urgency of introducing state police, zonal police and community policing to complement the efforts of the current federal police.

“It is obvious that current levels of insecurity in the country are giving rise to major initiatives such as Amotekun and the issue need not be controversial in the first place.

“The police are likely to be more effective if they constantly operate in the same local community or local government because such closeness might create a bond with the local people, thereby enabling community cooperation and participation that would engender proactive outcomes in crime prevention,” Atiku stated.

He also said that Nigeria is a vast country facing enormous security challenges and, therefore, there is an urgent need to create more security structures at the local levels to reduce the burden on the federal police.

Sounding a note of warning, Atiku said that the issue of security should not be politicised and monopolised in the face of current alarming security challenges characterised by the fear of even travelling on our highways by the citizens who might be intercepted by kidnappers and taken hostage for ransom.

He argued that local policing shouldn’t be mistaken for an effort to hijack the role of the federal police or competition with the federal government.

According to the PDP henchman, the obvious inadequacies of the federal police to effectively deal with the rapidly growing security challenges make local policing not only desirable but also necessary.

“The police are more likely to be effective in areas where they are well known and trusted by the local communities who in turn are willing to share information about known criminals and criminal activities, thereby foiling those crimes before they are even carried out.

“It is a given perception that when people have a role in their own security, they are going to help to defeat the criminal in their tracks and that the more they are involved, the more likely they would perceive the police as their friends.

“In the envisage new order, states and local governments shouldn’t be reduced to peripheral players in policing and security matters. When local police structures are closest to the grassroots, emergency response will be more effective than the current unwieldy chain of command that renders local government chairmen ineffective when their people are under attacks,” Atiku stated.

He was of the opinion that it is refusing to adopt new ways of doing things that poses a threat to the unity of the country.

Atiku noted that he supports Community, State, and Zonal Police to complement Federal Police to deal with insecurity in the country, stressing that it has never been this bad to the extent of threatening the unity of the country.

Sowore: Never In Nigerian Democracy Has A Judge Been Treated With Such Disdain – Atiku

 

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Friday said the invasion of the Federal High Court, Abuja, to arrest Sahara Reporters publisher Omoyele Sowore was a rape of the sanctity of the court.

The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the last election said the act is unacceptable, stressing that Nigeria is not a dictatorship.

Atiku said he was in extreme anguish of spirit having watched the unfortunate drama that played itself out at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.

He said it was sad that the agents of the state could cause a commotion in court in order to frustrate the judgment of a competent court.

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According to the elder statesman, never in the history of Nigerian democracy has a judge been treated in such a disdainful and brazen attack on not just her person and office, but on the entire judiciary.

“This is unacceptable. It is a rape on the sanctity of the court. Nigeria is not a dictatorship. We are a democracy, no matter how inconvenient this fact is to the powers that have forced themselves on us,” Atiku said.

He called for an immediate inquiry to be set up to identify those responsible for the maltreatment meted out to Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu and the desecration of her court, and indeed the Nigerian judiciary.

“They must be sanctioned to the highest extent permissible by our laws.”

He further called for all law enforcement agencies in Nigeria to immediately respect not just the court order made by Justice Ojukwu, but the order of any court in Nigeria, on any detainee, be it Omoyele Sowore, Sambo Dasuki or Ibrahim Zakzaky, among others.

Atiku said the nation cannot have a situation where its government is quick to obey foreign court orders and even quicker to disobey domestic court orders, adding that this is symptomatic of a mindset that is servile to foreign powers and brutal to Nigerians.

“Without the rule of law, there can be no rule at all. Power in Nigeria still flows from the people, not from the barrel of a gun. I call on all men and women of goodwill not to keep quiet or sit on the fence at times like this.

“To keep Nigeria democracy is the paramount duty of all concerned stakeholders. Please speak up against this tyranny and side with the Nigerian people,” Atiku opined.

Operatives of the Department of Security Service (DSS) on Friday re-arrested Mr. Omoyele Sowore barely 24hours after his release.

Mr. Sowore was released on Thursday night after the court gave Nigeria’s secret police a 24-hour ultimatum to release him.

The court also awarded N100,000 against the prosecution for failing to comply with court orders requesting the release of Sowore and for not serving the defence counsel with necessary documents early enough.

At the resumed hearing on Friday, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu after court proceedings adjourned the case till February 11 and 12 and 13, 2020 for definite hearing.

But as everyone filed out of the courtroom, no fewer than 15 armed officers of the DSS, who had laid an ambush for the defendants, made their way towards Sowore and his co-defendant Bakare, who put up a resistance but were eventually whisked away.