General Muhammadu Buhari Receives Certificate Of Return

Inauguration ceremony for newly elected Nigerian President BuhariNigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

General Buhari was declared the winner of the Presidential election in the early hours of Wednesday.

Before handing over the certificate to General Buhari, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, pledged that the commission would continue to do its best, under all circumstances, to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

He acknowledged the contributions of some stakeholders to the conduct of the elections.

After receiving the certificate, General Buhari made an official acceptance speech.

“Victory For Nigeria”

He said that his administration would listen to all Ngierians.

“I am most grateful to God for this day and hour. I feel honoured by Nigerians.

“The official announcement by INEC was a moment that Nigerians were waiting for.

“Today, history is being made and change has come.

“My team and I shall faithfully serve you.

“There shall no longer be a ruling party again. The APC will be your governing party.

“We shall never rule over the people as if there are subservient to the government. Our long night has passed and the day light of new democratic governance has broken across the land. This, therefore, is not a victory for me or one man or even one party.

“It is a victory for Nigeria and for all Nigerians,” he said.

“Another Form Of Evil”

General Buhari thanked Nigerians for giving him an opportunity to serve, promising that his administration would tackle the challenges of insecurity, corruption and economic decline.

“I will give my best in tackling these problems. Your obligation does not end in casting your votes. I seek your voice and input in tackling these problems,” he promised.

The President elect also emphasised that his administration would not tolerate corruption.

“We shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism — the evil of corruption. Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character. By misdirecting into selfish hands funds intended for the public purpose, corruption distorts the economy and worsens income inequality. It creates a class of unjustly-enriched people.

“Such an illegal yet powerful force soon comes to undermine democracy because its conspirators have amassed so much money that they believe they can buy government. We shall end this threat to our economic development and democratic survival. I repeat that
corruption will not be tolerated by this administration; and it shall no longer be allowed to stand as if it is a respected monument in this
nation,” General Buhari said.

 Read full speech below.

The Die is Cast

Acceptance Statement by General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President-Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria April 1st, 2015.

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Focus words of General Muhammadu Buhari’s speech

I am immensely grateful to God for this day and for this hour. I feel truly honoured and humbled that the Nigerian people have so clearly chosen me to lead them. The official announcement from INEC was the moment the vast majority of Nigerians had hoped and been waiting for. Today, history has been made, and change has finally come. Your votes have changed our national destiny for the good of all Nigerians .

INEC has announced that I, Muhammadu Buhari, shall be your next president. My team and I shall faithfully serve you. There shall no
longer be a ruling party again: APC will be your governing party. We shall faithfully serve you. We shall never rule over the people as if
they were subservient to government.

Our long night has passed and the daylight of new democratic governance has broken across the land. This therefore is not a victory
for one man or even one party. It is a victory for Nigeria and for all Nigerians. Millions of you have worked for this day. So many have
risked life and livelihood; and others have died that we may witness this moment.

And it is with a very heavy heart that I report many deaths and injuries amidst the jubilations yesterday. We send our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who lost their lives; and wish speedy recovery to those who suffered injuries. I appeal to all our supporters to celebrate this victory with prayers and reflection instead of wild jubilation.

May the souls of those who died rest in peace. Let us take a moment of silence to honour all of those whose sacrifices have brought us to this fine and historic hour. As the results of the election have shown, their labour has not been and will never be in vain. Democracy and the rule of law will be re-established in the land.

Let us put the past, especially the recent past, behind us. We must forget our old battles and past grievances—and learn to forge ahead. I assure you that our government is one that will listen to and embrace all.

I pledge myself and our in-coming administration to just and principled governance. There shall be no bias against or favouritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status. I pledge myself and the government to the rule of law, in which none shall be so above the law that they are not subject to its dictates, and none shall be so below it that they are not availed of its protection.

You shall be able to go to bed knowing that you are safe and that your constitutional rights remain in safe hands. You shall be able to voice your opinion without fear of reprisal or victimisation. My love and concern for this nation and what I desire for it extends to all, even to those who do not like us or our politics. You are all my people and I shall treat everyone of you as my own. I shall work for those who voted for me as well as those who voted against me and even for those who did not vote at all. We all live under one name as one nation: we are all Nigerians.

Some unfortunate issues about my eligibility have been raised during the campaign. I wish to state that through devotion to this nation, everything I have learned and done has been to enable me to make the best possible contribution to public life. If I had judged myself incapable of governing I would never have sought to impose myself on it. I have served in various capacities and have always put in my best.

But despite the rancour of the elections, I extend a hand of friendship and conciliation to President Jonathan and his team. I hereby wish to
state that I harbour no ill will against anyone.

Let me state clearly that President Jonathan has nothing to fear from me. Although we may not agree on the methods of governing the nation, he is a great Nigerian and still our president. He deserves our support and permanent respect by virtue of the office he has held.

This is how an honourable nation treats its servants and conducts its affairs; and this is how Nigeria should be.

I look forward to meeting with President Jonathan in the days to come to discuss how our teams can make the transition of administrations as efficient as possible.

Here, I want to thank my party for selecting me as its candidate. I thank our party leaders and members for the steadfast contributions
they made to bring our dream to fruition. I thank INEC, the police and all other government agencies for performing their tasks in a proper manner and for refusing to be induced to undermine the election and the democratic process.

I also wish to thank religious Leaders, traditional leaders, the media, labour unions, Civil Society organisations, organised private sector,
youths and students for their roles in this election.

Here, I want to thank my party for selecting me as its candidate. I thank our party leaders and members for the steadfast contributions
they made to bring our dream to fruition. I thank INEC, the police and all other government agencies for performing their tasks in a proper manner and for refusing to be induced to undermine the election and the democratic process.

I also wish to thank religious Leaders, traditional leaders, the media, labour unions, Civil Society organisations, organised private sector,
youths and students for their roles in this election.

I give special thanks to President Obama and his timely intervention and support for peaceful and credible elections in Nigeria and for
sending Secretary John Kerry and other United States officials. The European Union – especially the United Kingdom, France, Germany and other nations that were actively involved in ensuring the success of this election are equally appreciated. My sincere thanks to the United Nations Secretary General Mr Ban-Ki Moon. The Commonwealth, China, India and other Asian and Gulf states are also hereby appreciated.

Finally our brothers in the African Union and ECOWAS have truly and clearly shown and demonstrate their commitment to our
democratisation process. Former Presidents John Kuffour, Amos Sawyer, Bakili Muluzi and his team are well appreciated. I must also
add my appreciation for the role played by civil societies, national and International observers, other world leaders in ensuring that Nigeria holds free and fair elections.

I assure all foreign governments that Nigeria will become a more forceful and constructive player in the global fight against terrorism
and in other matters of collective concern, such as the fight against drugs, climate change, financial fraud, communicable diseases and
other issues requiring global response. I want to assure our fellow African nations that Nigeria will now stand as a more constructive
partner in advancing the matters of concern to our continent, particularly with regard to economic development and eradication of
poverty.

Former head of state and president Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, General Yakubu Gowon, Alh. Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan and General Abdulsalami Abubakar deserve commendations for their statesmanship and words of caution and counsel for peace during the tense moments of this electoral period.

Most of all, I thank the people of Nigeria for reposing their confidence in me at this trying moment. Our nation wrestles many challenges including insecurity, corruption, economic decline. I pledge to give you my best in tackling these problems.

The good people of Nigeria, your obligation does not end with casting your ballot. I seek your voice and input as we tackle these problems.

This will not be a government democratic only in form. It will be a government democratic in substance and in how it interacts with its
own people.

No doubt, this nation has suffered greatly in the recent past, and its staying power has been tested to its limits by crises, chief among
which is insurgency of the Boko Haram. There is no doubt that in tackling the insurgency we have a tough and urgent job to do. But I
assure you that Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror, and bring
back peace and normalcy to all the affected areas. We shall spare no effort until we defeat terrorism.

Furthermore, we shall strongly battle another form of evil that is even worse than terrorism—the evil of corruption. Corruption attacks and seeks to destroy our national institutions and character. By misdirecting into selfish hands funds intended for the public purpose, corruption distorts the economy and worsens income inequality. It creates a class of unjustly-enriched people.

Such an illegal yet powerful force soon comes to undermine democracy because its conspirators have amassed so much money that they believe they can buy government. We shall end this threat to our economic development and democratic survival. I repeat that
corruption will not be tolerated by this administration; and it shall no longer be allowed to stand as if it is a respected monument in this
nation.

I ask you to join me in resolving these and the other challenges we face. Along the way, there will be victories but there may also be
setbacks. Mistakes will be made. But we shall never take you for granted; so, be rest assured that our errors will be those of
compassion and commitment not of wilful neglect and indifference.

We shall correct that which does not work and improve that which does. We shall not stop, stand or idle. We shall, if necessary crawl,
walk and run to do the job you have elected us to do.

I realise that the expectation of our people today is as high as their commitment to change has been strong and their belief in us
unshaken. While we pledge to begin doing our best without delay, we would like to appeal to them to appreciate the gravity of our situation, so that we become more realistic in our expectations.

We will govern for you and in your interests. Your vote was not wasted.

This is not the first time Nigerians have cast their votes for us, and this is not the first time they have been counted; but this is the first time that the votes have been allowed to count. With the help of God, we pledge to do our utmost to bring forth the Nigeria you seek.

Thank you for your patience and attention.

General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
President-Elect,
Federal Republic of Nigeria

ITTF Ranking: Quadri Returns To 31, As Assar Achieves Remarkable Rise

Aruna QuadriDespite losing in the first round at the Kuwait and Qatar Opens, Aruna Quadri’s participation at the events has lifted him a step up in the latest ranking released by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).

Nigeria’s Quadri moved from 73 to 30 in the world following his exploits at the ITTF World Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany but his recent dip in play at different world championships contributed to his slide in December to 31.

His quarterfinal exit at the ITTF Africa Senior Championships in Cairo, after losing to Egypt’s Mohammed El-Beiali pushed his rating further down to 32.

For featuring in two of the Super Series in ITTF’s World Tour calendar this year, Quadri gained some points but his two losses in the tournaments may have affected him to just move by one step up in the ranking ladder.

Meanwhile, winner of the ITTF Africa Senior championships, Egypt’s Omar Assar achieved the biggest rise of his career by climbing from 43 to 37 in the world.

Assar won the Cairo tournament as well as make it to the quarterfinal stage of the Qatar Opens and those efforts aided his giant stride in the ranking in February and March.

In January, his name was conspicuously missing in the world ranking due to his inactiveness toward the end of 2014. But the Egyptian made an emphatic return to the rating after winning the Senior Championships in Cairo which gave him a phenomenal rise.

Nigeria’s Quadri and Egypt’s Assar have been seeded number one and two for the ITTF Lagos Open and might clash in the final.

Porto Lists Flying Eagles Star In Pre-Season Squad

eze_aycFlying Eagles striker, Chidera Eze, will play no part in Nigeria’s African Youth Champions (AYC) qualifier against Lesotho, as he was named in the pre-season squad of FC Porto.

The teenage striker has recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained in the previous qualifier against Tanzania, but has been allowed by the Manu Garba-led technical crew to fight for a place in the first team of FC Porto in the coming season.

“Eze is ruled out of the qualifiers against Lesotho as he will be involved with his club in pre-season training,” disclosed a team official.

Nigeria host Lesotho on August 16 in a first leg clash, while the return encounter will take place two weeks later in Maseru.

Security: Ekiti State Inaugurates 800 Peace Corps Members

The Ekiti state governo,r Dr, Kayode Fayemi has inaugurated 800 peace corps to further strengthen the efforts of the police and other security agencies in ensuring adequate security, law and order in the state.

This, according to the governor is “to further compliment the efforts of the various security agencies in the country in maintaining peace and order”.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony at Christ School in Ado Ekiti, governor Fayemi said the security challenge in the country is not the business of the federal government alone; therefore it’s important for every Nigerian to join hands and fight crime.

The 800 members of the Peace Corps who formed the first batch mobilised for service also treated the crowd at Christ’s School, Ado-Ekiti sports field to a colourful parade.

The Governor stressed that any suspect arrested by the Peace Corps must be handed over to the Police within two hours of arrest for further investigation and possible prosecution.

The Governor clarified that the mandate of the Peace Corps does not overlap or replace the role of constitutionally recognized law enforcement agencies like the Nigeria Police, Department of State Service, Nigeria Armed Forces or paramilitary agencies.

Dr. Fayemi said the Ekiti Peace Corps would assist other security agencies in providing grassroots approach to security management saying criminals no longer have a hiding place in all nooks and crannies of the state.

He added that apart from helping to curb security breach, it is also to provide employment for the people of the state.

The coordinator, Dipo Ayeni said the police cannot do it alone, it is important for every individual to work towards adequate security of lives and property of the people.

The newly inaugurated peace corps members consist of men and women drawn from across the state.

Akpabio Swears-In 10 New Permanent Secretaries

The Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mr. Godswill Akpabio, on Thursday sworn-in 10 new permanent secretaries into the state civil service.

Governor Akpabio said the exercise was necessitated by the need to fill the vacancies created by the retirement of some permanent secretaries who had completed their mandatory years in the service.

He described the position as the apex of the civil service which requires seriousness and commitment. He therefore charged the new permanent secretaries to be focused and dedicated to their duties in line with the development revolution in the state.

Akpabio urged the new appointees to ensure that they internalise laid down work ethics which he described as the secret of his adminisration’s success,noting that the wheel of the uncommon transformation policy of the state government revolves around permanent secretaries.

The governor also urged them to see their new office as an opportunity to serve the state.

Zimbabwe sacks national football team

Zimbabwe has dissolved the national football team for failing to qualify for the 2013 Afica Cup of Nations as a major match fixing scandal still overshadows their performance, an official said Friday.

“The team has been discarded in its entirety,” Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) president Cuthbert Dube told a news conference in the capital Harare.

Zimbabwe lost 0-2 to Angola in the last qualifying game for the continental tournament after it had carried a 3-1 lead in the first leg, and failed to qualify on away goals.

Shocked fans point to a 2009 match-fixing scandal involving the national team that resulted in a lifelong ban for 15 players and officials, which ZIFA announced in October.

The scandal might have contributed to the team’s poor performance in Angola, Dube added, without elaborating.

“We will rebuild from the under-20 and under- 23s. These are young people who are clean,” he said.

None of the players in Angola played in the “Asiagate” games.

The banned officials include former national team coach Sunday Chidzambwa and former ZIFA chief executive officer Henrietta Rushwaya.

Rushwaya sent the national team to play unsanctioned friendlies in Thailand and Malaysia, and a Singapore-based betting syndicate allegedly fixed the results.

Zimbabwe has qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations twice but has never qualified for the World Cup.

South Africa will host the January 19-February 10 Nations Cup.

Abia assembly suspends January 2013 local council elections

The planned local Government Council election scheduled for January 2013 across the 17 local government areas of Abia State may not be feasible again following the resolution unanimously passed in a plenary session by the State House of Assembly.

This is to enable the State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) to properly inform the electorate as well as have enough time to prepare for the polls election the fact that Abia state citizens are expecting a free, fair and credible election.

According to the member representing Isikwuato Constituency, Hon. Chukwudi John Kennedy Ogele, the house is urging Governor Theodore Orji to suspend the proposed January election on the ground that it is ill timed as ABSIEC is not ready with the time-table and is yet to finalise the delineation of the electoral wards across the state which it started since 2007 till date.

He hinted that the House in an executive session, called on ABSIEC to make available the analysis of the viability of wards they want to create and come up with authentic guidelines on how to conduct the local council poll.

 

 

NLC threatens strike action in solidarity with electricity workers

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has announced the inauguration of strike committees in the 36 states of the federation in solidarity with the electricity workers.

The acting National President of the union, Mr. Promise Adewusi, told journalists at a news conference in Abuja that the outcome of the meeting with government officials on Wednesday next week will determine the cause of action by organized labour.

The union condemned in strong terms what it called “unruly utterances” by the Minister of Power, Professor Barth Nnaji while negotiations are on going.

They also condemned alleged  “physical intimidation” of workers with the use of military, under a democratic government even after agreements were reached at the August 15th meeting between the union and government.

The labour movement is demanding an enabling environment for dialogue  and withdrawal of military from Power Holding Company offices nationwide.

It demanded a power committee to sincerely address the legitimate concerns of the electricity workers failing which workers will decide on the next line of action to press home their demands.