Kuje Prison Attack: Military Court-Martialing Elements, Says Presidency

This file photo shows the scene of the attack on the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja on July 5, 2022.

 

The Presidency says the military is trying some officers over the July 5 attack on the Kuje correctional facility in Abuja.

In the wake of the attack, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Idris Wase, claimed that the Department of State Services, shared intelligence reports before the jailbreak but no action was taken.

“I went through the DSS report; 44 reports were given before the attack on Kuje. I read through all the reports and it all has to do with this, ” the lawmaker said. “There is no community that one attack or the other will happen that you will not have intel, and this is part of the intel that they had given as to what is exactly going to happen.”

But the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, has faulted the comment.

“I think it is wrong to say no action has been taken,” he said on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Monday.

“My understanding is that the military is already court-martialing some of the elements. So, if there was no willingness to fight or to resist, the consequences will follow.”

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Over 500 suspects and convicts escaped when fighters of the Islamic State in West Africa Province attacked the correctional centre in Nigeria’s seat of power. The jailbreak was one of about 20 others recorded since May 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari, a retired major general, came into office.

Similarly, Shehu confirmed that the Federal Government entered a negotiation with terrorists holding scores of passengers of the March 28 train attack hostage.

According to him, there would be consequences should the government choose to deploy force against the abductors.

The presidential spokesman had during an interview with the BBC Hausa said the bandit kingpin holding the passengers demanded the release of his wife and some lieutenants but did not release the abductees despite the government meeting his demands.

Asked to respond to the report, he said: “Yes, they are my words actually; there are two ways that a rescue of that nature can be done – either through negotiations, non-kinetic or through the use of weapons, the use of force as the President said he wasn’t inclined to.

“If you choose the use of force, you must be prepared for consequences that follow.”

With NCMD, Police Have Five Minutes To Respond To Kidnap Attacks – Presidency

 

 

The National Crisis Management Doctrine (NCMD) will require that men of the Nigeria Police Force respond promptly to emergencies including armed robbery, kidnapping, and bandit attacks within five to 15 minutes.

Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily. 

“If these incidents happen – the time of response is counted in minutes – police must have five to 15 minutes to be there. That is the kind of thing you have there,” he said on Monday. “It is detailed and specific.”

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He equally said the new doctrine will aid inter-agency collaboration between the intelligence agencies and the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigerian Army, and the Nigerian Airforce, amongst others.

The presidential spokesman said the NCMD will also ensure a quick response to “terrorism, natural disasters; earthquakes, floods, and what have you”.

“The emergency response agencies are fairly known to all of us such as the police, the Army, Air Force, Navy, the fire services, and national emergency response agencies at the technical level,” the media aide added.

On plans to carry state and local governments along, he said: “This new document envisages local emergency management.

“So, nobody needs to lie back and say local governments need to do nothing or state governments need not do anything. No, everyone will continue with their own but you need a ‘Big Brother’ to help you.”

According to him, the document, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, is a “revised offshoot or offset of the National Security Strategy”, describing it as a “welcome development”.

“It took international collaboration to produce a document,” he noted, adding that the input of other stakeholders including those in the private sector was obtained.

The signing of the document came amid rising security breaches such as killings and kidnappings. This pushed governors from the southern region to demand state police.

Aside from them, there has also been a widespread clamour from regional socio-political groups like Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, non-governmental organisations, and civil rights activists.

The National Assembly, led by Senator Ahmad Lawan, has, however, consistently rejected such calls amid ongoing constitutional amendments.

But speaking on plans to carry along state and local government authorities, Shehu said he was not sure if the new document has a work strategy and methodology for security networks established by states including the South-West Security Network code-named Amotekun; its South-East counterpart known as Ebubeagu, and the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards.

The new doctrine was launched Friday for the effective coordination of national emergency response amongst security agencies. The NCMD will be coordinated by the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno.

Buhari Appoints Habiba Lawal As Special Adviser On Policy And Coordination

Habiba Lawal. Photo: [email protected] omoajingero

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Dr. Habiba Muda Lawal, as Special Adviser to the President, Policy, and Coordination.

This was contained in a statement by presidential aide Garba Shehu on Wednesday.

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“Before retirement, Dr Lawal had successfully supervised a team that ensured management, identification, planning, and execution of projects to mitigate serious ecological challenges across the country, with commendable results,” the statement added.

“She attended Ahmadu Bello University Zaria from 1982 to 1986 for B.Sc. Chemistry; there, she won the Nigerian Tobacco Company Prize for the Best Year II Student 1984/1985, the Imperial Chemical Industries Prize for the Best Graduating Student in Chemistry (Second Class Upper) and the Imperial Chemical Industries Prize for the Best Graduating Project 1985/1986.

“In 1991, Dr. Habiba obtained a Master’s Degree in Inorganic Chemistry from ABU, Zaria and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi (1997). She also holds Certificate in Professional and Personal Competence in Women’s Development from the University of East Anglia, Norwich, Britain.

“Dr Lawal, who served as Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, 19th April 2017 to 30th October 2017, has resumed in her new office.”

Buhari’s Advance Convoy Attack: We Should Not Give In To Terrorists – Presidency

A file photo of Mr Femi Adesina.

 

The presidency has said that despite the various attacks by merchants of terror, Nigerians must never give in to terrorism. 

Briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina stated that inspite of the attack on Buhari’s advance team on Tuesday, the president will not cancel his trip to Dakar, neither would the government give in to the terrorists.

At the briefing Mr Adesina maintained that the wounds sustained by two affected persons (a protocol officer and a lady) were not life threatening, adding that the injured persons have both been taken to an orthopedic hospital.

According to Adesina, no life was lost.


Tension As Gunmen Attack Kuje Prison In Abuja

About 600 Inmates Escape After Suspected Boko Haram Terrorists Attack Kuje Prison – FG


The presidential spokesman insisted that his principal would join other Heads of States and Presidents for the global conference which is an international obligation before proceeding to his home town in Daura.

Adesina’s comments come a few hours after the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described as sad and unwelcomed, the shooting incident near Dutsinma, Katsina State, involving the convoy of cars carrying the Advance Team of security guards, protocol and media officers ahead of the President, Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Daura for Sallah.

Mr Shehu disclosed that the attackers opened fire on the convoy from an ambush positions but were repelled by the military, police and DSS personnel accompanying the convoy.

He also assured Nigerians that all personnel, staff and vehicles made it safely to Daura and unscathed, safe for two persons in the convoy who are receiving treatment for the minor injuries they suffered.

Buhari To Attend International Development Association For Africa Summit In Dakar

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A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja Wednesday, July 6, to participate in the International Development Association (IDA) for Africa Summit in Dakar, Senegal.

An institution of the World Bank Group, IDA is deepening its support to drive a resilient recovery for countries hit by the global crises of climate and COVID -19, growing levels of insecurity and more recently, by the impact of the war in Ukraine through its historic $93 billion 20th replenishment cycle (IDA20) which goes into effect between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2025.

At the High Level event slated for Thursday, July 7 and hosted by President Macky Sall of the Republic of Senegal, President Buhari is expected to join other African leaders in an open Dialogue on Development Challenges and priorities as well as transformational initiatives that will lead to an outcome document, the Dakar Declaration.

​This commitment is expected to chart the way forward for the transformation of the economies of these nations in partnership with the World Bank/IDA.


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Topics slated for discussion include: Financing for Recovery and Economic Transformation in Africa; Agriculture, Livestock and Food Security; Human Capital; Digital and Technological Innovation; and Energy Transition and Climate Change.

According to his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the president will be accompanied on the trip by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffery Onyeama; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; as well as Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo.

Others on the entourage are : the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele; Director- General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Amb. Ahmed Rufa’i Abubakar; Director-General, Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha; and the Managing Director of the Bank of Industry, Olukayode Pitan.
President Buhari is expected back in the country at the end of the Summit on Thursday, July 7.

We Have Made Impact On Security, Economy And Corruption – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari hosts political party leaders at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on April 26, 2022. Credit: State House.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Kano said three priorities of the administration, security, economy and corruption, have received significant attention, with measurable results, following his vision of making Nigeria more peaceful, prosperous and reliable, among nations.

At the Passing Out Parade of the Regular Course 4/2016 Cadets of the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, the President noted that policies and actions of the government made impact on the tripod vision, in spite of challenges, assuring that more will still be done to safeguard lives and property, enhance livelihood and ensure probity.

“As you are all aware, this administration came to office determined to make impact in three main areas: security, building a sustainable economy and fight against corruption. We can say that recent positive developments in these areas have shown that despite the challenges on ground, we can see general improvement in all three areas.

“In the area of corruption, as you are all aware, I am determined to ensure that we do not have a repeat of what has gone on in previous administrations and we have taken a strong stand against pervasive corruption.

“This administration has also focused on security by repositioning our national security to perform their duties effectively. We have equally embarked on some crucial changes in their funding, structure, and modes of operation. With the launching/empowerment of the Police Trust Fund, this administration swung into action after taking the assessment of needs for possible interventions in the provision of logistics and infrastructural needs of the Force,’’ he said.


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In a fast changing world, driven by digital technology, President Buhari said the Nigeria Police must continually evolve on its structure and operations to make greater impact in checking crime, particularly in the virtual space.

“In a world where insecurity is constantly evolving; law enforcement responses have to equally evolve not just to keep up but to stay ahead. Also, as part of efforts to modernize the Nigeria Police Force, this Administration has intensified both international and local training and retraining of our officers and men in addition to providing new platforms and other resources.

“These approaches have yielded positive results as it is glaring that Nigeria’s ranking has improved on the world Counter-Terrorism global index from 4th to 6th position on the list of the most terrorized nations.

“This administration has signed into law the new Police Act to ensure an improvement in the welfare of service delivery to meet best international practices. As I said earlier, with the take-off of The Police Trust Fund, there has been an upgrade of infrastructure such as the construction of new barracks across the country, renovation of existing ones, construction of medical facilities, as well as procurement of modern operational vehicles.”

According to the President, the Boko Haram insurgency, the Indigenous People of Biafra, Eastern Security Network, and banditry in some parts of the country over time, which posed a potent threat to the country, had been significantly degraded and relative normalcy had returned to most towns and villages.

He said more efforts would go into ensuring that normalcy returns to all the areas suffering banditry.

“I must specially commend the efforts and resilience of members of the Nigeria Police Force and sister agencies for the giant strides recorded so far in the fight against the prevailing security challenges.

“Across the North Central and North West of the country, we have made progress with regards to stemming the tide of communal violence, farmer-herdsmen clashes, cattle rustling, and kidnapping.

“We will continue to demonstrate zero tolerance for crime and criminality. Those who take laws into their hands, who bear arms illegally and who seek to profit from a climate of fear and insecurity will be decisively dealt with.

“That remains our promise to the people of Nigeria, who elected us to keep them safe and secured. The peace and stability of our dear country will continue to be of utmost importance. You, the Police are our points men and you must rise to the occasion, ” the President told the graduating cadets.

President Buhari also noted that security transcends law enforcement to include building the right relationships that underpin the development of secured societies.

“This is why the present administration has been fully committed from the start to strengthening existing relations between Nigeria and her neighbouring countries. It has always been clear to us that there is no way we can achieve the security we seek without the cooperation and support of our neighbours.

“And we have implemented at home the most far reaching social support programme ever in the country to tackle poverty at the roots: one of the drivers of insecurity.

“The graduating cadets will be taking their place in Nigeria Police Force that is destined and determined to take its place amongst the most efficient security organizations in the world. This is apparent in the excellent and fruitful contributions of the Nigeria Police force in foreign peacekeeping missions,” he said.

President Buhari noted that today’s landscape extends well beyond the land, sea, and air, into the vast territories of cyberspace, noting that the internet and new digital technologies have provided a platform for the emerging offences to reach unprecedented levels.

“Many of the enemies you will confront,” according to the President, “will be permanently faceless or concealed, leveraging technology to wage warfare that has the potential to be even more destructive than anything the world has ever known.”

“We must develop a policy on cyber warfare that has as its strategic focus on the prevention of cyber-attacks against critical national infrastructure, minimizing national vulnerability to cyber-attacks and minimizing damage and recovery time from cyber-attacks.”

President Buhari assured that the government would do everything possible to address the challenges facing the Academy by calling on the interventions of the relevant agencies/parastatals to facilitate the developmental plans.

“Adequate budgetary provision will be made to accommodate capital and recurrent expenditure as the welfare of staff and cadets remains among my government’s priorities.

“The successful completion of a rigorous and demanding course of this nature, no doubt, imbues today’s graduating cadets, with a sense of self-esteem and accomplishment,” he added.

While congratulating the cadets for successful completion of their training, President Buhari directed them to maintain the spirit of accomplishment, as they prepare to face the tasks ahead.

“We are doomed if the reverse is the case. It is by your courage, loyalty and integrity that you can truly deserve the trust and confidence of the nation, ” he said.

The President added that, “I am delighted to be here today on this occasion of the Passing Out Parade of the Cadets of the fourth Regular Course of the Nigeria Police Academy. I was here in September 2018 and 2019 respectively, for the passing out parades of the first and second regular courses and was represented during the passing out of the third regular course by the Minister of Police Affairs.

“May I congratulate the cadets of the 4th Regular Course on this historic occasion of your passing out. This day marks your commendable success after a period of rigorous and intensive academic and professional training in the Police Academy that has tested your intellect, stamina and resilience. Congratulations to you all.”

President Buhari commended the Commandant and the entire Academy community, for the excellent work, raising new generations of Police officers who will tirelessly secure the nation 24/7.

In his remarks, the Commandant of Nigeria Police Academy, Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Ahmad AbdurRahama, thanked President Buhari for honouring the invitation, explaining that the institution was upgraded from professional training to degree awarding in 2012.

The Commandant said the institution had graduated 1,748 cadets, Assistant Superintendent of Police, over the years, including the 205 who just graduated.

AbdurRahaman said all the Assistant Superintendents of Police will be immediately deployed as “pervasive actors in securing the country, most especially as the country is confronted with multifarious challenges.”

President Buhari presented awards to the best graduating cadet, Rachel Oluwatosin Babarinde and the second best, Isa Abdulateef.

Buhari’s Role In APC Primary Shows He Is Not An ‘Elected Autocrat’ – Garba Shehu

A file photo of Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu

 

Presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu on Tuesday said the President’s role in the recently concluded presidential primary of the All Progressive Congress was a major boost for the country’s democracy.

Shehu said contrary to speculations in the media, President Muhammadu Buhari had no intention of imposing a particular candidate.

“The President always said he had a favoured candidate,” he said. “He said that candidate was whoever was chosen by the APC in a democratic primary to lead the party at the election.”

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Shehu said the President’s actions have put an end to the “strong leader myth in Nigeria.”

“People make assumptions that if you are a leader, you dominate everything, and even determine electoral outcomes,” Shehu said.

“Luckily for Nigeria, President Buhari does not suffer from such constraints. He refuses to act as the elected autocrat.

“The President had a clear purpose leading up to the primary: to ensure a transparent, free and fair process that will bring back people’s faith in democracy by taking good governance up to the grassroots level.

“By this alone, people’s faith and that of the international community in our democracy has received a major boost since the completion of the APC nomination.

“The flagbearer has been chosen. He has the President’s unwavering support. The journey to victory continues.”

Nobody Can Claim Credit For Buhari’s 2015 Election Victory – Garba Shehu

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari holding a broom during a political event.

 

Tens of millions of Nigerians voted for President Muhammadu Buhari and that led to his victory in the 2015 general elections, Mr Garba Shehu has said.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity made the remark on Monday in a statement in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Shehu’s statement was in reaction to comments by a presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, during a meeting with party delegates in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

While Tinubu had said he played a critical role in the events that led to President Buhari’s victory in 2015, he has since clarified that he was taken out of context, adding that he holds the President in high esteem.

But Shehu, in his reaction, stated that President Buhari defeated the then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan because of the millions of votes he garnered at the poll.

According to him, it is very wrong and out of place for anyone to claim responsibility or take credit for the President’s victory in that election.

Read the full text of the statement by the presidential aide below:

It is perhaps not surprising that on the eve of the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer primary there are those running as candidates who wish to associate themselves with the President’s rise to elected office seven years ago.

There are many people who played parts large and small in his historic election in 2015, making history as the first opposition candidate to defeat a sitting president with power changing hands peacefully at the ballot box.

There are those who advised the President to run again; those who decided to build a political party – the APC – that could finally be the political vehicle capable of delivering victory where all other opposition parties and alliances before it had failed.

Those decisions may have been agreed upon by a few. But they were delivered by thousands and voted for by tens of millions. No one can or should claim to have made the possible.

Yet as important as that moment was, it is not what should decide the next general election.

What matters is the future: the policy platforms, the ideas, the drive, and the determination to take over the President’s stewardship of our country and build upon his legacy to make our country better than it has ever been.

The person most demonstrable in those qualities is the one to lead our party and our country forward.

Garba Shehu

June 06, 2022

PHOTOS: Buhari Meets Victims Of Kano Explosion, Says He Is Extremely Pained

President Muhammadu Buhari with the Emir of Kano, Nasiru Ado Bayero, and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during a visit to the state on May 23, 2022.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met the families of victims of the explosion in Kano to express his condolences and that of the nation, describing the incident as sad and unfortunate.

The family members, accompanied by various community leaders resident in Sabon Gari Kano, including Chief Nicholas Ibekwe, the Eze Igbo, were assembled at the Palace of the Emir, His Royal Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero for the meeting with the President.

President Buhari who was a short visit to officiate at the Nigerian Air Force Day and 58th Anniversary Celebration, veered off the official program to start with a condolence visit to the Palace.

 

In a brief address, the President said he was “extremely pained by the loss of lives and injury to many due to the explosion,” adding “my thoughts and that of the nation are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured will recover fully at the earliest possible time.”

As per the official reports, nine people lost their lives and 22 were injured and receiving treatment.

Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu revealed in a statement that Buhari drew parallels between Kano and his native Daura and described the palace of the Emir as his own home. He commended the traditional institution and the people of Kano for standing with him at all times.

The Emir thanked the President for the condolences and commended him for providing a fair and just leadership.

He conveyed Kano community’s appreciation for the numerous things the federal government is doing in the state and prayed for the emergence of good leaders in the coming elections.

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced cash support in various sums for the families of the deceased, the injured and others whose property were partly damaged or destroyed.

It Is Unfair To Say Buhari Ignores Victims Of Attacks In Nigeria – Presidency

Presidential aide Garba Shehu has refuted claims that his principal pays less attention to victims of attacks in the country. 

He spoke on Friday while responding to the debates generated following President Muhammadu Buhari’s condolence visit to the United Arab Emirates over the death of the country’s president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

“Those Nigerians should be told that they should look at all of the facts. I have accompanied the president to Sokoto on a condolence visit after a major incident,” the aide said on Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“However, it is unfair also to make the conclusion wrongly that he had not paid attention or had not visited. He had been to Maiduguri quite a number of times,” he added.

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He said: “I accompanied him to Zamfara. He spoke to the governor, parliamentarians, religious and traditional leaders.

“I accompanied the President to Benue State. He addressed the governor in the Government House, Makurdi, after a major incident. I accompanied him to Jos after a crisis.

“So, did the President go to all the places where there have been incidents of violence or killings? No, he did not go.”

“It depends on what Nigerians choose to look at. The president has been responsive and he has been discharging the obligations that rest upon him as the president and commander-in-chief, in dealing with all of these matters. He has not cut short in any way.

“The point I want to make is that the administration has been very responsive. You just mentioned the railway incident in Kaduna, and this last week, the incident in Kano of an explosion.

“The vice-president of Nigeria was in both places. This country has one presidency. If the president is not there on account of engagements and the vice-president is there, let us take it that the presidency of Nigeria has attended to those matters.”

Buhari is expected back to the country this weekend.

Negotiations Ongoing To Rescue Victims Of Kaduna Train Attack – Presidency

The presidency says negotiations are ongoing to rescue those abducted on the Kaduna-Abuja rail line earlier in the year. 

Presidential aide Garba Shehu said this on Friday while reacting to the suspension of the resumption of operations on the rail track.

“Of course, we are aware that there has been resistance from family members of those who have been taken captive,” he said when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“This is expected. This then should act as a pressure on all of the people who are involved in the ongoing discussion with the terrorists to ensure a safe release of those that are being held.”

He explained that the government is committed to ensuring that those affected by the attack and still in captivity will be released alive even though the negotiations might be difficult.

“The position of the government has been stated and restated over time that the success of any operation would be determined by the number of recovery of human beings alive and well; not at the return of dead bodies,” he maintained.

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‘Improvement In Security’

This Kaduna-bound train was attacked by armed gangs on March 28, 2022.

 

Mr Shehu said the government wants normalcy to return to the Kaduna-Abuja route, noting that there is an improvement in the security of the area.

“Yes, there is an improvement in security. The air surveillance has been announced by the former Minister of Transportation (Rotimi Amaechi) and the President, as far as we know, has okayed the electronic monitoring and surveillance platform that would ensure that there is the tracking, far and near, of all that is going on along the rail track; not only between Kaduna and Abuja but even Ibadan and Lagos,” the media aide stated.

“So, I believe that people are doing what it would take to put those appliances in place so that total safety would be ensured.”

To buttress his point about the safety of the rail track, he said he would have been on board had the services resumed as planned.

“If the trains had resumed, I would have been on the train because I believe that I have received enough assurances from the Ministry of Transportation and security services that they are safe,” the presidential aide said.

Political Ambition: Appointees Who Don’t Resign Will Have Someone Decide For Them – Presidency

The Presidency on Thursday has said government appointees who do not resign to pursue their political ambition “would have someone decide for them”.

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu said this hours after President Muhammadu Buhari directed members of his cabinet and other government appointees nursing political ambitions ahead of the next election to resign.

“We are dealing with a government policy, a government directive, a circular of the government issued by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation duly approved by the President [which] clearly states who is to go,” he said in an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. 

“So, I think that in a few occupied offices like that, you make the decision by yourself otherwise, someone would decide for you. So, that’s the point.”

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According to him, the instruction to resign is clear, stressing that they were appointed.

Nine ministers, who are contesting for various positions at national and state levels, are affected by the new directive. Already, some of them have resigned to pursue their political ambitions.

The spokesman’s comment came on the heels of criticisms over the cost of nomination and expression of interest forms for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential ticket.

While he believes aspirants can source money by various means such as donations from their supporters, the presidential aide said it is not the place of the presidency to investigate the sources of funding.

“Now the question is, how do they get 100 million and where did it come from? I think this is a question that should go to each individual aspirant on how they save all this money or how they collect it,” he said.

“For your interest, you know that I have seen someone who was yesterday saying he had quit the race after online contributors gave him up to N83 million. So, it would seem to me that it is not such a difficult task to ask people to donate and then the money comes in as soon as they open their wallets, so that could be their explanation.

“In a few cases, we have seen people come forward to say this is the group that has bought the form, if you like, go and challenge them but that’s their own claim.”