President Buhari Returns From Cameroon

Muhammadu-Buhari-Obama-visitPresident Muhammadu Buhari is back to Nigeria after a 2-day visit to Cameroon.

President Buhari, before his return, got assurances from his Cameroonian counterpart, President Paul Biya, that the two countries would cooperate in dealing with the Boko Haram menace in spite of border lines.

Both Presidents also discussed strategies on how to improve trade relations.

President Buhari believes that insurgency must be tackled from all fronts as the wave of attacks spill into Cameroon, Chad and Niger Republic.

He said, “We recognise that none of us can succeed alone, in order to win this war we need the collective efforts of each one of us, standing together as a formidable force for good to defeat and end these acts of terror against our people.”

Anyim, Sylva Head Transition Committee As FG Releases Programme

The federal government has released the programme of activities for the transition processThe Federal Government has reeled out a one week programme of activities for the transition process from the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the administration of President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

This is sequel to a meeting between the parallel Transition Committee and Inauguration Committee that was held in the Presidential Villa.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting of the Transition Committees, Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, said that there would be Jumat prayer, interdenominational service, inauguration dinner, and swearing-in ceremony immediately after the swearing-in and gala night.

Senator Anyim, who is the Chairman of the Transition Committee, told State House correspondents that the mandate of the two committees is to draw up programmes of activities for the inauguration ceremony, ‎arrange invitations and accommodation for foreign and local dignitaries, organise approved programme of activities, draw up budget‎ for the programme of activities and co-opt into subcommittees, persons that may be necessary to assist in the discharge of activities.

The transition committee is made up of 14 members from the present government and 13 from the incoming administration.

Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, is the Co-chair of the Transition Committee.

Members of the Anyim-led committee are; Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshall, Alex Badeh; Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, Aviation, Osita Chidoka, Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Edem Duke, Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Akon Eyakenyi, Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, Interior, Abba Moro, office of National Security Adviser, Bello Fadile, IGP Solomon Aresa, Minister of State Defence, Austin Akobundu, Commander Brigades of Guards, A. B. Omozoje, and Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary, Presidency (Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation).

The members of the incoming government’s committee are; Timipre Sylva, (co-chairman), Pius Akinyelure, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Sharon Ikeazor, Tony Anwuka, Kawu Baraje, John Shagaya, Hadiza Bala-Usman, Babagana Kingibe, Ismaila Funtua, Senator Binta Masi Garba, Babachir Lawal and Samson Osagie.

Group Tasks INEC On Card Reader Failure

annidAs Nigerians prepare for the Governorship and State Assembly elections, an international election observer group, All Nigeria Nationals In the Diaspora (ANNID) has advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently address the issue of card reader failure experienced in some states, in order to have a hitch-free election.

Presenting a preliminary report of the election to journalists in Abuja, the acting Global Chairperson of the group, Dr Justina Obi who identified other anomalies, said the delayed accreditation of voters in some polling centers, negatively affected the electoral process.

The group also appealed to all Nigerians and the International Community to support the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, in piloting Nigeria to her next level of socio-economic and political advancement.

Yobe State Governor Visits Buhari

BuhariDelegation of leaders from Yobe State, led by Governor Ibarahim Gaidam on Saturday visited Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhhamadu Buhari, to congratulate him on his victory. 

Gen Muhammadu Buhari, while receiving the delegates, thanked the people of Yobe State for voting for him during the Presidential elections, despite the fact that his campaign train did not visit the state.

Mr Gaidam said the people of the state congratulates the President elect and pray for his success.

“We pray that Allah will give you wisdom to lead Nigeria,” he said.

The governor had expressed satisfaction with conduct of polls in Yobe.

Ogun State Residents Task Buhari On Corruption

ogun Some residents of  Ogun State have tasked  the President-elect of  the Federal Republic of Nigeria, General  Muhammadu Buhari, to provide security, generate employment  and improve power supply, as promised.

The Ogun State capital, Abeokuta remained calm after the presidential election held on March 28, which was said to be the most keenly contested in the history of Nigeria with General Muhammadu Buhari emerging winner.

Nigerians across the divide have started expressing their expectations and what they believe to be germane to the development of the country.

While commending the peaceful conduct of the election, Ogun State residents have challenged the incoming administration to intensify the war on corruption in order to strengthen the economy of the country.

The Ogun residents also demanded the re-fertilization of the economy and especially the anti corruption crusade, to put the country on the path of growth and progress.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

The announcement was made by the Chairman of INEC, Professor Attahiru Jega, in the early hours of Wednesday, April 1, after the completion of the collation and announcement of results which started at the collation centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital, on Monday and ended on Tuesday, March 31.

UN Tasks Politicians On Peaceful Elections

unThe United Nations (UN) Under-Secretary, Mr Jeffery Feltham, has appealed to all political actors in Nigeria to ensure that the general elections are held under a peaceful atmosphere.

The appeal comes barely two weeks to the general elections rescheduled for March 28.

Fielding questions from journalists in Abuja, after meeting the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, behind closed doors, Mr Feltham said that the Secretary General of the UN, Mr Ban Ki-Moon and the UN are interested in the conduct of a peaceful election in Nigeria.

APC, Way Forward For Nigeria – Tunde Bank-Anthony

APC The All Progressives Congress (APC ) is the way forward for Nigeria, corruption would be reduced to a minimal level and the party would work on the Educational and Social Welfare of Nigerians.

This statement was made by a member of the APC, Mr Tunde Bank-Anthony, during an interview on Channels Television on Tuesday.

Mr Bank-Anthony, who spoke on how the party would accomplish their manifesto, focused on the Economy and the Power sector of the country.

While maintaining that the APC was determined to rebuild the Nigerian economy, he also shared the party’s concerns about the power sector, wondering what was really happening.

“For the past 16 years, politicians have been saying there would be power whereas there is no power,” he said.

Mr Bank-Anthony also added that one of the things that needs to be done is to block the leakages in governance  in order to reduce corruption in the country.

 

‘Oath’ Claim Designed to Dampen Buhari’s Chatham House Success – APC

APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) has responded to the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign that Bola Ahmed Tinubu, plans to assume the position of Vice President through the back door, which was designed to divert attention from the success of the APC Presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari at the Chatham House in London, last Thursday.

In a statement issued in London on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the PDP and the Jonathan Administration still do not have any answer to what has now become an epochal moment that has separated the wheat from the chaff.

”Our presidential candidate’s globally-acclaimed outing has presented Nigerians, and indeed the global community, to choose between an ineffective, incoherent, and incompetent President and an assertive, knowledgeable, dignified, purposeful and principled President-in-waiting.

”Having failed to discredit that outing with a rented crowd, some of whom confessed to have been paid to carry placards they do not understand, the PDP and the Jonathan Administration had resorted to making nauseating claims that were totally untrue, absolutely incomprehensible” it said.

APC said the claim was the latest in a series of desperate moves by the PDP and the Jonathan Administration since the emergence of Gen. Buhari as the APC presidential candidate, and the clearest indication yet that they had no answer to the unstoppable momentum of a man of history.

”They had thrown everything imaginable at Gen. Buhari, but he had continued to wax stronger and stronger: They said he was not qualified, that he was too old, then they fabricated a medical report of an illness of their own choice, sponsored death wish adverted against him and instituted a myriad of court cases to stop him.

”After they failed to stop him, they went after the election itself, using the PVCs as a tool to launch a campaign for postponement and, when they realized that would not work, came up with the bogey of insecurity in the North-east to force a postponement of the election, hoping they could buy enough time to revive their electoral misfortune.

”With everything working against them, they engaged in a show of shame at The Chatham House that backfired badly, on the heels of their bare-faced lies that Gen. Buhari was hospitalized in London. The preposterous claim of a secret oath – reminiscent of what they do in their own party – by the  spokesman of the Jonathan Campaign Organization, Femi Fani-Kayode, is their latest desperate act,” the party said.

APC said in as much as it had so far refrained from engaging Fani-Kayode in his game of character, abuses and irresponsible name calling, the party was becoming seriously concerned that he may be caving under pressure and reverting to his undignified past of substance abuse.

Emir Of Ilorin Receives General Buhari

EMIR OF ILORINThe Presidential Campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ilorin might have gone, but the memory still lingers as the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari and his team were received at the Palace of the Emir of Ilorin.

On arrival at the Ilorin International Airport, the Gen. Buhari and his team rode on an open bus for nearly two hours to the Emir of Ilorin’s palace.

He was cheered by the crowd who waved the symbol of the APC at every location, while he alongside the party leader in the State, Dr Bukola Saraki responded.

Finally at the palace of Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the traditional ruler prayed for his success at the polls while the presidential candidate promised to provide jobs for youths in the country.

APC To Boycott TV Debates

DebatesThe All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that its presidential candidate, General Mohammadu Buhari, would not be participating in the electioneering public debates on national television and radio, being organised by state owned institutions and media organisations.

The Buhari Campaign Organisation made the declaration on Thursday in a press release.

The party stated that its reason for wanting to boycott such debates is that the set up is fraught with fundamental errors from the outset.

The Buhari Campaign Director of Media, Garba Shehu, in the statement, said that the organizers were wearing the toga of government control, especially being composed mainly of agencies and allies of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He said that General Buhari would exempt himself from such debates being organised by broadcast stations that have denigrated and maligned his person and that of his family.Debates

“A cursory inspection of the composition of NEGD brings into focus the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON), National Television Authority (NTA), Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Africa Independent Television (AIT, owned by a PDP chieftain).

“The avalanche of inflammatory statements, misinformation and blatant lies being propagated by some of these media against our Party and candidates, contrary to the Kofi Annan brokered Abuja Peace Accord, and the failure of these aggressors to desist and apologise, have left the APC Campaign with no option than to steer clear of any premeditated smear campaign that could be inimical to our prospective electoral success,” Shehu said.

However, the party said that General Buhari had been preparing for debates and would be willing to participate when the organisations involved are considered to be neutral.

Group Calls On ICC To Prosecute Buhari For 2011 Violence

goran sluiterMr Goran Sluiter, a Dutch lawyer called the International Criminal Court to investigate Nigeria’s presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Gen. Muhamadu Buhari, over the 2011 post elections violence that claimed hundreds of lives.

The lawyer and a group known as Northern Coalition For Democracy, told a news conference in Abuja that there are evidence at their disposal that indicts Gen. Buhari over the violence.

The group hinged its action on the need to prevent violence similar to the 2015 general elections.