Anglican Synod Wants Corrupt Politicians Prosecuted

Anglican Synod
Rt Reverend Dapo Asaju,

The Rector of Anglican Theology Schools in Nigeria, Rt Reverend Dapo Asaju, has admonished the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari to rule the country with the fear of God and ensure he recovers all stolen funds and assets from corrupt public office holders as he settles down to take the affairs of the country come May 29, 2015.

Speaking at the third synod of the Zaria Diocese of the Anglican Communion in Kaduna State on Sunday, Reverend Asaju urged General Buhari to ensure he prosecutes all corrupt government officials irrespective of their background, and also ensure he revives the nation’s refineries and as well address the problem of unemployment.

The cleric also urged the governors-elect and other elected political office holders across the states to imbibe the tenets of integrity, openness, transparency and prudence in the discharge of their duties.

The 2015 edition of the annual event, which commenced on May 14, has as its theme; ‘Walking in the Light of God’.

While expressing optimism on the capability of General Buhari to fulfil his campaign promises, the clergymen tasked him to ensure he routs out the Boko Haram insurgents from the North East.

Apart from reviewing the activities of the church over the months, the synod also reviewed the recent conduct of the general elections where it made some observations.

They recommended that the National Identity Card be used in place of the Permanent Voter Cards for future elections in order to ensure that all eligible Nigerians discharge their franchise.

The synod also wants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to consider the introduction of electronic voting whereby Nigerians in diaspora can vote.

The synod is the highest decision making body of the church and usually hold once a year. It is composed of all clergies from the diocese, the diocesan board, and synod delegates from all parishes in the diocese.

A synod remains the annual prayerful gathering of the leadership of the Church faithful in order to do some soul-searching, meditate and deliberate on the progress and constraints of God’s work and stewardship as established.

Buhari Says Cabinet Will Consist Of Committed Technocrats

General Muhammadu Buhari On Cabinet MembersNigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), says his Cabinet would be made up of people with requisite experience and committed technocrats.

He said his choice of Cabinet members would stimulate the incoming administration towards delivering good governance that would meet the aspirations of Nigerians.

General Buhari was speaking at a meeting with northern leaders in Abuja on Sunday.

He said his administration would give priority to education, employment creation and security, stressing that unemployment was the biggest threat to Nigeria.

“There must be job for the young Nigerians as quickly as possible,” The President-elect stressed.

He said that his administration would put the infrastructure right, especially power, to ensure that the economy would grow as expected.

The President-elect would be sworn-in on May 29 and is expected to present a list containing the names of his cabinet members days after.

He had, however, stressed the need for Nigerians to be patient with his administration, saying they would work hard to actualise the promises made during the campaigns of the All Progressives Congress.

While outlining the incoming government’s tasks a few days ago, the Vice-President-elect, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, had put the graduate unemployment rate in Nigeria at 80 per cent and the general unemployment rate at over 40 per cent.

General Buhari won the March 28 presidential election, defeating the incumbent President, Goodluck Jonathan.

Shehu Sani Urges Buhari To End Amnesty Program For Ex-Militants

The Senator-elect for Kaduna Central, Mr Shehu Sani, has called on the PAmnestyresident-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, to scrap the ongoing amnesty programme for ex-militants when sworn into office.

The programme was initiated by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua for ex-militants in the Niger Delta.

Speaking during a courtesy call to Arewa House in Kaduna on Tuesday, Sani described the entire amnesty programme as a sham and urged the incoming President to probe the operations of the Amnesty programme.

According to him, the amnesty programme ought to be a temporary gesture and not a permanent thing which, he said, some persons have turned into a conduit pipe to drain the nation’s wealth.

The senator-elect wondered why the amnesty programme should be continuous and only meant for youths from a particular ethnic nationality while their counterparts from other regions are left out.

The senator-elect also accused President Jonathan’s administration of skewing development to the South-South alone while neglecting the North and South-West regions.

On the back of this, he called on General Buhari not to repeat “the mistake” of the outgoing government, but to ensure he carries all parts of the country along in his government.

APC Meets To Decide Zoning Of Principal Offices

APC meetsThe National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is meeting on Wednesday to resolve the issues outstanding from the zoning of principal office positions in the party.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had last week, recommended that the NEC should meet to decide the zoning.

Wednesdays’ talks of the party’s highest decision making body is expected to look into allocation of party positions that has seen zonal leaders position their interests against those of other zones.

Party sources said the position of the Senate President, that of the Speaker and Deputy Senate President were expected to be resolved during the NEC meeting.

The APC took over power in the centre in the March 28 presidential election.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC emerged the winner of the election, defeating the incumbent President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

The decisions that would be reached at the Wednesday meeting are seen as crucial, as the party prepares to take over power on May 29.

Ban Ki-Moon Reacts To Nigeria’s Presidential Election

Ban Ki-MoonThe UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, says the way the presidential election in Nigeria was conducted is “a testament” to Nigeria’s “democratic spirit”.

Mr. Ban Ki-Moon also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for “his statesmanship in upholding the democratic process”.

He applauded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for organising the elections in a professional and credible “manner under challenging circumstances”.

The UN Chief then called on all Nigerians to accept the outcome of the elections.

He expressed hope that the same democratic spirit would prevail in the conduct of the governorship and state houses of assembly elections on April 11.

General Muhammadu Buhari was declared the winner of the Presidential election in the early hours of Wednesday and has received his Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He defeated Nigeria’s incumbent President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, by over 2 million votes, in a keenly contested election which held on Saturday, March 28, 2015.

This is the first time an opposition party is winning the presidential election in Nigeria.

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.

Anyaoku Praises Jonathan For Conceding Defeat

AnyaokuElder statesman and former Commonwealth Secretary-General, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has applauded the President for congratulating General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the presidential election ahead of an official declaration by the electoral body.

Speaking on Channels Television’s election coverage programme, Nigeria 2015, Chief Anyaoku said that the action by President Goodluck Jonathan would send a message to the rest of Africa on the proper response by contestants in a standard democratic process.

Chief Anyaoku praised the peaceful conduct of the elections, and particularly the President for making Nigeria proud by his acceptance of defeat.

Chief Anyaoku spoke via the telephone while the result of the presidential election from Borno State was still being expected, although General Buhari had taken a clear lead at the time.

 

Buhari’s Eligibility: Court Adjourns Hearing Till April 22, 23

BuhariThe Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned hearing in all cases questioning retired General Muhammadu Buhari’s eligibility to contest in the 2015 presidential elections, to the 22nd and 23rd of April.

The court also dismissed the application filed by two other parties one Ebunoluwa Adegoruwa, a human rights activists and another Chukwuma Ochu seeking to be joined in the suit.

Trial judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola said the applicants are no more than meddlesome interlopers seeking to waste the time of the court and as such their applications concerning Buhari’s eligibility are frivolous and is thereby struck out.

The two parties before the court had approached the court to be joined as defendants in the suit.

While Mr Adegoruwa premised his application on the grounds that he is a pro-democrat who wants to ensure that all parties are granted equal rights, Mr Uwa told the court that his application is on the grounds that General Buhari is his candidate in the 2015 presidential elections and if he is disqualified he will be disenfranchised.

Buhari’s eligibility to contest in the forthcoming elections has been a bone of contention since he emerged the All Progressives Congress’ candidate.

On March 19, the court reserved ruling till  March 23 to decide whether it has jurisdiction to hear the suit filed by one Chukwuwike Okafor and Donald Daunamigba challenging Buhari’s eligibility to contest the 2015 general elections.

At the resumed hearing of two suits filed by Chukwunweike Okafor and Donald Daunamigba, their lawyer Mike Ozekhome (SAN) told the court that he had received a number of preliminary objections and applications for joinder in the suit.

He, however, asked the court for accelerated hearing in view of the fact that the general elections are barely a week away. According to him the court should consolidate all applications in the suit and decide on it, together with the substantive suit.

On March 24, the court ruled that all pending applications and the originating summons would be taken together in the suit challenging Buhari’s eligibility in the forthcoming March 28 presidential election.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Mike Ozekhome, who replied on point of law, argued that the parties seeking to join are interlopers and he canvased for accelerated hearing.

While counsel to the APC, Lateef Fagbemi, faulted Ozekhome’s position, he maintained that the mode of service on his client is faulty, stating that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the suit.

Counsel to Muhammadu Buhari , Mr Abubakar Malaki, also aligned with the position of the APC.

After listening to all parties, the presiding Judge, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, fixed the 25th of March to rule on the application for joinder.‎‎

Oshiomhole Debunks Claims On APC Islamic Agenda

oshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has debunked claims that General Mohammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are running an Islamic agenda.

Governor Oshiomhole debunked the claims while receiving a former Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate in the last Local Government Council polls in Edegbe Ugbogboh.

Mr Ugbogboh had defected to the APC.

Governor Oshiomhole said: “if General Buhari did not prosecute the Islamic agenda while he was the Military President, then the argument has no basis”.

Governor Oshiomhole assured the new party members and the people of Ikpoba Okha of the government’s commitment to developing the state.

Chatham House Lecture: Buhari Promises To Tackle Terrorism

Chatham HouseThe presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, says the forthcoming general elections in Nigeria is crucial as it is expected to further democratic consolidation on the African continent in general.

General Buhari made this declaration on Thursday while speaking during a lecture at London think-tank, Chatham House.

He said; “On March 28, Nigeria has a decision to make. To vote for the continuity of failure or to elect progressive change. I believe the people will choose wisely.

“I think that given its strategic importance, Nigeria can trigger a wave of democratic consolidation in Africa.

“But as a starting point, we need to get this critical election right by ensuring that they go ahead and deprive the zones who want to scuttle it the benefit of drowning our fledging democracy.

“That way, we’ll all see democracy and democratic consolidation as tools for solving pressing problems in a sustainable way, not as ends in themselves.”

General Buhari also explained that his priority if elected as president is to go tough on the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and tackle general insecurity in the country.

The APC candidate also promised to tackle corruption by blocking all channels of wastage in the economy and ensure that corrupt persons are not appointed to serve in his government.

“We will run a functional economy driven by our wide view that sees growth not in an end by itself but as a tool to create a society that works for all, rich and poor alike,” he said.

2015 Will Usher New Direction In Governance – Gov. Ahmed

2015As Nigerians go to the polls in 2015, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State says the year would usher in a new direction for good governance and renew hope for Nigeria among the comity of nations.

Governor Ahmed said this in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after a prayer held to mark his 51st birthday.

He said that with a sense of focus and steadfast prayers, Nigeria would overcome its challenges in 2015.

He called on Nigerians to elect credible candidates that would bring the needed development into the country.

The duo of General Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo, whom he described as men of impeccable characters, he said, would provide the kind of Nigeria the citizens were yearning for.

According to him, Nigerians are concerned with the security and economic situations and that should help in shaping their decisions on those that would lead the country from 2015.

Governor Ahmed also expressed confidence that General Buhari would ensure improved security, improved economy and infrastructural development if elected in 2015.

Stomach Infrastructure, Danger To Democracy – Adegbuyi

Bisi_AdegbuyiA member of a political party in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, has decried the resurgence of stomach infrastructure – giving gifts to electorates to get their votes -, saying it is a danger to Nigeria’s democracy.

On Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, Mr Adegbuyi insisted that what Nigeria needed now was a change in the political leadership of the nation, which he believed would deepen the democracy and not leaders that would doll out foot materials to electorates for their votes.

“If for any reason, let us try another party which is good for democracy and will deepen our democracy.

“Corruption, impunity, asymmetric political landscape, are the major problems buffeting Nigeria today.

“The type of leaders needed in a country depends on the circumstances prevailing at any particular point in time. A leader should have something to show for it,” he said, explaining that the state of things in Nigeria requires that a change should be made.

Recently, there have been visits to past Nigerian leaders by political offices’ aspirants and Nigerians have raised issues concerning this visits, stressing that the leader visited only has one vote.

But Mr Adegbuyi believes that the past leaders have influence on the decisions of some electorates and could make them make good choice of leaders that they would get.

“People have the right to visit whoever they want to visit to get the person’s endorsement.

“If the intention of the visit is centred on helping rally support for the presidential candidate, the voters will decide.

“Visits to past leaders may assist the electorate make their choice when the time for voting comes,” Mr Adegbuyi.

He insisted that the endorsement of a political aspirant mattered a lot, but pointed out that there was the need for the electoral body to ensure that a manifestly free, fair and credible election would be conducted in 2015.

Buhari Is Not An Islamic Fundamentalist – Spokesman

Jasper Azuatalam.The chairman of the Buhari Vanguard and a member of the Advisory Board, Mr Jasper Azuatalam, has described the former Nigerian Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, as a devoted Muslim and not a fundamentalist.

He said that describing Buhari as a fundamentalist was a wrong perception about the former leader, whom he said had good intentions for Nigerians.

While answering questions on Monday about the race for the All Progressives Congress’ presidential candidate that is at the moment between Bhuari, a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and the Governor of kano State, Kwkwanso, Mr Azuatalam further described General Buhari as a man with the qualities of a good leader.

“I have never seen the image of Buhari with any top Islamic or in Mecca.”

General Buhari had, in 2011 said it was his last time in the race for the Presidency, when he contested under the CPC in that years election. But he has not only declared his interest to contest in the 2015 election, he has bought the nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Asked why he is contesting again, his spokesman said he was part of the persons that convinced Buhari to contest again.

“I told him that if it was for the interest of Nigerians that he was contesting, he should come back and contest again. Buhari is not a materialistic person and the only reason he is contesting is because of Nigerians.

“There is use for it now. He has ran for the presidency for three times. He has almost ran as an independent candidate in all the three appearances,” he said.

An Opposition With National Spread

Mr Azuatalam explained why he thought General Buhari would win the Presidential election if given an opportunity, but emphasised that paramount in the APC’s agenda was not any particular candidate but one that will bring change to Nigerians.

“There are two reasons why the APC will win now.

“Now we have an opposition for the first time in Nigeria with a national spread even more than the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

“If Buhari will contest under the APC there is no doubt that he will overwhelmingly win.

“Whether it is a consensus candidate of a primary, there is nobody among these presidential candidates that will leave the party. They will all remain. All of them have one goal and the goal is to rescue Nigeria.

“All the candidates are prepared for the position. I have no doubt that they can all perform as presidents.

“What we need most that has made General Buhari unique is that he intends to tackle indiscipline that has bred corruption in Nigeria. We need a president who has enough influence and respect.

“One of the problems that President Jonathan has been having is that he gives orders and some of his subordinates flaunt his orders including his ministers. But there is high respect for Buhari when he gives an order,” he stressed.

There have been mixed reactions over the age of the aspirants and the need for the younger persons to be given a chance to rule the nation with fresh ideas, but Mr Azuatalam said that a younger person would not do well as a leader , considering the existence of different cabals that would stand against him

“If we bring someone that is young and good, the cabal in the country will not let him succeed. Buhari has high respect and leadership quality.”

He also said he had observed a rise in popularity of Buhari in the south-east and south-south region of Nigeria, citing cheers that Buhari received from the crowd at a rally organised by Governor Chibuike Amaechi in Rivers state to mark his seventh year in office.

However, in Nigeria, the crowd at a rally does not translated to the number of votes that a candidate gets, due to lack of trust for the people in government.

The APC National Executive Council has suggested an indirect primary for the selection of the presidential candidate, but the constitution did not make provision for such indirect primaries in line with the Electoral Act.

At a convention that will hold on 29 October, the APC will be looking to address the discrepancies between the APC constitution and the Act as it concerns selection of the presidential candidate through an indirect means.