The National Defence College is currently holding an inauguration ceremony for participants of the Course 28.
Performing the inauguration, the Minister of Defence, Major General Bashir Magashi (Rtd), stressed the need for participants to contribute their quota towards addressing the nation’s security challenges.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of First Bank, Mrs Ibukun Awosika who was also in attendance, stressed the need for enterprise education.
This according to her, would ensure economic diversification and the overall development of Nigeria.
She also spoke about security, noting that the increasing migration of rural settlers to urban cities, if left unchecked will continue to pose security challenges.
Mrs Awosika, therefore, stated that the nation’s security challenges can be addressed through widespread development and deliberate structuring of economic opportunities.
Odumakin, who is also Buhari’s former spokesman at the now-defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), also faulted the process the President used in retaining some appointees.
While noting that there are some portfolios don’t need National Assembly’s approval, he wondered why the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to President, Abba Kyari and presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu among others have retained their positions without being reappointed.
“If the appointment that does not require going to the Senate is not being made and old people continue to function in a way that is not so legal, it gives (cause for some worry). Even the President himself did not rely on the oath he took in 2015, he had to take a new oath.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to address Nigerians at the Presidential inauguration.
According to the party, the action of the President shows that he and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are overburdened by the guilt of the rigged presidential election.
In a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP accused President Buhari of being insensitive.
It claimed, “Such also shows President Buharis insensitivity and the level of derision with which his handlers and party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) hold Nigerians, perhaps, given that the Presidential mandate they parade did not emanate from the people.”
The PDP insisted that the failure by the President to make any commitment at the ceremony has proven that “a product of a flawed electoral process” cannot serve the people or meet their aspirations under a constitutional democracy.
“The poor attendance and passivity of the audience at the ceremony at a time that Nigerians were trooping, in their millions, to the inauguration of state governors elected on the platform of the PDP, manifestly show,” it said.
The party added, “It is indeed pathetic that at a ceremony such as Presidential inauguration, where truly elected leaders address their people, make commitments and unfold their governance direction, President Buhari did not showcase his plans or commitment to the development of critical sectors of our polity.
“It also speaks volumes that President Buhari had nothing to say to the victims of mindless killings and acts of violence in various parts of our country.”
The President, according to the PDP, had no directions toward stemming the economic distress under his administration.
It stated that the challenges were the reasons why Nigerians were resorting to suicide and what it described as slavery mission abroad as options.
“In failing to address Nigerians, President Buhari turned the inauguration to a parody,” the party said.
It, however, urged Nigerians to take solace in its determination to retrieve what it said was its presidential mandate at the Tribunal.
Wike whose second term begins today declared that he will always place Rivers State first in all his actions.
He also promised not to disappoint the people of the state, stressing that his administration is not in opposition to the Federal Government.
“For us, in all things, it is Rivers State first; Rivers State is the measure; Rivers State before others. This is the essence of the political mandate and burden that we will bear for the next four years and we will not disappoint you.
“We will continue to stand up for Rivers State and defend her interest, no matter the challenges or what comes at us,” he stated.
Wike took his oath of office to commence his second term in the presence of thousands of Rivers people and other prominent Nigerians. Similarly, the Deputy Governor, Ipalibo Harry Banigo was sworn in for a second term.
Chief Judge of Rivers State, Justice Adama Iyaye-Laminkara administered the oath of office for the governor and his deputy.
After mounting the saluting dais for the ceremonial police rituals, Wike drove in the ceremonial open roof Land Rover Utility Vehicle to exchange pleasantries with the jubilant crowd.
He scored his administration high in the management of human and material resources, disclosing that during his first term in office, his administration embarked on massive road constructions.
The governor also reeled out the achievements recorded during his first administration. He added that plans have been concluded for the construction of 19 more technical colleges to ensure that every local government area in the state has at least, one technical college.
According to Okowa, this will encourage skill development and the spirit of entrepreneurship among the people.
Former Presidents Goodluck Jonathan and Olusegun Obasanjo were absent at the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term on Wednesday.
Also absent at the Eagle Square, Abuja, where the ceremony held was former Military President Ibrahim Babangida.
While the three former heads of government were absent at what the government had said would be a low-key inauguration ceremony, former military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd) was among other prominent Nigerians, diplomats, top government officials, and politicians at the ceremony.
Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office to the President at 10:42 am, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took his oath of office.
Based on the Constitution, the President swore that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he would discharge his duties to the best of his ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He also swore that he would preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that he would not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct or official decisions.
Wednesdays ceremony was also witnessed by members of the first families including the wives of the President Buhari and Osinbajo, Aisha and Dolapo, respectively.