Buhari Reiterates His Commitment To Development In Trade, Business Sector

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated his administration’s commitment to ensuring that the trade and business sector continues to flourish.

He gave the assurance while addressing a delegation from the Nigerian Association for Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), the Federation of West African Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI) and representatives of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) at the State House in Abuja.

The President, however, urged Nigerians to play by the rules in the area of trade and business which he believes are critical to Nigeria’s economic development.

 

According to him, markets have been flooded with smuggled and counterfeit goods as a result of non-adherence to rules.

He, however, stated that the temporary closure of the nation’s borders has yielded results and has helped in reducing the rate of smuggling.

Buhari Sends Oyo-Ita On Indefinite Leave, Picks Yemi-Esan As Acting HOS

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, to proceed on an indefinite leave.

According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, the leave is to allow the conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Consequently, the President has also approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

Read Also: Alleged N3bn Contract Scam: EFCC Investigates Winifred Oyo-Ita

Meanwhile, there’s also been an approval of the extension of the tenure of seven retiring Permanent Secretaries for a period of one year with effect from October, 1.

Read the full statement below.

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Mrs. Folashade Yemi-Esan as the Acting Head of the Civil Service of the Federation with immediate effect.

Dr. Mrs. Yemi-Esan, who is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources takes over from Mrs. Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, who has been directed to proceed on an indefinite leave to allow conclusion of the investigation being carried out by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The President has also approved the extension of the tenure of seven (7) retiring Permanent Secretaries for a period of one calendar year with effect from 1st October, 2019 to ensure stability in the Federal Civil Service and effective delivery on the nine priority areas of the administration as well as the mandates given to the new Ministers.

The affected Permanent Secretaries are:

i. Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah – Ministry of Interior
ii. Mrs. Ifeoma I. Anagbogu – Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
iii. Mrs. Grace Gekpe – Federal Ministry of Information & Culture
iv. Dr. Umar M. Bello – Federal Ministry of Agriculture & Rural
Development
v. Suleiman Mustapha Lawal – Ministry of Foreign Affairs
vi. Mrs. Comfort C. Ekaro – Federal Ministry of Water Resources
vii. Mr. Olusegun A. Adekunle – General Services Office (Office of the
Secretary to the Government of the Federation)

Similarly, Mr. President has directed the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to commence the process for the selection of new Permanent Secretaries to replace all retiring Permanent Secretaries.

The decision of Government to extend the tenure of these Permanent Secretaries is premised on the need to ensure that the new Ministers are properly guided, briefed about their sectors and to ensure that a solid foundation is laid for the delivery on the Presidential Mandate which they jointly signed.

The Permanent Secretaries will also help the Ministers to manage the process for the preparation of the 2020 Budget in line with the commitment of Government to return to the January-December budget circle and help develop various policies and programmes aimed at lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

The action of Mr President is in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 171 (2) d of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

Xenophobia: Buhari Pledges ‘Solidified’ Nigeria-South Africa Ties As Ramaphosa Apologises

President Muhammadu Buhari with South African Special Envoy to Nigeria, Mr Jeff Radebe, at the State House in Abuja on September 16, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has responded to profuse apologies from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In the wake of the xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreigners in South Africa, the President pledged that relationship between the two countries “will be solidified”.

According to a statement by his media adviser, Mr Femi Adesina, President Buhari described the attacks on Nigerians and other victims as “very unfortunate.”

READ ALSO: Ramaphosa Apologises To Nigeria Over Xenophobic Attacks

Receiving South Africa’s Special Envoy, Mr Jeff Radebe, on Monday at the Presidential Villa, the Nigerian leader extended appreciation to Ramaphosa “for coming to explain to us what happened in South Africa recently, leading to killing and displacement of foreigners.”

 

 

We Made Sacrifices

He also went down memory lane, recalling the roles played by Nigeria in engendering majority rule in South Africa and ending the apartheid segregationist policy.

President Buhari said, “Going back to historical antecedents, we made great sacrifices for South Africa to become a free state.

“I was a junior officer to (late) General Murtala Muhammad, and General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd). They were not operating in a democracy, but they got Nigerians to support them in the bid to see a free South Africa.”

“Our leadership was quite committed to the cause. We made sacrifices, which younger people of today may not know.

“During my last visit to South Africa with the late President Robert Mugabe, it was very emotional, as Mugabe spoke about Nigeria’s contribution to free South Africa,” he added.

Earlier, Mr Radebe apologised on behalf of his President for what he called “acts of criminality and violence” that recently occurred in his country.

“Such do not represent our value system or those of the larger number of South Africans,” he stated.

The special envoy stressed that South Africa was an integral part of Africa and fully committed to peace and integration of the continent.

On the death toll as a result of the attacks in South Africa, he informed the President that there was no Nigerian casualty.

According to Radebe, 10 people died during the attacks – two Zimbabweans and eight South Africans.

He added that South Africa remains eternally grateful for the role Nigeria played in ending apartheid.

The envoy was also hopeful that the scheduled visit of President Buhari to South Africa would solidify the relationship between the two countries once again.

 

Soludo, Rewane, Others Appointed To Economic Advisory Council

Chukwuma Soludo                                                                                                                Bismark Rewane

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has constituted an Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, announced this in a statement on Monday.

According to Adesina, the eight-man council is headed by Professor Doyin Salami with Dr Mohammed Sagagi as vice chairman while the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Development Policy, Dr Mohammed Salisu, is the secretary.

READ ALSO: Ramaphosa Apologises To Nigeria Over Xenophobic Attacks

The President appointed as members, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Professor Chukwuma Soludo, and the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Financial Derivatives Company Limited, Mr Bismark Rewane.

Other members of the committee are Professor Ode Ojowu, Dr Shehu Yahaya, and Dr Iyabo Masha.

Adesina explained that the advisory council would replace the current Economic Management Team (EMT) and report directly to the President.

The Council, according to him, will advise the President on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies.

“The EAC will have monthly technical sessions as well as scheduled quarterly meetings with the President.

“The Chairman may, however, request for unscheduled meetings if the need arises,” the statement said.

Buhari Meets With South African Special Envoy

President Muhammadu Buhari with South African Special Envoy to Nigeria, Mr Jeff Radebe, at the State House in Abuja on September 16, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the South African special envoy, Mr Jeff Radebe.

The meeting held on Monday behind closed doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Also present were the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Kabiru Bala; as well as the acting South African High Commissioner in Nigeria, Bobby Moroe.

READ ALSO: Soludo, Rewane, Others Appointed To Economic Advisory Council

During the visit, the special envoy presented a letter and conveyed the message from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to President Buhari.

Ramaphosa, according to Radebe, said the attacks provided a good opportunity for African leaders to tackle unemployment and inequality in the entire continent.

He added that the issue of compensation to Nigerian victims would feature during President Buhari’s visit to South Africa on October 3.

President Buhari’s meeting with Mr Radebe came barely one day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa sent special envoys to Nigeria and six other countries over the xenophobic attacks in his country.

This followed a situation in Zimbabwe where he was booed while addressing mourners at late Robert Mugabe’s funeral on Saturday last week.

Apart from Nigeria, the representatives were instructed to visit Niger, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia.

The South African leader asked the envoys to deliver messages of solidarity to the Heads of State and Governments of those nations following the attacks on their citizens in his country.

Other South Africans assigned to visit those countries are Ambassador Kingsley Mmabolo and Dr Khulu Mbatha.

Praises As Etsu Nupe Marks 16 Years On Throne, 67th Birthday

A file photo of the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, during a visit to the State House on May 24, 2019.

 

 

Goodwill messages have been trickling in as the Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar, marks 16 years on the throne and celebrates his 67th birthday.

The paramount ruler of the Nupe Kingdom in Nigeria’s north-central region is also the Chairman of Niger State Traditional Council.

On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari felicitated with the government and people of Niger State, as well as all sons and daughters of the kingdom on the occasion.

READ ALSO: Traditional Ruler Escapes Gunmen Attack In Taraba

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, the President congratulated all family members of the royal house, friends and associates of the traditional ruler.

President Buhari praised the nobility, maturity and visionary leadership of the Etsu Nupe as he sits on the throne of his fathers.

He noted that the traditional ruler’s legacy of hard work, discipline and honesty in public service has continued to resonate.

According to the President, the Etsu Nupe has been upholding the historically strong culture and arts of the people, as well as maintaining peace and good neighbourliness with other traditional stools and cultures.

As Chairman of the State Traditional Council, President Buhari affirmed that the culture of acceptance that pervades the state and the versatility in promoting communal living, entrepreneurship, agriculture and education deserves commendation.

He prayed that the Almighty God would grant the Etsu Nupe longer life, more peaceful years on the throne and wisdom to keep guiding his people in the right direction.

Advise Buhari To Obey Court Order On Electricity Contracts, SERAP Tells Malami

SERAP Threatens To Sue UI, AAUA Over Increased Fees

 

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Attorney General of the Federation, Mr Abukabar Malami, to advise President Muhammadu Buhari to enforce the judgment by Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor, ordering the immediate release of details of payments to all defaulting and corrupt electricity contractors and companies since 1999.

Deputy Director of the agency, Kolawole Oluwadare, in a letter said that the enforcement of the judgment will go a long way in protecting the integrity of the legal system.

He further stated that enforcing the judgement would prove the government’s commitment to the rule of law, and contribute to addressing the culture and legacy of corruption in the power sector.

See full statement below.

Advise Buhari to obey judgment on release of payment details on electricity contracts, SERAP tells Malami

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has urged Mr Abukabar Malami, SAN, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to use his “special role as the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria to advise and persuade President Muhammadu Buhari to fully and effectively enforce the judgment by Justice Chuka Austine Obiozor ordering the immediate release of details of payments to all defaulting and allegedly corrupt electricity contractors and companies since 1999.”

Justice Obiozor, a Professor of Law, sitting at the Federal High Court, Lagos, had in July delivered a judgment in a Freedom of Information suit number FHC/L/CS/105/19, brought by SERAP, ordering the Federal Government to disclose and publish the names of companies and the whereabouts of the contractors paid by successive governments to carry out electricity projects but disappeared with the money without executing any projects.”

In the open letter dated 13 September 2019 and signed by SERAP deputy director Kolawole Oluwadare, the organization said: “The enforcement of this judgment will be a special moment for the government’s anti-corruption agenda and the sovereignty of rule of law, as it would go a long way in protecting the integrity of our legal system.

“We urge you to make best efforts to advise and persuade President Buhari and Mr Sale Mamman, Minister of Power to begin to take steps that will ensure the full enforcement of this ground-breaking judgment.”

SERAP said: “Advising and persuading Mr Buhari and Mr Mamman to enforce the judgment against corrupt contractors and companies would show your commitment to the rule of law, and contribute to addressing the culture and legacy of corruption in the power sector.

It will show that you are not just Mr Buhari’s lawyer but also a defender of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 (as amended), the rule of law and public interest within the government, something which Justice Obiozor’s judgment seeks to serve.”

The letter read in part: “It is emphatically the province and constitutional duty of the Attorney General to advise on the enforcement of judicial decisions. It is important to do so here if power sector contractors and companies are not to continue to evade justice for their alleged corruption.”

“Taking action as recommended would be in keeping with Nigerians’ expectations, and entirely consistent with Buhari’s oft-expressed commitment to ‘kill’ corruption–whether by public officials or private contractors—and help to build citizens’ trust and confidence in the ability of this government to take head-on the systemic corruption in the power sector.”

“Our democracy needs courts so that public officials and private actors including contractors can be held accountable for any infraction of Nigerian anti-corruption laws and international commitments. Constitutionalism and the rule of law are not in conflict with democracy; rather, they are essential to it.”

“We hope that the aspects highlighted will help guide your actions in advising and persuading Mr Buhari and Mr Mamman to enforce and implement Justice Obiozor’s judgment. We would be happy to provide further information or to discuss any of these issues in more detail with you.”

“A certified true copy of the judgment is enclosed with this letter for your attention and urgent action.”

It would be called that SERAP had in February filed the FoI suit against the Federal Government and former Minister of Power Mr Babatunde Fashola. The former minister then responded, saying that: “the Ministry has searched for the requested information on details of alleged contractors and companies but we could not find it from our records.”

SERAP said: “During the 20 years of Nigeria’s democracy successive governments have failed to increase power generation and provide Nigerians with regular and uninterrupted electricity supply, with many electricity contracts shrouded in secrecy, and trillions of Naira going down the drain.”

“Ordinary Nigerians have continued to pay the price for corruption in the electricity sector, as the country has remained in darkness despite huge investment in the power sector by successive governments.”

In summary, Justice Obiozor in his judgment granted the following reliefs:

A DECLARATION is hereby made that the failure and/or refusal of the Respondent [Federal Government/Ministry of Power] to provide SERAP with documents and information containing the specific names and details of contractors and companies that have been engaged in the power sector by successive governments since 1999, details, of specific projects and the amounts that have been paid to the contractors and companies, details on the level of implementation of electricity projects and their specific locations across the country, and failure to widely publish it on a dedicated website, any of such information, amounts to a breach of the obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2011

A DECLARATION is hereby made that the failure and/or refusal of the Respondent [Federal Government/Ministry of Power] to provide SERAP with specific documents and information containing the specific names and details of contractors and companies that allegedly collected money for electricity projects from successive governments since 1999 but failed to execute any of such projects, and failure to widely publish it on a dedicated website, any of such information, amounts to a breach of the Respondent’s responsibility/obligation under the Freedom of Information Act 2011

AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS is made directing and compelling the Respondent [Federal Government/Ministry of Power] to urgently compile and make available to SERAP documents and information containing the specific names and details of contactors and companies that have been engaged in the power sector by successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999 to date, details of specific projects and the amounts that have been paid to the contracts and companies, details on the level of implementation of electricity projects and their specific locations across the country and to publish widely including on a dedicated website, any of such information

AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS is made directing and compelling the Respondent [Federal Government/Ministry of Power] to urgently compile and make available to SERAP documents and information containing the specific names and details of contactors and companies that allegedly collected money for electricity projects from successive governments since 1999 but failed to execute any projects.

A DECLARATION is hereby made that the failure and/or refusal of the Respondent [Federal Government/Ministry of Power] to urgently disclose if there is an ongoing investigation or prosecution of allegedly corrupt contractors and companies in the electricity sector, amounts to a breach of the Respondent’s responsibility/obligation under the Freedom of Information Act 2011.

AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS is made directing and compelling the Respondent [Federal Government/Ministry of Power] to urgently disclose if there is an ongoing investigation or prosecution of allegedly corrupt contractors and companies in the electricity sector.

Kolawole Oluwadare
SERAP Deputy Director
15/09/2019
Lagos, Nigeria

BudgIT Director, Seun Onigbinde Gets Political Appointment

A file photo of Seun Onigbinde. Photo: Twitter- @seunonigbinde.

 

 

The director and co-founder of BudgIT, Mr Seun Onigbinde, has been appointed by the Federal Government as a technical adviser at Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

Onigbinde is one of the long-term critics of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

The data analyst disclosed this through his Medium account on Friday, as there are reports that his Twitter account has been deactivated.

He said, “Friends, I have accepted to take up an advisory role underwritten by an international development agency for an initial period of six months.

“I believe that to guard the reputation of BudgIT, I need to take an operational break and make my new position public.”

“In a technical advisory role, I shall be supporting the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, along the issues of budget reform, development planning, and revenue growth.

“It is similar to a task Joseph Agunbiade (my BudgIT co-founder) and I worked on in 2013–14, under the DFID-FEPAR program for the National Assembly Budget and Research Office,” Onigbinde added.

VIDEO: How I Coped With ‘Pressure’ Of Tribunal’s Judgement – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has been speaking about how he soaked in the pressure during the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal which lasted several hours.

He said he used the opportunity of the Federal Executive Meeting to keep himself busy while the judgement lasted.

 

A Fabulous Coincidence

The President spoke when he received governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who paid him a congratulatory visit on Friday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

He also joked about the pressure he would have been through if he had been free to watch the proceedings of the Tribunal.

President Buhari said, “If I had lost this case, I think the impact downstairs; I don’t know how far it will go. So, we are here to congratulate each other, and we thank God for his mercies.

“On this judgement, again it was a fabulous coincidence. It came the same day, almost the same time with the first meeting of this government; of the executive of the government.”

“And it lasted about the same time with the judgement. I thank God for that because I think would have gone into trauma or something. So, I was busy trying to concentrate on the memo.

“The first memo was on the budget and the memo took more than five hours. So, while you were doing your thing for nine hours, we were doing ours for about seven hours here,” he told his guests.

 

The Way Forward

The President thanked the governors and leaders of the ruling party for their support throughout the proceedings at the Tribunal.

He, however, challenged them on the need to build a stronger party in other to build on the achievements recorded so far.

According to the President, it is important for the APC leaders to institutionalise the party to ensure it has the capacity to retain power and deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

“It is a very interesting coincidence and I thank God for it because I would have been in trauma of some sort. So, thank you very much for sharing the glory with us,” he reiterated in reaction to his victory at the Tribunal.

President Buhari added, “What I will say in return for your congratulations, the chairman of the party and the governors is to make sure we really institutionalised the party so that when we leave, the party stays and continue to lead. Thank you very much.”

Tribunal’s Judgement: PDP Decries Delay, Demands ‘Immediate Release’ Of Record

PDP Closes Case At Presidential Election Tribunal, Calls 62 Witnesses

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over what it called the “undue delay” by the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to release the record of its judgment.

Two days after the Tribunal affirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari won the February 23 poll, the PDP has again rejected the judgment in a statement on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan.

It stressed that the record of the judgment was needed to enable the party and its presidential candidate, Mr Atiku Abubakar, to promptly file an appeal against the ruling at the Supreme Court.

VIDEO: How I Coped With ‘Pressure’ Of Tribunal’s Judgement – Buhari

“Our party and millions of supporters across the country believe that the delay is a calculated attempt by some quarters to frustrate our appeal at the Supreme Court, where Nigerians have expressed confidence to get justice as well as restore the integrity of our judiciary, which has been eroded by the Tribunal,” the opposition party alleged.

It claimed further, “It is instructive to state that the Court of Appeal is aware that our party and candidate have mandatory 14 days to appeal to the Supreme Court, yet it is delaying in releasing a judgment that was read for nine hours and which it wants the public to believe it actually wrote.

“Our party fears that this development is lending credence to suspicion in the public space that the judgment is being tampered with and altered, in the name of correcting errors, knowing that there is no way the verdicts can stand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court.”


Tribunal Affirms Buhari’s Election

President Buhari defeated former Vice President Atiku in the keenly contested presidential election on February 23.

Dissatisfied with the outcomes of the poll, the PDP and its candidate took to the Tribunal, specifically asking the Tribunal to disqualify Buhari on the grounds that he did not possess the requisite academic qualification to contest for the office of President among other reasons.

 

After months of proceedings and presentation of witnesses and a series of evidence at the Tribunal, a five-man panel of judges led by Justice Mohammed Garba dismissed the petition by the PDP and Atiku in its entirety.

In a unanimous judgement delivered on Wednesday, the Tribunal held that the parties were to bear their respective cost.


Praise And Criticism

The judgement of the Tribunal sparked mixed reactions across the country as it was gladly received by members of the ruling party but strongly rejected by those of the opposition.

In separate reactions, President Buhari said the ruling was a victory for Nigerians who trooped out to elect him for a second term in office while the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, was confident that his party would win in any court.

Similarly, the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, called on the PDP to tender an apology to Nigerians for distracting the Buhari administration with an election petition, rather than appealing the Tribunal’s judgement.

The opposition party, in a swift reaction, asked the minister and others to be cautious in celebrating the Tribunal’s judgment.

It insisted that the judgment was “a direct miscarriage of justice” which would not stand at the Supreme Court, adding that it has enough evidence against the President Buhari and the APC.

A file photo of proceedings at the Presidential Election Tribunal in Abuja. PHOTOS: Channels TV/Sodiq Adelakun

Manipulate Processes?

Condemning the delay in the release of the record of the judgement, the PDP said, “We also hope there is no link between the circumstances surrounding this delay and the boasts by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, speaking for the Buhari Presidency, as well as the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, that justice will not be served to the PDP and our Presidential candidate at the Supreme Court.”

It said it had always alerted Nigerians of the alleged efforts by the ruling party to manipulate processes.

The PDP, however, noted that it has found solace in the fact that the full video and audio recordings of the judgment were in the public space.

“We will not hesitate to expose any underhand act by anybody. The PDP, therefore, demands the immediate release of the record of judgment as delivered by the Tribunal without any form of alterations,” it said.

Why I Prefer Women To Oversee Nigeria’s Economy, Finances – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari with some APC women leaders at the State House in Abuja on September 12, 2019.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why placed women in strategic positions of his government, such as the financial sector.

According to him, this is to ensure effective management of limited resources available and promote a stronger sense of inclusiveness.

The President said this when he received a delegation of National, Zonal, State and FCT Women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the party’s Woman Leader, Salamatu Baiwa, on Thursday at the State House in Abuja.

He noted that he preferred women to oversee the economic and financial hub of the country, Ministry of Finance, as they can readily deploy their experience in aligning resources with the needs of the country.

READ ALSO: PDP Asks Lai Mohammed, Others Not To Celebrate Yet

President Buhari believes the nation also has many female technocrats with local and international experiences on economy and finance.

“I am happy that I can defend myself very effectively on this issue. The APC party leader is my witness. Since the coming into power of this administration I have handed over the treasury to women,” he was quoted as saying in a statement by his media adviser, Femi Adesina.

He added, “Even at household level, you hand over the money to women to manage. It can be taken to the level of managing the country’s treasury as well.

“I have consistently given it to women. It is strategic. I am conscious of the leadership roles of women in the society and by my action I have justified my belief.”

The President reiterated that his administration would ensure inclusiveness for women and youths, especially in the second term by providing more access to facilities that would enable the spread of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises, and encourage more interest in agriculture.

He said the traditional and subsistence style of farming should be replaced with commercialised and business oriented techniques.

“We have to move away from the traditional ways of farming that were practiced in the pre-colonial and colonial era,” President Buhari added.

He said he has instructed the ministers to work with traditional institutions to encourage interest in farming, with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) readily providing loans at low interest rates and longer periods of repayment.

The President stated, “On unemployment, I know there is no able bodied person that went back to the farm in the last three years that regretted the action.”

In her remarks, the APC Woman Leader congratulated the President for his victory at the polls and the Tribunal.

She also commended the administration for its efforts in managing the affairs of the country which she said provided the impetus for the vigorous campaigns.

Baiwa said women were particularly pleased and willing to vote for the President because the government deliberately formulated some policies to favour and empower women, like the social intervention Trader Moni.

She added that the APC had many resourceful and loyal women that would contribute to the success of the administration, while commending the President for giving women strategic positions in the government.

“Our prayer is that God will give you the tenacity to overcome all obstacles,” said the Woman Leader said.

Buhari Will Defeat Atiku At ‘World Court’, Says Oshiomhole

 

 

Adams Oshiomhole                                    Muhammadu Buhari                                      Atiku Abubakar

 

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has reacted to the judgement of the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal.

Oshiomhole, who commended the Tribunal’s ruling which upheld President Muhammadu Buhari’s election, stated that the President would always defeat former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

He said this at a briefing with State House correspondents after he met with the President along with some women leaders of the ruling party on Thursday in Abuja.

Following the victory at the Tribunal, the APC chairman also expressed confidence that the President would defeat his closest rival in the February 23 poll and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Supreme Court.

 

According to him, even if Atiku and the opposition party go to the World Court if permissible by law, the APC is ready to meet them there.

Oshiomhole, however, criticised the PDP presidential candidate and asked Nigerians to resist western prescriptions capable of ruining the country.

The Tribunal & Petitions

President Buhari defeated former Vice President Atiku in the keenly contested presidential election on February 23.

Dissatisfied with the outcomes of the poll, the PDP and its candidate took to the Tribunal to challenge the re-election of the President.

They filed a joint petition on March 18, 2019, specifically asking the Tribunal to disqualify Buhari on the grounds that he did not possess the requisite academic qualification to contest for the office of President.

The PDP and Atiku also alleged irregularities in the conduct of the poll, deployment of electronic voting, over-voting, substantial non-compliance with the electoral law, as well as the use of security agencies to rig the election in favour of the President.

Meanwhile, Hope Democratic Party (HDP) and its candidate also filed a separate petition, seeking to be declared the winner of the election but the Tribunal dismissed the suit.

After months of proceedings and presentation of witnesses and a series of evidence at the Tribunal, a five-man panel of judges led by Justice Mohammed Garba dismissed the petition by the PDP and Atiku in its entirety.

In a unanimous judgement, the Tribunal held that the parties were to bear their respective cost.

Justice Garba affirmed that President Buhari was the winner of the presidential election.

Other members of the Tribunal included Justice Peter Olabisi-Ige, Justice Abdul Aboki, Justice Joseph Ikyegh, and Justice Samuel Oseji, who all agreed with the lead judgement.