Buhari Reiterates Commitment To Recovering Stolen Funds

Muhammadu BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his resolute commitment to curbing corruption, plugging all loopholes in Nigeria’s public sector accounting and deploying available resources for the good of all Nigerians.

Addressing members of the Nigerian community in India on Wednesday, President Buhari said that his administration would continue to vigorously pursue the recovery of stolen funds and prosecution of persons who have been indicted for corrupt practices.

The President said that he expected the ongoing recoveries and prosecutions to serve as a deterrent to others who nurse the ambition of seeking public office solely for illegal personal gain.

President Buhari assured the gathering that his administration fully recognised the devastating consequences of the illegal diversion of public resources meant for national development into private bank accounts and was doing all within its powers to stop such diversions.

The President told the Nigerian community he was fully aware of the expectations of Nigerians who elected him on the platform of change, integrity, probity and accountability and was therefore doing his utmost best to meet those expectations.

President Buhari met with Nigerians in India after talks with the Indian Prime Minister, Mr Nedra Modi, that focused on deepening co-operations and using the potential of both countries to greater advantage.

Nigerians Should Accept Democracy As A Lifestyle – Buhari

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerians to be patient and accept democracy not as a system of government but as a lifestyle in order to ensure development of the country.

The President said this when he paid homage to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, after attending the Juma’at prayer at the Low Cost Housing Mosque in Daura, Katsina State.

The President, who delivered his speech in Hausa, urged those who were aggrieved after the 2015 elections to seek redress through democratic means and institutions, noting that Nigeria is adopting democracy from the western nations and learning fast by avoiding mistakes made when studying the weaknesses and strengths of those nations.

According to the President , if Nigerians decide to be hasty, some avoidable mistakes can be made, urging that elections at all levels must be conducted based on democratic principles.

President Buhari also urged those interested in elective positions to look for a political platform of their choice, declare their interests and the party would support them.

He said that in 2002 when he joined politics, many people did not give him a chance because they knew his antecedents as a military officer but added that the 2015 polls had clearly shown that it is God that chooses who becomes a leader.

President Buhari said that he decided to contest elections because of his commitment to serve the people and not to be served or to amass wealth.

He added that he had served the nation in different capacities in the past and had not had so much money in the banks either locally or abroad or anywhere in the world.

He said that all he had over time is “integrity and commitment to serve the people” adding that he would fulfil his promises to the people.

The Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Faruk Umar, had earlier said he had known Buhari for his consistency which had become the hallmark of his integrity.

Like Good Wine, Buhari Gets Better With Age – Adesina

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The Presidency has reacted to statements credited to President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his age would limit his performance, stating that “Buhari is like an old wine that has got tastier”.

Buhari had told a gathering of Nigerians living in South Africa that ”I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adeshina, in a statement said ”though the President is 72, his persona has not changed”.

Read in full the statement below.

On Monday evening President Muhammadu Buhari spoke with the Nigerian community at the Nigerian Consulate in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Speaking extempore, because according to him, he wanted to “speak from the heart,” the President urged them to be good ambassadors of Nigeria, a country he went to the warfront to keep together.

”Still extolling the virtues of our country, Nigeria, the President, who had served as a military governor of the then North-Eastern State at 33 years old, declared:”I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.”

The above comments have been reported by some newspapers to mean that the President was saying he was too old to cope with the demands of his office. Far from it.

As the saying goes, ”old wines are tasty” and the President Buhari we have today is a man, like old wine, that has got tastier. At 72, yes, he can’t be called a youth, but he has in quantum the wisdom, the patience, temperance and forbearance that age brings. And all these virtues he has brought to the Presidency, to make a difference in our national life.

The President assured the Nigerian community in South Africa that his Administration will make  a positive impact on the country. And that he would do.

Insecurity as symbolized by insurgency will be brought to an end, corruption will be fought to a standstill, employment will be created for the teeming army of unemployed, the economy will be revived, and the quality of life of Nigerians will take an upward swing again. These will not come by a sudden flight, but they will happen in the life of this Administration.

At 72, the Buhari persona has not changed. He remains the simple, honest, incorruptible patriot he has always been. And because Nigerians earnestly desired change, that was why they voted for him overwhelmingly at the general elections in March, this year. All the virtues and values of the Buhari persona will be deployed into governance in the weeks and months ahead.

The Nigerian community in South Africa was enthralled as President Buhari spoke with them on Monday. In fact, leaving the venue was an effort, as they swarmed round the President, who shook hands with as many of them as he could.

They took his message well. That is the essence of good wine. It gets better with age. And it is a message for all Nigerians, both at home and in the Diaspora.

Meet Calabar Community That Practices Trade By Barter

Some weeks ago, Channels Television reported on the point of no return in Esuk Mba Community, Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State and promised to bring another report on a practice, still in Esuk Mba, traceable to the 18th century which is still in existence.

Part two of the Esuk Mba story, takes us to the trade by Barter Market, where this form of exchange has refused to evolve irrespective of the importance attached to the Nigerian currency note in our contemporary times.

The Esuk Mba trade by barter market was a focal point in Nigeria’s dark era of slave trade which made delivery of about 30 percent of the total slaves shipped out of the country at the ‘point of no return’ through a bush track behind the market.

Many decades after the abolition of slavery, the Esuk Mba Market is still standing and plays host to traders from the neighbouring states and communities who bring in, the proceeds from their farms in exchange of what they do not have, but need at the moment.

Other products exchanged at the market are sea foods like the periwinkle popularly known as ‘Enfee- in efik language, crayfish, fish, fruits and other produce.

The market is a weekly one, it holds every Saturday from 7am and terminates at 10am for the barter section and on a day like this, you can be sure of getting value for what you are exchanging for.

Ambrose Akpanika, an elder statesman and a High Chief of the Calabar Kingdom, traced the root of this practise and its economic stability factor in the Nation’s currency.