Nigerian Leaders Should See Young People As Assets, Says Mohammed

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, speaks during a visit to the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja on November 17, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @NGFSecretariat.


It is important for Nigeria’s leaders to see young people as assets or else they will not eventually have a peaceful retirement.

The Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of the United Nations, Amina Mohammed, gave the advice on Tuesday when she visited the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), as part of her tour of some West African States. including Ghana, Sierra Leone, Chad, and the Niger Republic.

A statement from the NGF Secretariat spokesperson, Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo, noted that the advice was in reaction to the #EndSARS protest in some parts of the country.

In her response to pleas by the governors for assistance from the UN, Mohammed said the organisation does not write cheques but creates an environment for those who have the cheques to do so.

She, however, commended the governors for the mature manner in which they handled the demonstrations, although she regretted that some ugly influences eventually contaminated the protests.

Welcoming the DSG to the secretariat, NGF Chairman and Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, listed some of the challenges of governance in the country and how the COVID-19 pandemic affected Nigeria’s economy.

He stated that while the virus hit Nigeria later than other countries, its impact has been ravaging with over 64,090 confirmed cases and 1,154 deaths.

Other impacts, the governor noted, included the fall in oil prices, contracting tax base, loss of sources of livelihood, unemployment, youth restiveness, increasing inflation rate, worsening exchange rate, and decline in productivity due to necessary lockdown measures initiated globally and nationally.

UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, pose for a photograph with Governor Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Governor Umaru Fintiri (Adamawa), and Governor Hope Uzodinma (Imo), at the secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) in Abuja on November 17, 2020. Photo: Twitter- @NGFSecretariat.


Governor Fayemi explained that as a responsive group, members of the NGF worked collaboratively, co-opting ideas and welcoming support from critical stakeholders, including partners and the private sector.

“In the wake of the pandemic, we worked with the Federal Government to ensure the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Presidential Task Force (PTF), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development got all the support they required in delivering swift containment measures,” he told the DSG.

He added, “At the National Economic Council (NEC) level, we developed a COVID-19 response plan encompassing health, economic and socio-economic, immediate to medium-term measures needed to combat the virus and its impact.”

The NGF chairman said the pandemic compelled governors to see the “need for retooling ourselves on how best to become accountable to the electorate.”

Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, and his Imo State counterpart, Governor Hope Uzodinma, attended the meeting in person while many others joined by zoom from their respective states.

Leaders Must Rise Above Personal Interests – Gov. Ambode

Lagos State, lekki free zoneNigeria’s present economic situation may still be biting hard, but the situation urgently requires elected leaders to put aside personal differences and interests and focus on delivering good governance to those they represent.

This charge was giving by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to participants of the ongoing maiden edition of the executive and legislative retreat in Lagos.

Governor Ambode said that the recession taking its toll on Nigerians is a wakeup call for leaders at all levels to come together for the purpose of rescuing the nation rather than seeing it as an opportunity to amass resources for selfish purposes.

The 3-day retreat had in attendance members of the executive and the legislature at the state and federal level.

Party leaders from the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in the state were also part of it.

Kwara Governor Urges Muslims To Sustain Lessons Of Islam

Kwara, Eid-el-Kabir, MuslimsKwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, has urged Muslims to sustain the lessons of love, compassion, sacrifice and faith in Allah that Eid-el-Kabir represents.

He asked them to make such characteristics enduring virtues in their daily activities.

Governor Ahmed made the call in a message issued by his spokesman, Mr Abdulwahab Oba, to commemorate the Eid-El-Kabir celebrations with Muslim faithful in Nigeria.

He urged Nigerians, irrespective of their religious or ethnic differences, to transform such diversities into platform for national cohesion, understanding and development.

“There’s undoubtedly potency in the diversities of our nationalities that we can drive collectively in the quest for socio-economic and technological transformation and advancement of the Nigerian space,” he said.

Governor Ahmed acknowledged that Islam is a religion of peace and urged Muslims to mark the festival of sacrifice with prayers for Nigerian leaders, as Nigeria grapples with its economic challenges.

“These are challenges and sacrifices for change which inevitably will lead the country to Eldorado”, he said.

Nigeria’s Economy Should Be Built To Adapt To Current Trends – Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo on NigeriaNigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, says there is need to ensure that the economy of the nation is built to adapt to the physical, social and technological trends of the present generation.

Professor Osinbajo made the statement on Friday during a two-day economic and investment summit in Delta State, south-south Nigeria.

He further stressed the need for Nigerian leaders to build relationships based on trust with the citizenry.

“Truth on the part of a leader, plays a critical role in the development and prosperity of Nigeria,” he stated.

The summit was organised by the Delta State government, as part of the activities to mark the 25th anniversary since Delta State was created.

Speaking to delegates at the event, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, emphasised the need to build a strong, robust and resilient economy.

Present at the summit are the Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Charles Soludo among others.

Man Who Served Seven Nigerian Leaders Passes On

Justin Onuorah Abuah who served seven Nigerian Leaders dies A man who served seven Nigerian leaders and rose to the rank of a Director of Information at the State House has passed on.

Mr Justin Abuah, born on January 29, 1959, died on Sunday, August 14, in Abuja after a brief illness.

Fondly called O.J. by all who knew and came in close contact with him, the late Abuah had a long and rich career at the Presidency, where he served seven past Nigerian leaders since 1986 when he joined the State House media office from the News Agency of Nigeria.

His many colleagues, friends and admirers will fondly remember him as the man behind several presidential statements and speeches and he demonstrated a rare sense of calmness and candour in service.

A native of Asaba in Oshimili South Local Government Area of Delta State, O.J. is survived by his wife, Loretta and three children (Chinedum, Chike and Amaechi).

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a condolence message to the bereaved family.

A statement by the President’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, said burial arrangements would be announced later by the family.

Sultan Urges Nigerian Leaders To Uphold Justice

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar on JusticeThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has challenged Nigerian leaders to always uphold justice.

He asked them not be bias in favour or against anyone, saying injustice has no place in any society.

The Sultan made the call while delivering a goodwill message at an Islamic gathering in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital in southwest Nigeria.

He called on Muslims to shun violence but always be prayerful and not take law into their hands whenever they are being denied their constitutional rights.

Alhaji Abubakar noted that constant praying for the nation’s leaders for God’s guidance is mandatory for Muslims in order for them to be successful in directing the country.

Good Relationship With Neighbours Will Help End Insecurity – Buhari

Boni-Yayi-and-Muhammadu-BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday said one of the ways of ensuring security of lives and property in the country is to ensure that Nigeria maintains good relationship with her neighbors at all times.

The President gave the remark during his speech at a joint press conference with his counterpart from Benin Republic, Mr Boni Yayi, who paid him a farewell visit.

President Buhari commended President Yayi’s contribution of soldiers in the fight against insurgency under the Lake Chad Commission, and praised his efforts in the provision of quality education, infrastructure and health care for the people of Benin Republic.

He thanked the Benin Republic’s President for the consistency in identifying with Nigeria, assuring him that Nigeria is interested in whoever is going to succeed him.

President Yayi, who will be leaving office in March after serving for two terms, thanked President Buhari and former Nigerian leaders for the show of solidarity to his administration.

Malala Seeks More Action To Free Abducted Chibok Girls

malalaNobel Peace Prize winner and girls education activist, Malala Yousafzai has called for more action on the release of the schoolgirls abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group in Nigeria, a year ago.

In an open letter to the girls, Miss Yousafzai criticised Nigeria’s authorities and the international community for not doing enough to secure the release of the girls.

The Boko Haram militants caused global outrage after abducting the girls from Nigeria’s north-eastern Chibok town in Borno State.

According to estimates by the UN, the insurgency has displaced 800,000 Nigerian children.

In an open letter to the abducted girls, Yousafzai said: “We cannot imagine the full extent of the horrors you have endured. But please know this: we will never forget you”.

The young Nobel Peace Prize winner added that there were reasons for “hope and optimism”, after recent successes by Nigeria’s military in recapturing territories from Boko Haram.

“I look forward to the day I can hug each one of you, pray with you, and celebrate your freedom with your families,” Ms Yousafzai said.

In the mean time in Nigeria, the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign group is encouraging people to remember the girls ahead of the first anniversary of their abduction on Tuesday. As part of the week-long activities to mark one year of the girls’ abduction, a vigil and candlelit procession is due to be held in the nation’s capital, Abuja, on Tuesday as well.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), said the abduction of the schoolgirls from Chibok was “only one of the endless tragedies being replicated on an epic scale across Nigeria and the region”.

In a report, UNICEF has said that the number of children fleeing the Boko Haram insurgency has doubled in the past year and more than 1.5 million people have now been displaced in the six-year conflict.

Mandela Did Not Die, He Ascended – Captain Aliyu

Following the news of South Africa’s hero, Nelson Mandela, passing away at the age of 95, a security consultant, Captain Umar Aliyu (Rtd), on Friday said that the anti-apartheid champion did not die (spiritually) but only ascended.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, he described the late icon as “the greatest African man I know” and added that he “has ascended.”

“I won’t accept the use of the word dead. He ascended.”

Nelson Mandela had been at the fore-front of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and following the victory of the crusade, he emerged the first black president of the nation.

Speaking about his popularity in the world, Mr Umar said Mandela was more popular than the South African Rand.

“I don’t even believe he is dead. Not in the spiritual sense.

Some people just transcend death. Some people rubbish death.

He will be more popular in death than when he was alive as “he cannot die”.

Mr Aliyu said that Mandela gave account of all the 95 years he spent on Earth and added that those who are privileged to live for almost a century, should be able to do something significant.

“He stood for peace, truth and equality.”

He praised Madiba for refusing to be South Africa’s President for Life but choosing to rule for one term after emerging as the first black president.

Hope For A Nigerian Madiba

While praising Mandela’s attributes, Mr Aliyu expressed his desire to see more selfless leaders in Nigeria, adding that, “it is my heart’s song that somewhere among our leaders, we should also be able to bring about a Mandela.” “Selflessness became his (Mandela) brand name.”

Making a comparison between the kind of politics Mandela played and the kind Nigerian politicians play in contemporary times, Umar said “in my opinion, our politics has been tending more towards comedy than anything else.”

Leadership Series Event: Nigerian leaders advised to adopt participatory governance

Nigerian leaders are to ensure that governance gets to the grassroots because it is one of the tools and ways that democracy can thrive in the country as well as adopt an inclusive participatory government where everybody is a stakeholder.

This is the view of notable Nigerians during a leadership series event at Enugu State.

While speaking to channels television, former information minister, Dr.Walter Ofonagoro, disclosed that regional insecurity can be brought to a halt when the leaders co-operate with the government in authority to fish out those involved in causing insurgencies within their locality as it is expected that as a leader they should be aware of what happens within their communities.

Dr. Walter hinted that despite the enormous problems been experienced in the nation that Nigeria is not a failed state if all the leaders can perform their responsibilities in a patriotic and selfless manner.

According to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe representing Abia south, participatory governance would assist in solving most of the challenges facing the country if all stakeholders are allow to be part of the government irrespective of status, class in the society.