I Will Handover A Nigeria Completely Free Of Terrorist Strongholds – Jonathan

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan pledged Thursday in Abuja that he will do all within his powers to ensure that all Nigerian territory still held by terrorists and insurgents are totally liberated before May 29, 2015.

Receiving a delegation of Heads of Customs from the West and Central African Region of the World Customs Organisation led by the Secretary-General of the organisation, Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, President Jonathan said that he was determined to hand over a country completely free of terrorist strongholds to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The President said that ongoing military operations in the North-East had already recorded huge successes, with two states completely free from the control of terrorists, while operations in the third state had reached a concluding stage.

“We can now say two states are completely free from terrorist control, while in the third state, it is only in one Local Government Area that they are still present. That is in the Sambisa Forest,” he said.

President Jonathan noted that the military had already moved into the forest to seize the remaining camps of the terrorists, adding that the recent rescue of about 300 abducted girls and women was further evidence of the success being achieved in the ongoing operation.

On his decision to concede victory to the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, before all the results of the presidential elections were announced, President Jonathan said that elections must be approached from a nationalistic point of view.

“Our elections should be about where Nigeria is going. If Nigeria is moving forward, it is for the good of all Nigerians. My children and grandchildren will live and grow in this country and contribute to it.

“I always tell my colleagues to leave office when their time is up. We are trying to encourage African leaders not to remain in power as kings until death,” he said.

Mr. Mikuriya commended the President for supporting the reform of the Nigeria Customs Service, noting that other African countries had already started emulating the vision, strategy, adoption to new technology and result- oriented training of officers that were captured in Nigeria’s reforms.

Oshiomhole Reacts To Buhari’s Visit To Aso Rock

OshiomoleEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the cordial relationship between the outgoing Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, and President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, as one of the positive things coming from Nigeria to the international community in a long while.

Governor Oshiomhole, during the convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma was reacting to the visit of the President-elect to President Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

He remarked that the current circumstance shows that Nigeria has moved ahead.

Anyim, Sylva Head Transition Committee As FG Releases Programme

The federal government has released the programme of activities for the transition processThe Federal Government has reeled out a one week programme of activities for the transition process from the Goodluck Jonathan administration to the administration of President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

This is sequel to a meeting between the parallel Transition Committee and Inauguration Committee that was held in the Presidential Villa.

Addressing State House correspondents after the meeting of the Transition Committees, Secretary to the Federal Government, Anyim Pius Anyim, said that there would be Jumat prayer, interdenominational service, inauguration dinner, and swearing-in ceremony immediately after the swearing-in and gala night.

Senator Anyim, who is the Chairman of the Transition Committee, told State House correspondents that the mandate of the two committees is to draw up programmes of activities for the inauguration ceremony, ‎arrange invitations and accommodation for foreign and local dignitaries, organise approved programme of activities, draw up budget‎ for the programme of activities and co-opt into subcommittees, persons that may be necessary to assist in the discharge of activities.

The transition committee is made up of 14 members from the present government and 13 from the incoming administration.

Former Governor of Bayelsa State, Timipre Sylva, is the Co-chair of the Transition Committee.

Members of the Anyim-led committee are; Chief of Defence, Air Chief Marshall, Alex Badeh; Ministers of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, Aviation, Osita Chidoka, Culture, Tourism and National Orientation, Edem Duke, Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Akon Eyakenyi, Foreign Affairs, Aminu Wali, Interior, Abba Moro, office of National Security Adviser, Bello Fadile, IGP Solomon Aresa, Minister of State Defence, Austin Akobundu, Commander Brigades of Guards, A. B. Omozoje, and Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary, Presidency (Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation).

The members of the incoming government’s committee are; Timipre Sylva, (co-chairman), Pius Akinyelure, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Sharon Ikeazor, Tony Anwuka, Kawu Baraje, John Shagaya, Hadiza Bala-Usman, Babagana Kingibe, Ismaila Funtua, Senator Binta Masi Garba, Babachir Lawal and Samson Osagie.

May 29 Remains Handover Date – Akwashiki

Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari  - handover dateThe Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, says May 29 remains date for the handover of governance from President Goodluck Jonathan to the President-elect, General Muhammudu Buhari.

Mrs Akwashiki made the clarification on Wednesday at the end of Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Jonathan.

The Minister said May 28 is just for the inaugural dinner and not the date for the transition, stressing that 29 May would remain Nigeria’s “handover and Democracy Day”.

Mrs Akwashiki maintained that “President Jonathan remains the President till 29 May when the President-Elect will take over”.

On the sack of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Suleiman Abba, by President Jonathan, she said that the President acted within his power, to appoint and sack personnel.

Mr Abba was sacked on Tuesday and replaced with Solomon Arase, who is to act as the new IGP.

Mr Arase was a Deputy Inspector General of Police and his appointment takes immediate effect.

Chibok Girls Remembered One Year After Abduction

Chibok GirlsEvents are being held globally to mark one year since more than 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists in Chibok, Borno State, Nigeria’s north-east region.

Starting from Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital, a procession is to be held with 219 girls taking part to represent each missing girl. Similar marches are planned worldwide, including in London and Washington.

The abduction of the girls in Chibok in north-eastern Nigeria sparked global outrage, with nations such as the U.S. and China promising to help find them.

There have been reported sightings of the girls, but none has been found. Boko Haram say the girls have converted to Islam and been married off. It has been a whole year of agony for the relatives of the missing 219 Chibok girls.

High-profile figures such as Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Malala Yousafzai and U.S. First Lady, Michelle Obama, were among those who drew attention to their plight on Twitter last year under the #bringbackourgirls hashtag.

The campaigners for the rescue of the Chibok girls say the federal government has allowed an open wound on the conscience of the nation by its inability to free the students after 364 days.

During their march across the nation’s capital, leader of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, maintained that the government had the opportunity to rescue the girls in the early days of their abduction but failed in its responsibility.

The group then called on the President-Elect, General Muhammadu Buhari not to give any excuse on the matter as Nigerians are already in high expectations.

Amosun Preaches Harmony At Easter

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, joined millions of Christians around the world to observe the Easter season, stressing the need for harmony among Nigerians.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun stressed the need for harmony in the quest for a new Nigeria, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliations.

He said that “the period is symbolic for us as a nation, having recently elected a new President”.

“As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, I see a new Nigeria under the leadership of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and I urge all well meaning Nigerians to join hands with him to bring about accelerated socio-economic progress,” he said.

The governor urged all Christians and Nigerians to ponder over the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and take a cue from His selflessness, by eschewing all forms of political, social and religious vices.

Governor Amosun prayed for God’s guidance and blessings for the leadership of Buhari and continuity in Ogun State, as Nigerians go to the polls to choose their representatives in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections.

Amosun also wished everyone a blessed celebration.

NMA Tasks Buhari On Proactive Reforms In Health Sector

NMA- task-buhari-on-health sectorThe leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has challenged  the president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) to initiate functional and proactive reforms in the nation’s health care sector.

The association further said that the reforms would  redeem the sector from imminent collapse.

The Secretary General of the Association, Mr Adewunmi Alayaki made the call while presenting what he called a road map for the sector which seems to have been neglected with its attendant effects on the health of the citizenry.

He, however, appealed to the members of the health profession to support the new government in its task of revamping the sector for the good of all Nigerians.

Mr. Alayaki said that the country’s health sector is bedeviled with many challenges, from administrative hiccups to policy somersault, which has negative impacts on the health of the people.


Yobe State Governor Visits Buhari

BuhariDelegation of leaders from Yobe State, led by Governor Ibarahim Gaidam on Saturday visited Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhhamadu Buhari, to congratulate him on his victory. 

Gen Muhammadu Buhari, while receiving the delegates, thanked the people of Yobe State for voting for him during the Presidential elections, despite the fact that his campaign train did not visit the state.

Mr Gaidam said the people of the state congratulates the President elect and pray for his success.

“We pray that Allah will give you wisdom to lead Nigeria,” he said.

The governor had expressed satisfaction with conduct of polls in Yobe.

Jonathan, Hero Of 2015 Election – Olisa Agbakoba

Olisa-AgbakobaFormer President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, believes that President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended for the peaceful conduct of the election.

In a session with the media in Lagos, Agbakoba commended President Jonathan for giving room for free and fair elections and for conceding defeat to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate and new President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The constitutional lawyer said; “Jonathan allowed the democratic space to open. He allowed multiparty democracy and he allowed free and fair elections.

“He took the shine off Buhari by calling and conceding, even before the final result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.”

Similarly, Agbakoba commended the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, for his patience even in the face of outright provocation.

He also praised all Nigerians for their efforts towards the success of the elections, but noted that voting along ethnic lines was not good for Nigeria, urging the electorates to see beyond ethnic differences.

The Senior Advocate also congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the 2015 presidential election and urged him not to discard the recommendations made from the National Conference.

Agbakoba further called for the creation of a new anti-corruption framework and the strengthening of Nigeria’s institutions to tackle the menace.

“We need a new anti-corruption framework because the current one has not worked.

“Let the message be clear that there will be response from government that corruption will be severely punished,” Agbakoba said.


Patience Jonathan Congratulates Hajia Aisha Buhari

patience jonathanNigeria’s First Lady has congratulated the wife of the President-elect, Hajia Aisha Buhari, on General Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the just concluded 2015 presidential election.

Dame Patience Jonathan, in a release signed by the Media Assistant to Office of the First Lady, Ayo Adewuyi, wished her well in her new assignment.

She appealed to Nigerian women to work with Hajia Aisha Buhari and give her the maximum support to help her succeed in the tasks ahead.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Wednesday April 1, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.


Yero Congratulates Buhari, Commends Jonathan

yeroKaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, has congratulated the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, over his victory at the just concluded presidential election in Nigeria.

Governor Yero also commended the patriotic courage of President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying uncommon sportsmanship in conceding defeat even before INEC’s official pronouncement of a winner in the election.

In a statement issued by his Spokesman, Ahmed Maiyak, in Kaduna on Monday, Governor Yero called on Nigerians to unite behind the President-elect, Gen Buhari, in order to move the country forward.

The Governor called on people in Kaduna State to remain peaceful and law abiding, irrespective of their political leanings.

Yero also prayed that the Almighty God would grant the incoming President, the wisdom and good health to deliver on his campaign promises to the people of Nigeria.

General Buhari was declared winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, on Wednesday, April 1. He defeated the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan by over 2 million votes.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

NBA Gets New President, Other Officials

Augustine Alegeh The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) has a new President-elect. He is Mr Augustine Alegeh, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria.

In the elections of the association contested on Tuesday, in Abuja, Mr Alegeh polled a total of 691 votes to beat his closest rival, Mr Dele Adesina, SAN.

Mr Adesina came second with total votes of 370. Mrs Funke Adekoya, SAN, the only female candidate in the race came third with 255 votes, while a fourth Senior Advocate who also contested the race, Mr Niyi Akintola polled 126 votes to place fourth. Mr Justus Erhabor polled 17 votes to place fifth.

The new President-elect, Mr Augustine Alegeh, is from the Benin branch of the NBA and a member of the Mid-West forum of the association.

With this result, it appears the zoning process of the association has been jettisoned as the presidential elections were zoned to the South-West.

The President-elect and all newly elected officials of the association will be sworn in on the last day of the Annual General Conference of the NBA to be held in Owerri, Imo State between August 24 and 29.