Northern Religious, Academic Leaders Converge For Peace Talks

Northern, Religious leaders, Academic Leaders, Peace TalksA two-day Northeast Conference on Peace and Scholarship, themed True Legacies of Kanem Borno and Sokoto Caliphate, has begun in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.

The conference, which is aimed at highlighting and sensitizing the people on the true peace and scholarship inherent in the religion and culture of its people, drew together religious scholars across the country and beyond.

It is geared towards fostering peace in the region engulfed by the Boko Haram insurgents.

The programme was deliberately organized to showcase the return of peace in the troubled northeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria and to enshrine the true culture of peace and scholarship, integral in the culture, tradition and religion of the Kanem Borno and Sokoto caliphate.

Declaring the conference open, the Yobe state Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, urged religious scholars, participants and citizens generally, to wage serious war against the use of religion to spread violence and falsehood in the region.

He called on everyone to fight against the spread of falsehood that could trigger violence in the region.

The Governor, who expressed sadness over the Boko Haram insurgency, however said that he appreciates the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari, which according to him, has subdued the strength of the militants.

“We must be grateful to the Almighty Allah that peace has returned to the northeast.

“We must also thank the President Of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for the commitment in ensuring that the Boko Haram terrorists are completely defeated.

Troops-rescue-children“This course of action is further reinforced by Islamic scholars and Islamic institutions the world over, who are unanimous in their views that Boko Haram and groups like them have nothing to do with Islam nor does Islam have anything to do with them. They are purely terrorists and terrorism has no religion,” the Governor said.

While calling on the resource persons, religious scholars and participants alike to ensure the tenet of the conference are well adhered to, Governor Gaidam stressed the need for the return of permanent peace in the region.

“The convening of a conference of this nature will undoubtedly contribute to ensuring the attainment of our socioeconomic objectives and promotion of unity for the overall development of our citizens and it is our hope that the outcome of the conference will be for the mutual benefit of all the people of the northeast and the country as a whole,” he added.

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar II, represented by the Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Rilwanu Suleiman Adamu, also appreciated the organizers and described the conference as a very timely one that would go a long way in restoring permanent peace in the region.

“The Fityanul Islam and the Jama’atu Nasril Islam have been engaged in the peaceful propagation of Islam in Nigeria for a long time now.

“It is gratifying that all these organizations and agencies have joined forces to kick-start the long and odious process of re-orientation and rehabilitation in post-insurgency in north eastern Nigeria” the Sultan said.

Professor Abdullahi Okene, Dr. Zaji Bunu and the Emir of Dikwa Alhaji Shehu Masa’a, expressed happiness over the idea of the conference, saying it will reiterate the inherent values of the north in the minds of the people thereby restoring peaceful coexistence among the diverse cultures, tradition and religion in the country.

V.O.N DG Argues FG’s $30bn External Loan Is Necessary

V.O.N, $30BN, recessionThe Federal Government’s proposed $30 billion external loan is necessary to lift Nigeria out of its current economic recession.

This is the position of the Director General of the Voice Of Nigeria, (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, as the argument over President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent loan request continues. 

He was the guest of Channels Television’s Breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, on Monday, October 31, 2016.

Against popular opinion that the nation ought not to take such a step as it has just come out of debt, Mr Okechukwu defended the move with the view that the President means well in his actions.

“He came in at a time when the oil prices had crashed below 50 dollars per barrel and also, there wasn’t much savings left by the previous regime.

“Not much money was coming into the coffers, as militancy took over in the Niger Delta, which has over the years, resulted in a recession,” he explained.

Furthermore, he said at the time President Buhari came into power, rather than investing in the power or infrastructure sectors, as suggested by many, there were other more pressing issues such as workers’ unpaid salaries.

As a result, “the President started what was referred to as the ‘bailout funds’, when he realized a lot of citizens had been owed salaries for over a year and poverty rate was on the increase”.

In the recent case of recession, he pointed out that in order not to get into a deep depression, while also considering the huge infrastructure deficit and the enormous financial resources required to fill the gap, the President and his Vice, “went out to look for funds”.

According to the VON boss, “just like a family that is struck with famine, they had to begin seeking external help”.

Recalling a similar situation that occurred in America, under the jurisdiction of Franklin D. Roosevelt, he said authorities advised that they must spend their way out of the recession.

In the case of Nigeria, Mr Okechukwu explained that while running a mono-economy, the nation is left with no choice than to borrow and spend its way out of the recession.

Speaking further on the benefits of the loan, Mr Okechukwu highlighted areas such as the power and agriculture sector.

According to him, the Manbilla power project, in which the President is about to devote about 4.8 billion dollars, has the capacity to generate about 4,000 megawatts which is “far above what we currently have on ground”.

Asides power generation, he said the agriculture sector would massively benefit from the plan.

In an attempt to allay the fears of citizens who believe the funds would end up in private pockets, Mr Okechukwu said “the good thing about the loan is that it is not necessarily coming in form of cash but some would be in form of equipment, targeted at specific areas of the nation’s economy”.

He also debunked insinuations that that the nation might end up in external as well as internal debts.

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) is also against the approval of the loan request, and have said that the National Assembly should not grant the request based on similar occurrences during former President Obasanjo’s regime.

They stated that it was difficult getting some debt relief.

 

New Revenue Generation Focus Will Not Burden Nigerians, Finance Minister Assures

Finance MinistryThe Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government’s drive for enhanced revenue generation would not be a burden to Nigerians.

The Minister, who spoke at the opening of the two-day National Revenue Retreat 2016 in Kano, on Thursday, said the administration of President Mohammadu Buhari is firmly committed to turning this economy around by mobilising capital for investment in the essential infrastructure which will drive our economic growth.

The retreat titled “Enhancing Revenue Generation for Sustainable National Development”; according to the Minister was a very important gathering, which came up at a pivotal period in our nation’s economic history.

The Minister said the revenue focus will not burden Nigerians but will ensure that all revenue due to Nigeria’s government, irrespective of the source, is collected with a high degree of efficiency, fully receipted and properly accounted for.

The Kano State Governor, Mr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, had in his speech disclosed that the state government had identified about 106 dormant revenue lines, which it was working assiduously to activate.

However, Adeosun, in her remarks, said the Federal Government has also identified over 1000 dormant revenue lines, assuring however, that such revenue opportunities will be maximised.

The Minister also expressed the determination of the Federal Government to work with the private sector, where required, in order to maximise the nation’s revenue potentials.

She said the days when revenue generating agencies acted as autonomous entities outside of the budget cannot be allowed to continue, saying whether the funds are from fees and fines, from taxes or from projects, the law is clear that every naira must be paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund.

“The administration has started the process of maximising our revenues with a number of initiatives.

“The most important change introduced is a reorientation in the thinking about public money. Discipline and accountability in the spending of public money is a trademark of the President Buhari-led administration. Making every naira count is a commitment and a policy focus and not a slogan. Citizens will not willingly pay revenues if the funds are seen to be leaking or being wasted.

“All spending must start with revenue and therefore we have commenced the work of plugging the leakages of government revenues. Such leakages can arise from a number of factors including inefficient collection systems, evasion of payments due, collusion and other malpractices, as well as obsolete tariffs”, she said.

Mrs Adeosun also stated that “the first step required is the preparation of a detailed revenue map, which identifies the specific lines of revenue and understands how such revenues are generated. Disaggregating revenue into line items is an important first step. The triggers in our various processes that result in a revenue transaction must be clearly understood and well documented.

“To maximise revenue collection, the task of plugging these leakages must be undertaken. It is also important to understand the costs of collection. That is the essential equipment, technology and resources that are required to support revenue. The administration is committed to ensuring budgetary provision for these costs.

“We currently hold daily bilateral revenue meetings with revenue generating agencies to define targets and agree strategies,” the minister stated.

She disclosed that the Federal Government has commenced the review and revision of the cost profiles of revenue generating agencies to ensure that maximum operating surpluses are declared and remitted in compliance with the Fiscal Responsibility Act.

“In this regard, we have recently commenced a number of audits of a range of agencies that will give us improved visibility into the revenue and cost profiles. This will enable us to generate an indicative cost profile that can be used to establish reasonable budget targets going forward.”

Revenue Mobilisation to complement borrowing for Investment in infrastructure

The Minister stated that need for investment in infrastructure is well documented as are the potential benefits from so doing.

“Given our low debt to GDP ratio, we could have succumbed to the temptation to fund our needs purely by raising debt. However our approach to debt is a prudent one and we are firm believers in the critical role that revenue plays in mobilising funds.

“Thus the importance of today’s gathering in planning and developing attainable strategies for revenue mobilisation”, she maintained.

She explained that revenue mobilisation provides a sustainable and predictable flow of funds that is not as vulnerable to external shocks as we have seen with the oil price.

She added that the Ministry of Finance has committed itself to a total revenue focus, which will reengineer revenue collection, explaining that the focus of the event will be around preparing for the enhanced government revenue opportunities that will arise as Nigeria begins to recover.

Revenue generation and accountability are patriotic responsibilities of every public servant.

The Minister said the responsibility for revenue generation must be vested at the highest level within every organisation, adding that revenue is not the responsibility of the Finance Team, but a collective and a patriotic responsibility of every public servant.

“The accounting officer must see themselves as the Chief Revenue Officers of the organisation. As we begin to streamline our public finances, we expect those organisations with high Revenue Generating Capacity to fulfil their responsibilities.

“We have observed that in other countries some agencies like Passport Offices and Vehicle Licencing Centres, Airport Authorities and Ports are cash cows whereas in Nigeria their historical contribution has been sub optimal. This is going to change,’ the Minister stated.

According to her, “the focus of this conference is on non-oil revenue generation. The role of most of us, represented here, in oil revenue generation is minimal. Oil represents only 13% of GDP but contributes over 70% of government revenue. This cannot continue and as we move toward exploiting our solid minerals and agricultural endowments we must build robust revenue platforms to ensure that we take full advantage of the value opportunities.

“We must begin to see revenue maximisation as ‘the Business of Government’ that is government operating commercially where required and this will require a new mind-set. Optimisation of revenue generation requires targets, incentives and penalties as part of the performance management framework. Thus in some cases partnership and risk sharing with private sector operators must and will be considered.”

“The ease of doing business has been cited as one of the key drivers of economic growth and Nigeria has already set targets for improvement in this regard”, she said.

She further noted that we must look for opportunities for co operations and synergy through the three tiers of government, insisting that single collection of multiple levies must be pursued where possible to maximise the convenience and efficiency of our collections.

She maintained that the responsibility for collection of revenue must reflect the fact that there is ‘one Nigeria’ and there are no Federal, State or Local Government Nigerians, adding that where there is a need to review and update obsolete laws, this must be embraced by our Legislators.

“Nigeria can and must improve its revenue collection efforts. Our revenue to GDP ratio is far lower than that of our peers. Nigeria’s Tax to GDP is only 6% versus 26% in South Africa and 21% in Tunisia. This is actually good news as it reflects the opportunity for growth.”

The Minister charged participants “to take away concrete actions that you will begin to implement from Monday as part of the rebuilding of our public finances. Irrespective of your area of core responsibility, you must take full ownership of the need to maximise the revenue potential in your organisations, Treat government business as an enterprise to be operated with best practice and with the type of results that Nigeria needs and deserves at this critical time.”

Court To Hear NBA’s Suit Challenging NDDC Boss Removal On July 5

Court on NDDC boss Bassey Dan Abia removal A Federal High Court in Akwa Ibom State will on July 05 hear a case filed by the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), challenging the removal of Bassey Dan Abia as Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The lawyers association is also questioning the replacement of the NDDC boss with Mrs Ibim Semenitari.

Honourable Justice F. Riman presiding over the case had adjourned hearing till July to ensure both parties had enough time to respond to the issues raised.

The Akwa Ibom State chapter of the NBA is asking the court to nullify the removal of Mr Abia as MD of the NDDC and his replacement with Mrs Semenitari by President Mohammadu Buhari.

It further sought the appointment of an indigene of Akwa Ibom State to complete the tenure of the state on the board of the body.

Mr Abia was appointed MD of the NDDC in 2013 by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

His appointment was terminated by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 before the end of a five-year tenure.

N8 Billion Has Been Refunded To Government Treasury – Melaye

dino melaye on Government's treasuryA Member of the Nigerian Senate has said that about N8 billion has been refunded back to the treasury of government and more monies will be refunded.

“As I speak to you, about eight billion Naira has been refunded back to the treasury of government and I know more monies will be refunded”, he said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Senator Dino Melaye said that ” basically, I want to say that when I raised this motion on the floor of the Senate, I got a lot of insults on social media, everywhere, that I was blabbing and there was no truth in the content of my presentation.

“But I tweeted that the truth has no colour and every lie has an expiry date.

“I want to thank God that I have been vindicated by the public hearing where my revelations on the floor of the Senate have given room for confession even by the Central Bank of Nigeria’s Governor, Godwin Emefiele”, he said.

While answering a question on how he got an insight on the alleged illegality and exorbitant commission charged for the deployment of Remita, the Senator said that “I will want to say that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) is a very laudable program which is going to help blocking leakages and I support it.

“My prayer on the day I moved the motion was to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for an implementation of the TSA, but I was challenging that the instrumentality of the TSA is being used by some individuals to undercut Nigerians and our national patrimony”, he claimed.

Senator Melaye had argued that the use of Remita was a violation of Section 162(1) of the constitution, which stated that “the federation shall maintain a special account to be called the federation account into which all revenues collected by the government of the federation except the proceeds from the personal income tax of the personnel of the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the ministry or department of government charged with foreign affairs and the residents of the FCT, Abuja”.

He further stated that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) could only appoint a registered bank as an agent for collecting and disbursing the funds.

The Senator said that since Remita was not a bank, its appointment as a collection agent was in violation of the CBN Act and the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act (BOFIA) 2007.

Giving his view on the amount he would recommend for private bodies for doing government jobs, Senator Melaye said that “the Senate is geared towards blocking leakages and also negotiating to the barest minimum, the advantage of Nigerians and the national treasury.

“We are not saying that private companies engaged in almost all platforms used by the government shouldn’t be paid, but what we are saying is that nothing outrageous should be paid at the detriment of our national purse”, he said.

“Anti-Social Media Bill”

The Senator also cleared the ground on the Social Media Bill by saying “there is nothing called the social media bill and there is no such bill before the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; at least the 8th Senate.

“I want to assure you that the 8th Senate were operating on the three cardinal objective of the agenda (the first, second and third agenda focuses on the people)”, he explained.

Fayose Hails Fayemi’s Appointment As Solid Minerals Minister

Kayode-FayemiThe Governor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has congratulated the former Governor of the State, Dr Kayode Fayemi over his appointment as Minister of Solid Mineral, urging him to use his position for the commercial exploitation of the abundant solid mineral resources in the State.

In a statement by the spokesman for the Governor, Mr Lere Olayinka, Mr Fayose said that President Mohammadu Buhari must have considered the need for commercial exploitation of the solid minerals spread across towns and villages in Ekiti State before arriving at the choice of Fayemi as Solid Minerals Minister.

Abundant Solid Mineral Resources

He said; “Ekiti has solid minerals like clay kaolin, cassiterite, tin ore, columbite, bauxite (Aluminium Ore), foundry sand and charconite granite.

“Even in Isan-Ekiti, Fayemi’s hometown, there is clay kaolin that can be used for abrasive, plastics, ceramics ware, pharmaceuticals, textiles, fertilizers, white tiles and insulator wares pencils.

“Now that the Federal Government is talking about diversification of the economy, Fayemi should use his position to assist Ekiti State in harnessing its solid mineral resources for the economic benefit of the State and Nigeria.

“I therefore congratulate Fayemi for this appointment and thank President Buhari for the appointment.

“It is my prayers that God, in His infinite mercies will grant him (Fayemi) the wisdom and strength to use the new position for the betterment of Ekiti State in particular and Nigeria in general,” the Governor said.

Yoruba Summit Condemns Fulani Herdsmen’s Attacks

fulani-herdsmenYoruba Leaders from all Yoruba speaking states in Nigeria and from the Diaspora have deliberated on the way out of the incessant unwarranted attacks on their kinsmen by Fulani herdsmen.

Gathered at the House of Chiefs Secretariat in Ibadan on Friday, the Yoruba leaders cited the recent abduction of elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, as an appalling example.

The summit said that it would no longer tolerate such brazen and mindless attacks on its people.

The Summit noted that despite the fact that they matchetted, molested, demanded and got ransom paid before the release of Mr Falae, the herdsmen were back on his farm on Monday, October 6 and have commenced grazing on the same parcel of land where he was forcefully taken.

They demanded immediate end to the lawless nomadic cattle grazing in Yoruba land and asked all those who want to engage in cattle business in any part of the land to do animal husbandry by establishing ranches, as Yorubas would no longer tolerate further encroachment on their farmlands and brutal attacks on them.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent measures to put an end to the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen in the southwest.

The summit also asked the Federal Government to ensure immediate arrest and prosecution of the abductors of Mr Falae and all perpetrators of the violent crimes which had been reported at different police stations in Yoruba land arising from cattle rearing activities.

The summit further demanded an immediate restructuring of Nigeria with the implementation of the report of 2014 National Conference as a starting point on the way to true federalism.

With obvious anger on their faces and in their submissions, the summit came up with three recommendations in a communique after long hours of extensive discussions on the way out of what they described as the ugliest form of oppression on their own lands.

The 3-point communique, which was read by Dr. Kunle Olajide, sought to put an end to all grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen on private farmlands.

The Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, Dr. Fredrick Faseun, also told Journalists that such acts would no longer be tolerated and called on President Buhari to do something urgently about it.

Osuntokun Backs FG’s Planned Negotiation With Boko Haram

Akin Osuntokun on boko haramA former Political Adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Mr. Akin Osuntokun says he supports President Muhammadu Buhari’s plans to negotiate with Boko Haram over the safe release of the Chibok Girls.

” I support any aspect that is done to secure the release of the Chibok Girls.

“The point I will like to make with regards of the insurgency is that we can see the difference between being in government and being in opposition and being a critic as distinct from the reality of running a government.

“If Jonathan were the President today, would he have done any worse in meeting up with the challenges of the Boko Haram?, he questioned.

” As a matter of fact, President Buhari could even have a sense of reversal in the positive momentum that Jonathan’s government seem to make towards the end of the regime.

” I see that the President is doing something but the best is not enough.

” I only gave the points in order to highlight the elements of hypocrisy”, he said during an interview on Channels Book Club.

He however, took a swipe at the President, alleging that the President has failed to live up to his campaign promise since assuming office.

“On the issue of insurgency, it is clear that people voted him in government in order to eradicate the problem but reverse is the case; they see him making efforts like meeting most of the regional leaders, travelling to France and US. But there is a gulf between what we heard when they were vying for the post and when they are in government”, Osuntokun said.

The Chibok Girls were abducted from their hostel in Borno State on April 14, 2014.

Nigeria Lacks What It Takes To Rescue Kidnap Victims – Ubani

chigozie ubani on kidnapA Security Consultant says he doubts if Nigeria has what it takes to successfully rescue kidnap victims.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Friday, Chigozie Ubani, said that the Police has little or nothing to do about the issue of kidnapping, because training, equipment, manpower, intelligence among others are lacking in the area of solving kidnap cases.

Mr Ubani sympathised with the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae who was recently kidnapped but released after four days.

“My sympathy to Olu Falae, not because he has been a Federal Minister, but because of his age.

“It is even good that this happened to a man of his pedigree so that national attention would be drawn to the menace of kidnapping.

“People have been paying ransom and these young men and those behind them have been making money. So, kidnapping is an economic crime.

“The earlier the Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other security agencies begin to understand this, the better for us”, he said.

Giving his opinion on the rescue of Falae by the Police, Mr Ubani said that “there are no policies in the country” as it took an order from the President for the rescue effort to be intensified, “President Muhammadu Buhari gave an order and everything was deployed,” he said.

Ubani demanded that the Inspector General of Police should disclose if a ransom was paid for the release of Chief Olu Falae, adding that, “if government pays kidnappers to rescue high profile citizens, it means we are in trouble.

“If Falae was rescued, I will gladly walk on the street knowing that if I’m kidnapped, the Police will come to rescue me,” he stressed.

He also attributed some kidnap cases to politics, “I see political actors who engage the services of these young men in the course of protecting themselves, intimidating their opponents, electioneering, and soon after, the kidnappers are dumped.”

Mr Ubani also suggested the use of technology to curb the trend, warning that “kidnappers are not lazy people” and “they think and act fast ahead of security agencies”.

“I am a practitioner and an advocate of security technology and I am aware that we can use technology to bring this down, but it will take a lot of money, and power on the side of the government to get these things put to use,” he said.

“Politicians have to purge themselves; government has to take it hard on politicians who recruit and engage the kidnappers, the law has to be strong enough,we need to equip the Police with training, human capacity and we also need to look at the society in terms of our value systems,” he said.

Former SGF Olu Falae Freed

FalaeFormer Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae, has been freed by his abductors.

His younger brother, Sunday Falae, told Channels Television that the former presidential candidate was released by captors on Thursday afternoon.

Also confirming his release, the Commissioner for Information of Ondo State, Kayode Akinmade, said that Chief Falae was on his way to the Government House and from there to his home.

The Inspector-General of Police, Solomon Arase, led five units of mobile and over 400 policemen from Ondo State Command and the special intelligence response team to Owo area of Ondo State, where Chief Olu Falae was rescued at 2:30pm.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Wednesday directed the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former presidential candidate.

Chief Olu Falae was kidnapped from his farm in Ondo State on Monday, September 21 with his abductors, suspected to be Fulani herdsmen, demanding for a cash sum of 100 Million Naira as ransom for the septuagenarian to be released.

Buhari Orders Arase To Rescue Former SGF, Falae

FalaePresident Mohammadu Buhari has directed the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and other security agencies to take all necessary action to ensure the safe and speedy rescue of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Olu Falae.

Mr Falae was abducted from his farm on Monday by suspected Fulani herdsmen who are demanding a N90 million ransom for his release.

A statement by the presidency noted that President Buhari “condemns the callous and reprehensible kidnapping of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and elder statesman.

The statement further assured the “Falae family, friends and other concerned Nigerians that the Federal Government would do all within its powers to ensure his swift release”.

APC Is Overwhelmed With Governance, Says PDP Member

george ekeA member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says that without doubt, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is overwhelmed with governance and they don’t know where to start from.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday, Mr George Eke said the document about the 100 days of President Mohammadu Buhari belongs to the APC.

“Let’s stop making the document controversial because the document is all over the place and the document belongs to the APC.

“Come to think of it, the document was signed by President Buhari and he related his experience in his campaign tours.

“There are two documents, one talks about his covenant with the Nigerian people while the other talks about 100 things President Buhari will do in 100 days”, he said.

The Lawyer further stressed that a lot of Nigerians voted for the APC based on those documents because it was a passionate appeal that the President made to Nigerians.

“He itemized what he plans to achieve in all sectors of the economy and governance and they looked quite believable.

“Some people are holding them to some promises they made at the rallies about feeding all Nigerian children per day and having to bring dollar to some unrealistic levels, but i don’t hold that against them”, he said.

Speaking about the focus of the government, Mr Eke said “ if the document is denied, let’s judge them on their manifesto.

“Having voted them in for four years, there is a lesson  I want APC to learn from the PDP.

“When we, as a people, chose ‘Power to the People’ as a slogan in PDP, we did not realise the philosophical efficacy or potency of the word ‘Power to the People’.

“When we were busy planning on how to rule the country in perpetuity, the word Power to the People worked for us.

“The people simply picked up the power that belonged to them and we were in the street while they gave it to another people and the people are still there; they are the Nigerian electorate.

“Those are the people who voted us out and they are likely to vote them out again” , he maintained.

Mr Eke, however, stressed that “what the people saw before they voted the APC in, are not what they are seeing now”, adding that “the only thing we can say this government has engaged itself in, is fighting corruption, and the way they are going about it, is as though, they are part of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) department.

“We expect EFCC to do their work while President Buhari does some ground breaking ceremonies”, he stressed.

The Member of the PDP gave his opinion on the fight against terrorism by the government, he said the fight against terrorism by the government, is a promissory note for now.

“The rate of suicide attacks have suddenly increased, the number of fatality is unimaginable, on a scale, you will find out that there are more people being killed in this period”, he added.

The document, as alleged by oppositions, contains promises made by the President on things he would do in 100 days in office, and was said to be written by the APC.

But the APC, through the National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed and the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, denied writing such document.