Corruption Fight: Buhari Won’t Be Deterred By Baseless Criticism – Presidency 

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks at a meeting with members of the CNNI in Abuja on February 21, 2020.

 

The Presidency says President Muhammadu Buhari will not be deterred by baseless criticism in the fight against corruption.

Speaking to State House correspondents on issues raised by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) since the beginning of the interrogation of suspended acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said his principal will not fail Nigerians.

According to him, President Buhari is determined to “eradicate rampant, chronic corruption.”

He, however, berated the main opposition for its stance on corruption while at the helms of affairs in the country, adding that the volume and reach of the anti-corruption crusade so far reflect what the PDP left behind.

“A large number of cases, new and old, may appear to be daunting but PDP, which is now heckling the President, has forgotten that the party bequeathed this to the current administration.

“They had a large number of cases they did not investigate and prosecute,” the presidential spokesman said.

While cautioning the PDP to allow the process of investigation and prosecution to work instead of being pre-emptive about ongoing cases, Shehu expressed hope that the Judiciary would deal with the cases swiftly and satisfactorily, in a manner that would deter other would-be offenders.

“The current administration is handling many of the cases that the PDP should have dealt with and the new ones as they arise,” he said while praised the current administration’s approach in tackling corruption.

Buhari’s Govt Best Ever In Corruption Fight – Osinaga

A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Segun Osinaga has reacted to the probe of the embattled boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of corrupt practices.

Osinaga, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is the best administration in fighting corruption in Nigeria’s history.

“This government has done tremendously well in fighting corruption; the pieces of evidence are there. We have seen how much money (has been recovered).

“No government in the history of Nigeria has done more in fighting corruption than this government. Don’t forget that. And of course, things can be done better.

“A person like Mr Magu should have gone through periodic reviews, checks, and balances. In that way, you could check things. So those are missing,” he said.

APC Member, Segun Osinaga, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is the best administration to fight corruption in Nigeria’s history. He disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on July 10, 2020.

While describing Magu’s travails as a tragedy that has befallen Nigeria, he regretted that it is unfortunate the situation has come to this level.

He noted that President Buhari has put aside partisan politics by suspending and constituting a panel to quiz the EFCC boss, a development that has renewed his administration’s quest to fighting corruption.

According to the APC member, the suspended boss of the anti-graft agency has wielded so much ‘enormous powers’ without ‘checks and balances’ over the past five years.

Going further, he described the situation as very tragic, noting that since he assumed office as EFCC acting Chairman, there have been so many complaints.

President Buhari Condoles With Bishop Kukah Over Mother’s Death

Mattew Kukah, Politicians
Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, over the loss of his mother, Janet Hauwa Kukah.

The President’s condolence message was contained in a statement issued on Friday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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According to the statement, President Buhari extended his heartfelt sympathy to members of Bishop Kukah’s family.

He also prayed that God should grant the soul of Madam Kukah an eternal rest.

Buhari’s Govt Is The Most Corrupt In Nigeria’s History – Ononuju

 

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Katch Ononuju has reacted to the probe of the embattled boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu over corruption allegations.

Speaking on Friday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Ononuju alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is the most corrupt in Nigeria’s history.

According to him, the anti-graft agency was used as a recruitment agency for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) after sweeping to power in 2015.

“No government in Nigeria’s history has ever shown itself to be this massively corrupt. Nobody has ever done this quantum of corruption,” he said.

Speaking further, he accused the suspended EFCC boss of using who he described as ‘boys’ to intimidate people under the pretext of prosecuting corrupt individuals.

“Don’t forget, Mr Magu was used for recruitment. They would come to you and if you are guilty, the Magu boys will go and perform heavy shake-down. The next day you travel to your village, come back with a card, you are in APC and you are free,” he said.

On the travails of Magu, the PDP member explained that the suspended EFCC czar began to deal with the system upon realizing that he was being used by the ruling party.

A member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Katch Ononuju during an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on July 10, accused the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration of being the most corrupt government ever in Nigeria’s history.

While insisting that Nigerians should not blame Magu, he maintained that Magu saw how the anti-graft agency was handled under his predecessors notably Nuhu Ribadu, Ibrahim Lamorde as the system did not ask a question.

Ononuju, however, noted that his party, the PDP will still compile a list of its members that have been deprived of their properties by the EFCC in the name of fighting corruption.

His remarks come two days after the main opposition party called for the thorough investigation of Magu, adding that it is the thing to do.

PDP said Magu’s ‘indictment’ reinforces its position that the much-hyped war against corruption by the EFCC, under his watch, has been a huge scam by corrupt individuals to cover the plundering of public resources, harass political opponents, intimidate and extort money from innocent Nigerians.

FEC Holds Virtual Meeting, Honours Late Ex-Sports Minister, Abdulkadir

President Muhammadu Buhari holds the sixth virtual FEC meeting with ministers at the Council Chambers in Abuja on July 8, 2020. Credit: State House.

 

The Federal Executive Council is holding its sixth virtual meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The meeting which is currently holding is being chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In attendance are the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari and 11 ministers.

The Ministers at the Council Chambers include those of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Justice, Abubakar Malami.

Others include Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Special Duties, George Akume; Education, Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Zubairu Dada.

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Other Ministers are participating from their respective offices in Abuja.

After the national anthem, a minute silence was observed in honour of former Minister of Sports and Youth Development and former member of the National Working Committee, who served as Vice Chairman (North West), Inuwa Abdulkadir, who died on Monday.

President Buhari had earlier in a statement said that Abdulkadir’s humility, maturity and penchant for facilitating reconciliation among members will be sorely missed at a time the All Progressives Congress (APC) is rebuilding and repositioning to deliver on its promises.

PHOTOS: Buhari Holds Virtual Farewell Meeting With Chinese Ambassador

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has held a virtual farewell meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian.

The meeting took place on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

In attendance are the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari and the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama among other government officials.

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Buhari Mourns Victims Of Boat Accidents In Benue, Lagos

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the families of victims of recent boat mishaps on inland water ways in Benue and Lagos States, describing their deaths as “sad and unfortunate”. 

President Buhari, while calling on state authorities and surrounding communities to step up rescue efforts of passengers still missing, called on would-be passengers of water transportation to adhere strictly to safety regulations outlined by national and state authorities in order to prevent avoidable accidents and loss of lives and property.

According to the President, “Such a call has become imperative in view of prevailing COVID-19 guidelines against overcrowding and night travels.”

He prayed that God will comfort the bereaved families and grant rest to the souls of the departed.

Buhari Pays Tribute To Late Ooni Aderemi 40 Years After

A file photo of President Muhammadu Buhari. Photo: [email protected]

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid glowing tributes to the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Aderemi, 40th years after his death.

Aderemi, a political figure, was the Ooni of Ife between 1930 and July 3, 1980, when he died at the age of 90 years.

The Ooni also served as the Governor of the Western Region from 1960 to 1962.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari praised the first-class monarch for the values he stood for.

According to Adesina, President Buhari addressed a letter to the family of the departed traditional ruler.

The letter read: “It gives me a deep sense of pleasure and fulfilment to do this brief tribute in memory of the illustrious Ooni of Ife, Oba Adesoji Tadenikawo Aderemi, who reigned between 1930 and 1980.

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“On this 40th Remembrance Anniversary of the great man, the country recalls the imprints of a foremost Nationalist, very successful businessman, former Governor, Western Region (1960-1962), and traditional ruler, on the sands of time.

“To the benefit of his memory, Ooni Aderemi built schools, dispensaries, churches, museums, and attracted the establishment in his domain of waterworks, electricity projects, and the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife).

“It is also on record that the respected monarch was a Member, Legislative Council of Nigeria (1946-1951); Delegate, African Conference, London (1948); President, Western House of Chiefs (1952-1960); Member, Federal House of Representatives/Minister (1952-1954); led Nigeria’s delegation to Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation (1953); and Member, Nigeria Constitutional Conferences (1953-1958).

“As the family remembers this awesome personality, knighted twice by the Queen of England, it gladdens the heart that his memory remains evergreen. Please, keep this alive, for the guidance and inspiration of the current and subsequent generations.

“May God give us more illustrious people in the mould of Ooni Adesoji Aderemi. Amen.”

Buhari Extends Phase Two Of Eased Lockdown By Four Weeks

PTF Chairman, Mr Boss Mustapha, at a press briefing in Abuja on May 18, 2020.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended phase two of eased lockdown by another four weeks with effect from tomorrow Tuesday, June 30 through midnight of Monday, July 27, 2020.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha made this known to State House correspondents after President Muhammadu Buhari was briefed on the status of the fight against COVID-19 in the country.

According to him, the extension has some modifications to the ease of lockdown protocols that allows inter-state travel outside the curfew hours which is 10: 00 pm to 4:00 am daily.

The second phase of the eased lockdown also allows students who are taking their final examinations to resume schools.

APC Meeting: PDP Accuses Buhari Of Violating Oath Of office

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of violating his oath of office by using the Federal Executive Council chambers to hold the National Executive Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the council chamber.

In a statement by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondigan, the PDP described the action as the height of corruption and desecration of the sanctity of the seat of power.

The main opposition party noted that using government facilities and resources to promote the activities of the APC, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami has become culpable of the same offence for which he has been prosecuting innocent Nigerians.

PDP, therefore, asked Malami to resign immediately from office and surrender himself for prosecution.

While condemning the conduct of the APC NEC meeting, Ologbondiyan described it as a coup against the party’s constitution which prescribes 14 days’ notice for regular NEC meeting and seven days’ notice in the case of an emergency meeting.

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“Our party describes this action of Mr. President, in using public facilities and resources for APC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, as the height of corruption as well as a desecration of the sanctity of the seat of power and our national values.

“The PDP says never in the history of our nation has governance been so devalued to the extent of using the hallowed chamber of the highest executive body in the country, where high-level executive decisions are taken, for an illegal, wrongly constituted and Nicodemus meeting of a political party.

“This shameful development is a further manifestation of the level of impunity, recklessness, disrespect for rules and disdain for our laws by the APC administration, whose latest action exposes a move towards instituting the art of running processes and programmes through illegality, illicitness, illegitimate and unlawful means driven by a crude force and naked power,” the statement partly read.

The party’s concern comes hours shortly after President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, some state governors and members of the National Assembly attended the meeting called by the acting APC National Chairman, Victor Giadom.

The governors include Sule Abdullahi (Nasarawa), Abubakar Bello (Niger), Mohammed Abubakar (Jigawa), Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), and Muhammad Yahaya (Gombe).

Other governors at the Villa were Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq (Kwara), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti).

Meanwhile, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, led the National Assembly leaders to the meeting.

COVID-19: FEC Approves N2.3trn Stimulus Plan

President Muhammadu Buhari and other cabinet members

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the N2.3trillion COVID-19 stimulus plan to support the nation’s economy in view of the global pandemic.

The sum was recommended by the Economic Sustainability Committee chaired by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

This was disclosed on Wednesday by the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed at the end of the meeting.

She noted that the approval was given at a virtual meeting of the council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

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“The total package that we presented today is in the sum of N2.3 trillion, N500billion of this is a stimulus package that is already provided for in the amended in the 2020 Appropriations Act. These are funds that we have sourced from special accounts.

“We also have N1.2 trillion of these funds to be sourced as structured low-cost loans which are intervention from the Central Bank of Nigeria as well as other development partners and institutions.

“We have N344 billion that will be sourced from bilateral and external sources and also additional funds that we can source locally.

“There is a strategy that has been adopted and this whole plan is to enable us to respond to the triple problem of the low exchange rate, youth unemployment as well as negative growth which is facing us now.

“The plan has to also support small businesses that have suffered a severe impact on COVID-19 as a result of lockdowns. The hotel industry, private schools, restaurants as well as the transport sector have been very well impacted by this,” she said.

 

President Buhari Backs Giadom, To Attend APC NEC Meeting

Victor Giadom

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has backed Mr Victor Giadom as the acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In affirming this, President Buhari will also attend the National Executive Council of the APC called by Giadom to resolve the crisis rocking the party.

This was confirmed on Wednesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

According to Shehu, President Buhari has received very convincing advice on the position of the law as far as the situation in the party is concerned.

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He noted that the President has determined that the law is on the side of Giadom as acting national chairman.

The presidential spokesman explained that his principal hopes that governors and leaders of the National Assembly will also join the virtual meeting tomorrow.

This comes shortly after the Director-General of Progressives Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, called on committed party members and leaders to rally behind President Buhari ahead of the meeting.

Lukman described the crisis rocking the party in the last few months as a show of indignity which requires drastic steps to arrest the situation.