Platform Discusses Relationships Between Business And Governance

The Platform holds in AbujaSpeakers at the Platform event have stressed the need for the Nigerian government to create an enabling environment for all Nigerians to thrive in their various endeavours.

The event holding in Abuja had in attendance, government officials, entrepreneurs and church leaders across Nigeria.

Mr Tonye Cole stressed the need for Nigerians to also realise that individuals make up the government and the nation. He urged Nigerians to ensure that they promote the image of the nation wherever they are.

“The question everyone must ask is; what role must I play? Every one of us has a role to play. We have to act and we must act now. We all have our zone of influence, some local, others international or global.

“In my travel around the world, I tell the story about the part of Nigeria they never see,” he said.

Other speakers stressed the need for a level playing field in Nigeria, taking off tribalism.

This edition of the Platform, holding for the first time outside the nation’s commercial city, Lagos, addressed the ‘Relationships Between Business and Governance’.

Other speakers at the event are Pastor Poju Oyemade, Segun Adeniyi, Ibukun Awosika, Leke Alder and Nigeria’s Vice President-elect Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

The Platform is a non-profit initiative of the Covenant Christian Centre designed to facilitate growth in the areas of personal capacities and productivity as well as foster national development, within Nigeria.

The event has featured about 42 speakers since inception and can boast of about 20,000 online community membership, while a combined 25000 live audience since inception has attended the platform event.

Fayose Won’t Stop Saying The Truth On Buhari, APC – Aide

FayoseSpecial Assistant to the Ekiti State Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, has said that Governor Ayodele Fayose will keep saying the truth about the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd).

Olayinka, who was reacting to statement made by the APC spokesperson in Ekiti State, Taiwo Olatubosun, said; “Too bad that the same Taiwo Olatubosun that led thugs to attack notable elders of Ekiti, including firmer governor, Asiwaju Segun Oni is the one talking here.

“In Ekiti, we say the truth no matter whose ox is gored and that is the trait being exhibited by Governor Ayodele Fayose.

“Governor Fayose is saying the truth about the sick man Buhari that the APC is forcing around as its presidential candidate and it was that Ekiti trait in him that led to the exposure of the shameless lies told by the APC on Buhari’s medical trip to the United Kingdom.

“Unfortunately for the APC, saying the truth is disrespect because in their party, their leaders are like god who does no wrong.

“In the APC, even if their leaders rape a six year old girl, no one must talk. But here in Ekiti, we don’t suffer fools gladly and that explained why we resisted those who tried to colonise us by fighting Kiriji war for nine years.”

I Will Not Islamize Nigeria – Buhari

buhariThe Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari has described as “unfair and a cheap blackmail” for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to label APC as an Islamic party.

General Muhammadu Buhari said that such statement is an attempt to stoke primordial sentiments and cause disunity among Nigerians ahead of the elections.

Addressing religious leaders during a town hall meeting in Kaduna on Wednesday, General Buhari who was represented by his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo described the statement as baseless and untrue.

He urged Nigerians not to be swayed by the continuous allegation by the PDP that the party intends to Islamise Nigeria if elected into office on March 28, advising Nigerians to elect their next leaders based on integrity and capacity to deliver good governance, which “he stands for”.

He reminded the ruling party that it is absolutely impossible to turn Nigeria into one religious country as the constitution does not permit that.

General Buhari who absolved himself of being a religious fanatic as portrayed by the PDP and promised not to rule Nigeria in a dictatorial style if elected president.

The Town Hall Meeting with Muslim and Christian leaders was among one of the various meetings lined up by the APC Presidential Campaign Organization across the country ahead of the March 28 presidential election.

The main purpose was for the party’s standard bearer to rub minds with leaders of the two religions -Islam and Christianity- and put the records straight where there are doubts.

APC National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun and other top party officials were also present to support their candidate.

 

APC, Buhari Should Withdraw From Presidential Race – Fayose

fayoseEkiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (Rtd) no longer have moral rights to participate in the March 28 presidential election having lied to Nigerians on several occasions.

According to a press statement issued in Ado-Ekiti by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor alleged that the APC held the nation and the people in contemptuous manner.

The governor, who vowed that Nigeria would never be ruled by deceit, said; “In saner climes, you can’t lie and be discovered to have lied repeatedly as done by the APC and still want to stand for elections.”

Fayose said that: “The new deceit from the APC is to use a photoshopped picture of Buhari for posters in Lagos, making him look like a 50 year old man, whereas he is as old as my mother and cannot survive the rigours of office even as a governor not to talk of President of Nigeria.”

He further noted that it was appalling that despite being found to have lied on several occasions, the APC had never deemed it necessary to apologise to Nigerians for trying to deceive them.

“First, the APC Vice Presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, a supposed pastor posted picture of Reinhard Bonke crusade on his Twitter Handle, claiming that the picture was that of APC campaign rally in Kano” Fayose said.

“Second, the APC claimed that Buhari made a surprise visit to Chibok and went further to lie that the people and parents of Chibok girls were filled with hope and joy upon sighting Buhari and his entourage, and escorted him into Chibok with singing and dancing.

“Third, the APC cabal claimed that Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom on a working visit and used fake pictures to back up their lies that Buhari met with ex-British Prime minister, Tony Blair and had a television interview in London”.

“Even when Buhari’s wife admitted that her husband was in the UK to rest, the APC cabal went on with their lies, using pictures taken in Transcorp Hilton, Abuja as proof of Buhari’s activities in London.

“If a party and its candidate could lie so brazenly as done by the APC and Buhari, do they still have moral rights to want to rule Nigeria?.

“God forbid, can Buhari and his APC cabals that are not truthful about their existence as human beings be trusted to be truthful to Nigerians if they take over power?”.

Kaduna Christian Leaders Fault Buhari’s Endorsement By Northern Clerics

Christian LeadersThe Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Council, has distanced themselves from the endorsement of the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari (Rtd) by some pastors in Abuja on Thursday.

The clerics, under the umbrella of Northern Christian Leaders Eagle Eye Forum, had in Abuja said that the decision to support Buhari was because of his integrity, honesty and incorruptible antecedents, and have a conviction that he would move Nigeria forward.

However, in a communique signed by Chairman of the group and Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Rt Rev. Joseph Bagobiri, at the end of their meeting in Kaduna on Friday, the Kaduna Christian Leaders faulted the move.

They described Buhari’s endorsement by the Abuja group as self serving and one which does not in any way represent the position of Christians in Kaduna and the northern part of the country.

They said that the endorsement of Buhari does not have the support of Christians in the North.

The Southern Kaduna Christian leaders also called on all Christians to disregard the group and their endorsement of Buhari.

The Christian leaders, while promising to make their position on who to support known in due course, noted that what was paramount to them at the moment was to offer prayers for peaceful elections.

They also called on Christians to ensure that they obtain their Permanent Voter Cards to enable them cast their votes for candidates of their choice.

The group also called on government at all levels to produce maximum security for all citizens during and after the elections.

Northern Christian Leaders Endorse Buhari

Northern ChristianNorthern Christian Leaders have endorsed General Muhammadu Buhari for the March 2015 presidential elections, saying what Nigeria needs now is a leader that can protect both Christians and Muslims and do justice to all.

This was at a meeting of Christian leaders from around the north of the country, which was convened at the instance of the Northern Christian Leaders’ Eagle-Eyes Forum in Abuja to preach the message of peace in the run up to the 2015 elections.

The leaders of the forum said that the persistent misconception of the APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, as a fanatic is misleading, saying Nigeria needs a leader like him to do justice to all, irrespective of religion.

The Convener of the forum, Solomon Dalung and the Chairman of the Northern Christian Leaders Forum, Aminchi Habu, who both took turns to speak, told the opposition candidates that Nigeria is at a crossroads and experiencing hard times that only people of strong character and minds can correct these.

They charged both men to ensure that only issues that promote the unity of Nigeria are brought to the front burner while religious discrimination takes a back seat.

The presidential and vice presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) told the northern Christian leaders that the upcoming election is not about religion but the future of Nigeria.

General Buhari said that the persistent division of the electioneering along religious lines and sentiments has become a cause of great irritation.

They warned the Christian leaders to avoid being misled into believing the elections is about religion.

Key among the issues addressed by General Buhari and his running mate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo were security, corruption and poverty.

2015 Will Usher New Direction In Governance – Gov. Ahmed

2015As Nigerians go to the polls in 2015, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State says the year would usher in a new direction for good governance and renew hope for Nigeria among the comity of nations.

Governor Ahmed said this in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen shortly after a prayer held to mark his 51st birthday.

He said that with a sense of focus and steadfast prayers, Nigeria would overcome its challenges in 2015.

He called on Nigerians to elect credible candidates that would bring the needed development into the country.

The duo of General Muhammadu Buhari and Professor Yemi Osinbajo, whom he described as men of impeccable characters, he said, would provide the kind of Nigeria the citizens were yearning for.

According to him, Nigerians are concerned with the security and economic situations and that should help in shaping their decisions on those that would lead the country from 2015.

Governor Ahmed also expressed confidence that General Buhari would ensure improved security, improved economy and infrastructural development if elected in 2015.

PDP Says Buhari’s Belated Choice Of Running Mate Shows Incompetence

Yemi_OsibanjoThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the choice of Professor Yemi Osinbajo by General Muhammadu Buhari as his running mate in the 2015 presidential election as ‘belated and the height of incompetence’.

Professor Osinbajo was chosen on Wednesday, six days after the emergence of General Buhari as the Presidential candidate, the party pointed out.

The PDP also declared that the eventual choice of Osinbajo was a confirmation of its stand that the All Progressive Congress was the personal project of a cabal commanded by former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, to expand its political and economic frontiers.

In a statement by a PDP spokesman, Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday, the party said: “should power get to this cabal, who is desperate to control the political and economic power centre of the nation, then Nigeria is finished”.

“Whimsical Interference”

“By the choice of Osibajo, a well known acolyte of Tinubu, who served under him as Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, the APC, General Buhari and Tinubu have boldly recreated their well-known notoriety for sectional and personal interests.

“It is particularly worrisome that General Buhari has surrendered his first official responsibility of choosing a running mate, invariably his powers to Tinubu even before he goes to the field to ask for votes.

“This is not surprising of Buhari, who has consistently exhibited a track record of incompetence. This is the same man who as military head of state surrendered all his powers to his second in command. The story of his headship of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) is not different, as he also got lost before the flurry of portfolios of paid consultants.

The statement further stated that the “whimsical interference in the choice of candidates for his party not only muddled up the process but ended up creating an electoral malfeasance and confusion that eased out federal lawmakers elected on the platform of the CPC from his native Katsina state”.

“Our citizens should indeed be concerned about this: that it took the APC, six days to produce its vice presidential candidate and that the founder and funder of the party, Tinubu, as always, had his way. No doubt, this is how Tinubu is going to impose his mercantilist interest on major decisions affecting the entire country.

“This is the problem with the APC, a political party built on the narrow interests of very few individuals. Any political party that subjects its collective will to the whims of an individual, as it is with the APC, is indeed not ready for leadership.

“Fortunately, the PDP offers to all Nigerians a truly national party and a Jonathan/Sambo ticket ready to build a better tomorrow.

“In PDP, the focus remains to ensure that we continue to deliver on our promises and put the interests of Nigerians first in all our party decisions and policies of our government.”