Former VP Sambo Keeps Mum After Meeting With Buhari

The Former Vice President, Namadi Sambo has refused to give details of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

He left the presidential villa, on Tuesday after the meeting, quiet as he refused to answer questions from journalists.

Sambo was the Vice President during Goodluck Jonathan’s tenure as President from 2011- 2015.

Sambo was governor of Kaduna State from 2007 to 2010 before he was appointed vice-president by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2010. He held the position till 2015 when Buhari administration came to power.

Sambo Presents Handover Notes To APC

Namadi SamboNigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has presented copies of the handover notes to the transition committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Presentation of the documents to the committee led by Ahmed Joda held at the Presidential Villa on Monday, four days to the handover ceremony.

Presenting the documents, Mr Sambo said that members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) would be available to provide clarification on any query arising from the report.

Mr Sambo added that the report comprises activities of the Federal Government between 2011 and 2015 and that the Permanent Secretaries of each ministry had signed each page of the report to authenticate it.

He also hoped that it would guide the incoming administration towards the achievement of positive objectives, development and progress of Nigeria.

Sambo thanked the members of the two transition committees for their support and contributions.

In his remarks, Mr Joda described the handover notes as ‘comprehensive’, saying his committee would examine the report before final submission to the incoming Buhari’s administration.

He said it was the duty of his committee to ensure continuity in government, for the general progress of the nation.

On Sunday, the spokesman for the APC, Lai Mohammed, had raised concerns that the incoming administration had not received any document from the outgoing government. He was worried that the time for the incoming government to study the document before the handover of May 29 was short.

Mr Mohammed accused President Goodluck Jonathan of allowing the challenges facing the nation to degenerate and planning to handover ‘a nation in deep crisis‘.


South-west Youths Support Deployment Of Military For Election

nigerian-MilitarySome youths in the south-western part of Nigeria have supported the use of military in the general elections to boost security, stressing that it will guarantee security of life and property.

The support came on Saturday amidst divers opinions about the proposed deployment of military for the monitoring of the elections.

At a sensitisation and awareness programme on the forth coming general elections held in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, for south-west youths and women, the group also asked the women and youths of the South-west geo-political zone to obtain their Permanent Voters Card (PVC).

“The Best For Nigeria”

The group, however, admonish voters in the zone not to sell their PVCs as the they remained the only potent instrument to elect the candidates of their choice in the general elections.

Addressing the gathering, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Youth, Mr Yusuff  Kunle, said that despite many challenges trailing the distribution of the PVC in many states, it remained the only weapon for eligible voters in the country to have the candidates of their choice get elected in the forth coming general elections.

The PVC has, however, continued to dominate discourse at various fora across the country and the gathering involving youths and women from the south-west was not left out of this.

The group further sought support for President Jonathan, insisting that he remains “the best for Nigeria”.

Jonathan Promises More Support To Delta State In Campaign Speech

campaignAs political campaigns continue with few days to Nigeria’s general elections, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has taken its campaign to Delta state in the south south region of the oil rich nation.

At the campaign venue on Wednesday, the presidential candidate of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan, promised that the state would encounter more support from his government in all areas of the economy if voted in.

The Delta State Government has asked schools to close down on Wednesday as President Goodluck Jonathan visits Asaba, the state capital, for the presidential campaign rally of the PDP.

The Commissioner for Information, Mr Chike Ogeah, confirmed that Wednesday had been declared a public holiday to enable citizens of the state to welcome President Jonathan.

The declaration of the public holiday came as the Goodluck Support Group said it would shut down the entire state to welcome the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign team to the state.

The national chairman of the party is confident that Deltans are in support of the Jonathan and Sambo bid. This is corroborated by the PDP governorship flag bearer in delta state.

The president, who spoke in an official language in the Niger delta, promised to improve the maritime sector in the state.

His wife, Patience Jonathan, wooed the women and youth to cast their votes for the PDP.

Music artistes and members of the Nollywood were also at the venue to throw their weight behind President Jonathan and his Vice for another term in office.

They say the entertainment sector had had 100 per cent improvement since the Jonathan administration kicked off.

Criminal Herdsmen Waging War Against Nigeria – Jonathan

jonathan-goodluck-Nigeria-PresidentPresident Goodluck Jonathan said on Monday that terrorists, who disguise themselves as pastoralists are largely responsible for the frequent clashes in the north where thousands of people have been killed and property worth several millions of Naira destroyed.

President Jonathan, represented by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, was speaking to participants at a two-day International Conference on Security and Development Challenges of Pastoralists in West and Central Africa held in Kaduna and organised by the office of the National Security Adviser.

The theme of the conference was “The Role of Pastoralists in Preventing Insurgency and Conflicts for National Security”.

Announcing that his government is committed to the development of the nation’s agricultural sector as a business aimed at turning the nation into a global agricultural power house, he said the activities of insurgents had seriously over stretched the nation’s security and adversely affected the nation’s economic growth.

The President noted that the frequency of drought in the north had enhanced constant movement of herdsmen towards the south in search of greener pastures; a situation, he said had exposed pastoralists to lots of challenges and loss of herds due to rustling, diseases and associated conflicts.

President Jonathan urged all stakeholders to collectively work for the peace and stability of Nigeria rather than resort to violence.

On the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen, the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, said “the frequent clashes between farmers and herdsmen are no longer an agricultural problem, but a national security problem which need an integrated set of solutions that include agriculture and security”.

He also announced that the Federal Government will establish more grazing routes for cattle herdsmen across Nigeria as a means of tackling the incessant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers especially in the north.

Participants at this conference believe that if all the recommendations reached by stakeholders at the end of the event are implemented by policy makers, the incessant clashes between pastoralists and farmers will be drastically reduced to the barest minimum.

Jonathan vows to recover stolen subsidy money

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday expressed his commitment in recovering all funds stolen by marketers from the petroleum subsidy scheme.

The president, who said this in Abuja at the launch of a Book titled; “Reforming the Un-reformable” written by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, said corrupt officials and fraudsters in Nigeria would not be spared as culprits would be severely punished to serve as deterrence to others.

President Jonathan, who was represented at the event by Vice President Namadi Sambo, said the government is taking every measure to recover all stolen funds from those who defrauded the government in the Petroleum Subsidy Scheme.

He said his administration was committed to reforming all the sectors of the economy and is doing all in its power in creating jobs for the unemployed youth across the country.

“Let me assure you that my administration is not only committed to reform, we are indeed building on some of the reform measures initiated by my predecessors.

“On the governance front, we are going after those who commit various economic crimes and corrupt practices with impunity.

“As you may be aware, government is taking every legal measure to ensure that those who defraud the government in the petroleum subsidy scheme are made to pay back the stolen funds, and also are severely punished.”

President Jonathan commended Ms Okonjo-Iweala for documenting some of the important reforms embarked upon by his administration.

“On a personal note, I see this publication as an attestation of patriotism on the part of the author. As an administration, we shall always support such enterprise, for the purpose of setting the records straight.

“The central message of this important book is hope – hope that Nigeria can reform, and grow to become one of the world’s most dynamic economies.

“In the past, there was a lot of cynicism about Nigeria. Many people claimed that the political and economic institutions of this country could never be reformed.

“I commend this book for documenting some of the important reforms, which have occurred in Nigeria since our recent democratic transition.”

He congratulated the author of the book for contributing richly to the advancement of governance scholarship.

“I am aware that many people may have read about Nigeria’s debt relief from the Paris Club, about the privatisation programme, or about the establishment of the excess crude account from newspapers.

“In this book, you will find a concise, well-organised discussion of all these policy measures without the big, technical, ‘grammar’ and jargon.”

He, therefore, urged State Governors and Local Government Chairmen to avail themselves copies of the book for smooth implementation of the reform programme at the sub-national levels.

Speaking on the purpose of the book, Ms Okonjo-Iweala said the essence of the book was to engender hope in Nigerians.

She said the book was also meant for Nigeria to learn from her past experience to shape her future, saying that the book was not her biography.

Professor Paul Collier of the Oxford University, South African Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan and the Anambra State governor, Peter Obi, who reviewed the 198-page book, all identified sound rules and effective institutions as the important pillars for sustained economic development.

PDP readmits Fayose

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday readmitted former Ekiti State governor, Ayo Fayose into the party.

The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who disclosed this in a press release sent to Channels Television, said the decision to readmit Mr Fayose was taken at the party’s National Working Committee’s (NWC) 315th regular meeting held on Wednesday 12th September 2012.

“The NWC ratified the readmission of His Excellency, Dr. Peter Ayo Fayose into the Party with effect from 14th September 2011. The NWC also approved a waiver for Dr. Fayose in line with the provision of Article 8(a) and Article 17.2 (g) of the PDP Constitution with effect from 14th September 2011.

“By this action, Dr. Fayose is cleared to enjoy all rights and privileges of a member of the PDP without let or hindrance,” the statement reads.

Mr Fayose is alleged to be interested in contesting the Ekiti State governorship election in 2014.

Mr Metuh further said that the NWC approved “the Constitution of a National Campaign Committee for the forthcoming Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State.”

According to him, “the 32 member Committee of eminent Nigerians has the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Arc. Mohammed Namadi Sambo, GCON as Chairman while the National Legal Adviser, Barrister Victor Kwon is the Secretary.”

Mr Metuh said the committee will be inaugurated by the party’s National Chairman, Bamanga Tukur in due course.