I Don’t Care Who You Are, If You Are Corrupt I’ll Go After You – The Week In Quotes

 

Here is what was said and who said what in the public sphere within the course of the passing week.

1. I don’t care who you are, if you are corrupt I’ll go after you.”

Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, distances himself and the anti-graft agency from political inclination.

2. People say that our population is an asset but we are yet to get there. Nigeria’s population is currently a liability.

According to the Emir of Kano, Mohammed Sanusi II Nigeria’s huge population which currently stands at about two hundred million is a liability and not an asset.

3. A significant proportion of Nigeria’s prosperity today is concentrated in the hands of a few people living primarily in 4 or 5 states and the FCT.

President Muhammadu Buhari says a significant proportion of Nigeria’s prosperity is concentrated in the hands of a few people in the country.

4. There cannot be a decent work without a decent wage. The minimum wage is the floor for decent wages.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) expresses impatience at the implementation of the new N30,000 minimum wage, stressing that Nigeria’s workplace cannot be decent without a decent wage.

5. Turkey will also continue to fight against DAESH (IS) and will not allow it to return in any shape and form.

Turkey says it will not permit the Islamic State group to return.

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6. The Court cannot square a vision of presidential immunity that would place the President above the law.

A US federal judge in New York dismisses President Donald Trump’s efforts to block access to years of his personal and corporate tax returns, saying sitting presidents are not immune from criminal investigations.

7. This is nothing but a budget of taxation. I urge the Senate to look at that fact as it is not a sustainable budget.

The Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, says the 2020 budget is “nothing but a budget of taxation”, one that is not “sustainable.”

8. Nigeria’s economy has experienced nine consecutive quarters of GDP growth.

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks on Nigeria’s economy and the nation’s growth, during his presentation of the 2020 budget to the National Assembly.

9. Tell Buhari the truth, corruption resides in his presidency.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari should stop blaming the 8th National Assembly for failures encountered in his administration.

10. The sole aim of this practice is to ensure that justice is given in every case before us, no matter how infinitesimal it might be because we are the final court in the land.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad says the Supreme Court of Nigeria is ever ready for any eventuality and is also well prepared to keep the country together as one indivisible entity through effective and efficient justice delivery.

Ganduje Directs District Heads Not To Attend Emir Sanusi’s Durbar

 

Kano government has instructed all district heads to celebrate this year’s traditional Hawan Daushe in their Respective Emirates.

The instruction comes following certain calls that “all District Heads” were “directed” to attend Durbar at the Kano Emir’s palace.

Reacting to these calls, the Kano state government directed all district heads to attend the popular Hawan Daushe Durbar at their respective Emirates.

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This was disclosed in a press statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary Abba Anwar.

The statement reads, “It is therefore directed that, District Heads from Bichi Emirate should attend their Hawan Daushe with the First Class Emir of Bichi, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, District Heads from Rano Emirate should attend Hawan Daushe with their First Class Emir Alhaji Dr Tafida Abubakar (Autan Bawo).

“All District Heads from Karaye Emirate should attend Hawan Daushe with their First Class Emir, Alhaji Dr Ibrahim Abubakar II, all District Heads from Gaya Emirate should attend Hawan Daushe with their First Class Emir, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdulkadir and those District Heads from Kano Emirate are also directed to attend Hawan Daushe with their First Class Emir, Muhammadu Sanusi II”.

Meanwhile, Governor Ganduje will attend the traditional Hawan Daushe Durbar at the Emir of Kano’s palace, followed by a cultural night dinner in honour of Guinea’s President Professor Alpha Conde and other foreign diplomats.

Kano Govt Queries Emir Sanusi Over Corruption Allegations

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational System
Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II (file photo)

 

Kano State Government has asked the Emir of Kano Municipal Muhammadu Sanusi II to respond to allegations over alleged mismanagement of the Emirate’s funds.

In a query letter signed by the SSG Alhaji Usman Alhaji, the government said following an ‘indictment’ of corruption by the state’s anti graft agency, “the Emir is to Respond within 24 hours”

Our Correspondent Idris Jibrin reports that this is coming 24 hours after, the Kano State Anti-Corruption and Public Complaint Commission on Monday indicted the Emir and recommended his suspension over allegations of misused EMIRATE’S funds, a reports of which the commission submitted to the state government.

The Chief of Staff to the Emir, Munir Sanusi, who confirmed the receipt of the query, said the state government sought the response of the emir within 24 hours regarding allegations of misappropriation of funds.

We received the query today (Thursday). The state government has demanded the response of His Highness within 24 hours. The council is studying the content, he said.

Meanwhile, One person has been confirmed dead while several others have been injured at the traditional Durbar, Hawan Daushe conducted at the Emir’s Palace.

The Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi II held the event without the presence of Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was at Bichi Emirate to witness the first Durbar in the newly created Emirate.

According to a letter, dated June 4 and signed by Ibrahim Hamza, the director of special duties, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, the governor`s absence was due to some pressing engagements.

Subsequently, the Kano Emirate has also cancelled tomorrow’s Traditional Hawan Dorayi to invite all religious leaders for a special prayers In remembrance of the late Emir Alhaji Ado Bayero who died 5 years ago.

In a press statement signed by the Acting Secretary of the Kano Emirate Abba Yusuf, the Emir says the prayers will be conducted at the Kano Central Mosque on Friday, 7th May, 2019.

Sultan, Emir Of Kano, Other Traditional Rulers Dine With President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday had dinner with traditional rulers, including the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi and the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi.

Other traditional rulers who joined the president during the breaking of the Ramadan fast were Olubadan of Ibadan, Saliu Adetunji, Eze Imo, Eze Samuel Ohiri; Emir of Hadejia, Alhaji Adamu Abubakar Maje among others.

Government officials, including the chief of staff to the president, Abba Kyari; SGF, Boss Mustapha, were among those at the event.

This is the first time that Sanusi would be seen publicly with the president since Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje broke the Kano emirate into five.

 

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Emir Of Kano Gets United Nations Appointment

 

The United Nations has announced the appointment of His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, as one of its new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Advocates for 2019-2020. 

António Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General made the announcement on Thursday in New York.

The appointment is sequel to the UN member states’ agreement to accomplish the SDGs by 2030.

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Emir Sanusi is the only Nigerian on the 17-man secretary-general’s list of SDGs Advocates co-chaired by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway.

The selected advocates are tasked by the Secretary-General to promote the goals, raise awareness with new audiences, maintain global commitment and call for greater ambition and quantifiable actions to achieve the SDGs by 2030.

Emir Sanusi’s latest appointment comes few days after Nigeria’s telecoms giant, MTN appointed the former Central Bank governor as a Non-Executive Director effective July 1, 2019.

The appointment of the Emir is part of a board room shake-up at Africa’s biggest wireless carrier, which will also see the on-boarding of South Africa’s former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas as a new group chairman.

Emir Of Kano Unhappy Over Osinbajo, Ministers Absence At Washington Investment Meeting

Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido

 

The Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, is unhappy over the absence of the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo and other Ministers at Washington Investment Meeting.

He said this on Saturday during a briefing with journalists in Washington, the United States’ capital, in an event organised by the Nigerian embassy in Washington DC.

“We had a meeting today with investors. We came in, then they trooped into the Ambassador’s office to sit down, while investors were waiting,” he said. “We had a list of people who were in town. The Vice President, some ministers, were in town, they haven’t come up.”

According to the Emir, government officials who ought to have graced the event were conspicuously absent, raising worries that Nigeria might lose investment opportunities by their absence.

Sanusi believes that if the same investment summit were to have hosted by the Rwandan Embassy, the country’s President, Mr Paul Kagame would have availed the opportunity to be present.

He added, “You invite top investors, your ministers are in Washington and they do not come to talk to the investors about Nigeria.

“That is not how to treat investors. If you have this forum in the Rwandan Embassy, I assure you that President Kagame himself would be there.”

Reports have it that ministers that ought to have been in attendance include: Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun; Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu; Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh; Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.

Others are: Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Kayode Fayemi; and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.

Mr Sanusi, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, feels that the ministers’ absence could jeopardise Nigeria’s efforts to attract investment opportunities into the country.

The event had in attendance United State Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross; IFC Regional Vice President (Middle East and Africa), Sergio Pimenta; President and CEO, U.S African Development Foundation ((USADF), C.D Glin; among others.

Buhari Visits Emir Of Kano In Photos

President Muhammadu Buhari who is currently on a two-day working visit to Kano State has paid a visit to the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi II.

President Buhari who arrived Kano on Wednesday morning during his visit to the Emir reaffirmed his promises of fighting corruption, reviving the economy and ensuring the security of life and properties of Nigerians.

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Osinbajo Urges Northern Traditional Rulers To Counsel Misguided Youths

The Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has called on traditional rulers to advise misguided youths in their domains against divisive actions.

Professor Osinbajo made the call on Tuesday when he met with traditional rulers from the Northern states in continuation of his consultations with leaders of the North and South East.

The consultations follow the recent “quit notice” given to Igbos in the North by Arewa youths, in reaction to the continued agitation for secession by groups in the South East.

Professor Osinbajo, who noted that traditional rulers have a role to play in “countering the voices of divisiveness”, urged them not to relent in playing their unique roles.

“Let us continue to counsel the misguided elements among our youth, who think that ethnic confrontation is a game and that words can be thrown around carelessly without repercussion,” he said.

“Having said this, let me say that we are not deaf to the legitimate concerns and frustrations arising from around the country. Every part of Nigeria has its own grievances. But these have to be expressed graciously and managed with mutuality rather than with scorn and disdain.”

Stressing that Nigeria is stronger and better as one unified nation, the Acting President warned that the hate hate-filled and divisive rhetoric and agitations in parts of the country are “unjustifiable, unacceptable and often times illegal”.

He also stressed that such agitations were capable of rubbishing the sacrifices made by many Nigerians over the years to keep the country united.

“Nigeria has seen enough violence and bloodshed in its history, the price of our unity has already been paid in the blood and lives of hundreds of thousands of soldiers and civilians,” he said.

Professor Osinbajo assured the traditional rulers that the Federal Government is committed to keeping the country united, adding that rather than viewing the country’s diversity as a challenge, it should be a source of unity.

“We must never take our diversity for granted; the fullness of our strength actually lies in that diversity. And we must wield that diversity, not as a divisive tool, but instead as a binding agent,” he said.

Traditional rulers present at the meeting include the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, were also among those in attendance.

The ongoing consultations by the Acting President are expected to be concluded on Wednesday with a meeting with the 36 governors.

Kano Assembly Suspends Probe Of Kano Emirates

Emir Of Kano Decries North's Poor Educational SystemThe Kano State House Assembly has called off its investigation into allegations of misappropriation of funds and other infractions against the Kano Emirates Council.

The Assembly called off the investigation after receiving a letter from the State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The letter was read during Monday’s plenary by the Speaker, Mr Kabiru Alhassan Rurum.

In the letter, as read by the Speaker, the governor urged the Assembly to suspend its investigation following pleas by past leaders, traditional rulers and various statesmen across the federation for the matter to be dropped.

After reading the letter, the Speaker presented the request to the lawmakers for consideration and they unanimously agreed to stop the investigation.

In approving the request, the lawmakers hailed the governor for his intervention, describing it as timely and in the interest of peace in the ancient city of Kano.

The suspension of the probe comes after the state anti-corruption agency also announced that it was ending its investigation into the financial dealings of the Emirate Council.

Emir of Kano Denies Spending N6bn In Three Years

The Kano Emirate Council has refuted the allegations that Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II has spent N6bn of the emirate’s fund since he assumed office.

A senior official in the emirate council, Bashir Wali, at a press briefing in Kano on Monday explained that the emirate has only spent N2.9bn since Sanusi emerged emir in June 2014.

Mr. Wali, who is also said to be in charge of the emirate’s finance added that that Emir Sanusi inherited N1.9bn and not N4bn as stated in some media reports.

The explanations by the emirate council follows reports on the social media that the Kano State anti-corruption agency is set to investigate the council over the claims it spent N6bn in three years.

Sanusi Promises To Improve National Teams’ Preparations For Tournament

sanusiThe newly appointed General Secretary of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, has promised to improve Nigeria’s national teams’ preparations for international competitions.

Dr. Sanusi stressed that adequate preparations would help the team perform better in major tournaments.

The NFF General Secretary also pledged to do his best to attract meaningful sponsorship that would help the development of grassroots football.

Dr. Sanusi took over from Barrister Musa Amadu, after he resigned from his position on Thursday.

The Executive Committee of the NFF announced the appointment of Dr. Sanusi, as the new General Secretary of  the NFF, after Barrister Musa Amadu submitted his resignation.

Sanusi Officially Crowned Emir Of Kano

Lamido-Sanusi2Kano residents, friends and relatives and traditional rulers across Nigeria and beyond converged on Kano Government House on Saturday for the official coronation of the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II.

Emir Sanusi was selected the 14th Emir of Kano following the death of his predecessor Alhaji Ado Bayero in June 2014.

At the coronation ceremony, the Emir promised to serve the emirate with the fear of God and in accordance with Islamic Teachings.

The occasion was to officially turban Muhammadu Sanusi II and hand over a staff of office to him.

The Emir was sworn in by the Chief Imam of the Kano Central, Professor Sani Zaharadden, witnessed by the former Heads of State, General Yakubu Gowon and General Muhammadu Buhari, Governors of Niger, Zamfara, Yobe, among others.

The occasion was also attended by the Sultan of Sokoto, Oba of Lagos and the Emir of Damagaram in Niger Republic among other Traditional Rulers.

Receiving the staff of office from the governor, the Emir promised to rule in accordance with the tradition.

“I thank everyone for attending this occasion, especially the governor for selecting me. I assure you that i will lead you in accordance with Islamic teachings and with the fear of God irrespective of your tribe or religion.”

The Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, who described the Emir as a man of humility and justice also says that his selection followed a series of consultation with kingmakers and other concerned authorities who authenticated that the Emir was a kind and generous man.

After the Emir was kitted, he was shown to the people of Kano Kingdom.

It is a major activity that follows the coronation and it gives the District Head and other Traditional Rulers the opportunity to pay homage to the Emir.