President Muhammadu Buhari has placed a personal call to the family of the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to commiserate with them over the death of Matriarch of the Awolowo family.
The late Hannah Idowu Dideolu Awolowo, the grand mother of Dolapo, the Vice President’s wife.
Buhari described the deceased as “an institution in her own right” and “a model of motherhood”.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari told the Osinbajos that late Hannah Idowu was one of the greatest female political icons in Africa who was deservingly revered for her remarkable virtues.
Buhari noted that Idowu’s shining virtues as a great mother, wife and motivator, would live after her.
According to the statement, the President has dispatched a powerful Federal Government delegation to condole with the Awolowo family at Ikenne, Ogun State.
The delegation, which met the Vice President and other members of the Awolowo family, was led by Malal Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff.
He was accompanied by the Secretary to the Federal Government, Babachir David Lawal, the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Abayomi Gabriel Olanishakin and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Ambassador Oke.
The delegation extended his condolences to the family, the government and people of Ogun State over the death of Mrs. Awolowo.
A former member of the Legal and Security Directorate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla on Monday blamed “forces of corruption” for producing the “so called 100 days promise” by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“We don’t know about that document. I was in the APC Presidential Campaign Council and there was no document that emanated from the Presidential Campaign Council saying that the President will transform Nigerian into a land of milk and honey.
“As far as I am concerned the 100 days is nothing. How do you expect a government to transform the country in 100 days? It is far-fetched, it is a gimmickry by those people who were afraid of APC, who portrayed the APC maliciously and falsely as a northern and Muslim party.
“It is far from the truth”, he maintained.
Mr Obono-Obla, who made the claim on Tuesday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, alleged that since the “PDP devastated the country in 16 years of misrule”, neither the APC nor the President would have produced such a document because “it is unrealistic”.
He further argued that President Buhari’s administration has “in 100 days, made Nigeria to earn a lot of respect from other countries”, adding that “the amount of stealing going on now has reduced compared to five or six months ago”, maintaining that “everyone is on his toes.
“We have seen a lot of gains from the fight against corruption. Fighting corruption is not all about putting people into jail. But I know that a lot of people are returning money that was illegally taken out of the treasury” he said.
Mr Obono-Obla’s views are coming days after President Muhammadu Buhari distanced himself from two documents containing promises on what he would achieve in his first 100 days in office.
A statement from his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu titled: “Understanding Buhari in 100 days” said he has no knowledge of the two campaign documents which reportedly emanated from the party’s “many centres of public communication which, for whatever reason, were on the loose.”
According to the statement, “There is a certain document tagged “One Hundred Things Buhari Will Do in 100 Days” and the other, “My Covenant With Nigerians.”
“Both pamphlets bore the authorised party logo but as the Director of Media and Communications in that campaign, I did not fund or authorise any of those. I can equally bet my last Kobo that Candidate Buhari did not see or authorise those publications.
“As a consequence of these publications, expectations have been raised unreasonably, that as President, Muhammadu Buhari, will wave his hand and all the problems that the country faces — insecurity, corruption, unemployment, poor infrastructure would go away.
“But that notwithstanding, President Buhari has given the job his best shot and the whole country is saying that we never had it so good. He has re-instituted the values of hard work and administrative efficiency. The President says times without number that this country needs to fix governance and that he won’t tolerate laziness.
The Presidency says that about 70 per cent of Nigerians surveyed, approve of President Muhammadu Buhari’s job performance in June 2015 (first 30 days in office).
On the other hand, a total of 12 per cent of the respondents disapproved of his job performance, whereas, 18 per cent of the respondents were neutral as they neither approved nor disapproved of the President’s job performance.
The result of the poll conducted by the NOI which is affiliated to Gallup, showed that the north-east, north-central and north-west recorded the highest approval percentages. South-east and south-south recorded the lowest.
The result of the polls made available to State House correspondents by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garuba Shehu, said that 12 per cent of respondents disapproved of his performance over 30 days because it is too early to evaluate him.
Respondents mentioned reasons for approving the President’s performance after 30 days in office, stating that security has improved (20 per cent), he has good intentions and he is good so far (16 per cent), and stability of electricity (15 per cent) among others.
In addition, the deteriorating power situation in the country seemed to have improved by a whopping 27 points up to 44 per cent (June 2015) from 17 per cent (May 2015) as Nigerians claimed to have experienced more improvement in the month of June 2015.
By contrast, only 17 per cent of respondents acknowledged that there is no improvement while 22 per cent stated that there is no difference at all in power supply in June 2015.