Jonathan Orders Investigation Into Morocco Phone Controversy

 JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has ordered full investigations into the controversy that has erupted over whether or not he had a telephone conversation with His Majesty, King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

The Nigerian President on Wednesday said he was shocked, surprised and highly embarrassed by the controversy.

In a statement by the President’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the the regrettable furore that has developed over the matter is due entirely to misinformation, as President Jonathan had neither spoken with King Mohammed or told anybody that he had a telephone conversation with the Moroccan Monarch.

” It is true that President Jonathan has been speaking with some African leaders to seek their support for Nigeria’s candidate for the position of President of the African Development Bank (AfDB).

“In continuation of his efforts in support of the candidacy of the Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina for headship of the AfDB, President Jonathan indicated that he would like to speak with the King of Morocco, the President of Algeria and the President of Egypt,” ,” the statement read.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was consequently directed to make necessary contacts with the embassies of the three countries and arrange for President Jonathan to speak with their leaders.

Dr. Abati said that since that directive was given, President Jonathan had spoken with the Prime Minister of Algeria and subsequently sent Vice President Namadi Sambo to Algiers as Special Envoy to follow-up on his discussions with the Algerian Prime Minister on support for Nigeria’s candidate in the coming elections for the AfDB Presidency.

“The President has, however, not yet spoken with King Mohammed VI and President Al-Sisi of Egypt as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs must know.”

As a result the controversy, President Jonathan ordered the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Aminu Wali, to urgently undertake a full investigation of the claim which emanated from the Ministry that the President spoke with King Mohammed VI.

The investigation is to identify all those who were responsible for the unacceptable act of official misinformation which had resulted in an unnecessary diplomatic row with another country and national embarrassment.

It is also expected to unveil the motives of the culprits.

President Jonathan also ordered that prompt and commensurate disciplinary action should be taken against the culpable person or persons.

While awaiting the outcome of the investigations, President Jonathan urged Nigerians to “disregard the vituperation of opposition elements, who have, true to type, latched on to the regrettable faux pas as a fresh opportunity to unpatriotically denigrate the government of their country and advance their irresponsible quest for victory at any price in the coming elections”.

The Kingdom of Morocco had said that there had never been a phone conversation between HM King Mohammed VI and the President of this country”, the ministry said in a statement.

FG Releases N3bn To Victims Of 2011 Post-Election Violence In Kaduna

KadunaThe Federal Government has released the sum of N3bn for disbursement to victims of the 2011 post-election violence in Kaduna State.

Governor Mukhtar Yero made the disclosure on Saturday at the 40th anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne, held at the Emir’s palace, Zaria, Kaduna State.

Governor Yero, said the money which was already in the coffers of the state government will soon be disbursed to the affected victims accordingly.

He stressed the need for people to live in peace with one another to enable government at all levels to provide the dividend of democracy to the electorate.

The 40th coronation anniversary of Alhaji Shehu Idris, who ascended the throne of his forefathers in 1975 is marked with the traditional Durbar. The ceremony starts with the arrival of different traditional dance groups and district heads of the various ruling houses in the emirate.

Praise-singers and drummers herald the arrival of the emir of and other district heads. Riding on coloured horses, they made their way into the arena in company of their followers and different dance groups.

With the arrival of the special guest of honour, Vice President Namadi Sambo and the host Governor, Muhktar Yero, the occassion commenced.

Other dignitaries at the event include the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi, Etsu Nupe, Yahaya Abubakar and a host of other traditional rulers and politicians.

In its turbulent half-century of independence, Nigeria has experienced not only a brutal civil war, but also an unprecedented wave of insurgnency that has left thousands of people dead.

Throughout this period, one institution that has played an important stabilising role has been that of the traditional rulers of kingdoms large and small across the country.

While congratulating the emir for attaining 40 years on the throne, Governor Yero attributed the success recorded by the emirate to patience, fairness, justice and truthfulness.

He also advised all candidates and electorate not to see the forthcoming election as a do-or-die affair.

Former Minister of Defense, General Theophilus Danjuma in his good will message called for stronger collaboration between the political class and traditional rulers in the country towards improving the fallen standard of education in the country.

He noted that education of the youths will not only reduce the high level of illiteracy and unemployment in the country, but will also help in fighting insurgency, social injustice and other criminal activities across the country, adding that the education backwardness of the north is totally unacceptable and poses a threat to the corporate existence of the region and Nigeria as a whole.

Responding, the Emir of Zazzau who spoke in Hausa language, appreciated God for sparing his life to witness what he described as a “memorable and historic occasion”.

He admonished Nigerians to embrace one another and always preach peace to pave way for sustainable growth and development.

The occasion featured a colourful durbar by District Heads and other traditional title holders.

Jonathan Appears Before PDP Presidential Screening Committee

PresGoodluck Jonathan with party nomination form.ident Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday appeared before a Presidential Screening Committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Jonathan, who arrived at the party’s secretariat at 3.15pm, in company of Vice President Namadi Sambo and some ministers, went straight to the screening venue.

The exercise lasted for about an hour, with the Ahmadu Ali headed committee discharging the President after the closed screening session. Immediately after the exercise, the President left the party secretariat as quietly as he came in.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, who spoke to journalists shortly after the screening, said it was necessary for the President to comply with the processes leading to the primaries and ratification.

According to him, the President was not in any way disadvantaged before now and that his humility at submitting to party processes speaks volume of his compliance with party supremacy.

Metuh said the result of the screening would be released by the party’s leadership within 24 hours.

FEC Approves N9 Billion For Free Distribution Of Clean Cook Stove

FECThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N9 billion for the distribution of 750,000 clean cooking stove and 18,000 wonder bags for refuse disposal.

Briefing State House Correspondents after the council meeting, presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, the Supervising Minister of Information, Dr Nurudeen Mohammed and that of the Environment, Mrs Laurentia Mallam, said the approval is in a bid to reduce pressure on forest resources caused by indiscriminate felling of trees which has led to deforestation and desertification.

They said the stoves and wonder bags, which are meant for women in the rural areas, will be distributed under the National Clean Cooking Scheme (NCCS) which seeks to stem the use of solid fossils like firewood and charcoal for cooking which has adverse effect on the users.

The NCCS aims to provide 20 million clean cook stoves through-out the country in 5 years, that is the distribution of at least 4 million clean cook stoves across the six-geo-political zones per annum.

The Council also approved N60 billion for the award of contract for the provision of engineering infrastructure to Kyami District, Zone C, Abuja.

Kyami District is one of the residential districts located in Phase V of the city with a land area or 942.56 hectares

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, while Briefing journalists alongside the Supervising Minister of Information, Nurudeen Mohammed, said this is in line with the statutory responsibility of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) of providing engineering infrastructure to the FCT.

He noted that the FCT was looking for opportunities to float bonds that will help open up more districts in the FCT.

600 APC Members In Sambo’s Ward Defect to PDP

Namadi-Sambo-Vice-President-300x198Over 600 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State.

Receiving the decampees during the PDP ward Congress at his Kabala Doki ward in Kaduna North Local Government area on Saturday, Vice President Namadi Sambo welcomed them with open arms and thanked them for their decision to join the PDP, assuring them that they will be given a level playing ground in their new party.

He stressed that PDP has the interest of the people at heart and assured the decampees that they will work together to ensure that the party gets victory in 2015.

According to Sambo, the successful conduct of the ward congress in the state and other parts of the country is a sign that PDP will emerge victorious in 2015 election.

Party members came out in their large numbers to elect delegates who will represent them in the forthcoming primary. This ward congress signaled the commencement of political activities in preparation for the primaries and the main election next year. At the end of the exercise, three delegates were elected in each of the 255 wards in the state.

Vice President Sambo while describing the exercise as peaceful and orderly, assured Nigerians that good governance will be sustained by the PDP led federal government across the country and also thanked them for their support to the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

On the 2015 election, Sambo urged members of the Peoples Democratic Party and other political parties to ensure that the election is conducted in a peaceful atmosphere devoid of any violence.

The PDP members pledged their support to the PDP led government at both the federal and state.

Transformation Ambassadors Gather 17Million Signatures For Jonathan

Transformation Ambassadors The Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, have gathered over 17million signatures from the nationwide rally organised in support of President Goodluck Jonathan.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, announced this while handing over the document to the Vice President Namadi Sambo at the grand finale held in Abuja.

While receiving the documents, the Vice President commended the support group for the nationwide rally and stated that President Goodluck Jonathan would respond to the call in no time.

“The signatures represent the confidence Nigerians have in the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

“They also show the President’s acceptability and popularity across the country. It is good that Nigerians appreciate the efforts of Mr. President in the areas of education, aviation, trade and investment, agriculture, security, roads and many others,” the Vice President said.

From each geo polictical zone of the country, representatives delivered motivating speeches, all with one goal of presenting President Jonathan as their presidential candidate in 2015.

PDP governors, led by the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum and also Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Goodswill Akpabio, were also present to add their voices to the call for President Jonathan to run for a second term.

Some of the serving ministers also seized the opportunity to reel out the achievements of the Jonathan administration, with the Minister for Agriculture, Akinwumi Adeshina, and the Minister For Petroleum Resources, Diezian Alson Madueke leading the pack.

As the 2015 elections draw closer, the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria have remained optimistic that in the coming days, President Jonathan would heed their call and respond in the affirmative.


We’ll Continue To Count On Prayers And Support Of Patriotic Nigerians – Jonathan

JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has said that he would continue to count on the support, goodwill and prayers of patriotic Nigerians as he strives to give the best possible leadership towards the positive transformation of the country.

In a letter to a young Nigerian who sent a donation of 10,000 Naira as a humble contribution to the President’s re-election, President Jonathan said that he was deeply touched and encouraged by the immense support his administration continues to receive from young Nigerians from all parts of the country.

Your gracious gesture is particularly gratifying, coming as it does from one of our nation’s vibrant and gifted youth who are our successor generation and for whom our administration is unequivocally committed to providing the requisite environment to optimally realize their tremendous creative and productive potentials.

As I carry on with the task of positively transforming our country for its God-ordained greatness and prosperity, I will continue to count on the goodwill as well as the practical and prayerful support of committed patriots like you,” President Jonathan wrote to the young Nigerian, Ezemagu Sunday Nnamdi who is currently serving in the National Youth Service Corps.

Thanking the youth corps member for the donation which was sent before the Peoples’ Democratic Party adopted the President as its sole candidate for the 2015 presidential elections, President Jonathan also welcomed his expression of faith in the Federal Government’s ongoing efforts to reposition Nigeria for sustained growth and development.

The President assured Sunday and other young Nigerians that he would continue to do his best in the service of the nation in keeping with their trust and expectations.

In the letter forwarding his donation, Sunday assured President Jonathan of the continued support of patriotic Nigerians and urged him to seek re-election in 2015.

Nigerians are behind you. We see your good works in power, transportation, education, housing, ICT, sports, electoral reforms, observation of the principle of federal character and the creation of investment opportunities.

The insurgents who are trying to destabilize your Administration are enemies of peace and progress. You will surely defeat them,” the youth corps member wrote.

Jonathan Reaffirms Commitment To Fighting Insurgency

Labaran-MakuThe Federal Government of Nigeria has reaffirmed its determination to end insurgency and reverse the attendant economic depression facing the north-east.

The Minister of Information, Mr Labaran Maku, quoted President Goodluck Jonathan, as giving the assurance when a delegation of the northern traditional rulers’ council visited him in Abuja late Thursday night.

The President told the visitors, led by the Chairman of the Council and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, about measures already put in place to end the insurgency in the region.

The visit was sequel to an emergency meeting of the traditional rulers on Wednesday in Kaduna where they discussed the security situation in their domains.

Briefing reporters after the Kaduna meeting, the Sultan said that the council would visit the President and table its observations and concerns before him.

Maku described the meeting with Jonathan as fruitful, saying that it underlined the country’s unity and the imminent defeat of insurgency and terrorism.

A total of 13 traditional rulers were at the meeting, also attended by Vice President Namadi Sambo and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senetor Ayim Pius Ayim.

Jonathan Inaugurates National Council On MSMEs

Goodluck-Jonathan_President_of_NigeriaPresident Goodluck Jonathan has inaugurated the National Council on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He gave the council a mandate to develop, support and grow small businesses in Nigeria and turn the country into a land of opportunities, where hopes become a reality irrespective of where one comes from.

The President also pledged that his administration would ensure that the economy works for all Nigerian people.

The council, which had Vice President Namadi Sambo as Chairman, comprises of representatives of governors from all the six geopolitical zones, represented by the governors of Abia, Benue, Kaduna, Gombe, Bayelsa and Ogun states.

President Jonathan observed that Nigeria has the largest population of youths that can be used to drive change and called on the council to work assiduously to eradicate poverty and make the Nigerian people live in dignity.

He charged the council to develop a detailed financial value chain so as to address the difficulties put in the way of small businesses in their efforts to access finances.

He said that by the initiative, all the 774 Local Governments must be covered, hoping that MSME offices would be made to operate in all the 36 states of the federation.



NEC Ends Use Of Non-Revenue Officials For Collection Of Taxes

namadi_samboThe National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by the Vice President Namadi Sambo has directed the discontinuation of the practice of using non-revenue officials for collection of taxes and levies by states and federal agencies.

This is one of the recommendations by the  ministerial implementation committee set by NEC on the harmonisation of taxes, following the report by the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria on multiple taxation across the federation and its effect on the economy

Briefing State House Correspondents on the development the governor of Anambra State, Dr Willie Obiano, said that the council is also to direct the Inspector General of Police to dismantle all road blocks mounted on high ways for revenue collection across the country.

Also, the NECl commended the move by the Ministry of Power to train over 3,700 staff on the National Power Sector Apprenticeship Scheme.

The Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo, had told the governors that for over 23 years there has not been any training for the technical manpower needed in transmission,generation and distribution sub-sector.

The governor of Kogi State, Captain Idris Wada, who spoke on the matter said the sum of 1.3 billion Naira is to be spent in funding the scheme.

Those Who Planned To Kill Buhari Are Sons Of Devil – Jonathan

Jonathan AgbadaThose who planned to kill General Buhari and Dahiru Bauchi are sons of the devil who wanted to plunge the whole nation into chaos.

Those were the words of President Goodluck Jonathan while receiving Vice President Namadi Sambo and other Muslim faithful who were in his residence to pay him the traditional Salah homage after the Ramadan fast.

Muslim faithful, started arriving the residence immediately after the Eid prayers, with those living in the Federal Capital Territory led by the Vice President. The President, clad in white agbada joined the visitors in the living room, welcoming everyone with warm handshakes.

Vice President Sambo expressed appreciation to the President for participating in the one month fast. He prayed that Allah would grant the President wisdom to lead Nigeria and that the country would overcome the crisis bedevilling it, and enjoy the transformation going on in its polity.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, who joined the Vice President to lead the group, described the courtesy call as a tradition, especially following the President’s humane disposition, a character that has endeared him to many.

President Jonathan, while thanking his special guests, condemned the Kano attacks and others in the country and pleaded with Nigerians, especially Muslim clerics and other men of God, to pray for the country. He wondered where Nigeria could have been if the two prominent Nigerians were killed in the Kano attack, saying that the country could have been in turmoil.

He thanked Allah for saving their lives and preventing a major calamity that would have befallen the country.

He added that only a collective effort by Nigerians and support for the Government could bring the excesses of Boko Haram to an end.

More prayers were offered to Allah as the living room got filled up to its brim with guests, some of them in Government and many others, friends of the President.

A Salah greetings card and other gifts were presented to the President as he looks forward to getting huge support and contributions from Nigerians at the launch of the Victims Support Fund scheduled for Thursday.

It is expected that money from the launch would be used to cushion the effect of terror, while security personnel make extra effort to bring it to an end.

Jonathan Sends New Ministerial Nominees To Senate

JONATHANNPresident Goodluck Jonathan has forwarded the names of two ministerial nominees to the Senate for screening and confirmation.

They are the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr Benjamin Osita Chidoka, and a lecturer at the University of Abuja, Dr Abubakar Suleiman Olanrewaju.

President Goodluck Jonathan had on Tuesday sworn in four new ministers who he said would help beef up the performance of the administration.

They include the former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, as the Minister of Education, Dr. Steve Oru as the Minister for the Niger Delta, Prince Clement Adeyeye as Minister of State for Works and Abdul Bulama as Minister of Science and Technology.

The swearing-in ceremony was followed by the decoration of President Jonathan by the Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corp, whose name has been included in the latest ministerial nominees’ list, Mr Ostia Chidoka, as the Grand Patron of the Special Marshal of the Nigerian Road Safety Commission in recognition of the President’s reform programmes in the road sector.