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The Civil Society Network Against Corruption (CSNAC‎) n a petition dated September 23,  requested that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Investigation (EFCC) investigate the alleged mismanagement of the US$2.2 million by the Nigerian government and the controversial decision to ‎refund to the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) spearheaded by Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

This petition came in two (2) days after GAVI announced the appointment of Ms. Okonjo-Iweala as chair of its 28-member Board.

Her appointment, coming only months after she spearheaded the decision to pay ‎the US$2.2 million to the Geneva-based organization, being a refund for funds allegedly mismanaged by Nigerian health officials despite protests by officials of the health ministry that all GAVI grants had been judiciously used is seen as an act of sabotage, aimed at placating an international organisation at the expense of National integrity and reputation.

As reported by Premium Times, CSNAC stated that with the appointment of Ms. Okonjo-Iweala as Chair of GAVI’s Board, there is every reason to suspect conflict of interest in the “unprofessional and unpatriotic” refund of $2.2m to GAVI by the former minister.

Olanrewaju Suraju, CSNAC’s Chairman, said in the petition to the EFCC, “CSNAC is therefore, by this petition, requesting an extended and thorough investigation into the abuse of office, unprofessional conduct and conflict of interest associated with the activities of GAVI in Nigeria and, the actions of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala in connection with the refund,”

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President Muhammadu Buhari arrived New York, Thursday September 24th for a series of meeting and the 70th United Nations General Assembly accompanied only by 21 delegates. He will be in the country till September 29th.
It would be recalled that in 2013, over 600 persons accompanied President Goodluck Jonathan to New York. This new development like the Independence Day Celebrations budget is a laudable effort at management by the Presidency.

 

President Buhari’s laudably slim delegation list includes: the Governors of Kaduna, Niger and Cross River states. Also on his entourage are former governors Rotimi Amaechi and Kayode Fayemi. The Senator from Katsina, Hadi Sirika and a former member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri, are also in the group.

Others on the plane to New York include Major General Monguno (Rtd), the National Security Adviser; Femi Adesina, the Presidential Special Adviser on Media; Sarkin Abba Kalu, Special Adviser Household Matters; Lawal Kazuare (State Chief of Protocol), Nura Rimi, Presidential Liaison Officer; Lt. Col M. L Abubakar (Aide de Camp); Bashir Abubakar, Chief Security Officer; Sabi’u Yusuf (Personal Assistant); ACP Abdukarim Dauda, Dr. Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, Chief Personal Physician; and Ya’u Abdulahi, Chief Detail.

For his first visit to the General Assembly as elected leader, President Buhari reportedly received meeting requests from about 21 world leaders, but he will only be able to meet with the Presidents of Brazil, Russia and Poland; former US President Bill Clinton, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates and Pope Frances.

As reported by SaharaReporters, President Buhari will also be skipping the meeting scheduled with Nigerians in the Diaspora, all functions with non-governmental organizations, and the traditional dinner with the business community.
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The immediate former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele
Jonathan yesterday during his visit to Ikenna, where himself and his wife had gone
to pay the Awolowos a condolence visit on the passing away of their mother,
grandmother and great grandmother, said if not for the death of the aged woman
and how important she was to the nation, himself and his wife wouldn’t have
been seen publicly like this. He said they had planned to “Hide” for 12 months
shortly after leaving office, but mama’s death was one which they couldn’t over
look. His words after the cut.

“Within this period, myself and my wife have been hiding; we
don’t even go out. We thought we’ll be hiding for at least 12 months. But in
this particular case, we cannot hide. So, we’ve come for the condolence and to
encourage our brothers and sisters that we are together,” he said.

On the passing of Mrs. Awolowo,  Jonathan said it was a great loss, but that he
took solace in the fact that death is an inevitable end that would come when it
would come.

“So, we know it would come for all of us one day and here we
are today,” he said.

“We have been coming here because the former secretary to
the government did mention that the last time I came here it was associated
with the last presidential electioneering campaign. But before, I’ve been here
severally to see mama in one way or the other,” the former president said.

“We are mourning her today; me and my wife, we are not
mourning because mama has passed on. For me, we believe that it’s a rare
privilege to add extra 29 years to the Biblical two scores and ten; it’s not
easy.

“Ordinarily, we wouldn’t have been mourning but mama was a
rare mother. She was a woman of virtue described in the Bible and she was a
mother to all of us; a mother that her milk of kindness we still need, her milk
of encouragement we still need, her milk of advice we still need and today
she’s no more with us.

“But for me and my wife and members of our delegation, some
of them include the former leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Mulikat
Adeola. Of course, Gbenga Daniel has been here severally but he was the one who
led us into this hall. My good friend, Jide Adeniji, the former chairman of
FERMA and others. Mrs. Kuku from Bayelsa State and others that joined us; we
have come to pay our last respect,” he stated.
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The trial of Senate President Bukola Saraki for “false declaration of assets” commenced at the code of conduct tribunal in Abuja on Friday as the tribunal has ordered. Saraki refused to appear in person as ordered by the code of conduct tribunal but was represented by his lawyer, Mahmud Magaji. It appears he is hiding behind the directive by a federal high court asking the Tribunal and Saraki to appear for justification of the case on Monday. Consequently, the federal government prosecuting counsel, M.S. Hassan, has asked the court to with immediate effect issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Saraki.

 He told the Tribunal that Saraki, for failing to respect a competent court, should be arrested within the next two hours by the police authority in Abuja and brought to court immediately.
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Nigeria’s president Buhari has reportedly ordered the relocation of Aso Villa chapel because of its closeness to his bedroom. According to Daily Times, the president is not comfortable with the noise that originates from the chapel when worship is going on.

The Chapel was built by former president, Olusegun Obasanjo who is said to have strategically located the chapel so he can “enjoy worship and prayers from the comfort of his bedroom”. President Buhari is a Muslim and has reportedly complained about the noise from the chapel. Some aides of the president had already made efforts to stop the use of the facility by Christian worshippers on August 30. As a prelude, security agents prevented the Villa Chapel choristers from entering the building for their weekly rehearsal on Saturday, August 29, 2015.

However, uproar over the development ensued, which caused Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, a Christian who also worships at the chapel, to contact Buhari before the security men gave way for service to be conducted that day.

In a move that suggests the Presidency is not giving up in its bid to relocate the chapel, the children’s church section of the chapel has been shut and some rooms have been converted to shops for storing food items.

“We had to beg them to allow us to remove our property,” said an official of the church who did not want to be named. “The children’s church has been turned into a store. As a result of the unforeseen development, we had to collapse some facilities to accommodate the children and keep our worship going. That was why the Chaplain said that the church had not been shut but ‘we only had some procedural issues that needed to be sorted out’.”

Femi Adesina, the Presidential spokesman, has denied that the chapel will be moved.

[via Daily Times]
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24 hours after President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo
declared their assets, Sen. Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central
Senatorial District, has also declared his assets. According to a
statement he released today September 4th, Senator Sani who has 2 wives and 6 children, says he has a total of N22 million in
three bank
accounts, owns two residential houses in Kaduna, two
houses under lease in Kaduna, two uncompleted office apartments in
Kaduna, one residential house in Abuja, one family inherited house in
Kurfi, Katsina State, and one family inherited house in Minna, Niger
State.
He also added that he owns several cars, and bought N5million
worth of shares in 2007 but which crashed in 2008. According to him,
declaration of assets is a moral challenge to all public office holders.
“In line with moral example set by President Muhammadu Buhari
and Vice
President Osinbajo, and in conformity to the standard of transparent
and exemplary leadership, and in submission to the public and popular
demand for integrity test to all public office holders, in a new Nigeria
on a filtration process for a politically cleaner and decent future, I
have decided to voluntarily make this public declaration. President
Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo public
declaration of their assets is a moral challenge to all public holders.
Their declaration challenges all men of conscience and docks all men who
lay claim to self dignity and self worth. Their public declaration
hangs a chain of guilt on the neck of all


 public office holders. To refuse to publicly declare assets is to
continue to carry the burden of a moral thorn of guilt in a nation whose
generation of leaders for so long stands in the dock of ethical court.
There are no saints and angels in politics, but the citizenry deserve
to know the moral truth behind the facade of uprightness. A clean broom
is needed to clean a dirty space. I chose to publicly
declare and be pelted than to walk with the stain of suspicion and
mistrust splashed on all public office holders by a generation of
curious citizenry”the statement read.
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President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday in Abuja urged Nigerian accountants to support his administration’s efforts to restore greater probity, prudence, transparency and respect for financial regulations to the management of national resources.
Speaking at an audience with members of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) at the Presidential Villa, President Buhari warned that with declining prices of oil exports which remain the mainstay of the national economy, Nigeria must begin to properly manage its available resources or face developmental stagnation and decline.
“You should help us to go back to the days of real accountability in the management of public funds.

“The annual audits of government MDAs which your members undertake must be taken more seriously. People must be made to properly account for whatever government funds are entrusted to their supervision.

“Let your audit reports on our MDAs be thoroughly, professionally and dispassionately done to ensure greater probity in the management of our national resources and sustainable development,” the President told the ICAN delegation led by Otunba Samuel Olufemi Deru.

 The ICAN President hailed the renaissance of the nation’s value system and the reinvigoration of the war against corruption which are being witnessed under President Buhari’s leadership.
“The values you hold dear – those of integrity, transparency and accountability – are the foundation of the accountancy profession.
“It is therefore heartening and commendable that you are engaging our members and their firms in the anti-corruption crusade.
“We pledge our collective and institutional support for your unparalleled commitment to build a caring, secured, politically united and economically prosperous nation that will be the pride of Africa,” he told President Buhari.

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The Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Taofik Gani, has called for the prosecution of ex-governor Babatunde Raji Fashola.

Fashola has been accused of spending N78.3m on a personal website, N139m on the construction of two boreholes at the Lagos House, Ikeja, among other allegations.

Speaking yesterday, Gani who also commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for exposing Fashola, said that the party had been aware of Fashola’s spending for many years and had written petitions to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission but nothing was done.

He said the state government must go beyond revealing Fashola’s spending by probing his administration and prosecute him accordingly.

“It is good that the Lagos State Government is showing seeming boldness to expose former Governor Fashola but Lagosians demand more than this. Fashola should be prosecuted. It is only when the actual investigation and prosecution of Fashola are seen that Lagosians would take it seriously.

“It is our suspicion that what is happening is a mirage, a battle of wits between interest groups in the APC. So, we will not be overexcited because we feel that once the interest groups reconcile, the allegations will stop.

“We will, however, at this time, support all groups and individuals that call for the probe of the Fashola administration,” he said.

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Former Lagos state governor, Bola Tinubu has distanced himself from the recent attacks on former Lagos Governor, Raji Fashola. In a statement released from his media office on August 26th, Tinubu accused PDP of working towards causing a division in the APC after losing woefully in the last elections
He said no matter the devise used, APC will always surmount it. He
went on to state that his hand and heart are not in any way
connected to the recent attacks on the credibility of the Fashola-
led administration. His statement reads
“Apprised of their wiles, we in the progressive camp must be
wiser still. We must not allow ourselves to be pawns in this
cynical strategy. We cannot fall into their obvious snares for that would be embracing defeat when victory has already been won.
It is our responsibility to govern as the people want. It would be to our detriment to fall victim to our opponent’s sly instigations by allowing ourselves to be utensils picking each other
apart. This brings me to recent developments in the Lagos
political scene. Born of this motley stew is the recent gossip
mongering that I have willfully instigated false and negative
reports against former Governor Fashola to thwart him from
being appointed to a major post in the Buhari administration.
I want to declare clearly and categorically that these rancid
attacks do not come from me nor do I endorse them. Neither
my hand nor my heart is in these mean submissions. I deplore them. An attack against the performance of Governor Fashola
is indirectly an attack against me and the edifice of
achievements we have constructed in leading Lagos State out of a protracted time of stagnation and into an era of sustained progress and development. Lagos is a much better place than when we came into governance in 1999. Each year, it has gotten
better. With the APC at the helm, each subsequent year will be better yet. Babatunde Fashola has been an integral part of this improvement. He does not deserve the pillory. His record has
been applauded and will continue to be when all this rumor
mongering has died its natural and quick death. I am proud to
say that I played an instrumental role in bringing Governor
Fashola into politics in the first instance. He served as my
trusted chief of staff, performing excellently in that role. Due to his leadership qualities and diligent work ethic, I endorsed him for governor notwithstanding the stiff and vocal opposition of many. I am not ashamed of backing him. I believe the progress
the state made under his administration has more than
vindicated my endorsement. Fashola, the present Governor Akin Ambode including myself are the products of a progressive political institution and its programmatic expressions. I laid the
governance foundation and started the first lap, running as well as I could. I handed the baton to Fashola, knowing he would do the same. He did; he ran as well as he could. Now, he has handed to Ambode who is off and running as well as he can.

We have achieved much in Lagos; but, we recognise as much as
anyone that we have much more to do. We also know that
progress is fragile and easily undone while destruction is easily transacted but hard to undo. I for one am not the type to tear down my own house or to bring my enemy’s rubbish into it. We must remember something. We have always governed Lagos state as an open forum where democracy and free expression
were respected.

 Those who are against us were never placed in fear of the heavy hand of government descending on them even as they played funny tricks. We also must remember that in any
democracy, a number of people will always oppose you no
matter the quality of your performance.
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President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed concerned over the unfolding political situation in Guinea Bissau following the dismissal of the Prime Minister, Mr Domingos Pereira, and his cabinet by President Jose Mario Vaz. This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina. It stated that Buhari had already sent former President Olusegun Obasanjo as his Special Envoy to mediate and help find a solution to the crisis brewing in that country. According to the statement, Buhari’s peace mission is in demonstration of true African solidarity and brotherhood. The statement maintained that Obasanjo had embarked on the first leg of his mission by consulting with the current Chairman of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, President Macky Sall of Senegal in Dakar on Thursday. “It is regrettable that while Chief Obasanjo was still consulting with President Sall, President Jose Mario Vaz of Guinea Bissau proceeded to appoint and swear-in a new Prime Minister in the person of Mr Baciro Dja, a development that has worsened the political situation in his country.’’ Buhari appealed for calm and called on the leadership in Guinea Bissau to exercise utmost restraint and ensure the maintenance of law and order as efforts continue to resolve the current crisis. The president, particularly, urged the leadership in Guinea Bissau, including the military, to ensure respect for constitutional order, sanctity of life and safety of citizens. He also enjoined them to avoid taking any further action that could threaten the fragile democratic institutions recently established in the country. Read More
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