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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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The Youth Wing of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has rejected former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu’s FIFA presidency bid.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Chairman of Ohanaeze Youth Wing in Abia State, Mr. Chetachi Ikpe on Thursday, the group said the former governor deserves to be in prison for the way he mismanaged Abia during his eight year tenure, and not FIFA.

The statement read in part: “It is with rude shock that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing read in a newspaper over the purported endorsement of Orji Uzor Kalu as the next FIFA President.

“We are aware that FIFA, as the World governing body in charge of Football, it is only men of proven integrity that can only manage its affairs not people like Orji Uzor Kalu.

“Orji Uzor Kalu topped the list of corrupt politicians that Ohanaeze Youths sent to President Buhari for Speedy prosecution over the embezzlement of resources of Abia State, between 1999-2007 and should be in Prison not FIFA.

“The recent purported endorsement of Orji Uzor Kalu by Ohanaeze Youths is not true as the apex Igbo youths want Orji kalu in prisons, which automatically disqualifies him to contest for FIFA Presidency”
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President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in Abuja that the
 prosecution of persons who have stolen national resources will begin in a matter of weeks. President Muhammadu Buhari Wikipedia

Speaking at a meeting with members of the National Peace Committee led by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar in the Presidential Villa, President Buhari declared that his administration was irrevocably committed to doing all within its powers to break the vicious cycle of corruption, unemployment and insecurity in Nigeria.

"Nigeria has to break this vicious cycle before we can make progress," the President said, adding that his administration was diligently getting facts and figures pertaining to the nation's stolen funds, before proceeding to the prosecution of identified culprits.

President Buhari told General Abdulsalami and members of his committee that the Federal Government, under his leadership, will not only ask for the return of stolen funds that have been stashed in foreign banks, but will also ensure that those who stole the funds are put on trial in Nigeria.

The President also said that as part of its actions to address the national problems it inherited, his administration was reorganising Nigeria's revenue generating institutions.

The President explained that a single treasury account had been established for all Federal revenue to ensure greater probity, transparency and accountability in the collection, disbursement and utilisation of national funds.

"We have really degenerated as a country. Our national institutions, including the military, which did wonderfully on foreign missions in the past, have been compromised. But we are doing something about it. The military is now retraining and morale has been resuscitated.

"As Petroleum Minister under Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo in the 1970s, I could not travel abroad until I had taken a memo to the Federal Executive Council asking for estacode. Now, everybody does what he wants.

"That is why security-wise and economically, we're in trouble," President Buhari told his guests, adding that those who have stolen the national wealth "will be in court in a matter of weeks and Nigerians will know those who have short-changed them."

Gen. Abubakar and members of his committee urged the Federal Government to be guided by the rule of law in its fight against corruption.

Members of the National Peace Committee who accompanied Gen Abubakar on the visit were Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria.

Others were Justice Rose Ukeje (rtd), Prof Ameze Guobadia, Vanguard Newspaper Publisher, Sam Amuka, Dame Priscilla Kuye, Senator Ben Obi, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, and Dr Arthur-Martin Aginam.

The National Peace Committee, formed before the 2015 general elections, was granted permission by the President to transform to a National Peace Council.

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

August 11, 2015
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They include former Special Adviser to the President on Media Reuben Abati, former Chief Security Officer, Gordon Obua, and former Aide-de-Camp, Col. Ojogbane Adegbe.

The decision to withdraw the official passports of the former aides of Dr Jonathan was to prevent misuse and conflict with new aides and officials of President Muhammadu Buhari, who assumed duties on May 29, 2015, Saturday Vanguard reports.

The affected former aides, it was gathered, had returned the passports to the Presidential Villa preparatory to being handed over to the Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS.

Nine other key officials of the Jonathan Presidency, who were also issued with official passports have also been stripped of the travel documents.

The development may also not be unconnected to ongoing probe of the Jonathan administration.

But the Nigerian Immigration Service has denied any hidden agenda, saying it was a normal routine.

NIS Public Relations Officer, Mr. Joachim Obua, said it was normal for officials of government to surrender their official passports at the end of their tenure.

“It is important for the position to be made clear that official passports are not the property of anyone holding it. Once you complete your assignment you have to return it to the NIS”, he said.
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The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has lamented the calibre of the large entourage that accompanied Mrs. Toyin Saraki, wife of the senate president, to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

The agency had invited the former First Lady of Kwara State for questioning over alleged fraud.

CACOL noted that the entourage “mainly of the nation’s ‘honourable’ law-makers from both the higher and lower chambers”, was disturbing.

Temitope Macjob, CACOL Acting Media Officer, quoted Debo Adeniran, the Executive Chairman as saying the group “is particularly disturbed and miffed at what it termed not only a show of shame and gross irresponsibility but a clear anti-thesis of what their primary constitutional duty is.”

Continuing it said, “one cannot but wonder how far President Buhari would be able to go in his avowed war against corruption in this country, if the very lawmakers, who are expected to give him the needed support through the provision of enabling legal frame-work with which to successfully prosecute the war, are openly, though tacitly, fraternizing with corruption by turning themselves into bodyguards of a suspected criminal.

“Press reports have it that a total of twenty-five legislators abandoned their statutory duties to follow Mrs. Saraki to the office of the EFCC and most of who waited for over the six hours that the exercise lasted.

“They are doing the jobs Nigerians didn’t elect them to do. Although they have the right to presume that she is not guilty until convicted but do not have the right to portray her innocent of the allegations made against her, even before being interrogated

“Their conduct presupposed that they are determined to intimidate the EFCC in its task of tackling corruption. It’s sad that they choose to abandon their statutory role of law-making while playing the meddlesome interloper, thereby diminishing the exalted chambers they represent.”

Adeniran likened the incident to that witnessed during Olusegun Obasanjo’s days, “when Bode George was accompanied by shameless praise-singers who had to roll out drums, clad in ‘Aso Ebi’ and danced in and around the court premises in solidarity with the accused each time he appeared in court to answer to corruption charges. What a society; what a mentality?” He wondered.

CACOL observed that, “this singular act by these legislators, is a clear indication that certain members of this very important arm of government, if not called to order, are out to make the job of eradicating corruption or at least, stemming it to the barest minimum, by Buhari’s administration, more complex and difficult than ever envisaged.

“The Coalition calls on Nigerians to get ready and be set to confront anybody, group or institution, that is out to frustrate President Buhari’s efforts at wrestling to submission this gargantuan, seemingly untamable monster, called corruption and save Nigeria from its destructive tendencies.

“We should share President Buhari’s assertion that ‘if we fail to kill corruption, corruption will kill us’. It must be seen as a collective responsibility; Buhari can’t do it alone.”

Debo Adeniran concluded by asking Nigerians not to spare corrupt characters, whoever they may be, but adopt CACOL’s slogan to “name, nail, shame and shun corrupt leaders, anywhere, everywhere”
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Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai, has expressed the determination of the present administration in the state to improve public welfare and empower people to make the best of their talents.

In a state broadcast to the people of the state, governor El-Rufai reiterated, “We have sent the signals that change really means placing the needs of the people as our priority. Not for us to surrender to vested interests and people. Those that used to corner fertilizers, grains and other items or infect our civil service with ghost workers or inflate and abandon contracts will certainly be unhappy. But we shall not be distracted from our priorities to deliver public services to our people.”

Malam El-Rufai added that the present administration in the state was irrevocably committed to a leaner less expensive government, with well motivated civil servants, teachers and health care workers.

“We need an efficient public service to be able to deliver public goods, and we shall get it. As we make political appointments to help drive our development agenda, we are seeking people who have capacity to do the job in a way that benefit all of society that the appointee of patrons of the appointees.

“The work of change that you have charged us to do requires a commitment to sacrifice, cooperation and hard work by all. So far, we have started taking the necessary decisions to set a new direction for the state and make the government an enabler of development rather than a guzzle of revenues.”

He explained that the state government had decided to make the budget confirm to the state’s financial reality, stressing that over the years, the state budget became a process to justify spending, not a mechanism to achieve results, structure economic development and improve social cohesion.

“Therefore, budgeting in Kaduna State will henceforth be based on the zero-based budgeting system. This means that every expenditure item
will have to be justified both in terms of its necessity, cost and availability of funds vis-a vis other competing needs before it can be included in the state budget.

“We have made clear our intention to devote a larger chunk of the state’s resources to providing public service. We have signalled that a government, elected by majority vote, should serve the majority.”
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, appears to be closing in on the immediate past Governor of Enugu State, Sullivan Chime, with the invitation of his former Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwobodo on Thursday.

The invitation of Mrs. Nwobodo was said to be the beginning of a comprehensive probe into the administration of the former governor.
According to an EFCC source, the former Chief of Staff arrived the anti-graft agency’s headquarters in Abuja at about 9.30am yesterday to respond to issues against her and her former boss.

The source added: “The former Chief of Staff was immediately ushered into the interrogation room to meet a team of crack detectives”.
The sundry allegations border mostly on conspiracy, money laundering, misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office.

Responding to a question, the source added: “I think her invitation is the beginning of some allegations against the administration of ex-Governor Chime.
“We have so many petitions against the former governor. But since his Chief of Staff was central to the coordination of government activities, we need to hear from her first”.

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Anambra State legislative election petitions tribunal on Friday threw out a motion challenging the election of former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah into the Senate.

Oduah, elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, represents Anambra North in the Senate.

Dubem Obaze, the petitioner, and his party, All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), had approached the court to nullify Oduah’s victory based on alleged electoral fraud during the March 28 elections.

The dismissed documents were voter registers used for the conduct of the senatorial election in Onitsha North, Onitsha South and Ogbaru local government areas.

Justice Hezekiah Solanke in his ruling said: “We are puzzled at the rationale of the motion as we find it difficult to accept the petitioner’s intention in frontloading the documents. The application is unnecessary and has only succeeded in delaying the time of this tribunal.”

Oduah’s counsel, Osita Nnadi (SAN), the petitioner’s counsel, Chike Onyemenam (SAN) and PDP counsel, Chuma Oguejiofor, all agreed to invite 15 witnesses each when hearing commences.

The counsel to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Jude Nnodum (SAN), however said he would invite 11 witnesses.

The tribunal adjourned the petition till August 3rd for the commencement of hearing and hearing of issues for determination.


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President Muhammadu Buhari has sacked all ambassadors appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

They were recalled home Friday night by Buhari after three years of service abroad.

Topping the list of the disengaged envoys are a former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe (Canada); Chairman of the Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation in the 2011 election, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida (UK); Professor Ade Adefuye (USA); widow of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Chief Emeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, Bianca (Spain); and former deputy governor of Oyo State, Mr. Taofeek Arapaja (Jordan).

Others include, a former aviation minister, Mrs. Fidelia Njeze (Switzerland); ex-General Manager, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Ibadan, Mr. Yemi Farounbi (Philippines); a one-time governorship aspirant in Lagos State, Mr. Olatokunbo Kamson (Jamaica); a PDP front liner in Ondo State, Mr. Cornelius Oluwateru (UAE); Alhaji Abubakar Shehu Bunu (Saudi Arabia); a former Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General in Benue State, Mr. Chive Kaave (Argentina); a former financial secretary of the PDP, Alhaji Tukur Mani (Iran); and former permanent secretary, Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA Biodun Nathaniel Olorunfemi (Namibia).

Also on the list are: Chief Asam Asam (SAN), (Russia); Mr. Okwudili Nwosu (Burundi); Mr. Okeke Chukwuemeka (Vatican); Mr. Eric Aworahbi (Italy); Dauda Danladi (Pakistan); and Mrs. Katherine Okon (Czeck Republic); Mr. Nwofe Alexander; Princess Victoria Bosede Onipede (Republic of Congo); Senator Haruna Garba (Kuwait); Mrs. Nonye Rajis-Okpara (Singapore); Chief Eddy Onuoha (Hungary); Mr. Adamu Babangida Ibrahim (Syria); Dr. Sam Jimba (Poland)
They were among the 93 envoys posted out in June 2012.

Nation reports that the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had communicated the President’s directive to the affected ambassadors.

They were told to hand over to the highest ranking officer in their various locations.

According to a source: “the President has issued a directive to the Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Foreign Affairs to recall all the political appointees currently serving as ambassadors in all parts of the world. It doesn’t matter whether they have just few months to the end of their tenure”.

“I am sure the envoy in Saudi Arabia is already on his way and quite many others should be reporting to the ministry by Monday. I really don’t have a comprehensive list of the number of people that are affected but they were posted in different continents mostly in key European, Asian and American countries,” the source said.

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A former Rivers State governor, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and founder of Latter Rain Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare have been delegated to accompany President Muhammadu Buhari on his three-day visit to Washington DC, United State on July 20.

Others include, five state governors, Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo State), Rochas Okorocha (Imo State), Adams Oshiomhole (Edo State) and two others.

Saharareporters reports that the five governors are separate from an 18-man delegation made up of top aides and political associates of the President.

According to the report, Amaechi, Bakare and former member of the House of Representatives, Farouk Adamu will be on the Presidential delegation.

In addition to these delegates, President Buhari will bring along top civil servants, representatives from the Office of the National Security Adviser, and representatives from economic policy and foreign affairs think tanks.

The three-day visit is expected to discuss ways of partnering with the United States to defeat Boko Haram and explore ways of combating corruption in Nigeria.

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