Nigeria's new Ambassador to the United States of America (U.S.A), Justice Sylvanus Nsofor (rtd) exhibited his accreditations to President Donald Trump on Wednesday, November 29, 2019. Mr Nsofor, an 82 year-old resigned Justice of the Nigerian Court of Appeal, was designated by President Muhammadu Buhari to supplant Mr Adebowale Adefuye. Mr Adebowale Adefuye kicked the bucket in office on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in the wake of doing combating undisclosed afflictions.
According to reports in the , Mr Nsofor expressed the desire to further deepen the existing cordial relationship between the two countries. The new Ambassador conveyed President Muhammadu Buhari’s goodwill and wishes to President Trump.
The delegation, which included his wife, embassy officials and representatives of the Nigerian community in the U.S were honoured at a reception at the Nigerian Embassy in
Mr Nsofor was a Justice of the Court of Appeal and Lecturer in Law at the. He served as a judge for 28 years and spent 13 of those years in the Court of Appeal before he retired in March 2005 after hitting the official retirement age of 70.
Justice Nsofor courted controversy when he appeared before the Nigerian Senate but refused to sing the National Anthem during questioning by the Senate. His nomination for ambassador was dismissed as a result, but was re-nominated by President Buhari in April 2017. The Senate reversed their decision and decided to select him.Read More
Robert Mugabe, as part of the negotiated deal leading to his resignation, will be receiving a sum of not less than $10 million, Guardian reports.
A long negotiation secured him a cash payment of $5 million immediately after his resignation, with more to be paid in the coming months.
His $150,000 salary will also be paid until his demise, after which his wife Grace Mugabe, popularly referred to as Gucci Grace, will continue to receive half of that for the rest of her own life.
Mugabe and his family will also continue to live in their mansion, known as the Blue Roof, and medical care, domestic staff, security and travel will be catered for by the state.
He will also receive immunity from any crimes committed, and his properties will not be “in any way molested,” Guardian reports.
Although the former Vice President has had a long history of departing political parties to join others, in the wake of struggle to gain the party's heart in preparation for the 2019 general election, Mr Atiku chose leave to the All Progressive Congress (APC) to either pitch to his Presidential ambition or otherwise.
According to a statement published by a local media in Nigeria, he accused the ruling APC of many allegations, noting that these misgivings led to his decision to leave the party.
Here are some of the reasons that made the former Vice President of the country to consider exiting the party, even he played major role in getting it to its current position as the ruling party in Nigeria.
Atiku cited one of his greatest concerns about the party is that it is not taking its younger members along or encouraging their political ambition.
He also questioned how the party could create a federal cabinet without any member being youth.
The former Vice President narrated that he had joined APC believing that the party was willing to approach politics and in turn governing with a new approach.
He went on to say that over the course of time he was proved wrong in his beliefs as APC were unwilling to adopt undemocratic approaches to governing. He accused APC of practices that go contrary to what would apply in democracy.
Atiku accused the political party of continuously failing to meet expectations and needs of citizens in the nation. In his accusation, he made reference to a memo which Kaduna state governor had written to . In it, the governor had expressed the masses disappointment in the party.
One of the other reasons mentioned by Atiku is that there has been a complete lack of consultation by the President Muhammadu Buhari. The former Vice President has failed to refer to his party members on national matters within and outside of the leading party.
Still referring to El-Rufai’s letter, Atiku stated that the President's relations with the party's members have been perceived as “frosty”.
Willie Obiano’s re-election was a thing of joy to most and to some; it was another 4 years of waiting patiently, for someone better and more efficient. I am sure after the electoral guber debate conducted on Channels TV, a lot of people thought he wouldn’t be re-elected.
As much as god fathers are necessary in politics, loyalty should be to the people and state. We are gradually getting close to end days of godfathers, who want their godchildren to perpetually hold onto their apron strings. They are parts of the problem we have in state elections.
True democrats are idealistic and remain so in spite of changing times. They hold onto their beliefs for as long as possible. When they waiver sometimes, because man cannot be 100 per cent idealistic, they give their followers reasons which they understand and empathise with.
How can a former APGA chieftain announce the Puritanism of another party? Did both parties have an ideological co-dependence from the first?
Had he forsaken the party that made him what he is, and campaigned for another candidate behind the scene, with reasons, I would not have taken him seriously.
Many leftists engage in the disrobing attitude of berating parties that made them. George Bush (Republican) the 41st president of the United States voted for Hillary Clinton (Democrats) in the 2016 presidential election for personal reasons but didn’t abandon the Republican Party.
Clinton was raised in a family of Republicans and was a Republican herself, interned for high-ranking Republicans in earlier days, until after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jnr, one of the few men that shaped her world view during the heydays of the civil rights movement when she became a Democrat on principle. She never tasted electoral office on the platform of the Republican Party. Even though there are cases of defections in the United State, they are fewer than in Nigeria.
Our politicians become ‘important’ personages thanks to governmental platforms and after tours of duty, make a volte-face to castigate the platforms that made them. Obiano has proven that the welfare of Anambra State matters to him.
President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasized the determination of his administration to speed up the improvement of aviation infrastructure in the country for the benefit of the country’s economic development.
Speaking while receiving the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Muyiwa Aliu, at the State House, Abuja on Monday, President Buhari declared his total support and commitment to work with regulatory agencies in the aviation sector to make air travel safer throughout the country.
The President, who received three awards recently won by Nigeria from ICAO, expressed delight with the high ranking accorded Nigeria in safety and security at the airports, following measures put in place to address gaps in airport security.
On the setting up of a national airline, President Buhari said he was under tremendous pressure from many patriotic Nigerians desirous of establishing one.
“I equally support a national airline for both patriotic and economic reasons. We have enough trained citizens including pilots and engineers. But Nigerians need to know how we lost the one we had before,” he said, referring to the defunct Nigeria Airways.
The Minister of State, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who led the ICAO delegation, informed President Buhari that the Nigeria was hosting the meeting of International World Aviation Forum in Abuja starting on Tuesday, the first time such conference will hold anywhere outside Montreal, Canada.
He said over 40 aviation ministers and representatives from 70 countries, the World Bank, African Development Bank, manufacturers of planes and aviation equipment will attend this year’s conference focusing on “Financing Development of Aviation Infrastructure.” The President of ICAO, who is a Nigerian, commended President Buhari for fast-tracking policy initiatives that changed the fortunes of air travel in Nigeria, describing the reconstruction of the runway at the Abuja airport as a rare feat.
On behalf of the ICAO, Mr Aliu presented a certificate of recognition of the School of Aviation, Zaria as a regional center of excellence; the certification of both Abuja and Lagos airports which have attained ICAO standards for the first time in history, and another certificate marking the attainment of the International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001, 2015 by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency.
Dr Tony Nwoye, the All Progressive Congress Governship Aspirant, has alleged intimidation and harassment of party supporters in some parts of the state. Nwoye made this allegation when he voted in his Nsugbe Ward I in Anambra East Local Government Area on Saturday at 11:50 a.m.
He decried the arrest and detention of the APC state Chairman, Mr Emeka Ibe “for no just cause”.
According to him, the police have allowed themselves to be used as a tool of ‘oppression and suppression’ in the hands of the ruling party in the state.
”The ruling party has been using police to suppress our people,” he said, adding that a party stakeholder, Mr Celestine Offoegbu, was arrested and detained for no just cause. He, however, added that in spite of the harassment and intimidation,”I will emerge victorious”.
The APC flag bearer, however, gave INEC average mark for its conduct of the poll, adding that they were neutral in some areas.He also said that there was no voters’ apathy in the state.
But, in a swift reaction, Mr Joshak Habila, the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of operation, denied that his men have arrested anybody.
“Our men are doing what is expected of them. We did not arrest and detain anybody,” Habila, who is in charge of police operation for the election, said.
Also, PDP governorship candidate, Oseloka Obaze, who voted at 1:45 p.m., decried voter apathy in Ogbaru and Nnewi North Local Government areas. Obaze told newsmen shortly after voting that the apathy was explainable in the city centres but inexplicable in the communities. He also complained that the poll did not take place in Okpoko in Ogbaru and Umudim in Nnewi North council areas. The candidate, however, expressed confidence that he would win the election if it remains free and fair.
Meanwhile, Umuchu Ward I Civic Centre, received materials at 1:02 p.m in the poll scheduled to end by 2p.m
Nollywood Actress, Hilda Dokubo, criticised Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister for Transportation and Nyesom Wike, the Governor of River’s State, over their persistent clashes.
She held them responsible for the underdevelopment of the state. She described the recent argument between their security aides as a “disgrace” for Rivers.
“Enough is enough! Rivers state, Nigeria is too big for two ego-tripping men. Speaking in a video posted on her page, she said: “November 11, 2017 has been baptised international day of disgrace by Amaechi and Wike.”
“These two men are the biggest beneficiaries of the governance system of Rivers state. Today they are the reason for her under-development, insecurities, destruction of properties and loss of lives.”
“Their security men will now put government weapons against themselves and their media people will feast on it, as though they have just won for themselves a trophy. And some people will actually justify this rubbish on the grounds of politics and power, and political divide, you all need to stop.”
“It is time for the two of you to drop this hate and display of arrogance and ego tripping, Rivers state needs to move forward and rivers state is bigger than the two of you.”
“If you are Rivers man or woman out there supporting this rubbish, shame on you. Rivers state is bigger than the two of them; we need to come to that realisation.”Read More
During the visit of the President of Nigeria, His Excellency Buhari Muhammadu, he made a long speech of declaration and felicitation to the people of Ebonyi State.
Below is the full text of the speech he delivered at the Abakaliki Township Stadium.
I am delighted to be in Abakiliki today to interact with the good people of this State and indeed, the South East (Ndigbo) region as a whole. I want to express my gratitude to Ndi Ebonyi for their hospitality and warm reception since our arrival in Abakiliki a few hours ago.
In the last few hours, I have commissioned some landmark projects and laid the foundation stones for the Ebonyi City Mall and a flyover bridge projects. I commend His Excellency, Governor David Umahi for his vision and commitment to the development of his State.
In the course of my visit, I also had the honour and privilege of unveiling the statue of a great Nigerian, Sir Akanu Ibiam, whose notable records of humanitarianism, advocacy of free primary education and rural development, will continue to be an inspiration to all.
I am also grateful to the people of Ebonyi as well as the South East traditional rulers, who today, bestowed on me traditional titles. To the Ndi Ebonyi, I am ENYIOMA 1 (Good Friend) and to the South East, I am OCHIOHA OF NDIGBO. I thank you for this honour and kind gesture.
My presence here today is a demonstration of our strong belief in the unity of Nigeria. As the most populous country in Africa, with over 300 ethnic groups, our diversity is almost unique among nations.
The people of the South East are known for their ingenuity, industrial and commercial talent. There is no part of Nigeria where you will not find Igbo entrepreneurs, both men and women, contributing to the development of their adopted communities. So I am asking you all not to buy into the senseless propaganda on secession. Igbo is Nigeria and Nigeria is Igbo. Both are inseparable.
We must therefore continue to commit ourselves to the development of Nigeria. A Nigeria, where we sustain our national unity without compromising on our cultural identities, and where the aspirations of its people are guaranteed without prejudice to tribe or religion. A Nigeria, where we can sleep at night knowing that tomorrow will be better than today.
The task of nation building is a continuous one. It never stops. Our founding fathers, from all corners of this country, worked together to actualize the creation of one Nigeria.
After Independence, the same founding fathers worked together to maintain this one Nigeria. Yes, they had differences and varied opinions at times. After all, they were only human.. And yes, they had moments of weaknesses and doubt. But again, no one is perfect. However, one thing they all protected until the end of their lives was having one Nigeria for all Nigerians.
Today, Nigeria is 57 years old. Nigeria has gone through many pains, but has also achieved significant successes. Its citizens are leaders in all aspect of human development. But we rarely celebrate these successes more. Some misguided Nigerians would rather channel their energy to propagating negative stories and senseless rumours.
Over 60% of Nigeria’s population is under 25 years old. They have little knowledge of Nigeria’s journey. They were not born during the dark days of civil war and the nation rebuilding that happened afterwards. The task of nation building is a continuous one. It relies on the successful transition of factual knowledge from one generation to another. This means it is our collective responsibility to ensure we do not betray our founding fathers as we transfer the Nigeria project from one generation to the next.
As our national anthem says; “the labour of our heroes past shall never be in vain”
So parents, speak to your children about the importance of their heritage, culture and being open minded. Teachers, teach your students about the history of this nation and how it was a coalition of diversity that brought it to existence. And leaders, we must lead by example and show tolerance and acceptance of diversity.
Today, most grievances expressed by all Nigerians, not only those in the south east, is lack of jobs, poor infrastructure and basic amenities. We are working aggressively to address these.
We are building roads, hospitals and schools. We are expanding our power transmission infrastructure while supporting the generation and distribution companies to ensure more power is delivered to our homes. We are developing agricultural programs that will create more jobs while making Nigeria food secure. For example, we recently mobilized the contractor of the 2nd Niger Bridge back to site. We have also made provisions in the 2018 budget proposal to ensure this project is completed as early as possible. We are also upgrading the Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia by constructing a Modern Medical Diagnostic Centre. This will further bring quality and affordable health care to the region.
In the agricultural sector, the States in this region have participated in all Federal Government agricultural initiatives. For instance, Ebonyi was among the first few State Government’s to sign up to the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. The program has already created thousands of direct and indirect jobs in this fertile part of the country.
I would like to congratulate Governor Umahi who put aside his political differences to participate in this federally led project that has improved the lives of not only the farmers of Ebonyi State, but the entire South East States.
For the South East, I am pleased to inform you that our 2018 budget proposal has allocated up to N10 billion for the development of the Enyimba Industrial Park and Nnewi Auto Park. Both projects will be implemented in collaboration with the respective state Governments and the private sector. Again, these are classic examples of the partnerships between the Federal and State Governments in the region to improve the livelihoods of Nigerians – politics aside.
In October 2017, we commenced the payment of pensions to police officers who were granted Presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the former Biafran Police during the 30 month civil war. These officers, and their next of kin, have waited for their pensions for 17 years since the Presidential pardon.
I want to assure the Ndigbo that the welfare and well-being of every Nigerian is important to us. We stand for inclusivity and will not leave any section or citizen behind.
I thank you most sincerely for your attention and warm reception.
May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Anambra Guber Debate which was organized by Channels TV Sunday evening may have unravelled the intellectual capacity and intentions of each of the five candidates that participated in the debate. The candidates of APC (Tony Nwoye), APGA (Willie Obiano), PDP (Oseloka Obaze), PPA (Godwin Ezeemo), UPP (Osita Chidoka) took turns to address issues relating to the economy, infrastructure, governance and Biafra agitation.
Here are the compiled notable statements encompassing quotable words from each of the five leading candidates:
· Part of the reasons I want to be Governor of Anambra State is to block wastages and cut excessive appointments of redundant SA’s and SSA’s in government – Tony Nwoye
· We are doing well in Education, Agriculture and Trade and commerce. We want to continue on this path – Willie Obiano
· Our Government is no longer working as it was – Education is unaffordable. We will subsidize education and take our people back to school – Oseloka Obaze
· I have all my investment in Anambra State. I have decided to forgo my comfort zone and serve my people. I will invest in skill based education – Godwin Ezeemo
· I will apply the principle of Egwuchukwu (morality) as governor. Our state ranks low in competitiveness. Anambra ranks 37/37 in bribery and corruption, we need to change that – Osita Chidoka
· I was not involved in any way with the kidnap of Chris Ngige as Governor – Tony Nwoye
· When I became governor, our people were not coming home because security was bad. I fixed that – Willie Obiano
· I pay salaries at and when due. Anambra State was the only state that didn’t see recession in 2015 – Willie Obiano
· In 2016, I realized that Anambra State has been hijacked, this is why I choose to speak up and get involved in Governance – Oseloka Obaze
· My choosing to contest is not a matter of desperation, but a matter of necessity. Anambra State is in trouble. This is why I offer myself – Godwin Ezeemo
· Currently, we have been investing in yesterday’s education. We need to invest in education for tomorrow – Osita Chidoka
· We need to look into the industrial clusters in Onitsha, Awka and Nnewi. We need to invest in power and electricity – Tony Nwoye
· The past government left me with 101 bad roads. I have completed 51 of them and commissioned 94 of my own – Willie Obiano
· Tony Nwoye doesn’t have the capacity to be governor; he lacks executive experience – Willie Obiano
· My predecessor left N9bn cash and N25.6bn in bond – Willie Obiano
· My dear friend and school mate Obiano has spent over N600bn and there is nothing commensurate to show for it – Oseloka Obaze
· Under Obiano’s leadership, this state got broken. We need to fix it – Oseloka Obaze
· Obiano should tell us why he sold the dollar that was left for the future generation – Oseloka Obaze
· Anambra has a trade driven Economy, but our people lack the enabling environment. We need to get our power distribution network working – Godwin Ezeemo
· We need to get our people to invest in Agriculture. I have been part of this economy and I know how it works – Godwin Ezeemo
· I am shocked that the governor thinks that saving for the future generation is a waste of time – Osita Chidoka
· We have to grow the state by growing the people who live in the state. We cannot take from the poor to grow the state – Osita Chidoka
· If the governor thinks that some other person doesn’t have executive experience, I will like to let him know that Retiring from a middle level bank at 60 as an Executive Director shows that the governor is not a performer – Osita Chidoka
· Portable and accessible roads have eluded Anambra State, I will focus on this – Tony Nwoye
· Today we are self sufficient in Agriculture. We are exporting vegetables and yam to the UK – Willie Obiano
· If the Governor wants to build a new capital city in Umuleri, he should let us know. Anambra cannot afford an airport now – Osita Chidoka
· The Governor sat here and young people who have no Jobs were declared as terrorist – Oseloka Obaze
· The problem of IPOB is not a problem of unemployment. It’s a problem that has to do with the fundamental structure of Nigeria. We need to renegotiate our collective existence – Osita Chidoka
· Anambra is not owing salaries, because my policies are working – Willie Obiano
· I have the years of experience; I have the integrity and proven previous administrative visibility to govern Anambra State– Oseloka ObazeRead More
"With the economic recovery made so far, it is clear that we made the right decisions. And I urge you all to support the Federal Government’s policies towards economic recovery," he said.
Buhari said that the government would continue to develop infrastructure and increase investments in agriculture to attain food security and reduce importation. He added that while the Federal Government was committed to identifying alternative means of funding new projects, there was need to continue to pursue public-private partnership, to provide more infrastructures in the country.
According to him, the Federal Government has been able to construct or rehabilitate about 776-kilometer roads in 2017. The president said that the construction of Abuja metroline had attained 98% completion, adding that work had commenced on the Ajaokuta-Itakpe rail line which was abandoned for 17 years. He said that the project would be delivered in September 2018, adding that the country's power sector would witness a turn around.
"The power sector reform is still work in progress as we have increased power generation but we still have some challenges in transmission and distribution network," Buhari said.
He added that the Federal Government was committed to green alternative energy.