​Don’t destroy Nigeria – US warns

*Buhari under a trance, says Soyinka

*Urges citizens to resist herdsmen killing

The United States has warned Nigerians against destroying their country as they prepare for the 2019 general elections.

Apparently referring to the persistent killings across the country, Washington cautioned Nigerians to know that “there won’t be Nigerians without Nigeria”.

The warning came from the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Stuart Symington, when he visited the House of Representatives (Special) Committee on Nigerian-United States Inter-Parliamentary Relations headed by Hon. Johnson Agbonayinma.

Symington spoke as Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, took a swipe at the manner President Muhammadu Buhari handles burning national issues.

Soyinka said that after appraising Buhari’s leadership style, he had come to the inevitable conclusion that the President “is under a trance”.

In his admonition, Symington tasked Nigerians to embrace “peace, unity, togetherness, free enterprise, not only in the country, but also to its neighbouring countries, adding that there should be a connection between the leaders and the people.

The envoy noted that the success of democracy in Nigeria will on the long run affect the survival of democracy globally, and charged the Federal Government to fight “terrorism, promote economic integration and competitiveness”.

Symington noted that Nigeria is profoundly full of citizens who want to have a say in the development of their country.

Earlier, Agbonayinma told the Ambassador that Nigeria is seeking the support of other nations to get to its desire goal.

He said: “We ask for your support Mr. Ambassador on the repatriation of our stolen wealth stashed away in the United States by corrupt persons. These are proceeds of crime and they should be brought back for the development of our country.

In an interview with journalists in Lagos, Soyinka who was asked what he would tell Buhari if he meets him face to face, said: “I will say to him, Mr. President, I think you are under a trance.

“Too many things are happening now which made me say that. I think he is under a trance”.

He added that the sooner the President gets out of the trance, the better for Nigeria.

On the form of trance he thinks Buhari was in, the literary icon said he did not know but could be attributed to the “errors” by the current administration.

He said: “I don’t know. So many unforced errors! Take for instance the reinstatement of the fellow who was sacked from NHIS (suspended Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Prof. Usman Yusuf). He was reinstated by the President.

“What is that about? What is going on? It is a certain kind of alienation from reality is going on,” Soyinka stated.

Soyinka added that the phenomenon of attacks by armed herdsmen needs organised resistance by Nigerians.

He described the armed herdsmen as a new breed of Boko Haram and internal colonialists.

Source: authorityngr.com


​Cows, dogs have more value than humans under Buhari – say’s Senator Mao Ohuabunwa

Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, representing Abia North District, has cried out over the destructive activities of herdsmen.
He said with the way the security threat was being treated, the APC Federal Government seemed to value the life of animals more than that of human beings.

Ohuabunwa spoke while commissioning a project at Nneato community of Umunneochi Local Government Area.

The lawmaker lamented the manner human beings were killed on daily basis by Fulani militia in Nigeria under the watch of APC government.

“Nigeria is so insecure today that we no longer talk of killings, but the number killed. We have lost value for human lives. In Nigeria under APC, cows and dogs have more value than human beings,” Senator Ohuabunwa said.

According to him, there was never a time in the history of Nigeria when “insecurity had gone as bad as it is today”.

He challenged the APC-led Federal Government to stop passing the bulk and take responsibility for its failure to secure lives and property of Nigerians.

To this end, he hinted that majority of APC senators had perfected plans to dump the party and defect to PDP, which he claimed would provide a better leadership to the country.

“I can tell you that APC senators are now playing more opposition than their PDP counterparts because they have lost faith in their party,” he noted.

“Very soon they will defect en-masse to PDP. They are only waiting for the right time to strike.

“They are ashamed of what to tell their constituents during campaign. Is it to tell them that their party brought hunger and allowed killings of innocent Nigerians? No, they are tired of the lies”, the Senator said.

Source: dailypost.ng

“Buhari is a joke of the century” – Ghanaians reacts to Buhari’s promise to help Ghana fight corruption

​It was remembered that President Buhari who arrived Ghana on Monday to honor the country’s 61st Independence Anniversary gave a speech as a Guest of Honour.

President Buhari while speaking at the Special Guest of Honour Speech during Ghana’s 61st Independence Anniversary Parade at the Black Star in Accra, applauded Ghana’s President, Akufo-Addo and assured him that he will help Ghana fight corruption.

“I congratulate you on your efforts to fight corruption which has eaten into the public fibre…Your Excellency I can assure you that you have a good partner in me in tackling endemic corruption,” the President Buhari said.

However, in his bid to be of help to Ghana in fighting corruption in the country, Ghanaians have expressed their furiousness over the statement of President Buhari.

Many Ghanians who blasted Buhari warned him to leave Ghana with his people who they accused to have corrupted their country.

Many others reacting to the statement from Buhari told the President that he should not bring snakes, and monkeys to swallow Ghana’s money.

See the reactions in photos below;

Source: kingsleyiwu.com.ng

Serious Crisis In APC as Buhari appoints Rotimi Amechi director general of his 2019 Re-election Bid

President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister Transportation Hon. Rotimi Amaechi

Serious crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) as stakeholders have allegedly kicked against the re-appointment of the minister of transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, as the director general of President Muhammadu Buhari’s Campaign Organisation in the 2019 election. New Telegraph reports that the stakeholders include party leaders, governors elected on the party’s platform, ministers, and National Assembly members. NAIJ.com gathered that the argument of the APC stakeholders is that the president cannot just appoint anyone as the director general of his campaign organisation without consulting the party’s hierarchy.

They reasoned that Amaechi lacks the temperament to handle such position now that the ruling party is facing confidence crisis. A source, who spoke with New Telegraph, said the APC chieftains also posited that Amaechi is presently not holding a strategic position to be able to influence members of the party for the President’s re-election in the forthcoming elections. The source said: “The opinion of most of the party stakeholders is that the transportation minister was a sitting governor and chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) when he held the position of director-general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation in 2015.

“According to them, Amaechi is just a member of the cabinet now and may not wield the kind of influence he had during the last elections. The source further said that the party leaders were also aggrieved because they believed that the appointment of Amaechi as the campaign boss was done by the trio of President Buhari, Kaduna state governor, Mallam Nasir el- Rufai and Amaechi himself. They said the major organs of the party, which Amaechi is going to work with should his appointment stand, were not consulted, according to a party source.

“The way Amaechi’s appointment as the campaign director-general was made, without due consultation of the various organs of the party, informs why only Buni and Izunaso are the ones working with Amaechi. Other members of the NWC are not with him.” He also revealed that the development is responsible for the poor turn-out of the governors and ministers to meetings called by Amaechi on the Buhari’s reelection bid. However, an aide to Amaechi told New Telegraph that no one can fault the competence of the transportation minister. He added that such dissenting voice is not unexpected, given the divided loyalty among APC chieftains.

His words: “It is natural that some people will not be happy with Amaechi’s appointment as the director general of the Buhari Campaign Organisation. That is natural. They may have their reasons, which are likely to be personal, but definitely not over his ability to do the job.” The aide stated that a majority of the APC governors, ministers and members of the National Assembly are working with Amaechi, and advised those who have an objection to his appointment to direct their protest to the president.

Source: Naij.com

I Regret Trekking From Lagos To Abuja To Go And Congratulate Buhari – Hashimu Suleiman

Hashimu Suleiman, the man who trekked from Lagos to Abuja in celebration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in 2015 presidential election has described his action as a big mistake.

Suleiman said he regretted trekking for Buhari who has now made life unbearable for the masses.

The man expressed his dissatisfaction with the way the president has been ruling Nigeria in the last one year.

He was quoted as saying, “Removing fuel subsidy at this hard time is not palatable to hear, when so many workers and labourers can hardly put food on their table, many companies have folded up, and cost of living is very high.

“Nigerians have been hoping for a positive change for a very long time, enduring hardship and now the Federal government wants to make things worse for the masses.”

Source: Newslinknaija

​Nigeria has become nation of sorrow under Buhari – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has stated that Nigerians are suffering under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.

The Vice-Chairman of the party in the North-East, Emmanuel Njiwah, made this observation in Yola, on Wednesday.

According to him, Nigeria had become a nation of sorrow under the All Progressives Congress.

Njiwah belongs to the Senator Modu Sheriff faction of the party, which is locked in a bitter leadership struggle with the Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction.

The factional vice-chairman, who spoke while inaugurating the Adamawa State executive committee of the PDP led by Abdulrahman Bobboi, said the APC had devastated the economy.

He said, “Anybody with a plan for Nigeria cannot come into power and within the spate of a year, plunge the largest economy on the continent into recession.

“They have actually devastated the economy of Nigeria but they kept blaming the PDP. But the fact remains that as of May 29, 2015, Nigeria was the largest economy in Africa and as of May 2016, we have become a nation of sorrow.”

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While presenting the 28-member Adamawa State chapter of the party with their certificates of return, Njiwah reiterated the determination of the PDP to reclaim power in 2019.

He said, “The PDP needs to come back. Is there anybody who is not suffering here? Those who voted them in and even we that didn’t vote them are suffering too. Our markets are not different. Our filling stations are not different. We are buying from the same markets.

“We want to buy a bag of rice for N7,000. We want to buy fuel at N87 per litre.”

A former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Ali Gulak, who was chairman on the occasion, deplored the poor state of the economy under the APC-led Federal Government.

Earlier in June, Vice President,Yemi Osinbajo also admitted that there’s suffering in the land.

According to him, his boss, President Muhammadu Buhari meant well for the people of the country and thus needed the support and cooperation of Nigerians to bring the desired change.

Source: DailyPostDailyPost

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​South-East senators meet Buhari over IPOB, infrastructure, others

…as erosion commission bill scales 2nd reading
ABUJA—WORRIED by the bad state of social infrastructure in the South-East zone of the country, Senators from the zone yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari and pleaded with him to address the problems head-on.

Other pressing issues the senators, on the platform of South-East Senate Caucus, took to the President were those of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and perceived lop-sided appointments.

Led by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, and the caucus’ Chairman, Enyinnaya Abaribe, the senators expressed regret and dissatisfaction with the present state of infrastructure in the zone.

The meeting, however, was held behind closed doors inside the President’s office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Meanwhile, following the problem of erosion in the South-East and some other parts of the country, a bill for an act to establish an erosion control and prevention commission, yesterday, scaled second reading in the Senate.

Buhari made promises—Ekweremadu, Abaribe

On the Senators meeting with the President, Senator Ekweremadu said that Buhari had promised to address the issues raised.

He said that the caucus made the move because the people of the South-East believed in dialogue as an instrument of peace and development.

He said: “For us from the South-East, we believe that dialogue is better than any other form of engagement. So we decided to visit the President and present to him some of the concerns of the South-East, including the issues of roads, general infrastructure: the rail, airports.

“We also discussed the issue of security with him and of course, the issue of IPOB. We had a good conversation and he promised to look into the issues.”

Also speaking, Senator Abaribe said South-East zone was the most marginalised in the country even as he recognised that there were other social issues across the country.

He said: “This is the South-East caucus in the Senate and we came to see the President because of the issues we have.

“We had a fruitful discussion with the President. He has promised us that he is going to look into the

problems of the South-East.

“We are reassured with the response we got from the President and we look forward to further interaction with him in this manner.”

Other senators on the delegation were Sam Egwu, Hope Uzodinma, Andy Uba and Chukwuka Utazi.

Erosion bill—Uzodinma

On the erosion bill, which was sponsored by Senator Hope Uzodinma (PDP, Imo West), it was first read on Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

In his lead debate yesterday, Senator Hope Uzodinma said: “I wish to thank you for this great privilege to lead the debate on the general principles on a Bill for An Act to establish the Erosion Control and Prevention Commission and for other matters connected therewith, 2015.

“Nigeria is plagued by numerous environmental problems of different degrees. Almost every part of this country is characterised by one environmental problem or the other, but the menace of erosion is unarguably the severest in terms of devastation and destruction.

“There is no better time than now to leave a legacy for Nigerians. The menace of erosion leaves in its trails serious economic hardship and poverty on Nigerians.

“Families are rendered homeless, villages displaced and yet the ecological fund targeted at addressing this problem stands misdirected.

“There is the dire need for adequate management of this fund, hence the call for the establishment of this Commission.”

Source: Vanguard

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