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“I Have Done Well In Fight Against Boko Haram”- Pres. Buhari Boasts

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President Muhammadu Buhari has on Friday bragged about how the Nigerian military in collaboration with armed forces of neighbor ping countries have been able to make tremendous progress in the war against insurgency since the inception of his administration.

He said this while recounting how Boko Haram insurgents held Nigeria hostage before he assumed power.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Course 27 at the National Defence College in Abuja, Buhari said his administration has made effort to rid the nation of terrorism, insurgency and associated national security and humanitarian challenges.

A statement signed by his media aide, Garba Shehu and forwarded to DAILY POST, quoted Buhari as saying: “This occasion affords me another opportunity to briefly reflect on the state of the Nigerian nation, particularly regarding national security. At the inception of our first tenure in 2015, Nigeria was at a critical crossroad.

“The Boko Haram group was at the height of its infamy and virtually held Nigeria hostage. It constituted a clear and present danger to our corporate existence as a nation.

“After four years of grueling work, I can report the progress that we have made in tackling the security challenges, with the combined efforts of our regional coalition partners, the Armed Forces of Nigeria and other security agencies, diverse government agencies, national and international development partners as well as local traditional leaders.

“We have spared no effort to rid the nation of terrorism and insurgency and associated national security and humanitarian challenges. I particularly thank the Armed Forces and other security agencies for their patriotic efforts. I also thank all our development partners and foreign governments for their invaluable contributions.”

The President also restated the determination of his administration to promote national security and development:

Buhari, however, acknowledged that there were prevailing security matters that the administration was battling with.

“We remain committed to promoting a vision of a secure, safe, just, peaceful, prosperous and strong nation. Indeed, we shall be employing all elements of our national and human resources to ensure security, a just society, peaceful co-existence, national unity, prosperity and sustainable development, while promoting our good standing abroad.

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“In spite of the commendable progress, the Nigerian state is still beset with some existential and fundamental challenges. The Boko Haram, for instance, having lost their insurgency campaign, now factionalised and mutated into a new form of terrorist threat.

“Armed banditry and vandalism, kidnapping, pastoralist/farmers conflicts, cultism and political violence have become the new threats.

“Other issues such as the proliferation of Small Arms and Light Weapons, drug trafficking, drug and substance abuse, and communal conflict, all add up to the security mix.

“Furthermore, the state of education, the youth bulge, unemployment, socio-political and ethno-religious divisions, fake news and hate speeches all help to quicken and compound the security challenges,”

He said.

Buhari also commended the graduands for the hard work they have put in to become worthy of the certificates they have been awarded.

“I congratulate the National Defence College Course 27 graduands and their spouses for your hard work, endurance and deserved success.

“You have gone through the crucible, you have endured short nights and long arduous days, you have passed the test of fire and today is surely your day of glory.

“Let me specially congratulate graduands from friendly nations for consolidating the bilateral relationships between our nations. Your participation in the course is a further testimony of our national security policy aspirations to promote international peace, friendship and cooperation,”

He said.

The President enjoined them to see their graduation as a call to duty in the service of their countries, stressing that their nations required the newly acquired knowledge for developmental plans.

He equally praised the leadership of the National Defence College for keeping the flag flying after 27 years, training senior officers of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and strategic Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as military officers from friendly nations.

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2023 Presidency: If Igbos want the presidency let them come to me- Amaechi Tells Ndigbo

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Nigeria’s former minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi has advised the Igbo clan on what to do to have an Igbo President in the forthcoming 2023 general election. The elder statesman urged Igbos to come to him for advise, if they want the presidency, as he “holds the key”.

In his words

“The people of Nigeria, from the North Central, North-east, North-west, South-east, South-south and South-west must come together, and in the spirit of give and take, in the spirit of compromise and in the spirit of fraternal understanding, fashion out a real way of living together as a nation, and if they don’t do that the thing will collapse one day, either today or in the near future.

“In political power, you have to win it, and that is why I have told the Igbo, that if they want to be the president, they have to organize, they have to strategize, they have to plan, they have to work, they have to go out. You don’t become president by mere wishing to be one.

Nobody will give you president on a platter of gold; Ndigbo have to plan if they want to be president, but from what they are saying now, I don’t see them being ready for the presidency in 2023.

I have talked to them about it, that is both the Igbo in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

“Let them come to me now that I’m still alive, I will tell them what they should do to win the presidency in 2023. Nobody is going to concede it to them. If they don’t want to come to me let them take whatever they see.

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That key was given to me by Azikiwe few hours before he stopped breathing, and I hold that key; if they want the presidency let them come to me, and if they don’t want, let them stay, and anything they see they take.

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Food Import Ban: Hungry Nigerians Will Increase Insecurity, PDP Sounds Warning To Buhari

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has sounded a warning to Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari that his latest policy on banning the importation of food in the country will result in increasing insecurity in the country.

The PDP stated that Nigerians were already suffering because of some Buhari’s unplanned policies and do not need policies that will worsen their situation.

The party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, said in a statement that the directive would worsen food scarcity and exacerbate the already harsh economic situation in the country.

He said,

“The party says by the directive, the Buhari Presidency and the APC have again demonstrated their insensitivity towards millions of Nigerians who are already suffering acute hunger and starvation due to severe food shortage and high prices brought by President Buhari’s misrule.

“The PDP states strongly that Nigerians do not, in any way, deserve such suffering being foisted on them by such directive on food.

“Such situation will only breed further despondency among our citizens, heighten our security challenges and put more pressure on compatriots, many of who, in the face of suffering occasioned by the APC misrule, are resorting to suicide and slavery mission as options.

“He stated that instead of removing subsidy on food and putting more suffering on Nigerians, Buhari should cut the billions of naira being wasted on luxuries in his Presidency and free the funds for the welfare of the masses.”

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Nigerian Senate Set To Spend N5.5 Billion On Official Cars For Members

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The Nigerian National Assembly leadership has begun moves to acquire operational vehicles for lawmakers that make up its dual legislative chambers.

It was learned yesterday that meetings in that regard started among presiding officers in the Senate even before the apex legislative body embarked on its eight-week recess, which ends on September 24, 2019.

A National Assembly official confirmed the meetings on condition of anonymity, saying the cost of the cars would be deducted from lawmakers’ allowances.

He hinted that the preferred brand being considered for senators is Toyota Land Cruiser Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV).

The Bukola Saraki-led Eighth Senate spent not less than N4 billion at that time to purchase the brand at a cost of N36 million. Two extra cars were also bought.

With the estimated current price of the vehicle now N50 million, the Senate might need about N5.550 billion to get enough quantity for its members, and two additional vehicles.

The chamber has always maintained that the cars are not for the luxury cravings of individual senators but to enhance the operations of committees.

It was learned that the cars would be meant specifically for all chairmen and vice-chairmen of Senate committees. But with the Senate now having 69 of such committees, the stage appears set for every member to be appointed as either chairman or vice-chairman.

About N1.3 billion was expended on procuring vehicles for senators in 2012, a development that attracted severe public criticism. At the time, 109 cars were bought for the lawmakers, each costing N11. 07 million.

Senate spokesman, Adedayo Adeyeye, could not be reached for comments as he failed to pick his calls. He did not reply to text messages either.

The management of the National Assembly was also silent on the alleged abuse of the Procurement and Monetisation Acts following accusations that fairly used vehicles and property were sold at give-away prices to former lawmakers.

The Clerk of the National Assembly, Muhammed Sani Omolori, did not respond to calls for comments.

Some of the items sold to members of the Eighth Senate and House of Representatives at scandalous prices include Toyota Land Cruiser SUVs and office equipment such as computers, photocopiers, and refrigerators.

The management reportedly sold the SUVs, which had been bought for between N24 million and N26 million each, to the departing lawmakers at a paltry N1 million.

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It was also said to have received only N360,000 from the lawmakers for a set consisting of two televisions, a photocopier, desktop computers, and a big refrigerator.

All the items handed almost freely to the legislators would apparently be purchased afresh and supplied to members of the Ninth Assembly inaugurated on June 11, 2019.

It was however learned that the cost of the new computers, scanners, photocopying machines, television sets, and refrigerators would be deducted from the severance package of the retiring legislators.

Meanwhile, Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege has assured Nigerians that the Ninth National Assembly will provide an enabling environment for the implementation of the ‘Next Level’ agenda of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This was contained in a statement released yesterday by Omo-Agege’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity Yomi Odunuga.

Odunuga said the Deputy Senate President gave the assurance when he visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State to felicitate with him on the Eid-el Kabir celebrations.

“Going forward, the National Assembly is ready to provide the enabling environment for the contents of the next level agenda to be implemented,” Omo-Agege was quoted as saying.

He added: “No doubt, ministers-designate were carefully selected before their nomination by Mr. President. We have full faith and confidence in Mr. President’s judgment in the selection process.

“Our job at the Senate is to ensure that all nominees meet the constitutional requirements for membership of the Federal Executive Council (FEC), which are very simple. So, to a lot of us, it was a checklist: the moment we found out that you are a Nigerian citizen, you are a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), you were cleared.

“You meet the basic educational qualification, which is education up to school certificate level; and you should not have been convicted of a crime within the last 10 years. We went through that. We relied on the confidence and capacity of Mr. President to do the right thing, which he has done.”

Source: naijaloaded

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