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APC: Buhari shocks Oyegun, reverses tenure elongation

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the reversal of tenure elongation of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other National and State Executive Officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He described the elongation of their tenure by one year as unconstitutional.

He told the National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja on Tuesday that he had reflected on the elongation and also sought advice and had come to the conclusion that it is unconstitutional.

The APC had in its NEC meeting on February 27 extended the tenure of members of National Working Committee (NWC) led by John Odigie-Oyegun by one year.

“This motion was duly carried by a majority of members present at the last NEC Meeting, even though some of our party members have since spoken up very vehemently against it. Others have even taken the matter to court.

“I have taken some time to review and seek advice on the resolution. And what I found is that it contravenes both our party Constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“While the APC Constitution, in Article 17(1) and 13.2(B), limits the tenure of elected officers to four years, renewable once by another election, the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), in section 223, also prescribes periodic elections for party executives at regular intervals, which must not exceed four years.

“Furthermore, Article 31 of our Party Constitution provides that any principal officer wishing to re-contest or contest for another post, must resign from his current post at least one month before the election Read more

President Buhari Congratulates Pastor Adeboye at 76

President Muhammadu Buhari joins all members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Christians in Nigeria and many parts of the world in congratulating Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye, General Overseer of the RCCG, on his 76th birthday on March 2, 2018.
President Buhari extends warm felicitations to the family and friends of the highly revered preacher and teacher of the word of God under whose leadership, since 1981, the church has grown to become one of the largest congregations in the world, with parishes in almost all countries.
The President affirms that the exemplary leadership provided by the servant of God has resulted in an exponential growth of the church, which directly translates into development of infrastructure, building of educational and health institutions, as well as vocational centres that have created a means of livelihood for many Nigerians. Read more

Commonwealth Africa Summit 2018: John Mahama, Saraki, Yeda, Alakija, Amina J Mohammed to discuss unlocking Africa’s economic potential

Unlocking Africa’s economic potential by increasing trade, collaboration and Philanthropy within the commonwealth will be at the forefront of conversations at next month’s Commonwealth Africa Summit in London.

The Summit aims to spark new thinking on how to promote collective action, achieve shared prosperity and common good for Africans leveraging on their relationship with the commonwealth family of nations. Through a series of discussions, the event will encourage dialogue on how to strategies and mobilise valuable African resources that are critical to shaping the continent’s emerging economies.

The 5th in its annual series, the 2018 Commonwealth Africa Summit themed Common Good will have as Keynote Speaker H.E John Dramani Mahama (Former President of Ghana), Amina J Mohammed (UN Deputy Secretary General), H.E Senator Bukola Saraki (Senate President of Nigeria), Dr. Hassan Ahmed Hilal (Minister of Environment Sudan), Chief Mrs Folorunso Alakija (Vice Chair – Famfa Oil), Rt. Hon Mia Amor Mottley MP (Leader of Opposition and Former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados), Dr Babatope Agbeyo (Chairman Cornfield Group) and others to be announced soon.

Past speakers at the CAS Summit have included HRH Prince Andrew The Duke of York, Gen. Yakubu Gowon; Rt Hon Baleka Mbete (Speaker of the Parliament of South Africa), Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Baroness Lynda Chalker of Wallasey; Lord Watson of Richmond; Lord Ahmed of Rotherham; Baroness Uddin of Bethnal Green; Simon Walker, Director General of the British Institute of Directors (IOD); Ministers of Government, Ambassadors and many other Global Leaders. Read more

THE WAY OUT: A Clarion Call For Coalition For Nigeria Movement by Olusegun Obasanjo

Special Press Statement By President Olusegun Obasanjo

Since we are still in the month of January, it is appropriate to wish all Nigerians Happy 2018. I am constrained to issue this special statement at this time considering the situation of the country. Some of you may be asking, “What has brought about this special occasion of Obasanjo issuing a Special Statement?” You will be right to ask such a question. But there is a Yoruba saying that ‘when lice abound in your clothes, your fingernails will never be dried of blood’. When I was in the village, to make sure that lice die, you put them between two fingernails and press hard to ensure they die and they always leave blood stains on the fingernails. To ensure you do not have blood on your fingernails, you have to ensure that lice are not harboured anywhere within your vicinity.

The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today.With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of ‘blood’.

Four years ago when my PDP card was torn, I made it abundantly clear that I quit partisan politics for aye but my concern and interest in Nigeria, Africa and indeed in humanity would not wane. Ever since, I have adhered strictly to that position. Since that time, I have devoted quality time to the issue of zero hunger as contained in Goal No. 2 of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. We have set the target that Nigeria with the participating States in the Zero Hunger Forum should reach Zero Hunger goal by 2025 – five years earlier than the UN target date. I am involved in the issue of education in some States and generally in the issue of youth empowerment and employment. I am involved in all these domestically and altruistically to give hope and future to the seemingly hopeless and those in despair. I believe strongly that God has endowed Nigeria so adequately that no Nigerian should be either in want or in despair. Read more

Herdsmen crisis: IGP Idris begs Benue people

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris apologised to the people of Benue State on Wednesday over his remark that the killings in the state by suspected herdsmen were a result of ‘communal clashes’.

Idris was forced to recant at a stakeholders meeting in Makurdi, the state capital.

The explosive meeting  had Governor Samuel Ortom and the Tor Tiv, DIG operations, Habila Joshak, two commissioners of police for Benue and Nasarawa states in attendance, with Idris being literally forced by the participants to tender an open apology.

Governor Ortom, who addressed the meeting blamed the police and other security agencies for ignoring his desperate call for help, when he found that the herdsmen were planning to attack his people.

“I saw the attacks coming and we wrote several letters of complaint to the police and complained to the presidency, yet nothing happened. Read more

2019: Buhari has 2 years to deliver – OPC

he O’odua People’s Congress (OPC), a Yoruba Socio-Cultural group, on Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari still has about two years to perform and canvass for re-election by Nigerians in 2019.

The Founder and President of OPC, Dr Frederick Fasehun, said this at a news conference in Lagos on the state of the nation.

Fasehun, who noted that the present administration had to do more to win the confidence of Nigerians, said that governance has to do with service to the people.

According to him, Nigerians are calling on the President to raise his performance as 2019 general election approaches.

“Children don’t get promoted to the next class unless they have done well in the current class. Read more

Success Ojo: A woman with a heart of gold for Bariga Women

Since her university days, the Chief Executive Officer, Knowledge Aid Initiative (KAI), Success Ojo has consistently fought for the interest and social inclusion of the vulnerable people in remote communities. In an interview, she shares her experience over the years, talked about her organisation, the launching of the OneBariga Women Project of the organization and the Christmas Blessing Bag party with 1,000 Children in the slum of Ilaje Bariga, Lagos State, Nigeria.
 

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Polls open in Liberia general elections

Polling stations have opened across Liberia as the nation elects its next president and 73 members of the House of Representatives.

This is the first transition election in Liberia in 70 years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) team covering the election in Monrovia, the nation’s capital, reports that the elections began on a peaceful note, with electoral officials and materials arriving on time at the polling stations visited.

Voter turnout is impressive, judging by long queues that stretched several metres away from the voting points while accreditation and voting are going side by side. Read more

FULL TEXT: President Buhari’s 57th Independence broadcast – 1st October 2017

BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI ON OCTOBER 1ST, 2017

My dear Nigerians,

October 1st remains a special date for all Nigerians as this marks the day when we attained one of the most precious of human desires — freedom.

Over the years the country has gone through trials and tribulations, but October 1st is always a day for celebrations.

It is a day for thanks giving, reflection and re-dedication.

It is also a day for remembrance. We should remind ourselves of the recent journey from 1999 – 2015, when our country happily returned to democratic rule.

However, in spite of oil prices being an average of $100 per barrel and about 2.1m barrels a day, that great piece of luck was squandered and the country’s social and physical infrastructure neglected.

We were left with no savings and huge infrastructure deficit.

The APC Government’s Campaign rallying cry to restore security, re-balance the economy and fight corruption was not all rhetoric. Read more

Buhari not happy with governors over Paris Club refund

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with members of the National Council of traditional rulers and decried the way the Paris Club Refund was spent by some state governors.

The Federal government had on May 4 released details of the second tranche of Paris Club refund to States totalling N243. 795 billion.

The refund is in respect of over-deductions on Paris Club, London Club Loans and Multilateral debts between 1995-2002.

The President, who met with the traditional rulers at the new Banquet hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja frowned at the inability of the affected state governments to pay the retirement benefits and outstanding salaries of workers with the payment of the refund.

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Brexit: Lawmakers approve UK’s withdrawal from EU

UK has finally made headway in its quest to withdraw from the European Union (EU) following Tuesday’s approval of its “withdrawal bill” by British lawmakers.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill passed second reading, moving the bill to the next stage of the Parliamentary process.

The vote was 326 MPs in favour and 290 against.

Prime Minister Theresa May issued a statement calling the vote “a historic decision to back the will of the British people.”

“Although there is more to do, this decision means we can move on with negotiations with solid foundations and we continue to encourage MPs from all parts of the UK to work together in support of this vital piece of legislation,” she said. Read more

Dino Melaye loses bid to stop recall process

The Federal High Court, Abuja, has given the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), permission to proceed with its planned recall of Sen. Dino Melaye (APC-Kogi).

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave INEC the permission to go ahead with the process on Monday after dismissing Melaye’s suit for lacking merit.

Melaye had filed a suit seeking to stop INEC from recalling him from the Senate following a petition it received from the constituents of Kogi West Senatorial District, which Melaye represents.

Dimgba, in his judgment, premised his opinion on the grounds that Melaye was hasty to run to the court and that he should have explored and exhausted the internal mechanisms provided by the 1999 Constitution.

According to the judge, “Melaye’s complaints are hasty, premature and presumptuous.’’ Read more

PHOTOS: Buhari & Osinbajo hosts National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria

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Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to Pastor Enoch Adeboye & Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye

Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary to PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE, General Overseer, RCCG and Mother-in-Israel Pastor Mrs Folu Adeboye!

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Photos: Pastor Adeboye visits President Buhari in London

President Buhari receives the General Overseer Worldwide of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye at the Abuja House London on 18th Aug 2017.

Register: Nigerian Emerging Political Leaders Forum (Lagos – South West Edition) 2017

Are you under 40 and interested in running for Public Office in Nigeria especially in the 2019 election? Are you interested in Running and Winning your desired elective office ? Do you know what it takes to RUN and WIN ? Will you like to have a deeper understanding of the Nigerian Political Terrain and how to maneuver your way among the political landmines set for young people, then register on www.gleehdfoundation.org.ng for the Nigerian Emerging Political Leaders Forum (Lagos – South West Nigeria Edition) 2017.

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Whistleblower policy a successful initiative– Adeosun

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, says the whistleblower policy of the Federal Government is one of the current administration’s successful initiatives.

She said this on Tuesday in Abuja at a seminar organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) on “The Whistleblower Policy and its Implication for Public Servants’’.

The Whistleblower Policy was introduced in December 2016 by the Federal Government as part of the initiatives to wage war against corruption.

According to Adeosun, as at July, over 5,000 reports have been made through various reporting channels, 365 actionable tips are received out of the 5000 reports.

She said that over half of the reports  came from public servants.

The minister said the tips related to issues of contract inflation, ghost workers, illegal recruitment and misappropriation of funds.

Others according to her, include illegal sale of government assets, diversion of revenues and violation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) regulations.

The minister also said that the information received showed that certain types of tips were recurring. Read more

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