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#NigeriaDecides: Muhammadu Buhari Wins Presidential Election #Nigeria2015

buhari wins 2015The Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), has won the March 28 presidential election.

 

Buhari, contesting the office for the fourth time, polled 15,424,921 votes against incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, of the Peoples Democratic Party to clinch the presidential seat.

 

Jonathan scored 12,853,162 votes.

 

The President-elect, a Head of State between 1984 and August 1985, won the contest in 21 states of the federation, leaving Jonathan with victories in 15 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

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Buhari won the election in 16 northern states and five south western states while Jonathan won the poll in three northern states, the FCT and 12 South-South and South-East states.

 

The highest number of votes was recorded in Kano, where Buhari scored 1,903,999 votes while Jonathan recorded his biggest victory in a controversial election in Rivers, garnering 1,487,075 votes in the state, where a large scale protest had attempted to stop the huge vote.

 

STORY SOURCE: PUNCHNG

#NigeriaDecides: I urge all Nigerians to take the necessary steps to ensure that violence and hatred play no part in these elections – Kofi Annan

Statement by Kofi Annan ahead of the Nigerian Presidential Election

26 March 2015

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Nigeria is headed towards historic elections on Saturday. Though many observers express concern due to Nigeria’s history of violent elections, I am enthusiastic about what they represent for Nigeria’s political development. Nigerians have a genuine choice between two parties and two very different candidates.

By publicly reaffirming their commitment to the Abuja Accord, to free, fair and credible elections, and calling on their supporters to refrain from violence, President Jonathan and General Buhari have demonstrated leadership qualities befitting the high office to which they aspire.

By signing this pledge, the two leading candidates have reminded their supporters that they are merely rivals, not enemies. Both aspire to serve their country and the nation will have to stand united both during and after the elections.

I congratulate the National Peace Committee, and particularly its chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, for taking this meritorious initiative.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) too has worked hard to prepare the upcoming elections, the most challenging on the continent due to Nigeria’s size and complexity. But the responsibility for free, fair and peaceful elections does not lie with INEC alone. All stakeholders have a role to play in ensuring that the elections come off in the best conditions. Read more

VIDEO + TEXT: Muhammadu Buhari’s statement on 2015 General Elections #NigeriaDecides

Dear friends, as the presidential campaign draws to a close, let us talk – Nigerian to Nigerian.

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My interactions with Nigerians from all over the country over the last few months have left me with an overwhelming sense of the expectations the citizens of Nigeria hold for the future.

There was a little girl who donated her savings because she believes in our campaign.

The young men and women at our campaign rallies who run after our motorcade, screaming ‘Change’.

The fisherman in Bayelsa who lost his livelihood because of the polluted Ogboinbiri River.

The welder from Ibadan who struggles under the weight of poor power supply.

This campaign has been about them, and millions of others who have been let down by their government. From Enugu to Edo, Cross Rivers to Kano, Ondo to Benue, and everywhere in between, Nigerians are tired of the status quo. Without exception, they want a more secure living environment, better economic opportunities, and a more accountable government, they want a country they can be proud of. Read more

VIDEO + TEXT: President Jonathan’s National Broadcast on 2015 General Elections #NigeriaDecides

NATIONAL BROADCAST BY PRESIDENT GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN, GCFR ON THE 2015 GENERAL ELECTIONS, FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015

Dear Compatriots,

President Goodluck Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan

1. As we prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, I have come before you this morning to express my immense appreciation for the opportunity you gave me to lead this great nation of ours in the past four years.
2. I also wish to place on record, once again, my sincere gratitude for the support you have given my administration without which the significant progress we have made in recent years would not have been possible.
3. In spite of the many challenges we have had to contend with since 1999, our present democratic dispensation continues to endure and grow stronger in keeping with the yearnings and aspirations of our people.
4. We have all worked very hard to nurture and strengthen our democratic institutions and promote the good governance practices which they were designed to deliver for the better well-being of our people.
5. I believe I can say without fear of contradiction that we all clearly cherish the democracy we now have and will never willingly give it up for any other form of governance.

6. This much-cherished democracy of ours is about to be put to the test once again.
7. I urge you all to troop out en-masse to peacefully perform your civic duty of voting for leaders of your choice tomorrow. Read more

VIDEO + TEXT: Buhari’s Speech At Chatham House – Nigeria’s Transition

Prospects for Democratic Consolidation in Africa: Nigeria’s Transition

 

Buhari at Chatham House  26th March 2015Permit me to start by thanking Chatham House for the invitation to talk about this important topic at this crucial time. When speaking about Nigeria overseas, I normally prefer to be my country’s public relations and marketing officer, extolling her virtues and hoping to attract investments and tourists. But as we all know, Nigeria is now battling with many challenges, and if I refer to them, I do so only to impress on our friends in the United Kingdom that we are quite aware of our shortcomings and are doing our best to address them.

The 2015 general election in Nigeria is generating a lot of interests within and outside the country. This is understandable. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country and largest economy, is at a defining moment, a moment that has great implications beyond the democratic project and beyond the borders of my dear country. Read more

VIDEO: 2Face Idibia – Vote Not Fight #VOTEnotFight

The “Vote Not Fight”: Election no be War project is a youth non-violence voter education campaign by The 2Face Foundation and Youngstars Foundation

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Introducing ADOPT-A-CAMP @AdoptCamp

About Adopt-A-Camp
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The Adopt-A-Camp project was birthed in view of the growing number of Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria. This increase has been largely due to the recent spate of insurgency in Nigeria which leaves many dead or injured, and several displaced.?

Adopt-A-Camp Trailer (Full documentary coming soon).

?Adopt-A-Camp seeks to complement ongoing efforts in assisting IDPs through an holistic support framework. This will be achieved by seeking and gathering assistance from well-meaning individuals and credible organizations, who wish to contribute their quota, no matter how small, to ensure IDPs have better living standard while anticipating an end to insurgency so they (IDPs) can either return to their homes or reintegrate well into their host communities.

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Distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in Lagos & 12 other states: Friday, 7th – Sunday 9th November 2014

INEC logoThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in thirteen states in the third phase of the exercise to begin on Friday, 7th November and end on Sunday, 9th November 2014.

 

Also, the Commission has approved Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in the third phase to begin on Thursday, 13th November and end on Monday, 17th November 2014.

 

The states involved are: Adamawa, Borno, Edo, Imo, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Plateau and Rivers.
The Commission had earlier conducted the distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) and Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise in twenty one states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Phases I and II. Read more

INEC registers All Progressives Congress (APC)

PRESS STATEMENT

APC-LogoThe Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the application by three political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) – to merge into one, to be known as the All Progressives Congress.

On considering the application, the Commission found that the applicant-parties have met all statutory requirements for the merger, and has accordingly granted their request. Read more

Malala Yousafzai’s speech at the United Nations (FULL TEXT)

“In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful.

Honorable UN Secretary General Mr. Ban Ki-moon, respected president of the General Assembly Vuk Jeremic, honorable UN envoy for global education Mr. Gordon Brown, respected elders and my dear brothers and sisters: Assalamu alaikum.

Today is it an honor for me to be speaking again after a long time. Being here with such honorable people is a great moment in my life and it is an honor for me that today I am wearing a shawl of the late Benazir Bhutto. I don’t know where to begin my speech. I don’t know what people would be expecting me to say, but first of all thank you to God for whom we all are equal and thank you to every person who has prayed for my fast recovery and new life. Read more

Full Transcript: Remarks by President Obama at Young African Leaders Initiative Town Hall

University of Johannesburg-Soweto Johannesburg, South Africa

MS. MABUSE:  You guys are an amazing crowd.  Good afternoon, and welcome to the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus.  My name is Nkepile Mabuse and I will be the moderator this afternoon.

I really do hope that the strong significance and symbolism of what is happening here in Soweto today does not escape you.  There really are no two occasions in recent time that have had a more profound impact on the African people than when Nelson Mandela walked out of prison a free man in 1990, and of course, the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

Now, these two men are politicians and their legacies will be judged by history.  But there’s absolutely no doubt that these two developments in history have had a profound impact on the African continent.  They have brought hope in Africa, and also began the process of restoring pride and dignity in the African people. 

Now, as I speak to you and as you all know, President Nelson Mandela is lying in hospital, critically ill.  The euphoria that engulfed this continent when President Obama was elected is fading, but in this room — look around you — is Africa’s brand new hope.  These young people are doing amazing things in their communities.  They have already been identified as leaders, and leaders who are committed to serving others and not themselves. 

Exactly 37 years ago this month, young school children here in Soweto braved Apartheid bullets, fighting for freedom.  It’s no coincidence that a new generation of young people is here today.  And like the ’76 generation, they refuse to conform, but are inspired to transform their world.  Read more

Open Letter To The First Lady, Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan by Bukky Shonibare

Your Excellency,

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Bukky Shonibare

All protocols duly observed. Permit me to go straight to the crux of this letter.

I hope information that gets to you are not so filtered that you are not aware of the many cases of rape and molestation in Nigeria, which is currently too rampant to be ignored.

For the benefit of hindsight, I believe you are aware of some of these many cases, including that of the grandfather who raped his granddaughter; and the father who constantly raped his daughter since she was just 12. I hope you are aware of the Orphanage owner who habitually rapes girls he is meant to nurture, yet he was granted bail – released, permitted, and licensed to commit more havoc. I hope you know of the filmed and circulated gang rape of a young lady; the 4-year-old girl who was raped by an uncle; the 23-year-old young man who raped a 53-year-old woman; and the man who tied a female victim, raped, and buried her alive! Or what do we say about ‘masters’ who rape house helps, husbands who engage in forceful non-consensual sex with their wives (which is also rape); uncles/aunts who rape nieces/nephews; teachers who molest pupils; rich men who rape those they promise to sponsor through school; bosses who abuse staff; doctors who molest patients; and those placed in positions of authority who abuse their subordinates. Ma, it is not just male to female, it also happens vice versa. The cases are endless ma; and I am unable to ascertain if these news really get to you because it is unfathomable that nothing is being done by your office to tackle this menace; hence my open letter to you.

Your Excellency, I like to unashamedly let you know that I am one of these victims. I am a survivor! Many of us have been silent for fear of injustice, stigmatization, not been believed, and in a bid to protect our reputation; but enough is enough!!! No more silence!!! Not even with its recent reported and unreported rampancy, especially the classes of victims, as children and older women are not left out. Read more

THE WEALTH AND POVERTY OF A NATION: WHO WILL RESTORE THE DIGNITY OF NIGERIA? BY OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI @obyezeks

UNN CONVOCATION LECTURE DELIVERED BY OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI ON Thursday, January 24, 2013

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I am hugely delighted to return to my alma mater the great and only University of Nigeria to speak at your 42nd convocation. Twenty eight years ago I sat just like you those of you who are part of the graduating Class of 2013; excited by my graduation. It was 1985 and I was very privileged to be one of the then only 3% of our own youthful population that had the opportunity of a university education. Today, you are still fortunate to be one of the yet paltry 4.3% of your own youthful generation with an opportunity for university education. For Nigeria that percentage does not compare favorably with 37.5% for Chile 33.7% for Singapore 28.2% for Malaysia, 16.5% for Brazil and 14.6%.  Our lag in tertiary education enrollment is quite revealing and could be interpreted as the basis of the competitiveness gap between the same set of countries and Nigeria. The reason is that “…. tertiary enrollment rate which is the percentage of total enrollment, regardless of age, in post-secondary institutions to the population of people within five years of the age at which students normally graduate high school…….plays an essential role in society, creating new knowledge, transferring knowledge to students and fostering innovation”. The countries with the most highly educated citizens are also some of the wealthiest in the world in a study by the OECD published by the Wall Street Journal last year. The United States, Japan,  Canada, South Korea, Finland, Norway, Israel, United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia and also have among the largest GDPs. Norway and Australia, also featured, have the second and sixth-highest GDPs per capita, respectively. All these countries aggressively invest in education.

The same cannot be said of Nigeria. The crawling progress in tertiary education enrollment since my graduation more than two and a half decades ago is therefore one key reason  previous peer nations left us behind at the lower rungs of global economic rankings. Economic growth rate and ultimate development of nations are determined by a number of factors that range from sound policies, effective and efficient public and private investments and strong institutions. Economic evidence throughout numerous researches proves that one key variable that determines how fast nations outgrowothers is the speed of accumulation of human capital especially through science and technology education.  No wonder these same countries like South Korea of fifty million people has a GDP of$1.12trillion, Brazil of one hundred and ninety six million has $2.48 trillion; Malaysia of twenty eight million people has $278.6Billion; Chile of seventeen million people has $248.59Billion; Singapore of five million people has $318.7 Billion.  Meanwhile with our population of 165 million people we make boasts with a GDP of$235.92 Billion- completely way off the mark that we could have produced if we made a better set of development choices.

More dramatic is that this wide gap between these nations and Nigeria was not always the case as some relevant data at the time of our independence reveal.  In 1960the GDP of all these countries were not starkly different from that of Nigeria- two were below $200, two were a little above $300 and one was slightly above $500 while that of Nigeria was just about $100. For citizens, these differentials are not mere economic data. Meanwhile by 2011, the range for all five is between Singapore at nearly $50,000, South Korea at $22,000, Malaysia at $10,000, Brazil at $13,000 and Chile at $14,000. Our own paltry $1500income per capita helps drive home the point that we have been left behind many times over by every one of these other countries. How did these nations steer and stir their people to achievesuch outstanding economic performance over the last five decades? There is hardly a basis for comparing the larger population of our citizens clustered within the poverty bracket with the majority citizens of Singapore fortunate to have upper middle income standard of living. Read more

President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign promises

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President Goodluck Jonathan

Sources: February & March 2011 editions of Daily Trust, Champion, Punch, Thisday, Vanguard & The Guardian newspapers; February & March 2011 editions of The News, Tell and Newswatch magazines; transcript of Goodluck Jonathan lone TV debate [1] as obtained from African Independent Television (AIT); Inaugural Presidential address of Goodluck Jonathan.

><>This was released by the International Press Centre (IPC), Lagos-Nigeria                           

 

Infrastructural development

  • To revive  the rail system in the country
  • To complete Lagos to Jebba rail project
  • To intervene and revitalize the moribund Nigeria Machine Tools and other infrastructure owned by the federal government.
  • Government has budgeted N50b for job development and infrastructure
    • To modernize the ports
    • To complete the second River Niger bridge before the expiration of the tenure
    • To make the Minister of Works to immediately start repairs of the road  leading to Murtala Mohammed International Airport
  • To transform all major routes in Damaturu to federal roads
    • To assist in resuscitating all the collapsed industries in Kano state
    • To work towards making Akanu Ibiam airport in Enugu an international airport
    • To seek alternative funding means to repair the Benin-Ore road.
  • To set up a committee to review Federal government landed properties in Lagos, hand over those that should and retain those that should be in possession of the Federal Government.
  • To give Sokoto-Kotangora road unfettered attention Read more

VIDEO: CNN Christiane Amanpour’s Interview with Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

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