Buhari: We’re committed to peace building, good governance – President

We’re committed to peace building, good governance - Buhari

The President made the call at the 2018 Democracy Day lecture, held on Monday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has urged Nigerians to keep faith with the current administration as it remains committed to the tenets of good governance.

The President made the call at the 2018 Democracy Day lecture, held on Monday at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

While reflecting on the achievements of the APC-led Federal Government in the last three years, the president said his administration was working hard to deliver more democratic dividends to citizens.

“Overall we are on track. I thank all and commend all who have worked so far with us to achieve these successes.

“I assure you that our people will continue to see and experience more progress, more prosperity and greater security.’’

He called on Nigerians to remain steadfast and keep faith with this administration as it remained committed to peace building, good governance and the delivery of the best dividends of democracy to the Nigerian people.

Buhari noted that the country has had its rough times but maintained that the government would not allow itself to be overwhelmed.

According to him, the Federal Government has taken the needed steps to sustain peace in all parts of the country affected by various crises.

He said: “We have engaged in several rounds of dialogue and town hall meetings, targeted at peace building between aggrieved persons and communities.

“We have worked hard to decimate insurgents in various parts of the country.’’

The President, who sympathised with people affected by insurgency and communal clashes across the country, said the rebuilding of the North-east was on-going, saying this would enable displaced persons to return to their respective abodes.

He also reiterated the determination of his administration to fight corruption to a standstill in order to achieve meaningful development.

“Our resolve to fight corruption was informed by the realization that reducing corruption and ensuring the effective and just utilisation of public resources are crucial for achieving sustainable growth and development in Nigeria.

“Corruption has been at the root of most of the development challenges of our country.

“There can be no progress in any facet of our national life unless we tackle and curb corruption.

“Corruption manifests itself in several forms, including accelerating poverty, conflicts and civil disturbances, resulting into violence and destruction; therefore, all must be done to stop it.’’

He further reiterated that his administration would not relent in its efforts to eliminate the menace of corruption in spite of the strong opposition against such moves form some quarters.

He noted that Nigeria’s security situation had greatly improved against the background of what the current government inherited in 2015.

The president said: “Incidences of bombings in towns and villages have been drastically curtailed; series of plots have been averted with many culprits arrested through the vigilance, patriotism and professionalism of security agencies.’’

He therefore restated government’s determination to continue to equip troops to confront agents of violence until total victory was attained.

Buhari also noted that the economy had continued to improve with government achieving its objectives, some of which he listed to include increased food production and food security and rapid economic diversification.

He also observed with delight that the country’s foreign reserves had reached new heights.

The President, who reflected on events leading to the conduct and announcement of results of the 2015 general elections, `queried’ organisers of the programme for not inviting former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr Godsday Orubebe to the event.

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He said his invitation would have afforded him the opportunity to listen to Prof. Mahmud Jega’s lecture on good governance.

“Here I must digress to raise an observation by (to) the programme’s organisers because I did not see Mr Orubebe who ought to have come and listened to Prof. Jega delivering this lecture.

“This is a major observation. For those of us, who were lucky that there was light and we have the television to see the confrontation between Mr Orubebe and Prof. Jega, that instant made a life impression in some of us.”

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Prof. Jega, the immediate past Chairman of INEC, delivered the 2018 Democracy Day lecture entitled; Peace Building and Good Governance for sustainable Development in Nigeria.

Village People: NYSC member slums and dies days to passing out

NYSC logo.

According to the reports, the deceased seemed uncomfortable after eating his meal and suddenly slumped to the ground.

A corps member reportedly slumped and died at the Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, barely five days to the completion of his service year.

The deceased identified as Ibukun Arowolo reportedly passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

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Prior to his death, Arowolo who was deployed to the State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget.

 

Instablog9ja reports that the deceased seemed uncomfortable after eating his meal and suddenly slumped to the ground.

The staff of the ministry are said to have rushed him to Folarin Color Hospital for immediate treatment.

Arowolo was later confirmed dead. May his soul rest in peace.

Another female Corps member dies in Abia

The cold hands of death has snatched yet another member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), following the death of a female member serving in Abia State.

 

The Abia NYSC reported the sad loss on its Whastapp group that the young lady was on a commercial motorcycle popularly called ‘Okada’, when a speeding car lost control and hit the motorcycle with the victim said to die instantly.

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The deceased, according to the chat, was serving in the Abia State and was going home after closing for the day when the sad incident happened claiming her life a few days to the yuletide period.

Jada Pinkett Smith & Gabrielle Union settle 17-year Feud on “Red Table Talk” | WATCH

Jada Pinkett Smith & Gabrielle Union settle 17-year on "Red Table Talk" | WATCH

Jada Pinkett Smith has a new show titled Red Table Talk where she, her daughter Willow & her mother Adrienne host guests and hold discussions.

On this particular episode, Jada reaches out to fellow actress Gabrielle Union and they sit down to discuss their silent feud of over 17 years.

They discussed the uncertain cause of their feud, their ups and downs and more.

The show starts with Gabrielle meeting Jada at the Smith residence as well as Adrienne who is a big fan of Gabrielle. Then Jada & Gabrielle head to the table to talk out their issues. They reminisced on moments when they met and it was awkward.

At the beginning, Jada said;

This is a very special show for me because what I’ve decided to do is to make this about creating a new girlfriend. Gab and I, we had a bit of a break, we don’t know how but she has been open to this healing. She has been open to this conversation because everyone plays a part.

Gabrielle also revealed how she really did not know why they did not settle for a long while. In her words;

I could have been like, “Okay, I know this is super uncomfortable but I’ma hop in your face and we’re gonna talk“, but I was like “Okay! Whatever!” Then you think, “It’s not going to affect my life” but it does because your brain keeps going back there.

Watch the video below:

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We must unite, respect one another in Nigeria – IBB says Nigeria needs not more than 2 political parties

– Ibrahim Babangida is asking Nigeria to return to a two-party political structure

– Babangida wants Nigerians to promote and protect the country’s democracy

– He laments that active politicians refuse to adhere to the rule of the game

As part of the democracy day celebration, former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, on Monday, May 28, called for a unique two-party structure in an effort to promote and protect the nation’s democratic institutions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Babangida made this call in a personally signed statement and made available in Minna, the capital of Niger state..

He said it was high time to build a unique two-party structure in the country at this critical period of electioneering year.

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“Our journey to nationhood and democracy from 1960 to date has been characterised by upheavals and turbulences, yet we must cherish our commitment to remain a united country, in brotherhood and respect for one another.

“We must also appreciate the strength and value of our diversity, with due understanding and recognition of the interests of various ethnic nationalities in our hearts,” he said.

Babangida reiterated resolve as a Nigerian to the unity and indivisibility of our dear nation, which our founding fathers struggled to gain from the British colonial rule.

“As we celebrate 19 years of democracy in our country, democratic governance has been polarized along divisive ethnic and religious lines.

“It is indeed worrisome that active politicians are not adhering to the rule of the game of politics.

“Our political parties since May 29, 1999 have no distinct ideologies with internal squabbles and cross carpeting that is not healthy to our democracy.

“We must also appreciate the strength and value of our diversity, with due understanding and recognition of the interests of various ethnic nationalities in our hearts.

“Nigeria has had its share of conflicts and political instability, just like many other nations and states, but we have always survived against all odds,” he said pointing out that in the efforts to promote and protect democratic institutions, “we should not forget the roles and sacrifices of our gallant armed forces in the history of nation-building.”

According to him, “it would, therefore, be in our own interest to look for solutions to the problems confronting us as a nation.

“In whatever circumstance we find ourselves, we must continue to exercise democratic tenants, which promote freedom and respect of one another.”

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While saluting the resilience of Nigerians in adopting democratic structures across the three-tiers of government for an uninterrupted period of eighteen years, he expressed the hope that the general elections next year will further consolidate democratic governance, freedom and security.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), on Monday, May 28, appealed to political leaders in the country to play politics by the rules to ensure a fair, peaceful and credible election in 2019. Its spokesperson, Muhammad Ibrahim, issued the warning in Kaduna.

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EFCC: Agency says it has recovered N500b, convicted 603 people under Buhari

EFCC says it has recovered N500b, convicted 603 people under Buhari

EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren made the revelation in a statement which he issued to newsmen.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has revealed that it has convicted 603 people since President Buhari came into power.

According to the anti-graft agency, it has also recovered N500b since the inception of this administration in 2015.

Punch reports that EFCC’s spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren made the revelation in a statement which he issued to newsmen.

Uwujaren said “President Buhari was elected three years ago on a ticket that pledged to address the monster called corruption.

“The EFCC under the leadership of Ibrahim Magu is the lead agency driving the anti-corruption agenda of the administration.

“The ground-breaking conviction record of the commission is the more salutary given that it includes the conviction, for the first time in the history of the country, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Joseph Nwobike.

“For the first time too, judges and top military officers including retired Service Chiefs are being prosecuted for corrupt enrichment.

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“Over N500bn has been recovered in the last three years by the agency; while the impunity with which public funds are stolen has been curtailed substantially as people have come to the realisation that there are consequences if one is found to have illegally dipped hands in the public till.”

Corruption has increased

Meanwhile, the former spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Timi Frank has said that corruption in the country has increased.

Frank said this in a letter which he wrote to the United States President, Donald Trump.

Also, Transparency International in its corruption perception index (CPI) report released recently, revealed that corruption is getting worse in Nigeria.

In the new report, Nigeria ranked 148 out of 180 countries surveyed across the world.

The new ranking shows that Nigeria has gone 12 places down from 136 in 2016.

The Devil In Me: Indian man dismembers 15-yr-old maid for asking for her salary

Manjeet Karketa and the deceased Soni Kumari

The teenager identified as Soni Kumari, was chopped up into 12 pieces for demanding her salary.

News reports have revealed the tragic death of a 15-year-old girl, whose dismembered body parts were found in a drain in outer Delhi, India earlier this month.

According to the reports, the teenager identified as Soni Kumari, was chopped up into 12 pieces for demanding her salary.

The police disclosed the information after arresting one of the alleged killers from Nangloi, identified as Manjeet Karketa.

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The deceased who was a native of a village near Ranchi, was reportedly hired as a domestic help for a monthly salary of Rs 6,500.

However, the reports revealed that Soni did not receive a single penny after working for three years in Delhi.

Rajender Singh Sagar, additional deputy commissioner of police, added that Soni worked as a full-time help at a businessman’s house in south Delhi’s East of Kailash area.

“The employer would pay the monthly salary, but the people who brought her to Delhi were pocketing the money,” said the officer.

 

The Police also revealed that four persons, including a woman who also works as a domestic help as well as the arrested suspect, were involved in Soni’s brutal murder.

The police finally uncovered the motive behind Soni’s death following Manjeet’s arrest from Jharkhand on Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Local news media reports that Soni’s father dies years ago and she had lived with her mother and two brothers in Malgo village in Jharkhand’s Ranchi district.

Soni was, however, brought to Delhi with promises of a high-paying job three years ago.

Soni’s killers who have been identified as Manjeet and two other associates, Sahu and Gauri, reportedly operated an informal placement agency and regularly brought girls from Jharkhand, employing them as domestic helps in Delhi homes.

“Kumari worked at a few homes in the city before being hired by a businessman’s family in East of Kailash. But her monthly salary would be pocketed by the people who brought her to Delhi. Karketa would justify pocketing the money by telling her employer that he was Kumari’s brother. It also helped prevent the girl from escaping,” said an investigator.

After the first year in Delhi, Soni began to demand for her salary, asking to be sent back home.

The investigator adds, “Over the past few weeks, she had become more persistent with her demand. Karketa and his associates owned her more than ?2 lakh. They also feared being reported to the police. So, the trio planned to kill Kumari and roped in a fourth partner, Rakesh.

“On May 3, the suspects took her away from her employer’s home on the pretext of sending her back to her village. Instead, they brought her to a house in outer Delhi’s Nangloi.

“The killers first hit her on her head. They then severed her neck before dismembering her limbs and torso. They packed her body parts into bags and dumped them into a drain in Mianwali,” said the investigator.

 

According to the reports, Soni’s body parts were later discovered by a passer-by who alerted the police.

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Although a CCTV camera had recorded two of the suspects carrying the bag filled with body parts, their faces were not clear enough to be recognised.

Police later took a picture of the victims head, going door to door, searching for clues on Soni’s identity in Mianwali and neighbouring areas.

“We visited 2,500 homes and particularly focused on 200 houses before zeroing in on a house whose two occupants had been missing since the day of the murder. Neighbours were shown the girl’s photo and they confirmed that she was seen there on May 3,” said the investigator.

As soon as the suspects were identified, police teams were sent out to Jharkhand villages to arrest them.

The investigator said, “We searched 45 villages in Gumla and neighbouring areas before finding Karketa’s home.”

Manjeet was finally arrested o Thursday evening following a tip-off that he would be visiting his rented home in Nangloi.

“God has Something to Say” through TY Bello’s spontaneous song with Wole Oni, PSQ & George | Watch on BN

TY Bello has released yet another edition of her spontaneous worship series. This one features Wole Oni, PSQ and George and it is titled God has something to Say.

TY Bello says;

Yes indeed, God has so much He wants to say to us.. but this is often heard when you choose to open your mouth to echo what He’s saying in his word and your heart. We choose to not be quiet and make our declarations in Him. This unrehearsed (spontaneous) song blessed us .. it was a long one because He wouldn’t stop speaking . Special thanks to Wole Oni and The Perfect 4th String Quartet for having a unique instinct for the sounds of heaven and to George for always being at the cutting edge of that sound . I pray this song blesses your time alone with God as it has blessed mine

Watch the video below:

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Meghan Markle & Prince Harry to Honeymoon in Canada


Newly titled Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to jet to Canada to have their royal honeymoon.

According to TMZ, the couple, after the royal wedding, is headed to the 6,000 sq. ft. Outlook Cabin, aka “The Royal Retreat,” in Alberta, Canada’s Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

With past guests like King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Queen and Prince Philip, and even Bill Gates, the resort is known to be quite the royal one.

The resort is located somewhere around Jasper National Park, and it’s said that both British and Canadian security will be available during their stay.

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