Buhari Yet To Receive Passed 2018 Budget – Minister

  President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive the 2018 budget, one week after it was passed by the National

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to receive the 2018 budget, one week after it was passed by the National Assembly.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma disclosed this at the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday while responding to questions from journalists.

The Minster said reports credited to him as saying that the President will not sign the budget were false as he was even yet to receive the budget.

“The President is yet to receive the budget. It is, therefore, impossible to make a statement about the budget that has not been received.

“Once we get it, we will work very quickly on it.”

“When it is submitted, I am sure the National Assembly themselves will inform Nigerians,” Udoma said.

Last Wednesday (May 16, six months after it was presented) the lawmakers passed a total of N9.120 trillion, an increase of N508 billion from the N8.612 trillion originally presented to the Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Chairman Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje explained that after consultation with the Executive, the oil benchmark price was increased from 45 to 51 dollars.

According to him, the additional 508 billion added to the budget was applied in critical sectors of the economy namely: reduction of the deficit, security, health and power, works and housing.

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Buhari/Obasanjo Exchange: AFRICMIL Calls For Full Scale Probe Of Past Leaders

A civil society organisation, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), has called for a “full scale and

A civil society organisation, the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL), has called for a “full scale and wide-ranging investigations” into the administrations of former Nigerian leaders and bring all those who breached public trust to account.

Reacting to the public spat between President Muhammadu Buhari and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the organisation said the federal government has a duty to probe “all grey areas in every administration, beyond the alleged $16 billion power sector expenditure”.

Addressing a group of his supporters on Tuesday, President Buhari alluded that President Obasanjo has questions to answer for spending $16 billion on power without commensurate result. President Obasanjo promptly responded saying he was ready for probe.

The statement quoted the AFRICMIL Coordinator, Chido Onumah, as saying: “This challenge the former president throws at the federal government presents a unique opportunity for us as a country to revisit our past and bring all our past leaders to account. Reopening the power sector expenditure probe would be a step in the right direction for the country, but that should just be the beginning”.

According to Mr. Onumah, “It is high time the unwritten amnesty given to former heads of states and presidents was jettisoned and those individuals scrutinized to get them to fully account for their stewardship and explain the hemorrhage Nigeria suffered overtime.

“Apart from Sani Abacha, who died in office, there is no Nigerian leader whose personal misconduct was subjected to criminal investigation. This is both an anomaly and an irony. It is ironic that those who are alive are left to enjoy the fruits of their misdeeds,” he said.

Mr. Onumah cited the example of many countries including Israel, Brazil, South Korea and Malaysia, in recent time, which subjected their former leaders to corruption probe, saying that practice is a major deterrence against corruption for future leaders.

“Nigerian money is our common patrimony. No one can wave off stealing on behalf of all citizens, and ignoring the conduct of former leaders is doing exactly that,” he added.

Describing what he called “criminal collusion” on the part of successive leaders, Mr. Onumah stated that it was unfair for law enforcement agents to go after subordinates “while the big masquerades on whose table the buck stops are deliberately let off the hook.”

AFRICMIL called for a strong independent inter-agency panel to investigate major scandals since the administration of former military ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.

PHOTO: Customs CG, Others Visit Buhari In Abuja

  A group called the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) led by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col

 

A group called the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) led by the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col Hamid Ali, on Tuesday visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja.

During the visit, the President addressed issues regarding the misappropriation of funds on projects by past governments.

Specifically, he criticized a former president (whose name he didn’t mention) for spending billions of dollars on power projects in the country with no results.

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According to the President, one of the former Heads of State had bragged that he spent 16 billion dollars on power whereas there wasn’t anything to show for it.

He noted that the perpetrators lacked imagination and plans for Nigeria’s development and therefore, urged citizens to remain vigilant and ensure that only “people of conscience are in-charge of governance at all levels”, even as the 2019 general elections draw near.






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PDP Keeps Crying Wolf Where There’s None – Adesina

  Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina has faulted some claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

 

Spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mr Femi Adesina has faulted some claims by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against the APC- led government over the way it has handled matters of national importance.

In a statement on Sunday the PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, had accused President Buhari of corruption over the fuel subsidy regime of his government.

The party also asked the President to submit himself for an independent inquest into his handling of the N1.4 trillion oil subsidy regime as well as his alleged complicity in other exposed financial impropriety by cronies of his government, particularly in revenue collecting agencies.

In response to the comments, Mr Adesina said after 16 years of ruling, the PDP is only starting to play opposition, however, “it is playing it all wrong and it is crying wolf where there is none”.

Speaking further, the President’s spokesperson noted that he may have questioned the sanity of the Mr Ologbondiyan if he hadn’t known him well enough.

He described the comments as laughable and ridiculous, adding that the allegations were alien to the government.

He said: “When you introduced this topic, you needed to have seen the laughter, the uproar that came from me. I laughed so much I almost tumbled from my chair because it is very ridiculous and laughable.

“I looked at my friend and colleague Kola Ologboniyan speaking, if not that I know him well because we are tribesmen, by tribesmen I mean from the media constituency. If not that I have known him for some time, I would have said: “is codeine of tramadol at work? Because those allegations are simply ridiculous and laughable.

According to him, “there are certain things that are characteristic of a government and by now, “three years into this government, people know what is characteristic of the Muhammadu Buhari administration and all those things that came from the PDP spokesman are alien to this government, completely,” he stressed.

Responding to questions about the failure of the government to adhere to some court rulings on cases involving the likes of the leader of the Shiite group, Ibrahim El-Zakzaky and former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, the President’s spokesman said he would not comment on them as they were outside his purview.

He said: “I will not want to belabour the issues you have raised because they are outside my purview. They reside in the purview of the Attorney General of the Federation.

“He has responded to these matters before, you may recall what he has said or if you want a fresh explanation, you may get in touch with him.”

Furthermore, Mr Adesina said he believes that the PDP only comes up with various tactics to destabilize the government.

“The idea I have is that the PDP just wakes up and says what can we do today to make the government uncomfortable, so they play one wild card or the other – that is the impression I get about that party.

“So, all these things are not worthy of responses”.

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President Buhari Congratulates Falana On 60th Birthday

Mr Femi Falana   President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated a Senior Advocate of Nigerian and human rights activist, Mr Femi

President Buhari Congratulates Falana On 60th Birthday
Mr Femi Falana

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated a Senior Advocate of Nigerian and human rights activist, Mr Femi Falana, on his 60th birthday.

The President sent his warm greetings to the erudite lawyer in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, on Saturday in Abuja.

He joined family members, friends and professional colleagues of the cerebral lawyer in celebrating the milestone, which has been marked with honours and awards for forthrightness and advocacy for the good of every Nigerian.

President Buhari commended Mr Falana’s sense of patriotism over the years, and his advisory roles to leaders, institutions and governments, especially on the value of good governance.

“As the legal luminary turns 60, the President believes his antecedents have been most exemplary and commendable in advocating for a better life for the poor and underprivileged,” the statement read.

The Buhari prayed that the Almighty God would grant the human rights lawyer longer life, good health and more wisdom to keep serving the country.

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President Buhari Lauds Nigeria – U.S. Relations

File photo   President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the current level of relationship between Nigeria and the United States. The

President Buhari Lauds Nigeria – U.S. Relations
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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the current level of relationship between Nigeria and the United States.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, revealed this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, President Buhari gave the commendation when he received a telephone call from the U.S. Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, on Thursday in.

The President, who used the opportunity to congratulate the new Secretary of State on his appointment, recalled his previous meeting with Mr Pompeo when he was the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

He thanked the Secretary of State for the enormous support the U.S. has extended to Nigeria, especially in the areas of security and intelligence gathering.

President Buhari also requested Pompeo to extend his appreciation to U.S. President Donald Trump for the warm reception received in the course of his recent visit to the White House.

The Secretary of State, on his part, assured the President that with him in the Department of State, the relations between both countries would get even better.

He also reiterated the desire of the U.S. to continue to pursue, side by side with Nigeria, matters of common interest on the African continent, including the fight against terrorism and corruption, as well as trade and development.

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Preach ‘Righteousness And Discipline’ At Ramadan, Buhari Tells Muslims

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari   President Muhammadu Buhari says fasting is not just merely meant to stay hungry or

Preach 'Righteousness And Discipline' At Ramadan, Buhari Tells Muslims
File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari says fasting is not just merely meant to stay hungry or thirsty, but an opportunity to strive for inner purification and self-accountability.

He stated this as he sends his greetings and best wishes to Muslims in Nigeria and across the world as they commence the 30-day Ramadan fast.

“It is meant to inculcate righteousness and discipline,” the President said in his message to the nation on the beginning of the Ramadan.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, President Buhari urged fasting Muslims to increase their love for humanity, acts of charity, kindness, generosity and gratitude.

He reminded them that the Holy Prophet Muhammad used to spend very generously on the poor and the needy during the period

The President then asked Muslims in the country and all over the world to copy the good examples of the Holy Prophet.

He also called on Muslims and all Nigerians to always remember men and women who are less fortunate than themselves and to help the government in confronting the challenges facing the nation.

President Buhari prayed Allah to grant all Muslims the strength to successfully complete the fasting.

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Buhari Says FG’ll Sustain ‘Agricultural Revolution’ With Right Policies

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks while inaugurating a project in Jigawa State on May 14, 2018.   President Muhammadu Buhari on

Buhari Says FG'll Sustain 'Agricultural Revolution' With Right Policies
President Muhammadu Buhari speaks while inaugurating a project in Jigawa State on May 14, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Jigawa State declared that Nigeria’s agricultural revolution is real and on course.

The President also assured Nigerians that his administration would sustain the positive momentum in the sector by implementing the right policies.

He gave the assurance an event to mark the commencement of the rehabilitation and expansion of the 6,000-hectare Hadejia Valley irrigation project in Jigawa.

President Buhari, who is in the state on a two-day working visit, promised that the government would provide the needed financial resources for people-oriented projects in the sector.

He was happy that the economic diversification and inclusive growth programmes of his administration were already yielding positive results, particularly in key food-producing states.

The President further applauded the World Bank’s assistance to the project, which when completed would increase water availability for all-season farming in Jigawa and beyond.

On his part, the Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu, said works on the first phase of the project which started in the early eighties during the administration of President Shehu Shagari and received some funding under the Petroleum Special Trust Fund had suffered frequent abandonment due to lack of funds.

Adamu, however, revealed that with N9.6 billion allocated under the $495 million World Bank-assisted Transforming Irrigation Management in Nigeria (TRIMING) project in five different irrigation locations in the country, the project would be completed by 2021.

“By the time the project is finished in three years, there would be about 6,000 hectares of farmland and the Jigawa State Government also plans to key into the project that will benefit over 25,000 farmers,” the Minister explained.

Following his arrival in Jigawa earlier in the day, President Buhari inaugurated the 42-kilometre Tasheguwa-Guri Road and the 32-kilometre Abunabo-Kadira-Guri road constructed by the state government to make the movement and evacuation of farm produce convenient for the people.

He also inaugurated the 250,000 solar-powered water supply scheme in the state.

According to a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, the project is one out of nine of such projects which will add nine million litres to daily water supply in Dutse and its environs.

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APC Primary: Buhari Congratulates Fayemi, Seeks Stronger Ekiti APC

File photo   President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on his

APC Primary: Buhari Congratulates Fayemi, Seeks Stronger Ekiti APC
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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on his victory in the governorship primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State.

The President extended his goodwill message to the minister in a series of tweets on his personal Twitter handle on Sunday.

He was also optimistic that having won the party’s ticket, the former governor would leverage his track record as a reformist who has a passion for education, health and welfare, to reclaim the governorship seat when the state goes to poll on July 14.

President Buhari further applauded other aspirants who took part in the keenly-contested primary.

He urged them to uphold the values and philosophy of the ruling party by coming together to support Dr Fayemi in the forthcoming election, in a bid to ensure the APC emerge victoriously.

The President noted that the ruling party values internal democracy, describing the success of the primary election as another testament to the APC’s democratic credentials.

He also assured members of the party and Nigeria that the party would continue to work hard to lead the country to the next level of its development journey.

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Buhari’s Medical Trips ‘Expose Our Country To Ridicule’ – Falana

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari   A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, on Thursday, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari

Buhari’s Medical Trips ‘Expose Our Country To Ridicule’ – Falana
File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, on Thursday, criticised President Muhammadu Buhari for embarking on a medical trip to the United Kingdom.

Speaking during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily in Lagos, the human rights lawyer believes the President and other Nigerians who travel abroad for medical attention are ridiculing the nation.

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He said, “These medical trips by the President and the rich in Nigeria expose our country to ridicule because you cannot justify that a little of enormous resources cannot fix a few hospitals to the extent that everybody can be treated in Nigeria.”

President Buhari had embarked on the trip on Tuesday and he is expected to return to the country on Saturday.

He is returning to the UK to meet with his doctor barely nine months after he returned from a medical vacation which lasted for more than 100 days on August 19, 2017.

Falana, however, recalled that he had approached a court some years ago with a view to restraining public officers from being allowed to go abroad for medical treatment at the expense of the nation.

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr Femi Falana.

 

He stressed the need for Nigeria to attain the level where those seeking to be elected or appointed to public offices cannot go to other countries for medical treatment or send their children abroad for education.

The senior lawyer noted that unless the nation gets to such level, the people will continue to suffer as long as the hospitals and schools remain unfixed.

He alleged that the poor Nigerians keep dying because of their inability to get proper healthcare while go out of the country to treat themselves.

The activist added, “I can even go further to say it is discriminatory and illegal for anybody to use public funds to treat himself while the majority of people are dying in public hospitals that are not maintained.”

He, however, called on the Federal Government and those in public offices to ensure health and education, among other sectors, are given the needed attention.

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