How PDP ruined Nigeria – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has stated that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ruined Nigeria before it was voted out.

APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, said this on Thursday in response to the spokesman of the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP, Dayo Adeyeye, who said President Muhammadu Buhari had improvised the masses and that “Nigeria is worse off than the APC met her in 2015”.

Abdulahhi noted that “As a Party that was formerly in the opposition, the APC is aware of the role a thriving opposition can play in sustaining democracy.

“However, it appears that the marginal group that Adeyeye belongs believe that it is only by attacking the APC that it can find its relevance or gain the upper hand in the PDP’s internecine war.

“We need to remind Adeyeye’s group however that although Nigerians may have forgiven the PDP, two years after the Party ruined the country, but we have not forgotten.

“Nigerians have not forgotten that it was under the PDP-led administration that the terrorist group, Boko Haram seized a sizable portion of Nigeria’s territory, created a Caliphate and hoisted its own flags.

“It took the APC-led government of President Muhammadu Buhari to reclaim our territory and pride.

“Today, Boko Haram insurgents are virtually defeated and are on the run, and no millimetre of Nigerian territory is currently held by the insurgents. We have forgiven, but we have not forgotten.

“Under the PDP, a Party that does not consider corruption to be stealing, corruption enjoyed an unprecedented prosperity.

“Nigeria recorded some of the most unimaginable, shocking and astounding cases of corruption ever experienced in our history, or in the history of any country.

“Funds meant for the procurement of arms and ammunition required to fight the Boko Haram insurgency were stolen by agents of government and shared among themselves. It was a classic case of kleptocracy,” it said.

APC said that the PDP-led administration was sending soldiers to battle without weapons and sharing the money.

“Worse still, when soldiers protested the lack of weaponry, the PDP-led administration added wickedness to weakness and court-martialled them, sentencing some of them to death, and others to long terms of imprisonment.

“If Nigerians have graciousness to forgive the PDP for the wanton corruption, we will not forget.

“Nigerians also remember that it was under the nose and watchful eyes of the PDP that over 250 Nigerian girls were abducted.

“It took the Party more than a month to even make a statement! PDP went about bandying conspiracy theories while innocent Nigerian girls were being held in captivity.

“Again, it took the APC-led administration to rescue some of the girls, while efforts are ongoing to free the rest.

“Yet, PDP had the audacity to counter the globally acclaimed hashtag,#BringBackOurGirls with their terribly insensitive #BringBackJonathan. We are willing to forgive even this; but we cannot forget.

“Nigerians will not forget that under the PDP, over 20 Nigerian youths died and thousands were seriously injured while looking for jobs. the PDP-led administration organised a fraudulent Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment exercise and lured young people desperate for jobs to various stadiums across the country after extorting them.

“In the end, the exercise ended in tears, sorrows and blood. None of those who survived got the job and, worse still; the officials responsible for the calamity were protected by the PDP. We cannot forget.

“Nigerians remember that under the PDP, whistle-blowing was a crime. When a former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor exposed the stealing of $20billion from the national treasury, he was suspended and hounded out of the government. We have not forgotten.

“If we have not been talking about this plethora of PDP iniquities, it is not because we have forgotten. Instead, we have chosen to pick up the pieces of the PDP wreckage and move the country forward.

“This, we have endeavoured to do in the last two years since Nigerians unanimously rejected the PDP for their wanton profligacy and misrule.

“Nigerians are a forgiving people, and that is why a self-appointed spokesman of what is left of the PDP could have the effrontery to make the kind of statements attributed to Adeyeye. But Nigerians will not forget in a hurry, the years of the locust”.

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Yakubu Dogara – APC has performed very well governing Nigeria

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said that the Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress administration has performed creditably despite its challenges.

Mr. Yakubu Dogara stated this at an interactive session with newspaper editors in Abuja on Tuesday.
The speaker said Nigerians who criticise the government’s performance should put into context what the administration met when it assumed office in 2015.

“What was it that we met on ground?” he said. “A lot has been achieved.”

Yakubu mentioned two major areas where he said the government has succeeded to be in the fight against Boko Haram and anti-corruption efforts.
“This government has ensured that the terrorists are not holding any measure of land” Mr. Dogara said.
The taming of Boko Haram has been repeatedly mentioned as one of the successes of the Buhari administration so far. The insurgents had by 2014 controlled large swaths of land in north-eastern Nigeria, particularly Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe State. President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday vowed that the Boko Haram or any terror group will not control any part of Nigeria while he is in office.
Despite losing most of the territory they controlled, the insurgents still carry out random attacks on civilians and security officials. The latest of such attack led to the kidnap of 10 people in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.

WINNING CORRUPTION WAR
On corruption, Mr. Dogara said sanity is gradually returning to the system.
“We are beginning to have results on corruption. Sanity is returning,” he said.
The speaker said although it was impossible to completely eradicate corruption, it was being reduced in the polity by the Buhari administration.
Mr. Dogara’s commendation of the anti-corruption war came on the same day the Senate insisted on the removal of an anti-corruption chief.
The Senate has twice rejected the nomination of Ibrahim Magu as the substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, due to a report by the State Security Service, SSS, that the nominee lacks integrity to lead the country’s anti-corruption agency.
On Tuesday, the Senate refused to clear President Buhari’s nominees as electoral officials unless he removes Mr. Magu as acting EFCC chairman.
Mr. Dogara also spoke on the relationship between the executive and the legislature saying the two arms of government are not expected to have a smooth ride at all times.
“It was never anticipated for the legislature and executive to work harmoniously on a continuous basis” he said. “For you to have innovation and progress, people must be free to disagree.”
The speaker, who said the government has other areas where it needs to improve on, however, said the House of Representatives tries to work with the executive to ensure all its major projects are successful and can benefit Nigerians.

[Nigerian Eye]

Nigeria is doomed if Buhari does nothing about the economy – Tinubu

National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has said that Nigeria is doomed, if the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration does not reform the economy.

Tinubu said this while speaking on Tuesday in Lagos at the 9th Bola Tinubu Colloquium, organised by his friends and well-wishers to celebrate his 65th birthday, today, March 29.

Speaking on the theme of the colloquium ‘Use What We Make, Make What You Use’, the former Lagos Governor said: “There is widespread poverty, gross inequity, and high unemployment. I don’t see why this nation should continue to be poor with all its human capital and resources.

“Our challenges as a nation are manifold, but so are our capabilities, talent and resources, therefore we need to revolve the political economy in a manner that will put our huge population into productive use.

“If we do nothing to reform our economy, we are doomed as a nation.

“I know this administration has begun the process of salvaging the economy through reforms, but we need to create that enabling environment and make credit facilities accessible for creative individuals.

“Not only must we use what we make and make what we use, we must make what the world values.

Tinubu also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for temporarily transferring power to vice-president Yemi Osinbajo during his medical vacation in London.

“I want to applaud President Muhammadu Buhari for meticulously following the constitution in temporarily transferring power to his deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

“As such, these two excellent men exemplified teamwork and the true meaning of unity of purpose.

“Buhari set the pace by giving strategic direction to the VP and Osinbajo performed excellently well while the president was away by putting action into what the president told him to do,” he said.

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Why Nigeria cannot progress – Ben Bruce [Video]

n this two-minute video, Sen. Ben Bruce, the common sense senator explains why Nigeria cannot progress. He cites the example of Nigerian Airways having 17 planes in 1985 while Emirates airline had only 3, fast forward to 2017 Emirates now owns 256 planes while Nigerian airways is dead.Watch the video below…

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Igbos will never rule Nigeria, they think politics is business – APC spokesman, Igbokwe

The Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe has explained why an Igbo man is yet to be elected president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Igbokwe explained that Igbos shot themselves in the leg during the 1993 presidential election when they failed to queue behind the acclaimed winner, MKO Abiola.

According to him, that single action pitched the Yoruba against them after the polls.

He said the people of the region failed to realize that politics was not business and can never be equated with business, which they were only good at.

Speaking with Vanguard, the APC chieftain believed that until Igbos woke up from the slumber, they would continue to lament and see the Presidential Villa from the mountain top.

He said, “Until the Igbo wake up from their slumber, they will not realise the need for cooperation. The 1993 presidential election provided the Igbo the opportunity to cement their relationship with the South-West because we needed to bridge that gap.

“The North was able to actualize the annulment of that election because the Igbo failed to stand with the Yoruba. It was only a few of us who stood with Abiola – myself, Ndubuisi Kanu, Payne Jackson – among others. When we put the issue before our people, they claimed that the Igbo had fought their own civil war and that it was the turn of the Yoruba to fight their own.

“I like the ruggedness of the Yoruba. While the Yoruba were confronting their issues, the Igbo were busy clapping and that is why we warned them that if with the sophistication of Yoruba leaders and this was happening to them, the Igbo weren’t safe.”

Asked if the Igbos have the hope of ruling Nigeria soon, Igbokwe said, “they don’t understand Nigerian politics and that is my problem with them. Nigerian politics is not business. After the demise of Yar Adua, what I expected the Igbo to do was to ask Jonathan to finish the four years of Yar Adua and allow the North to have their eight years.

“And by 2015, the President would have come to the South-East. They (Igbo) were cajoled with the belief that no one could defeat the incumbent.”

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Nigeria, South Africa to jointly launch anti-xenophobia system

South Africa and Nigeria have agreed to jointly launch and manage an ‘early warning’ system to track and deter xenophobic attacks against migrants in both countries..

This was made known in a press briefing hosted in Pretoria by South African foreign minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, following a closed door meeting with her Nigerian counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama.

According to Nkoana-Mashabane, the meeting was held in a bid to diffuse soaring tensions over a recent string of attacks on Nigerians living in South Africa.

She said that the proposed early warning centre would allow both country keep each other abreast of issues and help prevent violence.

She however denied that the xenophobic attacks were mainly targeted at Nigerians.

“The early warning centre would allow us keep each other abreast of issues and help prevent violence

“It is untrue that the attacks on foreign nationals were targeted at the Nigerians”, she said, adding that citizens of other countries were also affected.

Onyeama, on his part, said he had received assurances that Nigerians in South Africa would be able to live in peace and called for an end to “mass attacks”.

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Obasanjo: How my generation did a lot of wrong things to Nigeria

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo on Monday admitted that his generation failed Nigeria.

Obasanjo made the remark at the one-day Trade Fair seminar of Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, KADCCIMA.

The former President said though his generation made some mistakes, they also laid the foundation for the country’s democracy.

According to Obasanjo, “Look, don’t worry unduly about the mistake the generation before you had made. When people talk to me and said ‘yes, you are wrong.’ I will accept that my generation had done a number of wrong things. But, we must have done some good things as well.

“My own generation fought for the unity of Nigeria. You cannot deny that. There are many things we must have done wrong but we fought for the unity of this country. I still have shrapnel from grenades that entered my body that our brothers shot at me during the civil war. But, at the end of it, we reconciled.

“In addition, my generation laid the foundation of democracy in the country. Our democracy is not perfect, our democracy is a journey and not a destination; we must continue to improve on it. My sons and daughters, what will your generation do?

“Condemnation is easy but what will you do? There are some people who have taken the bull by the horn and tried their best. But, all in all Nigeria is still intact. There are many countries that fought civil wars and they are not together. Obasanjo

‘’Yugoslavia, Pakistan, Sudan, we fought a civil war sadly, but we are still together. I thank for God and thank those who made that possible. Part of our problems is that our leaders have not taken the bull by the horn, ready to buy the bullet.

‘’We cannot have it easy like that for us to develop. You must be ready to take the bull by the horn. India, Malaysia, and some other countries did it. We have to do it at one time or the other.”

Earlier the former President had advised Nigerians against blaming God for the country’s current challenges.

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Nyesom Wike – APC has failed Nigeria

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has stated that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) has failed Nigeria. According to Wike, APC’s failure, all the developmental structures in the country have collapsed. Speaking during the PDP Campaign for Etche/ OmumaFederal Constituency at Afara on Thursday, the governor said that despite the illegal collaboration between APC and Police; the Rivers people will not allow the rigging of the last rerun elections for Etche/ Omuma Federal Constituency.
He explained that while the PDP is campaigning for victory based on its performance, the APC leaders are in Abuja plotting rigging methods with INEC and Police.

“APC has failed Nigeria. Nigeria has collapsed. The only state that is working in Nigeria is Rivers. That is why the APC cannot campaign here. We will not allow a situation where we will campaign, but APC will liaise with the Police and INEC to rig. The votes of our people must count. Allow democracy to thrive in Nigeria. You cannot continue to deceive the people. We shall not allow the police and other security agencies hijack electoral materials on Saturday “he said.

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Igbo leaders – Why we are no longer happy being part of Nigeria

Ohaneze Ndigbo has declared that the people of the South East are no longer comfortable being part of Nigeria due to their perceived marginalisation by the present Federal Government.

Addressing Igbo leaders during an interactive forum in Lagos, the President-General of the socio-political Igbo organisation, Nnia Nwodo, lamented that nobody from the South East was heading any security agency in the country.

Nwodo claimed that the Federal Government does not trust Igbo to the extent of appointing any of them to head any of the security agencies or the para­military bodies.

According to Nwodo, “We don’t feel that we are part of this country. The statement I made earlier was not my thinking alone. Every part of that statement was scrutinised line by line by members of the Ohanaeze executive and we agreed this was the situation before it was issued.

“How can we be comfortable in a country where no Igbo man is heading any of the security services in this country? Not the Nigerian Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, Customs Service (NCS), Immigrations, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), State Security Services (SSS), Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigeria Security and Civil De­fence Corps (NSCDC).

“The impression we have been given is that we are not trusted enough to be put as the head of any se­curity agency.

“Now, if you drive to the South East, we are like a conquered people. In every major town you go into, there is a military checkpoint. They call it Operation Python Dance.

“If they screen you for arms and ammunition, I will understand that it is national security imperative. But they collect money from you. We are forced to pay.

“Between Enugu and Onitsha, there are 17 police checkpoints that I enumerated on one trip. There are police checkpoints, some police and army combined. The commercial vehicle drivers drop the money on the ground.

“They do not care whether the Inspector-General of Police is coming in an on-coming vehicle or that they are being photographed. It does not happen anywhere else in this country. And nobody cares.

“I said it at the 82 Division and I was arrested. I have said that at every public forum anytime I have the opportunity, I will keep harping on this.”

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INEC reveals – Why conducting elections in Nigeria is too expensive

The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has explained why conducting an election in Nigeria is expensive.

The electoral umpire said that logistics, personnel costs, and electoral disputes were responsible for the increase in government spending for elections.

The Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Rotimi Oyekanmi, stated this in Abuja when he addressed the media to explain why the commission earmarked whooping N19.1 billion for Anambra governorship election in 2017.

According to him, INEC maintains over 800 offices and 16,000 regular staff nationwide, hire thousands of ad-hoc staff who are mainly corps members, and acquires sensitive materials abroad due to integrity deficit and trust issues in the country.

He noted that provisions made for the conduct of fresh elections ordered by the courts following electoral disputes also added to the increasing cost of conducting elections in Nigeria.

Oyekanmi said: “Nigeria is a big country and the population is quite high. So many things are put in place for elections in Nigeria. We hire a lot of ad-hoc staff for elections. We have the security apparatus. We have the ballot boxes and papers, and other sensitive materials we acquire abroad due to integrity deficit and trust issues in the country. A lot of logistics go into elections in Nigeria

“In 2016 we had N50 billion, and of course about N20 billion of that went into personnel cost. We have over 16,000 staff. We have over 800 offices nationwide – one in each of the 774 local governments across the country. We are in the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, and all these staff has to be paid and have to be mobilized. That is different from the thousands of ad-hoc staff that we need during elections. You know we rely on members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) to conduct our elections.

“But of course, in 2016, we spent N87 billion on elections that was; because, last year we had over 160 elections that were conducted; rerun elections, by-elections, and end of tenure elections including Edo and Ondo gubernatorial elections.

“Luckily for us this year, we have only Anambra to conduct towards the end of the year, and our proposal for this year is quite less for electoral recurrent. In 2016, electoral recurrent was about N24 billion but this year; we have N19.1 billion because we have fewer elections to conduct.”

“So, the logistics that go into all these things increase the cost of conducting elections.

“Then, you have the dispute after elections which may necessitate the conduct of fresh elections and it costs money. These are the factors that make conducting elections in Nigeria very expensive.”

[Daily Post]

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