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03:50

Buhari Names Emem Omokaro Pioneer DG of National Senior Citizens Centre




President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the take-off of the National Senior Citizens Centre with the appointment of Dr Emem Omokaro as its pioneer Director-General and immediate constitution of a 12-man board for the Centre.

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a release on Monday, said the take off of the Centre was in line with Section 16 (2) (d) of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution as amended which mandates the State to provide adequate social services and improve the quality of life of the elderly.

The National Senior Citizens Centre was passed into law as the National Senior Citizens Centre Act, 2017 to cater for the needs of senior citizens (70 and above) in the country.

To realize this noble objective, and in order to ensure relevance and spread, persons of proven integrity from key ministries and organisations have been appointed into its Governing Board.

The appointed board members include

AVM. M.A. Muhammad (rtd), who will serve as Chairman of the Board with Mansur Kuliya, representing the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; Dr Chris Osa Isokpunwu representing the Federal Ministry of Health; Mr Umar Abdullahi Utono representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing; and Dr John Olushola Magbadelo representing Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity as members.

Other members are: Mrs Bulus Friya Kimde representing the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs; Mr Sani Ibrahim Mustapha representing the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD); Professor Usman Ahmed representing the Geriatric Association of Nigeria; Mrs Victoria Onu representing the Coalition of Societies for the Rights of Older Persons (CORSOPIN) and three other stakeholders namely Dr Dorothy Nwodo, Professor Mohammed Mustapha Namadi and Dr Emem Omokaro who also serves as the Director General.

The President also approved the appointment of Ahmed Mustapha Habib as the new Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to replace AVM Muhammad (rtd) who is now Chairman of the National Senior Citizens Centre.
All the appointments are for an initial period of four years. Thisdaylive
04:11

Eid-Al-Fitr: President Buhari cancels Sallah homage to Presidential Villa




President Buhari has directed that all celebrations, including the forthcoming Eid-Al-Fitr, should be limited due to the global coronavirus pandemic.


According to Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President, First Family, his personal aides, members of cabinet and Service Chiefs who choose to remain in Abuja, will congregate in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols at the forecourt of the Presidential Villa to observe the Eid prayers at 9 a.m.


Shehu also announced that there would be no traditional Sallah homage to the President by religious, community and political leaders after the prayer.


”As was the case last year, the President encourages such leaders to be content with modest celebrations at home in view of the pandemic,” he said.


Buhari also thanked the Ulama (Islamic Clerics) and all other religious (Muslim, Christian) leaders who had been praying for the wellbeing of the nation and its people.


”The President, in addition, takes this opportunity to condole with all who lost family members due to what he described as the ‘madness’ going on in parts of the country,” the statement added.


Buhari also called on all local leaders to talk to their youths and warn them against being used to incite and foment violence. Dailypost


01:27

Buhari won’t stop foreign medical trips - Aide




President Muhammadu Buhari has the right to continue seeking medical care overseas, his aide Lauretta Onochie has stated.

She was reacting to criticism of the President’s medical checkup in London amid the ongoing nationwide strike of resident doctors.

Many Nigerians have berated Buhari for not investing in healthcare, saying he would have been treated back home had he done that.

His presence at the Abuja House in London has been rocked with protests by some Nigerians in the UK.

Reacting to the criticism and protests, Onochie said nobody can take away Buhari’s right to his physicians of over 40 years.

She tweeted: “Next year, Pres. @MBuhari will go for a routine checkup.
“We have been here since 2016. It’s been the same wailing. So the response will also be the same.

“At least, once a year, people across the world see their personal doctors especially one they have seen for about 40 years.

“@MBuhari won’t dump his doctor of about 40 years so that wailers can be happy. That’s blackmail. Thankfully, he doesn’t pay blackmailers.

“In 2016, I ran from one media house to the other, educating us on the psychology of the bond between a patient & his/her long-standing doctor

“He went for #CheckUp in 2017, 2018, 2019 & in 2020, just before the pandemic. Same wailing and same explanations.

“The fact remains that if @MBuhari chooses, he will go for checkups in 2022 & 2023. He will continue to go. It’s his choice to go or not to.

“I don’t know any man who will accept a different barber to cut his hair if the one he is used to, is not available.

“Wailing can’t take away his rights to see his personal doctors so wailers must get ready for two more years of wailing and fooling around. God bless Nigeria.” Thenationonlineng
04:11

Blocked petition: Nigerians in Diaspora write President Buhari, N’Assembly, others




A group of Nigerians in other countries, Nigerians in the Diaspora Organisation, has petitioned the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, over the dismissal of a petition written by some Nigerians based in the United States of America by the Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, last week.

A member representing Gwer-East /Gwer-West Federal Constituency of Benue State in the House of Representatives, Gbillah, who represents Gwer-East/Gwer-West Federal Constituency in Benue State, had last Wednesday moved to lay the petition by MUTA.

But a drama had played out in the process, as Wase, who presided over the session, prevented Gbillah from laying the petition, claiming that the House does not entertain petitions from outside the country, asking the Benue lawmaker if MUTA was registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission.

However, NIDO, in the latest petition signed by its leaders across the continents of the world, said Wase’s “unfortunate statement has “helped to cast doubt in the minds of the Diaspora community as to the genuineness of the Federal Government’s intentions towards its Diaspora.”

The petition dated March 14, 2021, was titled, ‘Letter of protest over the uncharitable and derogatory statement on Nigerians in Diaspora by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase.’

It was signed by Dr. Bashir Obasekola for Nigerians in Diaspora, Europe; Obed Monago for Nigerians in Diaspora, Americas: Prof. E. C. Ejiogu for Nigerians in Diaspora, Asia; Gary Linus Unamadu for Nigerians in Diaspora, Oceania; and Dr. Obinna Kingsman for Nigerians in Diaspora, Africa.

The petition was copied to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.); President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, among others.

Consequently, NIDO in its petition to Gbajabiamila, wrote, “Right Honourable Speaker, in order not to escalate this matter to an irreparable level, we are therefore demanding the followings: a full retraction of this unfortunate statement by the Deputy Speaker;

“An unconditional public apology from the Deputy Speaker to the Nigerians in Diaspora Community. That Hon. Mark Gilbah is allowed to present the motion for and on behalf of Mutual Unions of Tiv in America as a concerned group of Nigerians in Diaspora.

“That the Right Honourable Speaker convenes an urgent virtual meeting with the Nigerians in Diaspora community to address this issue and to reassure us of his full support.”

NIDO added, “Right Honourable Speaker, we would like to state that falling short of the above within 14 days upon the receipt of this letter, we might be compelled to take further actions, which might include but not limited to calling out all Nigerians in Diaspora to withhold further home remittances with immediate effect.

The petition further read in part, “The whole Diaspora community is still in total shock that this particular video could emanate from the Green Chamber where the Rt. Honourable Speaker presides. We all are aware that the Rt. Honourable Speaker himself is a returnee Diaspora and that issues concerning the Diaspora are always close to his heart.”

NIDO noted that the Nigerians in Diaspora had been extremely patient with “the broken promises of both the government and the legislators, where the rights of Nigerians in Diaspora to vote have been treated with levity.”

The group said it was wondering if Wase’s view and position were the same as those of other members of the National Assembly.

Meanwhile, the Office of the Deputy Speaker of the House has faulted how the incident was reported in the media.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Speaker, Umar Puma, in a statement issued on Monday, insisted that Wase’s action was to ensure that the petition met the standards set by the House in its Standing Orders.

The statement read in part, “The House of Representatives belongs to all Nigerians and can be accessed by all Nigerians wherever they may reside. However, like other arms of government – such as courts of law – petitioners must follow laid down rules and procedures in presenting their petitions to the House, otherwise there would be lawlessness, disorder and chaos.” Punch
00:32

COVID-19: We didn’t support school resumption, Buhari govt says




The Nigerian Government has said it was not in support of the resumption of schools on Monday, January 18, 2021.

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said this during the briefing of the Presidential Task Force, PTF, on COVID-19, on Monday.

Adamu, said the government did not agree with the states on the resumption date, adding that the task force would monitor the situation on a daily basis.

According to him, the school resumption date could be reviewed again.

“We sat down, looked at the figures and we took the decision that schools should not open.

“Unfortunately, we have to state this because it is supposed to be a collective decision, but you must understand that the schools we’re talking about, the Federal Government has only about 100 out of thousands of schools.

“The schools are under the jurisdiction of states and just as the PTF was unanimous in saying that schools should not open, states were unanimous that schools should open.

“So, we have to compromise and as PTF we shall monitor what is happening on a daily basis. There could be some review again”, Adamu said.

Both private and public schools in the country resumed for second term sessions on Monday amidst the increasing number of people contracting COVID-19 in the country.

The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, on Tuesday reported 1,617 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, with Lagos high on the list with 776 positive cases.

Kaduna, Kwara and the Federal Capital Territory also recorded high numbers with the agency announcing, 147, 131 and 102 respectively

The country now has a total of 112,004 confirmed cases, 89,939 discharged patients and 1,449 deaths. Dailypost

01:11

Buhari’s poor policies killing the naira - Ezekwesili



A former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, on Monday, accused the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of murdering the naira with poor economic policies since he assumed office in May 2015.

She also alleged that the Central Bank of Nigeria has now become an annex of the Aso Villa in Abuja as the apex bank receives unhelpful instructions from the Villa.

Ezekwesili spoke on an Arise TV programme monitored by Punch.

The ex-minister said with the current economic policies of the Federal Government, it could be difficult for Nigeria to come out of recession in the first quarter of 2021.

She said, “The greatest tragedy of the last five years of the country has been the fact that there has been poverty of ideas in terms of economic management. The economic management of this administration has impoverished many more Nigerians.

“The only thing that we associate with the administration that is saying that this year is going to be buoyant for the country is poor economic policies. When you think in terms of monetary policies, the Central Bank has become an extension of the Villa and that is problematic; you can’t have your monetary authority so badly politicised in the way it is currently is and have a sound monetary policy.

“This government has not shown evidence that it will work its resolution because it has made these resolutions so many years now and we have seen it work in contrast to what it says it wants to achieve.”

Ezekwesili further lambasted the President for the over 15-month closure of the country’s land borders which she argued made no sense in the first instance, as the closure hugely impacted the activities of business owners in the country.

She said, “You close the border. Precisely for what? Has this government evaluated the effect of that border closure on small businesses in this country? Does this government realise the damage it did to many sectors in this economy as a result of that singular act that just didn’t make any sense.”
 
The ex-minister said the border closure was similar to Buhari’s foreign exchange policy “that made us get into a situation where he, in fact, ended murdering the naira”.

“When the president took over power in 2015, the situation that he had on hand could have been handled differently. The naira could have found good positioning by sort of getting its new level and that signal would have been a clear signal to the private sector that politics was not going to drive pricing levels in our economy, the private sector would have adjusted and we wouldn’t have ended up in a situation where foreign direct investment or portfolio money all escaped from our country and found a safer place to land,” she noted.

Ezekwesili, however, urged the Buhari regime to “face the energy sector and fully implement the spirit and the content of the Power Sector Reform Act and the Reform Plan that was available before he (Buhari) took over office.”

She added that the government must provide the enabling platforms for businesses to thrive in the country and realise that “market principles do work and that China that it takes pride in going to borrow money from was a very impoverished country for as long as it stuck its neck in the woods of communism and socialism but when China understood that market does work, it began to grow.” Punch
21:38

Buhari mourns 85-year-old Nigeria’s ambassador to U.S.



President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the family, friends and associates of Nigeria’s out-going Ambassador to the United States (US), Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor, over his demise.

In a telephone call to Jane, widow of the retired Justice in New York, yesterday, the President described Nsofor as “an outstanding Judge of rare courage and truth, who is not afraid to give justice to whom justice is due.”

Apparently referring to the 2003 presidential election during which Nsofor delivered a minority judgment as a member of the Election Appeal Panel in his favour as candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the President said the country would miss people with such exemplary pedigree.

Buhari, who directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with Nsofor’s family on the burial arrangements, prayed to God to comfort all that mourn the departed jurist and grant his soul eternal rest.

Nsofor reportedly died on Thursday night at 85.

A retired Justice of the Court of Appeal, Nsofor assumed office as Nigeria’s ambassador to the US on November 13, 2017. He succeeded Professor Adebowale Adefuye, who died towards the end of his tenure.

Born on March 17, 1935 in Oguta, Imo State, Nsofor graduated from London’s now-defunct Holborn College of Law in 1962 and bagged an LL.M from the London School of Economics in 1964. Theguardianng
02:20

Buhari Allows Us To Take Loans, We Are Borrowing To Develop – Rotimi Amaechi



The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says President Muhammadu Buhari has given his approval for Nigeria to take loans.

Amaechi disclosed this during a special programme which held on Channels Television on Thursday to mark Nigeria’s diamond independence anniversary.

According to him, the borrowings were done for infrastructural development in several parts of the country.



Speaking on rail transportation, the Minister said Nigeria had money from the excess crude oil account before Buhari’s administration in 2015.

He argued that when crude oil was sold at $120 per barrel, the total amount meant to develop the nation’s railway across the 36 states and the FCT was between $35 to $40billion.

While reiterating the Federal Government’s commitment to delivering laudable projects for infrastructural developments, the Minister asked Nigerians for more time.

He however explained that logistics is crucial in dealing with economic development in the country for the well-being of the masses. ChannelsTv
04:31

Booing in Borno Loss of Confidence In your Administration - PDP tells Buhari



Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, has told President Muhammadu Buhari that the booing he received from aggrieved residents of Maiduguri, Borno State, during his visit to the city on Wednesday was confirmation of the loss of confidence in his administration.



The party also stated that it was a clear message to Buhari that Nigerians considered him responsible for the rising spate of insecurity in the country.

In a statement by the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said, “The booing of President Buhari in Borno State is a clear message to him that Nigerians hold him responsible for the escalated insecurity in the country.


“We call on President Buhari to go beyond his sympathy visit to Borno state and take decisive steps to end the killings in that state and other parts of the country.

“Mr President should not limit his visit to Borno State but also visit other parts of the country, including Kaduna, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Yobe, Adamawa, Zamfara, Kogi, Niger, Taraba and other states to face the feelings of Nigerians as well as view the national devastation his poor handling of security and infrastructure had caused our nation.


“We charge Mr President to endeavour to go on subsequent visits by road in order to see and feel the agony Nigerians are being subjected to with the parlous state of our road infrastructure and security network.

“Our party holds that Nigerians do not deserve a distant President, who sits in the comfort of the Presidential villa and luxury jets, remaining indifferent to the pains, anguish and torments that compatriots suffer on daily basis.


“The PDP hereby calls on Mr President to quickly embark on these visits and monitor, on first hand basis, the damage which his administration has caused and for which Nigerians are demanding that he resigns and allow more competent hands to manage the affairs of our nation.” Saharareporters
09:20

We Shut Borders Due To Influx Of Arms, Hard Drugs, President Buhari Tells Akufo-Addo


President Muhammadu Buhari has continued to defend the closure of the nation’s borders.



According to him, the partial closure of the borders was not caused solely because food products, particularly rice, were being smuggled into Nigeria, but also because arms and ammunition, as well as hard drugs were being ferried into the country.

The president said this on Monday at a bilateral meeting in London, on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 with President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana.


He said he could not keep his eyes open, and watch youths being destroyed through cheap hard drugs, and compromised security caused by unbridled influx of small arms.

“When most of the vehicles carrying rice and other food products through our land borders are intercepted, you find cheap hard drugs, and small arms, under the food products. This has terrible consequences for any country,” President Buhari said.


He said it was regrettable that the partial border closure was having “negative economic impact on our neighbours,” but added that “we cannot leave our country, particularly the youths, endangered.”

Speaking further, the President said the Sahel region was awash with small arms, which accounts for severe security challenges in Mali, Chad, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.

“We are in fact the biggest victims,” he lamented.


On the time frame for reopening the borders, President Buhari said it would not happen till the final report of a committee set up on the matter was submitted and considered.

“We will get things sorted out. Our farmers, especially those who grow rice, now have a market, and are happy, and we are also concerned about hard drugs and weapons. Once the committee comes up with its recommendations, we will sit and consider them,” the President said.


President Akufo-Addo, while showing understanding of the need for Nigeria to protect her citizens, pleaded for “an expedited process, because the Nigerian market is significant for certain categories of business people in Ghana.” ChannelsTv
01:54

President Buhari govt to close down some secondary schools


Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, has said that the Federal Government would work very closely with states and local governments towards closing down secondary schools found to be sub-standard.
   

   
Nwajiuba, in a statement signed by Ben Bem-Goong, Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations Unit in the ministry, said that such “mushroom” schools would not be allowed to operate.

The minister said that the National Secondary Education Commission (NSEC), which is billed to take off soon, is part of steps and institutional preparations towards the crackdown.

   

    According to him, the NSEC will work closely with relevant stakeholders to tighten the noose on operators of such mushroom secondary schools.

Nwajiuba acknowledged that education was on the concurrent list and appealed to states, local governments and private schools’ owners to take the issue of standard in the nation’s schools seriously.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, sponsored a bill for the establishment of NSEC which the President signed into law in May.NAN

02:05

There’d have been nationwide jubilation if supreme court sacked Buhari -Galadima


Buba Galadima, a former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, says there would have been jubilation across the country if the supreme court upturned Buhari’s victory in the election.
   

   
The apex court had dismissed an appeal filed by Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Buhari’s main challenger in the election.

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Atiku had filed a petition against Buhari at the tribunal where he lost. But not giving up, he headed to the supreme court.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday, Galadima faulted the verdict of the court, saying the PDP is interested in knowing how the apex court arrived at its decision.
   

   
“We are waiting to hear the final analysis of how they arrived at that decision. And we as Nigerians have a cover under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria whether it supports our view,” he said.

“If this judgment today had been that Buhari was removed from office, I’m sure that by now, there would have been fireworks all over this country.
   

   
“People would have been jubilating, pouring water on the streets and celebrating. But have you seen any individual who has demonstrated that he is happy with this judgment.”

Atiku has since rejected the verdict of the apex court, alleging that the judiciary has been sabotaged.

But Buhari asked his opponent to move on.
02:38

Arrest Yahoo boys, but don’t harass innocent citizens, Buhari tells Police


President Muhammadu Buhari has cautioned officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force against harassing young people in their bid to arrest ‘Yahoo criminals.’
   

   
Buhari handed down this warning in his keynote address at the opening ceremony of the Conference and Retreat for Senior Police Officers on Monday in Lagos.

The theme of the retreat is, ‘Repositioning the Force for the Challenges of Effective Policing in the 21st Century.’

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Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Buhari said the service the Police Force rendered was one Nigerians could not do without, as it was the closest to the grassroots.

According to him, there are police stations everywhere and the police above every other service represent law and order to the average Nigerian.

Buhari said that the Nigeria Police force was one of the proudest National assets as it was the largest police force in Africa.
   

   
He said that the force had some of the best trained and best educated men and women.

The president said that Nigerian policemen had served everywhere locally and internationally with outstanding results.

He said that special trainings were being organised for the Special Units of the Police including the Police Mobile Force, Special Forces, Counter-Terrorism Unit, Anti-Robbery detachments, Anti-Kidnapping Squads and the Criminal Investigation.

The president said that resources had been put into acquiring and deploying electro-muscular disruption technology-based weaponry which is commonly known as Taser or Stun Guns for low-risk police operations.
   

   
According to him, the Federal government has facilitated the passage of the Police Trust Fund (Establishment) Act, which has since assented.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Inspector General of Police (IG-P), Mohammed Adamu, said that constant engagement of strategic managers and consistent training and retraining of personnel was crucial for effective policing.

The participants comprised all commissioners of police, Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Deputy Inspectors General of Police. (NAN)

14:44

#Xenophobia: Osinbajo announce what Buhari govt will do to stop killing of Nigerians in South Africa

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday declared that Nigerian government would ‘take up” the issue of attack on Nigerians with South African government.



Osinbajo explained that the measure was to ensure that such attack “does not repeat itself.”

He said this while addressing journalists in Kano State, as contained in a statement forwarded to Daily post by his media aide, Laolu Akande.

According to Osinbajo: “Let me say first that these recent attacks are condemnable. It is very sad and very unfortunate that the lives and livelihoods of Nigerians living in South Africa are once again being destroyed with such wantonness and with such carelessness and recklessness.



“It is unfortunate because Nigeria and Nigerians invested a great deal in the destruction and the pulling down of apartheid. Besides, these acts of bigotry are entirely contrary to the very ideals that all the great South African leaders including the present President fought for, and for which many gave their lives.

“Mr President has already spoken about this and obviously we are very concerned and certainly intend to take this up with the authorities in South Africa in order to ensure that this sort of thing does not repeat itself. This is absolutely unacceptable and unconscionable.”(Dailypost)






14:39

Supreme Court condemns Buhari using public funds to defend himself in personal litigations

The Supreme Court has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for using public funds to defend himself in personal litigations.



The apex court criticised Buhari for using lawyers paid by government during his election tribunal hearings.

The Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate during the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, are challenging Buhari’s victory at the election tribunal.

Also, Kalu Kalu, Labaran Ismail and Hassy El-Kuris, are challenging the candidacy of President Buhari as the flagbearer of the All Progressives Congress during that exercise.

The appellants claimed that President Buhari lied on oath in the form CF001 he submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission.



Abdullahi Abubakar, a senior lawyer at the Ministry of Justice, has been appearing for Buhari at the tribunal.

Justice Mary Odili, while reading the unanimous ruling of the five-man panel of the Supreme Court, questioned Abubakar’s appearance for Buhari, who was sued as a private citizen and not in his capacity as President.

The judge said when Bill Clinton, a former President of the United States, was sued, he used his personal funds to defend himself in court.



Odili described the situation as a contravention of the provisions of the Code of Conduct for public officers.

The court said, “The representation of Mr Buhari by the Senior State Counsel of the Ministry of Justice in his personal capacity and not as Nigerian President, is inappropriate.”(Saharareporters)






04:17

N3bn Fraud: Oyo-Ita desperate to meet Buhari, embarks on ‘sick leave’

The embattled Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita, was making frantic efforts as of Friday evening to secure an appointment with President Muhammadu Buhari over her travails, SATURDAY PUNCH has learnt.



Oyo-Ita is currently in the eye of the storm after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission reportedly questioned her over alleged N3bn bribery, duty tour allowance falsification and fraud case.

A Presidency source told our correspondent on Friday that the embattled HOCSF has been reaching out to government officials who she feels can assist her to secure appointment with Buhari who is currently in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State.

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The purpose of the audience she is seeking, the source said, is to enable her to explain herself personally to the President.



As of the time of filing this report however, Oyo-Ita has not succeeded in meeting Buhari since her travails started.

Calls made to her known telephone line between 6.47pm and 7.12pm entered call forwarding mode, signaling that the number was not available.
A source close to her had however told journalists late Thursday that she had proceeded on leave officially “to attend to her health condition.”

He said while the HOCSF admitted that the acting chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, invited her verbally, she was never detained at the commission since “she denied all allegations on fraudulent conduct.”

Punch
02:13

Anyone who says Buhari isn’t doing well is a liar from the pit of hell -Joe Igbokwe

Joe Igbokwe, spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, says anyone who claims President Muhammadu Buhari is not doing well is a liar from hell.



Speaking when he featured on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, Igbokwe blamed the nation’s woes on the previous administrations since 1999.

“The PDP was there for 16 years and we didn’t see anything. In the midst of plenty, I cannot lay my hands on anything,” he said.

“Support your leader, don’t be a distraction. Anybody who tells you Buhari is not doing well is a liar from the pit of hell, given where we are coming from.”
Although Igbokwe admitted the nation is faced with myriads of challenges, he, however, said they cannot be fixed in a single day.

“If the president can solve all the problems of Nigeria in one day, they would have done it in the 60s. It’s a continuum,” he said.


“As the population is growing, the problem will continue to grow. As Nigeria is growing, the problem will continue to grow. So problems will never disappear from the face of the earth.”

But Ken Olugbo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who was also on the programme, tackled Igbokwe over Buhari’s performance in office.

Okolugbo said the current administration has not fared well in its cardinal promises, lamenting the economic situation.

Olugbo compared previous PDP administrations with the APC government and admitted that his party made some mistakes.
He said despite that, the PDP performed better in office than the current administration.
Thecable
02:55

Flush out bad Fulani from Enugu State – Bishop advises Buhari


Against the backdrop of the Thursday’s killing of a priest in Enugu State, the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Most Rev Dr. Callistus Onaga, has called on the government to as a matter of urgency flush out “bad Fulanis” from the state.



DAILY POST recalls that Rev. Fr. Paul Offu, aged 49, was murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be herders, on August 1, 2019, along Ihe-Agbudu road in Awgu local government area of Enugu state.

His death came barely five months after Rev. Fr. Clement Ugwu, the Parish Priest of St. Mark Catholic Church, Obinofia in Ezeagu local government area of the state was murdered at the parish compound.

Bishop Onaga, while speaking after a special holy mass by the Catholic fateful held at Holy Ghost Cathedral Enugu, on Sunday, said such step would stem the tide of killings, kidnapping and rape of women in the state.

The event was organized to pray for peace and security in Nigeria and Enugu state in particular, as well as mourn their slain priests, lay brothers and sisters in recent time.

In a statement entitled, “Enough is Enough: A Message from the Catholic Diocese of Enugu”, the Catholic Church tasked the state government to effectively equip the vigilante groups to provide protection and security for their various localities.

Bishop Onaga also announced that the slain Catholic Priest, Fr Offu, in charge of St. James The Greater Parish, Ugbawka in Nkanu East Local Government Area, would be buried on August 20.

He challenged the government to formulate policies and enact laws that would checkmate the atrocities being meted on the people.



According to the Bishop, “We seem to be living in a state of anarchy, total breakdown of law and order. In recent times, an alarming number of our people – including priests and government officials has been killed by these murderers.

“The rate of kidnappings has continued to increase both in the villages and in cities. The demand of outrageous ransom and the inability of the victims to pay, have led to outright killings.

“In this era of technology, the deployment of surveillance devices has become very necessary in our effort to combat these security threats.

“Community leaders should desist from actions that would be inimical to the security of their people and any betrayal must be seriously sanctioned. Security agents should not betray the information entrusted to them for the security of the people.

“Traditional Leaders, Town Unions and various youth organizations must work together and speak with one voice in order for the security measures they put in place to be effective and successful. Our people must know that they are part of actions to provide security and should say something when they see something.



“Government should formulate policies and enact laws that would checkmate these atrocities that are being meted out on our people, while it should provide counselling and other services to victims of herdsmen attack.”

Bishop Onaga enjoined the people of Enugu State to embark on intensive prayers, saying “unless the Lord builds the house, they labour in vain who build it. We must continue to ask the Lord to be with us in this sad moment of our lives.

“Every family in the Diocese should pray one mystery of the Rosary every day for the security of our Diocese.”

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