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Arotile’s death: Buhari ‘wept’

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President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned with the family of the flying officer Tolulope Arotile, describing her as a promising officer, whose short stay on earth impacted greatly on the nation, especially in peace and security.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, saluted Arotile’s bravery in the field to protect the country from the onslaught of bandits and terrorists, assuring that her memory will be indelible, and her efforts remembered.

He commiserated with the Nigerian Air Force, airmen, airwomen, and all friends of the deceased, recalling her deft skills in maneuvering combat helicopters, which he had physically witnessed with pride.

“The President sympathises with government and people of Kogi State on the loss.

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“President Buhari prays that the Almighty God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort the family she left behind”.

The late Tolulope Arotile. Photo: Twitter@Nigerian Air Force.

Arotile died on July 14, 2020, as a result of head injuries sustained from a road traffic accident at NAF Base Kaduna.

Her death comes eight months after she was commissioned as Nigeria’s first female combat helicopter pilot.


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President Buhari backs Keyamo on 774,000 jobs recruitment

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has given Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, the go ahead to recruit 774, 000 Nigerians under the Special Public Works Progamme (SPW).

The National Assembly had told Keyamo to halt action on the planned recruitment, as the minister did not consult them before embarking on such move.

They accused the Minister of trying to hijack the scheme from the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), the implementing agency of the project.

But Keyamo said on Tuesday that the president had given him unfettered go ahead on the recruitment.

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“I have the instructions of my boss, Mr. President, to proceed unhindered,” Keyamo said in a text message to The Nation.

The lawmakers had invited Keyamo in June to give details of the Special Public Works Programme where 774,000 people would be recruited by the Federal Government under the National Directorate of Employment (NDE).

The employment will be for three months, from October till December.

During the meeting which was held at the National Assembly in Abuja, members of the Senate and House of Representatives Joint Committee on Labour sought to find out the method of selection of a 20-man committee from each state for the programme.

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However, a heated argument erupted between committee members and Keyamo over who should head the programme which was to be domiciled under the NDE.

A rowdy session followed.

The committee decided to go into a closed-door session to discuss the matter, but the minister refused, insisting that further discussions be held in the presence of journalists.

This enraged the lawmakers who told Keyamo to apologise to the committee, but he ignored them.

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Thereafter, the minister was asked to leave the meeting since he refused to apologise to the committee members.

Muhammadu Buhari & Ahmed Lawan

The lawmakers claimed that Keyamo has no right to direct the committee on how to conduct its proceedings.

This comes a day after the minister inaugurated a 20-man committee in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by virtual means.

According to him, 1,000 persons would be selected from each of the 774 local government areas in the country to be engaged by the government in the Special Public Works Programme.


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BGT, NLNG get new boards under Buhari’s approval

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the newly reconstituted board of Nigeria Liquified Natural Gas(NLNG) and Bonny Gas Transport Limited ( BGT).

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, made the disclosure in a statement in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the current board members had been in office since 2005, hence the need for new people to bring new ideas into the system.

According to him, the new board members for the NLNG include Dr. Edmund Daukoru as Chairman, Mr Henry lkem-Obih as a Member, and Dr. Rabiu Sulaiman as a Member.

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Other Members include the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Corporation (NNPC), Malam Mele Kyari and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Mr Bitrus Nabasu.

He also said that Daukoru was also approved as the President of the Board of BST while Doyin Akinyanju and Abdul Abba are members.

The minister noted that Kyari and Nabasu were also members of the board.

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“I will like to use this opportunity to thank the chairman and other outgoing board members of NLNG for steering the companies to record successes, particularly the Train 7 FID.

“l wish the exiting members good health and more successes in their future endeavors.

“To the incoming members of the board, I congratulate you on this appointment; your selection is based on your experience, integrity, and expertise.

“I, therefore, urge you to bring all these to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities in line with the progressive agenda of Mr President,” he said.

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However, some of the new board members had worked in the industry in the past.

President Muhammadu Buhari

Daukoru was a former Minister of State for Energy and also Secretary-General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries in 2006.

He became the Amayanabo, or traditional ruler, of the Nembe Kingdom in 2008.

Also, Ikem-Obih was a former Chief Operating Officer, Downstream of the NNPC, and Rabiu a former Group Executive Director at the corporation.


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Lawyer blames Buhari to have kept Magu as EFCC boss for 5 years

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A former Vice President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Victor Ubani on Monday faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping suspended graft chief, Ibrahim Magu in charge of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for five years without being confirmed by the Senate.

Ubani, who was speaking on Media tv (known to Noble Reporters Media), said the President should have sought confirmation from the Senate or replaced Magu.

“If you look at the act that created the office of the chairmanship of the EFCC, there is no room for acting capacity,” Ubani said. “Even though people will want to have recourse to the interpretation that if you have power to appoint, you also have the power to put someone in acting capacity.”

Ubani added that, ideally, an acting Chairman should not have been in running for the permanent position.

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“In America, if they want to send the name of someone in acting capacity to the senate for confirmation, they will remove that individual and bring in somebody else, pending the time the Senate will confirm or reject,” he said.

“But what happened in Magu’s case is that you sent him for confirmation and the Senate rejected him, and you now kept him in acting capacity for five years. Even if someone has to serve in acting capacity, it shouldn’t be up to a year because there must be confirmation as required by law.”

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday affirmed the suspension of Mr Magu as acting Chairman of the EFCC.

Magu’s suspension by the President, which takes immediate effect, was announced in a statement from the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

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The minister’s Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Umar Gwandu, who signed the statement, explained that the presidential directive was to allow for an unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act and other relevant laws.

President Muhammadu Buhari

He also revealed that President Buhari has directed the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, to take charge and oversee the activities of the commission.

Meanwhile, Mr Magu, through his lawyer, has since written to the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to release him on bail after spending several days in detention.


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Nigerian govt congratulate Kamaru Usman amid his win to retain UFC title

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• Buhari Congratulate Kamaru Usman •


President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kamaru Usman over successful UFC welterweight title defense against Jorge Masvidal.

Buhari through a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser, Garba Shehu, said that Usman lifted spirits in this COVID-19 with his win.

“As the first African-born and Nigerian UFC Champion, President Buhari commends the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon, proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands, and reminding the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria.

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“While the global COVID-19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations, the President is delighted and gratified that our welterweight champion has lifted our spirits with another professional performance proving that things will surely get better at the fullness of time when we remain committed to our vision”, the statement read.


• How Kamaru Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal to retain UFC welterweight title •


Kamaru Usman has successfully retained his welterweight championship by defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251, but it’s safe to say fans are far from happy with regards to his performance.

The Nigerian Nightmare made it his main goal to stop and nullify his opponent, which he did so by grappling and tackling to the mat, as well as holding him up against the cage and restricting Masvidal from doing basically anything.

There were also A LOT of toe stomps going on, which received the meme treatment on social media throughout and after the fight.

Despite having a change of opponent very last minute, the Nigerian got the job done and left Fight Island with his belt still wrapped firmly round his waist.

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The main event in Abu Dhabi was supposed to be Usman vs Gilbert Burns, but after he and his coach tested positive for coronavirus, they had to withdraw from fight night.

With president Dana White refusing to let that ruin the event, he went in search of a replacement, and in stepped Masvidal.

Despite such short notice and despite having to lose 20 pounds in a week, the American agreed to the fight.

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However, it was all too much for him come fight night, as Usman got the job done and retained his belt.

The victory for the champion leaves him with a professional record of 17 wins and just the one defeat, whilst Masvidal now has a record of 35 wins and 14 defeats.

Dancing and singing his way to the Octagon, it was clear that the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ was in confident mood, and that showed inside the cage as well.

Yes he was heavy criticised, and yes fans were bored and left unimpressed with the fight itself, but you have to give props to the champion, he did what he needed to do and scored a resounding victory via unanimous decision.


#NobleSport

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Africa Anti-corruption Day: Buhari calls on Asset Recovery

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African leaders to ensure the immediate actualization of the Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR), as the continent celebrates Anti-Corruption Day, July 11, 2020.

In a letter to South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of African Union, the Nigerian leader asked for a re-commitment to the anti-corruption war by leaders on the continent to engender an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

The President laments that “the massive corruption being perpetrated across our national governments has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that have worsened the socioeconomic and political situation in Africa.”

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The letter by President Buhari reads in part:

“As Your Excellency is aware, the continental fight against corruption has been premised on an irreducible minimum that can pave the way for Africa’s transformation. In this effort, the emphasis has been on the continent’s collective determination to forge resilient partnerships among our national governments, civil society organizations and other interest groups, such as women, youth and the physically challenged, to ensure improved socio-economic, political and security development and ultimately, the improvement of our continent.

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari

“The concern of the African Union is that the massive corruption being perpetrated across our national governments has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that have worsened the socio-economic and political situation in Africa.

“Your Excellency may recall that these continental concerns led our colleagues at the African Union, to appoint my humble self as the African Union Anti-Corruption Champion. I believe that the efforts and focus of the Nigerian Government at home, partly informed this decision as well as the need for Africa, as a continent, to recommit herself to the fight against corruption and the imperative to free resources for meaningful development.

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“I am, therefore, in full support of the call for the issuance of a continental message to commemorate this day, on July 11, 2020, to re-commit the African Union to the continental fight against corruption, including through a robust approach to assets recovery, hence the need for a strategic framework on a Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR).

“Happily, in February 2020, at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, CAPAR was adopted. In my view, the African Union must go beyond the mere annual celebration of the Africa Anti-Corruption Day by moving swiftly to operationalize the African Common Position on Assets Recovery by all member states. This is an excellent way to drive Africa’s Agenda 2063, for an ‘integrated, prosperous, and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.’

“As current Chair of our Union, I sincerely commend to you, this suggestion that seeks to call our leaders in Africa to recommit ourselves to this very important task of reclaiming our continent from the vice of systemic corruption.
“Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration.”


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[Nigeria] Buhari order DSS to probe Magu in 2018

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Unknown to Ibrahim Magu, President Muhammadu Buhari had directed the Department of State Services (DSS) to investigate him as far back as 2018, TheCable can report.

The DSS, which has a financial crimes unit, played the central role in unearthing the allegations for which the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is now facing a presidential probe.

The president was said to have been shocked when the DSS provided a comprehensive dossier on Magu which was “damning”.

“If Magu was a man who can read the signs, he should have asked himself why the president did not re-present his name to the senate for confirmation as EFCC chairman since the new national assembly was inaugurated,” a senior presidential source told TheCable.

The current senate has never turned down any nominee of the president, unlike the previous one which refused to confirm Magu.

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However, it would appear Magu eventually got wind of the moves against him as he tried to ingratiate himself with the president.

“He came to the mosque at the presidential villa to say Jumaat prayers along with the president on June 5, but the president was not very comfortable with it,” the source said.

The audit committee, made up of (L-R) Lijadu, Nami and Bibigha, was inaugurated on November 22, 2017

“President Buhari prefers to pray with his family and personal aides, so he was not happy when Magu wangled his way to the mosque after the partial lifting of lockdown.

“An instruction was then issued that he should not be allowed to come to the mosque.”

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The trigger for the DSS investigation, according to the source, was the report of the presidential committee on audit of recovered assets.

The three-member committee was inaugurated on November 22, 2017 by Buhari to audit all assets recovered by agencies of the federal government from May 29, 2015 when his government was inaugurated.

The committee was headed by Olufemi Lijadu, with Mohammad Nami and Gloria Bibigha as members.

Lijadu is now the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) while Nami was appointed chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

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Bibigha works in the office of the auditor-general of the federation.

The committee submitted its report six months behind schedule because of the extent of the work, and the aspect on EFCC “took the president by surprise”.

Magu prayed at the presidential villa on June 5 – much to Buhari’s discomfort

The report said the EFCC reported a total naira equivalent of N46,038,882,509.87, while the naira equivalent of the foreign currency lodgements were N37,533,764,195.66, “representing a shortfall of N8,505,118,314.21″.

“These inconsistencies cast a serious doubt on the accuracy of figures submitted by the EFCC. It is the committee’s view that the EFCC cannot be said to have fully accounted for cash recoveries made by it,” the report noted.

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“While EFCC reported total Naira recoveries of N504,154,184,744.04, the actual bank lodgements were N543,511,792,863.47. These discrepancies mean that EFCC’s actual lodgement exceeded its reported recoveries by N39,357,608,119.43.”

Buhari immediately asked the DSS to investigate Magu.

While DSS identified several properties allegedly owned by Magu in Dubai, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) played a major role in providing intelligence on his alleged financial dealings.

NFIU, the central national agency that handles disclosures and intelligence in the financial sector, used to be under the EFCC but was excised and made an independent body in July 2018 despite Magu’s opposition.


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Buhari, NASS should seize payment of N15bn to NDDC contractors – Lawyer

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He said the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission had thrown caution to the wind and was about to pay for jobs not done.


Godwin Ojeh, a Nigerian lawyer, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to stop the payment of N15bn to contractors of the Niger Delta Development Commission over alleged corruption.

He said the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission had thrown caution to the wind and was about to pay for jobs not done.

He said, “The committee is processing the payment of a whopping amount of N15bn on spurious contracts in the name of ‘’Destiling of Waterways’’. Is the 2020 budget of the commission ready? Where are they spending from?

Niger Delta Development Commision (NDDC) Building, Port Harcourt.Google/Charles Megafu

“Recently, the Senate set up an ad hoc committee to probe the Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission over alleged mismanagement of N40bn.

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“The Senate also requested for 2019 budgetary performance. The commission doesn’t have the power to expend public money. There is no budgetary provision.”

In a tone suggestive of his hatred for corruption, the Benin-based lawyer asked the National Assembly and the executive arm of the government to stop the commission from wasting the country’s resources.

‘’There is no greater danger to the development of the Niger Delta region than the payments for fictitious contracts,” he added.


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Former NDDC MD makes damning revelations about Godswill Akpabio | Video

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Former Acting Managing Director of Interim Management Committee of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Joy Nunieh has made some damning allegations against the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

The former Acting MD addressed the press after she appeared before the Senate ad hoc Committee investigating NDDC.

Nunieh in the interview recounted her alleged ordeal in the hands of Akpabio before she was removed as the NDDC MD.

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that President Muhammadu Buhari had in February 2020 reorganized the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), replacing Barrister Joy Nunieh with Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, as Acting Managing Director.

Buhari also approved the enlargement of the IMC from three to five.

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She said “Nobody makes any payment in NDDC without Godswill Akpabio’s approval. When we first came, on the day of the inauguration, he said to me in the car, ‘Madam MD, if you don’t do what I say, the same pen with which I used to sign your paper is the same pen I’ll use to remove you.

“He said the first thing I should do when I get to Port Harcourt is to change the dollars in the NDDC account. I was scared to do that and he claimed that I have a poverty mentality that I’m afraid of money. All of you knew that he accused me of refusing to spend money. It is strange today, it’s about money.

“After that, he came to Port Harcourt two days after the inauguration and told me that the first thing I should do was to change the dollars.

The former Acting MD further accused Akpabio of pressuring her to take the oath of loyalty, but she resisted

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“He told me to take an oath. Though he denied that, he told me, three times until we had a reconciliation at the Villa in the office of Mr. Abba who is the S.A. to the President on domestics.

“In that meeting was Alhaji Maikano and he said the only condition is when I take the oath and I didn’t take the oath and will never take it.

Joy Neueih – Former NDDC MD

“After that, he said, he was going to remove me and he started the campaign of calumny against me. I didn’t even answer him because the fact will speak for itself.

“I refuse to go with him to the FEC meeting to deceive Mr. President and the reason is because the law says if I contravene a section of the procurement Act, it’s five years imprisonment without an option of fine.

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“So if I had gone with him to deceive Mr. President I would have been in trouble because they said it’s the 2020 budget, but Akpabio went and got approval when the budget was not ready.

“One of the issues raised against me was that I awarded contracts without them knowing about it. Am sure that is what they told you people yesterday.

“Apparently, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh never sits in the office, so he never knows the workings and the bureaucracy of payments in the office.

“One, I am just a viewer of a platform that made payments in NDDC. There are different steps to take before payments are made in NDDC. One, there is the issue of Lassa fever which obviously they didn’t carry that one along.

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“Nobody makes payments in NDDC without Godswill Akpabio’s consent.

He said I remove Mr. Katulgo from the legal department and send him on compulsory retirement and he said we cannot have a northerner as head of the legal unit.

“I said, I cannot do that. I do not have the powers because I am just an IMC. It’s a criminal offense, and against public service rules for me to do that. He said I should repost all other directors that refused to take his instruction during my predecessor’s time, that is the person who was there before I came.

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“So, he came and asked me to draft a letter on my letterhead implicating Senator Peter Nwaoboshi for collecting contracts in NDDC. I told him that I will not do that. I am a lawyer and who alleges must prove. He said Senator Nwaoboshi is giving us trouble and besides he didn’t recognize the IMC. I said I will not do that letter. He said I was ungrateful and I refused to do that letter.

“Dr. Cairo now said he will do the letter. He said if Akpabio asked him to kill, he would kill and I said, for me, I will not do that. At that place, there was one Mr. Etiebet who was the only NDDC staff that was present at that meeting. He now asked Dr. Cairo to go and send for letterheads from the office.

“They now went and sent for the letterheads, Dr, Cairo now did a letter which I want to tender at the Ad-hoc Committee before I came late alleging that Senator Nwaoboshi had contracts and I said if I signed any document from me seen by Mr. President, he will believe. So I will only write that the EDP knows about it.

“The next thing he told me is that I should make sure these people leave the procurement. Before I came when he and Festus Keyamo became Ministers, in their first meeting, they awarded 30 contracts of water hyacinths.”


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Corruption: Buhari writes to Ramaphosa; lament

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President Muhammadu Buhari has urged African leaders to ensure the immediate actualization of the Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR), as the continent celebrates Anti-Corruption Day, July 11, 2020.

In a letter to South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Chairman of African Union, the Nigerian leader asked for a re-commitment to the anti-corruption war by leaders on the continent to engender an “integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”

The President laments that “the massive corruption being perpetrated across Africa’s national governments has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that worsen the socioeconomic and political situation in Africa.”

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The letter by President Buhari reads in part:

“As Your Excellency is aware, the continental fight against corruption has been premised on an irreducible minimum that can pave the way for Africa’s transformation. In this effort, the emphasis has been on the continent’s collective determination to forge resilient partnerships among our national governments, civil society organizations and other interest groups, such as women, youth and the physically challenged, to ensure improved socio-economic, political and security development and ultimately, the improvement of our continent.

“The concern of the African Union is that the massive corruption being perpetuated across our national governments has created a huge governance deficit that has in turn created negative consequences that have worsened the socio-economic and political situation in Africa.

President Muhammadu Buhari

“Your Excellency may recall that these continental concerns led our colleagues at the African Union, to appoint my humble self as the African Union Anti-Corruption Champion. I believe that the efforts and focus of the Nigerian Government at home, partly informed this decision as well as the need for Africa, as a continent, to recommit herself to the fight against corruption and the imperative to free resources for meaningful development.

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“I am, therefore, in full support of the call for the issuance of a continental message to commemorate this day, on July 11, 2020, to re-commit the African Union to the continental fight against corruption, including through a robust approach to assets recovery, hence the need for a strategic framework on a Common African Position on Assets Recovery (CAPAR).

“Happily, in February 2020, at the 33rd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union in Addis Ababa, CAPAR was adopted. In my view, the African Union must go beyond the mere annual celebration of the Africa Anti-Corruption Day by moving swiftly to operationalize the African Common Position on Assets Recovery by all member states. This is an excellent way to drive Africa’s Agenda 2063, for an ‘integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens, representing a dynamic force in the international arena.’

“As current Chair of our Union, I sincerely commend to you, this suggestion that seeks to call our leaders in Africa to recommit ourselves to this very important task of reclaiming our continent from the vice of systemic corruption.

“Please accept, Your Excellency and Dear Brother, the assurances of my highest consideration.”]


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Buhari seek cooperation to fight terrorism among ECOWAS countries

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President Muhammadu Buhari has called for more collaboration among countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to effectively fight terrorism in the region.

President Buhari made this call on Saturday during the graduation ceremony of 181 Senior Course 42 officers at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji in Kaduna State.

The President noted that Nigeria, in partnership with its allies, will not relent until the Boko Haram terrorists in the Lake Chad basin and other insurgency group terrorising the West African subregion and the entire continent are completely decimated.

File Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari addresses troops of the Nigerian Army.

Speaking through the Minister of Defense, Major General Bashir Magashi (retired), President Buhari commended the Armed Forces for their continued prompt responses to the numerous security challenges facing the country.

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He was accompanied by Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, and other top military officers.

A total of 181 officers drawn from the Nigerian Army, Airforce, Navy, Police, Paramilitary agencies, and 13 allied students from 10 African countries took part in the 49 weeks senior military course which commenced in August 2019.

The officers had passed through several aspects of training in leadership, public security, command, and staff functions to prepare them for the challenges ahead.


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Buhari’s govt, best in fight against corruption

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A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Segun Osinaga has reacted to the probe of the embattled boss of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over allegations of corrupt practices.

Osinaga, who was a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is the best administration in fighting corruption in Nigeria’s history.

“This government has done tremendously well in fighting corruption; the pieces of evidence are there. We have seen how much money (has been recovered).

“No government in the history of Nigeria has done more in fighting corruption than this government. Don’t forget that. And of course, things can be done better.

“A person like Mr Magu should have gone through periodic reviews, checks, and balances. In that way, you could check things. So those are missing,” he said.

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While describing Magu’s travails as a tragedy that has befallen Nigeria, he regretted that it is unfortunate the situation has come to this level.

He noted that President Buhari has put aside partisan politics by suspending and constituting a panel to quiz the EFCC boss, a development that has renewed his administration’s quest to fighting corruption.

APC Member, Segun Osinaga, says President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is the best administration to fight corruption in Nigeria’s history. He disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on July 10, 2020.

According to the APC member, the suspended boss of the anti-graft agency has wielded so much ‘enormous powers’ without ‘checks and balances’ over the past five years.

Going further, he described the situation as very tragic, noting that since he assumed office as EFCC acting Chairman, there have been so many complaints.


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Buhari approve Magu’s suspension

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the immediate suspension of Ibrahim Magu as Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to allow for unhindered inquiry by the Presidential Investigation Panel under the Tribunals of Inquiry Act & other relevant laws.

This is contained in a statement issued by Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice made available to newsmen on Friday the 10th day of July, 2020.

Ibrahim Magu

According to the statement, President Buhari has also approved that the EFCC Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar, should take charge and oversee the activities of the Commission pending the conclusion of the ongoing investigation and further directives in that regards.


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[Nigeria] PMB sign 2020 revised budget friday

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will sign into law the revised 2020 budget for the country on Friday, a presidential aide has said.

“President @MBuhari will tomorrow, sign into law the revised 2020 budget passed by the National Assembly last month,” Bashir Ahmed tweeted on Thursday evening.

The National Assembly in June passed an increased budget for 2020 as Nigeria tackles the new coronavirus pandemic and a sharp fall in the price of oil – Nigeria’s biggest source of revenue from export.

The budget, which was proposed by the federal government sought to reduce Nigeria’s 2020 budget from N10.6 trillion to N10.5 trillion, was, however, increased by the lawmakers.

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The budget was increased to N10.8 billion, higher than the initial approved budget in December 2019.

The review of the budget was necessitated by the impact of the COVID-19 which has adversely affected the oil price and, by extension, the revenue projections of the government.

From the revised budget, N422 billion was earmarked for statutory transfers, while N4.9 trillion was for recurrent expenditure.

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Capital expenditure will take N2.4 trillion and N2.9 trillion, about a quarter of the budget, will be used to service debt.

N500 billion was earmarked as intervention funds for the fight against COVID-19, while the health sector got N186 billion allocation.

The budget assumes oil production at 1.9 million barrels per day (bpd). Oil prices have recovered from a 20-year low of just under $16 per barrel hit in March.

However, Nigeria has also agreed to limit its oil output to 1.412 million bpd as part of a deal with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers. That agreement was extended through the end of July.


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Buhari still appointing northerners to key political positions – HURIWA

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Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, HURIWA, has described the reported appointment of the Federal Capital Territory Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma, as acting chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as the continuation of the northernization agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The rights group said the President’s decision offends section 14(3) of the 1999 constitution on the Federal Character Principles.

HURIWA, in a statement to Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) on Thursday by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, said this skewed appointments tilted towards favouring only Hausa/Fulani Northern Muslim has reaching consequences on the unity and cohesion of the country.

HURIWA noted that these Hausa/Fulani individuals who have in the last five years dominated the entire internal security and law enforcement agencies have failed to discharge their duties professionally and periodically.

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The rights group pointed out that the Nigerian Customs Service, the Nigerian Immigration Services, the Nigerian Prisons, the Nigerian Police and now the EFCC are all headed by individuals drawn from just from one religion and one region of the country.

“Let it be clearly spelt out from onset that we in HURIWA have nothing against the very distinguished and performance minded FCT Commissioner of Police in the person of Alhaji Ciroma Bala.

“HURIWA respects him as a thoroughbred Police officer. This is because there is little doubt that he has performed to the best of his ability to police the nation’s capital even with intermittent violent crises happening in the seat of power, but our position is that appointing another northerner to head the EFCC will make it look like all the top echelons of the security forces and law enforcement agencies must be mostly Northerners and Moslems.

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“This unconstitutional practice that has gone on since 2015 is illegal and absolutely intolerable. Nigerian security and law enforcement agencies must not be headed by mostly Northerners in a federation that is made up of a collection of diverse ethnic-religious communities.

HURIWA said it is both unconstitutional and unethical to make appointment choices from only one region when there are three dominant Ethnic groups with over 300 other smaller nationalities and there are Moslems, Christians, African Traditional Religion Adherents, and Atheists in Nigeria.

HURIWA

According to the group, it seems the President is rudderless and helpless to act apparently fearing a backlash he would receive from his Muslim constituency, who according to it, “do not own Nigeria.”

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that a presidential committee is currently probing the activities of EFCC under Magu.

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This followed an indictment by the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

On Monday, Magu was picked up by security operatives said to be from the Department of State Services, DSS, and taken to the Presidential Villa, Abuja as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dele Oyewale, however, said Magu was invited for questioning.

The EFCC announced yesterday that its Director of Operations, Mohammed Umar will oversee the affairs of the commission in the absence of its suspended acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu.


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Hanan Buhari’s Sim Card: DSS appeal N10m

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Following a N10m judgment delivered by a Federal High Court in the case involving the purchase of a SIM card previously owned by the President’s daughter, Hanan Buhari, the Department of State Services has now filed an appeal.

Justice Nnamdi Dimgba had in May ordered the DSS to pay a trader, Anthony Okolie, who was detained for 10 weeks without charge for buying Hanan’s old SIM card.

Okolie subsequently filed a human rights suit against the DSS, Hanan, and telecoms firm, MTN.

While the court absolved Hanan and MTN of blame, it ordered the DSS to pay Okolie N10m for trampling on his rights.

After winning the case, Okolie’s lawyer, Mr Tope Akinyode, vowed to recover the judgment debt and threatened to institute contempt proceedings against the Director-General of the DSS over non-payment.

However, the DSS has lodged an appeal over its defeat and the security agency is seeking to obtain a stay of execution to bar Okolie from enforcing payment of the judgment sum until the appeal is determined.

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Reacting to the development, Akinyode, who is also the National President of Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum, said the application for stay of execution would be opposed and his client would be asking the court to compel the DSS to pay the judgment sum into an interest yielding account to be designated by the court.

The lawyer said, “We are vehemently opposing the application for stay of execution. It’s a frivolous ploy by the SSS to delay payment. We will be asking the court to compel them to make payment into an interest yielding account designated by the court and whoever wins at the appellate court will harvest the money.

“Also we’ll be cross appealing against the remaining two defendants, especially the daughter of the president about who we were able to place convincing evidence of her involvement before the trial court.”

The case has been fixed for July 7, 2020, for argument by the parties.


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Dambatta get Buhari’s appointment for second time

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President Muhammadu Buhari has reappointed Professor Umar Garba Dambatta as the Executive Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

Senate President Ahmad Lawan made this known on Tuesday at plenary when he read Buhari’s letter of request for the screening and confirmation of Dambatta as EVC/CEO of NCC.

According to the letter, the reappointment of Dambatta as the Executive Vice Chairman and Cheif Executive Officer of NCC is for a second term of five years in office.

Prof Umar Garba Dambatta

Recall with Noble Reporters Media that the President had appointed Dambatta, a professor of telecommunications technology, four years ago to head the country’s communication regulatory body.


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Buhari govt legalised corruption – Reno

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Reno Omokri, an ex-aide to former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has claimed that corruption has become official under President Muhammadu Buhari.

Omokri stated this while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics yesterday.

Although he admitted that mistakes were made in previous administrations, he insisted things have only become worse under this current government.

“When you compare this administration with former President Jonathan’s government or Yaradua’s government, yes, there was some corruption there; it’s a human government.

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“But the difference between that government and this government is that under Jonathan, there was corruption, in this administration, corruption is official,” Omokri said.

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari & Reno Omokri

Noble Reporters Media learnt that the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has given Buhari 14 days, to instruct the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, and anti-corruption agencies to probe an alleged missing N300 billion.

The body based its demand on the audited report by the AGF in 2017.


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[Nigeria] Akeredolu, Buhari’s govt the same – Pastor Giwa

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Senior Pastor of Awaiting The Second Coming Of Jesus Christ Ministry, Adewale Giwa has described the administration of the Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu as the most insincere and selfish the state has ever witnessed.

Giwa claimed that Akeredolu was governing Ondo State the same way President Muhammadu Buhari was ruling Nigeria.

He said Akeredolu’s administration also lacked accountability.

The pastor who spoke while addressing his members also pointed out that Akeredolu can only win the coming All Progressives Congress, APC, primary election through the back door.

He said indirect primary was the only form of election that could make Akeredolu get the ticket of the All Progressives Congress.

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The cleric said the people of Ondo State had made up their minds to vote out the administration of Akeredolu.

A statement he signed and sent to Media reads: “As you all know, we have been experiencing bad governance in Ondo State since Governor Akeredolu and his family took over.

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

“We have never experienced this kind of senseless and selfish government before. No accountability, no sincerity. What kind of government is this?

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“They are governing Ondo State the way president Buhari is ruling Nigeria. Let me tell you that governor Akeredolu can only get the ticket of the party through the back door.

“He can only win the ticket of his political party through indirect primary election. If he rigs himself in through the indirect primary, the people of Ondo State will vote him out through the governorship election.

“The primary election is meant for politicians or party loyalists while the citizens of the state determine who wins the governorship election.

“APC should forget Ondo State if Akeredolu secures the ticket of the party. Ondo people cannot continue to serve Governor Akeredolu, his children, wife and in-laws.”


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Bring back remaining chibok girls – Group to Buhari

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The Middle Belt Forum (MBF) on Sunday reminded the Federal Government of rescuing the remaining 112 Chibok School girls who were kidnapped by the terrorist group, Boko Haram.

MBF also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the destroyed school where the girls were kidnapped from, be completely rebuilt and open for prospective school-age children as the Chibok School is the only secondary school in Chibok LGA.

On April 14, 2014, Boko Haram terrorists invaded a school while students were writing their final Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) and abducted 219 school girls.

According to MBF, the girls were rescued in two batches of 21 and 82, while four escaped individually at different times within the six years of their captivity in the terrorists’ den.

MBF said: “The rescued girls, comprising 103 in number, were initially transferred to the Women Development Centre, Abuja, where they underwent Psychosocial Support (PSS) and treatment for Post Stress Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) facilitated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)”.

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A statement in Abuja by the MBF’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr Isuwa Dogo read: “The attention of the Middle Belt Forum (MBF) has been drawn to the complete neglect of the rescue of the remaining 112 Chibok school girls out of a total number 219 abducted by Boko Haram terrorists while writing their final Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) on April 14, 2014.

“Since May 2017 when they were rescued, rehabilitated and sent to the American University of Nigeria (AUN), Yola, to prepare them to rewrite their SSCE, and proceed to various pre-degree programmes, neither the re-siting of the SSCE nor the pre-degree programme seen the light of day. The inability of the Federal Government and those directly responsible for the welfare and progress of the rescued girls to monitor and evaluate their level of Educational progress have cast a bleak on the future of the girls.

“Consequently, some of the rescued girls got frustrated and abandoned their studies, with some of them even married off. Presently, no fewer than 10 of the girls have since dropped out, and there are fears that more may not return after the easing off of the current COVID-19 lockdown.

A procession of parents of the abducted Chibok Girls, demanding Nigeria’s help in rescuing their children in Abuja

“It is sad that the Presidency which had shown great enthusiasm on the fate of the girls when the sum of $2 million released by the UNFPA under the Safe School Initiatives that was promoted by the UNICEF Education Ambassador and former UK Prime Minister, Mr Gordon Brown, has remained a mirage in salvaging the careers of the rescued girls.

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“Despite advice by the parents of the girls, the Chibok Community and the#BringBackOurGirls advocacy group that the Office of the Vice President be charged with the responsibility of monitoring the education of the kidnapped girls, the Federal Government maintained deaf ears and transferred the matter to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs.

“It is ill-fated that the Federal Government abdicated its responsibility in fulfilling its obligations to the girls as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari. More worrisome, the government has refused to allow well-meaning individuals and organizations to come to the aid of the girls. The Forum recalls that both local and international organizations attempted to bring respite and rescue the career of these girls from the dunghill of hopelessness and despair.

“With the support of some local bodies, some of the 57 girls who initially escaped in the first few days of abduction have since completed their degree programmes in various Universities in the United States of America. It is a tragedy of unspeakable proportion that these girls who ought to have attracted the sympathy of the government have been mistreated and left at sixes and sevens. In the face of continued dark clouds of hopelessness hovering over them, we call on President Buhari to intervene and save the academic careers of these girls”.

“The future can only be brightened through the education of citizens. The confusion that has trailed the academic careers of these rescued school girls should be resolved. We call on President Buhari to ensure the safe return of the remaining 112 school girls who are still under the captivity of Boko Haram”.


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Yakubu Pam get FG’s appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday approved the appointment of Rev. Yakubu Pam as the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC).

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

Until his appointment, Pam was the Chairman of the Plateau State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board.

Yakubu Pam

He hails from Gyel, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State and holds a first degree in Christian Education.


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