​Why Buhari didn’t transmit power to Osinbajo – Presidency

The Presidency said on Tuesday President Muhammadu Buhari would rule the country from the United Kingdom where is expected to undergo a medical check-up.

The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, who stated this when he featured in a Channels Television programme, Politics Today, added that the President does not need to transmit power to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo because he would be in the UK for only 14 days.

He said the law only requires the President to transmit power to his deputy if he is spending more than 21 days outside the country.

The presidential aide insisted that President Buhari has not contravened the laws of the land by not transmitting power to Osinbajo while away from the country for a few days.

Shehu said: “He (Buhari) will continue from wherever he is.

“The requirement of the law is that if the President is going to be absent in the country for 21 days and more, then that transmission is warranted. In this particular instance, it is not warranted.

“We pray that no emergency will arise that will make him spend more than 21 days in the UK.”

President Buhari left the country for London on Tuesday for what the Presidency described as a “routine medical check-up.”

He is expected to return to the country next month.

Kaduna Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Execute Projects to Battle COVID-19, others

The Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital Kaduna has executed projects worth hundreds of millions of naira aim at combating COVID-19 and mental illness.

Projects executed are in two categories COVID 19 and other projects executed via internally generated revenue and Government assisted. COVID 19 projects include provision of Personal Protective Equipment to all service rendering staff, construction of Modular Laboratory, provision of ten bedded intensive care units with four dialysis machines along with 10 ventilators.

Other projects under COVID 19 are provision of 2 new ambulances, construction of isolation centre with Intensive Care Unit.

Speaking after inspection of projects, the Medical Director Professor Jika Yusuf who commended the Governing Board under the Leadership of Ambassador Babagana Ajimi expressed satisfaction on the level of work done and observation of COVID-19 protocols in the Hospitals. He revealed that projects executed will be judiciously utilized to tackle COVID -19 in the state and beyond.

Other projects executed through internally Generated revenue and also sponsored by Federal Government include Administrative block, New Drug ward, New Emergency blocks, 2blocks of classroom, and offices.

Drug Ward Rehabilitation ward is an abandoned project of 2006 by previous administrations and the Medical Director was able to complete it in record time of 6months. Internally generated revenue was used to renovates all dilapidated suck away toilets, bedsheets, beds, mattresses, broken windows, Hospital fence

​Insecurity: lnterfaith Media Forum Urges Govt To Be Proactive ln Securing Schools

The lnterfaith Mediation Centre,monthly Forum with Media on Peace Journalism has urged government to ensure that both public and private schools are secured in the state to protect the students and their teachers from the risk of been kidnapped.

The forum further called on Kaduna government to facilitate the safe release of kidnapped Afaka Students of School of forestry Mechanization to ensure they are reunited with their families as soon as possible.

The Interfaith Mediation centre’s Community Initiatives to Promote Peace (CIPP), also condemned the call for the Yoruba community to vacate the north by a northern youth group.

In a communiqué signed by the Co- Executive Directors,Rev Dr James Movel Wuye and Shiekh Imam Nurayn Ashafa at the end of the meeting in Kaduna on tuesday,the forum further lamented the surge and poor welfare of IDPs in the state with a call on government to urgently meet the needs of the displaced persons across the various camps.

The interfaith forum called on ” the Kaduna State government to be proactive by providing security in both public and private schools in the State in order to protect the lives of the students and their teachers.”

The forum further urged the ” Kaduna State government to heed the calls by people to negotiate with the kidnappers/bandits that abducted the students of the Federal Forestry Mechanization College Afaka, Igabi local government area of Kaduna State, so as to pave way for the possible release of the abducted students.”

The forum ” observed that there is an urgent need to educate and enlighten the students about basic security tips so that they can protect their lives.”

They also noted that community leaders and parents should also team up with government so as to win the war against kidnapping/banditry in the State.

According to them,” government should engage recognized civilian joint task force in the State and they should be equipped by the security agencies in the State so as to tackle the security challenge in the State.

Pointing out” that unemployment is the major genesis of insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that there is urgent need to empower the people, especially the youth.

” The lamented that informants in the society has done a lot of harm because the kidnappers/bandit’s in executing their evil acts, and urged them to have the fear of God and also to desist from the act.

“In the Forum an overview within the month of March 2021, noted that kidnapping/banditry activities has increased in Birinin Gwari, Giwa, Zangon Kataf local government areas of Kaduna State.”

The media forum again ” decried over the increase of more IDPs across the country, pointing out that, there urgent need for the governments to come to their humanitarian needs, especially as the raining season is fast approaching.

The statement frowned at the purported ” quit notice given to Yoruba tribe by some youths groups in Northern Nigeria, saying that Nigeria belongs to everybody and there is need to live together for the country to progress.”the stressed

Buhari, NASS Leadership meet over supplementary for security, Covid-19

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met behind closed doors with Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the State House, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the senate president said they deliberated on crucial national issues including the issue of supplementary budget meant to provide for the funding of the COVID-19 vaccination.

He said the supplementary budget would also cater for the logistics and welfare needs of the nation’s security agencies to enable them effectively tackle the challenges of insecurity across the country.

“We have come to meet with Mr. President, to discuss issues of serious national concern. And one of those issues is the issue of supplementary budget.

“Both executive and legislative arms believe that we should have supplementary budget to provide for funding of the COVID-19 vaccination in Nigeria, as well as the security, providing more resources and platforms to our security agencies.

“And today, I’m sure in Nigeria, there are no more grave issues, than COVID-19 and security situation in the country. And I want to take this opportunity to say that the security situation is gradually improving.

“And I’m sure that when we will have more resources to our security agencies will see an even faster recovery of our situation,’’ he said.

On COVID-19 vaccines, Lawan stressed the need for Nigerian scientists to collaborate with other scientists from across the globe to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine locally.

The senate president expressed the readiness of the National Assembly to support such scientific ideas to boost local manufacturing of vaccines in the country.

He stated that local production of the vaccines had become imperative in view of the decisions of some vaccine producing countries not to supply their products to other countries for reasons best known to them.

He said: “As for the COVID, I believe that our country, Nigeria should have some resources for our scientists to collaborate with other scientists from across the globe, to also have our own vaccine.

“Because we can’t rely on what other countries are doing now, every nation to itself, that’s what is happening.

“The US is not allowing vaccines to go out of US. EU is not allowing, AstraZeneca vaccine produced in UK to be sent out of EU. India is not allowing AstraZeneca vaccine they produce to be exported out.

“So where do we go from here? We will have to fall back on our own capacities and abilities. And we have great scientists in this country.

“We have many Nigerians outside Nigeria, who are also helping developing the vaccines in other countries.

“So why don’t you bring them home? Why don’t you put some resources so they will also produce ours locally here and take care of our population, and the  later other African countries especially our neighbours.

“So I believe that we had a very good discussions and interaction with Mr President along those lines.’’

On security challenges, Lawan assured that the National Assembly would continue to approve funds meant to provide more sophisticated equipment and gadgets for security agencies to tackle insurgency sand other criminal activities in the country.

“We’re expecting some APCs from China. And we believe that we’ve not had enough, we still need to approve more resources for the purchase of weapons for our armed forces, because this is the number one priority of government or any government really, to secure  the people, and of course later the welfare.

“So we believe that we will be doing the right thing, if there is a request through supplementary appropriation bill from the presidency or executive arm of government, we’ll look at it and approve.

“Of course, we have to have clear cut definition of how much is going for what, we’re not going to just give approval like that for a general thing. We want to see how the funds will be utilised.

“But it is mandatory that we provide more resources for our armed forces, and they’re doing well,’’ he said.

On his part, Gbajabiamila, who fielded questions on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), said the national assembly was committed to approving the bill by the end of April.

He said: “We made a commitment to the Nigerian people and  that commitment is April, end of April.

“But let me just add that, you know, give or take two three weeks, like he said, may only… because at the time the commitment was made, we didn’t take into cognizance the fact of Easter break and Ramadan is coming up as well.

“We’re still shooting for going for end of April. But we’re not going to straitjacket ourselves into a particular date, when I say end of April, we are talking thereabout, it maybe a week after maybe two weeks after at most, our best.’’

​Yoruba desire to produce next president a collective assignment – Alaafin

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, says the desire of Yoruba to produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023 is a collective assignment.

The monarch has also vowed that Yoruba would defend their land in the interest of Nigeria’s unity, declaring his support for a united Nigeria.

Oba Adeyemi spoke when the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, visited him in his palace in Oyo on Monday.

He lamented the continued failure of the Nigerian system due to worsening insecurity, stating that security should be removed from the exclusive legislative list to allow the state governors to effectively check insecurity.

The monarch, however, expressed regret that state governors described by the constitution as the chief security officers of their individual states “are toothless.”

Alaafin said, “Nigeria is under weak system. The system is no more working. Nigeria’s system of government is failing most especially on security. Security should not be under exclusive legislative list. I’ve attended several fora where security issues are discussed but I used to challenge our state governors. Security wise, they are toothless. If the Inspector General of Police orders for the release of a suspect, no state governor can reverse such order. We have put machineries in place and arrested many kidnappers. We handed them to the police but many of them were later released. This calls for sober reflection.

“The agitation for a one Nigeria is noted in the activities of Oluwo. His assignment to lead a united Council of Yoruba Obas is equally noted. The call for ensuring Yoruba produce the next president is a collective assignment. We will defend our land (Yorubaland) while we lend a voice to one Nigeria. I hereby declare for one Nigeria.”

Alaafin and the Oluwo also warned Nigerians from all sections of the country against making inflammatory statements.

The monarchs, however, bemoaned the destruction of farms by herders and killing of innocent farmers.

Oluwo of Iwo earlier appealed to the Yoruba people to apply wisdom in their agitation for secession, stressing that there is strength in the nation’s diversity.

The monarch also appealed to all Yoruba to support efforts by the region to produce the next president of the country under a united Nigeria, rather that toeing the injurious path of division.
Oba Akanbi challenged secession agitators to recall their representatives in the National Assembly, stressing that was the only way they could convince everyone that they were serious about seceding from the rest of Nigeria.

He described as uncultured statements made against Yoruba monarchs by some of the secession agitators.

The monarch warned the secession agitators abusing some Yoruba royal fathers for not backing their demand for a separate country to exercise caution in their approach to the issue.

​Banditry: You Talk Too Much – CAN Knocks El-rufai

Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN Kaduna State Chapter, has called on Kaduna Governor, Mallam Ahmed Nasir El-rufai, to channel his strength towards generating problem solving ideas, noted that security intelligent gatherings are not public lectures.

CAN Chairman Kaduna State, Rev. Dr. Joseph John Hayap, made the call on Sunday, during the Prayer meeting held at the Albarka Fellowship Baptist Church, Television in kaduna, for the peace of Kaduna State and Nigeria, said no Governor has the Constitutional right to air unguided statement like the El-Rufai’s led government is doin.

Briefing Journalists shortly after the event, Hayap expressed that Governor Nasir El-rufai is causing the citizens a lot of pains, noted that the Governor is not guided by his utterances as a public figure.

“El-rufai is too lousy. There is no where in the Constitution that gives the Governor the right to speak lousy.
“What is the need for Government to come to the media all the time, telling people the number of persons killed on daily basis even with the comprehensive list of their names, is that governance? He asked.”

Hayap said Kaduna people are not interested in press statement, rather they are interested in action from the government.

The Christian Leader, Further lamented over the state of Kaduna and the nation as a whole, noted that the level of insecurity is deteriorating from one bad phase to another.

“The level of insecurity in our country everyday is increasing. When you come out of one you go into another. At the onset of this Banditry attacks when Pastors and others were abducted in the state, we were raising alarm for the government to go after these criminals so they do not gain a good ground. Unfortunately, those who supposed to act responsibly politicized the whole matter and did not do anything about it.

“I think gradually the Bandits and the Kidnappers assumed that the government is on their side and they grow wings, now they are terrorizing everybody because they are learning new tactics everyday. Security Information are not public lectures they are intelligent gathering, highly classified method and tactics and the government have not done this very well. The intelligent gathering around us is too poor that criminals can plan one week, one month and execute their plans and as if nobody knows anything about it. Something is wrong.” He said.

Reacting to the abducted Students of Federal College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna, the Cleric noted that the Governor has implicated himself, noted that same El-rufai had addressed Nigerians in a broadcast that he paid criminals to stop killing, pointed that his current stance of refusing to negotiate with bandits is contradictory to his earlier statement and this is causing the citizenry a lot of pains today.

“This was when we started having issue with the government. Right from the onset, we did not subscribe to negotiate with bandits. But the Governor said to Nigerians that he actually paid criminals to stop killing. So when he came out now to say he will not negotiate, these bandits who heard him that time are just believing that this is gimic. The man is not saying the truth.”

The cleric further noted that “if our Governor can be man enough, let him just say, Gentlemen there was a time I made a statement, I erred, am sorry. Now, I want to lead you as your Governor and am not going to compromise. Then, the bandits will know it is not a feasible game. But when you said this in the morning and said this in the evening, the Bandits will not even know which one is true. They will say, they do not even know what they are saying. I think that is when we keep hammering that we are being governed by press statement instead of action.” He added.

Hayap prayed that the all knowing God would come to the rescue of every Nigerian, noted that the Christian body loves the government but they are not happy only on the ground that they are not doing the right thing.

​Thousands Of APC Supporters Decamp To PDP As Atiku For Nigeria Inaugurates Jigawa Executives

In furtherance of  resolve at getting Nigeria back on track,  the National Leadership of Atiku For Nigeria (AFN), stormed Dutse the capital city of Jigawa where State Executives of Jigawa State Atiku For Nigeria were inaugurated on on Sunday  March 28, 2023.

The event which attracted a massive crowd, saw thousands of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) dump their party for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Atiku For Nigeria national leadership were welcomed by the jubilant people of Jigawa State. 

In an interview with newsmen, the Director General of Atiku For Nigeria said that they were overwhelmed by the crowd that thronged the venue.

“The crowd was intimidating and reassuring. Countless members of APC in the state defected to PDP to further stamp their unprecedented love and support for Atiku Abubakar,” he said. 
Speaking further, he said that Atiku For Nigeria  is on the move and the destination is certain come 2023.

In his remarks, the SA Youth and Support Groups to former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Ambassador Aliyu Bin Abbas commended the national leadership of Atiku For Nigeria.

He said in less than a month after inauguration, they have gone ahead to make their presence felt all over NIgeria.
Those Inaugurated are; Chairman, Hassan Umar Mohammed, Vice Chairman,  Bashir Magaji Ringim, Secretary, Engineer Saminu Shehu Matawalle, Treasurer, Aminu Abdullahi and Auditor Dandogo Gwaram.

Others are Financial Secretary, Mustapha Abdullahi, PRO aliyu Akuranya, Legal Adviser, Barr. Tuwankaltu, Organising Secretary,  Ali Ahmad, Women Leader, Maryam Ismail,  Media Head, Haruna Usman Sarki and Welfare, Zuwaira musa Doko.

2023: North will support Tinubu if he contest for President – Ahmed Kabir

Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Arc. Hon.Ahmed Kabir Abdullahi says the North will fully support former Lagos State governor, Sen. Bola Tinubu, if he decides to contests for president in 2023.

The Commissioner in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna said its support was in the national interest.

Arc. Ahmed Kabir Abdullahi said that the choice of Tinubu was also premised on the sterling records of his achievements, especially in the areas of human development, democracy and peace building.

According to him, Tinubu’s detribalised nature is second to none, judging from the composition of his government as Lagos State governor, which encompassed all tribes.

The Commissioner said this was in addition to the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader’s love for national unity and development.

“If you critically take stock of Nigeria’s past and present leaders and their contributions to human development, you would see that Tinubu believes that the true essence of leadership is planting life-time seeds.

“He is the only leader alive today that has demonstrated such.

“Look at those he has empowered politically and entrepreneurially across the country, you would not but concede to the fact that his definition of leadership is empowerment.

“So, the barometer to measure a true leader is from those he has built, and without mentioning names, the list is endless,” he said.

He explained that Tinubu’s believe in a democratic, peaceful and united Nigeria is unquestionable.

“Without mincing words, Tinubu was frontal to achieving the democracy we are enjoying today.

“Tinubu with other pro-democratic personalities across the country stood firm during the military junta to ensure that Nigeria returned to a democratic government even at the expense of their lives.

“If you carefully consider all he has done for the country so far, you would understand that he is the kind of leader Nigerians presently want,” he said.

The commissioner further maintained that Tinubu has more supporters across the country than he even imagines.

National Integration : Gov. Ganduje Takes Tinubu To Kano Emir’s Palace

    – As Asiwaju commends Kano, Lagos for spearheading integration process 

To help further strengthen national integration for national growth and development, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, takes the former Lagos state governor and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to Kano Emir’s Palace for a courtesy visit to the Emir Aminu Ado Bayero, ahead Tinubu’s Colloquim celebration slated for tomorrow, Monday. 

Governor Ganduje briefed the Emir that, “His Excellency Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Leader of our great party, APC, is in Kano for a special visit to the Emirate, for national cohesion, sight seeing to see our modest development in the state and to attend his Colloquim.”

“In each of his Birthday’s year, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu organises Colloquim, where national issues are taken for deliberations among Nigerians. This shows how concerned he is with the development of this country,” he explained. 

He added that, they were at the Palace, when they found it necessary that, Asiwaju had to pay homage to the “…custodian of culture and religion of the people of Kano state.”

Tinubu appreciated that, “We are happy that the culture, value and good character of our late father, Emir Ado Bayero, are still visible for us, his children to see.”

“We are here to pay courtesy visit to our brother. We are praying for God guidance and good health for the life of this Palace. It is clear to all, that without peace and stability there will be no progress and development,” he reminded. 

He added, “Kano and Lagos states are promoting peace and stability together. This is a good development. God bless you, give you peaceful reign and God Bless Kano state.”

Emir Bayero in his brief remarks said “We are commending you for attending Arewa House, Kaduna, Lecture. This shows how patriotic you are. In the last 5 years I attended similar Colloquim in Lagos. We saw how you (Tinubu) went round places, which shows how you become a unifying factor.”

As the governor was taking Tinubu to inspect some projects in the state, Emir Bayero requested “Your Excellency we are requesting that let the inspection visit be limited to some projects. Because the projects are many, it will take you many days to finish. So please let him go to some and we will go round the remaining for him.”

​Insecurity: Tinubu calls for massive investment to tackle unemployment

Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has called on the Federal Government to invest massively on job creation to tackle insecurity and unemployment in the country.

Tinubu made the appeal in a remark at the opening of the 2021 annual Arewa House Lectures, which he chaired on Saturday in Kaduna.

The lecture was on “Reduction of the Cost of Governance for Inclusive Growth and Youth Development in Northern Nigeria in a Post- COVID-19 era”.

He said that government must urgently think outside of the box in finding solutions to the challenges posed by unemployment.

According to him, the frustration and despair among the youth was largely caused by chronic poverty and breakdown in social institutions.

“Building vital infrastructure such as irrigation and water catchment systems will help agriculture, arrest desertification and provide jobs.

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“Another readily available area primed for investment is the agro allied industry which, for the northern region is particularly advantageous,” he said.

Tinubu added that government must implement a national industrial policy to encourage key industries to begin to employ the country’s growing population.

On the herder and farmer dispute, the former Lagos State Governor said the government “must appreciate that martial security measures alone will not suffice”.

“Problems that are essentially of an economic origin must also have an economic solution.

“Enhanced security may be the necessary first step, but it cannot be the only step.

“We cannot resolve this problem by holding on to one-dimensional answers. We must all be dispassionate in our search for solutions.

“These challenges are multi-faceted and so the solutions must be.

“The issue of insecurity, unemployment and extremism has many things to do with governance, over time. We must tackle our deep and widespread poverty.

“If we limit government’s role under the erroneous assumption that government spending is intrinsically unproductive, then we tether ourselves to failure.”

He also cautioned those advocating for “small government”, advising them to learn from history.

“We would do well to more critically study how other populous nations such as the UK, US, Germany and China charted their course during their formative years.

“You will see that they did not adhere to small government or the purportedly free market.

“Government engaged in massive spending on infrastructure and education while also engaging in policies that protected industrial development and key aspects of the agricultural sector.

“Only when they matured and held advantages over other nations, did the UK and US begin to champion free markets and small government.

“We would do well to understand this history and learn what it means for our own pursuit of development,” Tinubu added.

He also cautioned against the assumption that government spending was unproductive.

“The development of any populous nation has always been dependent on the ability of government to allocate sufficient funds to projects and programs that create and encourage enduring growth and employment.

“We must reject that mode of thinking that assumes government expenditure is inherently unproductive as well as harmful to the overall economy.

“It is not the fact that government expenditure is intrinsically wrong any more than one can say all private sector activity is economically positive.

“Government can be wasteful or it can be the key component to growth just as a private sector business can function profitably or spend itself into bankruptcy.

“The issue is not whether government is spending money or not. The real issue is the economic utility and quality of the expenditure,” the Asiwaju said.

Tinubu suggested fiscal wisdom in running the nation’s economy, which he noted was weak due to the efforts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fiscal wisdom but not necessarily austerity is required for an economy like ours in a time like this, to ensure equitable wealth redistribution and meaningful use of resources.

“The years have shown that the private sector is much too weak to spur the growth we need.

“If the private sector could manage this feat, it would have already done so. Where the private sector is too weak or unable, the government must fill the void.

“This means government must not be afraid to embark on an activist fiscal policy to create jobs, build infrastructure and develop our industrial sector as well as continue to improve agriculture.

“This means government must spend money on those things that bring the requisite economic returns for the nation,” he said.

Tinubu advised states and local governments to shape their budgets to suit their revenues, as federal government spend more to create more jobs for the youth.

This, he said was to eradicate restiveness and sundry criminality among the youth.

On the effects of COVID-19 on the economy, Tinubu advised the government to provide more stimulus packages to revive the fledgling economy.

“In the midst of our local challenges came the COVID-19 pandemic, with its debilitating impact on the global and domestic economies.

“Nigeria, like many other countries, has not been spared the impact of the pandemic.

“Commendably, however, President Muhammadu Buhari has been carefully steering the country through the pandemic such that the negative impact on us and the economy has not been as harsh as it might have been.

“The economy’s relapse into recession has ended, but we must admit the economy remains weak with too much unemployment and resources left idle,” he added.

He stressed that nations that recovered most quickly from the 2009 economic crisis and now from COVID-19 were those that engaged most in government stimulus spending.