Why Chibok Girls Are Still In Custody Of Boko Haram – Buhari

In a message issued to mark the fourth annivessary of the abduction of the girls on Friday evening, the President said the breakdown was due to internal differences among the Boko Haram factions.

Saturday 14 April 2018 will be 4 years since the abduction of our Chibok Girls from their school, Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State on April 14, 2014.President Muhammadu Buhari

Out of the 276 school girls that were verified by the Presidential Task Force to have been taken hostage by Boko Haram terrorists, 57 escaped on their own leaving 219 captive.

In October 2016, 24 of them were recovered largely through negotiation by the Federal Government (21), and indirectly from various military operations mounted by the Nigerian Army

On May 2017, 84 more were also recovered through negotiation by the Federal Government, and in December, one of the #Chibokgirls was found along with another abducted young woman, thus bringing the total number of recovered girls to 107, and 112 of the girls yet to be accounted for.

But while assuring the parents of the girls of commitment of his government to the rescue of their daughters, the President said, “Unfortunately, the negotiations between the government and Boko Haram suffered some unexpected setbacks, owing mainly to a lack of agreement among their abductors, whose internal differences have led to a divergence of voices regarding the outcome of the talks.
“We know that this is not the news parents want to hear after four whole years of waiting, but we want to be as honest as possible with you.
“However, this government is not relenting. We will continue to persist, and the parents should please not give up. Don’t give up hope of seeing our daughters back home again. Don’t lose faith in this government’s ability to fulfill our promise of reuniting you with our daughters.

“Don’t imagine for a moment that we have forgotten about our daughters or that we consider their freedom a lost course,’’ the President said.
He further assured the parents of the school girls that were abducted from Government Girls Secondary School Chibok, Borno State, that “their daughters will never be forgotten or abandoned to their fate, despite four long years since they were taken away by terrorists.’’

“President Buhari joins the Borno State government, parents of the children and Nigerians in commemorating the fourth anniversary of the sad incident, praying that the event at the school today will go well.

“The President urges the parents to keep their hopes alive on the return of their daughters, noting that the recovery  of more than a 100 of the girls that were kidnapped through the Federal Government’s determined effort should give confidence that  ” all hope is not lost”.

“President Buhari re-affirms that the government remains focused and determined to see the girls return to their homes, urging the parents to be expectant of more good news in due course.

“We are concerned and aware that it is taking long to bring the rest of our daughters back home, but be assured that this administration is doing its very best to free the girls from their captors.

“President Buhari assures that as long as he remains the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces the Chibok girls will never be forgotten and all will be done to have them reunited with their families,”  the President said in the statement signed by Garba Shehu, his spokesperson.

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Obasanjo hits Buhari and APC hard again.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has again criticised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, maintaining that the government has failed.

 

The former president said this on Monday when he received members of the New Nigeria group at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

“The first lesson I learnt in my military training is never reinforce failure; what we have now is failure. Never you reinforce failure, let failure be failure,” he said.

Obasanjo had on Tuesday (January 23, 2018) issued a 13-page statement, criticising President Buhari’s performance and calling for a new movement to salvage the country from its challenges.

He had also warned the President against seeking re-election, alleging that the present government has failed in one of the areas it pitched as its ‘key point of action’ when it assumed office – the anti-corruption fight.

 

Incompetent Government?

Addressing members of the New Nigeria group at his residence today, the former president rated the present administration as ineffective.

He said, “The truth is this – when you have an ineffective and incompetent government, we are all victims and don’t let anybody deceive you.

“Those of you who are in business, your business could have been better today if we have a competent and effective and performing government.”

Obasanjo also accused the President of having a “poor understanding” of the dynamics of internal politics.

He warned Nigerians not to get carried away by the recent apology tendered by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as the reforms of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“This time, for us to make it, we need all hands on deck,” Obasanjo stated. “I have publicly said and I mean it that as a party, neither PDP nor APC can get us there; never mind about reforms and apology and all that,” he said.

Obasanjo further asked the APC to stop giving excuses that it has yet to perform better because it met challenges, noting that the party was aware of the challenges before it wrestled power from the PDP.

He then asked youths in the country to rise up to the challenge of providing the much needed new generation of leadership for the development of Nigeria’s socio-economic and political development.

The former president also asked the younger generation to take the bull by the horn, if they must effectively confront “power addicts” in their resolve to achieve the set goals and objectives of providing an alternative in the political leadership of the country.

He stressed the need for a “strong popular grassroots movement” in Nigeria, saying that’s the way to bring about the change, sustainability and stability the nation needs in its democracy

On the flip said, the former president said, “You cannot take PDP as it is, and APC as it is; but they are not all made of evil people, there are good people. I said PDP is leprous hand, APC is leprous hand, but there are some clean fingers in them.

“So, let’s take those clean fingers in them and graft the clean fingers in our own. That is the way to go and if we go that way, we will get there.

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Nigeria Looters’ list

NIGERIA LOOTERS’ LIST- APC

was not sincere, the list

contains only names of PDP

members.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government has released more names of alleged looters of the nation’s treasury during the administration of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

The new list containing 23 names was released today by the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed.

At the press conference where the list was released, I did say it
was a tip of the iceberg. Apparently, this does not mean anything to
people whose style is to comment on issues they barely understand, or
just to shoot down anything coming from the government,” 
he said“ What was the PDP expecting when it challenged the FG to name the
looters of the public treasury under the party’s watch? Did the PDP
actually believe that the massive looting under its watch was a joke?
Did they think it is April Fool?”
 he queried.

“The hysterical and panicky reaction from the PDP has shown that the
party is not at all sincere about its choreographed apology. Were it
not the case, the party would have followed in the footsteps of one of
its leaders, Senator Ibrahim Mantu, who simply owned up to his role in
the party’s rigging in the past elections and said he had turned a new
leaf.

“It is said that a true confession is done in humility with an
attitude of repentance. It is clear that the PDP does not know this,
hence its resort to hubris instead of humility and genuine
penitence,”
 he said.

Read the full statement issued by the federal government regarding PDP members who looted in previous PDP led government.

SECOND BATCH OF ALLEGED LOOTERS AND THE AMOUNT ALLEGEDLY EMBEZZLED

  1. Former NSA Sambo Dasuki: Based on EFCC investigations and findings
    alone (this is beside the ongoing $2.1 billion military equipment
    scandal), a total of N126 billion, over $1.5 billion and 5.5 million
    British Pounds was embezzled through his office. A good number of
    these monies were simply shared to persons and companies without any
    formal contract awards.
  2. Former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke: In
    just one of the cases the EFCC is investigating involving her, about
    N23 billion is alleged to have been embezzled. She is also involved in
    the Strategic Alliance Contracts of the NNPC, where the firms of Jide
    Omokore and Kola Aluko got oil blocks but never paid government taxes
    and royalty. About $3 billion was involved. The Federal Government is
    charging Omokore and Aluko and will use all legal instruments local
    and international to ensure justice.
  3. Rtd. Lt.-Gen. Kenneth Minimah: N13.9 billion. N4.8 billion
    recovered by EFCC in cash and property
  4. Lt.-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika: N4.5 billion. N29m recovered by the EFCC so far.
  5. Alex Barde, former Chief of Defence Staff: N8 billion, and EFCC
    recovered almost N4 billion in cash and property already.
  6. Inde Dikko: former CG Customs: N40 billion, and N1.1 billion in
    cash recovered in cash and choice properties.
  7. Air Marshal Adesola Amosun: N21.4 billion. N2.8 billion recovered
    in cash. 28 properties and 3 vehicles also recovered.
  8. Senator Bala Abdulkadir, former FCT Minister: N5 billion. Interim
    forfeiture order on some property secured.
  9. Senator Stella Oduah: N9.8 billion. Interim forfeiture order on
    some property secured.
  10. Former Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu: N1.6 billion – from NSA.
  11. Senator Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion.
  12. Bashir Yuguda, former Minister of State for Finance: N1.5 billion.
    $829,800 recovered.
  13. Senator Peter Nwaboshi: N1.5 billion
  14. Aliyu Usman: Former NSA Dasuki’s aide: N512 million
  15. Ahmad Idris: Former NSA Dasuki’s PA: N1.5 billion
  16. Rasheed Ladoja: Former Oyo Governor: N500 million
  17. Tom Ikimi: N300 million
  18. Femi Fani-Kayode: N866 million
  19. Hassan Tukur, former PPS to President Goodluck: $1.7 million
  20. Nenadi Usman: N1.5 billion
  21. Benedicta Iroha: N1.7 billion
  22. Aliyu Usman Jawaz: Close ally of former NSA Dasuki: N882 million
  23. Jonah Jang, former Plateau State Governor: N12.5 billion
  24. 24 Godknows Igali: Over N7 billion

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RED CARD FOR FAYOSE, EKITI STATE GOVERNOR

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Sunday declared that he will contest to return as governor in the Ekiti State gubernatorial election scheduled for July 2018.

Fayemi,  who said he would visit the state secretariat of his party to officially declare his ambition anytime from April 14,  added that the official declaration would come after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), lifts the ban on open campaign ahead of the poll.

Fayemi, who was governor of Ekiti State between October 2010 and October 2014, spoke to journalists about his intent at a briefing at his Isan-Ekiti country home on Sunday.

Kayode Fayemi 

He said everything constitutionally, legally and legitimately possible would be done to ensure victory for the All Progressives Congress at the forthcoming governorship poll.

Fayemi said: “Do you need a rocket scientist to tell you that I am running? I was very clear that I am a process person, I am not going to jump the gun because there are rules and guidelines for electioneering.

“The body that is responsible for that has stated the obvious when you can actually start campaign. The fact that people are actually flouting the guidelines is a fault of INEC and INEC is not taking them up on it.

“That is my own attitude to it and at the appropriate time, I will tell my party because this is purely a party matter, it is not a public matter yet.

“So, I don’t really understand the level of curiosity whether I am running or I am not running. I am very clear that what we have in this state today is not what this state deserves.

“I have always been very clear that whatever it takes constitutionally, legally and legitimately to put our party in office in October 2018, we will do as a party.

“I have also gone ahead to say this meeting (held on Saturday) is our usual gathering; it is not a place to declare the intention to run but as to whether I am running or not, I am running.

“That is not debatable but I am a process person, I am not going to flout the law. You will know, you will all be invited when I decide to formally declare within the ambit of the guideline issued by INEC.”

However, Fayemi did not declare his intention when he hosted party leaders from ward to state levels to a quarterly meeting on Saturday, contrary to widespread speculations.

He had said at the meeting: “INEC has just released election notice, they said public campaign begins in Ekiti State on April 14. Let’s wait till then, whether we are sure of ourselves or not, we will know.”

But he said at the meeting that he had learnt his lessons following the loss of power to Governor Ayo Fayose in the 2014 governorship election while calling on party faithful who he had offended to forgive him.

Fayemi said Fayose cannot threaten him with any White Paper saying he has a Red Card to show Fayose at the election. He urged APC members to hold their Red Card in one hand and their Permanent Voter Card on the other hand.

The ex-governor, however, appealed supporters of governorship aspirants to stop running down others on the social media urging them to market their principals.

He added that election is not won on social media platforms,  but at the polling units.

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