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“NIGERIA IS SAFE FOR WORLD LEADERS TO COME ” – Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has assured that the Presidential Inauguration Day and National Democracy Day will be safe for foreign dignitaries and world leaders coming into the country.

source : Nigeria news update , channels TV

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, made this known at a world press conference in Abuja, where he reeled out the program of events for days leading to both programs

“I can assure you Nigeria is safe for all the world leaders to come and attend.

“Swear-in of the President and Vice President is slated for Wednesday, May 29 at the Eagles Square, followed by a state banquet at the state house in the evening of the same day.”

He further explained that the Democracy Day celebration, which will kick-off on June 7, will feature three main events, and end with a parade and Gala night on June 12.

“The events celebrating the June 12 and Democracy Day will kick-off on Friday, June 7 and Tuesday, June 11 will feature three events; the PMB oratorical contest at ICC, an Anti-corruption summit at Transcorp Hilton and the First Lady’s commissioning programme in Yola, Adamawa State.”

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“I WAS OFFERED MONEY TO RIG ELECTIONS ” – INEC REP.

Garba Madami, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara State, has just revealed that he was offered some money to rig the election in the state.

According to Madami, some politicians offered him some money so he could rig the 2019 election in their favour.

source : information Nigeria

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin today, Madami said;

“There was pressure by politicians who offered me money to compromise the 2019 general election in Kwara State, but I stood my ground and refused to give in. The nature of our job at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is too tempting. It is left between you and God to do the right thing and keep your integrity, or compromise and lose your integrity. You may even go to jail” he said.

He continued saying;

“The politicians have money and some of them feel that they can buy anybody with the money. It is a matter of integrity; it is left for you to be careful and work transparently to keep your integrity.

“What I did in Kwara State before the elections was to go on air and tell the people that no amount of money can buy me. I made them understand that their votes would count and I was not ready to compromise” he said.

Recall the last election in the state saw the All Progressive Congress (APC) winning all the elections in Kwara. They cleared all 24 state House of Assembly seats and all three senatorial slots.

“I want to build a Private University”- Aisha Buhari

Mrs Aisha Buhari, wife of the President, has expressed her plan to establish a private university to be known as “Muhammadu Buhari University”.

She disclosed this on Saturday during a townhal meeting in Yola organized by her in collaboration with concern indigenes of Adamawa.

source : vanguard newspaper

Aisha, who did not however reveal when or where the university would be sited, explained that the university would be established in collaboration with partners from Sudan and Qatar.

Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari has advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to consider only card-carrying members for political appointments.

Aisha who lamented the challenges facing education and various sectors in the state, called for active support of the state indigenes in complementing government efforts.

“I cannot conclude without suggesting how we can complement the efforts of government in achieving some of its developmental goals.

“On this note, I would like to advocate for the establishment of Adamawa Development Trust Fund through which prioritized developmental projects can be financed and implemented,” she said.

Amb. Fati Ballah also called for reconciliation and forgiveness among the people of the state and the setting up of a committee to come up with a blueprint for the development of the state.

Alhaji Sadiq Daware, who spoke on agriculture at the meeting, noted that 80 per cent of the state land was arable and suitable for farming.

Daware added that with River Benue which passes through the state, the state has the potential for massive irrigation and all year round farming programmes.

Other speakers at the meeting include Prof. Shehu Iya of Modibbo Adama University, Yola, who spoke on education; Prof. Auwal Abubakar of Federal Medical Centre, Yola, who spoke on health; and Mrs Helen Mathias who spoke on women and youths.

Othersvare Mallam Umar Abubakar who spoke on security; Gen. Buba Marwa on drugs; Sen. Silas Zwingina on Good Governance, and Dr Umar Bindir who spoke on Poverty.

The meeting was also attended by politicians, particularly APC, PDP and ADC members in the state.

PRESIDENT BUHARI MOVES OSINBANJO TO HIGHER POSITION

Months to the taking of oath of office for a second term, President Muhammadu Buhari has given his Vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, another job to do.

He is a man with many feathers.

Source :Bounce news

Nigerians have looked at the promises he made prior to the 2015 general elections and have put forward diverse score cards for the administration that is near the end of its first four-year term.

To be sure of what he had achieved and what was left undone, President Buhari approved the establishment of a Committee that would be chaired by the Vice President, to assess the level of implementation of all our administration’s Policies, Programmes and Projects.

The committee are to look at the projects that the administration initiated and those it inherited and help prepare the administration for governance over the next 4 years.

The President announced the establishment of the committee on his Twitter page on Tuesday.

“The Committee is made up of senior government officials, including the Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief to the President (Secretary of the Committee), and a number of Cabinet Ministers.

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“They will work with Ministries, Departments and Agencies, as well as with outside experts.

“One of the main duties of this Committee will be to produce a comprehensive document that will guide the incoming Cabinet, & enable us continue the implementation of the vision of our Party and our administration, for Nigeria; while also highlighting lessons from the last 4 years

I am confident that the Committee will deliver a detailed Implementation Plan for the Next Level.

“I also look forward to working with all stakeholders to deliver maximum benefit to Nigeria; and especially to working with the 9th National Assembly to improve the budget process,” President Buhari said.

INEC TO HOLD SUPPLEMENTARY ELECTIONS ALONG SIDE GUBERNATORIAL.

IN a move which sparked outrage and incredulity in the polity, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), last week, fixed Saturday, March 9, to conduct supplementary elections in areas where elections were cancelled during the February 23 presidential/National Assembly elections.

Source : Nigerian Tribune

In a statement issued by its Commissioner for Information and Voter Education, Mr. Festus Okoye, the commission said that the supplementary polls would be conducted alongside the governorship and state houses of assembly elections previously scheduled for Saturday. Okoye, who noted that the decision was reached during the commission’s meeting with resident electoral commissioners (RECs) last Thursday in Abuja, said: “The meeting decided that supplementary elections will be conducted in all areas where elections did not take place and/or where returns could not be made on Saturday, 9th March alongside the governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections. The meeting acknowledged the delays in the commencement of elections in a number of polling units which necessitated the extension of the closing of polls in the affected areas. The commission is determined to rectify the identified challenges before the elections on 9th March.”

When, during the February 23 elections, hoodlums snatched ballot boxes in several parts of the country, prevented voters from exercising their franchise, and committed murder and other grievous crimes, the expectation among the populace was that INEC would not announce the results of elections in the said areas, many of them said to be strongholds of the opposition parties, until supplementary elections had been conducted and the people’s mandate respected. Indeed, during the collation of results, many a party agent raised the issue but the INEC boss, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, noted that such questions would be addressed after the collation exercise. However, INEC’s announcement last week led to speculations regarding whether the supplementary elections would affect the results already announced, with some commentators asking whether the number of registered voters in areas where the supplementary presidential elections would be conducted would be up to the margin with which the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, defeated his main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), namely 15,191,847 votes to 11,262,978 votes.

More than 15 law makers defect from PDP see reasons.

More than 15 lawmaker on Monday defected from the people democractic party APC due to fears of the gubernatorial elections to hold on the 9th of March 2019,

Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Hon Suleiman Taoheed representing Ajanaku Ward in Moro Local Government Area, explained that the current PDP administration in Kwara had failed.

“We are tired of lies and poor performance of the incumbent administration in the state and as a result, we cannot be left behind in building better and brighter Kwara.

“Everybody is complaining about the political hegemony in Kwara because the system has not brought positive changes to the people of the state,” Taoheed said.

Ben Bruce’s Stance on Yorubas Hating Igbos

The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the upper chamber of the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray Bruce has reacted to the call by some Yorubas in Lagos for the Igbo to leave the State.

Following the recently-concluded presidential polls, crisis soon ensued in Lagos as some Yorubas demanded that Igbo traders vacate the state for voting against their preferred candidate.

National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has also been accused of having a hand in the segregation against Ndigbo.

In a reaction on Monday, Bruce urged Nigerians to separate the behaviour of a few people from that of the entire Yoruba.He tweeted, “I urge Nigerians to separate the behaviour of a few people from the behaviour of the Yoruba. Look at the results of the Presidential elections.“The Yoruba voted almost 50% for an Igbo VP. The Yoruba don’t hate the Igbos or anybody. No ethnicity is as accommodating as the Yoruba.”

In a reaction on Monday, Bruce urged Nigerians to separate the behaviour of a few people from that of the entire Yoruba.He tweeted, “I urge Nigerians to separate the behaviour of a few people from the behaviour of the Yoruba. Look at the results of the Presidential elections.“The Yoruba voted almost 50% for an Igbo VP. The Yoruba don’t hate the Igbos or anybody. No ethnicity is as accommodating as the Yoruba.”
In a reaction on Monday, Bruce urged Nigerians to separate the behaviour of a few people from that of the entire Yoruba.He tweeted, “I urge Nigerians to separate the behaviour of a few people from the behaviour of the Yoruba. Look at the results of the Presidential elections.“The Yoruba voted almost 50% for an Igbo VP. The Yoruba don’t hate the Igbos or anybody. No ethnicity is as accommodating as the Yoruba.”