LG funds: Buhari rattles governors


LG funds: Buhari rattles governors

Barely 48 hours after his swearing-in, President Muhammadu Buhari’s move to remove local governments from the control of state governors is causing some disquiet among the state chief executives, Sunday Telegraph has learnt. Buhari had during his inauguration on Friday declard his reolve to ensure fiscal accountability in the local government system.

To demonstrate his seriousness, the President has resolved to present to the Eighth National Assembly an Executive Bill that will guarantee the autonomy of local governments. And barring any unforeseen circumstance, the bill will be sent within the first six months of the current administration, Sunday Telegraph gathered authoritatively. However, the rattled governors might not easily cave in as they have vowed to continue to push that such a situation (granting autonomy to councils) is inimical to federalism.

The governors are not ruling out the court option, an aide to one of them, who did not want to be named, told Sunday Telegraph yesterday. The aide told our correspondent that the governors would not just keep quiet over the matter. He said even though the dispensation is fresh, the governors can explore the legal option.

“You know the issue has been on for a long time. If the President thinks otherwise, he may have his reasons but you know the governors too will fight back; it might not be a confrontation but they can explore the court option. Let the Supreme Court decide the matter since it is between states and the federal government,” he said. The secretariat of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum also came out to say it wanted the impasse resolved as soon as possible.

“We want this matter resolved as quickly as possible because we need to move forward; I can assure you that it is one of the items that will be discussed by the forum in its early meetings. “You know we now have a new leadership both at the level of the forum and in most states.

I think about 20 new governors are coming on board; we will only make our position known through the thinking of the governors when they meet and discuss the matter,” NGF’s Director-General, Bayo Osasaiuna Okauru, told Sunday Telegraph in Abuja yesterday. Okauru had told newsmen late last year that the NGF under the former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, NGF was not in support of local government autonomy. “The NGF does not support autonomy for local governments.

The governors are against it. They have said it and still maintain that they will not support autonomy for local governments. “There is no country in the world that there are three federating units; there are only two all over the world.

Why should you say that there must be a third federating unit in Nigeria?” Sunday Telegraph gathered that shortly after the President’s speech, some of the state governors put calls through to the newlyelected NGF Chairman and Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Abdulazziz Yari, and urged him to immediately move to Abuja to possibly confer with the President unofficially on the matter. Yari shunned all planned post-inauguration events in the state capital, Gusau, and rushed to Abuja.

“That aspect of the speech was not just as ordinary as he made it seem. The President had previously decried the rot at the local government level even before his emergence as the presidential candidate of the APC.

“He had plans for the system but you know, there are certain interests you don’t ruffle in politics. You need to respect people’s egos and feelings, especially when you need them. But the issue at stake is far beyond personal interests. It is a national challenge that requires a frontal attack if we must move forward as a nation.

“To be candid, there is the likelihood that Mr. President will send an executive bill to the National Assembly to that effect since the last attempt was frustrated by the states and their houses of assembly,” he said.

ALGON National Chairman, Hon. Micah Jiba, had in a recent interview insisted that local governments should be allowed to draw their allocations directly from the Federation Account. NULGE’s stance on the issue is similar to that of ALGON as its National President, Ibrahim Khaleel, also said the union would continue to fight for local government autonomy.

He also said he was optimistic that the new administration would open a new chapter on the local government issue. Governors of the All Progressives Congress under the aegis of the Progressive Governors’ Forum had last year rejected autonomy for local governments. The governors had, in a communiqué released after their meeting in Lafia, and read by a former governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, said autonomy for the local governments would undermine the fundamental principle of federalism and push the country towards a unitary system. It was shortly after the PGF’s meeting that the splinter Jonah Jang faction of the then polarised NGF also condemned the planned autonomy for local governments.

The two chambers of the National Assembly had during the amendment to the Constitution, granted the 774 councils in Nigeria financial and administrative autonomy through the amendment of section 7.

Details of the autonomy granted the local councils include strengthening their administration by providing for their funding, tenure, elections and to clearly delineate their powers and responsibilities to ensure effective service delivery and insulate them from undue and counter-productive interference from state governments. The 2014 National Conference whose report is now before Buhari also recommended autonomy for the local governments. However, at least 23 of the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly rejected the move.tates.

The states are Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Borno, Yobe, Taraba, Bauchi, Gombe, Kaduna, Jigawa, Kano, Kebbi, Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Rivers, Cross River, Bayelsa, Delta, Edo, Akwa Ibom, Enugu and Imo. When reached for comments yesterday, Head of Buhari’s Media Team, Garba Shehu, said the situation was still hazy.

“The situation is still fluid. We should just allow the President to unfold his agenda on all sectors rather than trying to interpret what he meant in his speech. I think it is too early to conclude that this will happen and this will not happen. We must await further developments as they unfold,” Shehu said. Edo ranks top in probity, transparent and accountability in running of LGAs- Commissioner From Cajetan Mmuta, BENIN Meanwhile, Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday threw his weight behind Buhari’s move to ensure affective governance at the third tier of government.

Speaking for the governor, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion, said, “We are at one with President Buhari in the quest to ensure that local governments deliver and are more accountable to the people. Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has always demonstrated this commitment by personal example and encouraged all public office-holders to subscribe to probity, accountability and transparency.

We dare say Edo ranks among the states where councils not only exercise full control of their resources but are also encouraged to account to the public.”

However, Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose, who spoke through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said the state government would not make a categorical statement for now. Speaking with Sunday Telegraph on the phone yesterday, he noted that the state government had been complying with all extant rules and guidelines regarding allocations due to local governments.

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Fayose pays 19 APC lawmakers’ salaries

 Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose

There are indications that the embattled 19 members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly of the All Progressives Congress extraction have been paid their outstanding salaries and allowances by the state government.

SUNDAY PUNCH investigations revealed that the lawmakers led by the embattled Speaker, Dr. Adewale Ominrin were paid the said allowances sometime last week.

The development, sources told SUNDAY PUNCH, was a fallout of the peace meeting the lawmakers held with Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The agreement between the warring parties according to sources is that once the lawmakers are paid their outstanding allowances, they will sheathe their sword and jettison their plan to impeach the governor.

The struggle for the soul of the state by the two parties had nearly paralysed the state with both of them threatening to deal with each other.

However, sources disclosed to SUNDAY PUNCH that there is apprehension that the truce may suffer a setback with the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

There are concerns that the party might want to use federal might to unseat the governor who was a pain in the neck during campaigns for the president, who was the APC candidate though a court had earlier ordered the warring parties to maintain the status quo.

The Chief Judge of Ekiti State, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, has yet to constitute a panel to investigate the allegations of impunity, violence, stalking and other constitutional breaches raised against the duo.

Omirin, had in an April 9 letter directed the CJ to raise a seven-man panel to investigate the allegations within seven days of receipt of the letter.

But barely six days to the end of the life of the Assembly, the CJ has yet to raise the panel as directed.

Checks by SUNDAY PUNCH revealed that the APC lawmakers had decided to keep mum on their next line of action with the transition of power to Buhari.

Fayose was accused of spearheading a hate campaign against Buhari in favour of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the March 28 presidential election.

Both parties have, however, refused to comment on the development. It was learnt that both parties had agreed not to speak to the press on the matter so as to keep it from the public domain.

When contacted on Saturday, Omirin refused to reply to inquiries from our correspondent on the impeachment saga.

However, one of the lawmakers who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was a directive from the party’s national leadership not to speak to journalists about the development.

He, however, said the legislators did not believe that the governor was seeking a genuine reconciliation with them based on the outcome of the peace meeting held in Akure last week.

Asked to comment on insinuations that they have been paid, he said, “That is a lie. You don’t know Ayo (governor)? Do you think he is ready to pay anybody?”

When contacted on Friday, Fayose said he was not afraid of impeachment as the people of Ekiti were solidly behind him.

Speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi, the governor said, “The APC lawmakers should be asked if we have been faithful so far. As for us, we are fulfilling our own part of the bargain.”

The governor also denied bribing anybody, saying he was seeking a true reconciliation in the interest of the state.

“We did not bribe anybody. We are for peace and that is why the governor honoured their invitation to attend a meeting in Akure. It is the APC lawmakers that should be asked if they will reciprocate the gesture.”

The state’s APC chapter refused to speak about the development on Saturday.

The Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, did not answer calls placed to his telephones.

But his counterpart in the PDP, Mr. Joseph Adaraniwon, said the governor had no impeachment proceedings against him by law.

“Omirin has for long ceased to be the Speaker. Hon. Dele Olugbemi is the Speaker of the Assembly. So, Omirin lacked the authority to commence anything on behalf of the lawmakers.

“In a Nigeria where the constitution and law operate, the governor has no fears at all because the plot against him is illegal and unconstitutional.”

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Asari Dokubo faults Niger Delta amnesty

Leader of the Niger Delta Peoples Volunteer Force, Alhaji Muhajid Dokubo-Asari

Leader of the Ijaw Youth Council, Mr. Asari Dokubo, has condemned the amnesty granted to the ex-Niger Delta militants by the late president, Umaru Yar’adua.

According to him, this was a bribe to allow oil flow from the Niger Delta region to the North. He said that was the reason he rejected the offer.

Dokubo, who gave the clarification during the 2015 MASSOB day celebration, held in Owerri, Imo State, also faulted the national conference organised by the Federal Government, insisting that the exercise did not represent the views of the Niger Delta region that is yearning for a referendum.

“It only represented the views of the rest of the country. Let us be allowed to have a referendum. We have the right to hold a referendum on where we want to go,” he argued.

He described MASSOB and his group as partners in progress who are moving in the same direction to arrive at a common destination as one people and nation.

Dokubo, who faulted the last general elections in the country, decried the pace of growth and development of the nation over the years, noting that there should be massive infrastructural provision to stimulate the economy with conscious and unpolluted efforts to bring about industrial growth and job creation.

Meanwhile, members of MASSOB had a confrontation with the police at the Assumpta Roundabout while riding in convoy to the state capital for the celebration.

An eyewitness account had it that the police who had stationed their vehicles at the popular Control Post, Owerri, asked the MASSOB members to retreat but they refused and were teargassed by the police.

It was said that MASSOB members, who were numbered over 500, had hauled stones at the police, who shot in the air to scare them away.

Meanwhile, the Imo State Commissioner of Police, Austin Evbakvbokun, while confirming the incident, said that the police halted the movement of the MASSOB members to the state capital because they do not have a permit for such gathering.

He added that the group conducted itself in a disorderly manner, carrying insignias, which were not of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, thus necessitating the prompt action of his men to stop them.

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Buhari, VP fail to declare assets publicly

 President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have declared their assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau as required by the Constitution but failed to make the contents public.

The head of Buhari’s media team, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Saturday, said the President and the Vice President submitted their assets declaration forms separately on Thursday.

Shehu added that the CCB, through its Chairman, Sam Saba, on Friday acknowledged the receipt of the forms.

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He gave Buhari’s declaration identity number as “President: 000001/2015.”

Shehu, however, did not disclose the contents of the assets declaration forms.

“By declaring their assets, President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo may have not only fulfilled the requirements of the Nigerian Constitution, but also fulfilled the first of their many campaign promises.

“While seeking election into the highest office in the land, the President had promised Nigerians that he would publicly declare his assets as soon as he took over government,” he wrote.

The Nigerian Constitution states in Chapter VI Section 140 that a person elected to the Office of the President shall not begin to perform the functions of that office until he has declared his assets and liabilities as prescribed in the Constitution.

Though the president’s aide believes the declaration was in fulfillment of Buhari’s campaign promises, analysts claim the President has not done anything spectacular because the contents were not made public.

In February this year, while campaigning Buhari had said that he would publicly declare his assets and liabilities, if voted into power.

Buhari stated this in a document. The document highlighted what Buhari would do in his first 100 days if he assumed power on May 29.

He said he would encourage political appointees in his administration to also declare their assets publicly.

Had the new president kept to his words he will be the country’s second president to publicly declare his assets.

Reacting to the news of the asset declaration by Buhari and Osinbajo to the Code of Conduct Bureau, the Peoples Democratic Party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Olisa Metuh, told SUNDAY PUNCH that the PDP was not ready to engage the All Progressives Congress-led government on asset declaration by the two most important persons in the country or any other issue.

Metuh said, “No comment for now. These are early days. At the moment, we wish them well.”

The late President, Alhaji Umaru Yar’Adua, also from Katsina State as Buhari, was the first and the only Nigeria’s President to have publicly declared his assets when he assumed office.

This action forced his then deputy, Jonathan, to also make his assets declaration forms available to the public.

However, since he assumed office as the substantive President, Jonathan had refused to make the forms available to the public, saying that he did that when he was serving as deputy to Yar’Adua.

But Buhari, in the document titled, ‘I pledge to Nigeria’ had also said that all his political appointees would only earn salaries and allowances as prescribed by the Revenue and Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission.

He said, “I pledge to publicly declare my assets and liabilities, encourage all my appointees publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment. All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the RMFAC. I pledge, as Commander-in-Chief, to lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock, to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians.”

Meanwhile, about 48hours after they took their oaths of office, President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo have yet to move into the Presidential Villa, Abuja, SUNDAY PUNCH has learnt.

Investigation by our correspondent on Saturday showed that the duo only attended the events held in the Villa on Friday and returned to town.

While Buhari was suspected to have returned to the Defence House, the official residence of the President-elect, which he started using shortly after he won the March 28 presidential election, Osinbajo might have returned to his private residence.

Immediately after they were inaugurated as President and Vice President at the Eagle Square on Friday, Buhari and Osinbajo moved to the Presidential Villa for a state luncheon organised in honour of world leaders who attended the inauguration.

They left and later returned in the evening for the inauguration gala night held inside the villa’s old Banquet Hall.

“The President and the Vice President have yet to move into the State House. I learnt that the President returned to Defence House on Friday,” a source said.

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Naira may be devalued again –Report

 The Naira and dollar

Following the inauguration of the new administration, the naira may be devalued again to reflect the recent drop in Nigeria’s foreign reserves, analysts at Renaissance Capital have said.

The analysts said this in a report, ‘Nigeria beyond May 29: Managing expectations,’ which was made available to our correspondent on Friday.

The analysts, however, noted that the Central Bank of Nigeria was likely to move back toward a ‘managed float versus the managed peg’ of recent months.

They said, “Post-inauguration, we think the naira – which has essentially been pegged at N199/$1 since the mid-February devaluation – will be devalued, to reflect the $4.5bn fall in FX reserves since the February devaluation.”

Noting that a weaker naira implied a build-up of inflationary pressures, they observed, “We see inflation breaching the central bank’s inflation target band of six to nine per cent and entering double-digits in Q3 2015. This rules out any prospect of monetary easing in 2015, in our view.”

They explained that the devaluation might be smaller than the market projects (1015 per cent), because authorities seemed to be focused on medium-term fundamentals, which they expect would turn in favour of the naira, primarily through a fall in import demand – particularly of agriculture products (via continued improvement in production) and fuel imports (due to 650kb/d of fuel coming onstream from Dangote’s refinery), which account for 60 per cent of forex usage.

The risk to this view, according to them, is that the All Progressives Congress comes in with a macro policy that requires a much weaker naira, i.e. an export-led growth policy.

The RenCap analysts also reviewed the fiscal crisis in the country and the challenge it would pose to the new government.

“Given that the incoming administration will be substantially resource-constrained, we think Buhari’s biggest challenge will be managing expectations,” they said, adding that the oil sector was expected to be the primary focus of Buhari’s crackdown on graft; in particular, reforms related to the fuel subsidy, repatriation of oil money and refineries.

Stressing that, as things stand, the government was experiencing a significant cash crunch, whereby it could do little beyond paying salaries, they said they expected capex spend in 2015 to be negligible with debt to play a much bigger role in financing the budget than it had in recent years.

They added, “As we expect the financing gap to be at least double the FY15 target of 1.1 per cent of GDP, due to optimistic revenue assumptions and slower growth, we believe the incoming administration is apt to seek larger loans from the DFIs. Given the revenue constraint, we think the incoming administration will continue to wind down some companies’ pioneer status, so they can start paying taxes, and reduce the number of authorities that can grant pioneer status, to slow the awarding of tax exemptions.”

Aliyu stoned in Niger, smuggled out of stadium

By Wole Mosadomi

*Gov Aliyu Babangida of Niger State

IMMIDIATE past governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu was yesterday booed and stoned at the venue of the handing over ceremony in Minna. Aliyu was at the Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium for the transfer of power to his successor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello. The former governor, who arrived at about 10.15 am was booed by the crowd as he walked to the podium.

Shouts of ‘Barawo’, ‘thief’, ‘ole’, ‘change has come’, ‘your time has gone,” filled the air. Aliyu was not able to present his farewell speech as a result of the ensuing pandemonium. Even as he was seated at the pavilion, stones and sachet water were hauled at him. As a result of that, military men from 31 Artillery Brigade were drafted to the stadium in search of those behind the incidence.

It was gathered that former governor was earlier advised against attending the ceremony to forestall such occurrence. The new governor , Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello and his Deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Ketso were administered the oath of office and allegiance by the Chief Judge, Justice Lami Abubakar.

Immediately after the event tear-gas was shot into the air leading to stampede. The former governor was smuggled out of the stadium amidst tight security led by the state Commissioner of Police to avoid being mobbed by the crowd. The new Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello in his inaugural address titled,”Repositioning the State For Peace and Development,” said though he was taking over at a critical period, all would be done to put smiles on the faces of Nigerlites.

His words:”As the administration settles down, we will examine the books and study what is being handed over to us. As a follow up to the debt burden being bequeathed to us by the outgoing administration,I will like to use this opportunity to assure Nigerlites that this administration will carry out a forensic audit to determine our debt profile and bonds with a view to determining how these funds were applied and for which projects.’’

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Read President Buhari’s inaugural speech

Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015

I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.

now5I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.

I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted.  I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.

I thank all of you.

Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.

I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.

A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.

Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.

I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.

At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.

In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.

Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.

Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.

For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.

Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.

However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.

My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.

The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.

This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.

Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.

Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.

The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.

No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.

Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.

Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.

Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar
There is a tide in the affairs of men which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life,
Is bound in shallows and miseries.

We have an opportunity. Let us take it.

Thank you

Muhammadu Buhari
President Federal Republic of NIGERIA
and
Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces

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Gov-elect accuses Kwankwaso of leaving empty treasury

By Abdulsalam Muhammad

KANO—The Transition Committee set up by  Kano State Governor- elect, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje Thursday, said that the outgoing governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso has not only left an empty treasury but additional liability of N379 billion.

Chairman of the 93-member committee and Deputy Governor-elect,  Professor Hafiz Abubakar, who read the abridged copy of its final report stated that ‘’hard times await Kano and it might take patience to get along.’’

Abubakar, a professor of Food Nutrition gave the break down of liability by the Kwankwaso’s administration adding that the total capital receipt to the state between May 2011 and May 2015 stood at N 419.75 billion out of which N430.6 billion was spent.

He further said total capital receipt by the 44 local government areas of the state within the same period stood at N346.591 billion which was expended on joint projects between the state government and the local governments.

Abubakar who served Kwankwaso as Commissioner  for Finance between 1999-2003 explained that the outgoing administration initiated over 4,000 projects, for which over N140 billion was paid to contractors with N4.5billion still outstanding.

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Two teen brothers build mobile web browser

By Dayo Adesulu

The duo of Osine Ikhianosime and Anesi Ikhianosime have rekindled hope in the future of nigeria as they entered their names in the catalogue of application developers when they built a mobile web browser that is already in use globally. Osine Ikhianosime 13, and Anesi Ikhianosime 15 who co-developed ‘Crocodile Browser Lite’ were born of same parents and both are Year nine and 11 students of Greensprings School, Anthony Campus, Lagos. While both brothers write code, Anesi designs the user interface.

Osine Ikhianosine and Anesi Ikhianosime

Osine and Anesi launched the mobile browser on the Mobango app store before moving to Google Play Store to try and reach a wider audience. As you read this piece, the browser currently has around 100 to 500 downloads and they do not have ads in the app yet. They both began developing an Android web browser, which they named Crocodile Browser Lite, about a year ago out of boredom.

Due to their strong interest  in technology, they decided to create a functional, fast browser for feature and low end phones because, according to them, “We were fed up with Google Chrome.” Osine who told TechCabal in his pitch mail said: ‘’I write the code, my brother designs it.”

Born April 28, 2001, his interest in computers began at age seven. It was also at this age that he and his brother, Anesi Ikhianosime, who was 9 at the time, came up with the idea of starting a company.

Recalling how it started, Osine said, they first named it ‘Doors’ with Microsoft’s Windows, but when they discovered that the name was already in use, they had to change the name to BluDoors. Relating his experience, Osine said: ‘’When we decided to learn to code at age 12 and 14 respectively, I didn’t let my uncle’s belief that it would be a tough feat to achieve deter me.”

On his part, Anesi said: “I learnt to code by myself. I started in 2013, I used sites like Code Academy, Code Avengers and books like ‘Android for Game Development’ and ‘Games for Dummies’,” said Anesi. Meanwhile their mother, Mrs Ngozi Ikhianosime, who is a Mathematics teacher said: “Osine could already use a PC before he could read at age three. It is all he does since he learnt to code.”

The mother who ascribed the success to Greensprings Schools, said students of the school have access to computer and internet facilities, just as personal laptops are made available to each of them at home. “After Anesi is through with his secondary school education, he will attend A levels, after which he will go to MIT in Boston for his first degree, because the university has the facilities he needs to learn.” She said.

Their father Mr Philip Ikhianosime, who is the Head of Management Services and Human Resource Manager at an Insurance Company says the boys developed interest in PC usage very early. He agrees as well, that his children’s school is very instrumental in their continued interest in programming.

Anesi says that he’d like to develop another app that solves real social problems, such as traffic and communication. The brothers are releasing a new version of Crocodile Browser Lite 3.0 this April.

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NDLEA vacates Kashamu’s home after 6 days

By Evelyn Usman & Etop Ekanem

LAGOS—The National Drug  Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, last night vacated the siege mounted on the Lekki, Lagos residence of senator-elect, Prince Buruji Kashamu, after six days. They left at exactly 7:45pm, after first tightening the siege that for six days saw the Ogun state born chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP restricted to the toilet in his bedroom.

His media aide, Mr Austin Oniyokor, confirmed the departure of the NDLEA operatives saying that Kashamu was presently attending to his health and would speak to the media after recovering.

Expressing thanks to the judiciary for the intervention that led to the development, Oniyokor said: “We also salute the judiciary for once again rising to the occasion and proving yet that it is truly the last hope of the common man and the oppressed. We are grateful that the judiciary has again affirmed Prince Buruji Kashamu’s innocence of the charges against him, thus turning for good what was meant for evil.

“Our appreciation also goes to the media, civil society groups, student bodies and all well-meaning Nigerians for their prayers, support and solidarity during the period.

“After attending to his health, Prince Kashamu will address the media, Nigerians and the whole world on his ordeal and the intricate web of political intrigues behind the wicked attempt to abduct him for no just cause using the instrument and machinery of state.”

Earlier in the day, the operatives tightened the siege with the addition of more operatives to the operation around the residence. The development quickly brought the harsh rebuke of Kashamu’s lawyer, Ajibola Oluyede who disclosed that the six day incarceration had stated taking its toll on the health of his client who he said has made complaints of health problems ranging from blood circulation blockage, palpitation and general body pains.

Earlier in the day, the standoff between the politician and the NDLEA drew protests from women groups and students of tertiary institutions in Ogun State who lamented what they called the infringement of Kashamu’s rights by the NDLEA.

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