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WTO: Buhari embrace US removal of objections from Okonjo-Iweala’s DG run.

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Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S position..

President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed pronouncement of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, signifying withdrawal of the country’s objection to the emergence of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala as Director General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Buhari said: “We certainly welcome the decision of the new U.S administration to remove the last obstacle in the path of Dr. Okonjo-Iweala to becoming the first female and the first person of African descent to lead the organisation.

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“Nigeria and the entire African continent are happy about this new U.S position, which signifies a shift and an important turnaround in the relations between our continent and the United States under the Biden administration.

“Today, we see that the United States stands with Nigeria and Africa, with the acceptance of our widely respected citizen, Okonjo-Iweala to lead the WTO. We look forward to working very closely with the new U.S administration on this and all issues of common interests, especially in such areas as accelerated economic growth, fight against terrorism and deepening progress on development issues.”

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Insecurity: Find help from Israel, United States – CAN tells Buhari.

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Insecurity, banditry and kidnapping are threats to human race… We will continue to pray for government because there is lack of security everywhere, from Adamawa to Lagos, Sokoto to Enugu. The highways are not safe.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to seek help from Israel, United States and other countries to sustain the fight against insurgency, banditry, kidnapping and other crimes in the country.

Speaking at the inauguration of Belusochukwu Enwere as the new national chairman of its Youth Wing (YOWICAN), yesterday in Abuja, CAN President, Rev Dr. Samson Ayokunle noted that the association is seriously worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country, adding that the present administration seems to be overwhelmed by the problem.

Ayokunle, represented by the Assistant General Secretary of CAN, Apostle Biodun Sanyaolu, observed that government’s primary responsibility is to protect lives and property.

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He said: “It is very obvious that Nigeria needs assistance. I’m not President Muhammadu Buhari, but I’m sure that he will also be worried. He should be willing to seek help from anywhere, as insecurity has reached a worrying point, where nobody is safe. We need help. Let me use the opportunity to tell the President to reach out to Israel, United States and other countries that could be of help to Nigeria…

“We are seriously worried in CAN because we are affected by the security challenges in Nigeria. Insecurity, banditry and kidnapping are threats to human race… We will continue to pray for government because there is lack of security everywhere, from Adamawa to Lagos, Sokoto to Enugu. The highways are not safe.
Even when you’re in your house, you’re not safe…”

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Adamu’s tenure extension got Nigerians blasting Buhari.

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Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Abdulmajid Ali also told The Guardian that the extension was the right decision by the Federal government.

Nigerians, yesterday, kicked as President Muhammadu Buhari extended the tenure of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, and forwarded the names of the immediate past service chiefs to the Senate as non-career ambassadors-designate.

Buhari extended Adamu’s tenure, which ended on Monday, by three months. The extension was announced to correspondents yesterday by the Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The elongation became necessary, according to him, to allow for a robust and efficient process of appointing a new IG.

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He said: “This is not unconnected to the desire of Mr. President to, not only have a smooth handover but to also ensure the right officer is appointed into that position. Mr President is extending by three months to allow him to get into the process of appointing a new one.”

The minister dismissed insinuations that the extension had created a lacuna in the system, adding that it was within the President’s constitutional prerogative.

He dismissed as social media creation earlier stories that the IGP had been retired.

“It was one of those social media stories that one cannot control,” he said.

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The nomination of the ex-service chiefs was contained in a letter to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

The nominees are: Gen Abayomi G. Olonisakin (rtd), Lt Gen Tukur Y. Buratai (Rtd), Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas (rtd), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar (rtd), and Air Vice Marshal Mohammed S. Usman (rtd).

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The President, according to the letter, said the proposal is in accordance with Section 171 (1), (2) (c) & sub-section (4) of 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

The President stated: “I have the honour to forward for confirmation by the Senate, the under-listed five names of nominees as Non-Career Ambassadors-Designate.”

The office extension and nomination came at a time some Nigerians had called for the prosecution of the ex-service chiefs for alleged infractions committed in office; and the replacement of the IGP, having clocked the mandatory retirement age.

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Prominent among them was a former Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose. He called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) and other relevant authorities to begin the immediate probe of the tenure of the former service chiefs for alleged human rights abuses and extrajudicial killings under their watch.

The ex-governor also accused the ex-service chiefs of serving Nigeria with pecuniary gains and exposed the citizens to Boko Haram insurgents and other criminal elements.
Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had demanded an immediate probe into the tenure of the former service chiefs to unravel the circumstances behind security lapses and compromises in the country during their tenure.

Reacting to the development, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa (SAN) described the extension of the expired tenure of the IGP as illegal and unconstitutional.

According to him, Section 215 (1)(a) of 1999 Constitution states: “There shall be an Inspector-General of Police who, subject to Section 216(2) of this Constitution shall be appointed by the President on the advice of the Nigeria Police Council from among serving members of the Nigeria Police Force.”

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Adegboruwa pointed out that section 216(2) stipulates that: “Before making an appointment to the office of the Inspector-General of Police or removing him from office, the President shall consult the Nigeria Police Council.”

He stated that paragraph 27 of the third schedule to the 1999 Constitution states: “The Nigeria Police Council shall comprise the following members: (A) the President who shall be the Chairman; (B) the Governor of each State of the Federation; (C) the Chairman of the Police Service Commission; and (D) the Inspector-General of Police.”

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Relying on the above citations, he argued that when the tenure of a serving IGP expires on the ground of completing the mandatory 35 years of service, he cannot be asked to continue in office beyond his mandatory tenure.

He insisted that an IGP who has served the mandatory years of service ceases to be a member of the Nigeria Police Force from the date of the completion of his service, adding that Adamu ceases to be a member of the NPF from February 2, 2021.

“Under and by virtue of Section 215(1)(a) of the Constitution and Section 7(3) of the Police Act, 2020, only a serving member of the Nigeria Police Force can be appointed as IGP. Mr Adamu, having completed his mandatory years of service on February 2, 2021, he cannot be appointed as IGP, from outside the force.

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“The President lacks the power to reabsorb a retired police officer back into the NPF through a purported tenure extension, which is not contemplated by law. The President cannot appoint an IGP or extend the tenure of a retired IGP without the advice of the Nigeria Police Council, which in this case has not met to consider, let alone approve such tenure extension.”

A Lagos lawyer, Chima Adiele, also described the appointment as improper.

“It kills the ambition of other officers who are also qualified for the job. It seems as if it is only the current IGP that is qualified for the job. It looks like he wants to humiliate a particular set of persons because two years is enough for them to have fished out some else.

“More so, it is unconstitutional. What is the essence of the Constitution and statutes if not to regulate orderliness, conducts and actions? Someone’s tenure expires and you recalled him as if there are no other persons in that establishment that could handle the job. As far as I am concerned, such conduct is not in order,” he stated.

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Similarly, a former second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Monday Ubani, said the reason given for the extension was untenable.

“Does that mean that the President was not aware of when the tenure of the IGP will end? It will be better for the President to just say he wants to extend his tenure rather than saying he needs ample time to select the new helmsman for the police because there was enough time to do that.

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“Although the President has the discretion to appoint, remove and extend appointments, the new police act, which he signed, limited the act of extending tenures in my view. So, I am wondering whether his action is not a clear violation of the act he signed recently,” he stated.

Noble Reporters Media gathered that Commissioners in Police Service Commission, including its chairman, Musiliu Smith frowned on the decision to allow Adamu another three months.

Some police officers contacted by NoRM‘s known Media expressed displeasure over the extension.

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The officers who spoke on condition of anonymity said a new IGP was desperately needed to rekindle the long lost morale of officers and men after the carnage experienced as a result of #Endsars protest.

Retired Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), Taiwo Lakanu, however, said it was a welcome development.

Lakanu, “This IGP is one of the best IGP that the country has ever produced. The extension would allow him to consolidate on infrastructural development for the force. He is articulate and he knows what he is doing. The extension will also give the Federal Government ample time to select the best officer to succeed him.”

Deputy Inspector General of Police (Rtd), Abdulmajid Ali also told NoRM‘s known Media that the extension was the right decision by the Federal government.

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“There are a lot of projects, which he initiated, he needs time to complete them. He would now have time to stabilise his community policing project and complete some of the good works he started. I am highly in support of it,” the DIG said.

According to security expert and publisher of Chief Detective magazine, Dipo Kehinde, “It is most likely the President has given this three-month tenure extension to buy time for proper security checks on the list of candidates presented to the President.

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“You will notice that some of the candidates are very desperate in their bid. This cautious step by President Buhari is in order”.

Publisher of Crime World magazine, Albert Uba criticized the extension.

According to him, “The evolving scenario is a confirmation that we may not find a solution to the problem of insecurity in the country for as long as President Buhari remains in office.

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“With this, staff morale will further nose-dive because there are so many odds operationally against IGP Mohammed Adamu, who was supposed to vacate office and allow fresh ideas into the Force.”

Former Director of the Department of State Services (DSS), Sir. Mike Ejiofor simply told NoRM‘s known Media, “I am short of words.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of trying to use ambassadorial appointments to shield the immediate past service chiefs from the investigation over alleged killing of innocent Nigerians and crimes against humanity.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, charged the Senate to eschew all partisan considerations and stand on the side of the people by rejecting the demand by President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm them as ambassadors.

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“It is indeed sacrilegious and a horrible assault on the sensibility of Nigerians that the APC government is seeking to use ambassadorial appointments as a desperate measure to secure diplomatic immunity for the former commanders and protect them from investigation, arrest and possible prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the atrocities committed against innocent Nigerians under their command,” he said.

The PDP asserted that appointing the former service chiefs as ambassadors would confer diplomatic immunity on them and provide them with a route for escape.

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Breaking: ‘I will always support youths to grow politics’ – Buhari vows.

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Sunday Dare, and other stakeholders to fine-tune strategies on how to achieve a more youth-inclusive nation.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday reassured Nigerian youths that he will offer his full support to see them grow in politics, and other endeavours, admitting the crucial role of young people in the development of the country.

President Buhari believes youths are a critical group in the development of the country. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina.

‘‘While I will be looking forward to a more robust engagement with young people across the country, I wish to emphasize to you all that in me, you have a major supporter,” Buhari said during a virtual meeting with youths of the All Progressive Congress (APC) held at the State House, Abuja.

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“I will offer you my full support to grow in politics, public service, entertainment, entrepreneurship and many other sectors because I know that the future we envisage as a country cannot happen without our youths.”

President Buhari believes youths are a critical group in the development of the country. Photo: Facebook/Femi Adesina.

The 78-year-old Nigerian leader who is in his second term in office told the youths that he will be working closely with the Youths and Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, and other stakeholders to fine-tune strategies on how to achieve a more youth-inclusive nation.

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Main reason Buhari reappoints Adamu as IGP for 3 months

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While the minister announced the tenure of the IGP’s extension, the police chief decorated some newly-promoted officers elsewhere at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, will continue his duty as the nation’s police chief despite the completion of his tenure.

This is the position of the Federal Government after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the extension of the tenure of the police boss by three months.

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The Minister of Police Affairs, Muhammad Dingyadi, announced this on Thursday while briefing reporters at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He explained that the decision to extend the tenure of the police chief was to give the Federal Government ample time to select the appropriate person to succeed him.

While the minister announced the tenure of the IGP’s extension, the police chief decorated some newly-promoted officers elsewhere at the Force Headquarters in Abuja.

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The Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP, Idowu Owohunwa, and the Force Education Officer, Rabi Umar, were decorated with the rank of Commissioner of Police.

Also decorated were ACP Adegbite Tunde Titus, ACP Chinonyerem Welle, and DSP Aderoju Olagunju, amongst others.

Adamu, whose tenure as the Inspector-General of Police elapsed on Monday, held the position for two years.

He was first appointed as the police boss in an acting capacity on January 15, 2019, succeeding former Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris.

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About two weeks after he took over, Adamu submitted the names of six new Deputy Inspectors-General of Police (DIGs) to the Police Service Commission for general approval.

He was later confirmed as the 20th indigenous Inspector-General of Police on May 23, 2019 – four months after his appointment.

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Buhari appoints Buratai, Olonisakin, Ekwe, others as Ambassadors.

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Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari has nominated immediate past service chiefs of the country as ambassadors.

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“President Muhammadu Buhari has forwarded the names of the immediate past Service Chiefs to the Senate as non-career Ambassadors-Designate,” presidential aide Bashir Ahmad disclosed in a tweet.

President Muhammadu Buhari (right) and the Service Chiefs during a special meeting in his office at the State House, Abuja… yesterday. PHOTO: PHILIP OJISUA

The ambassador-designates are retired Defense Chief Abayomi Olonisakin, former Army Chief Tukur Buratai, former Navy Chief Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas and former Air Chief Sadique Abubakar.

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Buhari retract Adamu’s sack; reappoint him as IGP

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The extension was announced to correspondents on Thursday by Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi at the presidential villa, Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of Mohammed Adamu as the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for three months.

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The extension was announced to correspondents on Thursday by Minister of Police Affairs, Mohammad Dingyadi at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari decorating newly appointed Inspector General of Police IGP Mohammed Adamu in Abuja……PHOTO: Twitter/NGRPresident

He said the extension was necessary to give room for the proper selection of a successor.

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Presidency reveals Mohammad Adamu’s successor.

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The presidency said President will choose a new IGP who will make Nigeria safer

The presidency has reacted to agitations and calls from a section of the country for President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the next Inspector-General of Police (IGP) from the southeast.

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In a conversation with journalists on Monday, February 1, Garba Shehu, a presidential media aide, revealed the calibre of person the president will choose to succeed Mohammad Adamu, Bioreports News reports.

Shehu said President Buhari will not be driven by ethnic sentiments or affiliations in his choice of the next police chief, in line with what he did while picking the new service chiefs.

Rather, he said the president will only appoint someone who will ensure the security of Nigerians better than what has been recorded.

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He revealed:

“I haven’t spoken with the President but if I read his mind correctly, the president would rather have an Inspector General of Police who would make you and I safer, who would protect lives and property than one who is more pronounced by his tribal marks.”

Shehu added that Buhari will make the appointment upon his return from his home town, Daura in Katsina state.

Meanwhile, Olusegun Obasanjo, a former Nigerian president, said the worsening insecurity in the country was responsible for the low patronage from foreign investors.

The former president made this disclosure on Sunday, January 31, during a virtual interview with academic and historian, Toyin Falola.

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Obasanjo said investors are being chased away and discouraged because of rising atrocities of dreaded militant group Boko Haram and banditry in the north.

He also stated that Nigeria, unlike many other countries in Africa, has chances “but squandered those opportunities” due to poor leadership and greed in the current government.

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Wike tackles Buhari again, ‘over electoral act.’

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Governor Wike accused former Chief of Army Staff, General Tukur Yusuf Buratai of political bias.

Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike has tackled President Muhammadu Buhari for not assenting to the amended electoral act before the 2019 general elections. – NoRM

Wike, who spoke during an interview on NoRM‘s known Media in Port Harcourt, said for the nation to move forward, elections needs to be transparent and all votes are counted.

“Why didn’t the President sign the last amendment Electoral Act, why? Because APC as a party had informed the president that if you sign this electoral amendment, you are likely to lose the election,” Wike said. “Therefore, don’t sign it. And of course, the president did not sign the electoral amendment act.

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“I am not carried away by the antics of the National Assembly. They all know what will make the country to move forward. One, make the election to be transparent by ensuring that all votes are counted. You can achieve that by allowing the card reader to function. So that the figures recorded on the card reader should tally with the transmitted figures.”

Wike said the National Assembly members are often preoccupied about the next election, so they tend to skew the electoral amendment act to benefit their interest and that of their political party.

The governor said an amendment of the electoral act by the National Assembly will be mere charade if card reader is not to be used to determine the validity of every vote cast.

The governor observed that several attempts to achieve a credible electoral reform had been mired by overriding personal ambition of persons with vested political interest within and outside the National Assembly.

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On security, the governor advised the new service chiefs to shun politics and concentrate on strategy that will enable them to end insurgency in the country .

Wike noted that lots of Nigerians had lost confidence in the former service chiefs, thus, the clamour for Buhari to sack them. He applauded Buhari for listening to citizens.

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“They must understand that challenges are enormous and so they have a lot of work to do. They should not concern themselves with politics,” Wike said.

He cited the arrest and detention of recruits of the Rivers State Neighbourhood Watch Safety Corps who were undergoing training at the National Youth Service Corp orientation camp at Norwan in Rivers State by the Nigerian Army on the directive of the then Chief of Army Staff.

The governor described Buhari’s claim that the security situation in the country has improved far beyond what the situation was when he assumed office in 2015 as erroneous.

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“Things have gone very bad,” Wike said. “Everybody knows that insecurity has reached the level where everybody was saying change the service chiefs. If it was good, nobody will call for their sack. Even in his party, the APC said the insecurity has gotten to a level we cannot bear again.”

Wike pointed out that despite the withdrawal of $1 Billion, estimated to be above N450 Billion from the excess crude account to procure armament to fight the insurgents, security has continued to deteriorate.

Speaking on the issue of community policing, the governor noted that both the federal government and the police high command are playing politics with the scheme.

“If you want this country to move forward, it is important that the States must take control of security apparatus of their state,” Wike said.

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“I know the local governments, I know the communities, I know the families. So I should be able to say this is what we should do in policing these areas. Therefore, the need for community policing is necessary, but what is the problem is that the federal government comes up to say, they will support community policing, but where have they supported it.”

“The police itself will say, oh we are interested in community policing. Let me tell you what happened in my State. They said they want to do community policing and they called traditional rulers to seek their cooperation.”

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‘We have a new Buhari from Sudan’ – Obasanjo’s revelation.

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He urged the president to wake up and fight banditry and other crimes especially in the northern part of the country.

Former Nigeria presient, Olusegun Obasanjo, has kicked against claims that there is “a new Buhari from Sudan” in Aso Rock.

Obasanjo, during a virtual interview with historian, Toyin Falola, on Sunday, however expressed his worry over insecurity in the North West of the country, where incidentally President Muhammadu Buhari is from.

Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and Present Leader (2021), President Muhammadu Buhari

Obasanjo said, “I thought I knew President Buhari because he worked with me. But I used to ask people, is it that I have not read him well or read him adequately or is it that he has changed from the Buhari that I used to know? I am not subscribing to the people who say we have a new Buhari from Sudan and all that nonsense.

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“I know what I believed was his limitations and I have written about it – he wasn’t strong in economics, not all of us are strong in anything but you need to have sufficient knowledge of it for you to direct the affairs. He wasn’t particularly too strong in foreign affairs but I thought he was strong enough in the military.

“But with what I have seen now, I believe that maybe he will be thinking of a legacy. Maybe he will also learn from what has happened in recent times. If you are the commander-in-chief and banditry is taking place in your backyard, then you have to wake up.”

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Buratai couldn’t ‘keep his mouth shut’ off politics – Wike

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The governor warned that if the new service chiefs are to toe the path of those before them, then the nation will not experience any turnaround in security issues.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State says the security challenges faced under the former security chiefs came as a result of their delving into politics.

According to Governor Wike, “instead of concentrating on the security of the nation, the service chiefs were very much involved in politics.”

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Speaking as a guest on NoRM‘s known Media, Wike urged the new leaders of the armed forces not to toe the path of their predecessors.

“This was the problem we had with the previous chiefs, they were involved in politics rather than face the security of the nation.

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“Nobody can deny that fact; the moment you politicize security, then you are bound to have problems,” Wike stated via a zoom call.

Rivers States Governor, Nyesom Wike speak on why Buratai got sacked, others.

The PDP chieftain said the nation appreciates the change of service chiefs, but warned that the issues do not end at the exchange of baton.

“The new people that are appointed must ask themselves, what is our agenda? Is our agenda to continue with where the last service chiefs stopped, or to make sure we improve?”

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The governor’s statement comes few hours after New Chief of Defence Staff, Major General Lucky Irabor led other service chiefs on an operational visit to the Headquarters, Command and Control Centre of Operation Lafiya Dole in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital.

This trip by the new service chiefs serves as the first operational visit aimed at better prosecuting the war against the insurgents and other miscreants across the country, a task which Governor Wike says is too enormous to be mixed with politics.

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Voice of Nigeria DG laud Buhari’s internal democracy promotion

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The VON boss praised the President for upholding the internal democracy and hence, bidding goodbye to imposition of candidates in APC.

Noble Reporters Media gathers that the Nationwide APC Membership Revalidation would kick-off simultaneously on Tuesday nationwide.

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He said: “One salutes President Buhari for promoting the doctrine of internal democracy, hence bidding goodbye to imposition of candidates in the APC during primary elections.

“I am glad that the President gave life oxygen to Section 7 (viii) of the APC constitution, which states interalia, ‘To promote and uphold the practice of internal democracy at all levels of the party’s organisation.

“Taking cognizance of upholding this core tenet of democracy and repositioning our great party, the President proclaimed that, `No more crowning from Abuja downward. Let the people know this and appreciate it that they are in charge of their constituencies and they are in charge of the party.

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“Without any incentive, they must come out and defend the party at any level so that we, you and the party will feel secure and comfortable because the old-time of putting hands in the pocket is over because the money is no longer available’’.

Okechukwu further said that Buhari, as the foremost leader of APC, has undoubtedly raised the Red-Flag to ubiquitous ‘Food is Ready Politicians (FRPs)’ in Abuja, and surreptitiously reap offices meant for hardworking party members.

According to him, to avoid the huge loss inflicted on our great party by the crass imposition of candidates in the 2018 primary elections, we must avoid the Red-Flag of undue endorsement of candidates.

The VON D-G said: “For the avoidance of doubt, if not for crass imposition of candidates in our party in 2018, the stocks of our sister political party, the PDP, could have crashed badly.

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“Imposition in APC elevated the fortunes of PDP, that today, they can afford to bandy fake news, make noise, fail to pay the bailout funds and subvert eloquent policies of the President like the Social Investment Programmes, and Executive Order 10’’.

Okechukwu called on APC leadership at all levels to strictly adhere to the President’s Red-Flag proclamation that the party style and structure should no longer operate from Abuja downwards but from the ward level upwards.

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Abubakar heads to Chile as Dodo emerges Buhari’s new ADC.

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Customarily, the ADC attends to the personal needs of the president and other matters regarding his functions as head of state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces.

President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the nomination of Lt. Col. Yusuf Dodo as his Aide-De-Camp (ADC).

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Noble Reporters Media learnt that the appointment of Dodo followed the nomination of Buhari’s out-going ADC, Col. Mohammed Abubakar to attend a five-month course in Santiago, Chile from March 8 to July 30.

The course is a prerequisite for Abubakar’s next promotion to the rank of brigadier-general, expected to be carried out in the last quarter of this year.

Abubakar will by the end of February be the longest serving ADC to a civilian president, having served in that position for almost six years.

He is also the second longest serving ADC in the history of the Nigerian armed forces after late Col. Walbe, who served Gen. Yakubu Gowon for nine years.

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NoRM learnt that the 48-year-old ADC, who has served in various army units and formations within and outside Nigeria at different capacities recommended his successor by nominating three seasoned and trustworthy army officers to Buhari.

The president picked Dodo, an Academy Adjutant of Nigerian Defence Academy.

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Dodo is to under-study Abubakar for three weeks to learn the ropes of his new assignment, a presidential source told NoRM‘s known correspondent.

The office of ADC to the president statutorily provides security and protects the president and his family in conjunction with other security agencies.

Officers, who are nominated to be ADC to the president must be loyal, have high morale standard, impeccable character and have courage and be knowledgeable.

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The presidency source described Abubakar as a tested and experienced commander, instructor, security manager and a talented investigator.

The new ADC was born on March 28, 1973 at Wusasa in Zaria.

”His father is from Kano State and his mother is from Edo State. He has an impressive educational background,” the source added.

Abubakar attended the Nigerian Military School, Zaria from 1985 to 1990, where he developed early leadership skills.

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The new ADC, a fellow of the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, is married to Hajiya Fatima Musa Daura. He is blessed with children.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, when contacted confirmed the appointment of the new ADC.

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We have nothing to hide – Buhari says after APC revalidation

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Buhari said the administration had given more attention to agriculture in order to diversify and strengthen the economy.

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians of full implementation of the 2021 budget, with all transparency and openness in meeting the targets, while appreciating the National Assembly for the effective and detailed attention before the passage.

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Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja, said the president gave the assurance in Daura, Katsina State, after participating in the registration and revalidation exercise of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He said the budget aptly captured some of the visions of the administration, and all efforts would be poured in to ensure effective implementation.

“We have directed all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to follow what is in the budget so that we can get the National Assembly to easily support the next budget.

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“We can tell them what we have received, and how it was spent.

“We are always ready to make the balance sheet available for all Nigerians and the National Assembly. We have nothing to hide.’’

“We are still grateful to Morocco for the support they gave us in producing fertiliser in the country.

”We have 42 companies producing fertiliser in six Geo-Political Zones.’’

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The President’s registration exercise in Daura was attended by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and ten governors.

The affected governors included, Mai Mala Buni of Yobe, who is the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee, and other party stalwarts.

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#Newsworthy

President Buhari revalidates APC membership.

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Buhari called on all those interested in the party to turn out in large numbers to revalidate and register, and be mindful of the COVID-19 regulations in carrying out the exercise.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Daura, Katsina State, called on leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to encourage more participation and ownership of the party at the grassroots.

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Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s spokesman in a statement, said the president made call when he hosted Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, some governors and party members of the APC at his country-home after his registration at Sarkin Yara Ward, Daura.

He said they could achieve this by adopting bottom-up processes of registration and revalidation at ward, local government, state and federal levels, including the FCT.

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According to him, a continuous sense of ownership by members will strengthen the party structure, guarantee better prospects in elections and insure its future.

“I want to thank you for coming all the way for the flag-off of our party’s registration exercise. Your coming is important to further boost the morale of party members and draw new members.

“Thank you for choosing a bottom-up process of registration at our ward, local government, state and national level, including the FCT.

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“Our party style and structure should no longer be Abuja downwards, but from the ward level upwards. So that people can defend the party and its policies even at every level.

”The question of putting hands in pocket to get people to participate is no longer there since we don’t have the money to share.’’

The president said elites in the country should be more reflective and fair in their assessment of the administration, noting that the strides recorded should be appreciated.

“I will like our elites to be more reflective and remember when we came in in 2015. Where we were then, the resources available and the infrastructure we met on the ground.

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“From 1999 to 2014, our country produced 2.1million barrels of oil and a barrel was over 100 dollars at some point.

”The economy was so much in a terrible state after we came in that we had to give bailout to states so that salaries and pensions can be paid. Now, we have a more stable polity.’’

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In his remarks, the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the APC and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, said the governing party had already set up two committees to ensure effectiveness in the registration and revalidation process.

According to him, Gov. Yahaya Bello is heading the mobilisation and sensitisation, while the Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger leads the registration process.

“We are very proud of you. You are a special human being that God uses when Nigeria is in trouble.

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”When you came to power in 1983, Nigeria was suffering from the attacks of Maitasine, and you dealt with them in Maiduguri, Gombe and all other places. I was in secondary school then.

“You also improved the economy. You instituted War Against Indiscipline to bring more focus. You inherited Boko Haram when you came in 2015, like the Maitasine.

”We are enjoying relative peace. In Yobe State, five local governments were in the hands of Boko Haram before you came in and no secretariat there was functioning. The situation is different now.

“You have successfully stopped the bomb blasts in various parts of the country and today people in the North East are getting resettled.’’

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The Chairman said the success of the ward level registration by the President would further encourage grassroots participation.

The President’s party registration in Daura was attended by ten governors, the Senate President and a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and other party stalwarts.

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Buhari to spend four days in hometown, Daura, Katsina.

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The President considers this exercise as a very important one for the nation’s democracy and its yearning for good leadership as a requirement of the process of nation building.

President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled to his hometown of Daura in Katsina state for a four-day official visit.

This was confirmed by his Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Friday.

Buhari was welcomed at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua International Airport, Katsina by the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari, the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly and the Chief Judge.

During his stay in Daura, he is expected to, among other engagements, participate in the All Progressives Party, APC membership registration and revalidation exercise.

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In a broadcast last week, President Buhari urged “all good people,” not only to speak but to rise up and “get involved in the task of improving their society,” adding that “for most citizens, their greatest weapon is their vote. Register now for your Party and register when the time comes for elections.”

The President is expected to return to Abuja on Tuesday.

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Fayose says Buhari ‘no longer man of integrity’

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This was faulted by the Federal Government through the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), who said TI has no evidence to back the report.

Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over the latest corruption perception index report by Transparency Index.

The report placed Nigeria at 146 out of the 180 countries listed, adding that in West Africa, Nigeria is second most corrupt country after Guinea-Bissau.

Reacting to the Federal Government’s stance on the report, Fayose recalled how the current regime attacked the administration of ex-president Goodluck Jonathan using TI report.

“When the President and his APC gang labelled the PDP government of President Jonathan as corrupt, they relied on reports by the Transparency International (TI). Then, the organization was right and its reports were credible,” Fayose said.

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“Now under Buhari, Mr “Integrity and Corruption Fighter”, the same Transparency International’s latest report placing Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in West Africa is no longer credible.”

He added, “Transparency International has now established that under Buhari, Nigeria has become the hq of corruption. At this point, it’s illegal and morally unacceptable to refer to Buhari as Mr Integrity. He has equally failed in securing Nigerians. Therefore, Buhari’s integrity my foot.”

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COVID-19: Gov’t contemplates fresh lockdown.

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The Federal Government on Friday said it is contemplating a targeted lockdown in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna and major cities in Nigeria as the number of COVID-19 cases soars in the West African nation.

Although recoveries from the disease in the country have crossed 100,000, the Nigerian government is worried that with more than 127,000 infections, many citizens are not adhering to the safety protocols.

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“Certainly, even if we are going to have a lockdown, it is not going to be a total lockdown. A couple of weeks back, we analysed the data and we identified the hotspot local government areas,” the National Incident Manager of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Dr Mukhtar Muhammad, said on Media programme, known to Noble Reporters Media.

“Mostly, the areas affected are the urban local governments in Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Plateau. Even in most other states, it is the urban areas that are involved. So, if we are going to have any restrictions, it will be in these areas.

“The urban areas are the most affected and that is why we have these superspreaders and that is where we are going to target. We have analysed that and we are advising the states based on the data that these are the focused areas where these transmissions are more than the others.”

41 Million More Doses
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Thursday noted that the country has secured additional 41 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as the fight to tame the disease gathers steam.

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However, the date of the vaccine’s delivery into the country remains unknown as vaccine manufacturers struggle to meet global demand in time.

“We do not have an exact date,” Dr Ehanire said on NoRM‘s known Media. “The date it comes out depends on when the manufacturers are able to deliver, and that is not something that any country can enforce at this time.”

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Buhari asks National Assembly to confirm new service chiefs.

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Consequently, he said the Service Chiefs have only been nominated but not appointed.

President Muhammadu Buhari has communicated the appointment of the Service Chiefs to the National Assembly and has sought the confirmation of the said appointment by the Senate.

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This communication was done through Buhari’s letter to the Senate President dated 27th January 2021.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Senator Babajide Omoworare who made this disclosure on Friday stated that this is in furtherance of Section 18 (1) of the Armed Forces Act Cap. A.20 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

According to Senator Omoworare, Buhari’s gesture goes contrary to fears expressed in some quarters that the president has “bypassed” the National Assembly in the process of the appointment of the Service Chiefs and that he has no intention of seeking consideration and confirmation of their appointment.

“Mr President, upon nomination for the appointments, sought confirmation of the Senate for the appointment of Major General Lucky Irabor, Major General Ibrahim Attahiru, Rear Admiral Awwal Gambo and Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Amao as Chief of Defence Staff, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff and Chief of Air Staff respectively, vide his aforementioned letter.

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“It is on record that this same procedure was adopted when the immediate past Service Chiefs were appointed. Upon announcement of the appointment of the then Service Chiefs – Major General Abayomi Olonisakin (Chief of Defence Staff), Major General Tukur Buratai (Chief of Army Staff), Rear Admiral Ibok-Efe Ibas (Chief of Naval Staff) and Air Vice Marshal Sadique Abubakar (Chief of Air Staff), Mr. President had written the 8th Senate on 14th July 2015 for confirmation. Whilst the correspondence was read on the floor of the Senate on 28th July 2015, consideration and confirmation of the appointments was carried out at the Committee of the Whole on 4th August 2015,” Senator Omoworare stated.

The National Assembly is to resume plenary sessions on 9th February 2021, and Omoworare said he is hopeful that then the president’s communication for consideration and confirmation of the nominations for appointment of the Service Chiefs would be undertaken.

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The news about President Buhari writing to the National Assembly comes a few hours after human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) faulted the president’ appointment of the new Service Chiefs following the resignation of the former officers.

In a statement personally signed by him on Wednesday, Mr Falana quoted a 2013 judgment which described the appointments of Service Chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly as illegal and unconstitutional.

“Yesterday, President Buhari was reported to have appointed new service chiefs for the armed forces.

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“Upon a critical review of the law on the subject matter the members of the Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond (ASCAP) have found that the appointments remain inchoate as President Muhammadu Buhari has not forwarded the names of the proposed service chiefs to the National Assembly for approval in strict compliance with the relevant provisions of the Constitution and the Armed Forces Act.

“The appointments of service chiefs without the concurrence of the National Assembly which had been the practice since 1999 was challenged in the Federal High Court sometime in 2008 by Mr. Festus Keyamo SAN (the current Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity) in the case of Keyamo v President Goodluck Jonathan (unreported Suit No FHC/ABJ/ CS/611/2008).

“In his landmark judgment delivered on July 2, 2013, Adamu Bello J. (as he then was) held that it was illegal and unconstitutional, null and void for the President to single-handedly appoint Service Chiefs without the approval of the National Assembly having regards to the combined effect of Section 218 of the Constitution and section 18 (1) & (3) of the Armed Forces Act..,” the statement read.

“Because it was acknowledged that the judgment was sound and unimpeachable the Federal Government did not challenge any aspect of it at the Court of Appeal.

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“To that extent, the judgment is binding on all authorities and persons in Nigeria in accordance with the provisions of section 287of the Constitution”.

Falana and ASCAB, therefore, called on President Buhari to forward the names of the proposed Service Chiefs to both houses of the National Assembly for confirmation, stating that a failure to do so, means that the said appointments are liable to be set aside on the basis of the valid and subsisting judgment of the Federal High Court.

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Femi Falana reacts to appointment of new service chiefs.

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According to the Senior Advocate, these laws have not been obeyed in the latest appointment of Service Chiefs by the president.

Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), says the nation has continued in its habit of operating under an atmosphere of impunity.

Speaking on the appointment of the new Service Chiefs, Mr. Falana said going on to appoint the new leaders of the Armed Forces without the confirmation by the two chambers of the National Assembly, constitutes a disregard for the rule of law.

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Mr. Falana who was a guest on NoRM‘s known Media said the provisions within section 218 of the constitution empower the National Assembly to approve the appointment of the Service Chiefs.

According to the rights lawyer, the new service chiefs have only been nominated by the president and are awaiting confirmation by the legislators.

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Falana was of the opinion that the whole essence of a presidential system of government is to ensure that there are checks and balances.

“Section 18 of the Armed Forces Act makes provision for both chambers of the National Assembly to approve the appointments of Service Chiefs.

“These laws were interpreted in the case of Festus Keyamo versus the President of Nigeria and the decision was rendered in 2018 by retired Justice Adamu Bello.

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“The government did not appeal that judgment, in that case, the court held that by the combined effect of section 218 of the constitution and section 18 of the Armed Forces Act, the National Assembly shall approve or confirm the appointment of Service Chiefs.”

Repeated calls and appointment of new service chiefs
President Buhari on Wednesday accepted the immediate resignation of the former leaders of the armed forces and appointed new officers as replacements.

Major-General Leo Irabor replaced General Abayomi Olonisakin as Chief of Defence Staff; Air Vice Marshal Isiaka Oladayo Amao replaced Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar as Chief of Air Staff; Rear Admiral Awwal Zubairu Gambo replaced Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ekwe Ibas as Chief of Naval Staff; while General Ibrahim Attahiru replaced Lieutenant General Tukur Yusuf Buratai as Chief of Army Staff.

The replacement of the Service Chiefs came after numerous calls for their sack over the increasing insecurity in the country.

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But despite debates over the reason behind the replacement, the Presidency has maintained that it was considered the best decision for the country at the moment.

President Buhari appreciated the outgoing Service Chiefs for what he calls their “overwhelming achievements in our efforts at bringing enduring peace to our dear country,” wishing them well in their future endeavours.

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NGF lauds Buhari on new security appointments

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Buhari had on Tuesday approved the immediate resignation of the then Service Chiefs, and their retirement from service.

The Northern Governors’ Forum has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to replace the country’s Service Chiefs.

Those involved were the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin; Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Tukur Buratai; Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas; and Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar.

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The President announced the appointment replacement in the persons of Major-General Leo Irabor, Chief of Defence Staff; Major-General I. Attahiru, Chief of Army Staff; Rear Admiral A.Z Gambo, Chief of Naval Staff; and Air-Vice Marshal I.O Amao, Chief of Air Staff.

Fielding questions from newsmen after meeting President Buhari in the State House, Friday, Chairman of the Forum, Simon Lalong, who is the Governor of Plateau State, said the step taken by the President was a right step towards addressing the menace of insecurity in the country.

“I came into the Presidential Villa in two respects; on behalf of the Northern Governors’ Forum and also as State Governor from Plateau State. I extended our felicitations to the President on a new year and also congratulated and commended him for the steps he is taking in addressing insecurity in the country especially in Northern Nigeria.

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“The change of Service Chiefs is very commendable and also to remind him about some of the things left behind by their predecessors so that we can hasten and conclude them so as to make people safe.

“We had serious cases of banditry, kidnapping and so many issues of insecurity in the country, we will not expect that to continue. So, we are going to give maximum cooperation to the new Service Chiefs, while also commending the outgone ones for their roles in addressing issues of insecurity.”

The forum Chairman said he used the occasion of his visit to thank President Buhari for the intervention in the financial constraints besetting the Northern Nigeria Development Company (NNDC) by settling the outstanding retirement benefits of workers of New Nigeria Newspapers.

“For the Northern Governors, we had a protracted problem in NNDC especially about the New Nigeria Staff, who were laid off or retired, about their gratuity and pension.

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“The President intervened and that has taken a whole lot of weight from us as we address the issue of reviving the NNDC,” he said.

Governor Lalong said the Northern Governors are also happy with the President’s inauguration of a steering committee on the alternate education programme, which will help address the problem of out of school children.

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Nigeria remains second ‘most corrupt’ in West Africa.

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Critics believe Buhari’s campaign against corruption is selective and questionable. But the president has consistently said he allowed anti-graft agency to work without interference.

Despite President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaigns since winning his first term election about five years ago, Nigeria is still been perceived as one of Africa’s most corrupt countries.

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Not only did the country slipped two places below from 146th position in 2019 to 149th in 2020, the country also scored 25 out of 100 points, falling by one point compared to 2019, according to 2020 Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index.

The 149th position means Nigeria is just above 31 countries out of 180 countries surveyed worldwide, while Nigeria is ranked 25 out of 49 countries in the sub-region.

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Of the 180 countries measured, Nigeria is perceived as the second most corrupt country in West Africa.

TI measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 180 countries/territories around the world.

“This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) paints a grim picture of the state of corruption worldwide. While most countries have made little to no progress in tackling corruption in nearly a decade, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50,” the report reads.

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“Our analysis shows corruption not only undermines the global health response to COVID-19, but contributes to a continuing crisis of democracy,” it added.

According to the report, civil society organisations in Nigeria denounced reports of hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives by states and called on anti-corruption institutions to investigate the allegations.

The current low ranking is no surprise.

Nigeria has scored relatively low on the ranking. Between 2011 till date, Nigeria’s score has varied from 24 to 28 percent and its ranking from 136th to 149th.

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Since 2012 when the scale of 100 was first used, 2016 was Nigeria’s relatively best year. The country had a score of 28 and ranked 138 out of the 176 countries surveyed that year.

With a score of 25, 2013 was perceived as the country’s most corrupt year, when it ranked 144 out of 177 other countries.

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Until now, the Buhari administration believes it is making credible progress in its anti-corruption campaign, in that, in 2020 the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and the anti-graft agency, EFCC, condemned the report, saying TI was oblivious of Buhari’s “achievements”.

Buhari has blocked perceived leakages in government, for example, faulty contract-bidding process and lack of financial documentation.

This has made it more difficult to indulge in brazen corrupt practices. The anti-corruption commission has had a busy time prosecuting alleged corrupt individuals and politicians.

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Some of them were given jail sentences, while others ended as mere media trial after suspects were acquitted.

Corruption charges against some public officials and politicians have been put on hold as some of the accused are now part of Buhari’s administration or political party, All Progressives Congress. Some notable members of the party, including a former governor and serving senator, were convicted by courts.

In 2020, Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency boss, appointed by Buhari, was removed from office over graft allegations.

Ibrahim Magu headed the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for about five years without the confirmation of the Nigeria Senate.

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He served as “acting chairman” after the senate twice refused to confirm his appointment. Although there were political machinations behind the rejections, there were also allegations by the security services department of corruption and being too cozy with Umar Mohammed, a retired air commodore who authorities described as a “questionable businessman”.

Magu was accused of, among other things, re-looting recovered funds and “insubordination and misconduct.”

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Buhari signs bill to compulsory using of ‘face mask’ in Public.

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Part 1 of regulation, which deals with restrictions on gatherings, stipulates that at all gatherings, a physical distance of at least two metres shall be maintained at all times between persons.

The President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.

Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, has signed the Coronavirus Disease Health Protection Bill 2021 making the use of face masks in public places mandatory, among other measures to curtail the further spread of COVID-19.

The Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this while addressing journalists on Wednesday.

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He said the President signed the document in the exercise of the powers conferred on him by Section 4 of the Quarantine Act, Cap. Q2 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2010.

It added, “No gathering of more than 50 persons shall hold in an enclosed space, except for religious purposes, in which case the gathering shall not exceed 50 per cent capacity of the space.

“All persons in public gatherings, whether in enclosed or open spaces, shall adhere to the provisions of Part 2 of these Regulations.

“The provisions of these regulations may be varied by Guidelines and Protocols as may be issued, from time to time, by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 on the recommendation of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.”

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In the same vein, Part 2 of the regulation stipulates that no person shall be allowed within the premises of a market, mall, supermarket, shop, restaurants, hotels, event centres, gardens, leisure parks, recreation centres, motor parks, fitness centre or any other similar establishment.

It, however, stated that an exemption is when the person “is wearing a face covering that covers the nose and mouth, he washes his hands or cleaned the hands using hand sanitiser approved by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, and his body temperature has been checked. Any person found to have a body temperature above 38 degrees Celsius shall be denied entry and advised to immediately seek medical attention.”

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