BREAKING: President Buhari Quickly Makes New Appointments, Confirms Others, With Brand New Portfolios, Today

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved new appointments into key Federal Agencies, while also confirming those earlier appointed.

Among those whose appointments were confirmed, include the Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Adebisi Shonubi, Part-time Chairman, Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, Muiz Banire, SAN, and Secretary Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Dr. Sule Yakubu Bassi.

 

A statement signed on Friday by Olusegun A. Adekunle, the Permanent Secretary (General Services Office) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, added that, those on the confirmed list include five Chief Executive Officers and two Executive Directors of Federal Agencies.

 

Shonubi, the former Managing Director of the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc, was named the CBN Deputy Governor in June, with effect from October 17, 2018, for a period of five years in the first instance.

Banire’s appointment at AMCON took effect from October 17, 2018, for a period of five years in the first instance, while Bassi’s appointment at the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, was with effect from October 19, 2018, for an initial period of four years.

 

 

The statement also said that the President appointed Senator Abba Ali and Mohammed Sagir, as members (Non- Legal Practitioners) Federal Judiciary Service Commission, for an initial period of five years, with effect from October 24, 2018.

Dr. Yomi Kasali was appointed Director/CEO, National Centre for Agricultural Mechanisation, NCAM, Ilorin, for initial term of four years, with effect from October 28, 2018, while Dr. Olufemi Ajayi Oladunni was confirmed Director/CEO Agricultural and Rural Management Training Institute, ARMTI, Ilorin. Clement Onyeabo Nze was named the DG, Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency, for an initial term of four years, with effect from October 28, 2018.

Also, Clement Isong (to replace Mr.Thomas Olawore), was appointed member of the Board of the Petroleum Product Pricing Regulatory Agency, PPPRA.
David Nyikyaa is the Secretary National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, with effect from November 1, 2018.

 

 

Obinna Ogwuegbu is the Secretary Special Investigation Panel for Recovery of Public Property, with effect from November 2, 2018.

Dr. Akinrinola Samuel Akintunde was named the Provost Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, for an initial term of four years, with effect from November 6, 2018, while Prof. Emmanuel Adebayo Fasakin was appointed Rector, for a second and final term of four years , effect from November 6, 2018.

Obadiah Simon Nkom is the new Director-General/CEO Nigeria Mining Cadastre Office. His appointment takes effect from January 12, 2019, and it is for an initial term of four years.

The five Chief Executive Officers and two Executive Directors of Federal Agencies, whose appointments were confirmed and renewed, include Prof. Okechukwu Ukwuoma DG National Centre for Technology Management, NACETEM; and Prof. Victor Adebayo Adetiloye, Chief MedicalDirector, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife.

The latter is for a second and final term of four years, with effect, from September 22, 2018. Other new appointees are Ambassador Abdul-Jalil Suleiman DG Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa, DTCA, and Dr. Bassey Emem Abasi, Chief Medical Director, University of Uyo Teaching Hospital.

 

 

 

Mrs. Mojoyin-Oluwa Dekalu-Thomas and Mrs. Chinedum Olisakwe-Lawrence, were appointed ED (Liability Management) and ED (Corporate Services) Electricity Liability Management Company, NELMCO, respectively, for an initial term of four years, with effect from September 20, 2018, second and final terms of four years with effect from September 20, 2018.

The President also appointed Capt. Junaid Abdullahi, Executive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency, BDCA, with effect from September 22, 2018, for an initial period of four years.

Buhari, in the statement, enjoined the new appointees to serve the nation with all sense of responsibility, honesty, diligence, and promote good governance in the discharge of their duties.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Defends Nigeria’s $73Bn Debts, Sets The Record Straight, Ahead Of 2019 Elections

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo this week, defended Nigeria’s $73 billion debts profile, insisting the country was still within the safe region compared to other nations.

 

Although, Osinbajo admitted that the debt increased by another $10bn between 2015 and 2018.

 

 

Speaking during a town hall meeting with Nigerians in Abuja, the vice president defended the debt profile, by maintaining that Nigeria was still within the safe region compared to other nations.

 

The VP stated that people had misconceptions when they argued that the Buhari-led government was piling up more debts than other administrations did.

 

 

He dismissed such fears, giving an analysis on why he believed debts were not the country’s key predicaments. Osinbajo argued that the country’s debts rose the “sharpest” between 2010 and 2014 when oil prices were also quite high.

 

Osinbajo maintained: “I want to give you the facts and figures on the debt issue. The dollar-denominated debts of Nigeria –that is the debts of the Federal Government, the states and local governments.

 

 

“In 2010, Nigeria’s debt was $35bn; 2011, it was $41bn; in 2012, it was $48bn; in 2013, it became $64bn; 2014, it rose to $67bn; 2015, it fell to $63bn; 2016, $57bn; 2017, $70bn; 2018, it is $73bn. So, the difference between 2015 and now is $10bn.

 

“One of the things that I always want you to bear in mind is that when oil prices were at their highest, between 2010 and 2014, that was when we had the sharpest rise in debts.”

 

 

“Our debt to GDP is one of the lowest among the countries that are frequently compared to us. Our debt to GDP is 20 per cent. When you compare it to other countries, you will see that Ghana is about 68 per cent, whereas Ethiopia’s is 48 per cent. In terms of the size of our economy and debt, we are doing okay.”

 

However, he also revealed that the country had a challenge with revenue collection, which did not match its debt profile.

 

Osinbajo further said: “We are not collecting enough revenue compared to what we want to spend. Are we collecting enough taxes?

 

 

“If you look at the Federal Inland Revenue Service Figures, it say 914 Nigerians pay the self-assessed tax of more than N10m. Of the 914, 912 live in Lagos and the other two live in Ogun State.

 

“No other Nigerian outside of Lagos and Ogun pay the self-assessed tax of more than N10m. So, we are simply not collecting enough revenue.”

 

Osinbajo also said the federal and state governments were already discussing harmonising tax collections.

It’s About Time! President Buhari Deploys Special Forces To Capture Boko Haram Leader, Dead Or Alive

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the deployment of special forces and logistics in the northeast to boost the fight against Boko Haram terrorists.

 

The Punch reports that the chief of army staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, carried out the deployment to boost forces of the 123 special forces battalion of the Theatre Command of the Operation Lafiya Dole.

 

 

The recent troop deployment followed an arson attack by suspected Boko Haram terrorists on Mammanti village along Damboa Road in Borno state.

 

It is expected that the deployment will bring an end to the insurgent.

 

 

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army says it has embarked on the construction of a holding facility in Borno to improve detainee management of insurgents during investigations.

 

Brigadier General Texas Chukwu, the director of Army public relations, said this in a statement on Friday, November 16, in Maiduguri. Chukwu said that the project had become imperative to enhance the management of detained insurgents, in accordance with international best practices.

 

 

The statement said that Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, was represented at the foundation-laying ceremony of the project by Major General Enobong Udoh, the chief of logistics, army headquarters.

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Buhari Smiles At Nollywood As Toyin Abraham Finally Dumps PDP For APC

Buhari is all smiles as it’s safe to say popular Nollywood actress, Toyin Abraham is no longer a die-hard fan of PDP. Recall, the actress campaigned for the party in 2015 and even said ‘I can die for PDP’. Today she is party of the APC lead Government TraderMoni train.

We first saw her with VP Osinbajo and aspiring governor of Lagos state, Sanwo Olu in Lagos and thought that was it.
Toyin posted a video of herself, the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo and APC Lagos State Governorship Candidate, Sanwo Olu, walk down the streets of Lagos.
She wrote on her Instagram page, “An evening with The Vice President Osinbajo and the future Governor of Lagos, Mr. Babajide Sanwolu. We are here.”
Toyin was once again spotted with the Vice-President and Governor of Oyo state, Abiola Ajimobi, as they stormed Bodija and Oje markets yesterday in Ibadan.
Toyin wrote on Instagram, “Was in Ibadan with the Vice President and Gov.of OYO state yesterday for distribution/monitoring of Tradermoni, it is surprising that many people just heard about it yesterday. I am also challenged to become more involved in politics and policy governing Nigerians. Please young people, let’s not stand far away anymore, it is time to get more involved. Things are happening, things are yet to happen, if we are not involved, we will not know. Cheers to a beautiful weekend”
Toyin Abraham went as far as posting a picture of herself posing on the presidential jet. Safe to say she belongs to APC now?
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Buhari To Nigerians: THIS IS MY VISION

President Muhammadu Buhari says his vision and objectives for Nigeria are very clear and he is on course to achieving them.

The president stated this when he received members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), led by its President, Reverend (Dr,) Samson Ayokunle in State House, Abuja, on Friday.

President Buhari stated that he had been doing his best to fulfil his electoral promises of securing the country, fighting corruption and resuscitating the economy.

According to him, fighting corruption takes longer time especially with the need to adhere to the rule of law.

He said: “It is on record that some cases initiated by the anti-graft bodies since 2003 are yet to be concluded.

“We will, however, not be discouraged. Where monies have been recovered, such monies will not find their way back to the looters as I have directed the EFCC to account for every money it has recovered and put them in a dedicated account.”

Responding to the request of CAN for an overhaul of the intelligence gathering system, President Buhari said the “burden of intelligence gathering involves everyone especially district heads, traditional rulers, opinion leaders and religious leaders that are very close to the grassroots.”

He added that bandits who were operating in various communities live among the people and enjoined leaders of thought in various communities to avail security agencies of information about the criminals.

President Buhari also told the visitors that he had assurances from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the 2019 elections would be free and fair as he had been victim of fraudulent elections and beneficiary of free and fair election in the past.

“When I decided to put on this Agbada to see what the people are seeing in it, I tried three times, 2003, 2007 and 2011, but the fourth time, in 2015, I succeeded.

“We thank God and technology in the form of permanent voters card and card reader, because what they used to do was to look at constituencies, award the votes and then they will say whoever didn’t agree should go to court.

“When people are looking for what to eat, where do they have the money to go to court to pay the SANs?” he said.

On farmers and herders clashes, President Buhari told the visitors that government was working towards finding a lasting solution to it.

The CAN delegation had lauded the President for his efforts in fighting corruption, the initiatives to stem the tide of unemployment and the various efforts aimed at revamping the economy.

They also commended the administration’s efforts toward the fight against Boko Haram terrorists and the implementation of the Bank Verification Number and the Treasury Single Account.

They, however, called on the President, to, ensure that the security agencies remain non-partisan as the nation heads to 2019 elections.

The CAN leaders enjoined the president to restore peace to troubled spots in Northern parts of the country especially in the Garshish District of Plateau State.

They called on him to institute a judicial panel of enquiry to look into the killings in the North Central particularly the murder of retired Maj-Gen.  Idris Alkali and the Royal Highness of the Adara Kingdom in Kaduna, Dr Maiwada Galadima.

According to them, President Buhari should ensure that Nigeria does not go back into recession; urgently resolve the issue of minimum wage and to task the security agencies to ensure the release of Miss Leah Sharibu and other Chibok girls still in captivity.

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NEW BLOOD: Buhari Appoints New CEOs, EDs

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of five Chief Executive officers and two Executive Directors of some Federal Agencies.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Mr Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary (General Services) Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Friday in Abuja.

According to him, Mr Okechukwu Ukwuoma, Director-General, National Centre for Technology Management (NACETEM) is re-appointed for a final term of four years with effect from July 22.

Also, Prof. Victor Adetiloye, Chief Medical Director (CMD), Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, was re-appointed for the final term of four years with effect from Sept. 22.

Buhari also approved the appointment of Amb. Abdul-Jalil Suleiman as the Director-General, Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA), for an initial term of four years with effect from Sept. 17.

Also appointed was Dr Bassey Abasi as Chief Medical Director (CMD), University of Uyo Teaching Hospital, for an initial term of four years with effect from Sept. 22.

Capt. Junaid Abdullahi was appointment as the Executive Secretary, Border Communities Development Agency (BDCA) with effect from Sept. 22 for an initial period of four years.

The president also appointed Mrs Mojoyi Dekalu-Thomas as Executive Director (Liability Management) of Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) for an initial term of four years with effect from Sept. 20.

Mrs Chinedum Olisakwe- Lawrence’s appointment was renewed as the Executive Director (Corporate Services) of Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) for a second term of four years with effect from Sept. 20.

The President enjoined the appointees to regard their appointments as a call to National Service and to carry out their responsibilities with uprightness, diligence and prompt response to the yearnings of the public.

He also charged them to bring their wealth of experience to bear in the discharge of their duties.

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MUST READ!! I Go Dye’s open letter to president Muhammadu Buhari

Popular comedian IGoDye took to his Instagram page to write an open letter to the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.

According to him, he is acting in his capacity as the ambassador of a movement called Make a Difference Against Corruption Today (MADACT). The MADACT ambassador took to posing some questions to the number one citizen of the country. These questions revolved around embezzlement, poor medical amenities, unemployment, hunger and so on.

In what was a constructive criticism, IGoDye hoped to prod the seat of the government in a societal redress that will be of benefit to the people of Nigeria.

See his full post below:

“THERE IS HUNGER IN NIGERIA DON’T LET ANYONE DECEIVE YOU

Your Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari

As madact Ambassador on make A Difference Against Corruption Today, it has expanded my passion to speak.It saddens my heart that after 58 years all sectors of our social and economic lives has been plunged in failure. Over the years,millions of graduates continue to wade through trying times,while youths with creative artistry,artisans and our young women have been denied the true values of nationhood,self esteem has been destroyed,many weep and sleep on a daily basis without a meal

Sir,

The funds recovered from looters in the past fews years of your government is 739 billion Naira, Abacha recovered returned loot is 322,000,000 dollars equivalent of 112billion naira Totalling 851 billion naira. why was the Abacha returned loots shared? Who are the beneficiaries? Why wasn’t the returned and recovered loots used to finance some of the basic social problems like electricity, repairing our refineries and creating jobs for our youths, build a world class hospital that can reduce the travelling expenses of Nigerians travelling abroad for medical treatment?

Sir, if our hospitals were well equipped, you won’t be involved in foreign trips for medical check ups. When you eventual leave office, which hospital would be standard enough to offer you this services and to other Nigerians? Who are the looters that returned the said amount ? How come they are not facing criminal charges or being jailed? How come politicians alleged with 232 billion naira cases of corruption are working for your re-election?

Is it Only those that are with you, that are the presumed saints? Your Excellency, our budgets for the last 3 years of your government 2016 (6.07 trillion),2017 (7.298trillion, )2018 ( 9.12 trillion)

Total 22.488 trillion naira, yet we do not have access to ordinary clean water,with escalated hunger in the land. In 2015, Nigerian was ranked 3rd among the poorest nations index but today in 2018, Nigeria is now ranked number number 1 people living in poverty in world overtaking India .That is why Nigerians are complaining.”

Many Nigerians have taken to commenting on IGoDye’s post. Some thanked him for the bold step he took, others urged him to do better and further make the voice of the people be heard.

Federal High Court Delivers Heartbreaking Judgment To Man Seeking President Buhari’s Sack

The Federal High Court in Abuja, has held that President Muhammadu Buhari has not violated the 1999 Constitution (as amended), by mere proclaiming himself as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
The court delivered judgment in suit no. ABJ/CS/1005/2017, filed by a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, to determine the constitutional qualification of the President of Nigeria, also holding office as the Minister of Petroleum Resources.
 
Justice Mohammed in deciding that there was no violation of section 138 of the Constitution, held that: “The phrase ‘hold’ as contained in S. 138, meant to preside, act, to possess, occupy, or conduct, the actual day to day running of the Office.
“That merely proclaiming/announcing that he (the President) was the Minister for Petroleum, was not enough to conclude that he holds the Office of Minister.
 
“That if the President had not appointed anybody to see to the day to day running of the Office, i.e. Ibe Kachikwu, the court’s decision would have been different.”
 
The court held further that: “Unless it can be shown that the President is directly conducting, directing, occupying the office of the Petroleum Minister, then, it can be said that the President actually holds the Office of the Petroleum Minister.”
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APC Chieftain Addresses ‘Fake Buhari’ Conspiracy Theory, Mentions Saraki, Dogara

A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has described those peddling the narrative of ‘fake Buhari’ leading Nigeria as gullible mischief makers, who are being urged on by those who have prayed for President Muhammadu Buhari’s death.
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Eze in a statement issued and circulated in Port Harcourt on Thursday, also revealed that the narrative had been part of the strategies of those who have plundered the nation’s wealth without conscience before President Buhari came in to end their reign of unchecked stealing.
 
According to the party chieftain, the authors of the narrative had hoped that the president would not return alive from his prolonged sick leave abroad, but were shocked to see him back healthier and pushing the anti-corruption campaign more vigorously, adding that their ‘plan B’ was taking advantage of the gullible and hateful, selling them a story that has become the butt of jokes across the world.
“These misguided fellows, who are products of the dismantled looting system that looted our common patrimony with impunity, would have loved to see President Buhari dead so that the efforts to recover their looted lot will be impossible, but unfortunately for them through the prayers of some innocent children of God that include the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and Pastor Adeboye of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, who visited him in London, and other religions leaders he survived to their uttermost shame and chagrin.
 
Eze highlighted that those peddling this falsehood are despicable and doubters of the ability of God to heal should take consolation in the words of Archbishop of Canterbury who later personally received the Nigerian president at Lambeth Palace, London stating that he was delighted to see the rapid recovery Mr. Buhari has made from his health challenges, noting that it was a testimony to the healing powers of God, and answer to prayers of millions of people round the world.
According to Eze, others that visited President Buhari during this period were the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara
 
Apart from his Media Team, the State Governors, some selected Ministers and the then Acting-President Yemi Osinbajo led the stream of visitors.
 
Eze wonders how all these high ranking personalities couldn’t detect the ‘fake President’ and regretted that instead of us rejoicing that President Muhammadu Buhari survived their evil plot they resorted to cheap blackmail of trying to cast doubt and aspersion on the person and personality of President Buhari”, he said.
 
Eze also described the onslaught on the person of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as mischievous, unpatriotic, evil, demonic and unacceptable, saying “how could a foreigner, as claimed by these mischief makers, come in to act as the President of Nigeria without either the wife of the President or his children raising alarm over such an unislamic and unholy act?
“How could he have known both the president’s home in Kastina, recognize all the political actors in Nigeria, including his ministers and governors.
 
Proponents of this satanic game should understand that Nigerians are aware, wise people and not fools who will accept such a dubious and diversionary strategy”, he said.

Standing Ovation As President Buhari Receives Massive Endorsement, Ahead Of 2019 Presidential Elections

Barely 24 hours after leaders from the eastern part of Nigeria declared their support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, the middle belt region has also stated its own position, ahead of the 2019 elections.

 

Rather than align with their Eastern brothers, the Middle Belt Youth Leaders Forum (MBYLF) decided to thrown its weight behind the second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

According to the forum, Buhari had done creditably in his more than three and a half years leadership sojourn in Nigeria.

 

The region claimed that before Buhari took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, “there was absolute total absence of sanity in our national as well as absence of sense of national pride.”

 

The National President of the group, Comrade Aaron Adah while addressing the press on Thursday, said the emergence of Buhari had since returned Nigeria to the path of glory.

 

 

He specifically said Buhari’s war over insurgency should earn him another term in office.

 

According to him, “Today, we can proudly say, in spite of the enormity of the challenges, the narrative has changed positively. There are visible signs of our regeneration under the Buhari Presidency. And there is cause to be excited and we are buoyed to also, embolden our leader, Mr. President by canvassing public support for his administration.

 

“In fairness to Nigerians and the people of our region, we cannot conscientiously say President Buhari has solved all the problems he inherited in Nigeria. He has not even met all the promises pledged to Nigerians when traversed this nation seeking our electoral mandate in 2014/2015.

 

 

“Nevertheless, we now see a leadership of Nigeria determined and, committed, which keeps striving every day to improve our lives as citizens of this great country. We see a leader and a government which are more interested in lifting us from the doldrums, than consolidating on the degeneration it met, wrapped in self-serving tales.

 

“Let’s together look at a few areas the Buhari Presidency has impacted on Nigeria so significantly. It is necessary because these are partisan times and Nigeria is facing another general elections in the next few months to enthrone fresh batch of elected leaders.

 

“We are proud and any other citizen of Nigeria should also express happiness that under Buhari, the 24 LGAs Boko Haram insurgents captured totally and another six LGAs, the insurgents had partial control, and established their peculiar “ Islamic Caliphate, “ with foisted flags have been rescued by Nigerian troops under the guardian ambience of the COAS and Leader of the counter-insurgency operations in Nigeria, Lt. Gen. TY Buratai.”

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