Yemi Osinbajo, vice-president of Nigeria has argued that the struggle to restructure country started several years ago by people who saw the need early and who were sincere about it but the likes of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Abubakar Atiku ensured it wasn’t successful .
Using restructuring as a major campaign pledge, he said, is out of place for politicians like Atiku because he opposed it when he had the opportunity to join in implementing it.
In fact, Osinbajo recalled how Atiku opposed the moves made by the Lagos State Government for the country’s restructuring when the PDP candidate was the vice president under Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration.
Osinbajo, who chaired Akande’s 80th birthday colloquium in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, recalled that the then Lagos State Government under the leadership of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu made presentation to the Federal Government for Nigeria’s restructuring, particularly the practice of true and fiscal federalism, but that Atiku, who was then vice president, rejected the move.
Osinbajo was addressing the topic of the colloquium, “Nigeria: Achieving national unity through peaceful restructuring”.
He served as Lagos State Commissioner for Justice at the time. The vice president noted that Tinubu told him straight away when he was invited to be part of his administration that his major aim was to pursue restructuring and devolution of power to the states through legal and political means for the country’s betterment.
He said Atiku’s rejection forced Lagos State to look inward and undertake the struggle alone, a move, which he said, paid off eventually.
According to the VP, Lagos State pursued it through the courts, adding that it succeeded in winning on four major issues.
They are: the power of the states to create local governments, the declaration that the Federal Government does not have the right to withhold federal allocation of any state or local government being jointly owned by the federating units, the right of states to create taxes and the right to issue their own urban and regional plan to which the Federal Government must comply, if it has any property in the state.
The vice president emphasised that there was a general agreement among Nigerians on the need for restructuring, but that the structure it must take was what citizens from different divides were yet to agree on.
President Buhari has been accused of not running a hands on government, in the last three tears, it is not uncommon to see members of the administration disagreeing with each other on policy matters, it paint a picture of a house in chaos with very little control and order and father that is supposed to keep thing in check just sit back and let it all go to pieces, only stepping in to stamp his authority when the neighbours are complaining.
It is one of the many grouse people have against the Buhari presidency and it has left many disappointed, particularly those who believed he was going to be a hands on president. He seem to put too much faith in those he appoints into position of authority, so much so that many take decisions that works against the administration but they are still allowed to keep their jobs even if it hurts the image of the president.
Recently the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen, was investigated and asked to report to the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on charges of not declaring his asset. Many have accused to the president of being behind the CJN’s ordeal, however, in a stunning revelation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo informed Nigerians that the President was not aware of what was going on with the CJN, he stated that he got to know about it on the pages of Newspaper just like most Nigerians.
“It is highly regrettable that the CJN has to go through this process but Buhari had issued specific instructions that anti-graft institutions be allowed to do their job without any interference. He did not even know that there was going to be any kind of trial until Saturday evening,” Osinbajo said.
“He has said categorically that there shouldn’t be interference with whatever the institutions are doing. Sometimes, it has consequences such as we have today, such that people say how can such an important person be subjected to trial without the Federal Government, but I can tell you without any equivocation that he was not aware.
“I must tell you in clear terms that for President Muhammadu Buhari, his whole approach is that institutions should just do their work. I can tell you for a fact that he did not even know about this until Saturday evening,” the Vice President added.
The issue raised further questions about how much the President actually knows regarding the inner workings of his administration and how much control he has on those who do things on his behalf.
Also, the issue of capacity comes into question, some doubts have been raised about Buhari’s physical capacity to manage the affairs of the country on a daily bases, it is public knowledge that the president spent a large part of the last three years receiving treatment at an hospital in London with some even suggesting that he should have resigned so as to focus on his health.
It was however a surprise to many Nigerians when the president decided to run for re-election to office for a second term, despite his faults, the Buhari clearly feel he has the capacity to run the country for another four year term.
However, doubts were raised again recently during his campaign when he misstated the time he took office stating that he has been running the country since May 19 2015 instead of May 29 2015.
“I’m very impressed at this very short notice [sic], you turned out for so many hours standing in the sun to see us and to listen to us.
“I assure you that I am very aware of your appreciation of the efforts for what we were able to deliver since came in 19th of May, 2015. All we are trying to do is to remind you to think, ‘where were we in 2015 when we came in, where are we now?’ What have we been able to achieve with the resources available to us?” Buhari said during his campaign in Kogi State.
Such obvious mistakes will not fill many Nigerians with much confidence regarding the capacity of the president, and though his supporters and handlers will like to mark it as inconsequential, stressing it is only a slip of tongue.
But Buhari’s health concern, his style of administration, the fact that his age could also be playing a part in the way he perceived and run the country coupled with the issue of nepotism will go a long way in determining whether Nigerians will want to give him another go for the next four years. Nigerians have a decision to make in the next three weeks or so, while it is not a do or die decision, the election is more about the future of the country and charting a path for coming generations.
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Tension In Aso Rock, As Yemi Osinbajo Blows Hot On Rotimi Amaechi, Fights Hard For CJN, Walter Onnoghen
Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has strongly opposed to the arraignment of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, before the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, for alleged fraudulent assets declaration.
Recall, that the Code of Conduct Bureau, CCB, had filed a six-count charge bordering on fraudulent declaration of assets against the CJN, at the CCT, after receiving a petition from Dennis Aghanya, the Executive Secretary of the Anti-Corruption Research Data-Based Initiative, ARDBI.
However, it was gathered that Aghanya is a staunch fan of President Muhammadu Buhari and his Allies, after which it later emerged that Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transport, is the ringleader of the President’s Allies, pulling the strings of Onnoghen’s arraignment from the background.
It was learnt also, that while Amaechi and his Allies, including Okoi Obono-Obla, Chairman of the Special Presidential Investigation Panel for the Recovery Public Property, SPIP, remain bent on removing Onnoghen from Office by any possible means, Osinbajo has continued to maintain that the CCT option is not in line with due legal process.
According to a highly placed source in the All Progressives Congress, APC, who is very familiar with the matter, Osinbajo is insisting that while the CJN may have questions to answer, due process must be clearly and transparently followed.
“There are strong claims implicating the CJN on several fronts, including breach of extant laws bordering on corruption and conspiracies. This was the basis of the need to prosecute the CJN”, said the source.
“But the VP denounced the plan to arraign the CJN before the Tribunal, immediately he got wind of it, insisting that due process has to be followed strictly, especially in dealing with such an important personality in the Judiciary.
“The VP specifically warned against the arraignment at the CCT, and the current manner in which the case is being pursued. While he acknowledged the strong case against the CJN, the VP firmly noted that there should be a diligent approach that is in line with due process.”
The source added that Osinbajo seemed to have had his way initially, however, Amaechi went behind to draft a few Security Officials into the plot to arraign the CJN at the Tribunal.
“Even the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, was kept in the dark, until very late in the day, regarding the arraignment at the Tribunal”, he said.
Onnoghen was absent at his arraignment before Honourable Danladi Umar of the CCT, which kicked off on Monday, as Amaechi wanted.
However, it was adjourned to Tuesday, January 22, after Onnoghen, represented by Wole Olanipekun (SAN), plus 41 other SANS, and more than 40 other Lawyers, successfully argued that he was not properly served the court summons.
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Full List: Massive Jubilation In Aso Rock, As Your Nigerian Passport Gains Visa-Free Access To 47 Countries
The President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has continue to work tirelessly to remove all inderances to air travel for its citizens travelling abroad and visitors visiting the country.
To this end, the Nigerian passport has been ranked one of the most powerful passport in Africa with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to more countries. According to the Henley Passport Index which depends on data provided by the International Air Transport Authority (IATA), Nigeria recently gained visa-free access (net-free access) to three new countries, bring its visa-free access to 47 countries.
Speaking on the methodology of the ranking, Henley said: “For each travel destination, if no visa is required for passport holders from a country or territory, then a score with value = 1 is created for that passport.
“A score with value = 1 is also applied if passport holders can obtain a visa on arrival, a visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority (ETA) when entering the destination. These visa-types require no pre-departure government approval, because of the specific visa-waiver programs in place.
“Where a visa is required, or where a passport holder has to obtain a government-approved electronic visa (e-Visa) before departure, a score with value = 0 is assigned. A score with value = 0 is also assigned if passport holders need pre-departure government approval for a visa on arrival, a scenario we do not consider ‘visa-free’.”
With your Nigerian passport, you can now visit these 47 countries without a visa:
Cape Verde Islands
Comores Islands *
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
* Samoa *
St. Kitts and Nevis
(Countries with asterisk require visa on arrival).
The good news came as President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday registered for and launched a new enhanced Electronic International Passport for all Nigerians.
The registration and launch, which was carried out at the State House in Abuja, had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Minister of the Interior, Lt-Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (Rtd), Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Mohammed Babandede amongst other.
A specimen copy of the new enhanced electronic international passport was handed to the president by Abdulrahman Dambazzau (Rtd) under the watchful eyes of the Comptroller General of Nigerian Immigration Service and other members of the Federal Executive Council.
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Buhari And Osinbajo ‘Back Door’ Debate, Rochas Displined! Top Ten News Stories For Your Morning Delight
Here are the top ten news stories that made the headlines in today’s newspapers. Have a lovely read:
1. Report has it that the Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha and six other chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have been summoned to appear before a disciplinary committee set up by the state chapter of the party over alleged anti-party activities. The six other APC bigwigs are the party’s candidate for Imo East senatorial district, Mr. Emma Ojinere; House of Representatives candidate for Ezinihitte Mbaise/Ahiazu Mbaise Federal Constituency, Mr. Rapheal Igbokwe; Ehime Mbano/IhitteUboma/Obowo Federal Constituency candidate, Mr. Chike Okafor; state Deputy Speaker, Mr. Ugonna Ozuruigbo; Mr. Eddy Iheanacho and a gubernatorial aspirant, Mr. Obinna Mbata.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari, Tuesday officially named Mohammed Adamu as acting Inspector-General of Police, IGP. Buhari decorated him with the new rank during his meeting with the outgoing Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris and Adamu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
3. The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said it will file a libel suit against Femi Fani-Kayode, Yinka Odumakin “and other purveyors of the evil news”, over claims that the agency raided the house of Walter Onnoghen, the Chief Justice of Nigeria. The agency was reacting to rumours on social media on Tuesday that Onnoghen had been arrested.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who are also the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming Presidential elections, will on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 8pm (Nigerian time) participate in a live televised two-hour presidential town-hall programme. This was contained in a statement by Festus Keyamo, the Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council.
5. The Kwara State government has banned street rallies and campaigns across the state following the recent attacks that led to sporadic shootings of innocent citizens and the destruction of property. In a broadcast to the people of the state on Tuesday, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed explained that the decision was necessary to ensure that the state is not plunged into chaos. He added that only political rallies in designated places will be allowed.
6. The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has accused President Muhammadu Buhari and his son-in-law, Mr. Junaid Abdullahi of allegedly engaging in corruption, economic sabotage and unethical conduct by using funds from fake contract awards to fund the president’s re-election campaign to the tune of about N18bn. This was contained in a statement on Tuesday by Atiku’s Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu.
7. The Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen has denied reports that his residence in Abuja was raided by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Senior Special Adviser to the CJN on media, Mr. Awassam Bassey, described the report as false news.
8. The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Tuesday declared that Nigeria is still in recession despite the claim of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC. Atiku made this known while speaking at the presidential rally held in Osogbo, the Osun State capital. He said going by the recent economic reports, “Nigeria remains the headquarters of poverty in the world”.
9. The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has resolved to take the N30,000 new national minimum wage request to the National Economic Council, NEC. FEC reached the resolution at its emergency meeting held on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The minimum wage request will be tabled at the NEC meeting scheduled for Thursday at the State House, Abuja. The request will also be presented to the National Council of State fixed for January 22, according to the Nation.
10. Kenya, on Tuesday, was put under attack after some suspected militants attacked a luxury hotel complex in Nairobi, killing at least eleven people. Report says the attack began at about 15:00 local time (12:00 GMT) as heavy gunfire and an explosion sent people running for their lives Tuesday afternoon at the compound in the Westlands district of the Kenyan capital, which houses the DusitD2 hotel as well as offices.
WE WILL NOT FORGET OUR MILITARY HEROES, VP Osinbajo Heartfelt Message At Armed Forces Remembrance Service
Vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has addressed the Nigerian Militray in a heartfelt message during the church service of the Armed Forces Remembrance.
In The address circulated by his media aide, Laolu Akande, VP Osinbajo assured that the Nation’s millitary heroes will never be forgotten.
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“REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, VICE PRESIDENT FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT THE INTERDENOMINATIONAL CHURCH SERVICE FOR 2019 ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATION HELD AT THE NATIONAL CHRISTIAN CENTRE, ABUJA ON SUNDAY 13, JANUARY 2019
Today, again we participate in an annual tradition of remembering and honoring our departed military heroes. This particular Remembrance Day is perhaps more poignant than any other. In the past few weeks, we have buried 13 soldiers and one officer, and just last week, 2 Air force pilots and 3 airmen; all these men died in battle fending off Boko Haram and Isis West Africa terrorists in the Northeast of Nigeria.
In the past few years we have seen patriotism at its highest; our valiant men and women of the Armed Forces have destroyed the backbone of Boko Haram who once attacked Abuja, Kano and Kaduna, with impunity and hoisted their tattered flags over 17 Local Governments in the North East of Nigeria.
Today, both Boko Haram and Isis West Africa operate as small, even if deadly guerilla bands, in parts of Borno State. But in these battles, we have been sharply reminded that indeed “freedom is not free”. That peace is often paid for with blood and gore. And that no Nation can secure its territory without the selflessness and the supreme sacrifices of many.
And truly as someone said: “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it, it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it.”
So as we celebrate this Remembrance Day, we solemnly thank the Almighty God for giving us men and women ready to obey the call to fight and if need be, die for the fatherland.
We are grateful that they were faithful to the cause, that they did not betray the trust of millions, that they gave up all the comforts of life and the love and affection of family that we may enjoy the same.
Our posthumous thanks to them and their families, who not only bore the fearful apprehension of their going to war, but also the heartbreak of their deaths. But our gratitude must also mean a commitment to ensuring that their families are cared for, that their children do not ask why the sacrifices they made were made at all.
As important is to ensure that they did not die in vain, this unity and territorial integrity of the nation, for which they died, must not be jeopardized by the reckless utterances and actions, which play on the religious and ethnic fault lines of our Nation.
The ordinary people of Nigeria have demonstrated time and time again, that they share common problems and that they have a common destiny. The desire for food, shelter, clothing and decent jobs is not blinkered by tribe, tongue or faith. Our unity and peaceful coexistence is the best tribute to our fallen heroes.
Your Excellencies, my Lords, today on behalf of a grateful nation, I honour the bold and brave departed and pay heartfelt tribute to their families, indeed the families daily pay the supreme sacrifice by their loss, and I thank the Almighty God for our Nation, and for the men and women of honour and courage that gave all for it.
God bless the Armed Forces of Nigeria.
God bless Nigeria”
“We are expecting large votes from You” Osinbajo, Other APC Chieftains Embark On Lagos Door-to-Door Campaign
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some prominent All Progressives Congress chieftains in Lagos on Friday visited the Alimosho area of the state in continuation of the party’s house-to-house campaign.
APC Chieftains that accompanied the VP included the immediate past governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; Governor Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos State; Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu; Senator Solomon Adeola (Lagos West) and APC Governorship Candidates for Lagos, Babafemi Sanwo-Olu.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Alimosho is the most populated area of Lagos, comprising Ijegun, Ikotun, Idimu, Egbeda, Ipaja and Ayobo, among others.
NAN also reports that traffic was at a standstill as residents in the various areas visited by the VP trouped out to join the interactive session.
Speaking to the crowd at Greenland Stadium in Abesan Estate, Ipaja, Osinbajo urged the APC members to work tirelessly for President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates’ victory in the forthcoming elections.
He said Alimosho was very crucial to the APC, as it is the local government area with the largest voting population in the state.
“There are votes in Alimosho. We should all go out and vote on February 16 for Buhari.
“We are expecting large votes from Alimosho, which has the largest voting population,” he said.
Ambode said, “Alimosho’s votes is very crucial to APC’s victory. We should all go out and vote en masse for President Buhari and other APC candidates.
“You can see all of us coming together to campaign. It is a complete house and we are all united to work for APC’s victory in Lagos State.”
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has narrated an experience he had with his wife Dolapo as a result of a fake news story about him.
Speaking during a BBC world service conference on countering fake news, Osinbajo recalled how the said story nearly caused trouble between him and his wife.
He recalled that a blog had posted a picture of him intertwined between two strippers with a headline ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’.
Osinbajo said the story in question was manipulated to portray him as being with the strippers whereas they were “fully clothed” in the original picture he took with them.
The VP said: “I have been one of the targets of fake news and it can also sometimes cost you marital peace. I got a call from my wife recently and she said, ‘Yemi what are you doing with strippers’. I said ‘what do you mean by strippers?’
“So, I read a story in a famous blog that said, ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’. And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much.
“In checking, the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.”
Osinbajo said while he wasn’t in the picture where they were not wearing clothes “with just the caption, the stories gave the impression that I was in the company of these ladies at a point when they were doing their business.”
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Nigeria Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo, while speaking on the negative effects of fake news revealed how his marriage almost hit the rock. The vice-president spoke at a symposium in Abuja.
The VP said: “I have been one of the targets of fake news. It can also sometimes cost you marital peace. I got a call from my wife about three or four weeks ago and she said ‘Yemi what are you doing with strippers?’ and I said ‘what do you mean by strippers?’ So, I read a story in a famous blog that said: ‘Osinbajo caught with strippers’. And there was a photograph of me sitting between two perfectly clothed ladies but underneath this picture, the same ladies were not wearing much.
“In fact-checking, (I noticed that) the photographs with these two ladies at an entertainment event were taken when they were perfectly clothed but by the time the story was put out, it was as though I had taken a photo with them at the time they were not clothed at all.
“As it turns out, I wasn’t in the picture of where they were not wearing clothes but just the caption, the stories and all that gave the impression that here I was in the company of these ladies at a point when they were doing their business. I think the capacity of fake news to cause great harm is not in doubt at all.”
He concluded: “It will be impossible to regulate social media without in some sense substantially infringing on fundamental rights, especially freedom of expression. There is no way you will leave that power in the hands of the government or the legislature without finding some form of overbearing activity on the part of the government or the legislature”.