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BMO urges Buhari to probe government expenditure from 1999 and 2014

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to set up a commission of inquiry on government expenditure between 1999 and 2014.

The BMO made the call in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke on Friday in Abuja.

The organisation said such commission was necessary to set the records straight on actual accruals and projects done by three successive Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administrations.

BMO added that such commission would give a clearer picture of how the PDP spent the oil receipts it got within that period.

“We agree with the President that PDP owes Nigerians some explanations on how it spent the unprecedented oil earnings which has been conservatively put at about $1tr from the Obasanjo years till 2014, when the party lost control at the centre.

“Like the President has often said, the average crude oil price at that time was$100 dollars per barrel with daily exports peaking at 2.1 million barrels per day in 2010.

“It was the same period that Dubai was transformed into one of the fastest growing cities in the world with a number of large scale projects, including the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall completed within six years.

“But the state of Nigeria’s infrastructure was nothing to write home about with absolute no rail transportation until 2015, while many major roads and highways were in a state of disrepair,“ the group said.

The organisation added that Nigerians needed to know the actual earnings from their common patrimony within the period in question and how the earnings were spent.

The group said it was still shocked that the party that was culpable in the alleged mismanagement of funds at the national level had the audacity to run a campaign with a theme of ‘Making Nigeria work again”`.

This, it said, the party did without accounting for perhaps the worst period in the nation’s political history.

It added that what was even more shocking was that millions of voters allowed themselves to be conned by the PDP and a Presidential candidate who was a central figure in half of the “ruinous“ years.

It recalled that this was after the party had delivered a half-hearted apology through its chairman Uche Secondus.

The BMO noted that the apology was done without necessarily providing any explanation on how it spent the hundreds of millions of dollars that accrued to the country at a period of oil boom.

“We are however glad that an overwhelming majority of Nigerians did not forget the locust years and said a resounding no to the PDP and Atiku Abubakar on February 23.

“They are also with us in our bid to have a proper explanation on the irresponsible spending that characterised the years that the party was in office.

“Although the National Assembly in 2008 probed an aspect of the expenditure incurred on power infrastructure, it is common knowledge that nothing substantial came out of what was then known as the $16bn power probe.

“This is the best time to have an all-encompassing probe that might lead to the trial of individuals behind the irresponsible spending of government funds between 1999 and 2014, “ the BMO stressed.

It maintained that those involved in large scale looting and mismanagement of public funds would not sleep in peace in the next four years unless they gave account of their stewardship.

BMO said this was the best option especially as President Muhammadu Buhari had been doing far more, especially on road and rail network with less oil receipts, since assuming office in 2015.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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BMO lauds Buhari on Executive Order 10

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The Buhari  Media Organisation (BMO) has lauded the Executive Order 10, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it would engender better governance and guarantee true independence for states judiciary and legislature.
BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju,  in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, described the order as the long needed game-changer that would bring to effect, the desire for truly independent and accountable judiciary and legislature at the state levels.
The Executive Order 10 signed by Buhari is a masterstroke that will  engender better governance, especially at the state levels, guaranteeing true independence of state judiciary and legislature.
“With this order,  Nigerians will see a renewed improvement in the delivery of good governance at the state level,” the BMO chairman said.
He said that the states play a critical role in the delivery of governance to the Nigerian people.
“They are closer to the people and expectedly should have a better understanding of their problems and needs.
“This is why it is critical that the institutions closest to the people receive the best support for them to carry out their duties and independence to ensure that the delivery of their duties is not tainted by selfish interests.
Through the Implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary Order 2020, Buhari has put in place,  the legal instrument to enforce  that funds belonging to state legislatures and judiciaries get to them.
“We can now be  assured that state judiciary will  not be afraid of any threats to its fundings by state executive who may want them to pander to itscbiddings,” Akinsiju said.
According to him,  this applies as well to the state legislature.
“The outcome we can expect from this is strong institutions delivering good governance and justice at the middle tier of government without fear or favour.
“The order will ensure that the needed funds for these institutions will  be available and accessible for their democratic business and not end up being treated as personal monies of state executives or as second-line items.
“It ensures that the payment of monies due to state legislature and judiciary are matters of priority, they are first-line items and must be immediately paid to the legislature and judiciary,” he said.

He added that the institutions would be the first choice for payments.

“A state that fails to release these funds will have the funds deducted from source by Federal Accounts Allocations Committee, from the money to be allocated to the state.

“The executive order also ensures that there is targeted and strategic budgeting for state judiciary and state legislature.

“A significant item in the Executive Order is the Special Extraordinary Capital Allocations for the judiciary which is an allocation dedicated to the undertaking of capital development projects by the stare judiciary.

“With this fund, more complexes for state judiciary will  be built and those that are dilapidated will be renovated.

“Nigeria’s judiciary has for many years suffered an infrastructure problem, especially at the state level – that is about to become history, thanks to Executive Order 10 signed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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BMO lauds Gambari’s appointment as Chief of Staff

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has lauded the appointment of Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, former Permanent Representative to the United Nations as new Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Its Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, said in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday that the president deserved commendation for his choice of another man with a global reputation as his Chief of Staff.

“We acknowledge that the choice of the international diplomat and strategist to replace the late Malam Abba Kyari may have taken so many Nigerians by surprise.

“This is against the background of wide speculations since the death of the former Chief of Staff on the likely occupant of the seat.

“But, the President has again proved that he is his own man with the choice of a largely apolitical personality with an international reputation as his key aide.

“President Buhari has had a long-standing relationship with his new Chief of Staff who was also the Minister of External Affairs at the time the President was Military Head of State in 1983, so he has a good knowledge of Gambari’s pedigree.

“We have no doubt that Prof. Gambari will bring a lot of administrative experience and acumen, not different from that of the late Malam Kyari, to bear on his new role,” he said.

The BMO chairman also highlighted the antecedents of the new Chief of Staff that make him suitable for the job.

He said: “Prof. Gambari is bringing to the job a wealth of experience stretching back to his days as a respected scholar, former Minister and an international diplomat of repute.

“We recall that he is also the go-to man at the international stage over conflict resolution in places like Myanmar and Iraq, among others.

“So as a global citizen, we believe he will add his international network to the president’s reputation as one of Africa’s most reliable leaders.

“On the local scene, his professional and administrative experiences, as well as extensive contacts, will help maintain the legacy of good governance that President Buhari is bequeathing to Nigeria.

“Gambari’s loyalty to any cause he believes in will also stand him in good stead with a President that is consistent in using that value, as well as shared vision as part of his criteria in picking his personal staff.”

Akinsiju added that Gambari’s appointment as Chief of Staff emphasises the determination of President Buhari to always pick the best available.

He urged top government officials and all Nigerians to fully cooperate with him.

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Edited By: Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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BMO expresses confidence on Buhari’s COVID-19 expenditure framework

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has expressed confidence on President Muhammadu Buhari’s guidelines for public expenditure on COVID-19.

BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, said in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Akinsiju said that the expenditure framework would further enhance public confidence,transparency and integity in the Buhari’s administration.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has again shown his uncommon transparency and integrity with the release of guidelines for public expenditure on Covid-19 and the directive barring the Presidential Task Force (PTF) from unhindered access to public funds and donations from the private sector.

“This is a radical departure from what Nigerians were used to, especially in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) years,” he said.

Akinsiju,who noted that the initiative was a demonstration of good governance, adding that it was also a reflection of Buhari’s openess.

He also said that government would continue to keep the public abreast of developments on collection and disbursement of funds through the use of the open treasury portal, and timelines for responding to public enquiries on the fund.

Akinsiju said that the organisation was convinced that the expenditure framework would go a long way in building public confidence in the Buhari administration.

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Edited / Ali Baba-Inuwa

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Kyari: BMO commiserates with Buhari, others

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commiserated with President Muhammadu Buhari on the death of his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari.

BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, expressed the condolence in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday.

 

He said Buhari has lost a cerebral and competent aide that was always keen on defending his interest at all times.

He also condoled the Kyari’s family, leaders and members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as well as the people and government of Borno.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Kayode Olaitan (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: Lockdown extension in nation’s collective interest – BMO 

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), has urged Nigerians to comply with President Muhammadu Buhari’s stay-at-home extension order in the nation’s collective interest.

BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, said that the President had little or no choice than a two-week extension of the lockdown on Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Akinsiju said: “The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged Nigerians in the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic to abide by the extended stay-at-home directive in the nation’s collective interest.

“There is no one that has more information than President Buhari on the trajectory of the virus in local communities or the capacity of the relevant authorities to stem the tide of infection.

“So, for him to take what he described as a painful decision in his nationwide broadcast, and even alluding to the choice between life and death, then Nigerians should know that it was a well-thought-out position.

“Even in countries with more developed health facilities, the emphasis is on physical distancing with little or no movement of people at this time because it is the most effective way of limiting community transmission of the virus.

“The alternative is to ease the lockdown and have a situation like that of Ecuador which has recorded so many deaths from the virus attack,” the BMO chairman said.

According to him, dead bodies are also abandoned on roads and coffins have become so scarce in Ecuador.

“In that country, they now resort to cardboard coffins.

“Even the US, with its acclaimed health facilities, is recording an average of 1,500 deaths on a daily basis.

“This is the kind of scenario the President is making efforts to avoid.

“A country like India, with its 1.3 billion population and more people per square kilometre, has just extended its nationwide lockdown by 21-days after the expiration of an earlier three-week stay-at-home directive.

“Nigeria’s Coronavirus figure is low in relation to its population when compared to other countries and this has a lot to do with the manner the Buhari administration has risen to the challenge.

“We urge the citizenry to continue to abide by the federal government’s directives.

“It is our considered opinion that if we unlock prematurely, we may lose what we gained in two weeks in a few hours,” Akinsiju said.

He commended the decision to expand the scope of beneficiaries of government palliatives but also encouraged Nigerians to lend a helping hand in their immediate communities.  

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: FG’s stimulus measures stabilises nation’s economy – BMO 

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says the new fiscal stimulus measures by the Federal Government has assisted in stabilising the nation’s economy in spite of COVID-19 challenge facing the country.

BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to Akinsiju, the new fiscal stimulus measures by the Federal Government shows that Nigeria under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has a two-fold plan to withstand the economic headwind that COVID-19 is likely to bring in its wake.

“The fiscal policies do not only target stabilisation of the economy, but will also facilitate comfort for Nigeria’s poor and most vulnerable population.

“The measures are pointers to the sure and steady steps that are the hallmark of the Buhari administration,” the BMO said.

According to him, aside from putting in place measures to ensure that the pandemic do not overwhelm Nigeria’s health system, the federal  government has also been keeping its eyes on its economic impact on the people.

“We want to draw attention to the decision to engage 774,000 Nigerians on a special nationwide public works programme implemented by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) at a time low-income workers are losing their livelihood due to the global Coronavirus crisis.

“This will involve 1,000 people in each of the nation’s 774 local government areas for a project for which the government is setting aside N60 billion in allowances and operational costs from the COVID-19 crisis intervention fund.

“There is also the release of 70,000 metric tonnes of grain from the National Strategic Grain Reserve which the President wants distributed to the poor.

“As well as 46,000 metric tonnes or about 158 trailers of seized imported rice; 36,495 kegs of vegetable oil; 30 trucks and 3,428 kegs of palm oil which the Customs has released for sharing alongside 136,705 cartons of tomato pastes; 2,951 cartons of spaghetti; 1,253 packets of noodles; 828 bales of wrappers and 2,300 rolls of lace fabric.

“All these are in addition to the ongoing upfront disbursement of N20,000 Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) to people already captured in the National Social Register of vulnerable people,” he said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Oyo-Ita’s trial vindicates Buhari’s fight against corruption – BMO

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   The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says the trial of former Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, has demonstrated President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to the fight against corruption.

BMO Chairman,  Mr Niyi Akinsiju,  in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday,  said that the trial has proved that the Buhari administration was not only interested in probing officials of past Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administrations in the country.

“The trial of the immediate past Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs Winnifred Oyo-Ita and the arrest of a former Presidential Aide, Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, is a positive proof of the commitment of the Buhari administration to a  successful war against corruption.

“This is contrary to claims by opposition elements that the federal government has only been going after officials of past PDP administrations,” Akinsiju said.

He said that the trial was also a clear message to Nigerians with corruption tendencies, regardless of political affiliation.

“Nigerians have over the years seen how PDP elements have sought to rubbish the anti-graft credentials of Buhari and his administration by selling a false impression of selective prosecution to the unsuspecting public.

“But yet again, this government is showing that it would not tolerate corrupt practices on its watch so soon after the trial of former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal began over a N500 million grass-cutting scandal.

“Now, another one-time senior official of Buhari administration, Oyo-Ita, is before a Federal High Court in Abuja to answer for her alleged indiscretion.

“Some of the allegations stemmed from her previous roles as Director and Permanent Secretary in the Federal Civil Service before her appointment as Head of Service,” BMO chairman said.

According to him, Oyo-Ita is on trial for fraud alongside her Special Assistant Mr Ubong Okon Effiok and some companies, in which she is believed to have interests, in relation to Duty Tour Allowances (DTA), estacodes and conference fees’ fraud.

“As well as receiving kickbacks from contractors in various Ministries and Parastatals where she worked.

“Even-though Oyo-Ita’s trial has only opened in court, the fact that Nigeria’s immediate past foremost civil servant is in the dock is proof that this President is not only interested in the reckless past of the PDP era, but also in acts of corruption that may have been perpetrated under his watch,” he added.

He added that the recent arrest of the suspended chairman of the Special Investigation Panel on Recovery of Public Property (SPIP) Mr Okoi Obono-Obla, was also a pointer to the fact that the Buhari administration was not selective in the fight against corruption.

“Here is one man that described himself as a loyalist of Buhari and even claimed at a point that he was being persecuted for his loyalty to the President’s cause.

“But this didn’t stop the ICPC from declaring him wanted and when he failed to make himself available to clear himself on allegations of corruption, he was arrested by the anti corruption body.

“This is by all accounts an unprecedented move,  especially as certain elements had claimed that the government was playing to the gallery by declaring the former Presidential aide wanted when it could have taken him in.

“Incidentally since his arrest by anti-graft officials last Friday, the naysayers have been quiet, but we are sure that like others before him, Obono-Obla will have his day in court especially as he had once claimed from hiding, that he was never given an opportunity to be heard,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to disregard all allegations of skewed or lop-sided prosecution of corruption cases by the Buhari administration.

Edited By: Ali Baba-Inuwa
(NAN)

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Reduction in fuel price shows a caring President – BMO

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says the reduction in the pump price of petrol from N145 to N125 by the Muhammadu Buhari administration showed that the country had a caring President.

BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju,  in a statement in Abuja on Thursday,  said that the reduction also showed the President’s commitment to utilise any opportunity to improve the lives of Nigerians

Akinsiju, who said that the gains associated with the reduction in the fuel pump price were multi-faceted, said it would enable Nigerians to have more funds to spend on other needs.

According to him, BMO sees the reduction as a way the administration is bonding with the people and further proves that it is peoples centered.

“It has also shown that the Buhari administration has not failed to utilise any opportunity to improve the lives of Nigerians.

“This aligns with one of the government’s cardinal objectives of bequeathing a healthy economy to the country.

“Apart from enhancing the spending power of the citizens, the gains associated with the reduction in the fuel pump price are multi-faceted.

“It will enable citizens to have more funds to spend on other needs thereby cushioning the effects of the downturn in the global economy as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

According to BMO chairman, the reduction in pump price will enhance the productivity of the manufacturing sector as it would reduce the cost of operations.

“Even the cost of transportation for ordinary Nigerians will fall as this is a natural trend in every economy and the result is improved life for all Nigerians.

“Nigerians should appreciate and continue to support the government in its efforts to reposition the country.

“We note that in spite of severe economic challenges confronting Nigeria, going by the drastic drop in global oil price, the Federal Government has remained focused on delivering on its obligations to the Nigerian people,’’ he said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Ali Baba-Inuwa
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Buhari has capable team to handle drop in crude oil price – BMO

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has allayed the fear of Nigerians over the drop in the price of crude oil, saying that President Muhammadu Buhari has a capable team to manage the current crisis in the global oil market.

The BMO Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, who, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday, assured that the oil crisis would not have any serious impact on the nation’s economy.

According to Akinsiju, despite the drop in the price of crude oil and its potential impact on the country’s earnings, Buhari has a good and formidable team to handle whatever may arise.

He said that Nigerians should not be unduly worried because the president had capable hands that would manage whatever might come the country’s way.

Akinsiju added that the country would remain focused to achieve the goals it had set out in its current budget.

“We are aware of the fears that the drop in oil price and the panic impact it may create in the minds of Nigerians; but it is important that we calm any uneasiness.

“The president remains focused to ensure that the Nigerian economy is not affected negatively by this.

“It is worthy of note that the president has set up a committee to make an immediate assessment of the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic on the economy and make necessary recommendations.

“He is conscious of the potential economic effects this epidemic can cause and the need to put in place the right frameworks and policies to cushion whatever effect it may have,” he said.

According to him, the president has also set up a task force to coordinate responses in terms of any potential health services disruption and also manage whatever impact it may have on the economy.

Akinsiju described the president as a captain of a ship, who has experience in handling turbulent situations and that he would navigate through the turbulence and ensure that Nigeria was in a safe and calm place.

“There is no cause for alarm. The rider on the saddle is one known for focus, precision and level-headedness, the qualities needed of a leader at a time like this.

“If we can recall, this country ended up in a recession, with no fault of the president – but he was able to prudently manage the situation that saw the country out in no time.

“The country, ever since, has experienced unprecedented real growth,” he said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and
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