Buhari’s victory has demystified Obasanjo -Oba of Lagos
Lagos,May 15,2019 The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu on Wednesday said the election of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second -term in office was a clear proof that no man, but God gives power.
Akiolu made the statement when participants of the Senior Executive Course 41 of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, visited him in his palace in Lagos. .
The News Agency of Nigeriareports that the visitors who were on study tour of the state were led by Dr Nasirudeen Usman, NIPSS Acting Director of Studies .
Akiolu said the president got his second term mandate from God through the people of Nigeria.
He said the claim by former President Olusegun Obasanjo prior to the election that Buhari would not win the election because he did not support him had been neutralised by the president’s triumph.
Akiolu said Obasanjo had always arrogated to himself the divine power to determine the country’s leaders, adding that Buhari’s victory in the last election had demystified him.
Akiolu said he had always believed Buhari would win the election and that he was glad that the former president had been proved wrong at the end of the day.
”I had said that Buhari would win even before the election, unfortunately ,the number one person creating problems in this country is former president Obasanjo.
”He arrogated to himself the powers of the Almighty Allah by saying it was the support he gave to Buhari that made him win the first term.
”Obasanjo said Buhari would not win the second term, but did Buhari not win? Did I not say Obasanjo will be disappointed by the time the results were announced .
”The president’s victory clearly shows power belongs to God only and no man can decide who leads the country”, he added.
Akiolu urged Nigerians to support the president to deliver the goods as he begins his second term in office .
He said the problems of insecurity, unemployment and other challenges of the country would be better tackled if citizens joined hands with government to address them.
The monarch urged politicians to put the issues of the last elections behind them and work together for the progress of the country .
Akiolu advised Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the general elections to drop his case against Buhari’s election.
He predicted that Atiku’s case will amount to nought at the end of the day, adding that he strongly believed Buhari had the manadate of Nigerians and would finish his term in office.
”If anyone of you here is close to Atiku, tell him he can never succeed in what he is doing now.
”Buhari will complete his term in office, but Buhari too has to listen to.the people, pray to God and be honest in what he is doing ”, he said.
The monarch commended the visit of the NIPSS Executive course participants to the state, saying the state would benefit from the study tour of the delegation.
The Oba said he was particularly glad that the focus of the tour was to understand the challenges affecting healthcare delivery system in the state with a view to providing solutions.
Akiolu stressed that qualitative healthcare system was key to improved life expectancy, adding that there was a link between it and development.
He advocated increased budgetary allocation to the health sector in line with World Health Organisation standard .
Akiolu described the NIPSS as a good initiative that had helped shaped policy formulation in the country .
The monarch said he was once a participant in a course at NIPSS as a police officer and that he still lived with the experience till date.
Speaking, Usman said the visit was to pay respect to the monarch as it was the norm for participants to visit distintiguished personalities anywhere they went .
He said the NIPSS participants were on the study tour of the state to study and assess its universal health care delivery system.
”Your Royal Highness, you will agree with us that universal healthcare system is quite an issue in the country .
”We have been in the state since the beginning of the week to engage shakeholders in the health delivery sector, to interact with them and find out the challenges facing the sector .
”At the end of the day, we will present a copy of our report to the state government with the expectation that it would implement our recommendations to improve healthcare in the state”, he said.
Usman said the Federal Government had over the years supported the institute to help in formulating policies for national development .
Edited by Maharazu Ahmed
Buhari assures Katsina residents improved security
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said Buhari gave the assurance at a meeting with Gov. Aminu Masari at the State House, Abuja.
According to the president, the bandits, who have committed crimes against innocent citizens in the state and across the country will not go unpunished.
Buhari warned the bandits to surrender their weapons or face “disgraceful and violent end’’.
He assured that more decisive military operations against bandits in Zamfara, Sokoto, Niger, Katsina and Kaduna States would be under taken by government.
Buhari commiserated with Masari on the loss of lives from attacks by bandits.
The people who have lost their lives in the attacks include the District Head of Yantumaki, Alhaji Atiku Maidabino and the APC Chairman in Batsari Local Government Area, Alhaji Abdulhamid Duburawa.
Buhari celebrates Erogbogbo, the ‘Kind Teacher’ at 90
In a congratulatory message released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Saturday, the President described Erogbogbo as a well-rounded Nigerian.
He felicitated with the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the woman, who was known as ‘Kind Teacher’ in the early part of her professional life.
He wished her sound mind and good health, even as she is celebrated at 90 by all those whose lives she had touched positively.
Buhari, Folarin mourn Oyo politician, Adelere
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Pa Adelere, an elder statesman and commited follower of Chief Obafemi Awolowo from Iseyin Local Government Area, died on Friday, aged 90.
late frontline politician believed and worked for the progress of Iseyin, Oke-Ogun and Oyo State as a whole.
He described the deceased politician as a giant and one of the surviving disciples of the Awolowo school of thought.
“Even after the demise of the late sage and when others abandoned the Awoist camp for other political philosophy, he remained steadily on the Awo progressive track,” he said.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, described the late Adelere as a great politician who believed in serving humanity in one’s best ability.
According to him, “I had a very good relationship with Late Pa Adelere. He was a political leader and father who produced many worthy political leaders during his life time.”
Buhari prayed that God grant the soul of the political stalwart eternal rest and reward his good deeds on earth with Aljanna Firdaous.
The lawmaker also prayed that Allah uphold all members of his family left behind.
Buhari approves Danbatta’s reappointment as NCC’s boss, says Minister
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved reappointment of Prof. Umar Danbatta as Executive Vice Chairman (EVC), Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC).
The minister said it was an effort to consolidate the gains made in the telecommunications sector in line with the National Digital Economy Policy and Strategy of the country.
He also informed that Danbatta’s reappointment was based on his recommendation in line with the Nigerian Communications Act, 2003.
Pantami congratulated the EVC and directed him to significantly improve on the overall performance of the commission to ensure adequate mechanisms were in place to facilitate implementation of all policies of Federal Government through the ministry.
He, however, enjoined him to ensure that the interests of telecommunication consumers, Nigerians and investors were adequately protected.
Buhari, Muslim faithful observe Juma’at Prayer as FCT reopens worship centres
NAN further reports that the protocol of social distancing was also strictly observed in line with guidelines on public gathering, and only senior staff of the Villa were allowed to attend the prayer session.
Buhari mourns ex-Governor Bamidele Olumilua
The President’s condolence message was conveyed in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Thursday.
The President sympathised with family members, friends and associates of the former governor, who worked very hard to improve infrastructure and livelihood of people in the state.
He affirmed that Olumilua played an active role in the return of democracy in the country, and served as Chairman, Christian Pilgrims Board.
The President prayed that the almighty God would receive the soul of the departed and comfort his family.
edited by Sadiya Hamza
Buhari’s agricultural revolution to create 5m jobs, inject $10bn into economy
The President Muhammadu Buhari’s agriculture revolution programme tagged “The Green Imperative’’ will create about five million jobs and inject over 10 billion US Dollar (about N3.8 trillion) into the economy within 10 years.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this on Thursday at a media briefing to set the stage for the implementation of the mechanised farming programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the briefing was jointly addressed by Mohammed and the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Alhaji Sabo Nanono.
He said funding for the programme would come from the Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES) and Deutsche Bank.
The minister added that insurance was provided by Brazilian Guarantees and Fund Managements Agency (ABGF) and the Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Export Credit (ICIEC) of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and coordinated by Getúlio Vargas Foundation (FGV).
Explaining how the programme would revolutionise agriculture, the minister said six motor assembly plants would be reactivated in the six-geopolitical zones of the country for assemblying of tractors and other implements.
He said 632 mechanisation service centres would also be established to support primary production in the 774 Local Government Areas and the Federal Capital Territory.
“This will create 774 service centers nationwide to mechanise our farming methods and process or add value to farm produce locally.
“It will lead to efficiency and eliminate post-harvest losses, thereby cutting down cost of food all year round.
The minister disclosed that private sector operators would operate and manage all the service centres and the assembly plants.
He said no fewer than 100,000 extension workers would be trained within three years and the programme would impact over 35 million persons nutritionally and economically.
The minister said The Green Imperative dated back to June 6, 2016, when the country decided to enrol in Brazil’s Government-to-Government More Food International Programme (MFIP).
He recalled that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo launched the programme officially on January 17, 2019, in the presence of the representatives of Brazil, Deutsche Bank as well as Brazilian and Nigerian private sector.
For his part, Nanono gave the assurance that the programme would not be hijacked by politicians and that it would be private sector driven while government would only provide the policy framework.
He said participation would be through limited liability companies, cooperative societies and farmers’ associations.
“People must take this programme very serious; they should take the opportunity by beginning to form cooperative societies and farmers’ associations,’’ he said.
The minister said that the youths would be the major target of the mechanised farming programme and would-be participants should not be discouraged by the challenge of insecurity, now being addressed by government.
Buhari greets former Gov. Alao Akala at 70
In a congratulatory message released by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday, the President saluted the Ogbomoso-born grassroots politician.
He lauded him for ability to blend with all classes of society, and touching lives positively.
Appoint Dongban-Mensem substantive Appeal Court President-Plateau House of Assembly begs Buhari
Members of the Plateau House of Assembly have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Acting President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, in a substantive capacity.
Buhari on May 29, extended her acting appointment for another three months.
The Plateau lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday, appealed to the President to appoint her in substantive capacity stating that she eminently qualified to be so appointed.
Mr Philip Dasun (APC, Pankshin North) who moved the motion of urgent public importance, said,”Mr Speaker, it is expected that she would be appointed in substantive capacity after three months in acting capacity.
“We are calling on other authorised bodies to lend their voice to this call,” he said.
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