Written by Isiaka Wakili

President Goodluck Jonathan has urged his successor General Muhammadu Buhari not to limit any investigation of corruption to his government alone.jona

Such probe, he said, should extend to past administrations dating back 1960, the beginning of the first republic.
Jonathan spoke at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday during a valedictory session of his cabinet that lasted five hours.
He said he supported the clamour for investigation of corruption cases but that it would amount to witch hunt and insincerity if it is limited to his administration. Read More →

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Chief Don Etiebet, former Minister of Petroleum Resources and front-line politician in Akwa-Ibom in this interview stated few things the incoming Buhari Administration must do upon assuming office in May 29.Etiebet

He further said he believes the Buhari administration will cut down the cost of governance and with strict adherence to the rule of law, will gradually turn the fortunes of economy around. Etiebet is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Excerpts:

By Gbenga Oke

What are your expectations from this new government?

Yes, I believe in General Muhammadu Buhari as a person who God has given to Nigeria at these trying times to save Nigeria, to get Nigeria working again and to reposition Nigeria and change her face in the comity of nations for respect and seriousness of purpose in tackling the ills of the country.

Having worked with him in the past as the National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), I believe he will make Nigeria a different place where security, economy, discipline and the rule of law will abound to contain corruption. I only pray that Nigerians would understand him and give him the necessary support in the face of challenges and difficulties to put his programmes through unimpeded.

My expectations from his government are very much captured in his resolve to fight corruption and insecurity, and to rejuvenate the economy. I would like to add, that one of the cardinal things he must do would be to reposition INEC in all its ramifications to conduct free, fair, credible, violent free and acceptable elections because he suffered the pangs of rigged elections thrice to become president. So he should use this opportunity to put in place the machinery for credible elections always. Faulty elections are at the basic roots of all democratic short comings in this country.

What are the urgent steps you feel the General Buhari led government should address immediately it is inaugurated?On this question, I would like to note first that there are many landmines laid for him which if he steps on them directly, they would explode disastrously on his face. The first is the petrol (PMS) supply situation. The outgoing government is owing the importers and marketers hundreds of billions of Naira which they are not likely to pay before May 29th. And there is no money in the kitty to pay when he takes over with dwindling foreign exchange reserve, lost crude oil production, falling crude oil prices, huge debts overhang, the clamour by certain interest groups in the country not to remove the petrol subsidy and salary debts by many states. But there must be petrol at the filling stations otherwise the country cannot survive a week. I can tell you that salaries can wait for a month but lack of petrol cannot.

So I see what to do here as CATCH 22, and it is the greatest challenge of what to do immediately he is sworn in. I see it as the first button to press and it must be pressed right.

If I were in his shoes, I would call the NLC and TUC leaders immediately to a one-on-one meeting soon after I say “SO HELP ME GOD” to dialogue to allow/let me tell the Importers and Marketers to Import the petroleum products (PMS, AGO, DPK,) I hear that there is no aviation fuel too to sell at market prices meanwhile as I dialogue on how to pay their debts and get all the refineries working optimally for local production. We can decide on appropriate pricing of the products that would benefit the masses and the economy alike, pleading with them to understand the circumstances and appreciating their sacrifices for giving me time to settle down.buhari

With that in place and resolved, he can now start on how to dismantle the other landmines one by one.

Do you see this wind of change blowing away the level of impunity we have seen so far in government?
Yes, I see the wind of change blowing and cleansing the institutions of government, starting from the Executive itself, the National Assembly and the Judiciary if he is still the Muhammadu Buhari I knew with strict adherence to discipline, rule of law and proper law administration with no “I beg you syndrome” in the administration of justice no matter whose ox is gored. All the impunity will disappear overnight and an atmosphere of fear not to commit crime will pervade the society as it happens in other countries.

Why do people commit suicide in some countries when they commit crime instead of waiting to face the law? And we respect those countries and would like to be like them. Read More →

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President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President-elect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, state governors and other dignitaries on Friday graced the wedding of Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.Oshiomhole-and-his-bride-Lara-Fortes

The wedding took place at Iyamoh, the country home of the governor in Edo State, southern Nigeria.

Iyamoh turned to a Mecca of a sort Friday morning as a large crowd invaded the sleepy community for the wedding ceremony.

The wedding ceremony which was to hold at the Auchi high Court Registry, was moved to the governor’s private residence located along Auchi/Okene highway.Gaining entrance into the sprawling compound was a herculean task as security operatives had a tough time screening the surging crowd that wanted to enter the compound.

Many high dignitaries from across the country were present to see Governor Oshiomhole and his new bride, Lara Fortes, exchange wedding vows. Read More →

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By Henry Umoru

ABUJA- FOR saying that he will not forgive killers, arsonists, National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday urged the President- elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, retd to see himself as a father of the nation who should live like late South Africa President, Nelson Mandela. Speaking with Journalists yesterday in Abuja, PDP deputy Sai-BuhariNational Chairman, Prince Uche Buhari1Secondus who was apparently responding to General Buhari’s comment when when some stakeholders and traditional rulers from Rivers state visited him Wednesday, said that as the President- elect, he should comment as a father on issues that may be brought before him, rather than take sides especially on issues awaiting adjudication and before a panel of inquiry or the judiciary.

According to PDP, Buhari should endeavour to deal with such issues with passion of a father to all irrespective of party affiliation, adding that such utterances do not portray him as an elder statesman. Read More →

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A think-tank constituted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to support incoming administration’s transition on Thursday presented its report to president-elect, retired General Muhammadu Buhari.

Malam Garba Shehu, Director Media and Publicity to the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, made this known in a news briefing in Abuja.Buhari-Obasanjo

Shehu said that the report was presented ‘’at a brief closed-door ceremony by Vice Chairman of the think-tank, and former Finance Minister, Dr Kalu Idika Kalu.

He said that the report focused on education, power, economy, security and infrastructure, adding that Obasanjo commissioned the committee on the assignment about four months ago. Read More →

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About 4,000 Nigerian soldiers will be dismissed soon for flouting the orders to fight Boko Haram insurgents in an operation in Mubi, Adamawa State, in 2014, one of the allegedly affected soldiers has told TheCable.Nigerian-Soldiers
Investigation revealed that tension appears to be simmering as soldiers in the North-east, and their families are in suppressed agitation over the possibility of being axed.
According to a source in the army, who is one of the accused soldiers, a signal had been sent by the army headquarters in Abuja to its divisions for the soldiers to be dismissed without trial. Read More →

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Former United Kingdom Minister, Tony Blair on a visit to Nigeria’s president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has pledged the support of his country for Nigeria.Tony-Blair-visits-Buhari

Blair met with Buhari today in Abuja, with both leaders exploring areas of collaboration.

Addressing reporters at the end of the closed-door meeting on Wednesday, the President-elect said issues of interest for both countries were discussed.He thanked the UK Government for its role in Nigeria’s 2015 general elections. Read More →

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