By SKC Ogbonnia


May 29th, 2015 has come and gone. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan is now a former president, and Nigeria’s prevalent electricity crisis is no longer his headache. The problem is now wholly owned by Buhari-Muhammadu Buhari, the new President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces. Thus far, Buhari has started on a good note, declaring in his inaugural speech that “Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.”

Clearly, President Buhari is inheriting dizzying catalogues of crisis on all fronts. However, considering the importance of electricity in national development as well as human life, the new government cannot afford the luxury of an extended study or any level of presidential honeymoon in the area of the current energy crisis. There is an urgent need for immediate solution. Read More →

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By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North; Ben Agande, Levinus Nwabughioguand Emmanuel Elebeke
ABUJA —”Since the telephone call you made, you have changed the course of Nigeria’s political history and for that you have earned yourself a place in our history, for stabilising multi-party democratic system and you have earned the respect of not only Nigerians but world leaders”.Buhari-tasks

These words from the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari to out-going President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, summed up the mood at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa as President Jonathan presented hand-over notes to his successor, Buhari, who will be sworn in today.
Speaking at the Presidential Villa after receiving the hand-over notes as well as the report of the National Conference from President Jonathan, Buhari said by the singular phone call that Jonathan made to him conceding defeat, he has changed the course of the nation’s political history.

According to Buhari, by choosing to concede defeat, President Jonathan saved the lives of many Nigerians that would have been lost if he had insisted on sitting tight.

He said President Jonathan was capable of using the power of incumbency to scuttle the electoral process at the expense of the lives of poor Nigerians, but he chose to toe the path of honour and selflessness.

Buhari continued: “All the leaders who spoke to me and congratulated us for arriving at the point we arrived, mentioned this and I could understand a lot of relief in their voices that Nigeria has made it after all and this is largely owed to a situation.

“You could have made things difficult and that would have been at the expense of lives of poor Nigerians, but you chose the path of honour and may God help all of us. Thank you very much, Your Excellency,” he said.

The hand-over notes

On his part, President Jonathan told Buhari before handing over the notes as well as the report of the National Conference that “this will give you (Buhari) a mission statement of the commitment of this government for the past five years and the directions we are going that will help you to navigate.jonathan-Buhari-handover

“It is my pleasure, on behalf of the Vice-president, members of the executive council and other senior functionaries to formally hand over these notes to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, the President-elect who will assume office tomorrow (today). Congratulations.

“There is another document that I will hand over to you; to me this is more important than the hand over notes. The hand-over notes contain the activities of an administration, showing where we started, where we are going. In some of the cases you may follow, in other cases you may take a different approach. Read More →

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Sani Tukur

 

President Goodluck Jonathan has formally submitted his handover notes to President elect Muhammadu Buhari.

The president handed over the notes on Thursday at the council chamber of the State House, Abuja.Buhari-Jonathan

Mr. Jonathan also presented a copy of the report of the National Conference which held in 2014, to Mr. Buhari.

The presentation was made after the outgoing president took the incoming president and his Vice, Yemi Osinbajo, around the Aso Rock presidential villa.

Mr. Buhari will be officially inaugurated tomorrow, Friday, as Nigeria’s new president. He won the March 28 election.

Details later…

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The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has arrived Aso Rock for a tour of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.Buhari-in-ASO

He was accompaigned by aides and some members of the All Progressive Congress.

Buhari will be conducted round the seat of power by the outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan. Read More →

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By Simon Ebegbulem


BENIN—Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has accused the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, of mismanaging the nation’s economy in the last four years and feeding Nigerians with half-truths.Oshiomhole

Oshiomhole, in an article in which he review the nation’s economy in the last four years, said Okonjo-Iweala ran the Excess Crude Account as a one-man show, adding that her recent outcry that oil marketers were falsifying subsidy claims might have been done in fear of the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari.The governor said: “As the country transits from one democratic dispensation to another, there is no gainsaying the fact that the state of the nation’s economy is the focal point, especially with the unending fuel scarcity which is gradually grinding the nation to a halt. No doubt, the best person to explain the state of the economy today is Dr Okonjo-Iweala, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, whose management of the nation’s resources these past four years has elicited different reactions from Nigerians. Read More →

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Talatu Usman


President Goodluck Jonathan has advised the incoming president, Muhammadu Buhari, not to single his administration out for probe.

He said if Mr. Buhari must investigate him and his administration, he should do the same for the past governments.jonathan'

A probe centred only on the Jonathan administration will amount to a “witch hunt”, the president said Wednesday at a valedictory cabinet meeting attended by ministers ahead of his handing over to Mr. Buhari on Friday.

Mr. Jonathan said his comments followed calls from different quarters for his administration to be investigated. Read More →

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by: TONY AKOWE, ABUJA

President -elect, Muhammadu Buhari, has insisted that he will not interfere in the process of selecting leadership of the National Assembly, saying he is prepared to work with whoever emerge from the process.buhari-

In a statement issued by his media team, Buhari said it has become necessary for him to clear the air in view of the continued name-dropping in some circles, linking his name to some candidates.

He said: “I am prepared to work with any leaders that the House or Senate select. It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from. There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly. I will not interfere in that process.” Read More →

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