Nigeria’s president-elect Muhammadu Buhari cautioned Tuesday that he could not make promises on the return of 219 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram exactly a year ago.
“We do not know if the Chibok girls can be rescued. Their whereabouts remain unknown. As much as I wish to, I cannot promise that we can find them,” he said in a statement.
“But I say to every parent, family member and friend of the children that my government will do everything in its power to bring them home.”
Buhari’s statement on the first anniversary of the girls’ abduction from the northeastern state of Borno on April 14 last year contrasts markedly with that of outgoing President Goodluck Jonathan and his government.
The military said last year that they knew where the teenagers were being held but ruled out a rescue operation because of the dangers to the hostages.Jonathan, who was widely criticised for failing to respond to the crisis, has repeatedly said the girls will be returned, without offering any details.
But Buhari, who defeated Jonathan in a historic election two weeks ago after campaigning against the president’s record on security, said there was a need for “honesty” about the girls’ fate and the insurgency.
The 72-year-old promised: “When my new administration takes office at the end of May, we will do everything we can to defeat Boko Haram. Read More →
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged INEC and security agencies to ensure that Saturday’s elections are free, fair and credible in all states of the federation.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, on Friday in Abuja.
The statement said President Goodluck Jonathan had proved beyond reasonable doubts that he was committed to free, fair and credible elections through his actions on March 28 elections.
It said this had earned the president accolades from well-meaning Nigerians and the international community and regarded as a true democrat.
However, it criticised the All Progressives Congress (APC) statement on the PDP and President Jonathan over the April 11 elections in Lagos State.
“We totally condemn this unwarranted and unnecessary tension being created in Lagos State, a day before the elections,’’ the statement said.
It advised parties to desist from propaganda and false alarms.
According to the statement, the PDP successfully nurtured democracy in the last 16 years with attendant benefits to the people naationwide.
It called on Lagos State residents to disregard any false propaganda and come out in large number on Saturday to exercise their franchise.
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The Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Oronto Douglas, is dead.
49-year-old Douglas died on Thursday, April 9, 2015 from cancer-related complications, according to Sahara Reporters.
He reportedly passed away at the State House Clinic in Abuja, according to a close family source.
Douglas, also a close confidant of the President, was said to have been shattered by Jonathan’s loss at the March 28 presidential elections.
He is survived by a wife and children.
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President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Ayo Oritsejafor, has called on Nigerians to embrace peace, love and forgiveness for one another.
He also prayed for peace for the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) “with optimism that Nigeria will witness peace and progress under his administration.”
The CAN President said, “Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all and for everyone; but the power of the resurrection, this passover from slavery to evil, to the freedom of goodness, must be accomplished in every age and in our nation. Read More →
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By Simon Ateba/Lagos
Nigeria’s controversial preacher and healer, Prophet T.B. Joshua, said on Sunday that he told President Goodluck Jonathan weeks before the 28 March presidential election that his regime had come to an end.
“This message should be delivered to your president, that whatever the outcome of this election, his regime has come to an end. He should accept to save the lives of millions,” Joshua said he told Jonathan through a presidential aide.
Joshua claimed he called Jonathan by phone and the president promptly sent a close aide to meet with him.
“It’s not a message I could say in the church because it would affect your vote,” Joshua claimed he told the president.
After the presidential aide had worshipped at The SCOAN during a Sunday service, Joshua said he met him and relayed the revelation that Jonathan’s regime had come to an end. Read More →
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By Levinus Nwabughiogu
Incumbency power in Nigeria makes no meaning anymore. Nigeria is gradually rising to become a big democracy where the will of the people prevails. They may not occupy the streets in protest or anger. They may not also fight with guns. But they will surely shoot with their ballots and thumb prints every 4 years. And so, any docile or self-serving president that would take the people for granted would be shown the way out. It doesn’t matter whether he is Hausa, Igbo, Yourba or even Ijaw. This appears to be case presently with the “sack” of President Goodluck Jonathan. Read to know how he was voted out and why President-Elect, Mohammadu Buhari should avoid the pitfalls if his government must last.
He was a product of popular demand. Except for a few disgruntled elements who frowned at the process that threw him up, the rich, the poor, young and old clamoured for him. But four years after he reached his apogee in the political ladder, he had crash landed in a manner many would say juxtaposes the destiny forces that brought him into lime light.
Remarkably, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan who became the President of Nigeria upon the death of his principal, late Umaru Musa Yar’Adua in 2010 has scored at least two firsts. He is the first Nigerian president from the south south geopolitical zone largely adjudged the monitory and also the first incumbent president to be sacked from office via the ballots. This really sounds incredible in a polity where incumbency power is mouthed to be the talisman for electoral victories. Read More →
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BY Nonye Ben-Nwankwo and Ademola Olonilua
Finally, the presidential election has come and gone with some people in celebration mood while some others went home sulking and licking their wounds.
The people who may likely be saddened with the development are certainly Nollywood actors because most of them massively supported President Goodluck Jonathan in his second term bid.
At every opportunity they got, be it on social media or even on TV adverts, the actors didn’t fail to sing the praises of the president who, according to them, had imparted on their industry.
And since the last election didn’t favour their desired candidate, Saturday Beats asked some of them if they regretted the choice they made and most of them claimed they didn’t. Read More →
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