The statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, warning Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose to stop speaking on the running of the economy by the federal government has been described as a demonstration of military dictatorship mentality.
Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday, said it was sad that the presidency could be warning a Nigerian, who is heading one of the country’s federating units on what to say and what not to say.
Olayinka, who said he was sure that Garba Shehu must have spoken for himself, and not President Mohammadu Buhari, added that “Governor Fayose will continue to say the truth in interest Nigeria and its people because the Governor is not one of those that will go underground because of political persecution.”
He maintained that the country’s economy was in serious recession, adding that; “the president himself attested to this when he said that the country was broke and this has also been corroborated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Group financial report, indicating that the corporation incurred a total loss of N120.07bn in the months of August and September. Read More →
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The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has distributed over 49 new transformers to rural communities in the state.
This is in fulfillment of the present administration’s commitment to ensure that everyone feels the impact of the government.
Ambode, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Jafar Sanuth, after handing over the transformers, said they would reduce the challenge of unsteady power supply that is crippling businesses and making life unbearable for the citizens, especially in the rural communities.
The governor said that in his inaugural speech, he pledged total commitment to impact on rural communities in the state, which informed the distribution transformers to them.
“In my inaugural speech, I pledged my total commitment to run a government that will implement programmes that will make life more meaningful, easier, and happier for our people. Today, we are handing over these transformers as a demonstration of that pledge,” he said. Read More →
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The ongoing probe of the immediate past administration by President Muhammadu Buhari is to beam its searchlight on the alleged purchase of three mobile stages, costing $6.9m, by former President Goodluck Jonathan and two of his officials, a Presidency source has said.
According to a document, which was obtained from the Presidency on Saturday, the deal, which is now a subject of investigation, was allegedly carried out by Jonathan; his Chief Security Officer, Mr. Gordon Obuah; and former Minister of Petroleum, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke.
The fund was said to have been withdrawn from one of the numerous accounts of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
The $6.9m (about N1.37bn) was said to have been withdrawn for the purpose of buying three pieces of 40-feet mobile stages for use by Jonathan during mass public speaking events.
According to the document, apart from the fact that the sum for the stages was “incredibly inflated”, there is currently no evidence that the stages were bought since the money was withdrawn.
The document read, “While the cost of mobile stages ranges in sizes and designs, only outlandish rock star musicians in Europe and the US spend hundreds of thousands on their huge stages way bigger than the 40-feet stages. Read More →
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The Presidency has stated that once it fully commences its corruption trials, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) might have no moral legs to stand on.
The Presidency’s position was contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the president’s Senior Special Assistant, Media, Malam Garba Shehu.
Shehu who was reacting to a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, that “the economy is going down” under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, noted that, the PDP should rather bury its head in shame for subjecting Nigeria to the “worst economic plunder through corruption” in its recent history. Read More →
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By Tobi Soniyi in Abuja
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will bring the best out of all Nigerians.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande said Osinbajo made the statement recently while receiving a delegation of Nigerians in the Diaspora, led by Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The vice president said there was an innate greatness in the Nigerian person especially when the right leadership was in place. He said: “I believe the day will come when the world will agree that there is a greatness gene in the Nigerian.”
Osinbajo, who expressed excitement about the feats Nigerians made outside the country, noted that the stories about Nigerians in the Diaspora invalidated the negative beliefs of others.
According to him, young Nigerians at home have also shown commitment and leadership in all spheres of human endeavours. “This is the kind of ideals that are waiting to happen to any of our young people today”, he noted, referring to some outstanding stories of Nigerians abroad told in his presence at the meeting.
The Vice President said the story about Nigerian young people was inspiring not only to their fellow young people but the elderly as well.
Osinbajo assured the Diasporans that “the Change Agenda of Buhari administration is really a people-oriented agenda”. He said government strongly believed that the Nigerian people had within them the capacity to do great things as long as the leaders show integrity, true leadership, transparency and openness, the people would trust them. Read More →
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The Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders, CACOL has commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s move towards tackling administrative and bureaucratic corruption in government.
This came on the heels of an order that was contained in a statement made available to
journalists by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered that all audit queries be answered within 24 hours. Read More →
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By Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor & Livinus Nwabughiogu
LAGOS — An estimated N2.7 trillion ($13.6 billion) worth of direct investment is part of the immediate benefits accruing from President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent state visit to the United States, the Presidency claimed yesterday.
The presidency also affirmed that the visit cost the Nigerian treasury less than N220 million contrary to assertions in some sections of the media. It further explained that President Buhari’s son, Yusuf, did not receive any estacode for the trip even as it contended that great savings were made by members of the delegation against previous visits.
The five governors who were in the delegation, the presidency said, paid their way while permanent secretaries and other senior government officials only received their entitlements.The presidency’s explanations followed news reports in some sections of the media that the visit was wasteful, cost N2.2 billion and was not in anyway beneficial. Read More →
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