I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.
In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.
In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analysed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.
Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.
Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.
This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.
The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.
Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.
Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.
Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes, in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.
Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of; economic security, political evolution and integration as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.
I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.”
Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.
It is imperative President Muhammadu Buhari completes his four year tenure to avoid national instability.
This assertion was made in a statement by a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Chief Charles Udo Udeogaranya.
”Nigeria needs president Buhari to be well and alive to conduct the 2019 general elections successfully and hand over power peacefully or otherwise, oversee any major restructuring that National Assembly members may approve”.
“This is imperative, in order to avoid national instability that may crack the centre due to the high level of hopelessness among many Nigerians who have totally given up on governments at various levels”.
“I continue to plead with all Nigerians not to give up on Nigeria as I see hope for a better Nigeria 2019 ”.
Chief Udeogaranya lamented that healthcare delivery in the country was in a sorry state saying ”“We all are aware that infrastructure wise, particularly on medical services, Nigeria lags way behind other countries of the world and therefore it would be safe to say that anyone demanding the president to return to Nigeria hurriedly is not wishing him well.
“We all are aware that infrastructure wise, particularly on medical services, Nigeria lags way behind other countries of the world and therefore it would be safe to say that anyone demanding the president to return to Nigeria hurriedly is not wishing him well ”, he concluded.
A Federal High court sitting in Lagos has ordered the Federal Government to make public the names of high profile public office holders who have forfeited public funds to the government.
The court also ordered the Government to disclose the the exact amount recovered and the circumstance leading to the recovery.
This was the judgement on Wednesday of Justice Hadiza Rabiu Shagari in a Freedom of Information suit number: FHC/CS/964/2016 filed by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP).
Justice Shagari noted that ” “the Federal Government has a legally binding obligations to tell Nigerians the names of all suspected looters of the public treasury past and present”.
In addition, Justice Shagari granted the undermentioned reliefs:
A DECLARATION that by virtue of the provisions of Section 4 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2011, the Defendants are under a binding legal obligation to provide the Plaintiff with up to date information relating to the following:
To widely disseminate including on a dedicated website information about the names of high ranking public officials from whom public funds were recovered since May 2015
The circumstances under which stolen public funds were returned
SERAP is now processing a certified true copy of the judgment.
Nigerians have been called upon to desist from embarking on negative prayers against President Muhamadu Buhari who is presently, recuperating in a London hospital.
This call was made by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria(CAN), Oluyole Local Government, Ibadan, Oyo state Nigeria Chaplain(Evangelist)E.A Babalola, who also doubles as the Commandant General, Royal Chaplain Global Mission in a chat with Federationews2day in Ibadan, Nigeria.
”So, what Nigerians have to do ow, is to encourage President Muhammadu Buhari and to pray for him to have good health, in order for him to fulfill the destiny God has placed on him for Nigeria. So, what the President needs now,is not devilish prayers against his life, the prayers he needs now, are prayers to preserve his life, prayers for healing, prayers for good health and prayers for long life. It is not a matter for religion, but a matter of service to our fatherland”.
Chaplain(Evangelist) Babalola condemned those on negative prayers against the President, saying ”that is to show how wicked people can be, nobody owns anybody’s life, it is only God that owns life, and nobody can kill, unless God permits it. if it is not ordained for the President to die at this time, no amount of prayers that they will pray against him will come to pass, because there is a purpose why God brought him in to be President at this particular time and everybody is vulnerable to fall sick, he is a man and he is of age, the job of presiding a nation is not a small job, the load of a nation is a very heavy one. So for him to be thinking of Nigeria is enough for him as an old man”.
The popular discussion among Nigerians at present, revolve round how the personal interests of those whom they voted into power have surprisingly, taken over the landscape. Those voted into power are engaged in a fierce covert battle to take control of power at the centre, while millions of citizens are contending with hunger and poverty.
In this interview with Federationews2day, the Founder and Spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Wakajaiye, Ibadan, Nigeria, Professor Sabitu Olagoke speaks on this and the recent release of the Chiobok girls. Excerpts:
Unfolding events at the seat of power are a source of concern for Nigerians; do you think anything is wrong?
There is a lot of power play in Government Ethnicity is playing a major role, tribal sentiments are also playing major roles, including religion, which is another factor. And it is unfortunate that the people of Nigeria are not helping matters. We do not need any sentiments at this particular critical period, what we need is to forget about religion and ethnic background.
Nigeria is an experiment in their hands; they need to take it as a project and they need the peoples’ support, the two of them. So, that is number one, there is a lot of power play in Government, because in Nigeria today, when you have somebody in a position of power, the major problem is that of sycophants, always around them. These sycophants will continue to advise them negatively and wrongly, because the President and Vice President are investments in their hands. So, that is why we are having all these problems.
The man is sick and in Nigeria there is always a myth and mystery around people getting sick, that is why they are not really seeking medical treatment in Nigeria, because they know that there might be another power play, that they may send them to their graves that are why they run abroad.
So0, they are not really doing Nigeria a favour, because they are not been patriotic and sincere: the people who surround them and the people who are at work; this is the result of the situation in Nigeria presently.
Govt. Should Allow Parents to See Their Freed Children
82 Chibok girls have been released by the terrorists, what is your reaction?
Naturally I don’t expect that since they are just coming from the den of the terrorists, they should be released to their parents, because they are already ‘’monsters’’. They must have been traumatized, they must have been cloned into monstrous beings, their psyche needs to be changed, because of the too much delay in rescuing them, and they have already imbibed the culture of the terrorists.
So, their allegiance would be to those people. So, it is a psychological problem, but if government is not allowing their parents to see them, that is when Nigerians may raise eyebrows, because the thinking everywhere is that , all these girls may not necessarily be the Chibok girls, however later on they may be having some ‘’cosmetic and magical fathers and mothers’’ who will come up.
I will only plead that this issue must not be dragged too far, what they should do, is for Government to allow such parents to visit their children and now come out to accept or deny that those they visited are their children or not their children.
Until such evidence comes from the parents, we cannot insinuate that it is a gimmick or propaganda. Since they are I the custody of the Federal Government, this is far great and better, they will receive the best care and treatment.
Nigerians have been called upon to shun the temptation to commit suicide in the face of Economic challenges confronting them.
This call was made on Tuesday by the immediate past Chairman of the Trade Union Congress(TUC)Oyo state council, who is also the incumbent Chairman Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria(ASCSN)Oyo state chapter, Comrade Andrew Emelieze,in a chat with Federationews2day,in Ibadan,Nigeria.
”For Nigerian,I beckon on them,I beckon on my brothers and sisters to stop taking their lives,rather, they should start pulling their energies together, so that we can use it for a popular revolution,against those causing us stress and crisis in this country. I plead with you all,I call on you all, my brothers and sisters, stop taking your lives. Stop committing suicide. Direct your energies to Aso Rock, direct your energies to state Houses of Government in Nigeria”.
”Direct your energies to the National Assembly, direct your energies to the different state Houses of Assembly in protest, stop committing suicide. I call upon you, to stop thinking about suicide. Suicide. Suicide is not the way out. Suicide can never be the way out,we should come together to fight our common enemy. And who are the common enemy ? The ruling class.Brothers and sisters stop taking your lives. There is judgement,there is punishment for suicide. I f you kill yourself,the problem will still be there”, Comrade Emelieze declared.
He lamented that corruption had impacted negatively on the lives of workers in the country, saying”what about corruption of the Government against the people ? Take for instance,those who are paid N18,000 minimum wage,in the face of a dwindling economy, is that not corruption of the Government against the workers ? The workers who are earning N18,000 minimum wages, they cannot go home with N18,000 minimum wages. It is also corruption. Until we change the system, that is when we can be free from all these corruption”.
”The economy we are practicing now, is pirated. It is an economy that is putting wealth in the hands of a few,while the majority of the people are going through hell. What President Muhammdu Buhari is doing now, is a distraction, he is diverting the attention of the Nigerian people,from the incompetence of the ruling class in Nigeria, from the failure of his government. So that people will think that he is working and our attention will be diverted towards fighting corruption, meanwhile the economy is going down the drain by the day.And who are those enjoying it ? It is still the same ruling class,who are enjoying”,he concluded.
The Federal Government has been called upon to extend its anti-corruption war to its appointees.
This call was made by a one time Minister of Lands , Housing and Urban Development, Nduese Essien in Eket, Akwa Ibom state.
The former Minister also called on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC)to account for all the monies recovered from the anti-corruption fight.
“Government should not only tackle corruption involving those who have been in government taking a good chunk of money but, should also battle and watch those who are currently in office, so that we do not end up recovering money again when they are no more in office.”
”We expect that such monies when uncovered, should be accounted for by the anti-corruption agency”.
“The monies recovered from people’s homes do not have effect on the economy of the country because, we have had reports of discoveries of monies but after such reports, we are not told of what happened to the monies so recovered”, Essien concluded.
The Acting President, Professor Yemo Osinbajo has been commended for keeping the country united ,despite the absence of the President.
This commendation was made by the Founder and Spiritual head of Shafaudeen worldwide, Professor Sabitu Olagoke in a chat with Federationews2day, in Ibadan, Nigeria.
”It will be very wrong to say that nothing has been happening, the fact that the Vice President has been able to hold Nigeria and Nigerians together, deserves that we give him kudos. And it portends that even though that the President maybe abroad, they do communicate, because there are policy issues which political ideology has to override. Political leanings through the All Progressives Congress(APC) is still a one house, so whether the President is around or is not around is out of the way”.
”Even during the time of Former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) made us to believe that you can rule Nigeria from outside, so, this is what is really happening now. They do communicate,it may not really be officially. The Vice President has signed almost up to four(4)bills into law, but there are some that he may want to, but which the party caucus of President Buhari himself, may not even allow him to do, because you have the Aso Rock, you have the kitchen cabinet and you have other loyalists, so all these people will have to play their own roles underneath, not everything will come to public glare, a lot of things are going on underground”, Professor Olagoke concluded.