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Buhari Brags: Nigeria’s Foreign Reserve Hits $47.5bn In 3 Years Under Me |RN

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President Muhammadu Buhari

…Says TSA saved N200bn, economy growing

Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday boasted his economic policies have moved Nigeria forward, with foreign reserves rising from $30 billion in 2015 to $47.5 billion in the first three years of his administration. He stated that the nation’s economy has remained in a growth trajectory despite experiencing the worst recession in a quarter of a century.

The President also noted that the Treasury Single Account (TSA) policy has brought about greater accountability having saved the country over N200 billion, an amount that would have been frittered away paying ghost workers.
This was even as he has warned that he would not tolerate mediocrity from any public or private citizen, promising he would go out of his way to reward excellence.

Buhari said this at the 17th National Productivity Order of Merit (NPOM) Awards held in Abuja, where he presented awards to the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, and other distinguished Nigerians drawn from the corporate and public sectors.
Speaking on the theme, “Productivity for Economic Recovery and Sustainable Growth”, Buhari said no nation can attain prosperity without vibrant and productive citizens.

For the umpteenth time, the president condemned the effect of corruption on the nation’s economy, warning that his government would not compromise on policies that would ultimately help to sustain the productive capacity of the country.

According to the President, Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 1.95 percent at the end of the first quarter of 2018, a feat he said his predecessors could hardly boast of even with a buoyant economy and huge capital inflow from oil resources.

He said: “The goal of this administration is to move Nigeria forward to become a strong, strategic and proactive state through a deliberate, pragmatic and productivity conscious programme of action. We want to build Nigeria into a competitive, virile, strong and productive economy; a state whose citizens are creative, innovative, responsive, accountable, incorruptible, patriotic and diligent.”
While underscoring the importance of the public service, he noted that “it is the vehicle through which government policies are transmitted,” adding, “it is my intention to hold the public servants collectively and individually responsible for the planning and implementation of the programmes of this administration.

“From now on, it will no longer be business as usual. Excellence will be rewarded and mediocrity will not be tolerated. In this regard, I am directing all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to drive the Change Agenda in the public sector,” he added.

He said the National Productivity Centre should be encouraged to carry out its mandate so as to ensure a productive nation. According to him, corruption is an anathema to productivity growth of any economy.

He said, “we must leave no stone unturned in tackling the monster. Corruption is dangerous and cancerous to the nation; we are therefore resolute in our commitment to fight it in all facets of our national life.”

Buhari stated that his administration was committed to rewarding hard work and excellence, saying it was in line with this that his administration had placed a great premium on the National Productivity Order of Merit Award as an award of honour and dignity.
“We have therefore been consistent in the yearly conferment of the award on deserving Nigerians and organisations,” he said.
Buhari maintained that the government had approved the conferment of the National Productivity Order of Merit Award for 2018 on few individuals and organisations who had been adjudged to have performed exceedingly well in their various endeavours.
He congratulated the awardees for their remarkable feats and expressed the hope that the awards would propel and motivate them for greater achievements.

In his remarks, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, revealed that 327 Nigerians and 800 organisations had so far benefited from the award.

According to him, the National Productivity Order of Merit Award is not a “cash and carry” award as only deserving citizens and productive organisations with track records benefit from it.

Ngige also seized the occasion to take a swipe at former President Olusegun Obasanjo. He said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government can never be perturbed with letters of criticism coming from the former president.
The Chairperson, Board of Directors, First Bank of Nigeria, Mrs Ibukun Awosika, delivered the award lecture at the event, where 15 persons and five organisations received the NPOM award.
She identified gaps in Nigeria’s bilateral policies, which are militating against the nation’s growth, saying more often than not, Nigeria signs bilateral deals with foreign multinational firms but feign ignorance of the need to leverage on such deals to provide jobs for its teeming population.

Awosika also noted that the nation’s leadership ought to device means of harnessing the potential in the youth population, adding that ideas that boost productivity should be made to trickle down from the central government to the federating states.
Meanwhile, President Buhari in a surprise twist bestowed the prestigious National Productivity Order of Merit award on Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCSF), Ms Winifred Oyo-Ita, whom he called “one of the most patriotic Nigerians.”
She was recognised for her productivity and commitment towards nation building, and for the growth and development of the country.

“I am totally taken unawares. To God alone be all the glory,” Oyo-Ita said on receiving the award.
Since her appointment as the HoCSF in January 2016, she has pushed to refocus the civil service, enthroning an Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible and Citizen-centred (EPIC) culture. (The Sun)

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Our Daughter’s Killer Must Marry Her Corpse Before Burial |The Republican News

By Babatope Okeowo

 

Parents of a 19-year-old Ebere Confidence Nwanma, who was allegedly killed by her boyfriend, Saliu Ladapo, yesterday said the suspect must marry the deceased at an elaborate wedding ceremony.

This, the parents said, was part of their tradition. The wedding ceremony, according to them, will take place in their hometown in Oru East Local Government Area of Imo State. The family said it was to prevent the death of young children Ladapo’s family from dying.

The 24-year-old Ladapo allegedly killed Ebere at Oshinle area of Akure, Ondo State. He blamed the devil for the death of the school certificate leaver, saying he did not know what came over him when he stabbed Ebere to death.

However, Ebere’s parents, Mr and Mrs Nwanma, insisted that the suspected killer must marry her corpse in their hometown before she could be buried.

“In our place, it is mandatory as our tradition that the man must marry the corpse of our daughter. “He must perform the normal traditional rite by taking the corpse to our village in Oru East in Imo State where the marriage would take place. “It is mandatory that he pays everything multiply by two because he brought our daughter dead for marriage. He would perform all the traditional rites before our family would let him go.

“This is because, without this traditional rite, every young person from the family of the boy would never get to the age of our daughter. They will die a sudden death just like our daughter. “This is not our making; it is the tradition of our ancestors even before we were born. Our people all over the world are waiting for the court judgement. Anyway it goes, the boy must perform that marital rite to our daughter’s corpse before anything,” the parents said.   (New Telegraph)

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BREAKING: Obasanjo Berates Buhari In Response To $16bn Power Spending |RN

 

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President Buhari with former president Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo replies President Muhammadu Buhari on $16billion power spending:

“How can a president who has all the information at his beck and call degenerate to this level? Is it on account of a famed short attention span which precludes him from grappling with any serious reading beyond his self-confessed affinity for newspaper cartoons? Is it with this kind of levity that he attends to Federal Executive Council memos?”

“We are now beginning to see the reason why Nigeria is fastly disappearing into the abyss of primitive stone age leadership. It really is not too late for him to heed the well considered of his doctor to go home, eat more and sleep more.”

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Sultan Cautions Religious Leaders, Journalists Over Provocative Utterances, Actions |RN

By Michael Abimboye

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Tuesday cautioned religious groups and leaders against comments that would mislead their followers into war.

Mr Abubakar gave the warning while addressing some Sokoto residents, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and journalists during a Ramadan breakfast dinner held at his palace on Monday night

The monarch cited a publication credited to some Christian leaders titled, “if Leah Sharibu dies in the hand of Boko Haram, there will be a religious war in the country”, saying such utterances were irresponsible.

He reminded such religious leaders that “terrorism has no connection to religion or ethnicity.’’

Mr Abubakar added that in the event the girl was killed by the terrorists, the Christian leaders that made the comment must be held for complicity.

“How can a leader make such comment,’’ he queried and stressed that Muslims did not in any way connive with Boko Haram to abduct the girl or get others released.

The Sultan reminded such Christian leaders that more Muslims have been killed by Boko Haram than Christians “which even the former President Goodluck Jonathan testified to.’’

“For some section to make that comment that if she dies in the hand of Boko Haram there will be a religious war is very unfair.

“How can someone begin to attack Muslims because this innocent girl happened to be a victim of murderous terrorists?

“It means the Boko Haram group are winning the war because that is exactly what they want.

“If they hear about this and went and kill the innocent girl that means you are part and parcel of what makes them do that because they want to cause confusion in the country,” Mr Abubakar stressed.

He urged all Nigerians of goodwill to join in prayers for the safe return of the girl, and for peace and harmony across the country.

The monarch insisted that he reacted on behalf of the entire Nigerian Muslims, and urged the media to save Nigeria from war, as some media reports were inimical to peace and unity of the country.

Mr Abubakar accused the core and social media of using unverified stories and gory pictures just to raise tension and spread falsehood in the country.

The monarch cited a picture of herdsmen with guns from the Central Africa Republic which media organisations in the country always use to portray the Fulani herdsmen.

“There is no G4 rifle because it has been wiped away for long and that picture used particularly by a TV station was that of herders in Central Africa who were being terrorised by rustlers because cattle rustling started in their country long before coming to Nigeria,” he noted.

He threatened to disown the award of fellowship on him by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in protest against continued misleading and unverified stories aired or published by members of the union.

Mr Abubakar, who is the President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, however, stressed that the crises between Fulani and farmers were purely economic, now hijacked by a few criminal elements.

He reiterated that the criminals killing innocent people especially in the Middle Belt must be arrested and punished.

“But don’t arrest or kill innocent Fulani men just like what happened in Benue state when innocent Fulani people who were on transit, were stopped and killed by some residents of the state,” he cautioned.

The Sultan expressed fear that the killings could continue because some politicians were using it to edge out their political opponents.

“Nigerians should expose criminals in their midst, even if they are their parents or relations.

“Let’s not leave them alone, don’t hide criminal even if they are your fathers, because too much blood had been shed and this is why God is angry with us.

“I believe there are more good people than the bad ones, let the good come together and defeat the bad ones, we have done that while fighting malaria and we can do it again,” he said

He also advocated for more effective tools and welfare for security agents working round the clock to restore peace in the country.

Mr Abubakar commended the federal government for banning codeine and advocated for a law that would make illicit drug dealers and peddlers serve a life sentence.

(NAN)

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Economic Saboteurs Have No Love For Nigeria, Says Buhari |The Republican News

By Agency Report

 

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday said those who mismanaged Nigeria’s economy in the past, through fraudulent electricity projects and misuse of revenue earnings from oil, had no love for the country.

The president stated this when he received members of the Buhari Support Organisations (BSO) led by the Comptroller-General of Customs, Col. Hameed Ali, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

President Buhari urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and ensure that only ‘‘people of conscience are in-charge of governance at all levels’’, as the nation prepared for general elections in 2019.

He said: ‘‘I challenge anybody to check from Europe, America and Asia; between 1999 and 2014, Nigeria was producing 2.1 million barrels of crude oil per day at an average cost of 100 dollars per barrel and it went up to 143 dollars.

‘‘When we came it collapsed to between 37 and 38 dollars and later was oscillating between 40 and 50 dollars.

‘‘I went to the CBN Governor, with my cap in my hand, and asked if we had savings. He told me we had only debts, no savings. Some of the roads were not repaired since the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) days.

‘‘I don’t care the opinion you have about Abacha but I agreed to work with him and we constructed roads from Abuja to Port Harcourt, Benin to Onitsha and so on. We also touched education and health institutions.

‘‘One of the former Heads of State was bragging that he spent more than 15 billion dollars on power in Nigeria. Where is the power?’’ the President said.

On the mismanagement of the economy by previous administrations, President Buhari noted that the perpetrators lacked imagination and plans for the development of the nation.

‘‘Sometimes, I wonder about those who can afford to send their children abroad for studies and yet continue to sabotage the economy, I wonder what kind of Nigeria they want their children to return to and work. There is a lot of lack of imagination.

‘‘If you are working for the country, then you shouldn’t be misappropriating and misapplying public funds the way people did,’’ he said.

The President noted that under his watch, the 2016 and 2017 budgets recorded the highest appropriation and releases in capital projects, with over N2.8 trillion disbursements in two years.

The President urged Nigerians to reject those bent on dividing the country along religious and ethnic lines, warning that “they do not mean well for the country.

‘‘I have said severally that we do not have any other country than Nigeria and we will remain here and salvage it together.

‘‘We have nothing to regret. Absolutely nothing. God has given Nigeria everything. We are rich in human and material resources. Let us keep on praying to God to put people of conscience in-charge at all levels.’’

On the activities of the support group, President Buhari apologised for not rallying them before announcing his intention to seek re-election in 2019 during a meeting of the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress on April 9, 2018.

He thanked members of the group for their resolute support to him as a Presidential candidate in 2015 and all through his term in office, adding that their voluntary sacrifices were an indication of their trust and belief in the great future of the country.

In his remarks, Ali said the group and majority of Nigerians are passionate about a second-term for President Buhari because of his integrity, honesty, love and patriotism.

He noted that President Buhari had entrenched fiscal discipline and prudent management of resources, improved the nation’s security and delivered on his promise to revamp agriculture, as a major revenue earner for the country.

(NAN)

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Over 492 People Murdered By Fulani Herdsmen In Benue So Far In 2018 – Gov. Ortom

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, says over 492 people have been killed by herdsmen since January 2018.

Speaking at the funeral mass and interment of Mbalom martyrs, Ortorm expressed concern that the number may continue to rise should the Federal Government fail to act decisively to curtail the situation.

The Governor, who noted that sponsors of the killer herdsmen are known to his government, explained that the root cause of the incessant killings is the anti-grazing law.

He said that upon the passage of the anti-grazing bill into law, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association vowed to unleash terror in the state.

Ortom frowned at the way the Federal Government is treating the Miyetti Allah with kid gloves like they are above the law.

He called for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the leadership of the group.

The Benue Governor lamented that since the beginning of 2018, the state has held three mass burials arising from the senseless killings by herdsmen.

He called on the Federal Government to emulate other countries that have embraced animal husbandry as the modern way of ranching.

Governor Ortorm appealed to people of the state not to take laws into their hands.      (New Telegraph)

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Fulani Herdsmen Kill Five Farmers, Five Soldiers, Kidnap Two Others In Benue |RN

By Cephas Iorhemen, MAKURDI

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A deadly clash between armed Fulani herdsmen and men of the Nigerian Army’s newly formed “Operation Whirl-Stroke” last Sunday night in Logo local government area of Benue state left at least five soldiers dead.

The attackers also set ablaze the army patrol vehicle during the clash which saw hordes of local inhabitants mainly women, children and the older people deserting their communities.

Also in the wee hours of yesterday (Monday) the Fulani militia group numbering more than 50, invaded the Mchia settlement in the local government area and killed five farmers.

Mchia is few kilometres away from Anyiin town, the homestead of former Governor Gabriel Suswam.

The soldiers were said to have arrived the scene of the attack hours after the operation had been executed. Corpses of the slain officers were reportedly moved to the morgue in Anyiin, headquarters of the local government.

New Telegraph gathered that the killing of the soldiers came following an attempt by the army personnel to foil a plot by the assailants to attack Logo village at Tseke, a border community between Taraba and Benue States in Mbawar kindred of Gaambe-Tiev in the area.

The invaders were reported to have abducted two officers of the Nigerian Army and taken to an unknown destination. Many people are reported to have been seriously wounded in the twin attacks with several houses also burnt.

Sources in the area told journalists that “the community is a Tiv/Jukun settlement and it is a border community where you can hardly draw a borderline between Benue and Taraba states, and so far corpses of two soldiers have been recovered and their patrol vehicle burnt”.

“We also heard that some of the soldiers were still unaccounted for which means that the casualty figure might be higher when the true picture of the attack becomes clearer”.

The latest attack and killing came less than 24 hours after six persons, among them, some teachers of Makurdi Local Government Education Authority (LGEA) were gruesomely killed by Fulani herdsmen near Ikpayongo, Gwer local government area of the state.

The teachers, it was gathered reportedly went to the area last Wednesday to inspect some farmland for rice cultivation under the umbrella of a cooperative society but were ambushed by the armed herdsmen who immediately opened fire on them and killed all of them.

Four of the teachers managed to escape with wounds while six others were not so lucky as they were said to have been killed and their bodies dismembered by the herdsmen.

Chairman of Logo local government area, Mr. Richard Nyajo who confirmed the killing of the soldiers to journalists, explained that the incident which happened between 7 am and 8 am on Sunday night claimed the life of one soldier on the spot while the other soldier was critically injured and might not make it.

“It happened in Logo local government area. I gave them a base at Gov in Mbagegh Council ward of Logo local government. So in the course of carrying out their peacekeeping operation, they went into the bush and I don’t know whether the herdsmen heard about them, they came behind and entangled them and opened fire on them.

“They burnt one of their patrol vehicles, injured some of them, took some alive and killed one person but the second person was seriously injured and might not make it alive because he was in bad shape”.

“Though one was said to be missing we hope to get a clearer picture of the situation including the actual number of deaths because when an attack scatter a group of people like it happened and some are missing you cannot just conclude on the casualty figure”.

“But surely some were killed and some were abducted. Though many among those that were missing escaped alive”.

Efforts by New Telegraph to get the operational base of the Operation Whirl Stroke to confirm the report were not successful as the person who picked the call declined to comment on the matter.  (New Telegraph)

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