‘President Buhari Has Endorsed To Leave Office’ – Rev. Chukwuma |RN

The Anglican Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, His Grace, Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the verdict of exit from office in 2019.

He said Buhari did this when he signed the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill in May.

In an interview with the Sun, the Bishop also disclosed that he is leading a protest to shut down Abuja for two days over the security situation in the country.

According to him, “The president has signed a verdict of exit from power. His signing of the bill is a verdict of exit for him, but he doesn’t know. The law should serve as a signal to him that it’s time for youths to take over.

“Thirty-five years ago, he made a statement that youths are the leaders of tomorrow. But 35 years after, he is still there. So, when will the youths be leaders of tomorrow? The youths are eager to lead so they should be empowered and given the opportunity now to also do their best to make Nigeria what it should be.

“We are tired of these old people; most of these people who are in government now, including the Senate are over 70 or almost 70. Most of them had been in government before and are expired.

“As far as I am concerned, they should go and rest and allow younger Nigerians to take charge in this digital era. We need new people with the new spirit to lead a new Nigeria. Nigeria deserves a new spirit now and I am happy some young people are coming up.

“Nigerians should begin to take the opportunity of the signing of the bill to exit these elderly people out of power; they can remain as consultants and advisers. I think that if he (Buhari) loves himself, he should not yield to the voice of the cabal that is asking him to continue because they are benefiting from him.

“God has given him the grace to have better health now; he should go back to his village and enjoy what God has given to him because nobody knows tomorrow. There are complaints and conspiracies all over the place to make sure he does not continue.”

On security challenges in Nigeria, the cleric called for the removal of Service Chiefs.

“These people have outlived their security intelligence acumen because right now, I can’t see any performance from them. They are just there acquiring money; I must tell you that the Service Chiefs are just acquiring money”, Chukwuma added.

“The thing is that there is selective negligence and there is nothing they are doing at all. I am going to call out all church leaders and Christians for a two-day protest that will shut down the country. Markets will be shut and there will be no work.

“Christians will sit down in their homes to pray and cry unto God to fight our battle. We are going to make sure that we close down everything in this nation for one or two days before the end of the year. We cannot continue to witness these kinds of kidnappings and killings of men of God. Whatever affects any church affects all of us.”

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2019 Election: Buhari Begs Youths Not To Run For Presidency |The Republican News

By Correspondent


PDP to President: Don’t appropriate ‘Not Too Young To Run Act’


President Muhammadu Buhari has pleaded with the Nigerian youths to wait until 2023 before contesting for the presidency. Buhari is seeking re-election for the presidency in the 2019 general elections. Speaking while signing the ‘Not Too Young bill’ into law at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President said the youth will have to wait till after 2019. He said the signing of the bill yesterday was an end to the process, but the beginning of the journey.

Buhari said, “but please, can I ask you to postpone your campaigns till after the 2019 elections?” Among youths who have so far declared interest to contest the 2019 presidency are publisher of online medium, Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore (47); chief executive of Skylar Incorporated, an Information Technology outfit, Ahmed Buhari (39); U.S.-based proprietor of Liberty Approach and Allied Consults (LAAC), Chris Emejuru (35) and founder/chief executive of IPI Solutions Nigeria Limited, Adamu Garba (35).

Others are motivational speaker, Fela Durotoye (46); Nollywood actor, Yul Edochie (36), businessman, Eniola Ojajuni (39); a board member of Scope- America Outreach, James Omosule; Chief Responsibility Officer at Mothergold Consulting, Adesina Fagbenro-Byron; Group Chairman of Quilox Night Club, Shina Peller; Omololu Omotosho (33) and Ibrahim Lajada (34). Also on the list are Ondo State vice chairman of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Thomas-Wilson Ikubese (47); Chief Executive Officer of Global Analytics Consulting Ltd, Tope Fasua (47); Enyinnaya Nnaemeka Nwosu (40), Mathias Tsado (41), and Ibrahim Ladaja (34).

The President, however, expressed concern that the bill did not reduce the age limits for senators and governors as originally proposed by the sponsors. Eligible age for aspirants for members of the State Houses of Assembly will be reduced from 30 to 25 years; the eligible age for aspirants for members of the House of Representatives will be reduced from 30 to 25 years while those for aspirants for Office of the President, will be lowered from 40 to 35 years. According to the President, “This is an issue that may need to be addressed going forward. These efforts have resulted in the heroic task of enshrining in law, a reduction of the minimum age for elective offices in Nigeria.”

The bill was signed in the presence of youths selected across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The bill, which now becomes Act of the National Assembly, is part of the process to amend the 1999 Constitution and seeks to reduce the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country. It was first passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives in July 2017. Many state houses of assembly in the country have also passed the bill.

The bill was sponsored by Mr. Tony Nwolu representing Oshodi/Isolo II federal constituency in the National Assembly. Buhari told the youth that they should inculcate the spirit of self-help.

“Those who complete their training should not just sit down and wait for government or private sector to employ them. You should be innovative and turn your hands to any legitimate work that will enable you to sustain yourself.

“You may have noticed already that every one of you represents one of our 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory. This is because today is about preparing for the bright future of our country.

“I am confident each one of you will transform Nigeria in your own way – whether through media, agricultural enterprise, economists, engineers, or as lawmakers in your states or at the federal level, or as state governors – and even someday, as President.

Why not?” he added. President of the “Not Too Young To Run” group, Mr. Samson Itodo, who spoke on behalf of members and other youths in the country, said President Buhari has written his name in gold by assenting the bill. Itodo, who expressed disappointment with three states of Zamfara, Lagos and Kano for declining to sign the bill in their respective state assemblies, said Nigeria has shown to the rest of the world that it believes in the youth as the future of the country.

He noted that Buhari’s action was also a bold signal that democracy has come to stay in the country. “It is a journey to rebuild the country. We make bold to hold the value of democracy and participated in it,” Itodo said.

He told the President that 53 percent of Nigeria’s 60 percent youths in the country’s over 180 million people are holders of voters’ cards. Itodo also called for acceptable internal politics among political parties to give space for the youth with the current development. Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to take credit over ‘Not Too Young to Run Act’ because it was an initiative of a PDP lawmaker.

The party said Buhari has no choice but to assent to the bill because it has passed through the constitutionally required approval of two-thirds of states in the federation. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday, said the ‘Not Too Young To Run Bill’ was sponsored by Hon. Tony Nwulu, a PDP member from Lagos State.

“President Buhari had no input whatsoever in the bill; never showed any support or enthusiasm towards the initiative, but had no option than to perform a mandatory statutory duty of assenting to the bill, given that it had already passed through the constitutionally required approval of two-thirds of states in the federation “This development is indeed a democratic victory for the Nigerian youths over forces, particularly, the APC, that had hitherto disdained and disregarded them as lazy and inconsequential, but had to succumb to the dictates of the law and pressure by the youth and the PDP,” the party said. PDP noted that the Act is in line with its vision to allow younger Nigerians to actively participate in elective positions in governance at all levels.

“In preparation for the passage of the bill, the PDP had since launched our ‘Generation Next Movement’, which has already put younger Nigerians at vantage positions to participate in elective positions ahead of the 2019 general elections. “In line with the ‘Generation Next Movement’, the rebranded PDP, among other pro-youth incentives, has since approved certain critical clauses and waivers so that the young people will actively vie for positions in the 2019 general elections.

“In line with our dream of providing enabling environment for youth participation in elections and governance, the PDP, after winning in 2019, will further lower the age qualification to entrench our vision that ‘whoever can vote can be voted for’, which is a global standard.”  (New Telegraph)

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JUST IN: Buhari To Sign ‘Not Too Young To Run’ Bill |The Republican News

By Anule Emmanuel, Abuja




President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he will any moment from now sign into law the ‘Not too young to run’ bill.

The President stated this in a nationwide broadcast to mark the 2018 Democracy Day early on Tuesday.

He said, “In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the ‘Not too young to run’ bill”

The bill, which is part of the process to amend the 1999 Constitution, seeks to reduce the minimum age requirement for elective positions in the country.

It was first passed by the Senate and the House of Representatives in July 2017. Many state houses of assembly in the country have also passed the bill.

President Buhari also advised Nigerians to be law-abiding as the country enters into a season of another round of election for 2019.

According to him, “The upcoming months will usher us into another season of general elections. Let me use this opportunity to urge us all to conduct ourselves, our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence such that we will have not only hitch-free elections but also a credible and violence-free process.”

President who assured that his government was committed to the fight against graft noted that the administration will not relent on one of its primary objectives in killing corruption before it damages the national social economic fabric.

He said, “The second primary objective of this administration is to fight corruption headlong. Like I have always said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will destroy the country. Three years into this administration, Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption. We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is. I, therefore, appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight.

“Various policy measures already put in place to stem the tide of corrupt practices are yielding remarkable results. Some of these key reform policies include Treasury Single Account, which has realised billions of naira being saved from the maintenance fee payable to banks. N200bn has also been saved from the elimination of ghost workers in public service.”

President Buhari seized the opportunity of the broadcast to reel out some modest achievement of his government in the last three years.
He noted that the whistle-blowing policy had helped the government to recover over N500bn.

“The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit, set up with a mandate to validate controls, assess risks, prune personnel costs and ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms, has helped to identify and remove over 52,000 ghost workers from the Federal Government’s MDAs Payroll.

“The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme aimed at expanding tax education and awareness have offered the opportunity for tax defaulters to regularise their status in order to enjoy the amnesty of forgiveness on overdue interest, penalties and the assurance of non-prosecution or subject to tax investigations,” he added.

He continued that the Sovereign Wealth Fund project portfolio had been expanded with an injection of $650m so as to strengthen its investment in local infrastructure, power, health, reconstruction of the Abuja-Kano Road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East-West Road (Section V) and the Mambilla hydro-electric power project as well as the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.”

Buhari noted that the fight against corruption, through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, had resulted in the recovery of billions of naira, as well as the forfeiture of various forms of assets.

“We have retained the services of one of the world’s leading assets tracing firms to investigate and trace assets globally. This is in addition to the exploitation of provisions of existing treaties, conventions as well as bilateral agreements with multilateral bodies and nations. Nigeria has also signed Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements to ensure that there is no hiding place for fugitives.”

According to him, through prudent spending and blocking of leakages, the nation’s foreign reserves had improved to $47.5bn as of May 2018, as against $29.6bn in 2015 while inflationary rate, had consistently declined every month since January 2017.
The President commended Nigerian women for their contributions to national development and advancement of democracy.

He urged Nigerians to avoid hatred and intolerance as this would help the country to achieve its developmental objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.

Other achievements listed by the President include increase food security programme built around self-sufficiency and minimisation of import dependency.

The President said rice importation had been cut down by 90 percent, which he noted had a direct impact on foreign reserves, the Social Investment Programmes, Home Grown School Feeding Programme, and Conditional Cash Transfer where underprivileged Nigerians were given N5, 000 per month.

President Buhari described the commemoration of 2018 Democracy Day, which is the third anniversary of his administration, as a celebration of freedom for Nigerians.

He said the celebration was also a recommitment by his government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity.

Buhari admitted that his administration had faced challenges in the journey of three years while Nigerians stood by his government in achieving its three cardinal points.

He said, “Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration. I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far.

“This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed change, the change we promised and the change we continue to deliver.

“We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely; security, corruption and the economy.

“The commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day is a celebration of freedom, a salute to the resilience and determination of Nigerians and a recommitment by Government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity,” he noted.      (New Telegraph)

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