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Jailing Looters: Start With Your Party Members, PDP Tells Buhari |RN

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“Mr. President has been pursuing perceived political enemies, and innocent opposition members while dining and wining with corrupt persons…”

Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s renewed declaration to jail treasury looters.

However, the opposition party challenged the president to show integrity in his anti-corruption fight with the immediate investigation and prosecution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole for alleged corruption.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also challenged President Buhari to permit an investigation into alleged graft by the sacked Director General, Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura; former Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, as well as the Executive Secretary, National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS),Yusuf Usman.

Besides, the party challenged the president “to allow an investigation into the alleged squandering of over N11 trillion in the petroleum sector, under his direct supervision as minister, including the alleged N9 trillion illegal oil contract as detailed in the leaked presidency memo, the alleged N1.4 trillion corrupt subsidy regime and alleged diversion of N1.1 trillion worth crude oil using 18 illegal companies allegedly linked to Presidency cabal and APC chieftains.”

It added “the president should also allow the investigation of his ministers, who as former governors, were indicted of stealing billions of naira belonging to their states, particularly, a former governor, who was indicted by his state for allegedly diverting over N40 billion to finance APC’s 2015 Presidential campaign.

“Mr President must also investigate how billions of naira allegedly moved from parastatals under his Petroleum ministry to finance the failed attempt to change the leadership of the National Assembly as well as the certificate scandals among his ministers and special advisers and jail all those involved.

“These are the people Nigerians have been expecting President Buhari to investigate, prosecute and if found wanting to be sent to jail. Unfortunately, Mr President has been pursuing perceived political enemies, and innocent opposition members while dining and wining with corrupt persons, a development that has completely called to question the integrity of his anti-corruption fight.

“Since President Buhari came into office, he has not allowed any investigation into the corrupt activities under his Presidency, instead he has been attracting to himself, all manner of corrupt persons and giving them the perfume of sainthood, once they identify with his APC.”  (The Sun)

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Lawmakers To APC: Saraki Not Cause Of Your Failure To Fulfil Promises|RN

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“They have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blames of their failure to bring positive change to Nigeria on Saraki.”

Chairmen, Senate Committee on Navy and the Committee on Banking, Finance and Other Financial Institutions, Isah Hamma Misau and Rafiu Adebayo Ibrahim, respectively, have advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leaders to desist from looking for scapegoats for the failure to fulfil their promises to the electorate.

Misau and Rafiu in a statement stated that the APC leaders have continued to whine about what Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki did or did not do to ensure the Buhari government failed without caring whether it was reasonable to believe that one single individual who had been continuously assailed by the government would at the same time be in a position to ground the government.

“APC leaders are being clever by half. They have spent most of the last 38 months harassing Saraki and sponsoring media attacks against him. Now that the man has been vindicated by the courts and he has decided to leave their party, they have devised another propaganda stunt to start heaping the blames of their failure to bring positive change to Nigeria on Saraki.

 

“For three years of the APC administration, former president Goodluck Jonathan was the scapegoat they blamed. Now that it dawned on them that nobody is listening to that tale by moonlight again, their propaganda machinery has shifted focus to Saraki as the new man to blame. These are characters who cannot take responsibility for their inability to provide good governance as they promised.

“Must these people blame somebody all the time?

 

“Were they elected to bring in positive change or to shift blames? It is irresponsible for people invested with a popular mandate to always look for somebody to be held responsible for their failure to fulfil their promises and give expression to the mandate they were given.

“Instead of concentrating on how to use the next six months before the general elections to hasten the completion of infrastructure projects, enunciation of policies and initiation of programmes which can improve the standard of living of the people and ameliorate the consistent failure of the last three years, the APC is now led by demagogues who seem not to care if they bring the entire country down.

“The new leadership of the APC have continued to advertise the inability of the party to manage a victory, their penchant for violence as a way of saving their faces and their lack of the much-needed temperament to wield together a country with diverse culture, ethnicity and religion like Nigeria.

 

“When they continue to blame Saraki for their failure, was the man responsible for their failure to appoint ministers for the first five months of the administration when the economy was just straying without direction? Is he responsible for the constant demarketing of the economy in international circles by the President of the country? Is Saraki responsible for the refusal of the government to prosecute its members indicted of corrupt practices, thereby destroying its anti-corruption campaign?”   (The Sun)

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Saraki, Tambuwal Left APC Because They Wanted Automatic Tickets – Tinubu

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APC national leader, Alhaji Ahmed Bola Tinubu

The defectors “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets…”

Senate President Bukola Saraki and Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and others defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) because the party could not offer them an automatic ticket and unfettered access to the public till.

National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who made the claim in a statement he personally signed, entitled: “They Go Away Because We Go the Right Way,” said the defectors “left the party to return to a motley agglomeration that would promise them what true democracy could not: automatic tickets, sharing of the national wealth and other offices and privileges.”

The former Lagos State governor asked the people to go beyond the debate on the numbers in the Senate and the House of Representatives, saying, “we must pull back from the shallow headlines to recognise that something fundamental is at stake.

“Nigeria is undergoing a historic transition. Sometimes awkwardly, tentatively, yet inexorably, we nurture political and governance reform. We steadily close the door on the old malpractices that have caused a rich nation to reside in the tenement of the global poor.”

Speaking specifically on the Sokoto governor’s defection, the APC leader said: “Governor Tambuwal’s exit can be distilled to one cause. He covets the presidency. However, he had not the stomach to challenge President Buhari in a primary. Tambuwal felt further insulted that he would be compelled to face a direct primary just to retain the governorship nomination.

“But for the promise made by PDP headliners like Rivers State Governor Wike that he would have the PDP presidential nomination, Tambuwal would not have left. His exit had nothing to do with the governance of the nation. It was about forging a personal ambition predicated on the defeat of progressive reform not the advancement of it.”

On Senate President, he said: “Much the same for Senate President Saraki. Returning to the PDP, he harbours dreams of the presidency but Tambuwal’s ambition will dwarf Saraki’s when the two collide. If Saraki had remained in the APC, he would be unable to reclaim his Senate seat let alone the Senate Presidency. He thus bolted because he lusts for the presidency but was promised by the PDP, at least, a return to his position in the Senate. “For Saraki to talk about lack of governance is for him to deny who he is and the position he holds. This man stands as Nigeria’s Number three citizen. Clothed is he in ample power and influence. If he saw areas where the government and the nation needed help, he could have easily applied his energies to these areas. He could have drafted legislation and easily got laws passed.

“However, no progressive enactment bears his name for he cared not for progress. He has been more focused on changing the rules of the Senate to favour himself and changing the order of elections so as to coincide with his selfish designs.”

Part of the statement read: “The defections of some people from the APC have generated sensational headlines and exaggerated talk as to what their departures foretell for the APC, the party to which
I belong. Some have predicted the demise of the APC. Those who hope for our decline will be disappointed by the inaccuracy of their desires. The days, months and years ahead will bury such errant forecasts for these predictions are born more of bitterness than of objective analysis.

Much of the attention has centred on which party now controls this or that state and which party maintains a majority in the National Assembly. These considerations are important to members of the political class and the electoral calculations of the political parties. But these calculations cannot be all there is. We must be careful not to reduce our horizon to a mere accounting of elected officials moving from one party to another.

Many in the political class believe this scorekeeping between the parties encompasses all that is important. For such people, the mere holding of office is the sole objective. The quality of governance they provide means little to them. Yet, there are greater things at stake than the fortunes of individual politicians. The people of Nigeria focus their attention on something materially different than this narrow political game.

The people are more deeply concerned with the quality of governance they experience than with the intense cunning by which the political game is played. They are more interested in helpful policies than in the tempests created by politicians in pursuit of personal ambitions. That which provides a better life in a more prosperous nation is what beckons to them. That which shines in the eye of the political opportunist is dross to the average person.

We must pull back from the shallow headlines to recognise that something fundamental is at stake.

Nigeria is undergoing a historic transition. Sometimes awkwardly, tentatively, yet inexorably, we nurture political and governance reform. We steadily close the door on the old malpractices that have caused a rich nation to reside in the tenement of the global poor. The corruption of the past is ending; for it must end if we are to fulfil our collective purpose. With this correction, less public money will be diverted to private benefit. More will be afforded to the causes of the people. The economy is being transformed so that the average person will have a better chance of finding a better life.

We move toward a more democratic union. The old days where a handful of uninformed men and those with deep pockets decided everything for everybody are being swept away. The will of the people can no longer be ignored. Those who would be the masters over the people must now be public servants. A party or elected official may no longer rule over the people. They must govern for the benefit of the people.

By so doing, the arc of our national progress is shaped. Not everyone is happy with this trajectory. As a whole, the political class must relinquish some of its power and wealth so people can enjoy a more equitable portion of the national enterprise.

This is the correct and perhaps inevitable course Nigeria must pursue.

To their credit, many politicians see the need for reform and even champion it. Yet, there are those in the political class who scheme against collective improvement. They seek to halt progress toward a fairer nation. They seek to hold to the old ways. The difference between the two parties and why some people returned to their PDP conclave must be seen in this light.

This is more than the competition over numbers. What rests in the balance is not whether one party has more elected officials on its roster, but which party has the right mindset and policies to reform Nigeria that she may become what goodness demands of her. We are in a locked battle to define the future of this nation and the quality of its governance. This battle pits one party, the APC, with all of its imperfections, that seeks national reforms against another party, the PDP, which symbolizes the perfection of the most selfish designs of the most selfish politicians among us.

This moral battle informed the recent defections. Those who belong to that PDP mode of thought could find no permanent comfort in walking the path of progressive reform and progress. All the things we have inaugurated such as school-feeding programs for poor pupils, social security for poor families, affordable housing programs, greater access to credit for small businesses and greater access to education and health care, these things the defectors could not well abide. They detested President Buhari’s Treasury Single Account (TSA) innovation because it barred them from misdirecting funds into a maze of unaudited accounts from which they could syphon as they pleased. Buhari cut off their clandestine illicit spigot.  (The Sun)

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Baby With Brain Tumour Miraculously Recovers After Pope Francis Kissed Her Head

When Pope Francis kissed baby Gianna Masciantonio in 2015, some saw it as an encouraging sign.

The then one-year-old had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Doctors had not expected that she would make it to her first birthday, but she overcame the odds — and days after her birthday, Pope Francis kissed her head.

It was reported that Gianna had histiocytosis, a rare condition that made it impossible for her to have surgery to remove a tumour.

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The blood disorder caused lesions on her brain stem, reports said.

Gianna was treated with chemotherapy, and CBS Philadelphia reports that now, Gianna is in good health and will begin pre-school this year.

To commemorate Gianna’s recovery, her parents, Joey and Kristen Masciantonio, donated $50,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where Gianna was treated.

They made the donation in the name of the foundation they started, For the Love of Grace.

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Grace is Gianna’s middle name, and the foundation is dedicated to helping children with brain tumours and histiocytosis. (Punch)

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Monthly Running Cost For President, Vice And Ministers Shock Nigerians |RN

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By Dr Fashina Aladejobi

Previously, Nigerians have been treated to the shock of knowing the salaries of the federal legislators but not those of the President, his vice and heads of various ministries.

Now, The Republican News got hold of the mouth-watering running cost of the office of the President, the Vice President and various heads of the ministries.

Here, in bold letters, is the monthly running cost of PRESIDENT @MBuhari, VP @ProfOsinbajo, Ministers and heads of government parastatals.

A monthly running cost (or operations budget) is the provision in the budget for office expenditures and equipment, travel and utilities. Find below the monthly running costs of the President, Ministers and Heads of Government parastatals….

PRESIDENT – N194,718,021

PRESIDENT’S CHIEF OF STAFF – N22,257,682

VICE PRESIDENT – N22,430,904.70

MINISTER OF DEFENCE – N64,756,891.41

MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS – N38,796,036.55

MINISTER OF INFORMATION & CULTURE – N70,174,857

MINISTER OF INTERIOR – N43,048,172.41

HEAD OF THE CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION — N23,506,572

AUDITOR GENERAL FOR THE FEDERATION — N16,403,846.58

MINISTER OF COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY — N26,697,456.10

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER — N20,748,321.53

SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION —N68,457,734.80

MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE — N31,227,749.45

MINISTER OF FINANCE — N37,287,276,015.75

MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT —N34,416,743.32

MINISTER OF LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT — N34,416,743.32

MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY —N22,614,499.02

MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION — N44,890,929.68

MINISTER OF POWER, WORKS & HOUSING —N24,166,666.72

MINISTER OF STATE FOR PETROLEUM RESOURCES — N56,499,466.60

MINISTER OF MINES AND STEEL DEVELOPMENT — N33,206,847.95

MINISTER OF BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING — N12,302,700,834

CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL SALARIES, INCOMES AND WAGES COMMISSION — N1,566,354.57

CHAIRMAN, FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMISSION —N3,029,460.25

MINISTER OF WATER RESOURCES — N15,854,343.40

MINISTER OF JUSTICE, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION – N56,666,666.73

CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT CORRUPT PRACTICES AND RELATED OFFENCES COMMISSION (ICPC) – N21,881,433.55

MINISTER OF NIGER DELTA — N14,618,152.07

MINISTER OF YOUTH & SPORTS DEVELOPMENT — N14,155,885.63

MINISTER OF WOMEN AFFAIRS — N8,333,333.35

MINISTER OF EDUCATION — N46,138,810.26

MINISTER OF HEALTH — N36,353,957.13

MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT — N30,954,296.83

CHAIRMAN, NATIONAL POPULATION COMMISSION —N6,917,899.20

MANAGING DIRECTOR, NATIONAL INLAND WATERWAYS AUTHORITY — N990,000

CONTROLLER-GENERAL, NIGERIAN PRISON SERVICE —N33,058,664.2

COMPTROLLER-GENERAL, NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICE – N33,614,346.83

COMMANDANT GENERAL, NIGERIA SECURITY AND CIVIL DEFENCE CORPS (NSCDC) — N19,340,826.13

INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE — N55,176,088.43
CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION — N26,011,329.68

DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES — N22,405,308.35

NATIONAL BUREAU OF STATISTICS — N7,200,213.23

DIRECTOR GENERAL, BUDGET OFFICE OF THE FEDERATION — N14,329,422.43

NIGERIAN INVESTMENT PROMOTION COUNCIL HQTRS — N8,854,541.90

CHAIRMAN, CODE OF CONDUCT TRIBUNAL — N15,061,463.37

CHAIRMAN, CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU — N10,890,415.00

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION — N14,328,685.48

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CHARACTER COMMISSION — N9,315,888.48

CHAIRMAN, POLICE SERVICE COMMISSION — N5,284,232.95

CHAIRMAN, REVENUE MOBILISATION, ALLOCATION AND FISCAL COMMISSION — N11,492,076.23
CHAIRMAN, CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU — N10,890,415.00

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION — N14,328,685.48

CHAIRMAN, FEDERAL CHARACTER COMMISSION — N9,315,888.48

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The Igbo Should Have Been Wiped Out During Biafra War – Babcock University Staff, Ajibola

A Babcock University staff identified as Alaba Ajibola is currently trending on social media after his rant against the Igbos of South-East Nigeria.

Ajibola who revealed how much he loathes the Igbos in a Facebook comment stated that the Igbos should have been wiped out during the Biafran war.

According to him, ‘If this happened, Nigeria would have ‘gone far off’ as the tribe is the most hated tribe in the world’.

 

Babcock University Staff, Alaba Ajibola

Source: Oriental Times

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252 Aides To Tambuwal Resign From His Cabinet |The Republican News

Adeniyi Olugbemi, Sokoto

Two hundred and fifty-two Special Advisers and Special Assistants appointed under Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal’s administration have resigned their positions.

The affected aides said their resignations were informed by the recent decision of the Sokoto State Governor to dump the All Progressives Congress, the party which they are bona fide members of in the state.

They stated that their resolve to remain in APC will not allow them to function in their respective positions under Tambuwal’s government.

Addressing journalists on Sunday in Sokoto, the spokesman of the SAs, Hon. Dasuki Haske, also said their decisions were hinged on their loyalty to the party.

“We deem it fit state categorically that we are not ready to join Governor Tambuwal in his new party. That was what informed our decision. We will remain in APC and there is no going back.

“We are members of APC before taking up our appointments as SAs and it was based on the membership values that we were given such positions. Now, we have resigned because the governor has not performed well since inception to justify our support for him.

“We want to assure that we will work for the success of APC in the state come 2019 general election. We will work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and our state party leader, Senator Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko,” Haske said.

Another speaker, Abdullahi Ahmad Sokoto, said all the ex-aides will work for the success of APC in the state.

He added that the party remained the one to beat in any election.

Also speaking, a former Special Assistant, Hajia Rabi Tudunwada, alleged that she and other aides of the governor were called and compelled to swear with Holy Qur’an to secure their promise to defect from APC before they could be paid their August salary.

Hajia Tudunwada disclosed that some of them had refused to be part of the oath, which informed their decision to resign from their respective positions.

She posited that both PDP and Governor Tambuwal will be rejected in the forthcoming general elections by the electorate.

Responding, the state APC chairman, Hon. Isah Achida thanked the affected Special Advisers and Assistants for their loyalty to the party.

He also promised them rewards for their “steadfastness and commitment to the party.”

“We thank you for being loyal to the party and we are assuring you of equal treatment as loyal party members.

“We have taken cognizance of your loyalty and commitment,” Achida state (Punch)

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