The Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has opened up on issues of
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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo breaks silence on President Muhammadu Buhari return, saying he is not fit pilot the affairs of our nation.
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Speaking with the journalists, the former President exposed Buhari on the major reasons why he return home despite his current conditions…
The presidency yesterday attributed the current downturn in the country to a ruined economy allegedly caused by a gross mismanagement of the past administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The presidency spoke in apparent reaction to statements credited to Jonathan to the effect that he handed to President Muhammadu Buhari a healthy economy. The former president spoke during the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) convention which held at the Eagle Square, Abuja, last weekend.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, yesterday said that contrary to claims by Jonathan who was joined by the PDP Caretaker Chairman, Ahmed Makarfi, the Buhari-led administration was handed an economy ravaged by years of mismanagement and corruption.
The presidential media aide said a cursory look at any sector would clearly indicate that the immediate past administration “presided over the most monumental and tragic economic mismanagement recorded in the country’s national history.”
Shehu noted that if the administration had fought corruption, sanitised the huge salary bill by eliminating payroll fraud, and encouraged state governments to reform their spending and built savings or investments, and blocked leakages that allowed government revenues to be siphoned into private hands among others when the oil price was as high as $120 per barrel, Nigeria would not be in the current predicament.
“The oil sector boomed under his tenure, with oil prices as high as $120 and peace in the Nigeria Delta. Nigeria earned unprecedented dollar revenues. Sadly, that is where the story turns sour.
“There is nothing to show for the revenues earned, no major capital project was completed, neither power generation, road development, rail or agriculture benefitted from the windfall earnings.
“Rather the administration presided over the diversion of oil revenues on a such a massive scale, that even without the protection now accorded to whistle blowers, the then Central Bank governor blew not only a whistle but a trumpet. He was hurriedly shown the door.”
The presidency said the acquisition by public officers and their cohorts of private jets, luxury yachts and the accumulation of expensive property portfolios worldwide continued unabated under Jonathan.
“Indeed the president once celebrated having the largest number of private jets, whilst our youth languished without jobs, our fields stood idle and our factories began the layoff of workers.
“Government simply reticulated oil revenue through personal spending by corrupt leaders, wasteful expenses and salaries. This was done rather than investing in what would grow the economy.”
The statement noted that “Economies grow due to capital investment in assets like seaports, airports, power plants, railways, roads and housing. Nigeria cannot record a single major infrastructural project in the last 10 years.
“Such was the looting that even the goose that was laying the golden egg was being systematically starved. The direct contractual costs of oil produced, in the form of cash calls, remained unpaid.
“We would not be suffering now if we had no cash reserves but we had power, or a rail system, or good roads, or good housing. But we don’t have money and we don’t have the projects either.”
According to Shehu, “Now that the oil has fallen below those levels, it is very difficult to do what is needed but they must be done to save Nigeria. There is no other way if we want to be honest.
“If PDP were still in power they would have continued deceiving people, by borrowing to fund stealing and wastage and the problem would have simply been postponed for future generations to face.”
He continued: “One of former President Jonathon’s specific boasts is that dollar under him was N180 compared to today. With such a line of argument, it is clear why we are where we are.
“With oil prices as high as $120 the average inflow of dollars each month was high, making it easy to support cheap dollars. However with oil price plummeting as low as $28, the fundamental laws of supply and demand dictated that the currency would need to adjust, since oil was the sole export.
“It is instructive to note that virtually every major oil exporter has witnessed currency adjustments with the fall in oil price.”
The presidency said the Buhari administration had taken a long-term strategic view of supporting a stable naira on both the supply and demand sides. “Buhari has driven import substitution to reduce demand for dollars to buy things we can produce thereby creating thousands of rural jobs in rice and other staples.
“In addition, there is a credible plan to diversify our revenue sources away from oil, with focus on export crops as well as solid minerals, with the release of $100m fund to develop solid mineral extraction.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has a positive and prosperous vision for Nigeria. A nation in which the natural talent and hard work of the people is being supported by an enabling environment of infrastructural development and policy reforms that will develop a firm future for our nation.”
During a difficult visit to Europe, Donald Trump appeared out of sync with traditional allies, struggling to show that unorthodox strategies toward rival powers Russia and China can deliver results.
At one point Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and German Chancellor Angela Merkel exchanged a knowing glance as the US president veered off on another tangent.
What were to be remarks about women entrepreneurs had become a Trumpian soliloquy on his daughter Ivanka’s merits and his paternal failings.
“If she weren’t my daughter it would be so much easier for her,” Trump said. “It might be the only bad thing going for her.”
A few feet away, Merkel and Trudeau’s nervy laughs were corporal acknowledgement that Trump’s political peers are still unsure how to take the mercurial 71-year-old.
Throughout the meeting there was a sense the president of the United States, leader of the so-called “indispensable nation,” has shifted positions, leaving everyone else struggling to correct.
– Start with friends- In Warsaw, on the first stop of his four-day trip, Trump sought to reassert his claim to lead the free world.
Like a king riding along the cavalry frontline, he sounded the charge against terrorism and bureaucracy, which he painted as threats to Christian civilisation.
He embraced allies by affirming his commitment to NATO’s mutual defense clause, satisfying long-standing demands to be clearer about the alliance.
But for many, Trump’s idea of the West as a group of nations that “cry out ‘We want God’” — a West of high borders and fierce nationalism — seemed out of kilter with the times.
“It is no accident that he gave this speech to a country with an ultra-conservative and Eurosceptic government,” said Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution.
“The great risk,” Wright added, is that Trump’s remarks “begin dividing Europe into old and new — or those who don’t like him and his message and those who do.”
Trump’s claim to be the guardian of Western values was further undermined by a press conference that saw sustained attacks on the free press and a downplaying of Russia’s election interference.
– Time to move on – Later at the G20 in Hamburg, Trump appeared even more clearly outside the policy mainstream.
The artful drafting of a joint communique saw world leaders banding together without the United States: in the fight against climate change, it was 19 in favor and a lone Trump against.
“To get 20 of your friends to agree where to have dinner together tonight is really hard,” said top Trump economic advisor Gary Cohn, denying US isolation.
Trump’s efforts to reset relations with global rivals were equally vexed.
During a historic two-hour-and-sixteen-minute meeting with Vladimir Putin, the US president effectively agreed to put Russia’s 2016 election interference in the past — a major concession to Moscow.
“After very substantive dialogue on this, they agreed to move on to other discussions,” said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
But that bought few tangible benefits beyond a possible ceasefire agreement for southern Syria.
Officials are hopeful the measure, effective from noon Sunday, can stem the bloodletting and open the door for a broader cooling of the vicious six-year civil war — but such ceasefires have come and gone many times before.
For months, negotiators in Amman had been searching for something much more durable: a safe zone, enforced by troops, which would secure Jordan’s border and allow the regime’s opponents their own territory.
That prospect still seems distant.
“The best possible outcome is that this ‘agreement’ becomes a building block for more US-Russian cooperation in Syria,” Cliff Kupchan of Eurasia group told clients in a research note.
“But the emerging truce also faces significant obstacles, and its fate is unclear at best.”
On North Korea, Trump appeared unable to translate weeks of sustained public pressure and angry tweets on China into meaningful diplomatic progress.
Across the table from Trump, Xi Jinping offered little indication he would impose the type of sanctions that could make Pyongyang think twice about developing ever-more powerful long-range nuclear missiles.
Trump was left to abandon his own sense of urgency.
“It may take longer than I like, it may take longer than you’d like… but there will be success in the end, one way or the other,” he said.
The Federal government has been urged to take immediate steps to put in place measures that will lessen the suffering of the masses. A former Legislator, Hon. Johnson Fatoki who lamented yesterday that Nigerians are going through “serious hardships”, insisted that it was regrettable that the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government has inflicted “more sufferings” on Nigerians despite their pledge to improve on the living standard of the people during their campaign.
Fatoki who spoke to The Guardian in Abeokuta, insisted that “What the APC government promised Nigerians is not what they are implementing. The only noise we are hearing is that they are fighting corruption but even that, none of the suspects have been convicted.”
“It is sad that two years into this government, the economy has grown worse, the electricity situation is not faring better and infrastructure is at standstill. The only yardstick of measuring success is getting positive results; we are not getting positive results. Prices of all goods and services are going up everyday.”
On the government’s anti-graft war, he said, “The government needs to be objective in the area of fighting corruption. The anti-graft agencies make unnecessary noise in the media and at the end of the day nothing to show for it.”
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George, on Thursday faulted calls by some politicians on President Mohammed Buhari to resign over his ill-health.
George faulted the calls while speaking with some journalists in Lagos, describing them as wrong and inflammatory.
He said it was inhumane of anyone to pressure the president to step down from office just because he was having some health challenges.
George pointed out that it was only the president and his managers who could decide when he was incapacitated, adding those making the calls are taking politics too far.
He said though he had always been in different camps with the president, he was always praying for his quick recovery, urging all Nigerians, irrespective of political allegiance, to do the same.
“You see, I don’t support the call by some people that the president should resign because of his health.
“Even though I have always been on different party with the president, I do not think it is right for anybody to have evil thoughts towards him.
“He is ill and we can only wish him good health and pray for him; pressuring him to resign because of his health is getting beyond politics. He is a human being and only God knows the appointed time for everyone.
“The holy book says we should always pray for people in authority; I think the president deserves everyone’s prayers, not comments that could even outrage some people and create unnecessary tension, “he said.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has appealed to Nigerians especially Muslims to use the period of Ramadan for reflection on national challenges and join forces with the Buhari administration to overcome them.
He gave the advice in his message to felicitate with the Muslim community in Nigeria as they join other faithful across the world to commence Ramadan, the holy month of fasting and prayer.
The Acting President implored Muslims to seek maximum benefits from the Ramadan period by replicating the teachings of the Holy Prophet in all their engagements, both private and public.
He urged Muslims to use the Ramadan to renew their commitments to the virtues of love and peace taught by the Holy Prophet Muhammad, and also works towards achieving them.
He noted that the period was one for spiritual perseverance, temperance, introspection and retrospection with the Almighty Allah.
The Acting President called on Nigerians to continue to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and the nation in general.
Osinbajo, while wishing the Muslim faithful blessed Ramadan, urged them to also remember the less privileged in the society during the special period.
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday received the official copy of the 2017 appropriation.
The budget which was finally submitted to the Presidency 12 days after it was approved by the National Assembly was delivered to the Presidency by the Presidential Laison to the Senate, Ita Enang.
Speaking to the State House correspondents after the presentation Enang said the Acting President will sign the budget after laid down procedures.
Enang recanted his earlier position that President Muhammadu Buhari would sign the 2017 appropriation bill.
“The 2017 budget will be transmitted to Mr President.The president will assent to the budget. The acting president is in office, and when the budget is transmitted, it will go through the processes and all those other questions will answer itself”, Enang had said on Channels Television Politics Today.
But in a swift return around 48 hours later, Enang after budget submission to Osinbajo in a closed door ceremony said, “The budget as passed by the National Assembly has just been transmitted to the Acting President. I just delivered it.
“Let me use this opportunity to clarify an issue. The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget and he will assent to it when the processes are completed.
“The Acting President has the power to assent to the budget. In February, he assented to 7 or 8 bills. Those that he didn’t agree with, he wrote the Senate and House of Representatives that he had withheld his assent from them.
“He has the power of the President to assent to it. But the assent to the Appropriation Bill will be after the completion of the standard operation process. The bill has 30 days within which it will be assented to but the process can be completed within two or three days.
“So, it is not possible to say it will be assented to in so, so and so day or in two or three days. It’s upon the completion of the process that it will be assented to by the president and the president here now is the acting president.”
Chief Femi Fani-Kayode ex Minister of Aviation said that any Igbo person in the APC needs to have his or her head examined. Fani-Kayode on his Facebook page, Thursday, responding to Tim Elombah of Elombah.com who had asked: “Chief Fani-Kayode, some Igbos in the APC said that it cannot be true that Buhari said what you claimed he said about the Igbo because he had an Igbo running mate as VP on at least two occassions.
How can he hate Igbos if he had an Igbo running mate twice in the past?” said it is only now that the Yoruba wing of the APC are really getting to know him and his evil cabal and they are all crying behind closed doors. They regret supporting them during the 2015 election deeply. President Buhari with L-R: Senator Sam Egwu, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Chief of Staff Abba Kyari and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe as President Buhari receives in audience Deputy Senate President Senator Ike Ekweremadu and 7 other Senators Fani-Kayode’s answer: “Tim, please tell them to go and watch the video again (scroll down and see below). I stand by all that I said there. I do not lie.
They were not there but I was. Did they expect Buhari to run with another Hausa Fulani or another northerner as his running mate in 2003, 2007 and 2011? Most of these people that talk like this know nothing about this man.
They have not even met him one on one. They are just corridor boys and girls. They don’t know the type of person Buhari is. It is only now that the Yoruba wing of the APC are really getting to know him and his evil cabal and they are all crying behind closed doors. They regret supporting them.during the 2015 election deeply.
Any Igbo person in the APC needs to have his or her head examined. Such a person is a confused soul who has been conned and who has sold his soul to an Igbo hater, a radical islamist, an ethnic supremacist, a religious bigot and a racist.
You say he chose an Igbo man as his running mate in the past and my answer is so what? He did so because he was looking for votes and not because he loves them. Next you will say he has Igbo Ministers in his cabinet forgetting that the constitution compels him to give each state in the country, including the Igbo ones, at least one Minister.
He has not done the Igbo any favour by giving them Ministers or making their sons his running mate twice because that is their due. They are entitled to it and their votes and support was badly needed. He did the same for the Tinubu group in the SW in 2015 but now that he is ill and out of action look at what his group are doing to Osinbajo, Tinubu, Baba Akande. Look at the humiliation they are subjecting the Yoruba wing of the APC and the VP to. We warned Tinubu and co. that this would happen but they would not listen. They were misled and they gave 51 per cent of the Yoruba vote to Buhari in the 2015 election whilst we gave 49 per cent of that vote to Jonathan. Now they are crying.
You say that Buhari loves the Igbo yet his security forces and military have killed and locked up more Igbo leaders and youths and marginalised more Igbos at the Federal level more than ANY other Nigerian President or Head of State since the civil war. He loves Igbos so much that he has not arrested or prosecuted ANY of tge well-armed, well-funded and well-organised Fulani militants and herdsmen that have gone into Igbo land in the last two years and killed thousands of people, burnt their homes, raped their women and stolen their land. He loves the Igbo so much that out of the two key positions that have been given to southerners in the Presidents team in the Villa not ONE of them has gone to an Igbo despite the fact that the Igbos constitute such a large number of people in the south.
All the numerous other key positions in the Villa are in the hands of northerners and only two key posts were given to southerners. Of the two none was given to the Igbo. Is that love for the south and particularly the Igbo or is it contempt and disdain? This sort of ethnic domination and northernisation of the Villa has NEVER happened before and it is shameful. I worked in the Villa for 3 years and I know how it works and how things are usually balanced between north and south and the six zones.
But this is not the case under Buhari. For him only two key positions in the Villa, that of Femi Adesina who is Sp. Advisor on Media and who is from the South West and Ita Enang, who is Sp. Advisor on the National Assembly and who is from the South South, are the ONLY southerners in key positions in Buhari’s Presidency.
No Igbo man is good enough for him to put in a key position in the Presidency and the popular refrain amongst his inner circle and his little cabal is that Igbos cannot be trusted. Everyone knows this. They dont like southerners generally and they despise the Igbo particularly.
The Igbo that are in the APC that do not know all this and that cannot appreciate the shameful and primitive disposition of Buhari and his inner circle are simply ignorant or deluded or both. They are also hungry and desperate for the few crumbs they will get for betraying their oen people and selling them inti slavery and bondage. It is sad and pitiful and those that have done this should bow their heads in shame