NNPC Crisis: What Buhari Told Me – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has for the first time opened up on what President Muhammadu Buhari told him after a brief meeting at the Presidential Villa last week.

The response was with respect to the controversial memo he wrote against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused Baru of corruption.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

NNPC Crisis: Kachikwu, Baru Meet, Agree To Strengthen Oil Sector Regulation

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

360nobs had reported that there was a show of curiosity among pressmen at the end of a meeting between the president and the minister last week Friday.

Mr. Kachikwu had simply said “no comment” before leaving Aso Villa’s premises, after the apparently “inquisitive looking” journalists met him.

However, Kachikwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo State at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance.

He said: “The conversation has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.

“People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.”

“Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”

“Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”

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NNPC Crisis: What Buhari Told Me – Kachikwu

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Energy, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, has for the first time opened up on what President Muhammadu Buhari told him after a brief meeting at the Presidential Villa last week.

The response was with respect to the controversial memo he wrote against the Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, (NNPC), Dr. Maikanti Baru.

The minister had written a memo to the president, in which he accused Baru of corruption.

In the petition, Kachikwu had alleged that Baru was sidelining him and the NNPC board from important decisions affecting the corporation.

NNPC Crisis: Kachikwu, Baru Meet, Agree To Strengthen Oil Sector Regulation

Kachikwu had also accused Baru of insubordination, claiming he awarded contracts without due process.

360nobs had reported that there was a show of curiosity among pressmen at the end of a meeting between the president and the minister last week Friday.

Mr. Kachikwu had simply said “no comment” before leaving Aso Villa’s premises, after the apparently “inquisitive looking” journalists met him.

However, Kachikwu, who spoke in Owerri, Imo State at the end of a three-day Nigerian Content Workshop organised by the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, said the content of his letter did not border on fraud but on governance.

He said: “The conversation has been largely misunderstood to bother on fraud. It was not on fraud, but on governance and suggestions on ways to go about it. I think a lot of people got it wrong.

“People dwell much on issues of sensationalism and leave the main substance. The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Maikanti Baru, and I are working together as Mr. President had directed to move forward.”

“Mr. President has urged the two of us to find ways of working together to remove doubt and rift.”

“Mr. President is a decent man and what he wants to achieve in this country is to live a legacy for posterity. He is a sincere leader, so nobody should accuse him of engaging in fraud.”

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NMA: Doctors Demand Clarifications On Private Practice Ban By FG

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The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) is demanding that the Federal Government clearly define it moves to ban medical doctors in public service from private practice.

Dr Olubunmi Omojowolo, Chairman of Lagos State chapter of NMA, said this while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Friday, October 13, 2017.

According to him, the federal government should throw more light on its plan.

Omojowolo was reacting to a federal government’s announcement to begin the process of banning doctors in public service from engaging in private service.

The federal government on Wednesday announced plans to stop medical doctors working in public hospitals from engaging in private practice.

The decision was taken at Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, Omojowolo said that though the law did not permit doctors in public hospitals to own private hospitals, they could however, offer specialised services to private hospitals when required.

“Actually, this is not new; the law does not permit doctors who are working in public hospitals to own private hospitals.

“However, the application has to be properly defined; when talking about private practice by doctors in public hospitals, the government has to explain exactly what it is talking about.

“Are you saying that specialists working for government cannot be invited by private hospitals when they have emergency or need a specialist in that area to see the patient?

“Are you saying that all patients that require specialist care who are admitted in private hospitals will have to be moved to public hospitals?,’’ he said.

The chairman said that it was practice all over the world that specialists could be invited to either a public or private health institution to help sort out medical issues.

“For instance, I am a neurologist; how many neurologists do we have in the country.

“We do not have many of them and there are cases that need neurologists’ intervention and other cases like that.

“Are they going to be transferring all patients to public hospitals which are short-staffed and cannot even take care of the patients they already have?

“Consequent upon this, there is need for government to define what it is saying so that it will be understood by everybody.

“This will go a long way to remove ambiguities and misinterpretations that the proposal has so far generated,’’ Omojowolo said.

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45 Boko Haram Members Jailed As Court Frees 468 Others

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kainji, Niger State, has sentenced 45 Boko Haram members to between 3 and 31 years in jail, while 468 other suspects were freed.

The jailed men were among the 575 Boko Haram suspects arraigned under the first phase of the mass trial of the suspects.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the Kainji court also struck out 34 cases while 28 suspects were remanded for trial in Abuja and Minna.

The Court ordered that the 468 discharged persons should undergo deradicalization and rehabilitation programmes before they are handed over to their respective state governments.

The trial commenced with the formal remand by the Court of 1,669 suspects for a period of 90 days, with the Court ordering that they be arraigned within the specified period or released unconditionally.

NAN reports that the Court adjourned the trial of other suspects to January 2018.

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EFCC Recovered Over N30 Billion With Help From Whistle Blowers – Magu

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The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has disclosed that more than N30 billion looted funds have been recovered since the commencement of the whistle blowing policy.

The EFCC boss said this on Thursday at the launch of the whistle-blower support project, Tagged ‘Corruption Anonymous’ (CORA).

It is understood that the project is being organised by the African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, AFRICMIL, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation.

“Since the commencement of the whistle-blower policy, we have received hundreds of actionable tips that led to the following cash recoveries: N527, 643,500; $53,222,747; GBP 21,222,890 and Euro 547,730,” Mr. Magu said.

He added that the EFCC has created an environment for those with information to approach the Commission, confident that the information they give would be put into effective use.

Thursday’s speech comes about two months after Mr. Magu some of the tip-offs passed to anti-graft detectives by whistle blowers were leading nowhere.

The EFCC chief, however, explained his stance at the event.

“I am glad to report that Nigerians have so far been very responsive. We have always treated every tip referred to us with strict sense of responsibility bearing in mind that such undertaking on the part of the whistle-blower is usually a matter of trust and even risk.

“At the same time, we have been careful not to be used by mischief makers who would want to abuse this process.

“Let me reiterate that just as there is consequence for corruption, there will be consequence for those who want to take advantage of this noble initiative in the fight against corruption to create mischief. We have responded to this possibility by developing a water-tight mechanism of both reporting and cross-checking information.”

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Davido Finally Breaks Silence On Tagbo’s Death [Read Full Statement]

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Prominent Nigerian singer, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, has released a statement, in which he stated that late Umueke Tagbo never entered his car.

He also released CCTV footages of the night’s events.

ALSO READ: Davido Lied! Autopsy Confirms That Tagbo, Died Of Suffocation – Lagos CP

The statement, issued on his behalf by his counsel, Norrison Quakers (SAN), and entitled The Unfortunate Death of Tagbo Umeike; Davido’s Story, read in full:

Davido Finally Breaks Silence On Tagbo's Death

Davido Finally Breaks Silence On Tagbo’s Death

“Our attention as solicitors to Mr. David Adeleke aka Davido, has been drawn to statements and comments both on the social, electronic and print media including but not limited to a very recent publication by national daily, wherein various statements credited to the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, insinuating inter alia that our client has a case to answer in the unfortunate demise of one Mr. Tagbo Umeike.

“The said publications have all caused our client; Mr. David Adeleke (otherwise known as Davido), a lot of undue embarrassment thus necessitating the need to present the facts as they stand, since the unfortunate incidence is now in the public domain.

“First of all we wish to state that our client was never arrested but rather made himself available to assist the police in its investigation and after a satisfactory explanation, he was allowed to go.

“It is imperative to state that the evidence and footage available to the Police discloses the chain of events leading to the discovery of the remains of Mr. Tagbo Umeike do not in any way incriminate our Client, but rather absolves him of any criminal culpability; a fact that the Police is aware of.

“For the records, we wish to state that our Client has not been found culpable for the death of Mr. TagboUmeike, and this was earlier communicated by the police in a closed meeting involving the Acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Davido, the family of the deceased and one Caroline Danjuma who claims to be girlfriend of the deceased.

“Our client was also not involved in the untimely death of the deceased, nor did he give any instructions to anyone to ‘dump’ the corpse of Mr. TagboUmeike anywhere. Further, and as a matter of fact, we wish to state that the deceased did not step a foot, even for a second, in any of our Client’s vehicles on the evening of this sad series of events.

“The facts that can be distilled from the CCTV footage obtained from “Shisha Room” are that on or about 12:23 am in the early hours of Tuesday the 3rd of October, 2017 our Client got ready to leave the premises of the “Shisha Room”, where he had gone to earlier in the company of some of his friends to celebrate the birthday of one Clarks Adeleke.

“Again, we reiterate our client arrived at the Shisha Room in his vehicle with his friends and the deceased arrived about one hour later in his own vehicle. The CCTV footage obtained from the ‘Shisha Room’ captured our Client and some others, including the deceased all standing close to our Client’s vehicle as he prepared to leave after the drinks and celebrations.

“The deceased is seen in that footage to be in a very drunken and intoxicated state as he was staggering and falling on the people around him. Our Client tried to convince the deceased person to get into his vehicle in his drunken state so as to take him home safely, but this overture on our Client’s part was declined by the deceased.

“The CCTV footage further revealed that our Client drove out of the premises of ‘Shisha Room’, while the deceased went back into the ‘Shisha Room’ in the company of most of the people who were all at the car park at the time of our Client’s departure.

“After departing from the ‘Shisha Room’ our Client honored an invitation to a bar at Oniru Beach and subsequently went on to DNA Night Club. Regrettably, while in DNA Night Club with some friends, he received the tragic news of the death of the deceased.

“It is unfortunate that the stories making the news on the print, electronic and social media seek to portray our Client as a liar and a callous friend. We wish to state unequivocally on behalf of our Client, that he was not present at the time of the death of the deceased, neither did he give anyone directives or instructions to take the remains of the deceased to the general hospital or to the morgue.

“Our Client had no knowledge of the deceased’s movement after he last saw him at the ‘Shisha Room’. Rather, it was friends of the deceased (who out of concern for the deceased) and without our Client’s knowledge drove the deceased in (the deceased’s car) to the hospital, while our Client’s police details escorted the deceased’s car in our Client’s Hilux Pilot truck.

“This they did, because they knew the deceased to be their Boss’ friend and were merely helping a fellow human being who was in need of help.

“Our Client maintains that he has not in any way lied about what he knows about the unfortunate incident, neither has his statement to the Police been incoherent as unfortunately been presented in the media.

“Others involved have consistently maintained in their respective statements to the Police that our Client did not instruct them to take the remains of the deceased to the hospital, nor did the deceased enter our Client’s vehicle at any point that evening, nor does he have a hand in the death or transport of the remains of the deceased

“Our Client is presently grieving the loss of two of his friends, and deeply condoles with their immediate families; and as his Solicitors, it is our duty to set the records straight by bringing and putting into the public space/ domain the truth of what actually transpired. “It is disheartening that the image of our Client is being tarnished by mischief makers whose jaundiced publications and statements have had a negative impact on our Client’s emotional wellbeing, family and his fan base.

“We therefore appeal to the members of the public to desist from jumping into uninformed conclusions about the unfortunate incidence, and further appeal to the media to also desist from negative publications that seek to project our Client in bad light.

“Our client in honour of the memory of his departed friends, has suspended his next few shows and musical engagements. We commiserate with the families of the deceased and pray that God will comfort them at a time like this.”

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The Aso Rock Clinic: A Reflection Of The Rot In Nigerian Medicare

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The Aso Rock Clinic: A Reflection Of The Rot In Nigerian Medicare, By Ademola Adeoye

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The likable wife of the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria took ill not long ago and was told to jump on the next available flight to London to be treated medically. While playing to the gallery at a recent meeting in Abuja, she told the whole world that she refused to be flown abroad. She probably refused to be flown abroad simply because what was wrong with her was not life threatening! If it was, she possibly would have requested whoever was in charge of the medicare of the first family to fly her out pronto.

This piece was written by Ademola Adeoye. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

What if the Britons never developed their health care sector and allowed it to get to the same comatose state ours is presently in, where would they have taken Mr. President to when he took ill? It is a big shame that a 57 year old nation is still toying with the healthcare of her citizens. There are too many Nigerians who die needlessly daily. The only fault of theirs was to be born in a nation that does not care a hoot about their health.

When the regrettable news about the Aso Rock clinic came out, I was not moved one bit. I was not surprised that the ‘celebrated’ clinic does not have a common syringe! You know why? It is because the same ineffective, corrupt and feeble system drives everything in our dear country. If there is no order on our dusty streets, do not also expect to find it in the most privileged place in our polity. This is why our politicians are fond of traveling outside the country, even to treat headache!

ALSO READ: Aisha Buhari Slams Nigeria’s Healthcare, Aso Rock Clinic

I am writing this way because I have been to so many hospitals in Nigeria and I have a first-hand experience of what the masses are going through daily in a nation called “the giant of Africa.” The last time I was inside a hospital, I said to those who were with me on that if they could afford to travel beyond the shores of Nigeria for medical treatment that they should please do so.

A few years back, one of my friends took his wife to one of our hospitals. He dropped her off and quickly dashed to the office to go take care of an urgent task that he was not allowed to delegate. A few minutes after he got to his office, he called to know if his wife had been attended to. But she informed him of still being at the reception, waiting to be attended to. An hour later, the story remained the same. Some hours even after that, the sitation was unchanged. My friend ultimately left his office and met his wife the same way he left her in the morning! Finding her in excruciating pain, he was forced to make some noise, only after she was attended to and wheeled into an operating theatre. If one made an effort to travel round our greatly valued country, it could be found that the story is virtually the same from place to place.

Each time this and other raging national issues are raised, the first thing our professional politicians say is something in this manner: “You know that we are still young as a nation. With time, we would get it right. You know America, German, England…have been around for so long a time…” Each time I am told something like this, I always get very upset. Do we need 800 years as a nation before we can be able to install an excellence-driven health care system for our people? Are we re-inventing the wheel? Can’t we just copy what the Germans have perfected and implement it here? Instead of shamelessly traveling to countries where their health care systems are working, can’t we reproduce here what is making these countries work?

In 1970, Oman’s health care system was not performing well, just as ours is not performing well right now. The child mortality rate was very high. But major government investments proved to be successful in improving system performance. Oman’s success in recent times shows that tremendous strides can be accomplished in a relatively short period of time. How did Oman move from where they were to where they are today in a context of excellence-driven health care system? Instead of wasting scarce money to send people to both Jerusalem and Saudi Arabia, let us send some of our intelligent men and women to Oman to understudy them and reproduce this in Nigeria. It can be done, if we are serious as a people.

Ademola Adeoye is a public affairs analyst.

This piece was written by Ademola Adeoye. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Commuters Stranded As BRT Drivers Commence Strike Action In Lagos

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Commuters were on Thursday left stranded at various Bus Rapid Transport, BRT, bus stops and terminals across Lagos, after an industrial action embarked upon by the bus drivers, operated by Primero Ltd.

Vanguard reports that the drivers were protesting against unpaid salaries and allowances, delayed payment of benefits, reversal of their terms and conditions of service, among others by the management of the company.

It is understood that as early as 6am, there were long queues of commuters at the BRT bus terminals at Ikorodu, Ketu, Ojota, Maryland and other designated terminals, waiting for the buses in vain.

However, 3 hours later, some of the drivers were seen at Majidun loading station, chanting solidarity songs to press home their demands while the buses were off the road.

Speaking with the news outlet, on the condition of anonymity, some of the drivers said that their basic salaries had been slashed to N40,000 without reasons, non-payment of July and September salaries, and breach of agreement by management.

According to them, for the past four months, the management had slashed their salaries from N60,000 to N45, 000 and effort to get them to revert it proved abortive, lamenting that performance bonus of N20,000 and other benefits were no longer forthcoming.

Attempts to speak with Primero Managing Director, Fola Tinubu, or the company’s image maker, Mosunmola Agbaje, were unsuccessful but a senior staff who spoke on condition anonymity, appealed to the protesters to exercise patience.

However, the action was suspended at 4 pm.

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Police Service Commission (PSC) Denies Demoting Lagos CP, Edgal Imohimi

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The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Dr. Mike Okiro, has denied authorizing any letter from the commission purportedly demoting the Lagos State acting Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal to Deputy Commissioner of Police.

According to Mr Okiro, the letter was not authorised by him and should be ignored.

ALSO READ: Confusion As PSC Demotes Acting Lagos CP Edgal, Days After He Started Investigating Davido’s Friend’s Murder

The Commission’s Permanent Secretary, Musa Istifanus had written to the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris about the demotion of Edgal to his former rank of DCP.

The letter had generated confusion and consternation within the leadership of the police and among concerned stakeholders.

However, the PSC chairman said he had told the IG to ignore the letter.

“The letter was not authorised by the commission; Istifanus did not write on my behalf. We read the letter too like everybody and I have told the IG to ignore it. The letter was not authorized at all. I would meet with Istifanus about it and find out how the letter came about,” he said.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, had also stated that Imohimi remains the Acting Lagos CP.

“The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers, but it does not have the power to demote. It can only demote an officer after the Force Disciplinary Committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for a disciplinary action, PSC can only authenticate what the police take to it.

“In this case, Acting CP Imohimi has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force Disciplinary Committee has not recommended him for demotion,” he said.

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NIPOST To Soon Begin Banking Services

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The District Manager, Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST), Ilorin, Mr Godwill Magulike, said on Friday that the agency would soon introduce agency banking services in its operation.

Speaking with NAN on Friday, Magulike said the banking services would enable Nigerians to send money within and outside the country.

He said that NIPOST had earlier introduced other products aimed at reviving the postal system, serving the people better and increasing patronage.

He listed the products as money order, electronic stamps and address verification, among others.

 “We have come to an era in NIPOST where we have to re-examine the activities of postal service in line with modern technologies.

“We also try to showcase our new products in the market apart from our core posting responsibility.

“For instance, with the introduction of agency banking, people can easily send money to their loved ones, across the country.

“We target bringing out new potentials of the service to meet the present demands in the country.

“This effort requires strong collaboration with the private sector whose investment capital and expertise are crucial.

“We are indeed getting back on track as we are reinventing, embracing digitization, redefining our value proposition and developing new product services”, he said.

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Electricity Distribution Companies To Be Sold To New Investors – FG

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The Federal Government has announced that they’re looking into getting new investors in the energy market to boost power production.

The Government has commenced negotiations with operators of the Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) with a view to ceding some of their shares to accommodate new investors who would bring in more funds to increase their service delivery. The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Mohammed, disclosed this at the end of the Nigeria Economic Summit, in Abuja, Thursday.
Discos have been recognised as obstacles to the nation’s quest for efficient electricity sector.
Mrs Mohammed said,
“The Power sector has been privatized and every Nigerian knows that the privatization has not worked well. Things we sought to achieve in the power sector have not yet happened. And we have now come to the point where investors in the power sector must come together and decide to cede some of their holdings to enable new investors with expertise come in to enable us grow the power sector at the pace we want. It involves negotiating with existing owners and also government.
No new investor will be interested to come in with the level of tariff obtainable now.  There will be an impact  on tariff. Starting point will be Discos. The power sector will be opened up to new investment, it is very clear that no new investor will be coming without having a satisfaction from the tariff that will be obtainable in the industry.
That is a discussion that must be held. It is very clear to us now that the level of tariff we have now is not obtainable. It will be a subject of negotiation between government, the existing investors and new investors as well as consumers. We will try to attain to optimal level that will make an impact on the tariff.  The starting point will be the Discos.”

 

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Outrage As World Bank Claims “Buhari Specifically Told Us To Focus On Northern Nigeria”

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The President of the World Bank Group, Jim Yong Kim, on Thursday, revealed that the bank had concentrated on the northern region of Nigeria in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s request.

Kim made this known yesterday at a press conference in Washington DC, United States, which was attended by the Managing Director, International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde.

His words: “You know, in my very first meeting with President Buhari he said specifically that he would like us to shift our focus to the northern region of Nigeria and we’ve done that.  Now, it has been very difficult. The work there has been very difficult.

“I think Nigeria, of course, has suffered from the dropping oil prices. I think things are just now getting better.  But the conversation we need to have with Nigeria, I think, is in many ways related to the theme that I brought to the table just this past week, which is investment in human capital.  The percentage of the Gross Domestic Product that Nigeria spends on healthcare is less than one percent.”

“Despite that, there is so much turbulence in the northern part of the country, and there is the hit that was taken from the drop in the oil prices.  Nigeria has to think ahead and invest in its people. Investing in the things that will allow Nigeria to be a thriving, rapidly growing economy in the future is what the country has to focus on right now.”

“Focusing on the northern part of Nigeria, we hope that as commodity prices stabilise and oil prices come back up, the economy will grow a bit more. But very, very much important is the need to focus on what the drivers of growth in the future will be.”

In April 2016, Kim was in Nigeria for three days during which he met with Buhari.

Meanwhile, the latest revelation has already started to stir outrage on social media with a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, taking the front seat in the vehicle of those venting chagrin on the president.

Tweeting on Friday morning, Fani-Kayode, claimed Buhari sees Nigerians from the South and Middle Belt as “low-lifes, vassals and slaves”.

Quite a number of Nigerians have frequently accused Buhari of promoting northern interests since he came to office in 2015, with this believed to be a major trigger for the Biafra agitation and calls for restructuring in southern Nigeria.

Here are other tweets that showed Nigerians are not too happy with the latest revelation.

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Confusion As PSC Demotes Acting Lagos CP Edgal, Days After He Started Investigating Davido’s Friend’s Murder

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The Nigeria Police Force, High Command in Abuja, has said that it was not aware that acting Commissioner of Police, Lagos state Police Command, Imohimi Edgal, had been demoted to Deputy Commissioner of Police.

Rather, it affirmed that Edgal remains the state’s CP.

This is coming after a letter from the Police Service Commission (PSC) – addressed to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris – in which the commission said Edgal had been reverted to his former rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police.

The letter with the heading ‘Withdrawal of Acting Appointment: AP. 25095 Mohimi D. Edgal and AP. 36665 Aji Ali Janga was signed by the Permanent Secretary at the PSC, Mr M.F. Istifanus, on behalf of the Chairman, Mr Mike Okiro.

The letter reads in part: “Our letter with Ref No PS/1924/Vol IX/ dated 22nd August, 2017 conveying the Honourable Chairman’s anticipatory approval for the placement of the above-named officers as Acting Commissioners of Police refers, please.

“The Commission at its 24th Plenary Meeting of 27th and 28th September, 2017, took a decision not to ratify the anticipatory approval.

“The Officers are, therefore, reverted to their substantive rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP).”

However, the Force Public Relations Officer, Jimoh Moshood, a Chief Superintendent of Police, said that Edgal was still the CP Lagos, in acting capacity.

He said: “The PSC has the power to appoint, promote and discipline officers. But they don’t have the power to demote.

“They can only demote an officer after the Force disciplinary committee has looked into what the officer has done and then recommend him for discipline. They can only authorize them to authenticate what the Police take to them

“In this case acting CP Edgal has not committed any disciplinary offence and the Force disciplinary committee has not recommended him for reduction. They cannot demote him and they have no such powers.

“They should not go beyond their powers. Nigeria Police Force can exist without PSC but PSC cant exist without NFF. We are not aware of the reduction in power and acting CP Lagos state has not be demoted”.

The news is coming barely a day after Edgal said that Umueke Tagbo, a friend of music star, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, died of suffocation.

Imohimi further said that Davido has been reinvited for questioning on the latest revelation because he lied that he only knew of Tagbo’s demise while he was at DNA nightclub, in Victoria Island, a claim that has been found to be untrue.

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Wenger Fooled By False Report, Mistakenly Congratulates George Weah On Liberia Election Win

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Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger has seemingly been the victim of false reports, after rumours made the round that former football star George Weah had won Liberia’s presidential election – even though the final results have not yet been announced.

It is understood that Wenger wrongly congratulated his former player for winning the Liberian presidential election on Thursday.

Arsene Wenger wrongly celebrates George Weah's Liberia Election Win

Arsene Wenger wrongly celebrates George Weah’s Liberia Election Win (Image: Offside Sports Photography)

Unfortunately for the 67-year-old French tactician, the results have not been announced.

Wenger, who coached the 51-year-old footballer-turned-politician at Monaco between 1988 and 1992, had said in his pre-Watford press conference:

“I would like to congratulate one of my former players, who became president of Liberia, George Weah.

“It is not often that you have a former player who becomes a president of a country and so well done Georgie and I would say just for him to keep his enthusiasm and his desire to learn and to win.”

Mr Weah was among 20 presidential candidates in Tuesday’s election.

The former Fifa World Footballer of the Year failed in his two previous attempts but is one of the front-runners to replace President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

However, most analysts expect it to go to a second round, as a candidate needs more than 50% of the votes for outright victory.

But there have been false reports of Mr Weah’s victory circulating on social media.

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Buhari Appoints Prof. Isa Hayatou Chiroma As DG Nigerian Law School

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the nomination of Professor Isa Hayatou Chiroma as the Director General of the Nigerian Law School.

The appointment was announced on Twitter by the Presidency on Thursday, October 12.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Chiroma will succeed Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko, who is due for retirement.

Chiroma is a Professor of Law, and currently the Deputy Director in charge of the Yola Campus of the Nigerian Law School.

President Buhari also re-appointed Mr Uche Orji as Managing Director of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

Mr Orji was first appointed in October 2012, for an initial term of 5 years. The new term will also last 5 years.

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Supreme Court Adjourns Dasuki’s Appeal Hearing Till January 2018

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The Supreme Court on Thursday, October12, adjourned the hearing of a former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki’s appeal to January 25, 2018.

The ex-NSA is asking the country’s apex court to compel the Federal Government to obey the bail orders granted to him by the Federal High Court Abuja and obey ECOWAS CCJ Judgement that ordered his immediate release on bail.

It Is Impossible To Say Dasuki Stole $2.2 Billion – Jonathan

Dasuki has asked the Supreme Court to effectively stop the trials against him in the lower courts until the bail granted to him is implemented.

Colonel Dasuki is facing trial in the FCT High Court and Federal High Court Abuja for money laundering, breach of trust, conspiracy and unlawful possession of firearms – arising out of alleged misappropriation of 2.1 billion dollars by former NSA.

Where Is Dasuki? Nigerian Gov’t Fails To Produce Ex-NSA At Resumed Trial

It would be recalled, Jonathan had argued that Dasuki could not have stolen such amount of money.

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Osinbajo Admits Granting N640 Billion Oil Contracts For NNPC

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has admitted that he granted authorisation to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for two oil contracts worth N640 billion.

A statement issued on the verified account of the presidential spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said Mr. Osinbajo approved the contracts in his capacity as acting president in July.

“In response to media inquiries on NNPC joint venture financing, VP Osinbajo, as Ag President approved recommendations after due diligence,” Mr. Akande said.

This is coming barely a day after the apex oil firm disclosed that the presidential approvals it received for two oil contracts worth N640 billion were granted by the Vice President during his time as Acting President.

On Wednesday, the spokesperson for the NNPC, Ndu Ughamadu, had said that the “Acting President Yemi Osinbajo gave the approval.”

Recall that a critical analysis of the NNPC reply to the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, showed that the NNPC received presidential approvals for at least two contract awards during the time President Muhammadu Buhari was on medical leave in London.

The statement said NNPC received presidential approvals for two oil contracts on July 10 and July 31 worth $1 billion and $780 million, respectively, while Buhari was on medical leave.

When quizzed further, Ughamadu added, “Presidential approval is presidential approval.”

The development is coming on the back of a memo written to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, in which he accused Baru, NNPC GMD, of $26bn contract scam.

Kachikwu had also accused the NNPC boss of insubordination and sidelining him from important decisions.

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(OPINION): 2019: May Buhari Not Contest

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2019: May Buhari Not Contest – Abimbola Adelakun

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My prayer for Nigeria is that President Muhammadu Buhari will not contest another presidential election in 2019. I hope when the time comes, he will do the noblest thing: Thank Nigerians for giving him a chance to serve, allow the transition process to run smoothly without his interference, and walk away with his head high. That will be the best thing for Nigeria, and one hopes he has enough of the acclaimed Mandela spirit in him to know when to walk away from the gambling table. Nigeria is doing poorly under his watch and we cannot continue this way until 2023. We cannot be munching the same old issues on our weakened gums every election cycle. If Buhari decides to contest in 2019, we will waste about half of the electioneering time on enervating debates about his health; arguing whether he has the physical and mental capability to continue the taxing job of leading Nigeria or not. His detractors and his followers will have a lot of material to chew on for many such specious debates, none of which will improve our lot.

This piece was written by Abimbola Adelakun. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

There will be much talk about Buhari’s disposition: how he not only failed to stop medical tourism as he promised but has probably spent the highest sum of public money ever on his health. This year, he has spent almost six months abroad treating an unknown ailment, and there is no guarantee he will not travel again before his tenure expires. His foreign trips have cost Nigeria tons of naira, and knowing how prohibitive medical costs in Britain can be for a non-citizen, Buhari has probably cost Nigeria higher than the budgetary allocation to the entire health sector in Nigeria. And the man is not humble enough even to be grateful to Nigerians whose sweat and blood pay for these luxuries.

When he returned from his last lengthy trip in August, after some 104 days, his first impulse was to re-establish territorial dominance to dissidents who had gained ground in his absence. Shorn of either tact or contemplation, he rode roughshod on an issue that could have been handled far differently. If Buhari chooses to contest, these issues will come up and his defenders, will, expectedly, twist themselves into climbing ropes to defend their “big daddy”. They will blackmail us with religious and cultural sentiments about not holding a poor man’s health against him. They will whip out their Red Book and mindlessly spew out their regular jabberwocky about their poor old man. They will say he is deserving of our indulgence because he is the messiah who saved Nigeria from the 10 plagues, (never mind that people are fighting Pharoah’s army and drowning in the Red Sea).

The conversation will expectedly spiral into the usual argument about Buhari fighting corruption. His aides will argue that for Buhari’s flaws to be so evident, it could only mean that corruption is fighting back. At this point, aides will then reach for their favourite whipping boy ­­­– Dr. Goodluck Jonathan – to blame him for everything wrong with Nigeria. They will do all these to pass the time and by the time we are done with this chaotic cycle of palaver, more than 90 per cent of the election time would have been frittered and the election date, close. We would have little time left to engage the actual issues that matter to our lives as Nigerians and our future as a country. Time is running out on us as a nation and we can barely afford distractions. We need to be serious and Buhari’s presence will hardly let us be. That is why he needs to go in 2019.

Buhari’s government has fallen far short of the standard it set for itself and it is unfair that we should be called upon to discuss his underperformance when far weightier matters are at stake. We should not have to be running through the content of its manifesto to see what promises he made about reforming the country’s political construct when we should be having far more useful conversations with a fresher candidate who has his thought through political reforms and is ready to highlight them lucidly. In 2019, we should not have to be carrying out a post-mortem of Jonathan’s government, along with the usual spirit-sapping news of who stole what, when, and where. We want someone who has thought through the art of fighting corruption in Nigeria, has viable and workable plans towards achieving them and is not going to surround himself with people his government should be putting through the judiciary laundry.

From 2019, we should not have to listen to about a mere 55 people who have stolen a whopping $6.2bn from Nigeria’s coffers anymore. We need to move forward as the stories of corruption are no longer entertaining; they are now a psychological burden that breeds despair in the audience and ultimately desensitises them to corruption. We no longer need such diversion

We should not have to resurrect the old question of whether Buhari has a certificate or not. Neither should we be consumed with his aging body when he gets exhausted on campaign grounds and flies out for another round of medical tourism in the thick of the election. None of that should be our portion. Come 2019, we should not have to deal with the odium that will emanate from Buhari’s aides who will dominate the media with their religious-spiced charade. We deserve more; we deserve better.

If Buhari loves us and loves this country, he should just go back to Daura so he can free the political space for more deserving candidates. In 2019, we want to be talking about issues that border on rebuilding the education sector that has been consistently vandalised by previous administrations that needed to weaken the mind of Nigerians to make them more susceptible to administrative abuse.

We need to talk about how we can revamp the Nigerian health sector so that every Nigerian, from the interior of Borno State to the cosmopolitan Lagos can have access to quality medical care. We do not want to hear Mrs. Aisha Buhari talk about how Aso Rock, with all the budgetary allocation it receives, lacks elementary amenities. If Mrs. Buhari is pained by what is happening in Aso Rock, she could have conducted an independent investigation and resolved the issue privately. Bringing it to the public is a waste of time because her audience has no power to adjudicate. Public access to medical care is worse and Mrs. Buhari’s complaints, from the top of the pinnacle where she is perched and enjoys the privilege of her positions, can barely appreciate people’s health challenges.

From 2019, we should not be dealing with leaders who gorge themselves on public wealth and then turn around to enter the oppression Olympics with genuinely disenfranchised people. No matter what the APC and its governors – especially the likes of Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State who is an ardent supporter of Buhari 2019 say – I pray Buhari leave the arena and let Nigeria breathe.

Not that I believe that 2019 will turn Nigeria into an El Dorado or that a perfect leader is waiting in the wings to take over. Our walk to freedom is far and the road ahead offers no guarantees. There is a lot of work in our future to get to the Promised Land and that is why we can barely afford to waste time beating a dying horse and insisting it takes us home. We should be looking for candidates who have energy, goals, plans, ideas, philosophy, and vision. Buhari cannot offer all these for obvious reasons, some of them not his fault. And that is why he should do all of us a favour and exit this stage when he can still get some applause.

This piece was written by Abimbola Adelakun. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Nigeria Denies Rumour On Cancellation Of Post-UTME Examination

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The Federal Government on Wednesday refuted reports in the media that it has ordered the cancellation of post-UTME examination; urging candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions to ignore the rumours.

The denial was contained in a press statement issued yesterday by the ministry’s Director of Press, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, in Abuja on behalf of the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The minister further described the statement credited to a former Deputy Director of Press of the ministry, Ben Goong, as completely false and without foundation even as he urged universities to go ahead with arrangements for the examination as earlier planned.

According to Adamu, Goong ceased to be a staff of the ministry since November 2016.

The statement reads: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has been drawn to a news report in the media claiming that the Minister had issued a directive to universities to cancel the Post-UTME examinations already scheduled.

“The statement, according to the report, was issued by Mr. Ben Goong, Deputy Director of Press.

“The Ministry would like to assert emphatically that:- The report is completely false and without foundation.

“The Minister therefore urges universities to go ahead with their Post- UTME arrangements as earlier planned.

“Mr. Goong, who purportedly issued the statement, ceased to be a staff of the Ministry since November, 2016.”

The statement also warned universities against charging beyond the N2,000 fee stipulated for the examination.

“The attention of the minister has been drawn to some of the institutions who are charging more than the stipulated N2,000.00 (Two Thousand Naira) only.

“The minister views this as an act of insubordination and emphatically redirected that every institution that runs in violation to the directive will be made to face disciplinary action.

“He therefore, asked such institutions to refund to the students immediately. Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been directed to compile list of violators for appropriate sanctions.

“The ministry also urges the media to always endeavour to crosscheck facts with the relevant officials of the Ministry before going to the press, particularly when such sensitive matters of national importance are involved.”

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In Niger: Governor Bello Dissolves Cabinet, Retains 3 New Commissioners

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Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State on Wednesday, October 11, dissolved the State Executive Council.

The governor further directed all permanent sectaries to take charge until new appointments are made.

Bello announced the dissolution after the Weekly Executive Council Meeting in Minna, through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace.

He, however, retained the three newly-appointed commissioners in the ministries of tourism and culture; mineral resources and livestock and fishery.

The statement further said that the weekly executive council meetings had been suspended until a new cabinet would be put in place.

Mr. Bello thanked the former members of his cabinet for their contributions, support and commitment to the actualisation of his Restoration Agenda and wished them success in their future endeavour.

No reason was given for the dissolution of the cabinet but sources have squealed that it may be out of the dissatisfaction over the poor performance of some Commissioners.

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EFCC Traces N2.1bn To Patience Jonathan’s Late Mother’s Account

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said that it has traced a whopping N2.114bn to the bank account of Magel Resort Limited, which was allegedly owned by Mrs. Patience Jonathan and her late mother, Mama Charity Oba.

Patience, the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, had last week, filed a N2bn fundamental human rights suit against the EFCC, accusing the anti-graft agency of subjecting her to psychological trauma, unnecessary persecution and going as far as freezing her late mother’s accounts.

However, an interim report of the EFCC, accused Mrs. Jonathan of perpetrating fraud through some of her non-governmental organizations.

In the report, the anti-graft agency claimed that at least N17bn, including funds from some government agencies, were paid into the accounts of Mrs. Jonathan’s NGOs.

The report states, “Another company owned by Mrs. Jonathan is Magel Resort Ltd. It was incorporated by Mrs. Jonathan’s late mother. But Patience Jonathan became the sole signatory to the account of the company by board resolution upon the demise of her mother.

“Though registered as a resort agency, sources at the EFCC disclosed that the agency was probing the circumstances in which the firm secured over N200m IT contract from the National Information Technology Development Agency.

“The contract was allegedly bankrolled through the National Information Technology Development Fund. Several other persons under investigation for money laundering by the anti-graft agency were discovered to have made payments into the company’s account including an hotelier in Central Area, Abuja, who has been invited for questioning.

“The total sum allegedly laundered through the account of Magel Resort Limited, owned by Mrs. Jonathan and her late mother, is put at N2.114bn.”

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15 Boko Haram Fighters Die As Nigerian Troops Repel Borno Attack

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The Nigerian Army on Wednesday said its troops had killed 15 Boko Haram insurgents after repelling attack by the terrorists at Yamteke village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno.

The Director of the Army Public Relations, Sani Kukasheka Usman, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Maiduguri.

Mr. Usman, a brigadier general, said the troops repelled attempt by the insurgents to infiltrate a military outpost on Tuesday in the area.

He explained that the troops had demonstrated bravery and utilised heavy fire power to defeat the insurgents who attacked in trucks and high calibre ammunition.

“The troops dealt decisive blow on the Boko Haram terrorists who attempted to infiltrate their outpost with a vehicle loaded with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

“In the ensuing fire fight, troops inflicted heavy casualty on the terrorists, repelled the attack on their location, neutralised 15 insurgents, captured one vehicle, large caches of various ammunitions, destroyed one Toyota Hilux pick up mounted with Anti-Aircraft and one Gun Truck.

“Several other insurgents escaped with gunshot wounds. Sadly, one soldier died during the attack and his remains have been evacuated.

“The troops remain determined in their task of safeguarding communities and providing a conducive environment for humanitarian agencies to do their work,” the Army spokesman said.

NAN quoted him as calling on members of the public to provide vital information on suspected activities of the insurgents to security agencies in their respective communities.

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Davido Lied! Autopsy Confirms That Tagbo, Died Of Suffocation – Lagos CP

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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgar Imohimi, on Wednesday said that Umueke Tagbo, a friend of music star, David Adeleke, better known as Davido, died of suffocation.

Speaking at a briefing earlier today, Imohimi disclosed that a postmortem examination conducted on the deceased revealed that he died of suffocation, adding that Davido’s driver and two of his friends abandoned him in his car at the hospital.

The state commissioner also said that Tagbo was said to have taken 40 shots of Tequila at Shasha Bar in Lekki.

Imohimi further said that Davido has been reinvited for questioning on the latest revelation because he lied that he only knew of Tagbo’s demise while he was at DNA nightclub, in Victoria Island, a claim that has been found to be untrue, Premium Times report.

Tagbo reportedly died on the eve of his birthday on Tuesday at a bar in the Lekki area of the state. Two other associates of the singer – DJ Olu, 25, and Chime Amaechi – were found lifeless in the former’s BMW car parked in the underground garage of Block B, Banana Island, Lagos on Saturday, three days after Tagbo’s death.

Nigerian actress, Caroline Danjuma, had, some days after the incident, through a post on Instagram, accused Davido of dumping Tagbo’s corpse at the General Hospital, Lagos, after he allegedly died in his (Davido’s) car.

She had said: “Davido where is Tagbo? He was with you and your crew last night. You all wore fez caps to hide your identities after he died in your car. You dumped him at the general hospital and ran away…the law must play its role this time…you all better provide Tagbo alive.@davidoofficial.

“After you all abandoned him at the general hospital, you continued your stupid grooving at DNA and had the nerves to promote your show. This is not an ordinary boy that you can intimidate his family…we need you to tell us how he died in your car and why you ran away. The police and the hospital confirmed that you all ran away. If you think your money can save you, you just met your match.”

The actress further described insinuations that Tagbo died from drunkenness as “false”.

“Even in death, lies are being told of you. Those who knew you knew you never drank to an extent of getting drunk…the wicked shall never go unpunished. RIP. The truth is already out. Today (Wednesday) is your birthday. Happy super birthday,” Danjuma added.

Responding to this via snapchat, Davido, while absolving himself from Tagbo’s death, described the allegation as “untrue”.

The music star said he was not going to make further comments on the matter.

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Ikpeazu, IPOB And Saving Nigeria From The Brink Of A Civil War

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Ikpeazu, IPOB And Saving Nigeria From The Brink Of A Civil War, By Mayowa Tijani

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I cannot explain the relief I felt on October 4, 2017, when it finally dawned on me that Nigeria’s independence celebrations had actually come and gone across the world and the country was still all intact. The celebrations by individual and institutions worldwide were beautiful, with all the doomsday prophets going silent and cast away in shameful caves.

This piece was written by Mayowa Tijani. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

In all my adult life, I have not seen a year as dramatic and precarious for Nigeria as 2017 has been. I really thought 2015 strained the cords of our unity, but 2017 came with more threats to Nigeria’s harmony. Arewa Youths had promised doomsday on October 1. The Nigeria Delta militants assured us retaliation and reprisal attacks. To aggravate the issues, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) took a pledge to rain brimstones and fire on the Nigerian state.

In my opinion, the federal government did not handle it well. As all these regional tensions raged on, President Muhammadu Buhari sent a voice note to Nigerians, celebrating the end of the Ramadan season in Hausa language. The president’s speech — rather than douse tensions — added some heat to the polity. The larger section of Nigerians were miffed by the president’s deliberate segregation, and narrowness of response to boiling national issues.

Upon return to the country, the president made another address, where he said Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable. This time around, the president went beyond words to show his leadership as the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. Three weeks to the October 1 “doomsday”, we had Operation Python Dance II in place; and in no time, the military was already clashing with civillians in a supposedly democratic country.

As October 1 drew nearer, the tensions got more palpable, and the uncertainty of a country’s unity was playing out in the South-East more than in any other part of the nation.

Averting the Doomsday Crisis

In all of these, very few politicians stood out besides the likes of Yemi Osinbajo, the acting president of the nation at the turbulent time and Okezie Ikpeazu, the governor of Abia state, who kept the peace in the midst of a raging storm.

Ikpeazu, particularly, sued for peace, despite every incentive to allow violence to reign. At a time when the Arewa Youths were busy giving ultimatums and IPOB was keen to match violence with violence, the governor emphasised the noblest of messages stressing unity and faith, peace and progress.

For him, there was pressure from the federal authority to handle the Abia crisis like the military was doing, leading to avoidable deaths. There surely was pressure from IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu, who had gained so many foot soldiers in the past two years. There was also pressure from the anti-IPOB camp within the same state. In the midst of all that, Ikpeazu still hosted northern governors and said the nation is one and “we won’t allow an infinitesimal few to separate us”.

Calling for conversations around marginalisation and infrastructural deficiencies in the South-East, the governor still placed necessary attention on Nigeria’s fragile peace.

“I want to announce that the population of Igbo outside the Igbo enclave is about 11.6 million; you don’t play with the lives of 11.6 million people,” he had said.

“We all have to be careful: the press, the leadership at the state level and at the federal level; everybody. We are still working on stabilising and sustaining the fragile peace that we enjoy now.

“I swore with the Bible to protect lives and property; because I take such oath very seriously, I will continue to protect the lives and property of our brothers and sisters irrespective of where they come from.”

In an interview with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, after the potential crisis of October 1 had been averted, Ikpeazu revealed that despite his position as the governor and chief security officer of Abia state, he was not privy to the incursion of the army in Abia state.

He said he had a letter that the military were coming for operation python dance on Friday, “but they decided to test their pieces of equipment on Sunday,” earlier than the agreed date. He added that he had discussions with high-profile military officers who assured him that the military will withdraw its troops from Abia State, only to be countered by the same military, less than 24 hours after.

Despite all the miscommunication and political underlining of the python’s dance, the governor knew he had only one job which he said “is to secure life and property of not only Abians but everybody that is doing business within the geographical space called Abia”.

“So at that time, I should protect even those agitating for an independent country called Biafra. I come from a part of the country where the lives and property of visitors within your gate is perhaps more important than your own life.

“My duty and my responsibility as at that day was to make sure that I avert bloodshed of monumental proportions.”

Nigeria’s recent political history teaches that as a governor in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) — a party at variance with the party at the federal level — Ikpeazu was expected to politicise the crisis in favour of his political ambitions or that of his party. But rather than do that, he supported the proscription of IPOB, that peace may reign.

In all, I’m delighted that the October 1 doomsday prophecy is now behind us, but we all must work together towards a peaceful and united Nigeria.

Oluwamayowa Tijani, a Chevening fellow, writes on politics, business and development.

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Nigeria Bans Private Practice For Medical Doctors

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The Federal Government has announced a ban for medical doctors working in public hospitals to engage on private practice.

Literally, it means medical doctors working in public hospitals will no longer be allowed to go into private practice.

The decision was taken at the Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Nigerian Government also said that henceforth the doctrine of no work no pay which was contained in the nation’s law would be invoked for workers embarking on strike.

In a joint media briefing after the FEC, the Minister of Health Prof. Isaac Adewole and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige noted that most of the unions that recently embarked on strike contravened the labour laws especially the Trade Dispute Act.

The health minister said a committee had been set up to determine what exactly an individual should be paid to ensure salaries are paid appropriately across board in the entire country.

Adewole announced that the federal government would embark on a nationwide vaccination against yellow fever following the reported outbreak of the disease in some part of the country.

Ngige on his part, said that the enforcement of `no work, no pay’’ doctrine, was part of measures to restore harmony into the public service in the country.

He stated that the council’s decision to strictly observe and implement the doctrine followed the council’s acceptance of the recommendation of the report of the Technical Committee on Industrial Relation matters in the federal public service.

The committee which was chaired and co-chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of Service, was inaugurated on April 26, 2016.

“The report emphasises the need for government to implement the law on “No Work No Pay’’.

“The “No work No Pay’’ is not a rule neither is it a policy. It is a law captured in the Trade Dispute Act of the Federation, section 43, which says worker has the right to disengage their service from an employer if there is a breakdown in their discussion/negotiation.

“But, for the periods that the worker does so, the employer should not pay and those periods are to be counted as non-pensionable times in his period of work.

“So, Council today reemphasised that law is still and it should be brought to the knowledge of workers in Nigeria especially those in the public sector,” he said.

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