The First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has stressed on the need for relevant stakeholders’ especially the Police to get involved in tackling rape cases in the society.
The first lady expressed the view through her tweeter handle (@aishambuhari) on Wednesday in Abuja.
She called on the Inspector General of Police and other stakeholders to ensure that stiffer penalties were meted on perpetrators of rape, especially on those who are fond of raping minors.
The message read, #IGofPolice, #EveryoneGetInvolved, #SayNoToRape. She tweeted.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mrs Buhari had sometime in May 2017, visited a six-month-old baby at the Malam Aminu Kano, teaching Hospital, who was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old Mukhtar Muhammad.
She described the rape case as man’s inhumanity to man.
Buhari ‘to look into Niger Delta 13% derivation’
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration would look into the constitutional 13 per cent derivation benefit to the Niger Delta region to ensure even spread of development projects across the region.
Mr Buhari gave the assurance when he received traditional rulers and some other eminent personalities from Isoko, Delta, led by Ovrawah, Omogha 1, Odiologbo of Oleh, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Friday.
Mr Buhari assured them that the constitutional provisions for Niger Delta development would be carefully studied for inclusiveness, especially in the prioritisation of Federal Government projects.
He said: “I have listened attentively to your address; I will still update myself with details of development in your area as it relates to oil and gas, and lack of infrastructure.
“I will look at the constitutional 13 per cent derivation and what previous governments have done, in order to know what we can do.’’
The president noted that the Isoko land had citizens who had distinguished themselves in various professions and entrepreneurial skills.
He promised to do his best to ensure that Isoko land would be fairly treated.
Earlier, the president-general of the Isoko Development Union and spokesman for the traditional rulers, Iduh Amadhe, hailed Mr Buhari for “performing well”.
He urged the president to look into the spread of development projects in Niger Delta.
“With eight oil fields of flow stations in Isoko land, we appeal to His Excellency to direct NNPC to establish a gas plant and a modular refinery in Isoko land.
“It will be beneficial to the nation; it will create employments and generate revenue,’’ he said.
Mr Amadhe claimed that Isoko Community had been sidelined in Federal Government appointments, with last appointment of a minister in 1975.
He said that the area had also ignored in siting of federal educational institutions, skill development centres and infrastructure.
“Your Excellency, no meaningful project has been sited in Isoko since the inception of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs,’’ he added.
June 12: Stop displaying loyalty to Abacha, Soyinka tells Buhari
Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stop admiring and displaying loyalty to an unnamed individual whom he referred to late MKO Abiola’s “Tormentor-in-Chief.”
Some are of the opinion that he had referred to the late Head of State, Sani Abacha, who clamped the business mogul to jail for about five years.
Abiola died in prison.
Although Soyinka did not mention Abacha’s name specifically, the Nobel laureate said it was confusing for Buhari to honour Chief Moshood Abiola on the one hand, and be admiring the late politician’s “Tormentor-in-Chief” on the other.
He wondered why President Buhari will continue to display loyalty to a man he described as “one of the worst dictators in the history of the country” and who should be having his days in court for crime against humanity.
Soyinka said that in a private meeting with Buhari, he had also raised concerns over how the President could be saying his administration was fighting corruption, whereas a major road in the Federal Capital Territory is named after a “corrupt former leader.”
He said he was not satisfied with the response he got from Buhari.
He called on the President to consider establishing a Hall of Shame for those who have wronged the country, just as he puts up Hall of Fame for the nation’s heroes.
MASSOB to Buhari: You’re using Abiola to score cheap political points
Movement of Actualization for Sovereign State of Biafra(MASSOB) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that his posthumous honour of Late MKO Abiola was aimed at wooing the people of the south-west to support him in next year’s presidential election.
It frowned at the President’s declaration of June 12 as democracy day as a mark of respect to Abiola.
In a statement issued in Abakalkiki, Ebonyi state capital by its leader Comrade Uchenna Madu, MASSOB said not that it was unhappy about
honouring Abiola but that the honour coming few months to the general election was an indication that the honour was political.
The statement reads “the leadership of the Movement for The Actualization of The Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) have frowned
over the recent change of Nigeria democracy day of May 29th to June 12th as a mark of respect, honour and salutation to Aare Moshood K.
“Though MASSOB received the news with consternation that President Mohammed Buhari has changed the May 29th Democracy Day to June the
12th to honour the fallen heroes of Oduduwa people, we condemned this sheer hypocritical gesture of the Islamic caliphate run by President Buhari and his Fulani kinsmen.
“It is not that MASSOB and the people of Biafra are not happy about the fact that Abiola is acknowledged. It is the cheap attempt to use
his supreme sacrifice to score some unearned political points and cornered subtle political favours for the caliphate.
“President Buhari was an active part of the General Sani Abacha administration that incarcerated Moshood K Abiola for several years.
It is instructive that throughout that struggle, the voice of Buhari who at the time was already an elder statesman having ruled Nigeria as
a Military Head of State and retired before that time was not heard on the issue. He was deathly silent on the gravely travails and
persecutions of Abiola.
“He found his voice when the General Sani Abacha administration made him Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF) and Abacha became his
hero. The same Abacha had Abiola incarcerated for several years until his inglorious passing away of June 8, 1998. At no time did Buhari on
record appealed to Abacha to release Moshood K Abiola from detention and accord him his due respect and mandate freely given to him by the
It is on a note that this same Buhari has been President for three years, he has celebrated May 29th Democracy Days four times. At no
time did he deem it fit to even acknowledge Abiola as a hero of Nigeria democratic experience. Now one year to another general
election, ten days after honouring and observing the only Democracy day he truly believes in and possibly his very last as President now
wants to grant a gift to the Oduduwa people with some posthumous awards for their heroes in the Oduduwa land. MASSOB believes that
millions of Oduduwa people cannot be fooled .
“MASSOB wishes to remind the progressive-minded persons and true sons and daughters of Odua land that Ottoman Dan Fodio caliphate as
presently run by president Mohammed Buhari and his Fulani kinsmen are real parasites that have no conscience in dealing with non Fulani’s.
They have an agenda against the general interest of the nations that made up this geographical expression called Nigeria”.
Buhari presiding over a failed government – Secondus
National Chairman of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus said the threat by the National Assembly to invoke its constitutional powers on President Muhammadu Buhari over his alleged infringement of the constitution was evident that the president is presiding a failed government.
Secondus in a statement yesterday by his Special Adviser on media, Ike Abonyi, said President Buhari should quit immediately since it is now evident that he could not hold the government and the country together.
“We in the opposition have been saying it interminably that this government has no direction and does not mean well for the country,” Secondus noted.
He added that even though the National Assembly resolution came late given the damage already done to democracy, the position was a reflection of a cross section of Nigerians and should be respected.
According to him, the resolution of the National Assembly means that the people have lost confidence in the president and he should quit.
He called on all lovers of democracy to queue behind the National Assembly at this critical time and put pressure on President Buhari to leave the stage now to save the nation’s democracy.
“History is a witness that when a government is bereft of ideas and still wants to cling on to power, it resorts to use of brute force, intimidation and harassment of opponents, a quality we have seen very blatantly in this regime,” he said.
Secondus noted that the Buhari’s government has exhibited all traits of a failed administration and did not need to wait for the parliament to give it a quit notice.
The PDP National Chairman asserted that a supposed civilian government that does not want institutions of democracy to thrive should be called its exact name, dictatorship.
He said that the PDP is privy to various clandestine moves including raising a special killer squad to further cow or even eliminate opposition leaders to pave way for the All Progressives Congress (APC) agenda of hoisting a one party system on the country.
“The legislature and the judiciary are the two main arms of any democratic government all over the world, but this administration has deliberately made the operations of the two very tasking in the last three years.
“How do you explain the assault on the nation’s Senate by an ostensibly executive backed hoodlums who not only disrupted proceedings but abducted the mace, the symbol of parliamentary authority, the framing up of the Senate President and some of his vocal colleagues in an armed robbery and other related criminal cases or the forceful infiltration of homes of Justices and Judges at the wee hours of the night with arms by operatives of a supposedly democratic administration,” he asked.
He further called on the National Assembly to quickly invoke its powers on the president and avert further bruises to the nation’s democratic advancement.
Killings: Take responsibility and stop sitting on the fence, Catholics tell Buhari
Catholic bishops, priests and faithful in Imo State yesterday embarked on a mournful procession across the major streets of Owerri, the state capital in condemnation of the widespread killings across the country.
The clerics also called on the federal government to take responsibility and fish out the perpetrators of the serial killings in the country particularly the masterminds of the gruesome murder of Catholic priests in Benue state.
The Catholics who marched from the Pastoral Centre on Wetheral road terminated the procession at Assumpta Cathedral at control post urged president Muhammadu Buhari to stop sitting on the fence and rise up to the occasion and protect the citizenry.
The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Catholic Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna,who addressed journalists at the diocesan headquarters in Owerri during the protest described the killing of the two Catholic priests in Benue state by suspected Fulani herdsmen as very provocative.
The crowd which consisted of Catholic bishops Priests, men, women, youths, and children drawn from the diocese in state caused major traffic gridlock within the metropolis.
Brandishing placards of various inscriptions, they alleged that recent developments in the country clearly suggest that Christians have been singled out for cleansing.
According to the Catholic prelate “We are experiencing the type killings which do not show that we have left the military era.”
He said, “There have been intertribal marriages in Nigeria, and the people have lived in harmony until the rampaging herdsmen made cohabitation an issue.”
Charging Buhari to rise up to his responsibility of protecting lives and properties of Nigerians, Obinna said, “We want President Buhari to disarm these violent herdsmen and criminals. We know he is doing something but we need it to be more visible and impacting. President Buhari should know that he should be a father to everyone and not some as perceived. His public statement and body language should communicate his resolve to protect every Nigerian.”
The Archbishop continued, “Security agencies must ensure they are clean and do not harbour or cover these criminal elements as alleged by Gen T.Y. Danjuma (retd). President Buhari and the security agencies should be on the same page. There seem a bloody competition for power, domination and money. And unless something is decisive is done, the killings will persist.”
The protest march was delayed for two weeks owing to security concerns.
BREAKING: Buhari Holds Security Meeting With Service Chiefs
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently holding a closed-door meeting with the Service Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The President will be discussing an appraisal of the security situation in the country.
In attendance at the meeting are the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Babagana Monguno, Minister of Defense, Mansur Dan-Ali, Director General of the NIA, Ahmed Abubakar and Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.
This follows an earlier meeting on Monday where President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo held separate meetings with the security chiefs.
The president first met with the security chiefs and heads of security agencies after which the Vice President held a meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris; the Director-General of the Department of State Security, Lawal Daura; and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.
Both meetings were held behind closed doors.
Although the IGP refused to disclose details of the meeting which lasted for over two hours to journalists, it is believed to be in connection with the ongoing case involving Senate President Bukola Saraki and the police.
Nigeria is safe, secure, says President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigeria is safe and secure for tourism, citing improved security and country’s burgeoning economy.
The President stated this when he received Mr Zurab Pololikashvili, the Secretary-General of United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Tuesday.
President Buhari noted that it would have been inconceivable to host an international tourism conference in Abuja four years ago, because of security concerns.
‘‘I am pleased that the country is now sufficiently safe and secure, and the message should go out to the world for all tourists and business travellers.
“The first thing tourists look out for is security and I am happy we have it now.
‘‘Minister Lai Mohammed has been trying to convince the world that Nigeria is safe and has great potentials for tourism and investment.
“I am glad that you and your team have come here to see things for yourself,’’ the President told the UN tourism chief, who is in Abuja for the 61st UNWTO Commission for Africa (CAF) conference.
While highlighting the nexus between tourism and sustainable development, the President said Nigeria would not be left behind in ensuring that communities and businesses benefit from tourism development.
In his remarks, Pololikashvili commended Nigeria for the successful hosting of the conference which brought together African Ministers of Tourism, principal executives of the global tourism body and other stakeholders in the tourism sector.
The UN tourism chief told the President Nigeria had huge potential to develop the tourism sector considering its large economy.
‘‘We can do it in Nigeria, we can create, convert Nigeria to the main tourist destination in Africa. There is a huge potential here. Culture, nature, food you have everything here.
‘‘You are investing in agriculture, improving seamless travel through visa-on-arrival programme, reforming the economy and doing so much on security. Nigeria is safe,’’ Pololikashvili said.
Also speaking, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said 166 delegates, including 26 tourism ministers from Africa are attending the UN tourism conference, holding from June 4 to June 6 in Abuja.(NAN)
Buhari media organization commends SERAP, Judiciary over ruling on budget padding
The Buhari Media Organizations (BMO) has commended the Social-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP), a non-governmental organization and the Judiciary over a ruling on budget padding.
The Federal High Court sitting in Lagos had ruled, compelling the Federal Government to probe allegations of padding and stealing of about N481billion from the 2016 budget by some principal officers of the National Assembly.
In a statement in Abuja, the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) said it is historical ruling by Justice Muhammed Idris and it is clear that the anti-graft war is becoming an all stakeholder affair.
In the statement signed by the Coordinator Austin Braimoh and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, the group commended Social-Economic Rights and Accountability Projects (SERAP) for taking the matter to court.
The statement read in part: “The ruling is a welcome radicalization of the judiciary approach to expanding the horizon in the fight against corruption and its debilitating consequences on Nigerians across the board. While we encourage the Judiciary as an institution to continue with this commendable proactive engagement in the Federal Government led fight against corruption, we especially applaud the Social-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) for initiating the legal process that culminated in this remarkable ruling through the filing of Mandamus suit to compel the Federal Government to probe the budget padding and stealing allegations.
“We, on behalf of all Nigerians, thank and congratulate the SERAP on the outcome of the suit and, particularly commend the SERAP for championing a new course of citizens’ engagement in the anti-graft war. This has shown that the fight against corruption is not just a President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight but that of every concerned and well-meaning Nigerian. This, certainly, is the way to go in salvaging our country from the invasion of our commonwealth by irresponsible public officials that are determined to abuse their offices which they are supposed to hold in trust for the good of the people, but would rather deploy as platforms of exploitation and brazen thievery.”
The group, however, called on more non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and patriotic Nigerians “to emulate SERAP in advancing the cause of the fight against corruption and owning it as a Nigerian collective project rather than an exclusive Federal Government project. With every Nigerian fighting the corruption at each front, the war would soon be won for the common good.”
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