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Mischief makers trying to diminish Buhari’ — Femi Adesina reacts to president’s comment on ‘lazy youth’

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, says mischief makers are trying to diminish the profile of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Adesina said this in response to the anger that trailed the comment of Buhari at the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday.

The president had said a lot of Nigerian youth were unwilling to do anything and wanted housing and education for free.

“We have a very young population; our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. More than 60 percent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country, therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free,” he had said.

Nigerians, particularly young persons, had hit back at the president, accusing him of de-marketing the country in the international community.

But reacting in a statement on Thursday, Adesina said the president’s comment was twisted.

He said being a father to the nation, Buhari could not have made offensive comments against the youth.

Below is Adesina’s statement:

At the Commonwealth Business Forum in London on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari gave a keynote address on Making Business Easier Between Commonwealth Countries. The presentation was followed by a discussion, and question and answer session,” Adesina said.

Typical of their stock in trade, manipulators and twisters of statements of Mr President, who lie in wait to make mischief, interpreted the comment to mean that President Buhari had taken all Nigerian youths to the cleaners. But elementary English recognizes a wide gulf between ‘a lot of’ and the word ‘all.’ How can ‘a lot of them’, suddenly transmogrify to mean ‘all of them?’ Mischievous and unconscionable!

There is no way President Buhari, father of the Nigerian nation in every sense of the word, who equally has biological children of his own in the youths age bracket, pass a vote of no confidence on all youths. It can only exist in the imagination of those who play what the president has described as “irresponsible politics” with everything.

President Buhari has always applauded and celebrated Nigerian youths who excel in different areas of endeavour, fromsports, to academia, and other realms. And he will continue to do so, because he values the youths, and knows that they are the fulcrum on which the future of the country rests.

Indeed, every country has its share of idlepopulation, and it is the bounden duty of government at all levels, to create an enabling environment for them to actualize their potentials. That is what President Buhari is committed to doing.

The focal areas of the administration; securing the country, reviving the economy, and fighting corruption, are actually intended to give youths a future and a hope. This much was emphasized in an April 5, 2018 comment by President Buhari, while receiving Letter of Credence from the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria, when he said:  ‘Our insistence on probity is to encourage people to be accountable, and accept honesty as a lifestyle so as to secure the future of our youths.’ The president also said more than 60 percent of Nigerians fall into the age category of youths and deserve to inherit a stable and prosperous country that they can be proud of, adding that the government will work assiduously to prevent waste and the depletion of resources by corrupt Nigerians.

It is futile for mischief makers to lie in wait, and take a minor part of the words of the president, and turn it into negative commentary, peradventure they could diminish the profile of the President. Nigerians across all walks of life know who is serving them faithfully and truly, and they will always reciprocate such fidelity as occasions demand.

NANS blasts Buhari over ‘lazy youth’ statement

National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS has condemned statement credited to President Mohammadu Buhari where he described Nigerian youths as lazy, uneducated and aways depending on freebies.

NANS, in a statement, said while it has become highly regrettable to have found themselves in what they see as the most demeaning and demarketing situation, in which Nigerian Youths are subjected to by our ignoramus President.

Read the statement below:

It becomes highly regrettable to have found ourselves in what we see as the most demeaning and demarketing situation, in which Nigerian Youths are subjected to by our ignoramus President.

A nation like Nigeria that has the most industrious youths in the world, where youths strive through the most difficult tasks to afford their daily bread.

It is only in Nigeria that you will find a first class graduate riding motorcycle (Okada), Tricycle (Keke Napep), Hawking various items on the streets and doing various menial jobs with very low pay just to survive.

The leadership of Nigerian Students was thrown into the biggest shock when we got this demoralizing message about the Presidents remark on Nigerian Youths on Thursday.

For Mr. President to have rained such a demeaning statement on Nigerian Youths is an evidence of the fact that he is not worthy to even rule Nigeria.

A president who has no idea of what the youths in his country is going through on daily basis to live is more worse than an ignoramus.

Signed:

COMRADE IDOWU ODEBUNMI

NANS NATIONAL PRO

Nigerian youths like freebies, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday said many Nigerian youths like free things based on the notion that Nigeria is an oil-rich nation.

According to The Cable, President Buhari made this assertion while speaking at the Commonwealth Business Forum in Westminster.

The president said that Nigeria has a very young population, most of whom were uneducated but wanted everything offered them on a silver platter, just because the country is an oil-producing nation.

“About the economy, we have a very young population, our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. This is a very conservative one.

“More than 60 percent of the population is below 30, a lot of them haven’t been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria is an oil producing country, therefore, they should sit and do nothing, and get housing, healthcare, education free,” Buhari said.

The president is expected to meet with business leaders and other heads of state as the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting progress through the week.

Meanwhile, President Buhari hosted the CEO of Shell, Mr Ben van Beurden and a delegation of executives. The Managing Director of NNPC and the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu were at the meeting.

I’m bothered about security, economy, not 2019 elections, Buhari tells May

The three-pronged focus of the current administration resonated through the conversation, as President Muhammadu Buhari held a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister, Theresa May, on Monday at 10, Downing Street, London.

“We campaigned on three major issues, to secure the country, revive the economy and fight corruption,” said the president. “We have elections next year, politicians are already preoccupied with the polls, but I am bothered more about security and the economy.”

Recalling that Nigeria and Britain have a long history of cooperation on several fronts, President Buhari stated: “People ought to know how they arrived where they are, if they would move forward. It was a mistake for us to have stopped the teaching of history as a subject in schools, but we are returning it to the curriculum now.”

He commended British companies like Unilever, Cadbury, and many others, “who have stood with Nigeria through thick and thin. Even when we fought a Civil War, they never left.”

“But like Oliver Twist, we ask for more investments. We are encouraging more British companies to come to Nigeria. We appreciate the support you have given in training and equipping our military, particularly in the war against insurgency, but we want to also continue to work with you on trade and investment.”

President Buhari briefed Prime Minister May on the strides in agriculture, which he said has put Nigeria firmly on the road to food self-sufficiency.

“I am very pleased with the successes in agriculture,” he said, adding: “We have cut rice importation by about 90%, made lots of savings of foreign exchange, and generated employment. People had rushed to the cities to get oil money, at the expense of farming. But luckily, they are now going back to the farms. Even professionals are going back to the land. We are making steady progress on the road to food security.”

On education, President Buhari said more investment was being made, because “people can look after themselves if well educated. In this age of technology, education is very important. We need well-staffed and well-equipped institutions to move into the next generation.”

Climate change and environmental issues also came up for discussion, and President Buhari brought up the necessity of inter-basin water transfer from Congo Basin to Lake Chad.

According to him: “The Lake Chad is now about 10% of its original size, and it is perhaps one of the reasons our youths dare both the Sahara Desert and the Mediterranean, to get to Europe. But if there is inter-basin water transfer, about 40 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and other countries stand to benefit. I made the case during the Climate Change Summit in France. If Lake Chad is recharged, it will reduce the number of youths coming to Europe to increase social problems. We brought back about 4,000 people from Libya recently. Almost all of them were below 30, and Libya was not their final destination. They were headed to Europe.”

Prime Minister May, in her remarks, said Britain would continue to work with Nigeria in the areas of training and equipping the military.

She was particular about abduction of young schoolgirls by Boko Haram, noting that Britain would continue to give Nigeria needed assistance.

She said the Buhari administration has “been making good progress on the economy,” and urged it to maintain the focus, despite approaching elections, and increase in political activities.

On education and climate change, she declared: “Good grounding in education is good. It is important to equip young people for today’s world. It is also a good bastion and defence against modern slavery. The issue of the environment and climate change is very important, because of its impact on many countries in the Commonwealth. Stability at home is important, to curb illegal migration.”

Ms May, who commended Mr Buhari for the much he has been doing on improving trade and business for Nigeria, noted that it was also time to boost intra-Commonwealth trade.

Obasanjo’s ex-wife: God aborted 3rd term bid of my former husband… he’ll stop Buhari in 2019

Taiwo Obasanjo, ex-wife of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, says God must foil the second term bid of President Muhammadu Buhari, the same way Obasanjo’s “third term plot” failed in 2005.

In an interview with PUNCH, she opposed the re-election bid of Buhari, insisting that he must retire to Daura, his hometown in Katsina state.

She said what Nigeria needs at the moment is a leader that will treat citizens well and remove hardship.

“I’m saying it loud and clear without fear. He (Buhari) should go back to Katsina. I’m praying to God that as He (God) aborted the third term plan of Olusegun Obasanjo, God should also abort his (Buhari) re-election bid for 2019,” she said.

“I respect the two of them, but they should stay out of power. Whoever is coming should be someone who would treat us well and remove the hardship. Chief Obasanjo is now out of office, so his eyes are wide open now. I love President Buhari but I don’t want him to contest.

“When he goes back to Katsina, I would love to go with my children and grandchildren to visit him in Daura. In a nation of over 150 million people, both of them have ruled under two different dispensations, and I think the electoral process should be reviewed so that we would have only one term because it’s enough for anyone who has a plan.”

Using Lateef Jakande, former governor of Lagos and Nelson Mandela, former South African president as examples, she said any political office holder that cannot achieve anything in one term has no business seeking re-election.

“He (Buhari) should not be in the league of those desperate to do a second term at all cost because I want him to be another Nelson Mandela; to leave an enduring legacy of love, unity, humility, forgiveness and selflessness that succeeding generations can learn from. I also have an advice for the government as regards the herdsmen and Boko Haram crises; I feel they should look for the sponsors and call them into a dialogue,” she said.

Nigerians appreciate my style of leadership – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he declared his intentions to run for another term in office on Monday, April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London Wednesday, President Buhari said:

“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”

The President recounted some successes of the administration to his guest, with whom he has built a deep friendship in recent times, and was quite particular about strides in agriculture.

“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.

On the war against insurgency, he stressed the need for continuous education of the people, “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” adding that no true religion advocates the hurting or killing of the innocent.

Responding to his guest’s comment on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, the President submitted:

“The problem is even older than us. It has always been there, but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region. These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram. Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions.”

President Buhari lamented that “irresponsible politics” has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.

On Leah Sharibu, the schoolgirl from Dapchi still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said:

“We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organizations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls.”

Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for,” adding: “You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”

The Archbishop presented President Buhari with a copy of his recent book, ‘Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.’

Buhari has a record of increasing poverty, insecurity — Moghalu

Dr Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential aspirant, says President Muhammadu Buhari has a record of increasing poverty and insecurity in Nigeria.

Moghalu said this in reaction to Buhari’s announcement that he would seek a second term in office.

The president made his ambition known at the national executive council meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

In a statement issued on Tuesday, Moghalu said he is offering Nigerians a competent and effective leadership — different from what Buhari has given Nigerians.

He said in contrast to Buhari’s record, he has a vision of “something new, bold and different” for the country.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has every right to seek a second term in office if his political party nominates him. It will be up to Nigerians to judge his performance track record so far,” he said.

“In contrast with that record of increasing poverty and insecurity in our country I offer my vision of something new, bold and different.

“I offer a new kind of competent, inclusive and effective leadership that will truly usher Nigeria into the 21st century and build a better future for our children and youth.”

He said if elected president of Nigeria in 2019, he will lead a government that will unite Nigeria and build a “stable and secure nation, reverse extreme poverty and high unemployment with effective economic management, and restore Nigeria’s standing in the world.

“My government will establish a productive innovation-led economy that reduces dependence on oil revenues, establish a public-private venture capital fund with a minimum capital of N500 billion (with private sector co-investment to fund could attain a size of N1 trillion) to create jobs by investing in new businesses by unemployed youth, reform the Nigerian police force by recruiting, training and equipping a minimum of 1.5 million persons with improved remuneration to create safe and secure communities.

“My government will empower women with a 50:50 gender parity policy in political appointments, and initiate a constitutional restructuring of Nigeria to restore true federalism for stability and prosperity.”

IPOB says Buhari’s second coming good for Biafra cause

The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has described the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as a “welcome development”.

Buhari announced on Monday that he will be seeking re-election in office during the 2019 elections.

He said this is because of the “clamour” by Nigerians urging him to seek a second term.

In a statement on Tuesday, Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, said the president’s decision portends goodwill for its members.

“We have always maintained that the rebirth of Biafra will happen under Buhari or under whoever is answering to his name,” he said.

“This second coming of Buhari portends goodwill for freedom lovers because God Almighty wants to fulfill his divine purpose in the life of Biafrans in 2019 as foretold by our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”

Powerful said though IPOB “has lost a lot of people” in its quest for a sovereign state of Biafra, “no amount of tribulation will stop us from emerging victorious as a free people at the end of this process.

“We urge our brethren in the Middle Belt and Western Nigeria not to give up or capitulate in this our collective quest to free our people from the shackles of caliphate domination and creeping Islamisation.

“IPOB will not relent in its pursuit of total liberation. The continued existence of this disastrous APC government is our passport to freedom.”

Buhari did not approve $1bn for military equiment, says aide

At no time did President Muhammadu Buhari approve the release of $1 billion for the purchase of military equipment to fight Boko Haram, his legislative aide has said.

Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, had said, on Wednesday last week, thatBuhari had made the approval.

This generated controversy across Nigeria, with senators angry that no legislative approval was sought or received for the proposed expenditure.

But Ita Enang, senior special assistant to the president on national assembly matters, said on Monday that Buhari has not approved the release of $1 billion from the excess crude account as claimed by Dan-Ali.

He said the approval given to the federal government by the national economic council was undergoing the “normal legislative process” before the national assembly.

Enang said the president follows the due process and could not have approved the money.

This will be considered a U-turn by government critics following a series of pronouncements by presidential aides.

Lauretta Onochie, personal assistant to the president on social media, had in response to critics said there is no illegality in the release of $1 billion approved for the procurement of security equipment.

Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman, said those criticising Buhari’s approval of $1 billion for security funding “are playing politics with the lives of Nigerians”.

But Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president on media, sought to douse the criticism by saying the approval “is not final”.

ENANG’S STATEMENT IN FULL

“In response to several issues raised about Security Fund sourced for at source from Excess Crude account to combat Security challenges in the country and the several misreadings attending same, may l state as follows:

“That the said sum has not and cannot be approved for spending by Mr. President.

“That in accordance with best practices, Mr. President, having received approval of sum from National Economic Council made up of all the Governors, now had a meeting with the Minister of Defence, Service Chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, among others to collate the need of each of the Services and the money available for appropriation

“That Mr. President and the meeting having collated the need of each Service and the amount involved may now present same to the Federal Executive Council for detailed Consideration, or in exercise of Presidential powers may communicate same to the National Assembly for appropriation.

“That this may be done as usual upon Mr. President Consulting prior with the Leadership of the National Assembly through the whole body of principal officers or the presiding officers of each chambers only, before originating the communication to the National Assembly

“That as at now, the process of approving the money for use is inchoate and still undergoing Executive standard operating procedure before laying same before the National Assembly for appropriation.

“That the processes now being worked on is to fast-track this procedures so that it may be forwarded to the National Assembly while it is still considering the 2018 Appropriation Bill (Budget) for incorporation as Mr. President’s supplementary request under the 2018 Budget, or if completed, after the 2018 Budget, it may be forwarded as supplementary Appropriation Bill

“That succinctly stated, Mr. President has not approved the sum for any release of this procurement or application howsoever

“In any case, before any Sum is released from the Consolidated Revenue Fund, there must be

A. Appropriation Act

B. Vote of Charge

C. Warrant which is legally predicated on appropriation authorization Sub-head under the Act

“That the Executive is conscious of the  provisions of the Section 80 (3) and (4) of the 1999 Constitution which states:

“No moneys shall be withdrawn from any public fund of the Federation, other than the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation, unless the issue of those moneys has been authorized by an Act of the National Assembly.

“No moneys shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly.

“We are also conscious of the provision of Sections 4 and 5 of the 2017 Appropriation Act (relating to Excess crude Account) and would not take any action in breach thereof.

“Just as the Legislature in processing legislation starts with conceptualizing, drafting, scrutiny of the draft, gazzetting, First reading, 2nd reading, committal to appropriate committee, public hearing, consideration of the Report by Committee of the whole or supply, passage and 3rd reading in plenary, so also does the Executive have and maintain standard operating procedure, or due process or due diligence in all actions. And at this stage, the matter is ongoing these processes.

“Therefore, the matter of the Security fund is still undergoing standard processes for laying before the National Assembly for appropriation.

“In summary, ladies and gentlemen, the said Sum can only be spent upon, and in the manner as shall be approved by the National Assembly, and Assented to in Appropriation Act or supplementary Appropriation Act.”

Oyegun, other APC leaders ineligible for re-election unless… – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the current leadership of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) led by John Odigie-Oyegun is not eligible to seek re-election in the forthcoming congresses and national convention of the party.

Mr. Buhari, who spoke at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja on Monday said based on the provision of Section 30 (1) (3), any officer currently serving and wants to seek re-election must resign their appointments 30 days before the election.

The president said based on that provision, the current National Working Committee (NWC) led by Mr. Oyegun and other officials across the states are not eligible to run.

He, however, said if they choose to seek re-election, they might be allowed through waiver.

Mr. Buhari said if the party wishes to grant such waiver, “a statement granting the waiver should be issued by the party immediately.”