Nigerian News from Leadership News Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:25:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Asagba Of Asaba Endorses Jonathan For Second Term Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:25:20 +0000 The Asagba of Asaba, in Delta State, Prof. Chike Edozien, on Friday  endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office.

Expressing his full support for Jonathan when the president paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Asaba, Edozien said the endorsement would ensure the president continue his transformation agenda, as well as implement the recommendations of the National Conference with a view to moving the nation forward.

H said, “We are particularly delighted that you had the courage to set up the National Conference to look into the problems that were setting this country backward. We are convinced that if the recommendations of the conference are implemented they will place Nigeria in its proper place.

“We are giving you our full support to complete your work. We do so, not only because of the giant strided that you have made in transforming the economy, defence and education, but we believe that you are in the best position to implement the resolutions of the National Conference’’.

The royal father said on March 28, the day for the presidential election, his stool “will mobilise its children and people to support you not only by words but by deed to make sure that you return to Aso Rock.

“We affirm that support to return you on May 29 as the President of Nigeria. It is our hope that in the next four years, some of the issues in our minds will be fully accomplished”, he added.

He appealed to the president to dualise the road from Asaba through Agbor and Kogi to Abuja, raise the Asaba Airport to an international hub to improve commerce and reduce travel time for the people.

Edozien also appealed to the president to compensate families of victims of the 1967 civil war massacred by the federal troops they came to receive in Asaba, and also establish a federal University in the area.

Requesting for a federal university, Asagba said “since that request, your administration has created more than 12 Federal universities, why are we forgotten”.

Earlier, Jonathan had promised that his administration would continue to strive hard. “to bring peace, secure our country and bring development.

“As your own son, I will keep faith to the promises that I made to you in public and in private to bring development to the country and Delta state will not be left out’’ the president noted.

He noted that his administration established a maritime University in Delta State for manpower development.

Recalling that the police Academy in Kaduna was upgraded to a degree awarding institution in addition to creating 12 other universities in the states that had none, Jonathan told Asagba that with the efforts of his administration, Guinea Worm, Polio Ebola Virus disease had been eradicated.

Senator Amodu Alli who represented the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Dr Adamu Mu’azu, lauded Jonathan’s achievements .

Delta state Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan said the monarch’s reign had brought development to bear on the state.

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Nigerian Troops Will Maintain Momentum Against Boko Haram – Jonathan Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:02:04 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed confidence that Nigerian troops will maintain the momentum they have gathered in the ongoing war against the Boko Haram sect by rapidly recover more occupied territory from the terrorist group.

Speaking at an audience with the outgoing French Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Jacques Champagne De Labriolle, Jonathan said that the officers and men of the Nigerian Army he met on the frontlines in Borno and Adamawa states on Thursday were in very high spirits, well prepared and determined to successfully complete their operations against Boko Haram.

“We have already recovered much territory and very soon our troops will clear the areas not presently under our control”, the President assured the French Ambassador.

Acknowledging a congratulatory message from President Francois Hollande to Nigeria for recent successes of its armed forces against Boko Haram, the president restated Nigeria’s appreciation of France’s unwavering support for Nigeria and its neighbours in the fight against terrorism.

He commended his French counterpart for organising the Paris Summit of Heads of State of Nigeria, Benin Republic, Cameroon, Niger and Chad in May 2014 to foster greater regional cooperation against terrorism and insurgency.

Jonathan pledged that beyond the ongoing military campaign in the North East, Nigeria will continue to implement all agreements reached at the summit to ensure lasting peace and security within its borders and in neighbouring countries.

He reassured the international community of his firm commitment to free, fair and credible polls in Nigeria next month, just as he wished the outgoing ambassador well in his future endeavours and urged him t be a “good ambassador of Nigeria’’.

In his remarks, Ambassador Labriolle said that France was “confident in the future of Nigeria and its ability to continue playing a huge role in Africa and world affairs”.

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Gimba Will Be Remembered For His Humility, Diligence – Jonathan Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:48:11 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan has said he received with sadness news of the late Abubakar Gimba’s death, saying the former President of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA) was a very distinguished writer.

In a statement by presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, the president noted that Gimba will be long remembered for his humility, diligence, dedication to excellence and the profound understanding of human affairs exhibited in his writings.

He extended his heartfelt condolences to Deceased’s family, friends and associates “as they mourn the literary icon who has left behind a legacy of notable works such as Witness to Tears, Sunset for a Mandarin, Trails of Sacrifice and Innocent Victims”.

The statement made available to LEADERSHIP on Friday reads: ” The President believes that the late Gimba, who also had a successful career as an administrator, banker and public servant, will be long remembered for his humility, diligence, dedication to excellence and the profound understanding of human affairs exhibited in his writings.

“President Jonathan urges members of Alhaji Gimba’s family, his fellow authors and all who mourn him to take solace in the knowledge that the much admired writer’s beliefs, views and insights will live forever through the body of works he has left behind for present and future generations.

“He prays that Almighty Allah will receive Alhaji Gimba’s soul and grant him peaceful eternal rest”.

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Foreign Endorsement Unnecessary – PDP Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:59:37 +0000 The PDP has described Buhari appearance at the Chatham House, as a move to secure the endorsement of the international community.

The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Olisa Metuh, however, remarked that such a desperate move would not fool the global community.

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Buhari: My Presidency Is For Prosperity, Not Adversity Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:55:08 +0000 Buhari further told the gathering that his presidency will eradicate corruption, saying, however, that his government, if elected, will promote prosperity and not adversity.

“Corruption will have no place and the corrupt will not be appointed into my administration. First and foremost, we will plug the holes in the budgetary process.”

He pledged to strengthen anti-graft agencies, and imbue them with independence and prosecutorial authority without political interference.

“But I must emphasise that any war waged on corruption should not be misconstrued as settling old scores or a witch-hunt. I’m running for President to lead Nigeria to prosperity and not adversity.”

He also noted that the security situation in the country is worrisome and alarming, stating that “there is a genuine cause for worry, both within and outside Nigeria. Apart from the civil war era, at no other time in our history has Nigeria been this insecure”.

“Boko Haram has sadly put Nigeria on the terrorism map, killing more than 13,000 of our nationals, displacing millions internally and externally, and at a time holding on to portions of our territory the size of Belgium. What has been consistently lacking is the required leadership in our battle against insurgency. I, as a retired general and a former head of state, have always known about our soldiers: they are capable, well trained, patriotic, brave and always ready to do their duty in the service of our country.”

He expresses regret that the government had so dragged its feet in the anti-terror war that it was now dependent on neighbours to bail it out.

“We will always act on time and not allow problems to irresponsibly fester, and I, Muhammadu Buhari, will always lead from the front and return Nigeria to its leadership role in regional and international efforts to combat terrorism,” he said.

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Boko Haram: Jonathan Promises To Address Troops’ Welfare Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:51:28 +0000 President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday at Mubi, Adamawa State, and Baga in Borno State promised Nigerian troops battling the Boko Haram sect that issues pertaining to their welfare would be properly and expeditiously addressed.

He also assured them that they will be duly rewarded for their bravery and patriotic service to the nation at the successful conclusion of ongoing operations against Boko Haram.

Presidential spokesman, Dr Reuben Abati, told journalists that the president applauded the soldiers for “proving their mettle once again through the rapid recapture of territories formerly held by insurgents in the country’s north-eastern states”.

According to him, Jonathan addressed officers and men of the Nigerian Army in both towns recently recaptured from Boko Haram.

He said, “Jonathan declared that he and all Nigerians were very proud of the bravery, competence and patriotism with which they were now undertaking operations to expel the insurgents from all parts of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

“The military’s recent victories against Boko Haram, President Jonathan told the troops, have also proved conclusively that all those within and outside the country who cast aspersions on Nigerian soldiers and questioned their ability and willingness to overcome the insurgents were misinformed and wrong”.

Accompanied on the trip by the national security adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, and all the service chiefs, the president was said to have assured the troops that the federal government will ensure that they receive all the equipment and logistics they require to complete the ongoing mission of reasserting government’s effective control over all areas formerly held by Boko Haram.

He further assured the troops that families of fallen soldiers who lost their lives in battles against Boko Haram will also be well provided for.

Abati said the soldiers responded to the president’s address with chants of “Never Again” and assured the president that insurgents and terrorists will never again be allowed to take and hold any Nigerian territory.

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First Lady Canvasses Vote For Spouse Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:49:37 +0000 the First Lady Dame Patience Jonathan, on Wednesday in Ikom, Cross River, enjoined Nigerians to re-elect her husband as President of the most populous black race in Africa.

Patience, who made the call at the PDP rally in Ikom, Cross River Central Senatorial District, said her husband deserved re-election for a second term.

She said she was in Ikom in continuation of the PDP nationwide women rally to solicit votes for her husband.

The first lady, who spoke shortly after inaugurating the 6,000-capacity Ikom Township Stadium, said Jonathan had so far performed well to earn a second term in office.

“I came to thank you for keeping to your promise in 2011 to vote for my husband. And I want to use this opportunity to appeal to you to you to repeat the same thing in the March 28 presidential election.

“My husband, during his first tenure, has performed tremendously and has impacted positively on the people especially women.

“My husband promised to give women 35 per cent appointment in line with the Affirmative Action and he did. Now we are in 2015, and he will do more for the nation and women in particular.”

She listed achievements made by the PDP-led Federal Government to include improvement in health care delivery where infant mortality rate had dropped drastically.

The first lady said her husband’s administration established federal universities and instituted development programmes to empower women and youths.

She said Jonathan’s administration should also be credited for building no fewer than 125 Almajiri schools to take kids off the street and give them hope as well as improvement in transportations and energy sectors.

She said Nigeria’s participation in sports improved significantly on the continent and beyond during her husband’s first term which also saw the blossoming of Nollywood.

The first lady, therefore, enjoined them not to be cajoled by those who claim to be agents of change.

“When they were in office, they did not implement the change they are canvassing now.

“Those promising you change did not recognise nor regard women when they were in office and it is better you follow a man who has promised to do more for the nation and sworn to keep it.

“You have two options, either President Jonathan or nothing. I am confident that the women, youths and all eligible voters in Cross River will vote for Jonathan and all PDP candidates on March 28 and April 11 elections.”

Also speaking, Gov. Liyel Imoke said: “There are only two options for Nigerians to choose from: vote Jonathan and move forward with its transformation initiatives or follow the opponent and be dragged 30 years backward.’’

Imoke said Jonathan had in his first term established and initiated developmental programmes as well as empowered women.

“No president has done what Jonathan has done; so, in the history of Nigeria women, for the first time, have been given opportunity to participate in politics and be voted into offices.

“We the youths and women in Cross River will support Jonathan and all PDP candidates’’, he said. (NAN)

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IBB Denies Having Social Media Account Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:21:28 +0000 Nigeria’s former military President, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has denied having twitter account or any other account in the social media through which anybody could relate with.

Babangida in a press release signed by one of his aides who is a publisher of an online magazine, Alhaji Iliyasu Dhacko, Ajiya Minna and made available to newsmen on Friday, said he was miffed by the disclosure recently of spurious use of his name by some dubious elements on a social media account.
The general who said he was not against the usage of his photographs in the media, however advised the users to be cautious ensuring the judicious use of such pictures.
He said it was unfortunate that Nigerian youths that everyone looks up to as leaders of tomorrow were degenerating into social miscreants creating disaffection with the social media.
General Babangida advised that the media should always be used to foster unity as the country at this trying period he said, needs positive contributions of all Nigerians to get things right.
He advised the politicians to desist from engaging the youth in thuggery but more in constructive works beneficial to all. He added that any further use of social media account in his name would be treated as fraud with the originator handed to the appropriate authority.
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Police Corporal Kills Bauchi MOPOL Commander Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:12:08 +0000  Bauchi State Police Command has confirmed the killing of its Commanding Officer in charge of Police Mobile Force (MOPOL), Superintendent of Police Chris L Eza, by a police corporal in Bauchi ‎town.
According to Bauchi State police Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Mohammed, who confirmed the development to LEADERSHIP, the MOPOL commander was shot dead ‎while he was on routine inspection of officers on stop and check duty on Thursday night.
‎”The incident happened on the 26/2/2015 at about 23:20hrs, when the Commanding officer Mopol 10 PMF Bauchi, SP Chris L Eza was shot by a Police Corporal while on routine Visit at the Stop and search point along Ahmadu Bello way, Bauchi”, the PPRO recounted.
“The killed senior officer was rushed to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital *(ATBUTH) Bauchi where he was certified dead by a Medical Doctor and Corpse has been deposited at the Motuary for postmortem examination”.
LEADERSHIP was informed that the Bauchi state commissioner of police, Mohammed K Mohammed and his management team today visited the ‎scene of the shooting from where he ordered for full investigation of the matter.
Meanwhile, the PPRO said the police suspect was arrested and detained while investigation into the matter.
No one has ascertained as to why the police corporal chose to fire the shot at his superior officer.


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I Have No Plan To Dump PDP – Gbemisola Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:02:32 +0000 The first daughter of the late strong man of Kwara politics, Dr Olusola Saraki , Senator Gbemisola Saraki has denied plans to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) .
There were rumour of recent that Gbemisola was planning to dump the PDP over alleged irreconcilable differences between her and leaders of the party in the state.
The insinuation was further strengthened by her absence at the party’s presidential campaign rally in the state which hosted President Goodluck Jonathan.
She was also visibly absent at the launch of the party’s state-wide campaign at Bode Saadu in Moro local government area of the state.
But during a brief chat with newsmen at the Ilorin International Airport yesterday, Gbemisola expressed concern that the 2015 election has focused more on rumours and ‘stories’ than on real issues.

“The problem with this election is that it has been filled with rumours and counter rumour and stories. We should make the electio issue-based aand not rumours”, she said when asked for comment on the alleged planned defection.
Asked what instruction has been passed to her followers many of whom came to welcome her at the airport, Gbemisola said, “My folllowers are seasoned politicians; we are seasoned politicians. We understand the system and we know what is important. I don’t need to advise them on what to do because they know what to do and Iinsa Allah they shall do it when the time comes.”

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