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AAsiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Nigerians are still suffering, Tinubu tells President Buhari

The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to do more to improve the lot of citizens. Tinubu gave the advice yesterday while unveiling a book, Making Steady, Sustainable Progress for Nigeria’s Peace and Prosperity, at the old Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The 360-page book is a mid-term scorecard on the Buhari administration put together by the Presidential Media Team. The APC chieftain who refrained from commenting on the 2019 elections, said although Buhari had used the last two years to lay foundation for a better Nigeria, many citizens were still in lack, due to the prevailing economic crunch.

“Many of our people are without basic needs. Too many parents cannot properly feed and clothe their precious children. Too many young adults exist in the void of joblessness, and too many of us do not have the resources to care for elderly parents who once cared for us. We must cure these wrongs,” he said.

Tinubu implored the Buhari administration to hasten and complete the good works it had started. “Do it the more. The good that you are yet to achieve, get to it with a laser-like focus,” he said. The former governor, who was special guest of honour at the occasion, noted that Nigeria could not make appreciable progress without robust industrial capacity.

“Our national industrial revolution plan must be more than mere words. It must be refined. Just as the private sector may partner with government on public endeavours, government must guide and support the private sector into new areas of industry and production.

AAsiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

“Government must invest in research and new products the private sector may find risky and uncertain at the initial stage. Government policy must push and incentivize the private sector into production of goods that will be demanded in the immediate future and for some time to come.

“Whether we focus on steel, textiles, cars, machinery components, processed agricultural goods, other items, or any combination of the above, we must manufacture things the rest of the world wants to buy and not necessarily the things we think are the easiest to do,” Tinubu said.

According to him, as a corollary to the push for industrial maturity, Nigeria needs a national infrastructural plan that accords with both the industrial plan and with extant agricultural activity. The fulcrum of the plan must be continued progress in the achievement of adequate and affordable electric power, especially solar and wind.

“We must help the common farmer by improving rural output and income. We must return to commodity exchange boards or similar mechanism to allow farmers to secure their income and prevent loss. An active and expanded agricultural loan scheme is needed to further promote these goals.

“More needs to be done to make business and consumer credit available by lowering interest rates. We also must move toward true federalism by the balance of power and responsibility between the Federal Government and the states. In so doing, we attain the correct balance between our collective purpose on one hand and our separate grassroots realities on the other,” he said. ‎

Tinubu further accused the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan of corruption, saying so much ‎money grew feet and ran away from the country, faster than Usain Bolt ever could.

“The prior government used the public treasury as a private hedge fund or a charity that limited giving only to themselves. One minister and her rogue gallery picked the pocket of this nation for billions of dollars. While poor at governance, these people could give a master thief lessons in sleight of hand. In governance, they earned a red card. But in corruption, they won the gold medal. It was not that our institutions had become infected by corruption; corruption had become institutionalized,” he said

President Buhari seized the occasion to reiterate his resolve to prosecute anyone who dips his hand in the public coffers. He assured that his government was making efforts to ease the prevailing economic hardship by creating more jobs and social security platforms for vulnerable families.

He also promised to tame the menace of ‎herdsmen/farmers’ clashes, kidnapping and armed robberies within the confines of limited resources, and secure the release of the remaining Chibok schoolgirls. Vice president Yemi Osinbajo said the government had begun investment in various sectors of the economy in the past two years, to provide succour to citizens.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, ‎who reeled out the administration’s achievements since May 2015, rated the Buhari-led government high, particularly in the area of power, which he claimed had risen to an all-time 7,001mw by September 12, 2017 from 5,000mw in 2015.

He disclosed that despite the downturn in oil prices, the current administration had been able to invest over N1.2 ‎trillion in capital projects through the 2016 budget.

 

Source: Guardian Newspaper

 

Dr. Muiz Banire
Dr. Muiz Banire

Banire: I’m Being Persecuted By Ambode’s Government

National Legal Adviser of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Dr. Muiz Banire on Wednesday accused the Lagos State Government led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of persecuting him and his family.

Banire, in a statement said the current government in Lagos State is hell-bent on persecuting his family for no reason besides that he insisted on the need to observe the rule of law.

“Notice came to me yesterday, the 14th day of November, 2017 at about 6 p.m. while on lesser hajj in Saudi Arabia about a notice of contravention purportedly served on the residence of my 90-year-old mother, Sarat Banire, at her 24A, Remi Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos by the agents of Lagos State Government from the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development demanding within 24 hours, proof of planning permit obtained before the building was constructed.

“The contravention notice further threatened demolition of my mother’s two-bedroom bungalow within 48 hours of the notice. It behoves me to put the record straight. My siblings and I acquired a lease of the property known as 24A, Remi Fani-Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos from the Federal Government to serve as residence for my aged mother. The lease covered the 2-bedroom bungalow already on the land together with a boys’ quarter. I did not have any reason to rebuild the house or do any further construction as the place was fit for the purpose for which it was acquired on lease.

“I know that since the creation of the lease, my mother has been living in the said 2-bedroom bungalow without adding a block to the property by way of additional construction, development or alteration save minor renovation like painting. The reasons why we could not develop the property to make it more befitting is that we are still awaiting federal consent to the lease created in my mother’s favour,” Banire said.

Banire said surprisingly on the 14th day of November, the contravention notice purportedly served by government required that a building permit must be produced for an old building the existence of which predated the lease by which his mother became the occupier of the premises.

He explained that the property belonged to the Federal Government of Nigeria who granted a lease to his mother and save for minor renovations to make it habitable, as there is no single efforts at construction or reconstruction has been made by any of us.”

“How on earth could it be heard that a tenant is required to produce a building permit of a property that belongs to her landlord within 24 hours otherwise she risked demolition of the building? I had earlier said that the Lagos State government, under the governorship of Akinwunmi Ambode is out on a vendetta and having failed to get me removed as the National Legal Adviser of All Progressives Congress, has targeted my supporters for persecution.

“The more recent is the invasion and sealing up of the residence of Honourable Funmilayo Tejuoso without a court order and in flagrant disregard to pending proceedings of the Lagos State High Court in a suit instituted by Honourable Tejuoso’s company and the Lagos State Government.

“I had been expecting that, since I was the ultimate target having received several messages threatening my family members and me, very soon my properties shall become objects of demolition by the vindictive government that is out to wage war against real and perceived enemies. I am, therefore, not surprised to see that my aged mother’s residence is under attack,” he said.

“I want to sound this note of caution to the Lagos State Government that I am not daunted by all these acts of terrorism which it has embarked upon in recent times. My call for internal democracy in All Progressives Congress, prevalence of rule of law and resistance to imposition came out of personal conviction to serve my creator in all ramifications and at every opportunity.

“All necessary reactions to the notice have been escalated to both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government as I have caused my lawyers to respond to the notice appropriately. I have no doubt that this latest Gestapo tactic is in furtherance of the political victimization and oppression raging against me and my associates. I am ready for the sacrifice even if I have to in the process sleep on the street of Lagos.

“Rule of law and institution building remain sacrosanct to me. As far as God continues to protect my life, I will remain resolute on it. As the political repression continues, I urge all my followers and supporters to be calm. If God says that my ailing mother at the age of 90 will die in the hands of Governor Ambode, I give God the glory,” he stated.

 

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

THINK ATIKU; ATIKUNATION 2019, IF NOT ATIKU THEN WHO?”

Former Vice President and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has reportedly declared his ambition to vie for the presidency in 2019.

A video showing the former ‎vice president was obtained Thursday night by journalists in Abuja from a source who pleaded anonymity. In the video, Atiku said: “I am Atiku Abubakar, the poor boy from Jada, Adamawa state. I am a true democrat, a believer in the rule of law and a fighter for justice and equity. I believe in this country. If we work together under a focused and visionary leadership, we will make this country a stable and prosperous nation. I have the vision, the courage, and the experience to lead this country. It is time to give back. I am ready to serve.”

The video had pictorial illustrations like‎; “Atiku…Nation on a rescue mission, Proudly Atikunation, we walk together; Nigeria of our dream, think Atiku; Atikunation 2019, if not Atiku then who?”

Source: Vanguard News

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