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Nigerians Must Choose Between Tinubu and Others In 2023 –Senator Durojaiye

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A former presidential aspirant and lawmaker in the Fourth Republic, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, in an interview discusses the state of the nation and solutions to the insecurity and widening socioeconomic gap in the country

In terms of security, economy and anti-corruption, do you think Nigeria is better or worse than it was in 2015 when the current administration began?

I’m not happy about the security situation. I am one of those who campaigned for this administration and I believe this administration can deliver, so we need to cooperate. One of the ways is for us to have a new constitution. Whether it is the People’s Democratic Party that comes back or another party, with this type of constitution we are using, it would be difficult to satisfy the yearnings of Nigerians. It is the constitution that is at fault and that is what we must correct. We have men in the All Progressives Congress who are capable enough to deliver the goods, it is the constitution that is our headache.

What would you say to people who claim the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), refuses to listen to the yearnings of the people and may not heed the calls for a new constitution?

I don’t think the President is a man who doesn’t listen. But the fact remains that it has not been up to three weeks that the (southern) governors (banned open grazing in their states). By the time 17 governors in this country, covering the entire South (take a position) with this statement that I’ve made, which is what people have been saying individually and as groups, I’m sure those who are advising the government will certainly advise that they should take a second look. We are not just saying this for the sake of saying it. I’m sure he is a man who will listen. I know he will listen.

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If restructuring is implemented, do you perceive any losers or winners?

Everybody will be the gainers, I don’t see anybody losing by having a good framework. That is what helped America. Even the blacks are not losers in America today. At least, a black man has been president. If their constitution was not elastic enough to accommodate everyone, it would have been difficult for a black man, who is a minority and in fact of direct African origin, not a third or fourth generation African descended from slaves. So, there will be no loser. All we have to do is to cooperate to make it work. That is what helped America. Everywhere Americans are, they put their country first because the American government will do anything to protect the interest of their citizens anywhere they may be. Let us put our constitution right. Let it be a constitution of the people and not a military constitution. We have said goodbye to military rule, we should say goodbye to their constitution.

 

Are you not worried that there are people who benefit from the current structure as well as the ongoing conflicts and they may not support any change?

If what you say is true, then those people should think twice because it may be a pyrrhic victory, that is, something you gain now and makes you happy only to find that you will lose multiple of it in the near future, sooner than you anticipate. If you’re gaining something at the expense of the masses suffering, someday, they will look back and strike you. He who stands should be careful lest he fall. That is why all those ancient empires never lasted, they all collapsed. So, whoever has an advantage had better use it carefully because someday, something will snap. We’ve seen a warning shot in the #EndSARS protests. Those who are familiar with history will remember the French Revolution of the 18th century. It was what led to the rise of Napoléon Bonaparte. It’s not what you aim to achieve that you eventually get once force is introduced in the midst of human dissatisfaction. You cannot suppress human beings all the time, so one has to be very careful.

The President recently complained that despite his orders to shoot anyone with an AK-47 rifle, banditry was still festering. What do you think is the problem?

It is the commanders, soldiers and military officers he gave the orders to that should either shape up or ship out. It’s as simple as that. The President’s order must be obeyed, so the commanding officers that the President gave the order to must either shape up or ship out. They have to carry out the order of the President. There are no two ways about it.

What should be done if they don’t comply?

They know. They have to resign or they will be sacked.

The President has expressed his desire for another loan of $6bn to finance the 2021 budget deficit of about N5tn. Do you think that is justifiable?

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Former APC Campaign Director Reveals: Tinubu Admitted He Had No Plans on How to Govern Nigeria

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Key Notes

  1.  Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, a former campaign director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu admitted to her that he had no plans or blueprints on how to govern Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.
  2. The conversation took place during a meeting in London prior to the polls, where President Tinubu mentioned that the plans for his governance would be developed after winning the elections.
  3.  Mrs. Muhammad expressed her concern about President Tinubu’s competence and questioned how he could rule without a blueprint in place.
  4. Despite her efforts to address critical issues such as the Almajiri system, agriculture, and security, Mrs. Muhammad has not been granted an opportunity to present her blueprint to President Tinubu.
  5. The revelation raises doubts and concerns about President Tinubu’s suitability for leadership and his preparedness to govern Nigeria effectively.

 

In a recent interview on AIT News, Hajiya Naja’atu Muhammad, a former campaign director of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council, disclosed that President Bola Tinubu admitted to her that he did not have any blueprints on how to govern Nigeria before the 2023 General Elections.

Mrs. Muhammad’s revelation sheds light on her decision to resign from the ruling party prior to the election.

During a meeting in London before the polls, President Tinubu informed her that the plans for his governance would be developed after the election.

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The former Campaign Director recounted the conversation, stating,

“Then I saw a message saying that Asiwaju wants to talk to you. Around 11:00 PM, so I gave them a reply. I’m waiting.

Immediately they saw my text, so they called me back, and Asiwaju called me. He said, ‘I respect your stance on not accepting the appointment.’ I said, ‘Yes, Sir, because I can’t be a zombie.

I just can’t follow you because you said I should follow you. Let me know what you have for us up north. Because if I made a mistake on Buhari with you, the truth is written on the horizon.

So I have to know what you have for us.’ He said he was in London and asked if I could go over. He offered to buy me a ticket. I said no, Sir, I can afford a ticket.

And then he said, ‘Can I get a hotel for you?’ I said yes, that I would appreciate it. I took the next Lufthansa flight to London. I saw him that same night. And we sat.

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And I said, ‘Sir, the reason why I’m not accepting your appointment is because I don’t know what you have for us up north.

Because in the North, every single person is either waiting to be killed or kidnapped.

We can’t go on like this. What is your blueprint for us?’ He told me that he doesn’t have anything for us.”

Mrs. Muhammad further explained, “I said, ‘You mean, Sir, you don’t have a blueprint?’ He said, ‘I can’t have a blueprint because if I have a blueprint, I’ll be stepping on too many toes and they might even kill me.’ This was what he said.

I said, ‘But sir, how can you rule without a blueprint?’ He said, ‘I’ll only make a blueprint after winning the elections.’ I said, ‘There will be a lot of distractions after winning the elections. You have to keep your eyes on the ball.’ He said, ‘Well, you know what? If you have anything you want me to put in my manifesto, then please bring it.’

I told him that I have elders. We have a network for national salvation. I have our elder. I’ll go meet him in Paris the next day. The next day, I left for Paris.”

Mrs. Muhammad expressed her disappointment at not being able to meet with Tinubu again to present the blueprint.

Despite her efforts to address important issues such as the Almajiri system, agriculture, and security, she has not been granted an audience with him.

This revelation by Mrs. Muhammad highlights the lack of concrete plans presented by President Tinubu for his potential governance of Nigeria, raising concerns about his suitability for the role.

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Put More Effort Into Ending Widespread Insecurity, Don’t Wait For State Police – Obi Tells Tinubu, Governors

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Labour Party’s 2023 presidential candidate, Peter Obi, calls on President Bola Tinubu and state governors to intensify efforts in combating the surging insecurity plaguing the nation. Obi expressed deep concern over the escalating insecurity, urging Tinubu and governors to take urgent steps to address the growing threat and prepare for the implementation of state policing. He cautioned that the worsening insecurity, coupled with widespread hunger and poverty, poses a significant risk of a national crisis.

Obi’s statement read, “While the idea of State Policing as discussed recently by the President and the 36 States Governors, is a welcome development, and while looking forward to its implementation, which may still take a while, all efforts, at the moment, should be geared towards ending the ugly trend of insecurity in the nation. We should not just wait for the proposed state Police to do the magic while we become lackadaisical and allow criminals to run riot like the recent reports in Zamfara and Kaduna states.

“Waking up every day to the sad news of terror attacks around the country remains very worrisome. Recently, gunmen were reported to have attacked a mosque in Katsina, killing worshippers, and abducting several villagers.

“A terrorist attack was also reported in Kauru Local Government Area of Kaduna State where six persons were reportedly killed and about 50 abducted. What is more worrisome is that these terrorists now boldly target security agents.

“Just yesterday, bandits were said to have attacked a police station in Zamfara killing the Divisional Crime Officer, DCO. These and many other violent attacks and kidnapping-for-ransom in the country should keep the government and security agencies on their toes.

“Such a high level of insecurity when combined with the high level of hunger and poverty in the country, forms a perfect recipe for disaster in our nation. We must therefore take all possible measures to ensure the security of lives and property in our dear nation.

“I urge the government and our security agencies to expedite action on ending these terror attacks on the Nigerian people and ensure that every Nigerian is free to live securely in every part of the nation. I commiserate with the families who have lost dear ones to these violent attacks in the nation while praying for the safe rescue of those in captivity.”

 

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President Tinubu Arrives Abuja After AU Summit

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President Bola Tinubu has returned to Abuja following his attendance at the 37th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Asonaija reported Tinubu’s departure from Addis Ababa on Monday morning, and he arrived in Abuja at approximately 3:40 pm on the same day.

During his time in Ethiopia, the Nigerian leader actively engaged in discussions at the 44th Ordinary Session of the Executive council, held bilateral meetings, and participated in various events on the sidelines of the AU summit. Tinubu collaborated with other African leaders in high-level meetings focusing on institutional reforms of the African Union, peace and security matters, specific thematic topics such as climate change, and the strategies for the continental body’s participation and priorities within the G20 forum.

Accompanied by ministers and other senior government officials, the President spent three days in the East African nation. The summit’s theme for this year is ‘Educate an African fit for the 21st Century: Building resilient education systems for increased access to inclusive, lifelong, quality, and relevant learning in Africa.’

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President Tinubu Approves N126 Billion for Nationwide Housing Provision

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President Tinubu Approves N126 Billion for Nationwide Housing Provision

President Bola Tinubu has given his approval for the allocation of N126.5 billion towards the provision of housing across the nation, Aso Naija Reports.

This decision aims to facilitate the construction of 100,000 houses within a span of 18 months.

The Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa, made this announcement during a groundbreaking ceremony held in Karsana, an area in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The funding for these housing projects will be derived from various sources, including the budgetary allocation of the Federal Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN), and Public Private Partnerships with reputable developers.

In addition, the federal government plans to initiate the construction of 6,000 housing units in the first quarter of the current year.

Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa also emphasized the incorporation of cross subsidy as a significant aspect of the government’s strategy to enhance affordability for individuals with low to medium incomes, thereby promoting integrated living.

According to this approach, the housing units constructed in the Renewed Hope Cities will be available for sale at commercial rates, while a substantial percentage will be sold at concessionary rates to low- and medium-income Nigerians who are members of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress.

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Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, Declares One-day Fasting to Tackle Economic Hardship

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Borno Governor, Babagana Zulum, Declares One-day Fasting to Tackle Economic Hardship

Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno has urged the state citizens to fast and offer special prayers on Monday over the current hardship caused by inflation, Aso Naija Reports.

Mr Zulum, in his broadcast to the people of the state, implored traditional rulers, clerics and citizens to observe a one-day voluntary fast on Monday for peace, prosperity and the development of the state.

“I am deeply troubled by the recent hardships faced by our citizens, particularly the high cost of food items,” said the governor.

He added, “I understand the burden this places on families and individuals, and I want to assure you that we are taking decisive steps to alleviate this issue.”

Mr Zulum said his administration was focused on reviving the agricultural sector to increase food production and reduce reliance on palliatives.

He commended the federal government for its sustained support in the fight against insurgency and the development of our state.

The governor also expressed his gratitude to security forces and volunteers for their sacrifices to safeguard lives and create a peaceful society for prosperity and development.

He said his administration was engaged with stakeholders, particularly those in the business of essential commodities, including all forms of grains and building materials, and had made far-reaching decisions to mitigate the rising cost of essential goods.

“In addition to our efforts in agriculture, we are also working on increasing the distribution of palliatives, especially for residents in Maiduguri Metropolitan and Jere,” Mr Zulum said.

He lamented the recent incidents of mines on major roads in the state, adding that those engaged in it to sabotage the government would fail. [Swipe]

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