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BUHARI US TRIP: CORRUPTION THE BEDROCK OF ECONOMIC DOLDRUM, BOKO HARAM, UNEMPLOYMENT, OTHER EVILS IN THE NATION

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by Manny Ita

As the euphoria of winning the 2015 presidential polls waned, it became obvious that President Muhammadu Buhari had a herculean task ahead of him considering the thin thread which held the various interests that interplayed to give him victory at the polls.
While the president may have persistently kept faith with someday emerging the number one citizen from noble intentions, it cannot be said with strict certainty that all those in his train who aided his victory could also have been so nobly informed.
Now that the chips are down however, the buck stops at the president’s table with how the country turns out after Nigerians defied all inconveniences to go out and vote him into power; with the magic word “CHANGE” playing the wand that even core pessimists had to tarry and consider.
The evils of Boko Haram, unemployment, wobbling economy and corruption still stare at us defiantly in the face even as we believe it must be a bit unsettling for Mr. President who intended or intends to hit the ground running. Moreso in the context of the embarrassing manner in which the 8th republic took off with parliamentarians squabbling over which party should produce what leaders and also with what their remunerations and other financial packages ought to be.
So much for Change indeed.
The enormity of issues on the president’s plate would no doubt require the Wisdom of Solomon and perhaps the decisiveness of former US president Harry Truman, with whom the president shares a few likes. But then, Great leaders are decisive and set priorities.
The visit to the United States of America by President Muhammadu Buhari has deservedly generated a lot of interest and raised high expectations for quick and sharp results, especially in taming the monster of Boko Haram and opening economic opportunities for Nigeria’s teeming youths.
Securenigeria365 findings show that President Buhari’s visit to the US will also include the discussion of a wide variety of subjects, mainly anchored on three clear platforms: the Africa Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA), the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) and the Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission (BNC).

One of the major platforms is the Nigeria-US Bi-National Commission set up upon the signing of an agreement between both nations in April 2010 with four main areas of focus. The focus areas and working groups, which have met several times in Nigeria and in the United States, are Good Governance, Transparency and Integrity; Energy and Investment; Agriculture and Food Security and Niger Delta and Regional Security.
Ahead of the visit, President Muhammadu Buhari himself disclosed that core issues of security and economy would feature prominently in his talks with President Barack Obama.
However, Securenigeria365 is of the belief that corruption is the single biggest threat to Nigeria as a nation since without an almost corrupt-free society, nothing meaningful can be achieved.
Before he became President, Buhari was known to have very strong passion for anti-corruption; an angle which counted tremendously on his march to Aso Rock. Nigerians therefore believe that he is determined to fight and would go a long way in doing so as corruption is a very endemic issue in our society. This single factor has always thrown spanners into the works of every good economic policy successive governments have often come up with and until corruption is no more handled with kid gloves, securenigeria365 strongly believe almost every effort at navigating the country out of its murky waters will not only be counter-productive but would also set the path for novel ways of thievery and diversion; unless like Truman, the president is most decisive about this national opprobrium upon which all other evils bedeviling the nation is tethered. This goes beyond engaging the US to recover stolen funds.
Big question is; can the president muster the spunk to step on toes perpetually considered too big to be stepped upon? People who have their grubby fingers on every national pie; the oil sector, the power sector, administration of the Nigerian polity and so on, even in the light of the fact that a good number of this stock aided his victory at the polls?
Truth is; President Buhari must be decisive in tackling this menace no matter how closely related, how loving and good natured these monsters have been to him especially in the light of his ascension to the presidency. The president must also be insightful enough to distance himself from sycophants who love to weave every issue around party politics to score cheap goals.
And with a clergyman as his right hand man, the hopes of Nigerians for the real meaning of the word CHANGE to be manifested in their lives is indeed fearfully palpable.
Overall, it is in the best interest of both Nigeria and the US that a mutually beneficial relation is deepened and sustained regardless of the fear being expressed in some quarters in the country that the US may try to influence Nigeria to change its strong stance against same-sex marriage.

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Kano CP Apologises To NBA Over illegal Arrest

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The Kano state Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Wakili has on Thursday apologised to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) over molestation and unlawful arrest of its members by policemen.

The apology came barely 24 hours to expiration of a 48-hour ultimatum by the Kano NBA to Wakili.

The Nation reports the NBA in a statement on Wednesday said armed policemen had molested and arrested its members working at an election petition secretariat.

The association also accused Wakili of being partisan in the discharge of his duty.

However, on receiving the information about the ultimatum, the commissioner appeared at the NBA secretariat on today to tender an unreserved apology.

Speaking to newsmen after the visit, Wakili said he decided to come by himself to say sorry after he investigated the incident that led to the arrest and detention of two lawyers.

“After receiving the complaint and even heard it through the media, I launched an investigation and found that they were unlawfully arrested.

“Therefore, I deemed it fit to go there myself and tender my apology. I am a Police man who discharges his duty within the concept of law,” he said.

The CP also urged the association and other people to challenge him whenever he goes contrary to law.

The state secretary of the association, Mujtaba Adamu-Ameen, commended the CP for the gesture, describing him as a professional and ethical cop.

“As you can see, the CP abided by our ultimatum. He came here and apologised. This show that he is a professional and disciplined Corp,” he said

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President Buhari Needs Four More Years to Finish his Task….Garba

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– Garba, Deputy Chairman, APC Progressives Network
 
Awwal Garba A. D. is a Nigerian and British trained Economist of a rare breed.  He attended the Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and the City University, London, United Kingdom, from which institutions he meritoriously obtained his first and second university degrees.
 
Awwal is a major player in the global oil and gas sector. With particular interest in Nigeria, he has developed a proclivity for discovering untapped resources within the sector and has over the years, successfully built his chain of business interests under the Magma Group, nationally and globally.
 
He is also the Deputy Chairman, APC Progressives Network and Chairman, Game Changers Media.
 
In this interview, while advising politicians to stop politics of money and vote –buying as 2019 elections approach, Awwal Garba also bares his mind on the APC Government, the political terrain, as well as other sundry issues.
 
Excerpts:
 
You are an economist into oil and gas operations, what informed your foray into the terrain?
 
Apart from the motive of making money, I have an affinity with the oil and gas sector of the economy; I look at there as where I belong, although I come from a family where the stock in trade was commodity. My father was an importer and exporter of commodity products.
I was motivated into the sector by the desire to make a change, especially in the upstream sector of the industry where it is believed that it is only the oyibos (foreigners) that hold sway therein.
Of course also in that direction would be the desire to contribute one’s quota to the national economy, in terms of creating jobs, which of course would help in giving the youths a sense of worth and direction.
 
Tell us about the APC Progressives Network, which you chair
 
The network has an endorsement from the All Progressives Congress to promote the president and contribute with ideas. Of course, you would agree that in campaigning you need ideas. Politics is all about people, followers; people who can bring in value. In the same vein, the network tries to reach the grassroots and places the party has not touched, bringing in more value.
 
What are your plans for 2019 elections?
 
It is to ensure that there are free and fair elections. We want to make sure about that because we know that if the elections are free and fair, President Buhari will continue in office. He’ll win the election.
 
Does he deserve a second term and why?
 
Yes, he deserves a second term. First of all, we need a leader who is clean because when the head is clean, the middle and bottom will also be because they would be put in a position where they are wary. But if the top is rotten, then it is corruption galore. We need a leader like Buhari whom money does not mean anything to. A president who is so humble, he can even stand with cows. He is simple, not extravagant, qualities he has officially demonstrated which can be widely attested to. I believe that with him coming back, God sparing his life, he will achieve a lot.
 
Do you have any political ambition?
No. I am more on the kingmaker’s side.
 
Why?
Because I enjoy what I do and I believe that political adventure would not allow me the concentration I need on my business operations. I would not be able to achieve set goals by not being on top of them. Besides, no other office really excites me. Being a president of Nigeria would not excite me. I am missing nothing in life.  I love the freedom I have. I can drive myself and travel when I want to, jump on a plane without the glare associated with a president’s office, without the entourage and all the protocol.
 
As Deputy Chairman of Game Changers Media, what is its unique selling point?
 
The Game Changer was established to highlight the differences and show that the Muhammadu Buhari administration continues to change the whole game; from Agriculture, Corruption to Healthcare and very importantly, to unite Nigerians and give them a sense of belonging, while stoking the embers of patriotism.
If you go to Ghana today, you will be shocked to realise the level of their patriotism. A taxi driver always has the Ghanaian flag in his cab as every household, like it was in America perhaps before the Trump era when American schools taught American history, the need to be patriotic and love for country. So patriotism is very important. Game Changer is here to bring awareness about patriotism.
 
Being such a busy person, do you find time to wind down?
 
When I was in my 20’s, I used to be a gym fanatic and could not do without the gym. I also played polo. The pressure of work increased with growth and time for things like that shrank. So whatever time I can squeeze out now for personal issues, I spend it with my wife and two children. We take the children to game parks when they are on holidays and try to have a feel of their minds by coming down to their level and appreciating them.
 
What is your advice to politicians as we await the 2019 elections?
We should stop the politics of money and vote-buying. We should allow Nigerians to vote for candidates of their choice without influencing them. It is a disgrace to buy one’s way into a public office. When that happens, you look at yourself as a businessman and begin to fashion out ways to recoup spent money. This is what has been happening for ages. Only a person voted in by merit would think of improving the lives of the people.
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2019 Election: Inspector General Police Redeploys AIGs, Commissioner

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Following the decoration of newly promoted Assistant Inspectors General of Police and Commissioners of Police at the Force Headquarters, today, 6th February, 2019, the Inspector General of Police, Ag. IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni has ordered the posting and redeployment of the following Senior Police Officers to Zones, Formations and Commands as follows:

i. AIG Wilson A. Inalegwu – AIG Zone 9, Umuahia ii. AIG Abdul Dahiru Danwawo – AIG Maritime iii. AIG Adeyemi O. Ogunjemilusi, mni – Directing Staff NIPPS iv. AIG Maurice A. Yusuf – AIG Research and Planning v. AIG Ibrahim Lamorde, mni – AIG Force Intelligence Bureau vi. AIG Murtala Mani, mni – AIG FORCE CID vii. AIG Tijani Baba – AIG Zone 7, Abuja viii. AIG Dibal Yakadi, mni – AIG Zone 5, Benin ix. AIG Haruna Huzi Mshelia, mni – AIG Zone 3, Yola x. AIG Mohammed Mustapha – AIG Zone 10, Sokoto xi. AIG Musa A. Kimo – AIG Zone 6, Calabar xii. AIG Adeleye Olusola Oyebade, mni – AIG Zone 11, Osogbo xiii. AIG Basen Dapiya Gwana – AIG Zone 12, Bauchi xiv. AIG Karma Hosea Hassan – AIG Staff College, Jos xv. AIG Folawiyo David, mni – AIG Training & Development xvi. AIG Zana Ibrahim, mni – Commandant POLAC, Kano xvii. AIG Chris Ezike – AIG Zone 4, Makurdi xviii. AIG Moses A. Jitiboh, mni – AIG Investment, FHQ xix. CP Mu’azu Zubairu – CP Lagos State Command xx. CP Ahmed Iliyasu – CP Ogun State Command xxi. CP Mohammed Wakili – CP Kano State Command xxii. CP Austin Iwero Agbonlahor – CP Cross River Command xxiii. CP Damian Chukwu – CP Borno Command xxiv. CP Sumonu Abdulmalik – CP Yobe Command xxv. CP Asuquo Amba – CP Ekiti Command xxvi. CP Abiodun Ige – CP Osun Command xxvii. CP Ibrahim Sabo – CP Niger Command xxviii. CP Alkasim Sanusi – CP Taraba State xxix. CP Garba M. Mukaddas – CP Adamawa Command xxx. CP Omololu Bishi – CP Benue Command xxxi. CP Bola Longe – CP Nasarawa Command xxxii. CP Isaac Akinmoyede – CP Plateau Command xxxiii. CP Aminu I. Saleh – CP Bayelsa Command xxxiv. CP Adeleke Yinka – CP Delta Command xxxv. CP Bashir Makama – CP Akwa-Ibom Command xxxvi. CP Awosola Awotunde – CP Ebonyi Command xxxvii. CP Belel Usman – CP Rivers Command xxxviii.CP Bello Makwashi – CP Gombe Command xxxix. CP Abdulrahman Ahmed – CP Kaduna Command xl. CP Bala Ciroma – CP FCT Command xli. CP Akeem Busari – CP Kogi Command xlii. CP Galadinchi Dasuki – CP Imo Command xliii. CP Suleiman Balarabe – CP Enugu Command xliv. CP Dandaura Mustafa – CP Anambra Command xlv. CP Etim Ene Okon – CP Abia Command xlvi. CP Ibrahim Kaoje – CP Sokoto Command xlvii. CP Celestine Okoye – CP Zamfara Command xlviii. CP Garba Danjuma – CP Kebbi Command xlix. CP Undie Andie – CP Ondo Command l. CP Olukolu Sina – CP Oyo Command li. CP Ali Janga – CP Bauchi Command lii. CP Rabiu Ladodo – CP Jigawa Command liii. CP Buba Sanusi – CP Katsina Command liv. Ag. CP Egbetokun Kayode – CP Kwara Command lv. Ag. CP Odumosu Akeem – CP Edo CommandThe Inspector General of Police charges the AIGs and CPs to diligently and professionally discharge their duties according to the Laws, Rules and Regulations of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.The posting and the redeployment of the affected Senior Police Officers is with immediate effectACP FRANK MBA FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER FORCE HEADQUARTERS ABUJA

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