John Nwodo, president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says he will neither insult President Muhammadu Buhari nor call Nigeria a zoo. In an open letter to Ndigbo, Nwodo denied the allegations labelled against him by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). He said Kanu’s latest “unprintable lies about me” prompted him to address the accusations “because, not to do so will make them credible amongst those who may not have heard my side of the story”. The Igbo leader said Kanu accused him of being a Fulani stooge. Nwodo said everything he had done proves his activism is in the interest of Ndigbo, adding that he had no role in the invasion of Kanu’s residence in 2017. He accused Kanu of making threats to his life and that of his family and also inciting IPOB members against him. “Nnamdi accuses me of being a Fulani stooge!! I am sure no reasonable Igbo man believes him. I have criticized President Muhammed Buhari more than any other Nigerian. Perhaps, what I don’t do is to insult his person or call Nigeria a zoo. I was trained to be respectful. I can disagree with you without being rude and impertinent,” Nwodo said. “No matter how sectional, incompetent or unproductive I consider the President of Nigeria to be, I must respect his age and office in my criticisms of him. As for the attack on my late father, I forgive Nnamdi. My father was Zik’s Minister and Okpara’s Minister. My father and
President Muhammadu Buhari confessed last week that he is under tremendous pressure to appoint his cabinet and pleaded with National Assembly, NASS, officials who visited him at his Aso Rock lair for more time to do it. Rather than acquiescing, some unpatriotic Nigerians are grumbling and many questions concentrate my mind. Why would anyone gripe over such an innocuous request? What is the fuss all about? Is it because our ever-considerate president asked for a little more time? Nigeria has all the time in the world. And the president knows that. A man of immense capacities, he can go the whole hog alone. Ministers will be a distraction. What if he says to hell with ministers, the same people he labelled noisemakers four years ago? And how prophetic he was! Those stampeding Buhari don’t mean well. They are unpatriotic. In 2015, these same unpatriotic people stampeded him to appoint ministers only six months after assuming office when he was still on political honeymoon. The consequence was predictable. Buhari ended up with ministers, many of whom he never knew, foisted on him by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and individuals, for three and a half years. It must have been traumatic for him. But it was quite unlike him. A man of steely resolve, how could he have allowed himself to be railroaded into that hasty decision? Thank goodness Buhari has vowed that: “This time around, I am going to be quite me, in the sense that I will pick people
Muhammadu Buhari: “Those who politicise the isolated cases of insecurity are not patriotic Nigerians. I’m confident that this administration uses all resources at its disposal to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and not just prominent Nigerians or those who make headlines.”
“Our consultations and assessments reaffirmed that the AfCFTA can be a platform for African manufacturers of goods and providers of service to construct regional value chains for made in Africa goods and services,” Buhari said, adding: “It was also obvious that we have a lot of work to do to prepare our nation to achieve our vision for intra-African trade, which is the free movement of ‘made in Africa goods.’
“It will take the next two months before ministers can come on board. Bringing them in now may disrupt the clean-up going on. So, Nigerians just have to be patient.” This was Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, speaking to Reuters on July 1, 2015 on the hold-up in appointing ministers. He said the president was taking his time to assemble a team of “credible and competent” Nigerians. But after six months of suspense and wearisome wait, some persons of blemished character and of inchoate competence still got hoisted into the cabinet. What a pathos-inducing denouement that was? As a matter of fact, reinforcing failure is solving a problem with the same washed-out tools, methods and live ware. A president is as good as his cabinet; this is the reason competence must supersede every other value item in the check-list. It has been 14 days since the inauguration of the second Buhari administration, and it is shaping up to be the sophomore of a prosaic interlude charged with a numbing suspense. Really, I think this uneasy wait could be the result of intense lobbying in “high places” or a consequence of ambivalence in making that important decision of appointing persons to the cabinet by President Buhari. And there is the speculation that most of the “arid hands” may return because they are angling and sparing no quarter in scheming to have another round at retailed power. In an essay entitled, ‘Mr President, may we discuss your cabinet?’ Simon Kolawole delivered an incisive
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, on Monday, advised wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, to as a matter of urgency engage her husband in a “pillow talk” in order for him to know the true position of the state of the nation. Mrs Buhari had recently raised the alarm on how social intervention programmes for vulnerable Nigerians had failed in the North and the wanton killings of Nigerians by bandits. Obasanjo, who commended Mrs Buhari for speaking out her mind, said, apparently, the President’s wife had not adopted the bedroom approach to get her husband’s attention to the issues. Noting that in recent time, Mrs Buhari had spoken about her displeasure with how her husband’s government was being run, the latest being the challenge to security agencies to find solution to the banditry in the country., the former President said she should engage in pillow talk to draw Buhari’s attention to the issue. Obasanjo, who played host to the Editorial Board of a social media platform, “Penpushing Media”, at his Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Boardroom, advocated more advocacy and sensitisation to get the desired change in the country. In a statement by his Media Aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo added that the media also played crucial role in the mission to turn the country for better. Obasanjo said the advocacy would raise awareness, “and we have to put all things on table to address these problems. Mind you, we have to be sincere and genuine with ourselves. “It is nice
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on Wednesday for a second term at the helm a country struggling with a sluggish economy and a decade-long Islamist insurgency. The 76-year-old Buhari read out his oath but made no other immediate comments at the open air ceremony in the capital Abuja. He took 56% of votes in February’s presidential election after promising to end violence in the northeast, extend welfare programs and kickstart growth with a program of road and rail construction. But the fighting with the Islamist militants of Boko Haram and other groups has shown no sign of abating. A separate surge of bandit attacks and other violence in the northwest has forced 20,000 refugees to flee to neighboring Niger, the U.N. refugee agency said on Tuesday.