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  • Make you Hear 3:01 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Bomb explosions in Nigeria’s Kaduna kill at least 82, ex-leader Buhari Targeted 

    bombKaduna, Nigeria:  At least 82 people were killed on Wednesday in two bombings in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna targeting opposition leader and former president Muhammadu Buhari at a busy market and a moderate Muslim cleric about to lead a crowd in prayer.

    The attacks bore the hallmarks of Islamist group Boko Haram but may also have been linked to politics ahead of 2015′s elections.

    The deadlier blast targeted Buhari’s convoy at the crowded Kawo market, his son told Reuters on the scene. A Red Cross official said at least 50 people were killed there.

    Buhari was the main opposition party contender against President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2011 election and remains a key figure in the opposition alliance. He was riding in an armour plated sports utility vehicle and was not wounded.

    A crowd gathered at the scene of the incident, until the military dispersed them by firing shots in the air. Smoke rose from another vehicle destroyed in the blast.

    Earlier, a suicide bomber targeting a moderate cleric killed at least 32 of his congregation on a busy commercial road.

     
  • Make you Hear 2:51 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Don’t blame Jonathan for attack on Buhari Ojewusi 

    solaA public affairs analyst, Sola Ojewusi, has said nobody should point accusing finger at President Goodluck Jonathan for the twin bomb explosions that occurred in Kaduna State on Wednesday, which almost claimed the life of former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.

    Ojewusi, who stated this on Thursday, while featuring as a guest on Channels Television ‘Sunrise Daily’, noted that the whole issue boils down to one particular enemy “and that enemy is the enemy of the nation of Nigeria.

    “Nigerians need to go beyond abusing the owner of the house, leaving the thief. Even if you have a guard in the house, there is a street before the thief gets to the house, perhaps there’s a gate to that street, there are a lot of people surrounding.

    “Sometimes when armed robbers and thieves come to a community, they tend to do surveillance.

    “it is now clear that it is not just President Jonathan’s problem but a national problem. It is not PDP, it is not APC, it is everybody’s problem.

    “That is the essence, the essence of unity. The most important solution to the state of insecurity in Nigeria is for Nigerians to unite,” he said.

    While admitting that the responsibility for Nigeria’s security was on the President and citizens were justified in demanding same of him, Ojewusi explained that security is not a one-man thing.

    He acknowledged that it was expected that the pains of attacks by insurgents would make citizens point accusing fingers in different directions, especially at the Presidency for the time it has taken to solve the problem but advised that this was not the best approach.

    “Our approach is to look at how everybody can bring hands together to solve the problem of security,” he stated.

    Speaking on the continued abduction of schoolgirls from the Chibok community in Borno State, the analyst wondered what had been done from the wards where the locals are from, considering the view that some of the terrorists also have their backgrounds in the communities.

    “Rather than seek solution from the top, there is the need to ask about what the people from the environment are doing.

    “Though many Nigerians have criticised the President for taking too long before meeting with the parents of the missing Chibok girls but there must have been some level of intelligence gathering which the Presidency would have access to and which would negate the idea of visiting Chibok,” he added.

    He however warned that while Nigerians express emotions, they should not lose sight of the importance of security as regards bringing the girls back alive, maintaining that the government and security agencies could not afford to make their moves public.

    Ojewusi also threw his weight behind the President’s request for the approval of a loan to upgrade security in the country, saying it was a necessary move as there was need for not just the purchase of military equipment but also major upgrades in intelligence and border security.

    He, however, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the proper management of the funds remained an important factor for him.

     
  • Make you Hear 2:46 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Nigeria Attractive to Investors Despite Challenges, Says Official 

    Olusegun Olutoyin AgangaNigeria‘s Industry, Trade and Investment Minister says there is a strong appetite for both local and international businesses to invest in the West African nation’s economy, despite the security challenges the country faces.

    Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga said recent measures, including subsidies and incentives, have created a business-friendly environment that is attracting investors. He said the move is part of the administration’s bid to create jobs for the country’s youth.

    Aganga outlined some of the opportunities and the country’s potential, which he says attract global businesses to invest in Africa’s biggest economy.

    “The investment appetite is huge and that is driven by many opportunities in the country [and] it’s also driven by the level of return on investment… with an average return of 35.5 percent that concurs with global average of 6%” said Aganga.

    “The second major driver is the strong macro-economic environment. We are talking about a country that has consistently averaged growth [rate of] about seven percent over the last 10 years. A country when you look at the debt to GDP ratio is only about 12 percent,” said Aganga. “When you look at the exchange rate, it has been stable over a long period of time. When you look at inflation, it’s roughly about eight percent now.”

    Nigeria has been able to deliver about 35 percent to the country’s capital market in 2012, and 45 percent in 2013, according to Aganga.

    He said President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is addressing some of the challenges businesses face, which he says boosts both local and international investment in the country.

    “This particular government has a number of transformational policies that are actually encouraging investors to come into different sectors of the economy,” said Aganga.

    He said the West African nation has in abundance the ingredients that attract investors’ needs, including capital, technical know-how, raw materials and a market to sell their products.
    “When all four come together, you definitely make huge returns for your shareholders. Capital and technical know-how, you can move anywhere in the world,” said Aganga.

    Some analysts say the country’s well documented erratic electrical power challenges will undermine the administration’s efforts to attract private investors. They also said the lack of power makes the cost of producing goods and services expensive.

    Aganga admits the electrical power generation difficulties but adds that the administration has taken steps, including privatizing power generation and distribution, to improve nationwide electricity power supply.

    “Yes, it curtails investments, but when you look at the history [businesses] have been operating in this country for decades and the return on investment remains as high as 35 percent. So what that tells you is that there are ways around that which the bigger companies have gone around that,” said Aganga.

    “Yes, the lack of power makes the cost of production higher, but that is made up for by government incentives, which [are] very generous to investors, because of the cost of labor, and raw material which is quite low and the market so that offsets that,” said Aganga.

    Some critics say the privatization of the power sector is ill advised, arguing that the selling of government assets is unlikely to improve power supply. Aganga disagreed.

    “Yes, we have sold our assets, realized over $3 billion, but that is not the story. The story is that it has opened the door for the private sector to drive that and today we have aggregate pipeline investment of more than a $100 billion coming to that sector,” said Aganga.

    “So we will see a gradual increase in power production… Over the next three to five years you will see a significant increase because of the level of investment going to power,” said Aganga. “Again we are not just relying on gas supply we are looking at alternative sources of power. This government has made this bold decision, which is paying off and it will not be the same country in four to five years.”

     
  • Make you Hear 2:20 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Jonathan: 2015 Elections Will be Free, Fair, Credible, Transparent 

    GEJ-make una know say God dey ooPresident Goodluck Jonathan Thursday night assured that 2015 elections will be free, fair, credible and transparent.

    He equally said  the global community will marvel at its conduct.

    Jonathan’s assurance came   when he broke Ramadan fast ‎with diplomatic corps and senators at the Presidential Villa.

    The president said “I know that one thing that is dear to your hearts is what the elections in this country will look like next year.

    “But let me use this unique opportunity to reassure you and I’m conveying this to my brothers, your heads of government, that our elections next year will be free and fair.

    “It will be very peaceful in nature that will even surprise the whole world.”

    He however called on Muslim faithful to pray for the country in the holy month of Ramadan.

    “Let us take the opportunity of this season to ask Allah to forgive them and guide them back to the path of righteousness and holiness.

    “I wish to call on Your Excellencies and all Muslims who are praying during this period, especially during the night of Majesty, to pray for peace and security to reign.

    “Let us also pray for Allah to guide the leaders as well as the followers and give them wisdom, wisdom to work for the development of their respective countries.

    “our nations, especially nations facing civil strife, political instability, militancy, terrorism and financial crisis.

    “As a nation with a large Muslim population, Nigeria joins the rest of the Muslim world to celebrate this season with fraternal solidarity and prayers for peace and security throughout the world”

     
  • Make you Hear 2:10 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Inspector General of Police orders probe of Kaduna bombings 

    mohammed-abubakarThe Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has instituted a high-powered investigation team made up of seasoned investigators to unearth the perpetrators of  Tuesday bomb attacks in Kaduna in which 82 Nigerians lost their lives.

    The attack which targeted a former Head of State, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari and an Islamic cleric, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, also injured more than 37 others.

     A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, in Abuja on Friday, explained that the team of investigators, which is expected to work in close collaboration with other security agencies, is headed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of Legal Department, DCP Nwodibo Ekechukwu.

    Other members of the team include, DCPs Chris Ezike of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Dan Mallam of the Monitoring Unit and Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi of the Interpol Unit and others.

    Meanwhile, on the orders of the IG, security has been tightened in all states of the federation, particularly in the states perceived to be more vulnerable to terror attacks.

     “While appealing to all Nigerians, particularly Kaduna residents to remain calm, the IG called on the citizens to cooperate with the security agencies by providing them with relevant information to solve the crime,” the statement added.

     
  • Make you Hear 12:20 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Jonathan is not behind insecurity in Nigeria. 

    OKORIEChief Chekwas Okorie, National Chairman, United Progressive Party (UPP), on Tuesday exonerated President Goodluck Jonathan of blame in the current wave of insecurity Nigeria.

    Okorie made this known when he addressed members of Imo UPP State Working Committee in Owerri during his working visit to the state.

    He said those who were wishing to become the president of the country at all cost should be blamed for the insecurity.

    “President Goodluck Jonathan is not behind the insecurity in Nigeria but those who want the position of presidency by all means,’’ he said.

    He said the country would certainly overcome the problem of insurgency.

    According to him, UPP is a veritable platform for the Igbo people to actualise their presidential dream.

    He said the party would come up with a clearer stand on the matter of 2015 presidency in due course.

    The UPP, he said, was prepared to spring surprises in the forthcoming general elections, adding that the party had a progressive agenda to accommodate the interest of not only Igbo people but other Nigerians.

    Okorie said the only progressive party in Nigeria today was the UPP, the reactionary parties would fail, while the progressive party would be victorious.

    Earlier, the state Chairman of UPP, Chief John Egbuchulem, said in spite of being a new party, UPP had members drawn from all the 27 local government areas in Imo.

    Dr Osmold Ukanacho, a UPP stakeholder, said the Imo chapter of the party was perfecting plans win the 2015 governorship as well as occupy other political positions.

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  • Make you Hear 12:00 pm on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Cameroon deploys troops in Nigeria border 

    cameroon-troopThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Aminu Wali, on Tuesday said that Cameroon had deployed about 1,000 soldiers in Nigerian border to fight Boko Haram.

    Wali made the statement in Lagos at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs’17th Brainstorming Session on “Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: Community and National Security Situation”.

    The minister was represented by Amb. Sola Enikanolaiye, a director in the ministry.

    He said that the Cameroonian Government’s gesture was an outcome of the Paris Summit on Security in Nigeria.

    “In responding to the threat being posed by Boko Haram, Nigeria had to embrace the opportunity presented by the May 17th,2014 Paris Summit on Security in Nigeria.

    “Since the Paris Summit, a number of significant steps have been taken, especially establishment of the Intelligence Fusion Centre, technical assistance by our international partners and deployment by Cameroon of 1,000 troops.”

    The minister also said that the meeting of the foreign ministers in London on June 12 took steps aimed at strengthening the response to the Chibok girls’ abduction and tackling Boko Haram menace.

    Wali, however, said that rescuing the Chibok girls would require extreme care, tact and patience so as not to expose the girls to harm.

    “Our security forces are, therefore, taking utmost care in dealing with the situation,’” he said.

    Amb. Tayo Ogunsilire, President of Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria, said that there were challenges in the effectiveness of the nation’s foreign service.

    “The reality is that the service is nowhere near fulfillment of the hopes and aspirations of the founding fathers and pioneers of the service,” he said.

     
  • Make you Hear 11:40 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Jonathan reassures NIgerians – We Are Determined to Bring Back Our Girls. 

    GEJ- Me i pass them. make una no fearPresident Goodluck Jonathan has re-assured the parents of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls of the federal government’s determination and his own personal resolve to ensure that the girls that are still in captivity are brought out alive. He also vowed to do everything possible to rout the Boko Haram terrorist group.

    The President, who made the promise yesterday while meeting, for the first time since the girls were abducted 100 days ago, with over 200 parents of the abducted girls, as well as those who escaped from Boko Haram captivity, equally assured the schoolgirls that their education will not be truncated, noting also that his government was making efforts to place the schoolgirls in other schools, stressing that the resolve to see the girls go through school unhindered has remained the major objective of the government.

    The president who left his seat to personally meet and interacted with each of the escapee girls, listened to their various stories, experiences and their pleas while assuring them that he was committed to ensuring that their eduaction continued unhindered.

    The meeting coincided with the death of another four parents of the abducted girls, bringing the total number of the dead parents (since the abduction) to eleven.

    Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, said the president also used the opportunity to empathise with the parents and the girls and to reassure them that everything would be done to make things easier for them, especially those who had escaped and the ones that would also be rescued.

    “Mr president further assured that after the battle has been won and the girls are brought back home, he, together with the parents and the state government will focus on development, on building Chibok, on building all that the terrorists had destroyed and on ensuring that every child, either in Chibok or in any other part of the country, has his or her dream realised.”

    Abati said the parents present at the meeting, were those of girls that escaped and those of the girls still in captivity, as well as girls who managed to escape.

    The president’s spokesman said even though the president had in the past met with different Chibok stakeholders, yesterday’s meeting afforded the president the opportunity to meet directly with the girls.

    “Statements were made by all the representatives of the people. They spoke their minds and conveyed their feelings to the president. The girls spoke in great details about their experiences and their observations. It was an open and frank session in which everybody expressed his or her mind,” Abati said.

    According to him, the girls who escaped gave accounts of what they went through, while the parents made it clear that they were representatives of other parents. “At the end of the meeting, the parents were happy. Everybody is in high spirit,” Abati concluded.

    A statement later issued by Abati quoted President Jonathan as saying that: “Anyone who gives you the impression that we are aloof and that we are not doing what we are supposed to do to get the girls out is not being truthful.

    “Our commitment is not just to get the girls out; it is also to rout Boko Haram completely from Nigeria. But we are very, very mindful of the safety of the girls. We want to return them all alive to their parents. If they are killed in any rescue effort, then we have achieved nothing.”

    The meeting was also attended by community leaders, Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State and Senate President David Mark.

     
  • Make you Hear 11:28 am on July 23, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Chidoka appointed Aviation Minister, Oyeyemi becomes FRSC Boss 

    ositaPresident Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday named the former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Osita Chidoka, as the new Minister of Aviation.

    He also named a former lecturer at the University of Abuja, Dr. Suleman Abubakar, as the Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission.

    Jonathan made the announcement after the swearing in of the two new ministers shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

    The President also named Deputy Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi as Chidoka’s successor in the FRSC.

    He urged the new government officials to ensure that they leave their footprints in the offices they were deployed in.

    On Oyeyemi, Jonathan said he decided to appoint him from the commission in order to ensure stability.

    This, he added, was a clear departure from what had been obtainable in the FRSC since its inception when its heads were appointed from outside the system.

     
  • Make you Hear 4:29 pm on July 22, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  

    Buhari to Jonathan: No President has ever declared war on Nigeria as we are seeing now 

    jonathan-buhari2Former Nigerian Head of State Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of deploying the institutions of the state to wage war against the country, especially the opposition.

    In a statement issued in Kaduna on Sunday, Gen. Buhari urged President Jonathan to pull the brakes on his Administration’s runaway train of impunity in the interest of Nigeria’s survival and the sustenance of the nation’s democracy.

    He said the developments in the polity have become an unwelcome distraction for the nation’s ongoing survival battle against the terror group Boko Haram, which has put Nigeria on the tenterhooks, with innocent citizens being daily mowed down at the times and places of the group’s chosen and over 200 school girls spending their fourth month in precarious captivity

    ”In my capacity as an elder statesman, rather than a politician, I have spoken to President Jonathan in private over these issues, but indications are that the strategy has not yielded positive fruits. I cannot, just because I am an opposition politician, fail to do what is expected of me as an elder statesman to help rescue our nation in times of great trouble and palpable uncertainty.

    ”History will not be kind to me if I sit back while things turn bad, just so that no one will accuse me of partisanship. Yes, I am a politician. Yes, I am in the opposition. Yes, there is the tendency for my statement to be misconstrued as that of a politician rather than a statesman. But I owe it as matter of duty and honour, and in the interest of our nation, to speak out on the dangerous trajectory that our nation is heading.

    ”I can say, in all sincerity, that I have seen it all, as an ordinary citizen, a military officer, a head of state, a man who has occupied many other sensitive posts and a politician. I have been a close participant and witness to Nigeria’s political history.

    ”Our country has gone through several rough patches, but never before have I seen a Nigerian President declare war on his own country as we are seeing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President deploy federal institutions in the service of partisanship as we are witnessing now. Never before have I seen a Nigerian President utilize the common wealth to subvert the system and punish the opposition, all in the name of politics. Our nation has suffered serious consequences in the past for egregious acts that are not even close to what we are seeing now. It is time to pull the brakes,” Gen. Buhari warned.

    - See more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/07/buhari-to-jonathan-no-president-has-ever-declared-war-on-nigeria-as-we-are-seeing-now/?#sthash.pEqrIRYn.dpuf

     
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