Buhari Addresses Nigerians
President Muhammadu Buhari says the policy measures and actions taken so far by his administration should not be seen as an experiment in governance but a deliberate effort to fix Nigeria for the good of all.
In a nationwide broadcast to mark the first anniversary of the governing APC in power, the President said in the fight against corruption for instance, significant amounts of assets have been recovered for Nigeria, and details will be made public by the ministry of information and culture.
Senate President’s Democracy Day Message
senate President Bukola Saraki has commended Nigerians for sustaining democracy in the past 17 years despite the challenges the country has encountered within the period.
His commendation is contained in a statement to commemorate the 2016 democracy day.
The Senate President described democracy as not only the most globally accepted system of government, but also the best solution to the problems confronting a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and multi-religious society like Nigeria.
Saraki said Nigeria’s democracy is fast maturing in the 17 unbroken years as demonstrated with the peaceful change of power from one party to another.
While noting that the nation still has to improve on the conduct of elections in such a manner that the free will of the electorate would be reflected in the results, he called on elected and appointed officials at all levels of government to continue to justify the confidence the people repose in them.
The Senate President said the national assembly would continue to strengthen the electoral laws and other legislations that could build institutional checks against the abuse of the law by individuals and groups.
He urged Nigerians to be more patient with the government, as the entire world is facing challenging times, and that what the country needs to overcome the challenging economic situation is discipline, prudent management of resources and exploration of hitherto neglected areas in creating national wealth.
Bukola Saraki congratulates Nigerians on the occasion of democracy day and solicits continued prayers for the government.
Speaker’s Democracy Message
Meanwhile, the Speaker, House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara has congratulated Nigerians as they mark democracy day and 17 years of uninterrupted democratic rule in Nigeria.
He said this milestone calls for sober reflections on the nation’s achievements and failures as a democracy.
In a statement by his spokesman Turaki Hassan, Dogara said, the house of representatives under his leadership promises to continue to strengthen democratic growth and development by legislating for the needs and aspirations of Nigerians.
Dogara explained that the 2015 general elections that brought the opposition party, shows that the nation’s democracy has come of age.
He believes that as Nigeria faces serious economic challenges as a result of dwindling oil revenues and mismanagement of resources, Nigerians should be hopeful and trust the capacity of the current democratic dispensation for a lasting solution.
The speaker urged Nigerians to wait patiently for the results of the current policies and actions of government, which he believes, will soon begin to yield positive results.
He observed that reversing the trend will not be an easy task but with dedication and patriotism on the part of all Nigerians, as well as good leadership, Nigeria’s democracy would soon begin to deliver on its promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
APC National Chairman On Nigeria’s Democracy Day
The National Working Committee, elders, leaders and the membership of All Progressives congress APC have conveyed their gratitude to Nigerians for their confidence and trust in President Muhammadu Buhari and the party.
A statement from the national Chairman of the APC John Odigie–Oyegun assures Nigerians that the party and the President hold as very sacred the collective trust, which the President has so creditably discharged this past one year.
The statement adds that President Buhari has worked hard to repair Nigeria’s previously tarnished image in the international community, restored the territorial integrity of the country by ensuring the containment of the erstwhile rampaging boko haram insurgency, and has waged an unrelenting and vigorous war against corruption as he promised in his election campaign.
The statement further says that the president, being fully aware of the tough economic challenges facing Nigerians, has directed his focus on the salvaging of the battered economy, stressing that one of such tough but inevitable decisions was the liberalization of the petroleum downstream sector, and the consequent hike in petrol price which led to a call out of workers on a strike by organised labour.
While thanking Nigerians for their understanding of the situation and also organised labour for resuming negotiation with government, the APC national chairman called on fellow compatriots to put aside any differences and join President Buhari to design and lay a strong foundation for a new economy that ensures self-sustaining growth and shared prosperity for the people.
PMAN Shows Support To The Federal Government’s On Anti Corruption
The Performing Musicians employers association of Nigeria (PMAN) has called on Nigerians to support the anti-corruption campaign of the federal government.
The governor PMAN FCT chapter Solomon Nda Isaiah made the plea in Abuja while on this year’s democracy day.
Mr Solomon Isaiah urged Nigerians to be resolute in their support for the present administration and show good examples for the youth to copy.
VP To Represent Nigeria At 8th Summit In Papua
President Muhammadu Buhari will be represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the 8th summit of heads of states of African, Caribbean and pacific group of states holding in Papua new Guinea from tomorrow, may 30.
A statement from Laolu Akande senior special assistant on media and publicity in the office of the vice president says Prof. Osinbajo will join leaders from 78 other countries to address the summit in Port Moresby, Papua new Guinea.
The summit will discuss the future of the ACP group as a “revitalized cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena.”
A statement from the secretariat of the organization adds that discussions at the summit will also review recent key international developments, including agenda 2030 and the sustainable development goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism.
One of the main objectives of the ACP group is the “sustainable development of its member-states and their gradual integration into the global economy, which entails making poverty reduction a matter of priority and establishing a new, fairer, and more equitable world order.”
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo is also expected to participate in the summit, as he will present a report on the future of the group as the leader of its eminent persons group (EPG).
IED Explosion Kills Five In Biu
Five persons have been reported dead and three others injured when an improvised explosive device exploded close to a military checkpoint on the outskirt of Biu town in Borno state.
The device which was planted by the side of Biu Damboa road, exploded when a tricycle popularly known as keke NAPEP unknowingly stepped on the device which according to investigations had been buried longtime ago undetected.
A statement from the acting director army public relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman says the general area has been cordoned off and the explosive ordinance device team from forward operation base in buratai has been mobilised to carry out further search of the area.
The statement appeals to the public for more cooperation as the nigerian army remains committed to ending the menace of insurgency.
NAF Aircrafts Land In Port Harcourt
Some tactical air assets have been deployed from the tactical air command NAF Makurdi to the Niger Delta to support military operations against pipeline vandals as well as other security challenges in the region.
Ministry Of Environment Visits Ogoni Cleanup Demo Site
Minister of environment Amina Mohammed has called for collective responsibility from all stakeholders in the cleanup of Ogoni land.
The minister made the call during her visit to the demonstration site of the Ogoni cleanup expected to be flagged up by the president next Thursday.
Beijing International Fair For Trade In Services
The 4th International Fair for Trade in Services is on, in Beijing, China.
This year’s fair which commenced on the 28th of this month has as its theme, innovation and integration in services”.
The fair is aimed at identifying new trends in the sector and encourage developing countries to join and profit from the global services market.
Culture And Children
Child care givers and experts recently drew attention on the need to expose the Nigerian child to the values of customs and traditions for posterity.
This was evident at this year’s Children’s Day Celebration in Abuja.