Legislative Autonomy: In praise of Buhari and the 6th AKHA by Kufre Okon

Nigeria has taken one more step away from its current pseudo-democracy. President Muhammadu Buhari has signed Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of Financial Autonomy of State Legislature and State Judiciary. Continue reading “Legislative Autonomy: In praise of Buhari and the 6th AKHA by Kufre Okon”

News: Buhari Signs Executive Order on financial autonomy for state legislature, judiciary

by Felix Omohomhion

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday signed into law Executive Order No. 10 of 2020 for the implementation of financial autonomy for state legislature and judiciary Order, 2020.

In a statement on Friday by Umar Gwandu, spokesman for the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), noted that a Presidential Implementation Committee was constituted to fashion out Continue reading “News: Buhari Signs Executive Order on financial autonomy for state legislature, judiciary”

Gambari is More Subtle And Even More Dangerous Than Late Abba Kyari

By Ambassador Dapo Fafowora

What I have written in this long piece is just some of my personal experience and encounter with him. Everything I have written here is in my memoirs ‘Lest I Forget ‘which he has seen and read. Continue reading “Gambari is More Subtle And Even More Dangerous Than Late Abba Kyari”

Senate approves N850b Loan for Buhari to finance 2020 Budget

By Emmanuel Leke

The Senate on Tuesday granted approval to President Muhammadu Buhari to borrow N850 billion to finance the 2020 Budget.

This is aside the Federal Government’s N500 billion economic stimulus package to cushion the debilitating impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, which is likely to be reviewed upward. Continue reading “Senate approves N850b Loan for Buhari to finance 2020 Budget”

Politics: Trapped by Coronavirus, Nigeria’s Elite Faces Squalid Hospitals

By Dulue Mbachu

For decades, powerful Nigerians could ignore the government’s failure to invest adequately in the health-care system by seeking medical treatment abroad. The coronavirus pandemic means they can no longer escape.
Continue reading “Politics: Trapped by Coronavirus, Nigeria’s Elite Faces Squalid Hospitals”

Coronavirus: PDP slams President Buhari’s speech

March 29, 2020

Press Statement

COVID-19. Buhari’s Address Empty, Failed to Address Real Concerns

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) laments that President Muhammadu Buhari’s long awaited address on the COVID-19 pandemic came empty and failed to address the salient demands of the impact of the scourge on our nation. Continue reading “Coronavirus: PDP slams President Buhari’s speech”

Covid-19: Speech by President Muhammadu Buhari

ADDRESS BY H.E. MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE COVID- 19 PANDEMIC SUNDAY 29TH MARCH, 2020

1. Fellow Nigerians,

2. From the first signs that Coronavirus, or COVID-19 was turning into an epidemic and was officially declared a world-wide emergency, the Federal Government started planning preventive, containment and curative measures in the event the disease hits Nigeria.

3. The whole instruments of government are now mobilized to confront what has now become both a health emergency and an economic crisis. Continue reading “Covid-19: Speech by President Muhammadu Buhari”

Noah Speaks: On Buhari’s speech for speech’s sake

President Buhari’s speech this evening was merely a speech for speech’s sake; a speech to prove he is still the president, in the country and can talk. It didn’t by any means convey any feasible or plausible approach or well laid outlines by Nigeria to confront the coronavirus. There was no sense of urgency, the president didn’t even sound like there are more than 97 cases and now 111 in the country, no wonder he described the spread as ‘slow’. He wanted us to believe that he has declared a stay at home order in Abuja and Lagos, a move every Nigerian knows has already been made by most states in the country many days ago.

Its unimaginable that after we have confirmed about 97 and now 111 cases of #Covid-19 and after waiting for almost eternity in the face of the emergency which has even been declared a pandemic by the WHO, all our President Buhari could tell Nigerians in facts and figures is that individuals remain the greatest weapon to fight this pandemic rather than tell us in practical terms the new facilities so far put in place by his government against it. He is merely stating the obvious. Such an information from him right now is stale and obsolete; that’s what he should have informed us from day one not when we have so far confirmed 97 cases and this night 111 cases.

Mr President deliberately didn’t address the dismal fact that there are only 5 functioning laboratories capable of confirming the virus in the whole country and that so far only the rich and the mighty enjoyed preference at the facilities. He didn’t update us on what the federal government is doing or has done about the situation where there are about 500 ventilators in a country of more than 190 million people. He didn’t say anything new or worthy of the much attention given to the speech by Nigerians, nothing much on palliative measures.

On available personnel to fight the scourge, did you notice that the only attempt by President Buhari to identify the number of personnel on ground to work are the supposedly recruited’ hundreds of adhoc staff to man our call centers and support our tracing and testing efforts’. This is ridiculous. I am of the opinion that our people will be more interested in the number of healthcare professionals than phone receivers. Of what consequence is such statistic by Mr President? It seems Mr President is yet to be informed on the number of medical personnel in Lagos, Abuja and other places on standby to fight the virus; the most important factor in this battle.

Mr President also took out time to tutor us on ‘washing our hands regularly with clean water and soap, disinfecting frequently used surfaces and areas, coughing into a tissue or elbow and strictly adhering to infection prevention control measures in health facilities, bla bla bla.’ He sounded as if those tips are new discoveries and he the initiator. These are already details we knew before the virus was declared a pandemic and Nigerians infected. There was nothing presidential in him dwelling on that.

I also heard Mr President declaring that he has mandated that all federal stadia and pilgrims camps and whatever else be converted to isolation centres and makeshift hospitals but yet he failed to identify any of such facilities, neither was he specific on when such conversion will begin as well as the readiness so far on ground. Wasn’t that talking for the sake of talking?

Fellow Nigerians, We better pray hard and observe all the rules already stipulated by health professionals. I am afraid to admit that the federal government seem not to be capable of handling this scourge. To safe yourself, family and friends, stay at home unless it is essential or when medical advice state otherwise.

My Support For Buhari, APC Is Not To Get 2023 Presidency Ticket – Tinubu

An All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, says his focus is to assist President Muhammadu Buhari develop, refine and implement a progressive agenda to flourish the economy and make Nigerians prosper.

Tinubu said this in a statement titled ‘Tinubu Focusing on the Issues of Today: “Tomorrow is the Master of Itself”, released on Sunday by his Media Officer, Mr Tunde Rahman, in Lagos. Continue reading “My Support For Buhari, APC Is Not To Get 2023 Presidency Ticket – Tinubu”

Insecurity: Boko haram takes over Maiduguri after Buhari’s visit

More than hundreds of residents of Jiddari Polo general area of Maiduguri metropolis have fled their homes into the city following sporadic shootings suspected to have been masterminded by Boko Haram sect. Continue reading “Insecurity: Boko haram takes over Maiduguri after Buhari’s visit”