Remarks By Chief Olusegun Obasanjo On The Visit of PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to Abeokuta on Thursday October 11, 2018

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Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar with former President Olusegun Obasanjo exchanging pleasantries in Abeokuta on Thursday after the meeting

October 11, 2018

I am happy to welcome the distinguished leaders of goodwill who have led the PDP Presidential Candidate and my former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, to my humble abode and I welcome the Presidential Candidate himself.

Let me start by congratulating President-to-be, Atiku Abubakar, for his success at the recent PDP Primary and I took note of his gracious remarks in his acceptance speech that it all started here.
Yes, when it started, it was meant for Atiku to succeed Obasanjo. In the presence of these distinguished leaders of goodwill today, let me say it openly that we have reviewed what went wrong on the side of Atiku. And in all honesty, my former Vice-President has re-discovered and re-positioned himself. As I have repeatedly said, it is not so much what you did against me that was the issue but what you did against the Party, the Government and the country.
I took the stand I had taken based on the character and attributes you exhibited in the position you found yourself. I strongly believe that I was right. It was in the overall interest of everyone and everything to take such a position.

From what transpired in the last couple of hours or so, you have shown remorse; you have asked for forgiveness and you have indicated that you have learnt some good lessons and you will mend fences and make amends as necessary and as desirable.
Whenever or wherever you might have offended me, as a Christian who asks for God’s forgiveness of my sins and inadequacies on daily basis, I forgive and I sincerely advise you to learn from the past and do what is right and it will be well with you. Obviously, you have mended fences with the Party and fully reconciled with the Party. That’s why today, you are the Presidential Candidate of the Party. In addition to appreciating all that the Party has done for you, may I advise you to work together with all those who contested for the Party’s flag with you as a team for your campaign.
There are still areas, nationally and internationally, where you have to mend fences and make amends. You will know how to handle what is already out and what may yet be put out by the opposition. But, I am convinced that if you continue with the attitude that brought you here with these distinguished leaders of goodwill, with remorse and contrite heart, the rest of the coast within and outside the country can be cleared. And if there is anything I can do and you want me to do in that respect, I will do.

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Pastor David Oyedepo of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) after the meeting of PDP’s presidential flagbearer Atiku Abubakar with former President Obasanjo on Thursday

I am sure with the right attitude for change where necessary, and by putting lessons learned by you to work, you will get the understanding, cooperation, support and mandate – all at the national level. With Nigerians voting for you, it will mean that you secure their forgiveness and regain their confidence. It will be with the hope or assurance of a Paul on the road to Damascus Conversion. After all, change and conversion are of man. I believe that with a contrite heart, change is possible in everybody’s life and situation.
For me, relatively and of all the aspirants in the PDP, you have the widest and greatest exposure, experience, outreach and possibly the best machinery and preparation for seeing the tough and likely dirty campaign ahead through. From what I personally know of you, you have capacity to perform better than the incumbent. You surely understand the economy better; you have business experience, which can make your administration business-friendly and boost the economy and provide jobs.

You have better outreach nationally and internationally and that can translate to better management of foreign affairs. You are more accessible and less inflexible and more open to all parts of the country in many ways. As Pastor Bakare, one-time running mate of the incumbent President said, “You are a wazobia man.” And that should help you in confronting the confrontable and shunning nepotism.
As you know, along the road to where you are today, many leaders and ordinary people cooperated and overtly and covertly worked hard.

On your behalf, I thank them all. May their coast continue to be expanded. And when you become Nigerian President which, insha-Allah, you will be, remember what we did together in government – we ran an administration by Nigerians for all Nigerians where merit and performance count more than blood relationship, friendship or kith and kin. Although some time and ground have been lost, you should endeavour to start from where we stopped and recover some lost ground, if not time.
Please uphold truth, integrity, principles, morality and fight corruption, crimes and insurgency.

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Bishop of Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Rev. Fr. Matthew Kuka, the host, ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, PDP presidential flagbearer, Alh. Atiku Abubakar and Islamic Cleric, Ahmed Gumi (L-R)

The fundamental law of the land, our constitution must be scrupulously defended. I make one demand and one demand on you today, I need you to say before God and man that you will always remain irrevocably committed to upholding ALL the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the whole country will remain your single indivisible constituency.
Constitutionalism, popular participation and inclusiveness are pre-conditions for reversing the deficits of the past three and half years. They will ensure abiding faith in our indivisibility, oneness and faith in the survival of all against none.

The fundamentals for our development, economic growth and progress are hard and soft infrastructure. Remember to always give adequate places in your administration to our youth and women.
All the authorities involved with the preparation, all processes and conduct of the election must ensure that the election is free, fair and credible.
Once again, congratulations and I wish you well.

My distinguished brothers and leaders of goodwill, thank you for making this happen. I will now count on you to encourage all hands to be on the deck to take Nigeria to the level God has created it to be – autopilot level.

God bless you all and God bless Nigeria.

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A Must-Read: My 100 Days Covenant With Nigerians: Fish Starts To Rot From The Head – Buhari

Buhari

Corruption and Governance

I pledge to:

  • Publicly declaration of my assets and liabilities
  • Encourage all my appointees to publicly declare their assets and liabilities as a pre-condition for appointment. All political appointees will only earn the salaries and allowances determined by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMFAC).
  • Personal leadership in the war against corruption
  • Inaugurate the National Council on Procurement as stipulated in the Procurement Act. The Federal Executive Council, which has been turned to a weekly session of contract bazaar, will concentrate on its principal function of policy making.
  • Review and implement audit recommendations by Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative including those on remittances and remediation.
  • Work with the National Assembly towards the immediate enactment of a Whistle Blower Act
  • Work with the National Assembly to strengthen ICPC and EFCC by guaranteeing institutional autonomy including financial and prosecutorial independence and security of tenure of officials. Make the Financial Intelligence Unit of the EFCC autonomous and operational.
  • Encourage proactive disclosure of information by government institutions in the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Ensure all MDAs and parastatals regularly comply with their accountability responsibilities to Nigerians through the National Assembly.
  • All political officer holdersearn only the salaries and emoluments determined and approved by the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission RMFAC.
  • Work with the leadership of the National Assembly and the Judiciary to cut down the cost of governance.
  • I will present a National Anti corruption Strategy.

Insurgency and Insecurity

I have had the rare privilege of serving my country in the military in various capacities and rose to become a Major General and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces. I defended the territorial integrity of our nation.

I pledge to:

  • As Commander-in-Chief, lead from the front and not behind in the comfort and security of Aso Rock to boost the morale of fighting forces and the generality of all Nigerians.
  • Give especial attention to the welfare of our armed forces and their families; lost heroes and their families and the victims of insurgency.
  • Boost the morale of the men and women in the field by public recognition of their efforts through memorabilia, stamps, statues, regular rotation, regular payment of allowances, regular communication between the men and officers of security agencies, provision of best health care and housing for families of deceased comrades.
  • I will present a marshal plan to the nation that will combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.
  • Provideof the best and appropriate military and other materials the country needs to combat insurgency, ethnic and religious violence, kidnapping and rural banditry.
  • Establish personal relationship with governors of the affected states by insurgency, with leaders of the countries in the region and with leaders around the world to coordinate efforts to combat insurgency, oil theft, piracy and criminality.
  • Restore confidence in the bilateral and multilateral partnerships in addressing insurgency including procurements.
  • Activate regular meetings of the National Police Council to ensure the discharge of its true constitutional role in a transparent and accountable way.
  • As a father, I feel the pain of the victims of insurgency, kidnapping and violence whether they are the widows and orphans of military, paramilitary, civilians and parents or the Chibok girls. My government shall act decisively on any actionable intelligence to #BringBackOurGirls.

Niger Delta

I pledge to:

  • Restore the integrity of the Niger Delta by implementing relevant sections of the Ledum Technical Committee on human capital development, resource management and distribution, governance and rule of law, reclamation and environmental and sustainable development.
  • Commit myself and my administration to the phased implementation of the United Nations Environment Program’s(UNEP) recommendations on Ogoniland.
  • Unveil a marshal plan for the regenerative development of the Niger Delta.

Diversity

Diversity refers to the inherent complexities of the variations in the social fabric of a people. Elements of poorly managed diversities include absence of cohesion, low capacity or political will to address resulting tensions, weak institutions of the state, in-equalities in every facet, impunity, breakdown of mutual trust, rising incidences of violence and total breakdown of law and order. To quickly reverse this observable trend in our society:

I pledge to:

  • Continually acknowledge and consciously equality and equity in all government businesses and activities.
  • Implement the National Gender Policy including 35% of appointive positions for women.
  • Work with National Assembly to pass a National Disability Bill, which I shall immediately assent, into Law.
  • Immediately charge relevant MDAs to implement new building codes to ensure that people with disability have easier access.
  • I will lead the campaign for restoration of mutual trust and cohesion for nation building, while also working with the National Assembly to make appropriation to strengthen institutions and platforms promoting dialogue and inclusion.
  • I will promote amendment to the provisions of section 14:3 of the Constitution to give effect to the expansion of the scope of representation to include women and persons with disabilities.
  • Work with National Assembly to pass the National Disability Act and the Equal Opportunities Bill.

 

Health

I pledge to:

  • Implement the National Health Act 2014,which guarantees financial sustainability to the health sector and minimum basic health care for all and ban medical tourism by government officials.
  • Launch special programme to improve availability of water and sanitation.
  • Review occupational health laws and immediately commence enforcement of the provisions to reduce hazards in the work place.
  • Unveil a health sector review policy to ensure the efficient and effective management of our health systems.
  • Mobilize the health workforce needed for the all-round implementation of our primary health programmes for rural communities.

 

Agriculture

I pledge to:

  • Make pronouncement to make agriculture a major focus of the government and lay the institutional foundation to attract large-scale investments and capital into the agricultural infrastructural sector
  • Launch a massive agricultural infrastructural investments plan that will focus on production, transportation infrastructure and marketing logistics across Nigeria
  • Launched a massive, well-coordinated and innovatively funded Youth in Commercial Agribusiness Programme.
  • Establish agricultural produce pricing and marketing mechanism and institutions
  • Work with State and Local Governments to launch Agricultural Support Programmes that will drive state level massive agricultural land development and mechanization agenda
  • Revamp, revitalize and continuous improvement on the national agricultural extension and rural support service system
  • Initiated a holistic project aimed at promoting and securing access of standardized agricultural products to both local and international markets
  • Lay the groundwork for a standardized market uptake and aggregation outlets for specific agricultural produce
  • Initiated a comprehensive revamp of key development banks (Bank of Agriculture, Bank of Industry and Nigeria Import & Export Bank) operations to fund inclusive agricultural value chain operations
  • Lay the groundwork for an ambitious, massive, seamless, accessible single-digit agricultural value-chain finance programme
  • Initiated the process to appropriately liberalise and expand agricultural and rural insurance system with premium subventions support to farmers
  • Revamp the agricultural cooperative system to drive rural agriculture and improves stakes for smallholder farmers
  • Launch appropriate tariff rectification instrument to support import-export anomalies

Management of the Economy for prosperity

Every Nigerian deserves to benefit from the running of our collective resources. We promise not to leave any Nigerian behind in our determination to create, expand and ensure equitable and effective allocation of economic opportunities. No matter the amount of funds we generate, unless there is an efficient and effective utilization, it will only create few billionaires.  Unless we fight corruption, the economy will only benefit the greedy in our society.

I pledge to:

  • Work with the legislature to strengthen constitutional provisions to make the meetings of the National Economic Council more periodic and predictable and its decisions more binding.
  • Present annual report on the state of the economy to the National Assembly and the Nigerian People.
  • The Preparation of Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and annual Budget will be guided by job creation projections.
  • Negotiate rule-based oil revenue management process, and adopt a rule based excess crude account management process, which will entail a fixed percentage (e.g. 10% or 20%) of oil revenue each year, and also set clear rules about where the proceeds will be domiciled, when the savings can be used, by whom, and what the savings can be used for.
  • Work with the National Assembly to adopt a rule based, realistic and predictable oil benchmark as a basis for a more transparent management of federation account revenue and excess crude account.
  • Launch a Small Business Loan Guarantee Scheme in partnership with Commercial Lenders to improve access to finance for SMEs.
  • Automate the business registration process to ensure sole proprietorships can be opened within 24 hours and incorporated business within 5 days.
  • Reduce the cost of company registration to a maximum of N10, 000 for sole proprietorships to encourage formalization.
  • Review and regulate import duty waivers to promote transparency and accountability;
  • Forge partnerships with state and local governments and private sectors to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and cottage industries;
  • Work with the National Assembly to review and finalize work on the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB);
  • Boost community and local participation in downstream through expansion and promotion of local content development;
  • Commence organizational reforms to curb corruption in NNPC and its subsidiaries

Industrial Relations

I pledge to:

  • Give political force to collective bargaining in all sectors of the economy, revive Tripartite Committee of Government, employers and workers organisations, whose task would be to constantly review matters of labour relations and the practice of industrial relations.
  • Undertake to institute an annual statutory tripartite body contribute towards formulation and implementation of broad macro-economic policies.
  • Reposition Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity and all relevant agencies mandated to manage labour dispute and grievance handling process to ensure pre-emptive strategies to halt the current frequent incessant strikes phenomenon.

 

Power

The power sector has become a monstrous demonstration of corruption. Despite investment of more than X there is nothing to show but few fat cats.

I pledge to:

  • War against corruption in the power sector
  • Tackle the issue of gas availability for the proposed power plants
  • Emphasis alternative sources of power such as small, medium and large hydro plants (Mambilla has capacity for 4,700 megawatts), wind, coal and solar. Efforts will be geared towards smaller and potable power supply.
  • Start an accelerated training of human resources for the power sector.
  • Work with PenCom to consider giving soft loans to power sector operators.

 

Youth and ICT Development

The youth are the salt of the nation. More than 60% of our population is categorized as being of youth age. The future of the nation depends on the brains of the youth and not on what is buried under the ground.

I pledge to:

  • Declare support for the appointment of young people with requisite qualification into key political offices to begin the incubation and mentoring for a successor political generation.
  • Unveil a policy that all federal contractors must employ at least 50% young people.
  • Work with the private sector to establish innovation fund for young people.
  • Encourage that girls’and boys’ education is prioritized in states where this is established to be a big problem.
  • Review and make pronouncements, with attendant political will and commitment, on the full implementation of the national youth policy.
  • Establish innovation centers in conjunction with proposed National Science Foundation and the private sector.
  • Include vocational skills in the curriculum of Almajiri schools so that they become self-employed.
  • Unveil a policy that will begin to multiply the efforts and effects of technology incubation centers to at least establish two of such centers in each of the geopolitical zone.
  • Establish a free-tuition and scholarship scheme for pupils who have shown exceptional aptitude in science subjects at O/Levels to study ICT-related courses.
  • Immediately establish linkages with friendly names to champion exchange programmes for the acquisition of IT related skills.
  • Extend the local content policies to cover software and hardware developments in the youth-driven markets. Put in place a quality assurance mechanism to ensure that standards are met and adhered to and make it a policy for companies to procure a % of their ICT needs from the local market.
  • Hold a summit of all ICT service providers, OEMs, etc both local and foreign that are doing business in Nigeria to device concrete skills transfer and capacity building models in a sustainable manner.

 

Conclusion: According to Chinua Achebe the problem of Nigeria is problem of leadership. You can only kill a snake from the head. Make the right decision; vote Buhari-Osinbajo on Valentine Day.

Flash! 2015 Primaries: Atiku Congratulates Buhari Over “Well-Deserved Victory” As Jonathan Maintains Sambo As Running Mate

APC PrimariesGen. Muhammadu Buhari has won at the ongoing APC primaries held in Lagos emerging as the party’s flagbearer and will contest against the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 Presidential election.

PDP primaries

Jonathan’s candidacy was ratified by the PDP at the just-concluded primaries which held at the Eagles Square, Abuja. The president has also picked his vice as running mate in his bid for asecond term in office.

Meanwhile, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has congratulated Gen. Muhammadu Buhari for a “well fought for and deserved victory”. Atiku who was also an aspirant in the APC primaries polled 954 out of a total of 7,214 votes.

Final Poll Count
Atiku Abubakar = 954
Muhammed Buhari = 3430
Rabiu Kwankwaso = 974
Sam Nda-Isaiah = 10
Rochas = 624

Flash! Ekiti: Governor Ayo Fayose Restores Ex-Governor Segun Oni’s Privileges

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayo Fayose, has restored all the privileges of former Governor Olusegun Oni which were stopped by the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi….full story at: http://newsbytesnow.com/flash-ekiti-governor-ayo-fayose-restores-ex-governor-segun-onis-privileges/

Flash: INEC Gives 2-Day Extension For Continuous Voter Registration In Lagos, Kano, Ogun, Other States Except Adamawa

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has granted a two-day extension of the Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) in all states under the third phase of the exercise except Adamawa…full story at http://newsbytesnow.com/flash-inec-gives-2-day-extension-for-continuous-voter-registration-in-lagos-kano-ogun-other-states-except-adamawa/

A Must-Read: THE NIGERIA OF MY DREAMS – Being Text of Speech of Pastor Tunde Bakare At His 60th Birthday Celebration

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BEING TEXT OF SPEECH BY PASTOR TUNDE BAKARE

AT THE THANKSGIVING SERVICE FOR HIS 60TH BIRTHDAY

ON SUNDAY THE 16TH OF NOVEMBER2014.

VENUE: THE LATTER RAIN ASSEMBLY,

END-TIME CHURCH,

4, AKILO ROAD, OFF OBA AKRAN AVENUE,

OGBA, IKEJA, LAGOS.

 

THEME: THE NIGERIA OF MY DREAMS

Excerpts:

… Indeed, every nation is born in the bosom of founding fathers – men and women who take responsibility for the birthing of the nation and the establishment of the framework of state; patriots who facilitate the emergence of a national culture; political and socio-economic craftsmen who engineer the national structure including the nation’s geopolitical and economic structures; nation-builders who spearhead the building of national institutions; wise men and women who guide the evolution of a national system of laws; and statesmen who set a precedent as far as national leadership is concerned. These founding fathers become the progenitors of the subsequent generation of fathers who are the custodians of the foundational pillars established by the founding fathers. This legacy of fatherhood of the nation is then bequeathed to each succeeding generation so that the national dream, the ideal to which that nation aspires, is preserved from one generation to another.

However, when, in the vicissitudes of national life, the nation is severed from the foundation laid by the founding fathers such that the pillars upon which the national ideal is rested begin to crumble….full speech at:  http://newsbytesnow.com/a-must-read-the-nigeria-of-my-dreams-being-text-of-speech-of-pastor-tunde-bakare-at-his-60th-birthday-celebration/