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  • Nigeria: Law and the Politics of Buhari's Return

    NIGERIA, 2017/08/11 A few days ago, a handful of Nigerians led by Charles Oputa aka Charlie Boy, the eccentric -or better enfant terrible- son of the late legal luminary, Justice Chukwudifa Oputa staged a 'peaceful' turmoil in Abuja calling on President Buhari to discontinue his medical treatment in London and resume office or he should resign forthwith. This is in spite of the fact that there is no subsisting law, constitutional or statutory, which obligates the President not to exceed a certain time limit while on medical vacation anywhere. It is as well in spite of the fact that the ailing President has since done the needful -constitutionally- by handing over power to the Vice President, Osimbajo on each of the two occasions he had to embark on his medical vacation abroad.
  • The Nigerian Rumor Mill: A Nation Under Siege?

    NIGERIA, 2017/07/09 The distinction between freedom of expression and hate speech in Nigeria is blurred, and the country is under siege from disinformation. Combating hate speech in the media, on the internet and through religious and political leaders must be a high priority for atrocity prevention. “The level of hatred in Nigeria is assuming an alarming dimension and may any minute at this time get to a tipping point. We spill bile daily on social media. People are stereotyped: Igbos are supposed to be tricksters. Yorubas are supposed to be traitors. Hausas/Fulanis are religious fundamentalists. Ijaws can only be militants. There is the worst of profiling going on part citizens. We have left the hatred of the system and we presently hate and loathe ourselves. We used to think (President) Jonathan was the problem. Presently, we have seen an extra problem in President Buhari. Instead of fixing the system, we are fixated on the people. This issue has become a critical cankerworm with citizens anxiously awaiting the news of the death of their President.”
  • Nigeria’s President Buhari should step aside

    NIGERIA, 2017/05/04 Rumors about the health of Nigeria's President Buhari have swirled in the last few months and he is presently said to be working from home. DW's Fred Muvunyi thinks it's time for Buhari approaching clean and step aside. It's unfortunate that the Nigerian president has been unwell and that on numerous occasions he couldn't attend to critical matters affecting ordinary citizens. In March he returned from London where he spent seven weeks undergoing medical tests. In late April he missed his second cabinet conference in a row amid speculation about the national of his health. Nigerians understand the repercussions of losing a sitting president perhaps better than anyone else. The unexpected death of President Umaru Yar'Adua in 2010 sparked political infighting before the swearing-in of President Goodluck Jonathan, Buhari's predecessor.
  • Nigeria: We re Still Discussing With N'Assembly Over Budget

    NIGERIA, 2016/04/21 Expectations that the 2016 budget would be signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari appeared far off yesterday next the additional than three hours conference of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) did not seem to address the grey areas of disagreement with the lawmakers. The Budget and National Planning Minister, Udoma Udo Udoma, who was answering questions from National Home correspondents during a media briefing yesterday, said the Executive was still talking with the National Assembly members over the matter, but refused to give details. Buhari presided over the conference with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in attendance.
  • How Buhari ensured democratic transition in Burkina Faso

    BURKINA FASO, 2016/01/04 Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said President Muhammadu Buhari ​wa​s a key player in the civil transition in Burkina Faso which culminated Tuesday with the inauguration of a democratically elected president in the west African country. Mr. Osinbajo made the observation while speaking with reporters next the inauguration of Rock Marc Christian Kabore as the democratic President of Burkina Faso at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Ouaga 2000 Stadium, Ouagadougou. The event was witnessed by several presidents from West Africa and former leaders like Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo and Ghana’s Jerry Rawlings. The ​v​ice ​p​resident said Mr. Buhari was very categorical in criticizing the coup d’etats which took place in the country before the election and said the position was significant in ensuring enduring civil policy in the continent.
  • Nigeria: President Buhari And The Obligation To Deliver

    NIGERIA, 2015/11/17 Running Nigeria is no easy feat, not even at the same time as you are Muhammadu Buhari and you have your second stint as chief of national, albeit a democratically elected one. With over 150 million people, deeply entrenched regional affinities, vested political interests, the need to repay political patrons, revenue allocation and additional, running Nigeria can be a daunting task. The problems are compounded at the same time as the country is still to fully recover from the hangover of decades of military policy and unbridled corruption that has almost become a staple in successive administrations. As a consequence, while politicians swim in opulence, the bulk of Nigerians wallow in abject poverty leaving the African giant on its knees.
  • Resignation letter of Nigeria’s deputy comptroller-generals

    NIGERIA, 2015/10/31 n what appears a turmoil against the leadership style of the newly appointed Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali, all five Deputy Comptroller-Generals of the Nigerian Customs have resigned. In an unprecedented move in the history of the customs service in the country, the five DCGs jointly announced their resignation in a terse letter dated October 29, 2015 titled “Voluntary Retirement” addressed to the Chairman of the Customs Board. “We the underlisted officers currently on the rank of Deputy Comptroller-General met today, 29 October 2015 and unanimously agreed to voluntarily retire from the service of the Nigerian Customs Service having risen to the privileged rank of Deputy Comptroller-General. We need to thank the President for giving us the opportunity to serve our great country, Nigeria.
  • Buhari - 100 Days of Milestones, Knocks, Praises, Nigeria

    NIGERIA, 2015/09/07 PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari assumed power, last May 29, on a promising note. Riding on the crest of his change schedule and incorruptible mantra, he won what is arguably Nigeria's tightest presidential election in recent times on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). During the campaigns, he promised Nigerians that things would no longer be business as usual particularly in the area of corruption. He as well promised steady power supply, employment creation, implementation of the United Nations Environmental Protection statement, ensuring security of lives and property of Nigerians, expanding the country's economy and infrastructural development and to resuscitate industries. Buhari's other promises include embarking on massive construction and rehabilitation of roads, fighting terrorism, granting Lagos a appropriate status, investing heavily in agriculture, ensuring steady power supply and improving education part others.
  • Buhari's Tough Challenge in Nigeria

    NIGERIA, 2015/05/30 At the same time as Muhammadu Buhari assumes office as Nigeria's president on 29 May, he will take the reins of a country in critical distress. Insecurity poses a towering challenge, the economy is in dire straits, and corruption and impunity are rife. Buhari, who won the election on the promise of change, must presently urgently make good on that promise, starting by rallying Nigerians around that which they have lost: a common vision for the next. The killings by the radical Islamist Boko Haram may have ebbed following recent offensives by forces from Nigeria and its neighbours, but the insurgency is not from presently on ended. Over the last four years, the group has killed at least 16,000 people, displaced over 1.5 million and laid waste to a lot of communities in the north east. The country is as well plagued by diverse lower-intensity conflicts and unacceptable levels of criminal violence.
  • Nigeria post-election: Bellwether of African democracy?

    NIGERIA, 2015/04/18 Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, which drew to a close this weekend, have been hailed as historic. The victory of Muhammadu Buhari, in the March presidential poll, was viewed as a landmark – the initial time a sitting president had been voted out of office. Equally significant was incumbent Goodluck Jonathan’s acceptance of defeat – not a given on a continent in which rulers have often gone to great lengths to retain power. And, despite some violent incidents at the national level, the absence of a similarly bloody outcome to 2011 – at the same time as over 800 died – has been viewed as a notable advance.