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(INTERVIEW) EFCC: Buhari’s nepotistic appointments will kill this country-Patrick Eholor

President of One Love Foundation, and Democracy Observer-General, Patriot Patrick Eholor has condemned in very strong terms the recent appointment of Abdulrasheed Bawa, who is a northerner and a Muslim.

Eholor who spoke to Jungle Journalist Media Ltd correspondent today in an interview in Benin City, said that it is shocking that despite having over 90 percent of northern Muslims in federal appointments, President Buhari still went ahead to appoint another northern Muslim who was being investigated for massive corruption a short while ago.

Eholor stated that the sad development has led to massive brain drain of Southern intellectuals who have continually being hired in Western nations, a development that has led to the stifling of growth of the Nigerian state in virtually all sectors.

The activist also called on well meaning Nigerians to call for an end to this, to prevent further harm to Nigeriags ailing democracy.

His words: “The nation have watched with high disillusion the pattern of appointments to sensitive offices as dispensed by the present leadership. The lopsided and sectarian trend is very worrisome.

“Competence, merit and reflection of federal character have been gagged and what reflects is a systemic and deliberate shift from the principles of true federalism.

“Nepotism is a product of bias, insensitivity and pathetic ignorance. When such prevails, mediocrity and unproductivity clouds the entire system. There is no end to this trend without a mental shift. The gambling trend to the future and progress of our existence as a nation is worrisome. The brain drain of professionals of high intellect of southern descent will continue if they are not appreciated and contained here in Nigeria.

“This massive exodus has helped develop other economies while our economy suffers. Progressive western nations appreciate productivity and they go to any length to get highly skilled professionals to enable them achieve that.

“Nigeria happens to be a breeding ground. No nation thrives with nepotic tendencies. The recent appointment of EFCC chief is a typical reflection of our sorry state.

“How do we justify the appointment of someone whose integrity and reputation are questionable? Recently his activities was investigated by the former EFCC chief and Nigerian leadership did not consider it a blemish for him to hold such a position.

“Such scenarios are endless. The legislative arm as a watchdog should checkmate these excesses for the good of our fragile democracy. If the beat goes on, the mad dance will be highly destructive and colossal. Let all like minded progressives stand against this trending development”, Eholor argued in the interview.

Breaking :Buhari’s Powerful Nephew Mamman Daura Flown To UK For Urgent Medical Treatment

Mamman Daura, a nephew and close confidant of President Muhammadu Buhari, has been flown to the United Kingdom for urgent medical treatment over an undisclosed ailment, SaharaReporters has reliably gathered.

Daura, 79, was said to have been flown in a private jet to the UK on Wednesday after exhibiting respiratory difficulties with symptoms similar to Coronavirus since last Friday.

The former journalist, who is an integral member of the ‘Cabal’, a group of influential individuals around President Buhari, who help him make key decisions, is said to have had a history of renal crisis and had regularly visited the West for medical attention.

Recall that earlier this month; Daura came under widespread criticisms after he said that zoning of the Presidency in Nigeria should be jettisoned for competence.

Speaking with the BBC Hausa, he said the zoning formula had failed Nigeria and should be abandoned.

In April, another ‘Cabal’ member and late Chief of Staff to President Buhari, Abba Kyari, died from Coronavirus complications.

A key member of the Buhari’s administration, his demise sent panic across Nigeria’s seat of power, forcing drastic safety measures to be adopted to protect the President, who has himself battled an undisclosed ailment and had visited UK several times in recent years for medical attention.

Source :SR

Group sues Buhari, Malami, over unpublished details of govt loans

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja to order President Muhammadu Buhari to publish details of loans that have been obtained by the government since May 29, 2015.

These will also include the interest rate, the total amount of debts that have so far been incurred by the government, as well as details of the projects on which the loans have been spent.

Joined as respondents in the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/785/2020 are Mr Abubakar Malami, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice; Ms Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning; and Ms Patience Oniha Director-General of the Debt Management Office.

SERAP is seeking: “an order of mandamus to direct and compel President Buhari to tell Nigerians the names of countries and bodies that have given the loans, specific repayment conditions, and whether any public officers solicited and/or received bribes in the negotiations for any of the loans, and if there is plan to audit the spending of the loans, to resolve any allegations of mismanagement and corruption.”

The body is also asking the court to: “direct and compel President Buhari to tell Nigerians if he would instruct the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to monitor the spending of all loans obtained since May 2015.”

SERAP is arguing that: “Opacity in the spending of loans would continue to have negative impacts on the fundamental interests of citizens. Transparency would ensure that the loans are not diverted to private pockets, increase public trust that these loans would be used to benefit Nigerians, provide good value for money, and reassure Nigeria’s creditors.”

According to SERAP, “This suit is permitted under the Freedom of Information Act, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party.”

SERAP is also arguing that: “While access to loans can provide indispensable resources, the mismanagement and squandering of any such resources would be counter-productive. Nigerians should no longer be made to repay debts incurred in their name but which have not benefited them in any manner, shape or form.”

The suit followed SERAP’s Freedom of Information (FoI) request dated 30 May, 2020 to President Buhari, expressing “concerns that while governments since 1999 have borrowed money in the name of Nigeria and its citizens, much of the funds have reportedly been mismanaged, stolen or squandered, leaving the citizens with the burden of having to repay these loans.”

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare and Adelanke Aremo, read in part: “the massive and growing national debts have continued to have negative impacts on socio-economic development and on Nigerians’ access to public goods and services, including quality education, adequate healthcare, clean water, and regular electricity supply.

“SERAP is praying the court to hold that the interest of the public in publishing the information sought is far greater than any other interest President Buhari may be trying to preserve.

“Transparency and accountability in the spending details of all the loans that have so far been obtained by the government, and those obtained by previous administrations would mean that the loans can help Nigeria to overcome its acute development challenges, and reduce the possibility of mismanagement and corruption.

“SERAP is seeking an order to direct and compel President Buhari to disclose information on details of spending of loans obtained by successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999, list of countries and bodies that have given the loans, and specific conditions of repayment of the loans.

“Obedience to the rule of law by all citizens but more particularly those who publicly took oath of office to protect and preserve the constitution is a desideratum to good governance and respect for the rule of law.

“The Nigeria Government has signed on to the Open Government Partnership [OGP], and the country is a state party to the UN Convention against Corruption and the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption.”

It would be recalled that Buhari recently sought the National Assembly’s approval for a fresh loan of $5.513bn, reportedly to fund the 2020 budget deficit, critical projects, and support some states. The National Assembly also recently approved a N850 billion loan. Another loan of $22.79bn, had previously been approved by the National Assembly.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

CHINESE LOANS: Buhari must apologise to  Nigerians- Atiku Media Office

Former vice-president Atiku Abubakar’s position on Nigeria’s foreign debt has been vindicated and President Buhari must apologise to him and Nigerians.

The Atiku Media Office made the demand in a statement Sunday.

The statement was entitled: Loans: Buhari, APC Owe Nigerians An Apology:

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Two months ago, the former Vice President of Nigeria and PDP Presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar patriotically called the attention of the country to the reality of reckless borrowing by the present APC administration and how the terms of those loans could compromise the future of the country.

Expectedly, some managers of the party and even the government denied the allegations that he raised and also discount the warning for caution.

But, regrettably, just last week, a cabinet minister confirmed our fears.

Now, we all are aware that Nigeria’s sovereignty may have been traded for foreign loans and God forbids our inability to service those loans, the lender country would take ownership of choice infrastructure on the Nigerian soil. No negotiation could be weaker than that!

Nigeria had a total foreign debt stock of $7.02 billion on May 29, 2015. Today, our foreign debt is $23 billion and rapidly rising. Debt, by itself, is not a bad thing. But debt budgeted for such unproductive ventures, like the proposed $500 million upgrade of the Nigerian Television Authority and other sundry bogus contracts, is debt that leads to death. To trade Nigeria’s sovereignty for this type of profligacy is the height of irresponsibility!

Atiku Abubakar has long advocated for a more robust engagement of the private sector and promotion of foreign direct investment as sustainable alternatives through which government could fund infrastructure development.

But on the contrary, the Nigerian government under the banner of the All Progressives Congress threaded the direction of looking for cheap foreign loans in exchange for the sovereignty for Nigeria.

Recall that former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration initiated a National Privatization Programme with the sole objective of ensuring that the private sector took some measure of influence in social investment portfolio and, in some instances, provided funding for infrastructure development.

There was nothing in that plan that traded Nigeria’s sovereignty for some cheap loans which, in the light of unfolding revelations of sleaze in some departments of government, would have ended in private pockets.

The government of the day and the APC must apologize to Nigerians and make an admittance of guilt for taking the country through the throes of subjugation to another country.

Activist praises Pres Buhari, Ben Ayade, Hope Uzodinma over people-friendly financial policies

Observer-General of the Federal Republic and frontline activist, Patriot Patrick Eholor has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order enabling state legislatures and judiciary to be financially autonomous of their state governments. He also hailed Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River for abolishing taxing for low income earners, as well as Hope Uzodinma of Imo State for ending pensions and gratuities for former governors and their deputies.

He also spoke on a number of other issues:

President Muhammadu Buhari just sighed an Executive Order on financial autonomy for State Legislatures and Judiciary. How would you react to this?

I think we are getting there. If we continue on this pace, we are eventually going to have our independence. When I say independence, I don’t mean the nation, but in various arms of government. We are supposed to have 3 arms of government but lately, the executive have pocketed the other two arms, the judiciary and the legislature. I am happy that the president have become very proactive and have done the needful. Am sure a lot of things are going to be different.

If the judiciary have their autonomy, it means that they are no more dependent on the Executive and won’t be afraid to make bold decisions and step on toes, that they didn’t have the power to do before now.

It will also now help the House of Assembly members who have also in many ways believed that they have to play to the gallery of their masters, since most of them were not elected but were selected. Because of this independence, majority of them will have the guts to do the needful for their Constituency.

It’s a shame that the two colossus, Adams Oshiomhole and Godwin Obaseki who are figgtubg today, were also the people who denied this state of local government autonomy. Am surprised a d shocked that the former Labour leader, who is my friend, with his economic team manager then, which Obaseki was, with some of the exco members. Then with the dishonourable House member Adjoto, they all connived to kill local government autonomy, because they want to continue to dictate for them. If anything has been delayed for the local governments, they had power to take the states to court because they were no more supposed to be getting allocations from states anymore. They can sue the state and federal governments to pay them their allocations.

I know that Donald Trump don’t have a right to control the mayor of New York. John Tradeau don’t have a rifht to control the mayor of Misisagagar, because they have their own independent power.

You said they could go to court if the state governments refuse to pay them. What if the states have a certain level of influence over the courts?

There is nothing like what if. The Federal government is superior to the state, the state is superior to the local government. So the authority has spoken and what they said is final. Its up to the local governments to be more responsible now and split the funds they call security votes, and allocation and give directly what is meant for Caesar to Caesar and what’s for God to God.

Some policemen harassed journalists on official duty, and the Nigerian Bar Association is with journalists on this to give the police 5 days notice to apologise. Where are we heading to?

We are heading somewhere. Its not complicated. What brought the whites to their knees in America during the era of Rosa Parks, when she refused to stand up for a white man in a bus in Alabama. She said I am not inferior. My blood is red and I think yours is red. When she was forced and molested, the civil rights leaders were Martin Luther King Jr, a Christian, and Malcolm X, a Muslim. They organised a Stay-at-home protest that brought the American economy to its knees.

So I think that a lot of journalists have been sellouts because of stomach infrastructure. If the journalists come together and unite, with the support of NBA-they boycott courts, journalists boycott news reporting, you will see what will happen.

Journalists eat fire for us to drink water and I think 5 days is too long for police to abuse journalists and refuse to apologise. Am in solidarity with journalists. Am giving them 24 hours to apologise.

There is the recent abolition of taxes for low income earners in Cross River State by Governor Ben Ayade. What’s your take on this?

For my state, I think Godwin Obaseki has to take a cue from that. Obaseki has been very boastful that he has raised the IGT to 2 million plus to the detriment of very low income earners. This is a shame because in civilised societies, the rich cushion the poor, they are the ones that pay taxes. But here, they don’t pay. You can’t even go to their gates to ask for taxes.

The police you gave them to protect you will harass or even beat you.

You didn’t give our fathers and mothers land, or fertilisers or seeds, you didn’t buy cutlass for them, or water or irrigation, they use their sweat and blood to make sure they are able to plant cassava, corn, yam. Yet when they are bringing their produce to sell in the city, when you didn’t do the roads for them, you will beat them, humiliate them, and seize their goods. That’s very inhuman. Even when the whites colonised us, they didn’t go to this extreme methods. I think something is wrong with the black race.

This is victory for us, and I pray for another epidemic like covid to come again. Because I think the covid is the one that has exposed the issue of good governance and fake pastors in Nigeria.

I want to applaud Ayade, and appeal that instead of Obaseki to be fighting for second term, he should take a cue from Ayade.

Imo State Governor also abolished the compulsory payment of pensions and gratuities to past governors and deputy governors. What do you think of this?

I want to say that the FG has to also go further to make a law that the governors or deputy governors are not entitled for their cars to be changed, the allowance they used to get they are not entitled to it, because we have no oil, and there are so many unemployed youths. Those monies can be used to repair hospitals, schools, set up new infrastructure, they have to even go further to make taxes.


A traditional Chief in Delta State, Comrade (Chief) Mulade Sheriff, the Ibe-Soremowei of ancient Gbaramatu Kingdom, has called on Nigerians to obey the sit-at-home order of the Federal and State Governments aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19 in Nigeria.

Chief Mulade, who is the National Coordinator of a renowned peace, human rights and sustainable environment advocating NGO, the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, made the call at a press briefing cum food distribution exercise on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Warri, Delta State.

It is worthy of note that the Center embarked on the distribution of food stuffs, hand sanitizers and buckets amongst others, to compliment Government’s efforts at all levels.

Worried over the rise in COVID-19 cases to 254 in the country as reported by NCDC on Wednesday, Chief Mulade said the only way to combat the spread was to adhere strictly to the proactive measures of the Federal Government, the National Assembly and the State Govts by sitting at home during the lockdown and by obeying the rules and guidelines of the Health Ministries and the NCDC.

While commending President Buhari and his team for their roles so far, the NGO Coordinator said since COVID-19 has no cure for now, the only sure way to contain the spread of the virus was the lockdown directive by the President and the State Governors. Chief Mulade, an Ambassador of Peace, advised Nigerians to obey all the directives and meticulously follow the instructions of various health agencies for a win-win situation.

Comparing the statistics of COVID-19 cases of other countries with that of Nigeria, the CEPEJ boss commended the Federal Government and the NCDC for their efforts at flattening the spread curve of the deadly virus in Nigeria, and commended all Nigerians for complying with the Government lockdown order, despite the usual communal life among them.

He enjoined Nigerians to appreciate the Federal Government for the distribution of test kits, drugs, food, amongst others to hospitals and isolation centres across the Federation. He urged Nigerians to maintain personal and environmental hygiene by washing their hands regularly with soap and running water, cleaning frequently used items and surfaces, using alcohol based sanitizers, wearing of face masks and hand gloves, and practising social distancing, amongst others, to curb the killer virus COVID-19 from spreading in the country.

He appealed to wealthy Nigerians to assist by providing medical facilities and drugs to hospitals, isolation centres, community health centers, and food stuffs to the less privileged as palliatives to cushion the economic effects of the lockdown on the people.

He suggested that at the expiration of the first phase of the lockdown, the Federal Government, the leadership of the National Assembly, State Governors and other relevant authorities should, as a matter of urgent public importance, re-strategize and adopt proactive steps to cushion the suffering of Nigerians and other nationals, and then embark on one full week nationwide lockdown to carry out a thorough door-to-door COVID-19 test on everyone during the lockdown period, so as to ascertain the actual number of cases in the country for immediate medical attention, in order to eradicate the deadly global pandemic from Nigeria and save more lives.

He said, if the Federal Government and Ministry of Health could carry out nationwide door-to-door vaccination of children to prevent them from polio and other diseases, then it is also possible to do same with this more deadly COVID-19 virus.

PMB@WORK: How Itakpe-Warri Rail Was Brought To Life 30 Years After

The Itakpe-Warri Rail Line runs from Itakpe in Kogi State, first to Ajaokuta, also in Kogi, and then across Kogi, Edo and Delta States, terminating in Warri, Delta State. It was conceived more than 30 years ago to connect Nigeria’s Iron Ore Mining and Steel Production belt (Iron Ore Mining Company in Itakpe, Ajaokuta Steel Company, and Delta Steel Company in Aladja, Warri), and also link it to the Warri Port.

Most of the track laying was done under the Babangida Administration (he commissioned the Itakpe-Ajaokuta leg, and laid the foundation for the Ajaokuta-Warri leg) and then subsequently abandoned. There were efforts and moves to restart and complete it under subsequent administrations, but no real progress was made, until the Buhari Administration took over, and decided to prioritize it as part of the National Rail Modernisation Programme.

Work finally resumed on site around August/September 2017, and has continued since then, focusing on

– the rehabilitation and modernization of the tracks already laid more than two decades ago (parts of it vandalised over the years);

– completion of track laying (the Ajaokuta-Warri stretch had apparently never been completed).

– construction of a modern Railway Village & Maintenance Yard in Agbor

– construction of passenger stations (12 in total) between Itakpe and Warri. Station towns include Igbanke, Agenebode, Uromi, Agbor, and Abraka.

The line is now being envisioned as the Central Line of the National Standard Gauge Rail, complementing the other 3 lines planned:

Western Line – Lagos-Kano (Lagos-Ibadan leg currently under construction; Abuja-Kaduna spur line completed)

– Eastern Line – Port Harcourt-Maiduguri

– Coastal Line – Lagos-Calabar

The total length of the Itakpe-Warri line is about 327 km: about 50km between Itakpe and Ajaokuta, and 277km between Ajaokuta and Warri. There are future plans to extend it to Lokoja, and then to Abuja, where it will link up with the Abuja-Kaduna Rail. When this is done, it will mean that you can travel by standard gauge rail from the Niger Delta all the way into the heart of Northern Nigeria.

The Rail system is designed to run at speeds between 120 and 150km/hour, meaning that it will be possible to cut travel time between Warri and Lokoja by half.