Category: Politics

Photos from Ex Governor Ayo Fayose Celebrates His 58th Birthday

Former Governor of Ekiti state, Mr. Peter Ayodele Fayose turned 58 on Thursday, November 15th (yesterday).

The outspoken politician marked his special day in style and in a low-key manner with family and friends as can be seen in the pictures below.

Other politicians including ex-Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, praised the ex-governor on his birthday for his courage, intelligence, dogged spirit, and resoluteness in pointing out the errors of the All Progressives Congress-led federal government over the last three years.

Fani-kayode, in his “Happy Birthday” homily, saluted Fayose for refusing to surrender to intimidation, harassment, mental torture, and blackmail by agents of the President Muhammadu Buhari government.

He also likened the former Ekiti governor’s spirit and courage to that of Papa Obafemi Awolowo.


2019: President Buhari Received Bad News As He Returns From Paris

Buhari-returns-from-Paris1-768x512On arrival in Abuja from France where he attended the Paris Peace Forum, President Buhari was met with the bad news that his biggest challenger at the polls next year Atiku Abubakar has received a big boost with the endorsement of the Igbo Elders.

Some Igbo leaders, including politicians and chiefs, promised Wednesday to support Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.

They spoke in Enugu after a meeting where elder statesman Prof. Ben Nwabueze, 86, called on them to “do me the honour of achieving the success of the (Atiku/Peter Obi) ticket before I am gone”.

“We must ensure the survival of the Igbo race in Nigeria and it is only through the success of that ticket that we can get it”, he said.

Nwabueze, who chaired the meeting, explained that the ticket would “ensure our survival”.

At the meeting were: Ambassador George Obiozor, Senator Ike Nwachukwu, Ohanaeze President Chief Nnia Nwodo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Prof ABC Nwosu, Senator Chris Anyanwu, Senator Theodore Orji, Senator Ben Obi and Chief Achike Udenwa.

Also there were Prof. Uche Azikiwe, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu, Chief Emeka Ugwu-Oju, Chief Garry Igariwey, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, Prof Osita Ogbu, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, Chief Lawrence Nwuruku, Prof Walter Ofonagoro and Archbishop Maxwell Anikwenwa.

There were also Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), Commodore James Aneke (retd), Prof Elochukwu Amucheazi, Prof Uzodinma Nwala, Senator Adolphus Wabara, Air Comdr Allison Madueke (retd), Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Prof. Anya O. Anya and Prof Chudi Uwazurike, among others

In a five-point resolution issued at the end of the summit, with the theme “Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond”, read by Agbakoba, the leaders said the position was based on the restructuring agenda put on the table by Atiku/Obi, which four zones of the country had agreed on.

“The Igbo people of Nigeria held a one day non-partisan and inclusive summit convened by elders, traditional and religious leaders on Wednesday 14th November 2018 to consider Ndigbo’s place in the polity, especially in light of the forthcoming 2019 elections.

“The summit deliberated on the state of Ndigbo in Nigeria today, especially after years of exclusion from the centre.  This country has never been so divided as it is today.  We Igbos have always yearned for a level playing field with justice, equity and fairness.

“The summit recognised the nomination of His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP and fully endorses this nomination. It was acknowledged that this nomination puts Ndigbo back in the centre of governance.  It is, therefore, important that Ndigbo should rally behind the Atiku/Obi ticket.

“We identify with the Atiku/Peter Obi ticket on the restructuring agenda as has been reiterated by four zones of the country, namely: Southsouth, Southwest, Northcentral and Southeast. We believe that as long as the federating units remain weak the centre will continue to be weak. We equally move to appreciate the position of the Atiku/Obi ticket in promoting national unity.

“In conclusion, the summit reiterated that the time is now for Ndigbo to mobilise and organise effectively to realise the Atiku/Obi ticket. We are not campaigning against anybody, we are simply campaigning for our very survival. Igbo votes must count wherever Ndigbo live in Nigeria.”

Regardless of the ongoing and other planned projects in the South East of Nigeria being undertaken by the President Buhari-led APC Government, indications suggest that winning in the region during the 2019 polls will be very difficult.

Trouble as DSS asks Buhari to Prosecute Oshiomhole

oshiomole-1817350503.pngThe Department of State Services (DSS) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to prosecute Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for allegedly receiving at least $55million in bribes before and after the party primaries all over the country.

In October, Oshiomhole and his cronies reportedly received up to N50million in bribes to award last-minute tickets to undeserving members of the party.

The DSS subsequently grilled Oshiomhole last week, with reports emerging that the former labour leader had been asked to quit the office.

Oshiomhole responded by saying the DSS did not hire him, hence couldn’t demand his resignation from office.

“Total $55 million is what Adams is alleged to have received. Some party chieftains claim it is $80 million,” a source aware of the contents of the report told newsmen.

According to report, $17 million is what Oshiomhole allegedly received as bribe from Zamfara: $10 million for him, $7 million shared between Farouk Adamu, former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Niyi Adebayo, former Governor of Ekiti State. He received from other party chieftains, too.

“Adamu was the collection coordinator,” said the source.

“Hope Uzodinma, the APC governorship candidate in Imo State, gave $3 million; Rochas Okorocha, Governor of the state, offered $500,000 but it was rejected; Dapo Abiodun, the APC candidate in Ogun State, paid $5 million. The DSS also said some of the money was paid into Oshiomhole’s niece’s account.”

It is unclear if Buhari will follow the recommendation of the DSS for Oshiomhole’s prosecution, as SaharaReporters understands there is pressure from Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the APC, and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to give the former Edo State Governor a soft landing.

“Their thought is that with the 2019 election so close, such upheaval will not be in the interest of the party’s aspiration for victory,” the source said.

Presidential Candidate Olusegun Mimiko pulls out of 2019 Elections

mimikoA former governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko has resolved to quit the 2019 Presidential race. Mimiko, who is the Presidential candidate of Zenith Labour Party(ZLP) has decided to instead contest for Senate.

Mimiko, would any moment from now, announce his ambition to contest for Ondo Central Senatorial District in 2019.

“It’s true, Iroko (Mimiko) is no longer vying for the presidential seat again because he has decided to change his mind by making u-turn after our meeting,” said the source.

“He now prefers to contest for the Senate seat and would now be the candidate of our party for the Ondo Central Senatorial District.”

Although, Gboye Adegbenro, the Commissioner for Works during the tenure of Mimiko, had also been gunning for same position under the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP).

It was gathered that Adegbenro’s name had already been enlisted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as a candidate of Ondo Central Senatorial District.

Manchester United owners in Saudi Arabia as a result of rumours of club’s sale

skysports-avram-glazer-manchester-united_4459341man uManchester United co-owner Avram Glazer is presently in Saudi Arabia amid rumours the Americans could be set to sell the club to Saudi Arabia’s royal family for a reported £4 billion ($5.1bn) .

Last month reports emerged that Crown Prince Mohammad – second in command to King Salman – wanted to make his mark in the world of football and viewed Glazer-owned United as the perfect acquisition. United sources insisted the club is not for sale with the Saudi royal family keen to do business with the Glazer family to rival Abu Dhabi’s ownership of Manchester City.
Glazer’s recent whereabouts have also fuelled rumours of an imminent sale though, with him spending a large chunk of his time in the Middle East.

He has now been spotted on social media once again in the Gulf state, this time at a meeting with a gentleman identified as Moh. Abosak in Riyadh, the country’s capital. Glazer is in the country to attend and speak at the MISK global forum, a two-day event that ‘brings young leaders, creators and thinkers together with established global innovators’. The Red Devils already have a connection with the oil-rich Gulf state after announcing a strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority last year.

Manchester United co-owner Avram Glazer has been pictured on a trip to Saudi Arabia

However, it’s understood the American owners have no wish to sell a club they bought in 2005 for £790m, even though United are now valued at between £3bn and £4bn. The Glazers sold two per cent of the club’s shares with limited voting rights in August last year, and may be interested in selling more to the Saudis, but they are unlikely to sanction any deal that would dilute their ownership and control of United. The kingdom continues to face international scrutiny over the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

The takeover rumours came after governments around the world piled pressure on the Saudis after Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammad, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. If United’s current owners were to sell the club, it would cost the Saudis more than £3bn – but there is a chance that the crown prince could instead just buy a portion.skysports-avram-glazer-manchester-united_4459341

Saudi Arabia has already delved into the world of sport with purchases in both F1 and WWE – and football is already part of a wider political battle between the Gulf States. For example, the Saudis, who severed all ties with Qatar last year, banned Qatari channel beIN Sports. Then channel BeoutQ, allegedly based in Saudi Arabia, apparently started pirating beIN Sport’s coverage of the English top flight.

You’re a disgrace to democracy – APC chairman blast Senate President

Saraki-vs-OshiomholeThe National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has said the Senate President, Bukola Saraki is a disgrace to Nigeria’s democracy.He stated this in a statement signed and issued on Thursday to reporters in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem.

Oshiomhole spoke in reaction to a statement credited to Saraki that the APC chairman had allegations of bribe-taking as made by some governors from his party hanging on his neck.

He said it was pathetic and irresponsible that the Senate president would resort to ‘petty politics’.

He added that Saraki had no moral ground to call for the resignation of the national chairman.The APC chairman threatened to sue Saraki if he failed to provide evidence that he actually took bribes from aspirants.

The statement reads: “It is sad that Saraki, who just woke up from slumber occasioned by his crushing defeat at the Port Harcourt presidential primary election of his party, could degenerate to such a low level.

“It is equally sad, but not unexpected, that Saraki, who is politically drowning, would make such libelous comments against the national chairman of the APC. And I challenge Saraki to mention one name of an aspirant that gave money to the National Chairman or we file a legal action against him.

“Whereas, the basis on which he made those comments was tenuous and unjustifiable, it is on record that Saraki has been in the eye of investigations by the EFCC and the ICPC for sundry cases of corruption.“That is the same man that has taken it upon himself to question Comrade Oshiomhole’s credibility.

“We challenge him to mention one person who has claimed that he gave money to Oshiomhole to influence him and the decision of the party’s national working committee (NWC) in the just-concluded primary elections.‘We insist that Saraki with his kind of prebendal politics is nothing but a monumental disgrace to the nation’s democracy.”

‘I Will Not Die Until You Become President’ – Prof Ben Nwabueze Tells Atiku

Prof-Ben-Nwabueze-atikuChairman of The Patriots, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, SAN, on Wednesday said he believed former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, would lead the country to greatness.

The head of Igbo Leaders of Thought said this on Wednesday in Enugu when the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate met with Igbo leaders.

Segun Sowunmi, spokesman of Atiku Presidential Campaign said Nwabueze got emotional during the meeting.
Sowunmi, who posted a photo showing Atiku and the Igbo leader in a warm embrace tweeted Wednesday night: “Touching moment Prof Ben Nwabueze almost moved to tears.”

“I will not die until your become president”, he quoted Nwabueze as saying.
The endorsement of Atiku was taken by Southeast elders, comprising political, traditional and religious leaders as well as women groups.

The communiqué read by a legal luminary, Olisa Agbakoba, SAN said: “The summit deliberated on the State of Ndigbo in Nigeria today especially after years of exclusion from the center.
“This country has never been as divided as it is today. We Igbos have always yearned for a level playing field with justice, equity and fairness.

“The Summit recognized the nomination of His Excellency Mr. Peter Obi Former Governor of Anambra State as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP and fully endorses this nomination.

“It was acknowledged that this nomination puts Ndigbo back in the center of governance. It is therefore important that Ndigbo should rally behind the Atiku/Obi ticket.”

FG to employ 1m people for N-Power- Yemi Osinbajo

The Federal Government will expand the N-Power scheme from the current 500,000 to accommodate one million beneficiaries in the next phase.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the expansion became necessary because of the successes recorded in the programme.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo with Governor Abdul’aziz Yari of Zamfara State receives cheers from school children and N-Power volunteers on his arrival in Zamfara State along Gummi Town/Daki Takwas Road for the road commission.N-Power

The government established the programme because of the growing need for government’s direct intervention in job creation.

The Vice President stated when he responded to a variety of questions at a town hall meeting in Abuja on Monday.

He said that the programme would become the largest post-tertiary job scheme in Africa.

“The idea of N-Power is supposed to be government’s own programme of direct employment and training. At the moment, we have taken up to 500,000 and in the next phase we are looking at another 200,000 and closely followed by another 300,000.

“In all, we will be employing up to a million, and that will be the largest post-tertiary job programme in the entire Africa. The reason why we have done this is because of the employment problems that we have, we may not be able to engage everybody but at least government must give some direct provision of jobs.”

Osinbajo explained further that though government could not pay more than the N30,000 currently paid to beneficiaries and also fix all the unemployment issues, it is working on creating the enabling environment to ensure that beneficiaries as well as other unemployed Nigerians become useful to themselves.

“It is infrastructure that will create the opportunities to provide more jobs, especially through manufacturing and Industry.

“So, we are doing roads and rail, providing power; that is the way we can develop industry. We are energizing our markets at the moment, putting solar power in the markets.

“We have designated 300 markets, we have done Ariaria in the South East, Sabon Gari in Kano, Surat in Lagos, Isikan in Ondo, Gbagi in Oyo and we are expanding so that more people can work.”

On the need to engage more women in productive activities, Prof. Osinbajo said: “one of the ways the Buhari administration is engaging more women is through our GEEP loans.”

He said: “56% of our GEEP loans go to the women. So there is a lot of preferential advantage that we give to women and this is because women are effective managers of resources; they pay back these loans when they are given.”

Saraki Cancels Plenary As Senators Fail To Show Up In Chamber

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki has cancelled Tuesday’ plenary as a large number of the senators failed to turn up for proceedings.

Saraki led the Principal Officers into the chambers; took the official prayers; and began the day’s proceedings at 10:47 am.

However, Senator Babakaka Garbai moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday, 8th November 2018.

Senator Emmanuel Paulker seconded.

Senator Philip Aduda cited Order 10 and moved that since a majority of Senators are on oversight duty, plenary be adjourned. DSP, Ike Ekweremadu rose to second.

“This is in line with order 10.3; if we do not have quorum, we need to adjourn. That being said, all senators currently on oversight function should try to complete all duties before the end of the week.”- Saraki stated.

Senate Leader moved that all other items on the order paper be stood down to another legislative day which the Minority Leader seconded.

According to Saraki, less than 20 out of 109 Senators are participating in the legislative proceedings and the number is not enough to form a quorum.

He also added that some of the lawmakers are on oversight functions.

Regardless of the excuses given by Saraki for his colleagues, there are insinuations that the absence of most of the lawmakers may not be unconnected with preparations for the 2019 general elections.

It is an open secret that most of the Senators are fighting for re-election into the Senate.

This is the second time in less than one month where the Senate is adjourning Plenary for lawmakers to perform their oversight function on MDA’s.

The Upper Chamber has therefore adjourned plenary till November 20, 2018.

30,000 APC Members From Atiku’s Senatorial District Join PDP.

It has been reported that Reverend Habila Istifanus, a popular politician from the southern senatorial district of Adamawa State, has led 30,000 supporters from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Adamawa South Senatorial District is the home of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP.

According to SaharaReporters, while speaking to newsmen in Yola on Monday, Istifanus, who lost the APC National Assembly ticket to Abdulrazak Namdas (Toungo/Ganye/Jada and Mayo-Belwa Federal Constituency), condemned APC’s nomination process, describing it as a charade.

“I spent over N25 million on the nomination process but surprisingly, the party hierarchy hijacked the process only to award the ticket to their preferred candidate,” he said.

“Now we have decided to leave that party of impunity; and with a support base of over 30,000 people, we’ll work for all PDP candidates at state and national levels.”

Ahmed Umar Fintiri, PDP Governorship candidate who received Istifanus on behalf of the decampees, urged the electorate to vote out the APC government.

“I’m a certificated candidate,” he said, alluding to Governor Jibrilla Bindow’s raging certificate controversy.

MI Endorses Banky W For House Of Representatives Seat

Nigerian Veteran Rapper, MI Abaga has endorsed Banky W’s political ambition as he is set to contest for the Lagos Eti Osa Federal Constituency seat in the House of Representatives in the 2019 general election.

He wrote:

‘To me.. this story is about courage.. @bankywellington and @adesuaetomi courage to be the ignition for change. This seat Banky is running for is fiercely contested by a few very qualified men.. I just know Banky has more to lose than any one else by doing this..

I stand with my friend for this election, against Party structures that dwarf his ambition, against a jaded constituency that have heard it all before, against a status quo that is as of yet undefeated!!!!! To say ‘win or learn.. victory is certain’.. and when we look back we will remember how Banky staked his career and business to take a stand.. on our behalf.
HOPE19 #hope2019′

PDP Plan To Win 2019 Election By Using The Donald Trump Method- Group Warn Nigerians

Nigerians have been warned to be careful about what they chose to believe as it regards the PDP campaign for the 2019 general elections stressing that many the things the party says could be misleading.

A coalition of civil society organisations under the aegis of Save Nigeria Network (SNN) has alerted Nigerians to the desperate plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to win the 2019 general elections.

The Secretary General of the group, Patience Daniel, while speaking at a press conference Friday said the plans had been hatched to manufacture falsehood and distort facts in its campaign for 2019 elections using some key government agencies and parastatals.

The group alleged that main opposition party had perfected plans to achieve the aim through campaign of calumny.

He said:

“We want to alert Nigerians to a plot that has been hatched by the PDP to concoct lies, manufacture falsehood and distort facts in its campaign for the 2019 presidential and other elections using some key government agencies and parastatals.

“We are raising this alarm because we believe that it is wrong for the electorate to be misled into deciding what candidate to vote for based on falsehood since this has the potential to distort the outcomes of the elections in ways that jeopardise Nigeria’s democracy.

Politicians will do anything and say anything to win people’s votes, the campaign of calumny is not peculiar to the PDP alone, it is now left for Nigerians to determine what is real and what is not.

Ike Ekweremadu Meets Prince Charles In Abuja

img_20181109_082021_033215172352Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu was pictured with the visiting Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, during a reception for the Prince and HRH Duchess of Cornwall by the British High Commission in Abuja.

Sharing the pictures he said;

“I attended the reception organised by the British High Commission for Their Royal Highnesses, Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in Abuja. With me is HRH, Prince Charles.”

Shehu Sani Reacts To El-Rufai’s Choice Of Muslim As Running Mate

The Senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, has said people of all faiths must be treated with equal respect and dignity.

This came in reaction to Governor Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai’s choice of a Muslim as his running mate for 2019.
The Governor had announced former Secretary of Kaduna Primary Health Care Development Agency, PHCDA, Hajiya Dr Hadiza Balarabe as his new running mate for the 2019 election.

Balarabe would be replacing his present Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex, who is running for Kaduna South Senatorial seat on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting to the development in his Twitter page on Sunday, the Kaduna lawmaker said Kaduna state is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic state and that as such, none should be treated with contempt by any government or non-state actors.

Senator Sani, who recently moved to the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, and got the ticket to contest for the Kaduna Central senatorial seat after dumping the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), wrote, “Kaduna state is a multi-religious and multi-ethnic state. We are a society of diversity.

People of all faiths must be treated with equal respect and dignity.
“None should be treated with contempt or disrespect by any Government or non state actors.

This is justice, this is peace.”

Sen. Shehu Sani reacts to US Institute’s prediction

The Senator representing Kaduna Central at the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, has reacted to prediction by the United States Institute of Peace, USIP, that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari may win the 2019 presidential election.

Image result for 2019 presidency: Shehu Sani reacts to US Institute’s prediction

USIP had stated this in a report it published on the forthcoming general election in Nigeria. The report had also report claimed that having peaceful election in Nigeria will depend on the performance of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

USIP said that although Buhari and the APC had not met the expectations of many Nigerians, it will not cost them their victory. But reacting, Sani wondered why the institute will abandon its job of working for peace in trouble areas in Nigeria to now predicting winner of election.

The lawmaker tweeted “US peace institute should help in working for peace in our troubled spots or ‘predicting peace’ in our crisis ridden towns and villages, instead of playing the soothsayer by predicting election results.”

He advised the institute to focus on its job instead of playing the soothsayer.

What PDP Said After WAEC Issued Buhari School Certificate

The opposition party has broken its silence following the issuance of a school certificate by the West African Examination Council to President Buhari.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Friday chided President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after he was presented a certificate of attestation from the West African Examination Council, WAEC.

This is coming following weeks of ceaseless salvos fired in the direction of the Commander-in-Chief by the opposition over the controversy surrounding his school certificate.

An elated Adesina on Friday via his verified Twitter Handle @FemAdesina wrote: “WAEC presents attestation certificate and confirmation of results to President Buhari. What will the naysayers do next?”

A photograph of a smiling President Buhari, alongside Adamu Adamu, Education Minister, Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF and an unidentified aide accompanied the tweet.

Reacting on behalf of the PDP, National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described the development as a tragicomedy, saying the party never expected “Mr. President to dramatically come this low because you cannot have a certificate and be calling it an attestation.”

In a chat with newsmen shortly after Adesina’s tweet went viral, the publicity scribe said:
“What are they attesting to? We stand by our position that Mr. President has no school certificate. It’s simply a political certificate. We have said that President Buhari and his handlers are always fretting at the mention of a certificate.

They want to mislead Nigerians to say that Mr. President has a school certificate.

“If Mr. President has a certificate, why did he not use it in 2015 election? Why is the certificate suddenly emerging few months to the election?

“Have you checked the photograph that was attached to the certificate? In 1961, was it the requirement of WAEC to have a passport attached to school certificate? Even in our own time, was there a condition in WAEC that you must submit your passport to be attached to your certificate?
“You remember the procured Martin Luther Award presented to our President which later was discovered to be fake? This is a similar award,” he said.

2019: El-Rufai picks Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate

Governor, Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has announced the selection of Dr Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate for the 2019 general election. This was contained in a statement by the governor’s spokesman man, Samuel Aruwan, today November 2nd.

The statement averred that the choice of Dr Hadiza Balarabe as running mate continues Malam Nasir El-Rufai’s deliberate policy of promoting women.

The statement in part reads

‘The incumbent Deputy Governor, Arc. Barnabas Yusuf Bala has opted to go to the National Assembly and has since emerged as the APC’s candidate for the southern Kaduna senatorial district. Dr. Hadiza Balarabe is the current Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, a position she has held since February 2016.

‘In that role, she has overseen the Kaduna State Government’s programme to revitalise and strengthen primary health care as the core of health service delivery in the state. Under her watch, the state is renovating and equipping 255 primary health centres with tools to assist better antenatal services and safer delivery.

The agency has also helped expand vaccine coverage to protect children across the state. Prior to joining the Kaduna State Government, Dr Hadiza Balarabe was Director of Public Health in the FCT.

She studied Medicine at the University of Maiduguri and graduated in 1988. She was a Senior Registrar at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital before joining the services of the FCT in 2004.

Dr Hadiza Balarabe, who was born in 1966, is from Sanga local government which is located in the southern Kaduna senatorial district.

Orji Kalu Undergoes Surgery In Germany (Photo)

APC chieftain, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has undergone surgery in Germany and is now doing quite well afterwards.

Dr. Orji Kalu, a former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has regained consciousness after undergoing a major surgery in Germany, Sun News reports.

The frontline politician and his wife, Mrs Ifunanya Kalu, had boarded a flight on Lufthansa Airline from Abuja to Wiesbaden, Germany on Monday.

Kalu, who had been suffering from an undisclosed and life-threatening ailment, upon arrival in Germany on Tuesday, was rushed in an ambulance to Helios Klinik, Wiesbaden.

The APC chieftain, who is asthmatic, has been in and out of the said hospital in the past few months.
According to Kalu’s wife, Ifunanya, who is with her husband in the German hospital, the former governor was admitted into the operating theatre for a major operation on Wednesday.

In a telephone conversation on Friday, Mrs Kalu, whose voice was quavering, lamented her husband’s health status.
“Although the surgery was successful, my husband will still have to be monitored closely by a medical team for at least four months in order to prevent complications.

“His condition is improving gradually.
“He will be fine, if he is able to keep to his doctor’s advice.

“We appreciate the prayers and kind words from friends, associates, well-wishers and Nigerians in general”, she said.

”We’re doing our best to ensure Leah Sharibu is released” Lai Mohammed

The Federal government says it is doing everything within its power to ensure the safe return of Leah Sharibu, the Dapchi school girl still in Boko Haram captivity.

Leah and her classmates at the Government Girls’ Science and Technical College (GGSTC), Dapchi, were abducted by the sect members in March 2018.

105 of them were released. Four died in captivity while the sect members refused to release Leah because she refused to denounce her Christian faith.

Speaking at the 100 years celebration of St. Andrews Catholic Church, Oro, his home town near Ilorin in Kwara State yesterday, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said

“Nigerians should appreciate that any of our citizens, either boy or girl, Moslem or Christian is dear to us.

We do not look at Leah Sharibu either as Christian or Moslem, but as a precious daughter of the country.

We are doing our best to ensure her safe release and be reunited with her family,” he said.

2019: PDP Reportedly Hires Donald Trump’s Lobbyist For $90k Per Month

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has hired Brian Ballard, a top US lobbyist, ahead of the 2019 elections.
The influential lobbyist has President Donald Trump as one of his clients. Politico Magazine, a top publication in the US, says Ballard is closer to the US president than perhaps any other lobbyist in town.

“He’s parlayed that relationship into a booming business helping clients get their way with the Trump administration — and his clients and even some of his rivals say his firm has a better grasp of what’s going on in the West Wing than almost anyone else,” the magazine said in a report.
“Ballard was one of the top fundraisers in the country for Trump’s campaign and continues to raise millions for his reelection campaign.

Wiles, one of his top lieutenants, ran Trump’s campaign in Florida and delivered the nation’s biggest swing state to the president.”
Documents seen by TheCable showed that Nigeria’s main opposition party has agreed to pay $90,000 (N31.5m) to Ballard on a monthly basis throughout the duration of the contract.

TheCable understands that the contract which was signed on September 21, 2018 is for a year, meaning Ballard would rake in close to N400 million from the deal.
The contract is entered into between the Peoples Democratic Party of Nigeria (“the Client”), Plot l970 Michael Okpara Street, Wuse Zone 5, Abuja, and Ballard Partners, Inc. (“the F irm”), 601 13th Street NW, Suite 450N, Washington, D. C. 20005,” the agreement read.

“This agreement shall automatically renew for successive one-year periods on the anniversary of the effective date of the agreement unless either party terminates the agreement. Upon renewal this agreement may be terminated within thirty (30) days written notice by either party.

“Duties of the firm. It shall be the Firm’s duty to consult with the Client and advocate on its behalf those issues the client deems necessary and appropriate before the US Federal government. Issues and objectives may include, but not be limited to, enhancement of US Nigerian relations; strengthening and advancing democratic values and the rule of law in Nigeria, with a special focus in the coming months on maintaining political and security conditions free of intimidation and interference in order to ensure the success and fairness of Nigeria’s national election for president in 2019.

It shall further be the Firm’s duty to inform the Client of developments in legislation and policy relevant to the Client’s issues and objectives.
“It shall be the Client’s duty to provide the Firm the information necessary to best represent the Client. It shall also be the Client’s duty to timely compensate the Firm for its services.

“Compensation. The Firm shall receive from the Client $90,000 a month, payable in quarterly installments for this agreement, plus the reasonable costs associated with the representation, including but not limited to, necessary registration fees; and travel expenses.”

Osita Chidoka, a former minister of aviation, signed the contract on behalf of the PDP.
This report comes two weeks after Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the party, led PDP stalwarts to Dubai for a strategy meeting.

Obasanjo’s son, Olujowon visits President Buhari in Aso Rock(Photos)

Ahead of the 2019 election, Olujonwon Obasanjo (Son of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo) yesterday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in Aso Rock.

On Thursday 1st November 2018, Olujonwon Obasanjo, son of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, paid a courtesy visit to President Buhari at the State House, Abuja.

This comes after he declared his support for the president a few weeks ago and promised to work towards his re-election even though his dad has publicly endorsed Atiku Abubakar.

I Won’t Mortgage My Conscience To Keep APC Job – Adams Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, on Wednesday, said he will not mortgage his conscience in a bid to keep his job as the party’s chairman.

Oshiomhole in an interview with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa said he was reacting to the growing calls for his removal as the party chairman following the crisis that trailed the APC primaries across the country.

The former Edo State Governor said he was committed to justice and fairness. He added that he was too old to begin to learn new tricks. He said, “let me say that if there is a choice between my conscience, what I believe is right and mortgaging that conscience, in order to keep the job, I will have no difficulty resolving it in favour of my conscience.

Those who know, know that at my age, I cannot learn new tricks. I am absolutely committed to justice and fairness. I am a stickler to enforcement of rules because the source of relevance is derived from rules. I have lived my life fighting for justice and fairness.”

Oshiomhole again said only three state governors elected on the APC platform had issues with him. He, however, described the disagreement as a family affair that would be resolved in due time. He said while all party members wanted change, the process of such change could be traumatising.

He added, “three governors are not particularly pleased with the outcome of the primaries in their states. Change is easy. We all want change but the process of change can be traumatising. These are internal family issues; they are my friends, and that is important.

Even in the moment of distress, that friendship, I want to believe, is enough to help us to build reconciliation.

“There is no running away from the fact that we are the governing party who has a higher stake. We are the one in the news. If we were in the stock market, our shares would have increased considerably. “So, it is not surprising that there is some disquiet but I remain a friend to these governors.

I respect them; I appreciate them for the fact that but for their support, I will not be chairman and you don’t go stepping on the toes of those who helped you to get into position.

However, I thought I was clear and I remain clear that helping me to get to the position, it was to help the APC to return to its core values of progressive politics, of fairness, of justice, of adherence to rule of law and total submission to the extant provisions of our party constitution.

“In doing that, you don’t look at power; you look at what is just. “I think that with time, we will reconcile all these.
Amosun is my good friend; we have known each other for a very long time; we exchange personal visits in addition to official visits. Zamfara Governor has been the Chairman of NGF and I was an active member of that forum; we had a wonderful time together and I believe in the future, we are still going to have a wonderful time together.

Rochas Okorocha was one of those who had issues with my predecessor and I did my best to try and resolve those issues in a way that has been giving him a new platform. And I am happy that God used us to do that not by cheating in his favour but by doing what is right.

So, here I am as national chairman conducting primaries, the outcome of which was that some very powerful people did not see their preferred candidates emerging.”

3rd video of Gov. Ganduje of Kano State receiving bribe emerges(Video)

A third video of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State allegedly receiving bribe has emerged.

An online portal, Daily Nigerian, which released the video, said it obtained a 15-series trove of the video clips where the governor allegedly received a total of $5 million bribe from contractors.

The online portal had earlier released two of the videos where the governor was supposedly receiving part of the money.

With the release of a third video, 12 more videos showing where the governor was allegedly receiving parts of the money may be published in the coming days.

The paper said the video came following a sting operation carried out for about two years after they received a complaint from the contractors.

Kano State government had since denied the video, claiming that it was cloned, and that they are heading to court over the matter.

The Presidency had also said through the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Eriwa, claimed that the video was doctored.

Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly is currently investigating the video and had last Thursday invited the editor of the paper, Jaafar Jaafar, before its public hearing on the matter.

Mr. Jaafar, who submitted the video evidence to the House committee, had told them that the video was authentic and not doctored.

‘Buhari Destroyed Our Economy, Turned Our Nation Into Large Funeral Parlour’ – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that no amount of threat and intimidation by agents of the Presidency would stop Nigerians from discussing the failures of President Muhammadu Buhari and ultimately vote him out in 2019.

The main opposition party has also challenged President Buhari, to end the confrontations by his Presidency and show integrity by writing the military authorities to make public his certificate, if he has nothing to hide.

The party has also expressed serious concern over the mounting tension, violence and rising cases of extra-judicial killings in the country.

PDP said that the desperation by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC), to gag Nigerians as well as to divert attention from their failures by making spurious allegations and distorting facts could no longer help as Nigerians have already moved on in their determination to do away with them in 2019.

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday said that the prevailing hunger, corruption, escalated violence, government insensitivity and governance by proxy, which are the hallmarks of this administration constitute the referendum by Nigerians to vote out Buhari and replace him with its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

He said: “Nigerians are already aware of how the Buhari Presidency wrecked our once robust economy, shattered our national cohesion, subjected our citizens to the worst economic hardship and turned our nation to a large funeral palour.”

“Nigerians are already aware of how the Buhari administration has been attacking our institutions of democracy, including the National Assembly and the Judiciary and how judicial officers and legislators have been serially attacked under this administration.

“They know that this administration does not possess a modicum of respect for rule of law and how it has been putting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) under pressure to do its biddings.

“Is it not shameful that the Buhari Presidency is accusing the PDP of attacking INEC commissioners just because our party exposed the secret meeting between it and INEC Chairman at the Presidential villa?
“The Buhari Presidency is also at pains over our party’s unrelenting demand that President Buhari’s relation, who was recently redeployed from Operations/ICT to Welfare Department, be completely removed from the commission; a position that has been approved by majority of Nigerians across board.”

In another development, the main opposition party has challenged President Buhari, to end the confrontations by his Presidency and show integrity by writing the military authorities to make public the said certificate, if he has nothing to hide.

The party said that the fretting and jittering in the Presidency whenever the issue of President Buhari’s academic certificate is mentioned confirms assertions by Nigerians that the President is morally burdened and ostensibly has something to hide.

The party while responding to a statement credited to the Presidency alleging that those raising the certificate issue are sowing seeds of discord, insisted that Buhari’s handlers should do the needful by placing the certificate in public domain instead of confronting and threatening Nigerians for demanding that President shows his certificate.

Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday in Abuja said that the Presidency should know that their threats and confrontation cannot take away the fact that their principal’s certificate issue requires a personal responsibility, adding that the President cannot wish away this responsibility as he had always done on official matters.

According to him, “If President has nothing to hide; he should end the confrontations by his Presidency and show integrity by writing the military authorities to make public the said certificate.

‘I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I’m distancing myself from politics’ – Kanye West

Kanye West, who has been heavily criticized for supporting President Donald Trump, has now announced he’s distancing himself from Politics while admitting he has been used to spread messages he doesn’t believe in.

The rapper made the shocking announcement on Twitter on Tuesday, and also revealed that he’s now focusing on being creative.

The announcement comes after the father of three debuted a line of apparel for the “Blexit” campaign that encouraged African-American voters to abandon the Democratic Party.

In one of the tweets today, Kanye denied any real connection to “Blexit” merchandise, saying :”I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine.”

Read his tweets below.

Lagos State Governor appoints five new Permanent Secretaries (Photos)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, swore-in five new Permanent Secretaries into the State Civil Service yesterday, with a charge on them to place high premium on efficient service delivery and work to make the machinery of governance to roll faster in the overall interest of the people.

Speaking after the oath of office was administered on the appointees at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said the Permanent Secretaries must bring their wealth of experience and knowledge to bear in their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), and go all-out to meet the high expectations of not only government but the teeming population of the State.

“With this appointment, you have all effectively become the Accounting Officer of your MDAs. You have been entrusted with a bigger and more sensitive responsibility which will put to test your leadership and managerial skills.

“Let me remind you of the very high expectations that will be placed on you, not only from the government but more importantly, from the over 22 million Lagosians who desire efficient and service delivery.

Your ability to meet these expectations will depend on the amount of creativity and innovation you can bring to bear in the discharge of your responsibilities.

“Nobody expects you to reinvent the wheel. What is expected of you is to bring to bear your knowledge and experience so that the machinery of governance can roll faster and deliver more quality results to the teeming population of our State,” the Governor counseled the appointees.

While congratulating the new Permanent Secretaries, the Governor said it was on record that the elevation was strictly based on merit as evidenced by their outstanding performance, commitment and dedication to duty over the years, saying they must work to justify their appointments.

The appointees are Dr. Olabisi Taiwo (Ministry of Health), Mr. Olusegun Ajibade (Public Service Office), Mrs. Abiayo Akinsiku (Primary Healthcare Board), Dr. Yusuf Jimoh (Ministry of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations), and Mr. Ganiyu Rufai (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives).

Responding on behalf of the new Permanent Secretaries, Taiwo expressed gratitude to God and Governor Ambode for the opportunity to serve the State at the highest level in the civil service, just as she assured that they would not betray the confidence reposed in them but rather uphold the principles of public service.

NNPC Mentioned, As $22 Billion, N481 Billion, Go Missing Under President Buhari’s Watchful Eyes – SEE FULL LIST

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its subsidiary, the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and other companies in the oil and gas sector, are yet to remit a total revenue of $22.06 billion and N481.75 billion, to the Federation Account.

The latest report on the summary of unremitted revenue, losses, and unreconciled differences from operations and transactions in the oil and gas sector, released in Abuja, on Monday, by the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, NEITI, showed that the NNPC alone is yet to remit a total revenue of $19.04 billion and N424.57 billion.
Providing a breakdown of the unremitted revenues by the other firms, the report stated that oil and gas producing companies are still withholding $152.69 million and N5.2 billion; companies involved in offshore processing contracts, $498.6 million; and NPDC, $2.38 billion and N51.95 billion.

The NEITI report, stated that the total losses to the Federation arising from crude oil production, processing, and transportation, was $3.04 billion and N60.99 billion.
It said that the unreconciled differences arising from the allocation, sale, and remittance of proceeds from domestic crude allocated to the NNPC, was N317.48 billion.

Reacting, Peter Egbule, national coordinator of Publish What You Pay Nigeria, blamed regulatory lapses, weak institutions, determination by entities and individuals to divert public fund and the inability of government to act proactively.
He said while the Petroleum Industry Bill remains key to addressing the issues, the Federal Government must strengthen regulatory frameworks and show political will towards fighting corruption and blocking leakages in the oil sector.

Meanwhile, oil prices slid yesterday as Russia signaled output would remain high. Losses, however, were limited ahead of the United States’ sanctions on Iranian exports. The sanctions are expected to reduce supplies when they come into effect in just under a week.
Brent crude futures fell 12 cents to $77.50 a barrel while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude lost 30 cents to $67.29 a barrel. Oil prices also fell about $10 a barrel since four-year highs reached in early October.
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Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu in an interview in London yesterday said the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is likely to keep prices at $70 per barrel when it meets in December. He described $70 as the “comfort level for us and everybody,” saying he would be surprised to see anything dramatic.
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday that there was no reason for Russia to freeze or cut its oil production levels, noting that there were risks that global oil markets could face a deficit.

OPEC, led by Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC member, Russia, agreed in June to lift oil supplies, but OPEC signaled last week that it might have to re-impose output cuts as global inventories rise.

“When the Russians start talking about keeping the production levels high and even the possibility that they need to increase it because of a possible tightness in supply, that brought on some selling pressure,” Reuters quoted Gene McGillian, director of market research at Tradition Energy in Stamford, Connecticut, as saying.

Industrial commodities such as crude and copper have also been rattled by hefty losses in global equities due to concern over corporate earnings and fears over the impact to economic growth from escalating trade tensions, as well as a stronger dollar.

Buhari Has Failed, But He’s Still Better Than Atiku — Balarabe Musa

The chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Redemption Party, Balarabe Musa, has said that despite the glaring failure of President Muhammadu Buhari, he is still better than the former vice president and now Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

According to him, there is no doubt that Mr Buhari has failed Nigerians. He however said Mr Abubakar will fail even more if elected in 2019.
Mr Musa said the choice between Messrs. Buhari and Abubakar is a question of a choice between “two devils”.

The former Kaduna governor said the forces backing Mr Abubakar, which include former presidents, will not allow him rule well if he wins the poll.
Mr Musa, who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES in Kaduna, said all that those forces are interested in is defeat Mr Buhari.

“Buhari has failed but Atiku will fail even more because of Atiku’s connection with some forces among them former presidents who are on the root of the rot we are now facing in this country,” he said.
“For Atiku to align with them for whatever reason, is more dangerous than Buhari.

“Because all they have to tell Nigerians is that they want to defeat Buhari but is that all Nigerians want to know?
“Nigerians want to know what is the qualitative and demonstrative character and differences between Atiku and Buhari and between APC and PDP.

“There is nothing; so it’s a question of choice between two devils. So the only thing is that if we are faced with such a situation and we can’t have a credible alternative like we had when former President Badamasi Babangida established two political parties.
“One to the left and other other one to the right calling one SDP and the other NRC, and if you want to participate in politics then you have no choice but to select one of the two and there nothing you could do about it.

“So if we still face with that kind of situation today, whether you support Atiku or Buhari or support PDP or APC — which we don’t pray to have such a situation.
“But if we do face such situation, then it’s better to support Buhari because he is a lesser problem to Atiku.
“Because Atiku with him being rich and with the support of those forces, we will have a greater task in handling him,” he said.

On whether Mr Abubakar’s business experience can help revive Nigeria’s economy, Mr Musa said the country does not need a business man to control its destiny.
“It’s the question of private enterprise versus public enterprise. If we really don’t want to risk this economy, then we have to rely on the state to lead the economy.

“We can’t take up the economy by depending on private enterprise. What is the character of Nigeria’s private enterprise? It’s simple parasitic.
“It was created not even by the colonialists. It’s created by corruption and it was when the military came that we have these corrupts private enterprises.

“The choice of these people that we have now who are the marchants in private enterprise arose from the product of corruption.
“How can you rely on them to build a nation. Whether we like it or not we need a system whereby the state plays a role in the economy.

“Up till 1970 we registered some progress throughout the country on basis of the state controlling the economy.
“Even though we are not saying that there is no private enterprise, but the public and private enterprises should compete under the leadership of public enterprise because it is the public that can control the destiny of the people.

“Not private enterprise that is only interested in profits. Maximization of profits that all.
“Buhari relies on his credibility only but what about Atiku? He relies only on his wealth. Buhari’s level of power to decide as an individual is very limited and you can use democratic process to control him whether he likes it or not.

“But how can you control Atiku who is so wealthy and with the forces behind him. This is why I said it’s better to rely on Buhari despite his failure.”

2019: Buhari promise to deliver in second term

Ahead of the 2019 general election, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, has said it will require more than one election cycle to fix Nigeria and deliver all they promised to change.

He argued that the change promised by his government was not an event but a process and it would, therefore, require time to deliver. While urging Nigerians to re-elect him for another term of four years, the President gave the assurance that the fruits of the efforts he had made in fixing the country in the last three and a half years would soon begin to manifest.

Buhari also countered the argument that Nigeria lacked institutions, describing the claim as one of the “hyperbolic expressions that fly around these days.”

The President said this on Monday in Lagos while delivering the 75th anniversary business lecture of the Island Club.

The lecture titled, “Nation building and institutional development, lessons for Nigeria from the Island Club at 75,” was delivered on behalf of Buhari by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.

Buhari, who is the grand patron of the club, recalled that unlike now, there was a time when the club held its major events in the open air because it had no hall and could not afford one then.

“It took more than one term and one election cycle of the Chairman of Island Club to build this hall just as it will require more than one election cycle to build the nation and deliver change,” the President said.

He argued that the fact that the Island Club had existed for 75 years had put a lie to the claim that there were no institutions in the country. This, he said, was another lesson that the nation had to learn from the club’s 75th anniversary, stressing that the fact that people expected more from the existing institutions did not mean that the institutions did not exist.

“The process of change and reform did not happen because Island Club did anything; it happened because people, members of the club, and I believe, non-members, who were men of goodwill, chose to act,” he added.

Buhari said he had put the country on the path of food security by banning the importation of rice despite opposition by vested interests, who frustrated earlier government food security policies such as Operation Feed the Nation and the Green Revolution.

As a result, he said, his administration had produced millions of rice and wheat farmers, adding that his vision was to industrialise the nation’s food sector.

Buhari said under his watch the manufacturing sector had made progress, citing recent statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics. He said his reforms in the power sector had led to improved power supply, which had rubbed off on small-scale businesses.

“It is because of these small business owners, hard-working Nigerians that I am offering myself to serve for one more time,” the President said.

Meanwhile, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday said he and President Buhari would never be found deceiving Nigerians. He said the two of them could be accused of anything, but not about deceiving Nigerians.

A statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, quoted the Vice-President as saying this while featuring on a programme, Brekete Family, on Human Rights Radio, Abuja.

Osinbajo said the administration was concerned about the plight of ordinary Nigerians and would continue to carry out programmes that would improve their lives.

He said, “The focus of our government is on how things can be better for the common man. We are not in the business of trying to deceive Nigerians. You can accuse me and the President of anything, but you will never find us deceiving Nigerians.”

While making references to the present administration’s National Social Investment Programme, Osinbajo noted that the administration was able to do more with less resources.

He added, “The President has ensured that nobody steals money from the treasury. The major problem Nigeria had before now was the fact that people stole from the nation’s coffers. Once the country is able to stop corruption, it would be better.”

Federal Government backs NHIS boss, says boards have no right to suspend CEOs of parastatals

The Federal Government appears to have faulted the controversial suspension of the executive secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Professor Usman Yusuf.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha on Monday declared that no governing board of a Federal agency or parastatal has the power to remove the chief executive appointed by the President.

Recall that the chairman of the NHIS board, Ifenne Enyanatu, had on 18 October, announced the indefinite suspension of Yusuf. Which the NHIS boss ignored.

Enyanatu, noting that the governing council resolved to suspend Yusuf because it had received several petitions against him, added that the board had the permission of the minister of health to suspend Yusuf, pending investigation.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, while acting as President had about eight months ago approved similar suspension of the NHIS boss, however upon resumption to duty, President Muhammadu Buhari annulled the suspension.

Amid the controversies Yusuf’s recent suspension had generated, the SGF said government boards have no such powers to suspend chief executives appointed by the President.

He said the board may “however articulate infractions, investigate wrong doing and make recommendations to government through the supervisory ministry”, Mustapha further clarified.

He stated this during the induction programme for governing board members of federal parastatals, universities and medical centres at the Transcorp Hilton. The CEOs were also in attendance.

The induction was the second in the series organised by the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, in conjunction with the DFID.

Mustapha said government was concerned that most governing boards have not understood their roles in the corporate governance of the agencies they superintend.

According to him, some of them have been committing infractions by unduly interfering in the day-to-day activities of their parastatals and agencies, and blatant disregard for extant regulations guiding the conduct of board meetings.

“Others are alleged interference in the function of the CEOs, issuing directives to staff, without recourse to the CEOs, imposing disciplinary measures against the CEOs, in flagrant violation of the laid down rules and using labour unions as agents of distractions in the agencies.”

On what the roles of the boards and ministers should be, he said their duties are limited to setting operational and administrative policies for their agencies in consonance with government policy directives.

“A Board shall not be involved directly in the day-to-day management of a parastatal or an agency. A Minister exercises control of parastatals at policy level through the board of the parastatal only.

“The board must only operate as a part time board, in accordance with extant rules that forbids allocation of official quarters to members on a permanent basis and payment of estacode allowances for only overseas travels approved by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and their part-time Ministry,” he added.