Costly tardiness on cabinet appointments

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The Muhammadu Buhari Presidency is taking Nigeria on a familiar but unpleasant journey in the matter of delay in the selection of a cabinet. Two months into his second tenure, President Buhari has yet to form a cabinet or even give indications of establishing one. The consequences have ranged from the sad to the ridiculous.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu was forced to issue disclaimers when some media organs unveiled a list of ministers. He suffered severe backlash on Twitter as many respondents ridiculed his statement.

The Senate taunted the Presidency on July 9 saying it would go on its vacation at the end of July whether or not they get the nominations for ministers. Senate spokesman Senator Adedayo Adeyeye stated, “It is the prerogative of the President to send his ministerial nominee list to the Senate and when he does that we will consider it.That is our constitutional mandate. It is not even within our powers to even advise. We will wait until the matter is transmitted to us.The executive is aware of the timetable of the Senate. There is a particular time the Senate will go on recess. That being in mind, they should be mindful of when they carry out this constitutional responsibility.”

The matter goes beyond the optics. A similar delay in 2015 by about six months contributed to economic stagnation followed by a descent into recession. Every reasonable expectation was that such a situation would not arise again.

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Buhari gives accelerated promotions to top army senior officers, subaltern

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has given accelerated promotion to two high-ranking officers and a subalterns of the Nigerian Army.

The Nigerian Army in a statement by the Acting Director Public Relations, Colonel, Sagir Musa on Tuesday said the officers were granted promotion for their extra-ordinary feats, courage, exemplary leadership, loyalty, uncommon commitment and valour in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of the country.

According to the Army,”The two senior officers are Major General LO Adeosun, the Chief of Training and Operations at Army Headquarters ,who has been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General and Brigadier General AB Biu, General Officer Commanding 7 Division and Commander Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri, promoted to the rank of Major General.

“Also, promoted to the rank of Captain is Lieutenant AJ Danjibrin of 211 Demonstration Battalion Bauchi.

“The President, Commander – in -Chief of the Armed Forces, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed his personal congratulations to the promoted officers and charged them to continue to be shining examples to their colleagues.

“Similarly, the Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Tukur Yusufu Buratai, on behalf of officers and soldiers of the Nigerian Army felicitate with the newly promoted officers and extends his best wishes to them in all their future endeavour.


Stella Enenche, Abuja

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Buhari hails Super Eagles’ victory over Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for making progress in the African Cup of Nations Egypt 2019.

The President who is in Niamey, Niger Republic, for the 12th Extraordinary Session of the Assembly of the Union on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and the First Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the AU and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs), commended the Nigerian team after watching the team’s victory over Cameroonian football team.

In a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari said he appreciate “the hardwork, team spirit and sportsmanship the boys have exhibited in the tournament, which are good signs for a team destined to excel”

With yet more hurdles to scale before lifting the diadem, the President urges the team and their handlers to remain focused and determined, assuring them of the fervent prayers and support of all Nigerians.

The Super Eagles had posted an emphatic 3 goals to 2 win over their Cameroonian counterparts to progress into the quarter Finals, while sending the Cameroonians home.

The Super Eagles has now progressed to meet the winners of the next match between host country, Egypt and South Africa , which comes up later today in the Egyptian port city of Alexandria.

Tony Ailemen, Abuja

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Update1 : Buhari suspends Ruga settlement plans

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Federal government on Wednesday bowed to public pressure on the Ruga settlement it had initiated, as President Muhammadu Buhari Ordered the immediate suspension of the project nationwide.

Prior to the suspension, the federal government had awarded contracts for the creation of the Ruga settlements for herdsmen, beginning with a pilot plan in the selected states, with a budget of N136m per state.

Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, confirmed the suspension after a meeting of the National Economic Council committee on Farmers/ Herders clash chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some Governors representing each of the six geopolitical zones, at the Presidential Villa

Umahi stated that the committee had to deliberate on the approved programme of National Economic Council (NEC) and Federal Government, tagged, “The National Livestock Transformation Programme.”

Condemnations had trailed the programme following misgivings and ill feelings about the project, which had been viewed as an attempt at expanding the alleged “Fulaninization” of the country.

Several Nigerians, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka, had criticised the project, even as states opposed to the project had issued a statement to the effect that they had no lands for Ruga in their domains.

According to Umahi, “Mr President has suspended the implementation of Ruga programme, initiated and being implemented by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, because it is not consistent with the NEC and Federal Government approved National Livestock Transformation plan which has programmes of rehabilitation of displaced IDPs, resulting from the crisis and also development of ranches in any willing state of the Federation. The word is willing state of the federation”

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Buhari appoints Gambo Aliyu as DG NACA

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 President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Gambo Gumel Aliyu as the Director-General of National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).

Aliyu takes over from the Sani Aliyu whose tenure runs until July 2020 but resigned as DG “to pursue other aspirations.”

This was announced by the Permanent Secretary General Services, Office of Secretary of the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Olusegun Adekunle.

Adekunle said the appointment was for an initial term of four years and took effect from 26th of June, 2019.

The Head, Public Relations and Protocol, NACA, Toyin Aderibigbe, confirmed the resignation of the former DG, and appointment of the new one in a statement on Tuesday.

Aderibigbe said the new DG is an Epidemiologist and a Public Health specialist who was the Chief of Party for the Nigeria Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS) until his appointment.

“He attended Ahmadu Bello University of Zaria, Nigeria, where he obtained Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 1995, later proceeded to University of Maryland, to obtain PhD in Epidemiology in 2012,” she said.

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