Buhari’s ministers: Expectations and realities

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Our people say that one cannot use her palms to cover a pregnancy because the evidence will sooner than later be in the public domain! All Nigerians and the world at large have seen the performance or non performance of Buhari’s core disciples in the past four years. And because we are different in terms of analytical abilities, perceptions, orientations and interests, we will surely judge differently. Just last month, I asked my Organisational Behavior students as we were dissecting the concept of perception: who do you think that the son of man is? While I saw myself as one helping them by insisting that they did do what they had come to OOU to do (face their books instead of face-booking), some of them described me as one of the best lecturers, eager to impact knowledge, offering fatherly advice and driving them to excel, while others saw me as too strict, discipline-focused and not a candidate for the best-teacher’s award!. Of course, they wrote anonymously! If students in the same class, under the same circumstances would have such divergent views of their teacher, you can them imagine how 170m-190m Nigerians would assess their ministers.

So, while admitting that we perceive differently, I have adopted a simple methodology in this matter. In 2015, I had argued that they were not the saints that PMB had made us believe, that some of them would not perform because they could not perform and that even those of them with previous performance- records would not perform because the circumstances were different.   After 4 years, I still stand where I stood. They are not that saintly and their performance, jointly and severally, has not been not sparkling.

But even before assessing their performance,  I wish to state that … Read More...

Buhari to focus on job creation in next four years, Udoma says

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Udoma Udo Udoma, minister of budget and national planning, has announced that the focus of the federal government second tenure will be on job creation as more work need to be done in ensuring a more stabilized economy.

The minister giving account of his stewardship of the ministry at the End-of-Tenure Press Conference in Abuja on Tuesday, said that a lot has been done in the last three and half years but more need to be done especially in ensuring job creation for youths.

“We have done a lot in this tenure to achieve the key mandates of this Ministry which include preparing the annual budgets as well as the medium-term expenditure frameworks, rendering policy advice to the Federal Government on all aspects of national development, amongst others, however, the focus of  the next level will be on job creation, we  will concentrate more on the part of the economy that will create jobs”.

Speaking further, the minister said that efforts were put in place to ensure that the Budget Office was properly integrated as part of the Ministry by adopting the zero-based approach for budget preparation, which required justification of every budget item for funds allocation.

He explained that the online budget preparation was introduced to ensure that the identity of any person inputting any budget item can be ascertained adding that it has improved the integrity of the budget.

“Most importantly, we were able to ensure that our executive budget proposals are aligned with the strategic policies of government as set out in the Medium-Term Fiscal Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper, and other governmental programmes and plans”.

The minister speaking on the measures adopted to address the economic decline in 2016 said that the initiatives included: the introduction of an expansionary budget … Read More...

Who should make Mr President’s next cabinet?

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s swearing in ceremony for his second term in office will take place on 29 May 2019. What’s most important to many Nigerians,and this writer in particular, is how Mr President and those to be appointed ministers are going to “recover” the country from insecurity and sluggish economic growth to the benefit of 200 million people. Today, the country is home to about 90 million poor people who are wasting away in poverty and nearly60 million illiterates.

Mr President is permitted by law and he is under obligation to choose ministers, special advisers, senior special assistants, and special assistants to work with him. It’s the quality of those Nigerians that would be appointed as aides and cabinet members that is of interest at this point. Nigerians want to know the track record of those to be appointed by Mr President as cabinet members and aides. Nigerians want to know the vision of Mr President as he leads the country. We are interested in knowing whether those to be appointed as cabinet members and aides are courageous, competent and committed Nigerians. What strategies are they bringing on board to solve challenges facing the country?Importantly, what is the character of those to be appointed to serve? The questions are endless. Mr President needs a team of leaders, not management team because of numerous challenges facing the country. Leaders take over where managers stop. It’s hoped that Mr President will not take up to six months to form his cabinet as he did in 2015.

The nomination of Godwin Emefiele for a second and final term as Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria by Mr President and his confirmation by the National Assembly (NASS) as CBN Governor, has elicited mixed reactions. The appointment of AbikeDabiri-Erewa as the … Read More...

Insecurity: Buhari, Zamfara leaders seeks Spiritual interventions

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As part of his engagements in Saudi Arabia, President Muhammadu Buhari and some leaders from Zamfara State have stormed the holy land in search of Spiritual help for the security crises in Zamfara and other states in the country
The holy month of Ramadan, is said to be a blessed time for spiritual reflection and commitment; even as prayers are encouraged to achieve forgiveness, peace and prosperity of Nations.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the President, on Sunday in Makkah had Iftar dinner (a fast-breaking meal), which is a daily ritual during the holy month of Ramadan, in the company of Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State and the Emir of Maradun, Garba Tambari.
The state and its environs had in recent times been at the center of security crises including kidnapping for ransoms, armed robbery and other violent attacks fueled by the activities of illegal gold mining in the region.
Many had back home, lamented failure of government to halt the crises and bring the perpetrators to book, even as similar kidnapping has also defiled solution on the Kaduna to Abuja road.
Spates of violent attacks , kidnapping and unrests have also spread to other parts of the country in recent times, including the Benin to Lagos road axis where kidnappers were reported to have attacked passengers and took innocent road users hostage for ransom.
Shehu disclosed that the President Buhari expressed sadness over the loss of lives and destruction of property in the State following banditry attacks.
The President also expressed determination to ensure that justice prevails and Nigerians find peace and prosperity wherever they lived.
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Atiku threatens Buhari’s aide with N2b suit for defamation

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 Former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the general elections, Atiku Abubakar, has threatened to slam a N2 billion suit against President Muhammadu Buhari’s Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, if she fails to tender apologies and pay N500 million, over what he claimed was an attempt by the aide to defame his name.

Atiku issued this threat in a letter dated May 14 and addressed to Onochie by his lawyer Mike Ozekhome, which was made available to BusinessDay on Sunday, even as the former Vice President decried the association of his name with terrorism by Onochie, who claimed in a series of tweets that the Wazirin Adamawa is on the watch list of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), which was published on various media platforms in Nigeria and abroad.

 .On May 7, Onochie had tweeted that the former vice-president was on a United Arab Emirates (UAE) watch list. “Atiku on UAE watchlist- Security sources.”  “Security operatives in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are keeping a close tab on a former Nigerian Vice Pres Atiku Abubakar who has been in the Middle East nation for several weeks now What is he doing there? “Me: Shopping for Terrorists?” she tweeted.

Ozekhomein his letter to Onochie said, “your odious publication is clearly also aimed at rubbishing our client’s image and reputation.”

“It has caused him national and international backlash and embarrassment and done incalculable damage to him. “Your publication has also caused our client, in the eyes of reasonable members of the public, unspeakable odium, obloquy, hatred, ridicule and psychological trauma.

“He has thereby been subjected to the shame and infamy of being viewed by members of the public as not only corrupt, but as a terrorist and sponsor of terrorism. … Read More...