Buhari to Abaribe: You should be in jail for failing to produce Nnamdi Kanu

President Muhammadu Buhari has replied Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe who called for resignation over an alleged increase in the spate of insecurity in the country.

Recall that on Wednesday during Senate plenary, Mr Abaribe called on Mr Buhari to resign as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, following his failure to secure the country.

However, in a swift reaction, the President, through his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said Mr Abaribe’s call is foolish.

According to the President, the Senator is supposed to be in jail for his failure to produce IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu for whom he stood as surety.

Read the statement below :

SENATOR ABARIBE’S CALL ON PRESIDENT BUHARI TO RESIGN IS FOOLISH

President Buhari to resign on what basis?
Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit. That call does not represent the opinion of the country. This is the opinion of an arm chair critic, known for making stray comments.

If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.

He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.

This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility.

Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015 and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office.

President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it.

CAN honours Gov Ugwuanyi with award of excellence

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Enugu State Chapter, on Friday, honoured Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with an award of excellence in recognition of his unrelenting efforts in entrenching peace and good governance in the state.

Enugu State CAN presented the award to Gov. Ugwuanyi, when its leadership from the state and the 17 local government areas, led by the State Chairman, Rt. Rev. Christian C. Obiefuna, paid a courtesy call on the governor at the Government House, Enugu.

Presenting the award, Obiefuna who described Gov. Ugwuanyi as an exceptional, grassroots-oriented, humble, humane, peaceful and generous leader, said: “You do not discriminate in your services as a leader; I am proud of you and God shall continue to provide and uplift you”.

The cleric told Gov. Ugwuanyi that the Christian body is delighted that “you paid the 13th month salary; you have continually kept awake and deployed all resources for security and peace in Enugu State; you pay workers’ salary as and when due; you broker peace among several communities/organizations who have one conflict or the other.

“Our church leaders and members are being honoured and respected; we do ply different roads which you have constructed in all the zones in Enugu State; you have approved the payment of N30,000 Minimum Wage from February this year; there is visible harmony among all tiers and branches of government in Enugu State; you made Enugu State a peaceful and united family, among others. These are worthy of commendation”.

The state chapter of CAN disclosed that the award was also in appreciation of the governor’s “resilience, sleepless nights and uncompromising decision to provide security in Enugu State”, adding that “because you have timely deployed unprecedented human and material resources to protect lives and property in Enugu State, Enugu is the safest place to live, courtesy of your commitment”.

Also speaking on why CAN honoured Gov. Ugwuanyi, the State Legal Adviser, Barr. Onuora Okeke, stated that the body is impressed that Enugu State is the most peaceful and secure state in the South East zone because of the governor’s capacity as a peace-loving and security-conscious leader.

Barr. Okeke pointed out that the outstanding efforts the governor deployed to tackle the security challenges in the state, such as the establishment of the Forest Guards, purchase of security patrol vehicles, visit to thick forests, during the day and at night, which the kidnappers and other criminal elements used as hideouts, among others, were eloquent testimonies to his firm commitment to the safety, security and wellbeing of the people of the state.

“We are very happy that this award is given to you, not on grounds of politics. It is given to you because we know your worth and what you have done for this state”, he said.

Responding, Gov. Ugwuanyi appreciated God for the honour and thanked the state chapter of CAN for recognizing the modest achievements of his administration, in spite of the nation’s security and economic challenges.

The governor, who stated that his greatest support comes from the church, noted that the success his administration has achieved, in spite of the nation’s economic challenges, was a product of the prayers of the church and urged them to continue to pray for him and the state.

Other religious leaders at the event, include the State Vice-Chairman of CAN, Rev. Fr. Dr. Benjamin Eze, the Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Enugu State, Bishop Dr. Godwin Madu, Head of Blocs, CAN, Bishop Obi Onubogu, representative of the Catholic Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Rev. Fr. Dr. Donatus Onuigbo and representatives of other Blocs of CAN in the state, the Secretary of CAN, Apostle Joseph Ajujungwa, among others.

Finally Corpers receive N33, 000 allowance

Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have finally received N33,000 allowance in line with the newly approved minimum wage of N30,000.

Minister of youths and sports, Sunday Dare who confirmed the payment via his twitter handle, @SundayDareSD, said it was a validation of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to Nigerian youths.

“Promise kept as NYSC members receive 33k allowee: Many thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his promise to pay NYSC members the new 33k allowance. This is a validation of your commitment to the development of Nigeria’s Youth,” Dare tweeted.

‘Bonny/Warri Seaports Will Create Jobs For Indigenous Seafarers’

A renowned dockworker in Rivers State, Comrade Waite Harry, says the proposed construction of Bonny and Warri seaports by the Federal Government will create jobs for seafarers from the region.

He also said the seaports would promote competitions and attract sea vessels going to the two states for maritime activities.

Harry in a telephone interview spoke on the gains of building two ports in the Niger Delta, said gesture would reduce restiveness and encourage industrialization in the region.

Although, Harry said the plans to site a seaport in Bonny is not new, but long over due, he noted that such idea would improve the nation’s seaports.

“The idea by government would create employment for our seafarers who are idle and create jobs for our teeming youths.

“There is a lot of indigenous seafarers that have never been assigned to vessels, but having Bonny and Warri seaports would make them have vessels to work with and improve their skills”, he said.

Comrade Harry insisted that building ports in Warri and Bonny would drastically decongest Lagos ports and make the region more economically viable for maritime activities.

“It is a welcome idea to build two seaports in Niger Delta, because more vessels would come with different cargos to those states”, Harry declared.

On the possibility of the seaports ending piracy in the region, the maritime worker said, piracy is a global problem, not only to Niger Delta, but also in the Gulf of Guinea and beyond.

Recall that the Federal Government had on Tuesday announced the construction of two seaports in Bonny and Warri to cater for the maritime needs of the people.

BREAKING NEWS: Abia workers rejoice as Minimum Wage Alert hit their accounts

Abia Civil servants are currently in a state of jubilation as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has made good his promise to pay the new minimum wage to workers of the state.

It will be recalled that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in his 2020 New Year broadcast promised to implement the agreed minimum wage endorsed by workers and government representatives this January.

Many civil servants in the state have confirmed receiving the new wage with their January 2020 salary today.

Minimum wage is the monthly amount paid to the least worker in the civil service and in line with agreement reached between the State government and Organized Labour, the least worker in Abia State workforce will now earn N30,100, while others were also adjusted to reflect the new wage as determined by the committee.

Speaking to our reporter on the development, a worker who gave her name as Chioma said: “This January salary came as a pleasant surprise to me. I heard rumors the new minimum wage would start in April, but when I received my salary alert my payment has increased o. Help me thank our amiable Governor for this pleasant surprise”. When asked about outstanding wages, she said they were not owed as, according to the staff of Abia State Ministry of Industry, she received December 2019 salary even before the Christmas.

Another staff, Chigozie, who identified himself as working in the ministry of finance also expressed appreciation to the Governor: ”Governor Ikpeazu is truly a promise keeper. They even added extra money to the N30,000 advised by the federal government”, he said.

He commended the Governor for being resolute in supporting the welfare of Abia workers and prayed that God will guide him as he leads Abia into greatness. Many other workers in the state ministries, departments and agencies described the Governor as the best ever with regular payment of salaries and workers welfare.

“We have always known this Governor to be worker-friendly. We can only continue to pray to God to grant him more strength to continue to lead Abia right. This minimum wage is a New Year package for me. It will go a long way in supporting me further, and I thank the Governor for keeping to his promise”, a staff in the office of the secretary to state government who gave his name simply as Iyke said.

When contacted, a principal staff in the office of the Accountant General of the State confirmed that aside from few cases arising from delayed submission of new verified payroll by some MDAs, all Abia workers are receiving the new minimum wage as pledged by the Governor. He assured those who are yet to receive that as soon as necessary documents are received they will be paid the new minimum wage. He informed that state pensioners are receiving one month wages alongside the workers.

OUATTARA HAS STABILIZED COTE D’IVOIRE – PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja praised Alassane Ouattara, the Ivorian President, for leading an inclusive administration and stabilizing the country.

Receiving the outgoing Ambassador of Cote D’Ivoire to Nigeria, Ambassador Toure Kone Maman, at the State House, President Buhari said Ouattara was managing the West African country well.

‘‘He has stabilized the country. His inclusivity, generosity of mind and patriotism in managing the country are paying off,’’ he said.

The Nigerian leader equally appreciated Ouattara’s support for Nigeria, saying: ‘‘I am very much aware of his support for Nigeria. I wish you the best of luck in the elections this year.’’

Commending the outgoing ambassador for her hardwork and landmark achievements during her tour of duty in Nigeria, the President said it was noteworthy that during her tenure the Chancery building in Abuja was completed, the Nigeria-Cote D’Ivoire Bi-National Commission was established, as well as viable linkages between banks, businesses and agencies of the two governments which are now working hand-in-hand with each other.

‘‘I commend you for keeping yourself busy diplomatically and intellectually,’’ the President told Ambassador Maman after being informed that she had acquired a Doctoral degree during her stay in Nigeria.

In her remarks, the Ivorian Ambassador said she was happy, as a female ambassador to have completed the feat of building a new chancery, established successful linkages through MoUs between the Nigerian Chamber of Commerce, the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation with their Ivorian counterparts.

She described her seven-year stay in Nigeria – one of the longest by a serving ambassador- as gainful and very fulfilling.

‘‘I have become a Nigerian’’, she told the President at the farewell audience.

Another Anambra business mogul set to unveil new airlines company

The CEO of The Dome Entertainment Limited Abuja, Dr Obiorah Okonkwo is said to be planning to launch a new airline outfit soon.

The airline company, Jungle Journalist Media Limited gathered, is known as Private Airline Services Limited, operator of United Nigeria Air, and is set to be unveiled later in April, during the Easter season of 2020.

United Nigeria, if it finally takes off, will be the second airline company owned by an Anambra-born investor, that is operational. The other Air Peace. Anambra State have had its fair share of airline investors, and Dr Okonkwo is joining the club.

High Chief Obiora Okonkwo holds a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Political Science, with distinction, from the Russian Academy of Science, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, Moscow, and a Professional Fellowship Doctorate from the Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria.

Dr Okonkwo, born on December 5, 1965, in Gombe, northeast Nigeria, chairs the boards of several companies including The Dome Entertainment Limited, owners and managers of The Dome and The Francis Hotel, Abuja; Solicom Engineering Limited, Private Airline Services Limited (PASL), owners and operators of United Nigeria, Rokada Security Company Limited among others, with a combined employee strength of over 600 workers including Nigerians and foreigners. He is also President and Founder of Nigeria-Russia Business Forum, Nigeria-Belgium Business Forum among other business fora.

Okonkwo who is a native of Ogidi in Idemili-North area of Anambra state, is widely travelled and is fluent in Russian, is also a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), Chartered Economists (FCE) and CareerNation Institute, New York, USA. He is noted for his philanthropy and dedicated support for humanitarian and religious causes.

‘I killed my girlfriend because she left me for wealthy men after my money finished’-suspect

A 31-year-old man paraded by the Taraba State Police Command has confessed to killing his girlfriend, Imbajuri Ambisi.

The suspect identified as Munda Bala reportedly conspired with his two friends to kill his girlfriend who they burnt to ashes before burying her in a bush.

The native of Donga Local Government Area who was paraded alongside some ashes and bones of the deceased, blamed the sad act on jealousy and hardship.

He told newsmen;

“I fell in love with Imbajuri Ambisi. She became my girlfriend; I got her pregnant and she delivered a baby boy and killed him after seven months.

“This got me angry and I couldn’t tell anyone. My money got finished and she ran away to some wealthy guys who engage in the selling of rosewoods to foreigners.”

“This got me jealous and I met two of my friends who advised me that if I really want my heart to be at rest, I have to kill her, hence our decision to eliminate her.”

Taraba State Police Spokesperson, David Misal said a manhunt has already been launched to arrest the other fleeing suspects.

Anambra Govt to standardise operations of traditional medical practitioners

The Anambra State Government says it plans to standardised the operations of traditional medical practitioners in the state to harness their full potentials.

Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, Special Adviser to Gov. Willie Obiano on Indigenous Medicine and Herbal Practice said this in a chart with newsmen in Awka on Friday.

Ibezim said an executive bill would be sent to the State House of Assembly to enact laws that would standardise operations in the sector to make the state a hub for indigenous medical research.

He said that government would work towards unlocking the state’s great potentials in the traditional medicine to provide wholesome health services to the people.

He said that traditional medicine could be valuable in addressing multitudes of health challenges in the state.

“Traditional medicine has been the main source of health care for the vast majority of the people.

“Traditional medicine has thrived over the years due to its large patronage, the only major challenge facing it, is that of non-standardisation and we will act on that,” he said.

Ibezim said that government plans to set up research centres in the state to collaborate with institutions of higher learning in carrying out joint research in areas of indigenous medicine.

He said that government would also maximise the huge potentials that are inherent in traditional medicine for the health benefits of the people.

Ibezim said that a traditional herbal fair will hold in the state between March 2 and 22 to expose the potential of the sector to the public.

He said that government also plans to commence an Advanced Diploma Course in indigenous medicine at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam.

WHO Declares Coronavirus Global Health Emergency

The World Health Organisation on Thursday declared the ongoing coronavirus outbreak as a global threat.

This decision was made after the reconvened emergency committee met in Geneva to determine the status of the disease.

Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus’ announcement is coming a week after the emergency meeting had said that the disease had not attained a level of global concern.

The outbreak started from Wuhan province in December and as of January 28, has spread across all provinces except one in the country.

As at the time of reporting, WHO said the disease has been ‘exported’ to 18 countries and there are uncertainties as to how many countries would be reporting confirmed cases of the disease any time soon.

The ongoing outbreak has become a global concern as public health agencies around the world have been on high alert since the report of the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China.

As at the time of declaration, more than 7700 cases have been confirmed, and 170 people have died in China.

Also, there are 82 additional cases confirmed in 18 countries.

Mr. Ghebreyesus, on his twitter handle @DrTedros, said: “for all of these reasons, I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak”.

He, however, explained that the main reason for the declaration is not because of what is happening in China, “but because of what is happening in other countries.”

“Let me be clear: this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China. On the contrary, WHO continues to have confidence in China’s capacity to control the outbreak.”

Mr. Ghebreyesus had visited China on Tuesday to assess the real-time status of the disease in the country and discuss with health experts working in the field on how they have been handling the situation.

He had met with the president of China, President Xi Jinping, after which he said he has “absolutely no doubt about China’s commitment to transparency, and to protecting the world’s people”.

Mr. Ghebreyesus had called for the reconvening of the emergency committee less than 24 hours after his return from China.