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Anti-Graft War: Big Toes Will Be Stepped On, Personal Interests Will Be Cast Aside – Presidency

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Garba ShehuPresident Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign is bound to offend many, the Presidency has declared.

The Presidency also pointed out that in prosecuting the anti-corruption war, big toes would be stepped on and personal interests cast aside.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu stated this in Kaduna State yesterday at the opening of a three-day retreat for State House correspondents.

The retreat, organised by the Presidency and hosted by the Kaduna State Government, has as its theme, “Journalism and the Change Mantra: The State House in Focus”.

Mr. Shehu maintained that the media could help Buhari to win the anti-corruption war, describing the fifth realm of the estate as one of the government’s most lethal weapons in the battle against the forces aiming to pull down Nigeria.

The presidential spokesman, who said the days of impunity were gone, urged the media to use its power to expose wrong-doing, adding that Nigeria now had a government with the will and capacity to right all wrongs.

He said: “President Buhari has embarked on an anti-corruption campaign that is bound to offend many. Big toes will be stepped on, personal interests will be cast aside. As the popular saying goes, when you fight corruption, corruption fights back. Yes, anti-corruption is a war. And the press can help President Muhammadu Buhari to win that war. You (the press) are one of the government’s most lethal weapons in this battle against the forces that aim to pull down Nigeria.

“The power of the media, if they have any power at all, lies in their ability to expose wrong-doing. This power of exposure is a far more effective deterrent in many countries, including our own, than the court systems that deliver judgment and not necessarily justice. If they know that they will be exposed, many crimes will not happen and herein lies the challenge of the media under Buhari administration. Use your power to expose wrong-doing; the days of impunity are gone. This is the best way to help the CHANGE, now that we have a government with the will and capacity to right all wrongs”.

Stressing the government’s need for the media to remain impartial and eschew spurious incentives in discharging its responsibilities, Shehu stated that government needs it (media) to avoid partnerships with “enemies of progress who are bent on bringing down the government, not minding if the entire country collapses while they are at it”.

Shehu said Buhari’s government was grateful to the Nigerian media for the role they played in igniting the change agenda “which has swept into Nigeria in March 2015”.

Acknowledging that the press contributed immensely to the success of the All Progressives Congress and Buhari’s “historic” election, Shehu, however, noted that that was only the beginning of the change agenda.

“This government still requires the assistance of the media to continue that process of CHANGE. President Buhari has embarked on the building of a new Nigeria, and we need all hands on deck. We can’t do it without the media. The government needs you, the press, to keep the public informed on its many activities and policies that are geared towards improving the lives of the Nigerian people according to the change agenda”, he added.

Shehu also said the country was currently witnessing a remarkable growth and development in terms of access to technology and freedom of expression.

He, however, noted that there was a “down side” to these achievements.

“Sadly, not all this free-flowing information is accurate. In fact, a good deal of it is outright false…The freedom that Nigeria’s press enjoys today did not come easy. It was won at high cost, sometimes paid for by the blood of journalists. However, freedom must come with responsibility.

“The Nigerian press has a responsibility to provide the Nigerian public with information that is factual and verified. Accuracy in journalism is essential. Accuracy must come ahead of speed. If you are not sure, hold fire. A journalist, rather than misinform the public, should hold fire. Being first to publish is not as important as being reliable”.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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