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Looters Voluntarily Providing Useful Information, Says Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed that those accused of stealing public funds are co-operating by voluntarily providing useful information while investigations and prosecutions are ongoing.

This is just as he reaffirmed his opposition to proponents of naira devaluation, saying Nigeria cannot compete with developed nations with a devalued currency.

President Buhari spoke at Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, on Saturday while contributing to a presidential round table panel on Investment and Growth Opportunities at the opening session of the Africa 2016: Business for Africa, Egypt and the World.

According to him, there was no basis for Nigeria to devalue her currency as the country was neither competing nor exporting, but importing everything including toothpicks.

“Developed countries are competing among themselves and when they devalue they compete better and manufacture and export more. But we are not competing and exporting but importing everything including toothpicks. So, why should we devalue our currency?” he asked.

Buhari also told the forum that those who had developed taste for foreign luxury goods should continue to pay for them rather than pressure his administration to devalue the naira.

The president said the priority of his administration was to ensure national food security before export of food products.

“We want to be more productive and self-sufficient in food and other basic things such as clothing. For our government, we like to encourage local production and efficiency”, he stated.

According to him, Nigeria, being a mono-economy dependent on oil, and with a teeming unemployed youth population, the way-out of the current slump in the global oil market is for his government to focus on agriculture and solid minerals development.

“The land is there and we need machinery inputs, fertilizer and insecticides”, the president said.

President Buhari expressed optimism that Nigeria would get out of its current economic downturn.

He also told the forum that another major factor militating against economic revival was the huge resources deployed towards fighting insurgency and international terrorism.

He thanked the international community for its support for his administration’s fight against terrorism as well as cooperation in tracing looted funds stashed away in foreign countries.

While responding to a question on his performance in office so far, President Buhari said his administration had been quite focused on three fundamental issues of securing the country, reviving the economy and stamping out corruption.

“The message on corruption has been driven home vividly and Nigerians are very acceptable to the message”, he said.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

Femi Adesina

Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

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INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.

The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.

Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.

Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.

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