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Anti-Corruption War: Buhari Won’t Spare Close Friends – Osinbajo

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Yemi OsinbajoThere will be no sacred cows in the ongoing war against corruption, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) vowed yesterday.

He made the vow at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday while speaking in an audience with a group of radio journalists and producers.

The vice president stressed that even close friends of President Muhammadu Buhari would not be spared in the war against corruption.

Prof. Osinbajo described corruption as “the major drain on the country’s resources”, noting that fighting graft was a priority of the present administration.

“No one will be spared in the fight against corruption because, even the close friends of the president know that they will not be spared. He (President Buhari) will not cover for them. Fighting corruption is a priority”, Osinbajo declared.

The vice president also spoke about the current economic recession in the country, blaming it on oil price fall and pipeline vandalism.

He said: “We were producing up to 2.2 million barrels a day, but all of a sudden, the vandalism of our terminals caused us to lose up to a million barrels a day.

“So, when you lose up to 60 percent of your revenue or even more, there must be a shock because you’re really earning very little. We will ensure that the very little we are earning is as well managed as possible”.

Osinbajo also said that the government felt the pains currently being experienced by the citizens and was committed to assuaging them.

According to him, “We fully understand and appreciate the situation of things in the country, and we’re committed to ensuring that the pain is assuaged.

“The president stated that clearly in his October 1st broadcast to the nation. All his life, he (Buhari) has been a salary earner, he has never been a businessman. So, he understands why someone who earns a salary and even those who do not are severely challenged at this time of economic recession such as we’re experiencing”.

He also reiterated the government’s commitment to developing the economy with a view to enabling citizens to find opportunities within the nation.

“I want to assure Nigerians that the government of President Buhari is a very focused and determined government”, the vice president added.

He listed the ‘Made-in-Nigeria’ project, moving away from import dependence, boosting agriculture and encouraging manufacturing as some of the measures the government was taking to move the country forward.

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  1. niko

    October 13, 2016 at 11:44 am

    NBA, Body of Benchers, NJC, JSC etc. You see your life? The measures currently being taken by Buhari and Osinbajo in the WAR against corruption and indiscipline ought to have been taken over 30 years ago when the same bodies did not allow the same Mohammed Buhari to complete his task of cleaning up the mess of corruption in Nigeria. Now that mess is messing up Nigeria without sparing the Judiciary and body of lawyers. If drug lords and peddlers had been executed in 1984, would their children – boko haram, militants, kidnappers, armed robbers and criminals who terrorize Nigerians under the influence of hard drugs still be in business today? Are nations like China, Saudi Arabia etc. who execute drug peddlers daft? Should human rights be allowed to excuse human wrongs? Go to America and Britain and steal their money and see whether FBI, CIA,M16 etc. will be civil with you. God will save us in Nigeria.

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

Also Read: #ENDSARS: Challenge CBN’s Action In Court If Your Account Is Frozen – Akeredolu

According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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