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Biographer reveals Buhari’s problem with APC leaders

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The newly-published biography of President Muhammadu Buhari has given an insight into the crisis of confidence currently rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress, saying the President is largely seen as not being “a natural party politician.”

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The book, “Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria”, written by Prof. John Paden, was presented to the public on Monday.

The author noted that many party chiefs always preferred to hold midnight meetings with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo inside his residence in Abuja to meeting with Buhari, who he said was being regarded as a “loner” and “outsider” within his party.

He said that was why many stakeholders want Buhari to be close to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; and a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who they believe can help him reach out.

He wrote, “With the PDP fracturing, observers wondered if splits were also developing in the APC, given that it is a coalition of recent vintage.

“As of spring 2016, no serious divisions were visible, although rumours often surfaced when Buhari was out of the country, especially regarding the status of the legal case against Senate President Saraki, a recent convert to the APC.

“President Buhari is not a natural party politician. Complaints have arisen within his party that he is a ‘loner’.

“APC politicians in Abuja were more likely to congregate at night at the home of the Vice-President than at the Presidential Villa with Buhari.

“The fact that Buhari has been perceived as an “outsider” to politics by the general public has been his strength.

“Still, voices within the APC have suggested Buhari engage such long-term politicians as Abubakar Atiku and Bola Tinubu to rally the APC governors and ensure that the President has closer ties to the state and local levels of the party.

“Men such as Atiku and Tinubu could provide links to key constituents, such as traditional rulers and grassroots NGOs.”

The author admitted that with economic growth at a dismal level, for reasons he said were largely global, many of Buhari’s ardent supporters were losing patience.

While saying that expectations were high when the President was elected, he noted that many are still waiting for an upturn in economic fortunes after one year in the saddle.

He said although there was a consensus that Buhari was not looting the treasury, “but with hunger in the North-East and stagnant growth elsewhere, Buhari’s political honeymoon seemed to be drawing to a close as he came up on his March 28 election anniversary.”

Paden noted that the President’s answer to such criticism was to emphasise the need to diversify the economy and support indigenous entrepreneurs rather than importers.

“But all this will take time to have an impact and politicians and the public were demanding quick fixes,” he said.

The author described the South-East as the greatest political challenge for Buhari.

He said the President received few votes from the zone in 2015.

Despite this, he said Buhari allocated four senior ministers to the zone: Foreign Affairs, Science and Technology, Trade and Industry as well as Labour.

In addition, he said although the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources is from the South-South, he has ethnic ties with the South-East.

He claimed that this sent a string message that the South-East is seen by Buhari as a vital part of Nigeria.

Source: Punch

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Tinubu finally speaks on Lekki shooting, tells Buhari to find culprits

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Former Governor of Lagos state and the All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has commented on the Lekki toll gate shooting that left many dead and several others injured.

The Lagos politician who was interviewed via telephone by a Channels TV reporter, Olu Philips, shared his shock over the shooting and also revealed that he is ready to complain to the highest authorities.

Contrary to people’s predictions, Tinubu however denied ordering the shooting and also stated that he can only control his security guard. He again reiterated that he will never be part of any group that uses live ammunition against protesters.

Insisting that he has always been an activist, the APC Chieftain expressed sympathy for the victims of the incident and advised the federal government to “fish out whoever gave the order (for the shooting) and put them on trial”.

He then recalled how he was falsely accused of being behind #EndSARS protests. Tinubu who noted that he doesn’t believe that Buhari ordered the shooting, appealed for calm over the incident. He also denied having a stake in the Lekki toll gate or suffering a loss due to the continous blockage of the area by #EndSARS protesters.

He said,

“It is early hours of the morning, there’s no way I can talk to the authorities or wake them up now. I have tried to reach the NSA, I have tried to reach the head of the army.

“You don’t call the president at this hour, but I strongly condemn the act. There are other means of settling or dispersing protest. Why would they use live bullets? There are rubber bullets.

“I am not even sure yet they are Nigerian army, I am not sure how well the uniforms of the army are controlled. But that is not as critical as the bloodshed that has occurred.

“We have lost our sleep, we have lost our peace of mind, (and) we just have to deal with it.”

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

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Buhari Will Come Up With Solutions In Few Hours -Major General Babagana Monguno

It has been reported that the National Security, Major General Babagana Monguno (retd), on Thursday said the President Muhammadu Buhari, would come up with solutions to the ongoing violence erupting in parts of the country ”in the next few hours”.

Babagana Monguno Says Buhari Is Coming Up With Solutions

According to Punch, May Babagana did not disclose the solutions, he said they would communicate to parties concerned.

Mongunu revealed this in an interview with State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of the National Security presided over the President.

The NSA also did not disclose whether the President will announce the solutions through a national broadcast.

He said,

“The President himself, I have just left his office, is also going to deal with these issues in a specific manner apart from what has just taken place in council.

I believe in the next couple of hours, Mr President will come up with certain solutions that will be agreeable to the entire federation.”

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

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Another Warehouse Loaded With COVID-19 Palliative Allegedly Uncovered In Lagos

Lagos State residents have again uncovered another warehouse where COVID-19 palliatives are been stored.

The palliatives discovered on Thursday (today), October 22, were meant for residents of Festac-Okota but were secretly stored in the warehouse.

According to reports, at least four people have died at the warehouse due to the hundreds of people that gathered to cart away the food items which include rice, beans, yams, and others.

However, the individual or group of persons who stored up the food items believed to have been provisioned by the government to share for the masses to cushion the effect of COVID-19 are yet to be known as at the time this report is given.

The angry youths and some old-aged citizens in the area gain entrance into the warehouse with force and do away with food items of their choices.

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