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We didn’t favour President Buhari in 2015 Presidential election

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The European Union, EU, has denied favouring President Muhammadu Buhari above other candidates during the 2015 Presidential Elections in Nigeria.

Santiago Fisas, the former Chief Observer of the 2015 EU Election Observation Mission (EU EOM), and Member of the European Parliament, said this in Abuja on Sunday while making clarification on EU assessment of the 2015 Elections.

Mr. Fisas said that the EU was more interested in deepening democracy and the electoral process than who emerged as the president.

“The international community is not in favour of any candidate above others,” he said.

He, however, commended former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat and sacrificing his personal ambition for the interest of Nigerians.

“The election was done in a proper way and I praise former President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting defeat.

“I think it has proved that he is a man of the state, that he put the interest of Nigeria before his own interest.

“That is an example in Nigeria and for many countries in Africa to follow, he accepted that he lost election to another party’’, he said.

Mr. Fisas said that the mission was in Nigeria to assess the present electoral reform process and the extent to which previous EU Election Observation Mission recommendations had been addressed,

He commended the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) for what it described as its increasing initiatives, including an improved continuous voter registration and the merging of accreditation and voting process for off-cycle elections.

The Mission Head, however, identified areas of failures which he said required urgent attention.

The areas according to him, include, provisions empowering INEC to sanction campaign violations, increase transparency in the publication of results and reinforce policies to better integrate women and youth into political life.

“We know to run for election in Nigeria is quite expensive. We also know that campaign is costly so I believe that political parties should help women in campaigning.

“It is very important to promote the participation of women in politics from the local election.

“Security is important and the people must be free to go to vote.

“It is important that Nigeria merge the accreditation and voting on the same moment, this is important for the comfort of the people,’’ he added.

He also advised political parties to ensure internal democracy by ensuring that their primaries were done in a democratic way,

According to him, it is important to know the background of the candidates and be sure they are the right people to run for election

He commended the National Assembly for the progress made so far in constitutional and electoral amendment.

He, however, called for expedited action of the amendment process, noting “for election reform to be effective, amendments need to be adopted as soon as possible’’.

Mr. Fisas said that there was the need for the implementation to start well before 2019 general election.

He also harped on the need for an inclusive, transparent and credible election, to ensure public and political confidence.

This according to him is crucial for Nigeria’s democracy.

Source: (NAN)

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

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Petrol Subsidy Not Completely Gone, Says Minister

Timipre Slyva

Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva has stated that contrary to popular belief, the federal government has not completely removed petrol subsidy.

Speaking on Channels’ Politics Today, the minister said: “We are still trying to manage this bumpy start. We have not been able to get to that 100 percent removal of subsidy from the foreign exchange end.

“If we were to take it out completely and allow people to access foreign exchange from the parallel market and allow people to import the product, the price of the pump will even be more.

Also Read: Petrol Price Will Increase When Oil Goes Up – Sylva

“The Federal Government, knowing the impact it will have on the people, decided that they are still going to manage this situation.”

Speaking on the importation of petrol from Niger, the Minister expressed that the importation of fuel from the Niger Republic is not something Nigerians should be embarrassed about.

He expressed that Nigerians should be proud that the Federal Government is set to resume the importation of petroleum products from its neighbour.

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‘Your Report On Lekki Capable Of Setting Nigeria On Fire’ — Lai Writes CNN

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JustLai MohammedMinister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has expressed that the CNN report on the Lekki Tollgate shooting of October 20 2020 is capable of setting the country on fire.

Recall that CNN had published an investigative report titled, ‘How a bloody night of bullets and brutality quashed a young protest movement in Nigeria,’ claiming soldiers fired live ammunition directly at protesters at the Lekki toll gate.

But Nigeria’s Minister for Information denied the report of the US-based cable television, calling for a sanction on CNN over the report, adding that the report on the Lekki tollgate incident was highly irresponsible.

Also Read: Lai Mohammed Condemns CNN Investigation On Lekki Shooting

Reacting in another story titled, ‘Nigeria threatens CNN with sanctions but provides no evidence Lekki toll gate investigation is inaccurate’, CNN maintained that it stood by its earlier report on the Lekki tollgate incident.

In a petition dated November 23 and addressed to Mr. Jonathan Hawkins VP, Communications, CNN Centre Atlanta, Georgia U.S, the federal government demanded “an immediate and exhaustive investigation into its report on the Lekki Toll Gate incident to determine its authenticity and conformity to basic standards of journalism.”

Lai Mohammed, who signed the petition, said if the US-based media organisation failed to carry out its demand, the Nigerian government will “take any action within its laws’’ to prevent CNN from aggravating the End SARS crisis.

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

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Amaechi Apologises For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown at the Abuja-Kaduna railway which occurred between November 18 and November 20.

The former Governor of Rivers State stated this at the Moniya rail station on Monday while inspecting the ongoing rail project in Ibadan.

Amaechi pointed out that the Chinese have been called to attend to the problem as the federal government does not expect any mechanical fault at this early stage.

Also Read: $656m Needed To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

Ameachi said, “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station.”

“We now have new locomotives, and we’ve called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage.”

“On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians, and I’ve instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese.”

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