Sunday, 7 February 2016

Saraki Must Resign - Falana

Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, on Saturday asked the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position in order to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, in an interview with our correspondent, said the unanimous decision of the Supreme Court would add value to the battle against corruption.

Citing an instance involving a former Senate President, the late Chuba Okadigbo, Falana asked Saraki to resign having undertaken to prove his innocence before the CCT.

He said, “Having undertaken to prove his innocence at the Code of Conduct Trubunal Senator Saraki should resign as senate president so as to preserve the integrity of the National Assembly.

“When Senators Chuba Okadigbo and Adolphus Wabara were indicted they were made to step down as senate presidents.”
This comes amid indications that senators opposed to the Senate President under the aegis of the Senate Unity Forum, had regrouped to force Saraki out of the seat.

The Supreme Court had on Friday dismissed the appeal by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, challenging the validity of his trial on charges of assets declaration preferred against him at the Code of Conduct Tribunal.

A seven-man panel of the apex court presided over by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, unanimously ruled that Saraki’s appeal against the jurisdiction of the trial and competence of the charges lacked merit.

Justice Wallter Onnoghen, who read the lead judgment, held that contrary to Saraki’s contention, the Danladi Umar-led Code of Conduct Tribunal was validly constituted by two members.

Justice Onnoghen also held that the tribunal was by the provisions of its enabling laws and the Constitution conferred with the quasi-criminal jurisdiction and thus could validly issue bench warrant.

He thus held that the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 was applicable to the proceedings of the tribunal.

Saraki, who said the Supreme Court judgment was disappointing, however, said he would have his day in court and that “at the end of the day, truth will prevail and justice will be served.”
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PHOTOS: Airtel Nigeria Visits Prof. Wole Soyinka

Airtel Nigeria paid a visit to Prof. Wole soyinka at his residence in Abeokuta,the visit was made as a  on the Prof. Soyinka concerning  Telco’s Educational Product.

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PHOTOS: Governor Ayo Fayose Surprises Couple During Naming Ceremony In Ekiti State

After his visit to Ifaki Ekiti today, Governor Ayo Fayose was going to his Afao Ekiti hometown and met this naming ceremony at Iworoko. He surprised all as he joined them for the event.

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Over 1,500 Pregnant Women Gave Birth In IDP Camps

No fewer than 1,500 women gave birth in 28 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps in Borno in 2015, the State Primary Health Care Management Board said on Sunday in Maiduguri.

The Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Sule Mene, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the deliveries were recorded between January 2015 and January 2016.
Mene said about 14,600 pregnant women received anti-natal health care, psycho-social services and child nutrition support.

He said that the agency had also received about 1,200 severe medical cases, which were referred to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for proper care.

The official said the agency had established 20 Integrated Primary Health Care Centres for IDPs in all the camps to provide integrated primary health care and referral services.
"The Borno Government has procured health kits for each of the IDPs to help cater for their immediate needs.

"We have equally distributed mosquito nets to each and every one of them," he said.
According to him, the agency, in collaboration with Federal Road Safety Commission, had trained its drivers to ensure prompt response to expectant mothers to access health facilities
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PHOTO: Kidnappers release pastor after 12days abduction in Kogi

Pastor David Onubedo 
A Deeper Christian Life Ministry pastor has regained freedom to be with his family and congregation by his abductors after spending twelve days in their den. 

The kidnapped pastor identified as Pastor David Onubedo was released yesterday morning (6 February) after The kidnappers had established contact with his wife and demanded for N50 million ransom, which was later slashed to N10 million and later to N1 million before they could release him.

According to P.M.NEWS the pastor was kidnapped by gunmen right after closing from bible study fellowship on 25 January, 2016 in his house in Okene, Kogi State. 

Confirming the pastor’s release by the State Overseer of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry, Niger State, Pastor Araromi Toyin he announced the good news to members of the congregation who must have been praying endlessly for the safe released of their pastor during a Mini-Congress held at the Minna Deeper Life Camp Ground.
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"Everyday Obasanjo goes to kiss the ground in Aso Rock'' -Fayose

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti state has fired fresh shots at former President Olusegun Obasanjo.


Speaking during an interview session with PREMIUM TIMES Fayose said, ''When Obasanjo was there he was behaving the same way Buhari is behaving today. It was under Obasanjo that the EFCC would lock people up because the president has power to order arrest, because the president appoints the IGP, the DG of SSS and others. He has power of coercion. The fact remains that the constitution allows me the right even in the face of accusation to enjoy my liberty. Obasanjo is not a democrat. Today, former Governor (Bola) Tinubu of Lagos would recall what Obasanjo did. It doesn’t matter what our political alignments are today, history cannot be taken away. So my position has not changed and it will never change''.

When asked if he had personal issues with Obasanjo, Fayose said, ''No, but let me ask you a question. When Obasanjo was there for eight years, Buhari didn’t go there? Everyday Obasanjo goes to kiss the ground in Aso Rock. Everyday Obasanjo has something to go and tell him there. There are some places elders would have a bit of shame. They would know that sometimes we should not go to this place. Even if you look at the pictures taken of his visit you see him bending down. When he was in government he was busy abusing this Buhari. Obasanjo was busy insulting Awolowo. One of the things Obasanjo wants to lay claim to in life is that he is the longest serving Nigerian president. When you add his military rule to his civilian regime, you understand. So, Obasanjo doesn’t like anybody to excel or exceed his record.

''That’s the truth. Obasanjo, who now seems to be the father of gangsterism or whatever he seems to be today, is the same man that we used to talk about every other day. Today he is there. The most painful aspect of it is for Obasanjo to be coming out and be claiming he is a very honest man. Where did he get the money that was given to the National Assembly that time? Where did he get the money? Each senator and member of the House of Representatives collected N50 million each. How about that $2billion Halliburton money? They jailed some people in America because of Halliburton. Obasanjo knows everything about Halliburton. Let us put Halliburton to trial and see what happens. That is why I told you that this fight must not be selective. If truly we want to fight corruption, let us fight corruption head on. And the fact remains that men will judge, God will judge again''.
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Buhari Orders 2016 Proposed Budget to be Uploaded Online

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the immediate online publishing of the proposed 2016 budget in order to welcome well-meaning criticism of its policies, its budget and expenditure from Nigerians.

Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, who stated this in a statement on Sunday said the government has taken the position because it is the only way the change promised the country will have a meaning.

In line with established tradition, he said that the President has directed that the draft 2016 appropriation budget, now before the National Assembly should be uploaded on the website of the budget office so that Nigerians can read it with a view to making their observations.


With online publication of the budget, Garba said the suggestions that the Presidency is misleading the public on any aspects of the budget can no longer stand the test of time.
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APC Government Lacks Ideas To Move Nigeria Forward – Afenifere Chieftain

Pa Ayo Adebanjo, a staunch member of the Yoruba political group, Afenifere in an interview with Vanguard discussed extensively about President Mohammadu Buhari's administration and that of the All progressives party, APC among other issues...

The Afenifere chieftain said: “These APC people you are talking about, only agreed that Jonathan should go, they have no plan of what to do if he goes”.

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“Our politicians are a disappointment, they are not what we thought they would have been and I am saying this with all sense of sincerity. When the first coup took place in 1966, we were among those accusing Balewa of corruption. I must tell you that the corruption we are seeing now, it is the military that brought it, they institutionalized corruption”, he said.
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PHOTO: Waje & Omawumi show off their pearly whites

Best friends and music stars,Omawumi and Waje look like they are on set of a toothpaste commercial.Who would you pick for a teeth commercial
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PHOTOS: Mercy Aigbe's sunday style

 She sure has style..The actress looking fab in a classic white shirt and ankara skirt.
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PHOTO: Peter Okoye Live In Stanford Bridge During Chelsea Match

Peter just uploaded this photo and captioned it

Live from Stanford Bridge 

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PHOTO: Who Knows This Accident Victim From Anambra

The Nigeria Police (Anambra State Traffic Office) needs the help of the public to identify the person in the photo, a victim of a fatal accident which occurred in Awka on February 1, 2016.
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PHOTOS: Rita Dominic's look to Ebuka/Cynthia's wedding

She looked amazing!
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PHOTOS: : Patience Jonathan, Ben Bruce, Peter Odili, Govs of Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa attend Nyesom Wike's thanksgiving service

Former First Lady Patience Jonathan, Senator Ben Murrauy-Bruce, joined other dignitaries including Governor Emmanuel Udom of Akwa Ibom state and Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa at the thanksgiving service and reception hosted by Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, following his recent victory at the Supreme Court. Continue to see more photos...

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PHOTOS: The Lox rapper released a photo of his big dick (18+)

Rapper J Hood was the fourth member of the 1990s rap group, The Lox. He's been very active on IG, releasing half nude photos...looks like he's looking for a comeback. Anyway, some lady sent MTO a mail claiming she slept with J Hood and sex with him felt like 'child birth' And yesterday, the rapper released and quickly deleted a photo of his monster eggplant as proof...see it after the cut.. 18+

MTO grabbed it before he deleted it...and he doesn't even have a hard on here...
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PHOTOS: Blac Chyna sexy in all black

She wore this to the PlayHouse club last night...
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PHOTOS: Uche Kalu and pregnant fiancee expecting their first child

Nigerian International footballer, Uche Kalu who plays for PTT 1 Lig club Adanaspor in Turkey, is expecting his first child with his fiancee, Ada. They got engaged in April last year. Congrats to them.

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Funny Photo Of The Day

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"Nigerians Misunderstood APC's Change Mantra" - Lai Mohammed

THE Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, yesterday said that Nigerians largely misunderstood the Change mantra with which his party campaigned and won the 2015 presidential election.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting with the Executive Council of the Advertisers Association of Nigeria (ADVAN), Mohammed stated that though the party campaigned using change mantra, it has been taken by Nigerians to mean that as soon as Buhari was sworn in, the next day, things would change completely in Nigeria.

The minster maintained that Nigerians must understand that things do not happen that way because the country cannot continue to be doing things the same way and expect a different result.

“Yes, we know what the ills are; corruption, indiscipline… but it’s not restricted to people at the top. Each one of us has a role to play,” he said.

According to him, it is the reason the Buhari-led government is coming up with the ‘Change Begins with You Campaign’.

“The malaise crippling the fabric of the society today, ‘everybody is guilty,” he noted.

The Minister observed that an average Nigerian, given the slightest opportunity, would cheat, noting that corruption cuts across professions, age and gender in the country.

“Nigeria cannot adequately account for the lives that had been lost simply because some pharmacists decided to adulterate drugs. We cannot quantify how many lives we have lost because of the danfo drivers that wake up in the morning to drink paraga before hitting the road. Most of the traffic bottleneck in Nigeria today is due to indiscipline,” he said.

In moving forward, he solicited for the partnership of members of ADVAN, especially in executing some of its campaign and election promises to Nigeria, to which the President of ADVAN, Mr. David Okeme, pledged its members unalloyed support.

In his response, Okeme assured that his members would support government efforts because businesses need a great country to thrive.

“It’s in the best interest of business to ensure things are working well for the indices to be looking up,” he said.

He however, advised the government to copy some of the models being deployed by corporate businesses especially in the area of behavioral change.
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PHOTOS: Nigerian,Emeka Nelson Shows Electricity Generator That Is Powered By Water

A Nigerian man Emeka Nelson claims to have developed an electricity generator that is powered by water

– The young inventor started a fundraising campaign, hopes to get N2,000,000 (or $10,000) asap

– Emeka promises that his new invention, an “ultra modern bio digester” is coming soon

Nsukka-born Emeka Nelson claims to have invented a generator that runs on water, a machine for recycling non-biodegradable wastes. His third invention, a bio digester, is under development.

A graduate of the National Metallurgical Training Institute has started a fundraising campaign on social media trough his partner, Karo Kanye Akamune.

Photos of made in Nigeria water-powered generator went viral on Facebook. Photo: Karo Kanye Akamune

Apparently, the young man needs at least N1,000,000 (about $5,000) right now for continuation of his research and products’ improvements. The next step is to collect two million naira from angel investors.

Made in Nigeria water-powered generator (hydroelectric generator) in action. Photo: Karo Kanye Akamune

“Creative and inventive minds in Africa should be identified, supported and celebrated. Instead of marrying a third wife or building a forth house you would hardly ever sleep in, invest that money in people like Emeka Nelson,” Karo Kanye Akamune urges Nigerians on Facebook.

Emeka poses near MGBANWE C12, a machine that turns non-biodegradable wastes like plastics, waterproof nylon, etc. into “petrol, kerosene, diesel and some other heavy oils and interlocking stones”. Photo: Karo Kanye Akamune

Emeka runs his private company, Creative E Machines, based in Awka, Nigeria.

An interlocking stone that was allegedly produced by MGBANWE C12. Photo: Karo Kanye Akamune

“I can imagine a world where human feaces, urine etc are turned into cooking gas and best of fertilizers for our farmers.

“I can imagine a society where this machine replaces all our soak away and pit latrine toilet systems. Creative minds tech team is working on it now,” the scientist/engineer wrote in his post dated February 6, announcing the new invention.

The innovators are in search for angel investors. Photo: Karo Kanye Akamune

“Always remember, a country that does not produce man-made goods and services will always lag behind,” Karo Kanye Akamune notes.

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Hoodlums Beat Up Worshippers During Church Service In Osun

Worshipers at the Divine Victory Evangelical Church of God Gospel Ministry last Sunday escaped death by a whisker as hoodlums armed with guns and other dangerous weapons invaded the church, beat them up and injured some.

Our correspondent gathered that one of the youths at Isale Agbara in Ita Olokan area of Osogbo where the church is located was seen defecating very close to the church and was challenged by some of the worshippers.

The youth was said to have left the place in anger and went and mobilised some hoodlums who were armed with guns, cutlasses and other weapons. The hoodlums, on getting to the church, unleashed terror on the worshipers during service. The incident happened on Sunday January 31st, 2016.

Some of the youths in the church were said to have engaged the hoodlums in a fight but they were overpowered and some of them were reportedly injured by the hoodlums.

A resident of the area, who identified himself simply as Taye, told our correspondent in Osogbo on Saturday that the service was disrupted as most of the worshipers fled the scene of the incident after about 10 of them had been injured by the rampaging hoodlums.

>He said, “I heard that one of the area boys went to defecate close to the church and he was chased away by the church members.

The boy was said to have gone and brought some of his colleagues to come and attack the church.

” Some of the church members were injured by the area boys but the arrival of the officials of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps prevented the hoodlums from destroying the church completely and even killing some of the worshippers.”

The Head, Public Relations and Protocol Unit of the NSCDC in Osun State, Mr. Wale Folarin, confirmed the incident while speaking on the telephone with our correspondent.

He said seven of the attackers were arrested and weapons including a locally made gun were recovered from them.

Folarin said, “The timely intervention of officers and men of the Civil Defence prevented the fracas from escalating.

“Hoodlums and other trouble makers are warned not to jeopardise the peace being enjoyed in the state. Anybody caught will be severely dealt with and those on the run will soon be arrested.”
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PHOTOS: Scrap Trailer Falls On Vehicles In Ikorodu,Lagos

It would have been a different tale of tragedy after a scrap trailer fell on vehicles in the early hours of today around 6:15 a.m at Oja bus stop, Ogijo after Ikorodu. Emergency officials were alerted about the incident as they immediately swooped in to save the people trapped in the commercial bus. The prompt intervention saved the situation and no one died in the incident.

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Buhari's Aide Sues Us-Based Blogger

A civil rights activist and member of the Buhari Media Support Group, Ms. Lauretta Onochie, has sued a blogger and US-based lawyer, Emeka Ugwuoye, over a libellous publication on Facebook.

The plaintiff, who is a volunteer in Buhari’s Support Organisation, is demanding N1bn as damages as a result of the publication, which she said did tremendous damage to her reputation.

According to her,if the defendant is not restrained, he will further publish injurious articles against her.

Onochie in the suit filed by her counsel, Festus Keyamo, at the High Court in Abuja, and obtained by journalists on Sunday, also demanded a retraction and an unreserved apology from the defendant for the words he had used with her photograph.

According to the court papers, no fewer than 163 persons have ‘Liked’ the post, while over 80 people have ‘Shared’ it with 198 ‘Comments.”

Ugwuoye had in the post entitled, “A major break in tracking of the Dubai Madams and their agents – A key Madam revealed as a socialite with apparent connections to (sic) Nigerian politicians,” published on January 21 2016, in his Due Process Advocates Facebook page, alleged that Onochie, using names like Aunty Lolly, Madam or Aunty, operates an international girls trafficking ring across the United Arab Emirates, Italy and Greece for prostitution.

The plaintiff, therefore, asked the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendant, whether by himself, agents, privies or servants from further publishing or causing to be published any libellous, injurious or defamatory words against her.

In her statement of claims, the plaintiff, who is a grandmother and a member of the All Progressives Congress, averred that the defendant falsely and maliciously described her as “an international human trafficker who belongs to a powerful network of criminal gangs and racketeers.”

While describing the allegations as false and untrue, she added that the defendant did not conduct any investigation before publishing them.
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"Boko Haram Controls Half Of Borno- Senator Garbai

The Senator representing Borno Central, Baba Kaka Garbai has said that the story that the insurgents have been degraded is nothing but a lie as the terror group still hold on strong to about 50 percent of troubled Borno State.

Garbai who spoke to journalists on Saturday evening during a condolence visit to Dalori village where 65 persons were reported killed last week by the insurgents said, the truth about the accomplishment of the military in Borno State was never truly spoken as the Boko Haram and the Nigerian nation are presently administering about the same territories in the state.

He said both the military and Boko Haram have full control of three separate local governments in troubled Borno State and share control in all the 21 other local governments.

Garbai, who was in Dalori with financial and material assistance to the people of the village, said: “I feel highly demoralized, devastated in the sense that this is the village we came during the election and they were going about their normal business. The activities that were ongoing was like confidence building.

“They actually got the signal a few days before the attack that the insurgents were likely to attack them,they reported to the constituted authorities but nothing was done.

I will like to appeal to the military to intensify their effort in ensuring they beef up security around the villages and communities that share borders with Maiduguri metropolis. It is very important and more so that this place is porous, there could be attack from any direction.”

He said it was a lie and misconception that the insurgents have largely be overpowered by the military, insisting that:
“It is a wrong assumption that most of the local governments in Borno are recapturedfrom the Boko Haram. In reality this is not true in the sense that apart from Maiduguri Metropolis, Bayo and Kwaya Kusar, these are the three local government that are under the occupation of the Nigerian government where the military and police are maintaining law and order.

“Mobbar, Abadam and Kala Balge are 100 percent occupied by the insurgents. There are some local governments that are partially occupied by the insurgents especially as the local government secretariats have been liberated but their hither-lands are still controlled by the insurgents.”

Garbai gave an instance of Konduga which was liberated but still has many communities in the local government area under the insurgents.

He also said “though Gwoza town has been liberated there still remain six wards in Gwoza local government area still occupied by the insurgents.”

He said: “From my count, only three local government are fully liberated, 21 local governments partially occupied by insurgents, that is there is still some level of Boko Haram occupation side by side the military or any other constituted authority. The local government fully occupied by Boko Haram are Abadam, Mobbar and Kala Balge.’He advised that: “We should not live under the illusion that Boko Haram are decimated or weaken, these are not reality and neither a true reflection of the reality. The reality is that most of the local government in Borno is partially occupied by Boko Haram.”

On the proposed reconstruction, rehabilitation and relocation in the troubled areas, Garbai said it was inadvisable at least for now.

He said: “If the people are moved back to their homelands you are making them vulnerable to attack. Unless you provide maximum security and return of law and order in these areas, relocating these people would be endangering their lives.”

The Senate Leader, Mohammed Ndume, representing Borno South in the Senate however believed that much had been achieved by the military in retrieving captured Borno communities from the insurgents.

He also said it was not out of place to begin the reconstruction, rehabilitation and relocation of the destroyed communities.

He told journalists in Maiduguri on Sunday that: “I still have confidence in our military, I still want to believe that our military are on top of the situation. What is happening these days is the issue of intermittent suicide bombing and desperate attacks by the insurgents because their supply routes have been cut off and they attack in other to get supplies. They have been carting away foodstuffs of attacked communities.”

He said that the reconstruction and relocation should still continue in spite of recent attacks. He however admitted that if not immediately, at least the preparation should not be set aside.

The Senate Leader while arguing that the insurgency is winding out, said the recent setbacks are not limited to Nigeria alone, insisting that United States and recently France have come under isolated terrorist attacks.

He noted that the people of Borno displaced by insurgency are willing to go back to their homelands. He particularly mentioned that the people of Gwoza, his homelands are ready to return home, insisting that arrangements have already been concluded for this.
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Fayose Can Say ‘ Whatever He Likes’ – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that contrary to the claims by critics of his incessant foreign trips, none of the trips he had made so far can be said to be frivolous.

He said there were always political and economic justifications for his trip.

Buhari said this on Friday in London while answering questions from some Nigerian journalists shortly before he commenced a six-day vacation that would end on Wednesday.

Our correspondent obtained the transcript of the interview on Saturday.

It will be recalled that Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, had asked Buhari to stay at home and govern the country instead of junketing from one country to the other.

Fayose had said that the President’s incessant foreign trips were already bleeding the economy with about $1m being spent per trip.

But Buhari said he did not know how Fayose arrived at the figure he gave.

He said, “Every one of my trips can be politically or economically assessed. I recall that the first trip I had was to go to Chad and Niger. The trip was mainly because of Nigeria’s security.

“We campaigned based on three issues -security, economy (employment) and corruption. And then the G-7 invited me to Germany. After that, I went to Cameroon. I then went to the United Nations General Assembly.

“I have not seen any frivolous journey that I undertook. I understand that the governor of Ekiti State said that every trip I make costs Nigeria at least $1m. I do not know how he worked that out but every trip that I have made, there must be economic and political reasons that justified them.

“Those who do not see it the way the government sees it have the right not to agree and say whatever they like. But we will try and give them the appropriate reply.”

Buhari also promised to take his administration’s ongoing anti-corruption war to all sectors of the economy.

“We have to go the whole hog into other sectors because unlike what some people believe that the fight against corruption is selective, although they have failed to define the selectivity in their own understanding, there is no way we can get a public officer on record that has misappropriated public fund and we will leave him alone.

“It is one of the undertakings that the Federal Government made and we are going to see it through,” he said.

The President identified the need for firm evidences against corrupt persons as one of the main challenges facing the war.

“The challenge mainly is to affirm evidence. If you just hear our story that somebody built 12 houses in Abuja, houses do not move. Do they?

“It is for us to do verification. We need to verify and quantify before the man is invited to justify how he acquired those properties while he is a public officer,” Buhari explained.

He promised to make a representation to the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mahmud Muhammed, on the various complaints being made against judges in the country.

He recalled that a lot of allegations had been levelled against some of the judges who served on election tribunals.

He, however, declined to comment on the recent Supreme Court verdict that validated the elections of Governor Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and Governor Udo Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom) until he holds a discussion with the Ministry of Justice.

Buhari insisted that despite the killings being witnessed in public places, his government is winning the war against terrorism.

He said, “We are winning the war. I have said that Boko Haram used to effectively control 14 local governments, they hoisted their flag and declared a caliphate of some sort.

“But now, Boko Haram is not holding any local government. They have been dispersed. They have reverted to technology.

“They use Improvised Explosive Devices. They use cooking gas, some wires and metals, put them together and get girls from the age of 15 downwards and explode them in churches, mosques, markets or motor parks and kill people en masse.”

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