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Buhari Prevented Nigeria From Becoming A Failed State – Lai Mohammed

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In an apparent response to criticism by a former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria’s information minister, Lai Mohammed, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state.
reported Mr Obasanjo’s Friday statement that Nigeria was “fast drifting to a failed and badly divided state.The presidency in a separate statement Sunday replied Mr Obasanjo, describing him as Nigeria’s ‘Divider-In-Chief’.
In his statement sent by his spokesperson, Segun Adeyemi, Mr Mohammed did not mention Mr Obasanjo’s name but said, “Those who genuinely love Nigeria will support, rather than subvert,” Mr Buhari’s “committed leadership.”
Read Mr Mohammed’s full statement below.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office in 2015 prevented Nigeria from becoming a failed state, after a long stretch of rapacious and rudderless leadership, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has said.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the minister said President Buhari came into office at a time that a swathe of the country’s territory was under occupation, a period when many Nigerian towns and cities, including the capital city of Abuja, were a playground for insurgents and a moment that the nation’s wealth had been looted dry, with little or nothing to show for the nation’s huge earnings, especially in the area of infrastructure.
He said it is, therefore, a cruel irony that those who frittered away a great opportunity to put Nigeria on a sound socio-economic footing, at a time of financial buoyancy, and those who planted the seed of the insecurity in some parts of the country today, are the same ones pointing an accusing finger at a reformist government.
”Nigeria today faces a lot of challenges. But whatever situation the country has found itself in, things would have been much worse but for the deft management of resources, unprecedented fight against corruption, determined battle against insurgency and banditry as well as the abiding courage of Mr President in piloting the ship of state,
”Nigeria today is not a failed state, but a nation that is courageously tackling its challenges and building a solid
infrastructure that will serve as the basis for socio-economic development, a nation that is unrelenting in battling insecurity and working hard to ensure greatest prosperity for the greatest number of people,” Mr Mohammed said.
He said no government in the history of the country has done so much with so little, as the Buhari Administration is doing presently adding that with 60% less national income, the administration is making progress on all fronts and setting the country on the path of sustainable growth and development.
The minister said while naysayers are hyping the instances of insecurity in the country, they have conveniently forgotten that the country could have been overrun by insurgents and bandits if President Buhari had not rallied regional and international allies to tackle, headlong, the Boko Haram insurgency that saw bombs going off like firecrackers before his assumption of office, and an estimated 20,000 square miles of the nation’s territory occupied by insurgents
”They tout the downturn in economic fortunes without putting things in context. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing a global shutdown and a drastic fall in global oil demand, Nigeria lost 60% of its earnings, yet the administration has ensured that not a single worker has been retrenched, has paid salaries as and when due and has continued to build infrastructures like roads, rails, bridges and power, among others, that will serve many generations.
”They aggravate the national fault lines with their angry and unguarded actions and rhetoric, forgetting that while national fissures are amplified at a time of dwindling economic fortunes, what is needed to foster peace and unity is not reckless elocution but responsible and responsive leadership, the kind being offered by President Buhari,” he said.
Mr Mohammed said Nigeria is on the road to greatness, despite the challenges confronting the nation, citing the hard push towards food sufficiency; the modernization of the rail system; the nationwide construction of roads and bridges; the reform in the oil and gas sector; the unprecedented anti-corruption battle, the diversification of the economy and the renewed effort to ensure a steady power supply, anchored on a three-phase project that is expected to deliver 25,000MW of electricity in the next few years.
The minister thanked Nigerians for their perseverance and understanding, especially against the backdrop of the stifling effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, and appealed to them to continue to support the administration, as it seeks to lift 100 million people out of poverty in the next 10 years.
”In one of the most difficult moments in the nation’s history, Nigeria is fortunate to have at the helm a leader who is not only dedicated, selfless and patriotic, but one who is globally acknowledged for his discipline, integrity and vision. Those who genuinely love Nigeria will support, rather than subvert, this committed leadership,” he said.

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DSS Agent Killed In Shoot- Out With Gunrunners In Plateau State

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An officer of the Department of State Services in Plateau State, Barrister Muktar Modibbo, has died after armed gunmen in a gunrunning ring opened fire on him and other officers during an operation.
A top security source within the DSS told on Thursday that the incident occurred during a raid on the criminals’ hideout in Shendam Local Government Area of the state.
The gunrunners, who supply illicit weapons to sinister groups that perpetuate violence within the state, were initially traced to Qu’anpan Local Government Area by the secret police but the operation was aborted after it was discovered that intel had leaked to the gunrunners, who then swiftly changed location.
The security source said after receiving new intelligence that the arms smugglers were in Shendam, a team was constituted to burst their operation.
The operation was, however, met with heavy shooting from the criminals, who were well equipped with sophisticated firearms and seemed to have had prior intel about the raid.

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To Boost Revenues , FG Posts Treasurers To MDAs

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The Federal Government on Tuesday commenced the deployment of professional treasury officers to revenue generating ministries, departments and agencies in a bid to improve the country’s revenue base.
Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, said an important sector with huge potential was the revenue generation arm of the Federal Government Owned Entities.
Ahmed spoke in Abuja at the orientation for directors of revenue in FGOEs organised by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
She said, “You may all wish to know that analysis of budgets of some of the FGOEs shows that these entities have the capacities, if properly managed, to significantly improve the revenue base of the Federal Government.
“It is in this light that the deployment of the treasury directors is considered expedient to the selected FGOEs as a pilot test.”
The minister explained that the deployment of directors of revenue to the FGOEs was in compliance with presidential approval that was conveyed via the Secretary to the Government of the Federation’s circular with reference SGF.50/S.3/C.9/24, dated October 16, 2018.
She said the circular was on the approved Revenue Performance Management Framework for Government Owned Enterprises.
Ahmed said the government was increasingly concerned about the dwindling profile of revenues, adding that the trend had to be quickly arrested particularly with key revenue generating agencies of government.

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FEC Approves ₦745 Million To Hire Auditors For NDDC

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday approved N745 million for the hiring of additional forensic field auditors for the audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Sen. Godswill Akpabio, also disclosed that the council approved the hiring of auditors to ensure that whatever comes out of the forensic audit is acceptable not just in Nigeria but to the international community.
Akpabio said: “The memo that was presented by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs was a concluding memo on the procurement of Field Forensic Auditors for the forensic audit of the Niger Delta Development Commission and today the council approved additional forensic field auditors at a total sum of about N745.2 million.
“This brings the total number of field forensic auditors to 16 in addition to the earlier approved Lead Forensic Auditors, Messrs Olumiluwa Bashir and Co.
“These people are now going to be in charge of the nine states of the Niger Delta which has been divided into 16 lots. As I stated earlier, lots one is Ernst and Young for the headquarters.
“They will be undertaking the 19 years of audit and also bring out the organigram for the restructuring of the NDDC for better performance in future.’’
The minister added that the council equally approved the need to attach in
vestigative security agencies to each of the team to ensure transparency in the exercise.

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