Nigerians are praying for Buhari – Femi Adesina

Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, says “God that spared him will also ensure that he returns to full health. Nigerians prayed and God answered, Nigerians are still praying and God will still answer”

Adesina said this during an interactive session with journalists at the launch of ‘Against The Run of Play’ a book written by Olusegun Adeniyi, chairman of THISDAY editorial board.

The launch took place at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) in Victoria Island, Lagos.

“Saying the president should resign is an opinion but don’t forget that 15 million people elected the president so if one or two people express their opinion, will their opinion override that of 15 million people that voted for him?” he asked.

“Those who are expressing their opinion have rights to their opinion.”

On the state of Buhari’s health, he said: “There is no need for apprehension, God spared the president the first time. Remember he said that he has never been as ill as he was before. The same God that spared him will also ensure that he returns to full health. Nigerians prayed and God answered, Nigerians are still praying and God will still answer.”

The issue of Buhari’s health has been a source of concern to Nigerians.

The president, who has missed two sessions of the federal executive council (FEC) meeting in a row, did not observe Juma’at prayer at the mosque in the presidential villa.

Buhari has restricted himself to Aso Rock since March 10 when he returned to the country after a 49-day medical vacation in the UK.

#bbnaija 2017 winner – Efe Flies A Private Jet To Jos, Received By Plateau State Governor, Lalong

Big Brother Naija Winner, Efe shared on his social media page a video of him taking a private jet to Jos today Friday 28th April, 2017,  for his Homecoming party while thanking God for bringing him thus far.

when he arrived in Jos he was welcomed by the commissioner for tourism and members of TeamEFE at the airport, he has been received by the Plateau State Governor, Rt Hon Simon Lalong at the new government house little Rayfield, Jos.

Efe recently visited Internally Displaced People’s Camp ( IDP camp). at Kuchingoro area of Abuja and share relief material with the people.

Suspected Herdsmen invade Soyinka’s residence

The residence of nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, in Ogun state was invaded by Suspected herdsmen

The scholar disclosed this on Friday while speaking at a forum in Freedom Park, Lagos.

“We are living in dangerous times. My home is under invasion… From Imeko to Abeokuta is under invasion by herdsmen,” he said.

“This is a deliberate act of provocation. The trespasses have been frequent, we have reported to the police, but government is taking security lightly. We need to wake up the government, let them know the seriousness of the issue on ground; these herdsmen are worse than Boko Haram.”

Soyinka, who said the mentality of herdsmen had changed, advised government to use drone in tracking them.

He also opposed the establishment of grazing reserves, saying that would worsen the problem.

“Creating corridor for cattle grazing will compound the problem, I do not think that is the solution,” he said.

In April 2016, Soyinka had raised the alarm over the invasion of his residence at a time when he was abroad.

Nigeria needs a president who sees every part of the country as his own — says senator Ekweremadu

Ekweremadu-e1451422199901DEPUTY Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, said that the bitter quest for the presidency by the various ethnic extractions of the country would continue until Nigeria has a President who sees every part of the country as his or her constituency. According to him, a President who is committed to reuniting what he described as a highly polarised nation and reawaken the giant in all parts thereof will end the recurring cries of marginalization among various ethnic groups of the country, adding that the President Nigeria needs must ensure that people are not mistreated on grounds of their electoral choices or where they come from. Ekweremadu spoke in Abuja at the public presentation of the book, “The Audacity of Power and the Nigeria Project: Exclusion of the South East in Nigeria’s Power Politics and the Spectre of Biafra” authored by Godwin Udibe and Law Mefor. The deputy Senate President, who was represented by Hon. Dennis Amadi, representing Ezeagu/Udi of Enugu state in the House of Representatives, said to address Igbo marginalization, there must be true restructuring and federalism because if there had been a normal federal arrangement, the hue and cry over marginalisation by Ndigbo and other parts of Nigeria would not have arisen. Stressing that marginalisation of the Igbo is real, he said, “the cross of Ndigbo in the Nigerian state is heavy; Igbo marginalisation is real; and as the authors argue, now borders on deliberate exclusion.” Ekweremadu Ekweremadu said the worst disadvantages suffered by Ndigbo are not just those imposed by structural imbalances such as fewer number of states and local governments or the lesser revenue accruals, political representation, federal employments and political appointments arising from the imbalances and willful injustice. “The greatest marginalization and disadvantage suffered by Ndigbo is the willful dissembling and discarding of true federalism, which the founding fathers of Nigeria adopted in order to live together as one nation in which no one is oppressed and every component part is able to thrive. This awkward form of federalism has boxed Ndigbo to a tight corner and caged their potentials and ingenuity. “It would be recalled that in the First Republic, the defunct Eastern Region was rated the fastest growing economy in Africa. At that time, oil had not started flowing in commercial quantity in the Region. Nevertheless, the Eastern Region as well as the other regions recorded unprecedented and yet to be unequaled development. “The State of California alone, in the USA, is one of the largest economies in the world. It reminds us that in a true federal state, Ndigbo would have been the most unlikely people to cry about marginalization because they have what it takes to compete with the developed economies. “Sadly, in the context of Nigeria’s federalism, Ndigbo are like a shackled lion. They have abundant mineral resources but cannot exploit them because minerals are vested in the Federal Government in an arrangement that robs Peter to pay Paul. Ndigbo cannot independently secure their territories to make them safer for citizens and more attractive to investors because policing was centralised since 1966. “Whereas Igbo communities and public spirited individuals build schools, roads, hospitals, and other socio-economic infrastructure, the South East states cannot build certain infrastructure because only the Federal Government has the constitutional powers to build them. “In other words, Ndigbo are a people who have what it takes to fly but are condemned to crawl because others are crawling. This is the tragedy of the Nigerian project.” Ekweremadu, who noted that “restructuring is not an emotional issue, but a political imperative for Nigeria to make the desired progress”, however disagreed with those who see the calls for restructuring as tantamount to call for disintegration.