Since May 29, 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office, Nigeria has been facing multiples ills from comatose economy, unending scarcity of fuel and its attendant effect, non availability of electricity, inflation, naira depreciation, political instability, Fulani herdsmen terrorism etc. Though the life of an average Nigerian irrespective of ethnic or political standing save the thieving class due to the collapse of the economy, what is troubling Nigerians, especially those of non hausa-fulani muslims is the ravaging motivated terrorists and arsonists, masquerading as fulani herdsmen and inflicting pains and havoc on innocent Nigerians and on their own ancestral land.
It is no secret that apart from being a military man and a politician, Muhammadu Buhari is also an herdsman. In fact, long before became President, he once led hundreds of herdsmen from Katsina state to Oyo state to protest against perceived ill-treatment of his “colleagues” by the government and people of Oyo state. While I’m not disturbed about the President background as an herdsman, I find it in appropriate and an act of treason that the President would continue to look the other way while his kinsmen and colleagues inflict pains and deaths on innocent Nigerians.
The President by his inaction is subtly giving the marauding terrorists moral support and endorsing their carnage.
Is it not an irony that this is the same President that declared tough action against less dangerous Niger Delta militants, Shia movement and non violent IPOB group, one begins to wonder the real agenda of Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari. The silence and inaction of Buhari is in contravention to the oath of office that he swore on May 29, 2015. The President had sworn that “I shall not allow my personal interest to influence my official conduct on my official decisions; that I will to the best of my ability preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; that I will do right to all manner of people according to law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.”
In all sincerity, the action of the President did not come as a surprise to some of us. The Interior Minister Abdulraman Dambazau was once manipulated by the people of Berom of Jos that he aided the rampaging Fulani herdsmen to attack and kill the people of Berom in 2008 while he was the Chief of Army Staff of the federation, this is a man that President Buhari entrusted the internal security of Nigeria on. Is it a coincident that fulani herdsmen is descending on the innocent igbos of Enugu state less than one month after the DSS alleged that IPOBs Killed Fulani in Abia state and kept them in mass grave?
What can we do to stop the maurading herdsmen? It is even unfortunate that the system is skewed to favor the terrorists. In fact, the President upon assumption of office deliberately made sure that the security apparatus of the state are exclusively controlled by either his tribesmen or those from him Muslim north region. He appointed Maj Gen Babagana Moguno as National Security Adviser, He appointed tribesman Daura as DG DSS, another tribesman Raman Dambazzau as interior minister(a position that oversee internal security including the police), he went even further to appoint another tribesman Mallam Dan Ali as his Minister of Defence. To ensure the loyalty of the Army, the President had another tribesman Tukur Buratai as his Chief of Army staff. This arrangement means that EVERY SECURITY apparatus of the Nigeria State is fully in the grasp of Buhari’s kinsmen. Is it a coincident that NON of these people his ever condemned the Fulani terrorists herdsmen nor went tough on them. On the contrary, Mr Daura led DSS openly declared a phantom grave in Aba the covered the body of non existing fulanimen, while the Buratai Army would rather arrest innocent Abia men whose land WaS attacked by herdsmen instead of arresting the herdsmen. Nigeria is in a deep poo in this cocount.
It took the Ombatse group to take the fights on behalf of the eggon nation of Nasarawa state to the doorstep of the Fulani herdsmen before the herdsmen flee their land and their people. Though I’m not advocating violence against any group, I believe that the only language the terrorists herdsmen understand is violence. It is however, incumbent on the State to rise up to the occasion and arrest the situation otherwise the victims would be left with no option than to pick up arms against these people and take the fight to their doorstep just like the eggons did. This however, will be tantamous to civil war but Nigerians are already at war with these so called herdsmen. I make bold to state that we shall hold Buhari responsible should things degenerate into such situation.
Enough is Enough.
Nigerians cannot be at the mercies of any terrorist group. The Agatu and Enugu massacre are deaths too many. The President has the responsibility of rising to the occasion, otherwise the country would burn.
I use this medium to call on Nigerians, especially victims of herdsmen terrorism to resist every move by the State to reward herdsmen with our ancestral lands through the obnoxious Grazing bill. In fact, any representative or senator that support such bill should be declared a persona non grata by coconstituents.
I shall end this piece by expressing my sincere apology to the Nigeria people for the support I gave to then APC Presidential Candidate prior to my February 16, 2015 change of camp to the People’s Democratic Party, even though I never really admired the style of then incumbent Goodluck Ebelemi Jonathan. Indeed, the President is a grave mistake on Nigerians.
May God Almighty Bless Us All And Bless Nigeria
Federal Government Raises Price of Electric Meters
The Federal Government through the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has raised the price of both single-phase and three-phase electricity meters starting from November 15, 2021.
The regulator increased the price of a single-phased meter to N58.661.69, up from the present cost of N44,896.17. While the price of a three-phase meter was raised from the current cost of N82,855.19 to a revised rate of N109,684.36.
The commission announced this in a circular dated November 11, 2021 and addressed to managing directors of all electricity Distribution Companies and all meter asset providers.
The circular, with reference number NERC/REG/MAP/GEN/751/2, was entitled ‘Review of the unit price of end-use meters under the Meter Asset Provider and National Mass Metering Regulations’.
Complete Text of President Buhari’s Speech at the Furniture Investment Initiative Summit
President Muhammadu Buhari is one of the global leaders invited to speak at the ongoing 5th Future Investment Initiative Summit organised by Saudi Arabia.
As reported by Investors King, President Buhari arrived Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Monday at about 11.50 pm for the summit.
On Tuesday President Buhari delivered the speech below.
“Let me begin by conveying my heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud for inviting me to the 5th edition of the Future Investment Initiative Summit in Riyadh.
In the short period of its existence, this summit has emerged as a credible forum for interaction between the public and private sectors, to explore ways of advancing economic growth, development and global prosperity.
I wish to commend the organizers of this year’s summit for the foresight to look at “investment”, not only from a profitability and wealth accumulation point of view, but also bringing prosperity to humanity in general. The humane approach to investment is the only way to address the global challenges we face, especially in the Covid-19 era.
We should continue to sustain our efforts to combat the COVID- 19 pandemic and mitigate its negative socio-economic impact on our societies, build resilience and achieve recovery. It is therefore my hope, that this session will leverage on the enormous economic opportunities that lie ahead in order to satisfy the prevailing needs of our people and planet.
Investing in humanity is investing in our collective survival. This is why we in Nigeria we believe that public and private partnership should focus on increasing investments in health, education, capacity building, youth empowerment, gender equality, poverty eradication, climate change and food security. By so doing, it will go a long way in re- energizing the global economy in a post COVID-19 era.
Nigeria’s population today exceeds 200 million people. Some 70 percent are under 35 years old. When we came into government in 2015, we were quick to realise that long-term peace and stability of our country is dependent on having inclusive and humane policies.
In the past six years, our government took very painful but necessary decisions to invest for a long-term prosperous future knowing very well that this will come with short term pains.
We focused on the following areas:
a. diversification from oil to more inclusive sectors such as agriculture, ICT and mining;
b. tackling corruption, insecurity and climate change; and c. introducing a Social Investment Program.
We introduced policies that supported investments in agriculture and food processing. We provided loans and technical support to small holder farmers, through the Anchor Borrowers Program. As a result, Nigeria today has over 40 rice mills from less than 10 in 2014. Nigeria also has over 46 active fertiliser blending plants from less than 5 in 2014.
Furthermore, in agriculture, we have reformed the process of obtaining inputs such as fertilizer and seeds. We have several million hectares of available arable land and have embarked on the creation of Special Agriculture Processing Zones across the country. These initiatives we believe will make it easier for investors in agriculture.
Two months ago, I signed the Petroleum Industry Act. The Act will serve as a catalyst to liberalize our petroleum sector. It has introduced a number of incentives such as tax holidays, 100 percent ownership, zero interest loans and easy transfer of funds. In addition, we have highly skilled in-country workforce and a large domestic market.
In mining, we have also made several opportunities available for investors. Nigeria is a country rich in minerals from gold, iron ore, tin, zinc, cobalt, lithium, limestone, phosphate, bitumen and many others. We have made the licensing process easier and also made extensive investments in rail and transportation.
Infrastructure investments represent significant potential for investors in Nigeria. We have opportunities in seaports, rail, toll roads, real estate, renewable energy and many others. We have created several institutions that are available to co-invest with you in Nigeria.
We have the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority and more recently, I approved the creation of Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria. These institutions are run as independent world class institutions to make investments in the country and are available to co- invest with you.
In addition, the development of social infrastructure such as healthcare and education present enormous opportunities for investors in a country our size.
Digital Economy in Nigeria has many potentials for investment, as it has remained the fastest growing sector in both 2020 and 2021. Nigeria has many opportunities for investment in broadband, ICT hardware, emerging technology and software engineering.
We have recently approved the national policy on Fifth Generation (5G) network. Our aim is to attract investors in healthcare, smart cities, smart agriculture among others. The benefit of real time communication will support all other sectors of the economy.
Yesterday, I launched the E-Naira, the electronic version of our national currency, which puts us on track to become the first African country to introduce a Central Bank Digital Currency. We believe this and many other reforms, will help us increase the number of people participating in the banking sector, make for a more efficient financial sector and help us tackle illicit flow of funds.
To further strengthen our anti-corruption drive, increase accountability and transparency, we have centralized government funds through a Treasury Single Account, and ensuring that all Nigerians with a bank account use a unique Bank Verification Number (BVN). These initiatives, coupled with our nationwide National Identification Number (NIN) exercise, reinforce our efforts to tackle corruption and fraud. We believe that this should give investors a lot of comfort.
As we strive to build resilience towards a sustainable economy in our various countries, let us not forget the negative impact of climate change on our efforts to achieve this goal. Nigeria and many countries in Africa, are already facing the challenges posed by climate change. Climate change has triggered conflicts, food insecurity, irregular youth migration, rising level of sea waters, drought and desertification, as well as the drying-up of the Lake Chad.
In the Lake Chad Basin region, where Boko Haram insurgency continues to undermine the peace, security and development of the region, climate change is largely responsible for the drying up of the Lake Chad which has shrunk by more than 85% of its original size.
The diminishing size of the Lake is at the root of the loss of millions of livelihoods, displacement of inhabitants and radicalization of teeming youths in the region who are recruited to serve as foot soldiers in the insurgency.
In order to redress this situation and restore the lost fortunes of the Lake Chad Basin region, strong public-private partnership through massive investments will be needed to recharge the waters of Lake Chad. I am confident that this forum will rise to the challenge in the interest of durable peace and sustainable development of our region.
We cannot invest in humanity without relieving our countries from the crushing effects of the debt burden especially when the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the risk of deepening the debt portfolio of poor countries. These nations increasingly allocate more and more resources towards external debt servicing and repayment at the expense of the health, education and other services that contribute to the overall well- being of their population.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and most populous nation. Our economic reforms which focus on “humane” investments are ideal for investors looking to have profitable returns while positively impacting the citizenry.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, Investing in Humanity is the right thing to do. I strongly believe the historical under- investments in “humane projects” is the genesis of most of the insecurity and socio-economic challenges the world is experiencing today.
I will conclude once again by thanking the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and also congratulate His Royal Highness, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for their leadership and their support through the Future Investment Initiative.
I remain confident that through such exchanges, the world indeed will be a better place. I hope and pray that this forum will rise to the challenge in the interest of durable peace and sustainable development.
I thank you.”
UN and Zimbabwe Sign New Cooperation Framework
The government of Zimbabwe and United Nations have signed the 2022-2026 Zimbabwe United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework that will support the country’s efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The official signing and launch of the Zimbabwe United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2022-2026 was presided over by the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda and UN Resident Coordinator Maria Ribeiro. UNESCO Regional Director for Southern Africa, Prof. Hubert Gijzen witnessed the signing ceremony together with other UN Country Team members and Government officials.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Dr Misheck Sibanda said Zimbabwe was grateful for the UN support towards the country’s development in the face of various challenges.
“I want to pay gratitude to Ms Maria Rebeiro for her commitment to uplift the livelihoods of the people of Zimbabwe in the face of natural disasters like the cyclone, droughts and the COVID-19 pandemic,” Dr. Misheck Sibanda.
He took the opportunity to bid farewell to Ms Rebeiro whose term of office ends this year and urged the UN team to continue with the legacy of her hard-work which saw the UN mobilise US$400 million towards promotion of agriculture, climate adaptation and health needs for Zimbabwe.
The UN Resident emphasised the importance of aligning the UN’s programmes with the country’s development strategies.
“In the same spirit of achieving SDGs, climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic are opportunities for us to do better by aligning the country programmed NDS1 with instruments of the UN in resource and financial mobilisation,” Ms. Maria Ribeiro.
The 2022-2026 Zimbabwe United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (ZUNSDCF) articulates the strategic engagement of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Zimbabwe to support the country to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Anchored on Zimbabwe’s National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1) 2021-2025, the ZUNSDCF encapsulates the shared commitment to leaving no one behind through delivering concrete results that ensure inclusive participation and reaching the people typically left the furthest behind.
The ZUNSDCF with full government ownership throughout the process, is a result of extensive consultations involving a wide range of key stakeholders whose inputs contributed to defining the strategic priorities and implementation modalities.
The ZUNSDCF lays out an ambitious programme to accelerate development progress during the Decade of Action as Zimbabwe strives to recover better and stronger from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fully cognizant of the urgency to act, the ZUNSDCF represents the vehicle through which the UNCT in partnership with the Government of Zimbabwe and other stakeholders, will deliver transformative support that drives inclusive and sustainable economic growth, gender equality, human rights and climate action.
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