On Tuesday, the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has said about N1.3trn were stolen under the 4 years tenure of Goodluck Jonathan as president of Nigeria
Former aide to Jonathan, Reno Omokri, in a statement advised Buhari government to face the United States which recently released a damning report on corruption fight in the country.
But vocal aid to the former president, Reno Omokri has come out to lambast the commission chairman over recklessness of churning out figures of corruption cases on the previous administration and continue attacks on government that have moved from government almost 4 years ago.
It said Magu sought to drag Jonathan into the mix when he was expected to have used the forum he spoke to address the issues of impunity raised in the U.S. State Department report.
Omokri who accused Magu of deliberately dragging the former president who did everything possible in Nigeria to make sure the country gets a better ranking in Transparency International has not been well appreciated by the current administration under the Buhari government
In the statement obtained by NIGERIA NEWS part which reads “The claim of a stolen N1.3 trillion public fund which Magu reiterated on Monday is not new, for the discerning members of the public, the claim by Magu is rehash of false allegations that started its ill-fated journey in 2016.
“In January 2016, Muhammadu Buhari’s prophetically named Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai (Lie) Mohammed, claimed at a world press conference in Abuja, to mark the beginning of the administration’s war against corruption, that 55 well-placed Nigerians stole a whopping N1.34 trillion between 2006 and 2013, a period covering the Presidencies of Obasanjo, Yar’Adua and Jonathan.
“Nine months later, specifically in October 2016, the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay repeated the allegation with only a slight alteration, by alleging that about N1.4 trillion was stolen by top government officials and businessmen under the last three administrations.
“It will be recalled that in July 2015, Adams Oshiomhole, the current chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), had alleged that a former government minister in Nigeria stole $6bn (about N2.1 trillion). Oshiomhole said “US officials informed President Muhammadu Buhari of the alleged theft during his visit to Washington the previous month.”
“However, the U.S. State Department denied the story, asking Oshiomhole, to name the official and not drag United States into Nigeria domestic politics. The truth is that Ibrahim Magu lied and this is not the first, or second time he has lied to the public.
“It would be recalled that Mr. Magu has boasted on many occasions that the EFCC under him had recovered about N739 billion within two years, adding that over N500 billion was recovered in 2017 alone.
“However, Kemi Adeosun, the then minister of finance in the same Government at that time, decided to put a lie to Mr. Magu’s claims, by revealing in March 2018 that contrary to all the figures provided over time by the EFCC’s acting chairman, Ibrahim Magu, only N91 billion of such claims could be accounted for by the Government.
“So, instead of relying on wild and unsubstantiated allegations, I would advise Mr. Magu to focus on some facts, like the following:
“According to Transparency International, Nigeria is more corrupt today than at anytime during the five-year period of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s time in office.
“Whereas under Jonathan and the PDP, Nigeria made her best ever improvement on Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, moving 8 places forward from 144 to 136 in 2014, but under President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, Nigeria has made her worst ever retrogression, moving backwards 12 places from 136 to 148. This is a fact.
“It is also a fact that under the Muhammadu Buhari administration arranged the recall, reinstatement and double promotion of Abdulwasiu Maina, the biggest ever thief in Nigeria’s civil service history and even gave him armed guards.
“It is also a fact under the Muhammadu Buhari administration, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation awarded $25 billion worth of contracts without due process. To put this in perspective, that money can pay 1 million Nigerians the proposed new minimum wage of ₦30,000 for 4 years. This is a fact.
“Moreover, it is a fact that renowned entertainer, Mr. Charles Oputa, AKA Charly Boy, recently revealed that the spokesman for the Muhammadu Buhari re-election campaign, Mr. Festus Keyamo, paid him a nine-figure sum (at least one hundred million Naira), to attack the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the February 2019 Presidential elections.
“The question Mr. Magu should answer is where did Festus Keyamo get so much money that he carelessly throws around?
“Finally, Nigerians saw clear evidence via drone imagery that bullion vans carted cash to the home of the National Leader of the All Progressive Congress, Senator Bola Tinubu, 48 hours to the Presidential election.
“Mr. Tinubu even boasted on live television that the bullion vans carried money and that it is nobody’s business. This is even as the Money Laundering Act of 2011 makes it illegal for any individual to make cash payments exceeding Five Million Naira. And provides that every cash transaction over ₦5,000,000 must be done via a financial institution.
“These are the types of characters surrounding President Buhari. Characters that you will not trust with even your dog.
“One had expected that all these demonstrations from the US State Department among with the facts listed above would prompt Mr. Magu to change his politically-influenced blame game approach and adopt a more professional strategy. Sadly, that was not to be.
“To have simply repackaged the fable of the missing N1.3 billion at this time, shows that the EFCC boss probably thinks that Nigerians are a bunch of people with no retentive memory.
“Magu should realize that his credibility and that of the agency he leads should derive from the attention he gives to objectivity, professionalism and hard evidence. It is rather unfortunate that Magu chose to enmeshed state institution such as the EFCC into partisan politics, thereby prioritizing propaganda, deceit, half-truth and hearsay as the organization’s strategy of governance.”
Omokri reaction to Magu is a testament that Reno Omokri is who currently lives in the United Kingdoms still loyal to the former president
Chimamanda Adichie Makes Another History At Yale University
Chimamanda Adichie makes another history at Yale University by emerging as the first African to deliver a speech at Yale’s 318th commencement to celebrate the Yale college class graduands, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
Chimamanda Adichie is popularly known for his book ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Americana’. She has also featured in TED talk on several occasion. The Class Day address is as of date back as in 19th century which reflects the student four years at the university. It also constitutes giving prizes to students in several aspects of the University. The students are the one to choose any profoundly acclaimed figure to deliver the speech.
This time around Chimamanda Adichie is chosen to deliver the address on 19th of May, 2019, succeeding Hillary Clinton, the Presidential candidates for the Democratic in the last US Presidential election against the Republican, Donald J. Trump.
The lists of profound people who have been chosen to address on that occasion are, Tony Blair, Barbara Walters, Tom Hanks, and many others. Chimamanda Adichie is now the first African to be included among the list.
Chimamanda Adichie was described by the organizing committee for the event as “an inspiring global citizen whose words, teaching, and social activism has had an indelible impact on the diaspora and broader contemporary culture.”
Chimamanda as well got her master of Arts in African Studies in 2008 at Yale Unversity and commend the class that:
“I remember the many clever undergrads I met while at Yale and it’s an honor to know that a class of similarly clever students chose me to speak to them,”
“Be open to changing your mind. It is often a sign of growth. Be open to the possibility that you might be wrong. Ideology is a good thing but if you find that you yield unquestioningly to every orthodoxy of the ideology you subscribe to, then maybe it is time for some agility in your thinking.”
She further speaks as follows, “If you’re one day enrobed in corporate power, please hire women as executives and not just in human relations. Change the corporate culture. Have an on-site day-care. Make paid family leave standard and ordinary.”
NYSC 2019 Batch B Mobilization News Today
The NYSC 2019 Batch B mobilization timetable is out and the NIGERIA NEWS bring it to the notice of the Prospective Corp Members, PCM to be aware and take note of the date when the Online registration would start and also when they would expect to print out call up letter. In the table, the date for the commencement of orientation course is not stated but it would relay to you the moment it’s stated.
The Timetable For The NYSC 2019 Batch B Mobilization Is As Below:
|1||2019 Batch ‘A’ Post-Mobilisation Workshop.||8th – 10th May 2019|
|2||2019 Batch ‘A’ Pre-Mobilisation Workshop.||14th – 18th May 2019|
|3||Briefing/Sensitization of Final year students/prospective corps Members.||10th – 25th May 2019|
|4||Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs||6th – 25th May 2019|
|5||Submission of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs||25th – 30th May 2019|
|6||Online Registration by Foreign and locally Trained Nigerian Graduates||27th May – 12th June 2019|
|7||Entertainment of complaints from Prospective Corps Members by the state Deployment and Relocation officers and NYSC Help Lines/Desks officers.||27th May – 13th June 2019|
|8||Action by ICT Department||13th – 15th June 2019|
|9||Notification and Printing of Call-up Letters by PCMs||15th – 17th June 2019|
|10||Online Printing of Deployment Disposition by Corps Producing Institutions/Delivery of manual Call-up letters to Institutions||15th – 17th June 2019|
|11||Commencement of 2019 Batch “B” Orientation Course|
The Federal Government on Thursday give the update as to the implementation of the signed minimum wage of N30, 000, possibly they may start the implementation on the Batch B NYSC members.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Usman said that the Federal Government have set up a committee to oversee as to which the implementation of the minimum wage of N30, 000 could be financed.
She said that the Federal Government would as well have to negotiate on some grounds with the labour union in order to determine the amount that would be added to the workers salary that has already equalize or above the newly approved minimum wage.
The full statements of Mrs Zainab as to how she brief the newsmen on the steps the Federal Government has taken towards the implementation of the newly approved minimum wage of N30 000, is as shown, quoted below:
“We have looked at the report and what we are working on now is how we can finance it”
“Apart from the increase of the minimum wage from N18, 000 to N30, 000, there is also consequential adjustment that we have to negotiate with the labour unions.
“The total implication of that would be worked out only after the negotiations and that would involve determining how much increase every other staff that is above the minimum wage would get.
The Minister further added that the NYSC also deserve to earn a little more than minimum wage of N30, 000 but said all would be more certain after the meeting with the labour union.
She said, “It could be a flat amount or a proportion, but the other aspect that is clear is that there would be an increase for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as well because by the Act they should earn at least the minimum wage and the NYSC also has to increase to that N30, 000.
“So, because we have not done the negotiation with labour, I cannot give you the details of what we are projecting because it is simply on projections, at the end of the day, it is what we agree with labour that will be the amount that is due.”
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