FG must apologise to Nigerians For Giving them a false sense of security
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the National Assembly to interrogate the approval of $1bn (N365bn) by the the National Economic Council to fight insurgency.
The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday in Abuja, The PDP said it was alarmed by the “manipulative plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to secure the approvals without recourse to due process, saying that it would not support the plan, calling on Nigerians to demand its reversal by the government.
The National Economic Council, had on Thursday, asked the Federal Government to withdraw $1bn from the $2.3bn currently in the Excess Crude Account and use it to fight insurgency in the North-East. The decision was taken at a meeting of the council held at the at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, presided over by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, had all the governors as members.
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Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, disclosed the decision of NEC to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting. Obaseki said council members expected that the money would be spent on the purchase of security equipment, procurement of intelligence and logistics, among others.
He said the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, announced the governors’ decision at the meeting. The governor stated, “The NEC also resolved through the Chairman of the NGF to support the effort of the Federal Government in the area of security.
“Pleased with the achievements that have been made till date in the fight against insurgency, particularly in the North-East, the governors of Nigeria, through their chairman, announced at the NEC meeting that the governors have given permission to the Federal Government to spend the sum of $1bn on the fight against insurgency. This money is supposed to be taken from the Excess Crude Account.”
“As you know, the issue of security, particularly as regards the North-East, is a very comprehensive response by federal forces. So, we expect that the contribution of the states to these efforts will cover the whole array of activities required to secure the country and counter-insurgency.
“We expect that the amount will include but not limited to the purchase of equipment, procuring intelligence and logistics and all things required to ensure that we finally put an end to the scourge of insurgence.” Obaseki said
But Ologbodiyan insisted that governors elected on the platform of the party were not on the same page with other governors on the issue. He said the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum, who is also the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, had dissociated himself from the NGF’s decision.
The PDP wondered why the APC-led Government avoided the direct constitutional appropriation channel of the National Assembly for funding of items already provided for in the federal budget if it actually has nothing to hide.
He added, “The PDP supports the fight against insurgency. We hold our officers and men confronting the terrorists and securing our territorial integrity in high esteem, but we are concerned about the manipulative tendencies connected with the approvals as well as the veracity of claimed purpose of the fund.
“Nigerians would recall that the APC-led Federal Government claimed that it had since defeated the insurgents. If it would take one billion dollars from a nation’s savings to kill what they claimed was long dead, then we challenge the APC government to come clean and tell Nigerians the whole truth.
“The era of lies and propaganda is long gone and Nigerians now know the truth. The Federal Government must be held accountable and stopped from any move to fritter away our national savings. We, therefore, call on the National Assembly to interrogate this proposed disbursement and subject it to a thorough but rapid interrogation.”
The statement said, “By accepting the $1bn for the fighting of insurgency, the APC-led Federal Government has admitted that it lied when it announced that it has defeated the insurgents. They should, therefore, apologise to Nigerians for giving them a false sense of security, resulting in their vulnerability to attacks by terrorists.”
He recalled that the three points upon which the APC hinged its manifesto were security, corruption and economy, insisting that the ruling party had failed in all.
“On the economy, the APC has taken us into recession; on security, Boko Haram is still ravaging our people; on the issue of corruption, the APC government has only embarked on the witch-hunt of the opposition while monumental corruption thrives unabated right inside the engine of its administration,” the statement said.
Ologbodiyan said that the PDP would ensure that the APC did not continue to play with the intelligence of Nigerians, whom he said were only waiting for 2019 to consign it to the dustbin of history.
President Buhari full speech with ministers after asking them to handover
here is the full tet of Mr president, Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday after requested that all ministers should hand over
NIGERIA NEWS brings you full text of the President’s speech:
Today’s Federal Executive Council meeting is the last time we will meet as a cabinet before the commencement of the second and final term of this Administration.
Our first meeting in this chamber was in November 2015. Over the past three and a half years, we worked together to deliver our campaign promises. I strongly believe that it is this teamwork that led to the successes recorded during our first term
Some of our colleagues, with whom we started this journey, unfortunately, are not here to join us in celebrating our successes.
Specifically, I must recognise our late brother, James Ocholi SAN who passed away in a fearful motor accident with his wife, Blessing and son, Joshua only four months after being sworn in as a Minister.
I want us to all put him, and indeed his family, in our memory. He was a true patriot committed to our CHANGE agenda.
I also acknowledge the contributions of other Council members who resigned before the completion of our tenure to pursue other opportunities
You will recall that when we started this journey, our country was facing numerous challenges.
We inherited a broken economy which eventually went into recession in the second quarter of Fiscal Year 2016. The situation was further compounded by insecurity and massive corruption.
Many would have given up. Indeed, many outside commentators said our situation was well nigh hopeless. However, we all came together and pushed forward to deliver our campaign promise to rescue our country from its parlous state.
Although we all had a common vision, we frequently had heated debates in this room on the best way to achieve our goals. These differing views are what made the decisions we took all the more rational.
It is this quality that made me retain my cabinet for the full term. Each of you in this room has a unique skill and strength. We are a reflection of the Nigeria we aspire to achieve. A diverse but tolerant nation where no one is silenced and where every opinion should be heard and considered
I want you all to leave this meeting proud to have served your nation to the best of your ability.
You should be proud to have been part of the Government that liberated the local governments previously under Boko Haram rule.
You should be proud to have contributed to our food security and economic diversification agenda which led to the revival of our rural agrarian economy
You should be proud to have been part of the team that developed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which led Nigeria exiting its worst recession in decades
You should be proud to have introduced the social investment program that enhanced livelihoods of millions of Nigerians.
You should be proud to have participated in settling outstanding pensions of many senior citizens abandoned by previous governments while supporting state governments to meet their salary arrears.
And of course, you should all be proud to have overseen the most ambitious road, rail and airport rehabilitation programs in the history of our country.
I want to put on record, that your achievements in the last three and a half hears has guaranteed your position in the history books of this nation. You have certainly built the foundations for an improved economy and a more purposeful government.
Although today is our last council meeting, I expect all of you to continue working until Tuesday, 28th May 2019 when you will officially hand over your schedules to your respective Permanent Secretaries. Your handing over letters should be submitted to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
I want to conclude by thanking all of you for agreeing to serve our nation during these difficult times. I want to use this opportunity to recognise the silent partners to this cabinet, your spouses, families and friends, who supported you through these years.
I wish you the very best of luck and pray for your successes, for dear families and our for country in the years ahead.
Thank you and God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Breaking: PDP Governor Endorses Gbajabiamila For 9th Assembly Speaker
The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has endorsed Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila representing the Surulere Federal Constituency, as the speaker of the house of representative, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
Mr. Femi said he is happy for the support of the Governor as he has been soliciting for his support and the support of other elected house of representative.
The Governor pleads to the lawmaker to work in a team with Mr. Femi by not considering any political association. The All Progressives Congress, APC also preferred the candidate and ready to support him.
The Governor also urged the house of representative in the state to be in support of Mr. Femi and ensure he is successful.
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