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Missing arms funds: Not possible under Buhari – Presidency

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Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu said it is not possible that funds meant for procuring military equipment are misappropriated under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Shehu stated this on Friday while reacting to report of the missing arm funds on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme.

He said National Security Adviser, Babagana Munguno’s interview with BBC Hausa was quoted out of context and mistranslated.

He added that armed forces had made a lot of purchases, but the army has been having a bit of a problem with procurement which has been “coming in bits and in pieces”.

Shehu said “I imagine you are talking about the $1 billion taken from the excess crude account with the consent from state governors and was used for military procurements. I want to assure you that nothing of that money is missing. The reference by it in the interview of the BBC in Hausa service by the national security adviser, I think, has been misconstrued and mistranslated,” Shehu said.

“The NSA made two critical points. One is that we don’t have enough which is a statement of fact, and two, procurements made have not been fully delivered.

“In August 2018, they allowed the Nigerian government to buy 12 super Tucano aircraft suitable for the kind of war we are fighting in the north-east. In addition to that, other arms of the military have also made procurements. The navy has done nearly 100 per cent of their procurement — equipment delivered.

“The airforce has bought a number of attack helicopters — 35 helicopters from Ukraine. Some of them have been commissioned on national television. We have bought a lot of drones, but with the army, there have been problems with procurement. The equipment has been coming bits and in pieces.

“This is not ideal. In fact, our biggest procurement is coming from the UAE. As I speak to you now, it is held up in a situation only diplomacy will resolve. We were talking to them last week; the Nigerian minister of defence actually had a meeting with the ambassador of the UAE to Nigeria, and the idea is to resolve this so that the equipment held up will be released. We need them here.

“So all these procurements are ongoing; nothing you can buy on the shelf. NSA did not make accusations of misappropriation, because there is none in dealing with this matter.

“I have heard the interview on radio and I think, reasonably, I have a good understanding of it. At no point did the NSA say that money appropriated and there are no arms to be seen. They have not been delivered; yes, that is correct, but the thing is that they are things you buy on order, not off the shelf.

“The minister of finance is in the position to give you all of the details and I hope in the coming days, he should be able to render a full detail. I think people are just being political. They want to draw a moral equivalence between the PDP and APC administration. Well, they are not the same. Things like this cannot happen under the Buhari administration.”

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Tinubu Congratulates Muslims at Ramadan

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Tinubu Congratulates Muslims at Ramadan

All Progressives Congress National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, joins Muslims in Nigeria and across the world in marking the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan.

In a special press statement on Tuesday by his Media Office and signed by Mr. Tunde Rahman, the former Lagos governor said: “I join Muslims in Nigeria and across the world in observance of this blessed month of Ramadan. For this special and holy month serves to remind us of the peace-loving and compassionate principles of our faith and encourages us to be even more faithful to these principles that we may all move closer to Allah in our daily lives.

“During this month, adult Muslims are enjoined to abstain from food and drinks and other worldly things from dawn to sunset. This spirit of sacrifice, discipline, and perseverance symbolised by denying the body of food and drinks must engender the spirit of humility, mercy and kindness in us individually and as a true community of faith. Through this self control and perseverance, we are moved to beneficial introspection, self-discovery and self-development.

“”I urge our Muslim brothers and sisters to be guided by this spirit in their interactions with fellow Muslims, but equally important also in their relations with their neighbours and Nigerians of other faiths as well. We must do so not only for the holy month of Ramadan but everyday of our lives.

“Nigeria faces many present challenges but none of these challenges can defeat us so long as we remain true to the tenets of our faith by extending the hand of brotherhood and goodness to those around us. We grow in strength through unity and compassion, not through division and recrimination. Thus, the call and spirit of the holy month are much needed now.

“May we all join as brothers in pursuit of peace and harmony for all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. May Almighty Allah continue to guide us with his munificent hand and open our hearts and minds that we may have the ability to fast, worship and reap the spiritual benefits of this holy month. Ramadan Mubarak.”

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How Recklessness Of Some APC Leaders May Cost The Party In 2023 – Progressive Governors’ Forum

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The Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC) might lose to its main opposition party in the 2023 elections over the “recklessness” of some of its leaders.

Lukman, who has been vocal about his grievances with the APC’s national leadership, said the ruling party is its own major opponent in the next round of general elections.

He said these on Monday via a statement titled ‘Determining Factors for 2023 Contests in APC’.

“An inconvenient reality, which every APC leader and member, committed and working to protect the electoral viability of the party, should be worried about is that the strongest opponent of the APC is within the APC,” he said.

“The truth is, other parties, especially the PDP, are shadow opposition whose electoral prospects are largely dependent on the outcome of internal contests in the APC, mainly because of the reckless and undisciplined conducts of some APC leaders.”

Lukman noted the ruling party lost governorship elections in many states including Rivers and Zamfara because of in-house crises that made aggrieved leaders work against the party’s interests.

He said the APC has been able to win important elections including the last presidential poll because of the loyalty and support President Muhammadu Buhari commands.

“The question, which every APC leader and member needs to answer is, will the APC continue to enjoy such an electoral advantage when President Buhari is not the Presidential candidate of the party?” he added.

“Is there another leader in the APC with the towering electoral profile of President Buhari? Whether there is another leader with the electoral profile of President Buhari, is yet to be seen, at least not based on any electoral evidence.

“Part of the requirement for APC to be able to retain the electoral advantage of President Buhari is that factors of blind trusts in the party must be eliminated. No matter the estimation of support or opposition of members of the new NWC to the ambitions of leaders, APC leaders must have very high moral credentials such that when the NWC erred, they are not beyond correction.”

The PGF DG, who had earlier cautioned Mai Mala Buni, chairman of the party’s national caretaker committee, on repeating the mistakes of previous leaders, commended him for “bringing back sanity into the party.”

He said while this has made APC “become more attractive for political leaders of other parties”, it must regulate the conduct of political leaders especially elected representatives.

“(The) inability to develop the capacity to regulate the conducts of party leaders will be injurious to the vision of developing the APC as a truly progressive party,” he added.

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Edo Assembly Clears 15 Appointees As Special Advisers

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Edo State House of Assembly on Monday cleared 15 nominees for appointment as special advisers to Governor Godwin Obaseki.

The clearance was sequel to a letter dated March 31, signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Osarodion Ogie, requesting the lawmakers to approve the appointment.

The letter said: “I write at the instance of Governor Obaseki to inform the House about the need to appoint special advisers to the governor.”

“Accordingly, Mr. Governor has directed me to seek the approval of the House for the appointment of 15 special advisers to the governor.”

The Majority Leader of the Assembly, Mr. Henry Okhuarobo, urged members to approve the governor’s request, saying it was the first step to constituting the state executive council.

The lawmakers unanimously in a voice vote approved the governor’s request to appoint the 15 special advisers.

Speaker Mr. Marcus Onobun thereafter directed the Clerk, Mr. Yahaya Omogbai, to convey copies of the approval to the governor for action.

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