Hadiza Buhari-Bello, one of the daughters of President Muhammadu Buhari, has faulted a statement credited to a former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, that she is using her Africa Support and Empowerment Initiative to infringe on the franchise of the Bring Back Our Girls group.
Buhari-Bello, in a statement she jointly signed with AFRISEI Secretary, Don Uche, on Friday, said her organisation was a responsible body that would never engage in illegal activities by stealing someone else’s franchise.
She explained that contrary to Ezekwesili’s allegation, her organisation did not need to lean on the BBOG to be of service to the Chibok girls and therefore had no reason “to steal anything from BBOG or use its name to achieve any advantage.”
The President’s daughter explained that her organisation had its own defined objectives and that it did not need to steal anybody’s ideas to operate in line with its own objectives.
She said the organisation was duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and issued certificate of incorporation on July 14, 2016.
While praising the activities of the BBOG to raise and sustain awareness about the plight of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls, the President’s daughter said her organisation had broader objectives beyond the Chibok girls.
She said though the Chibok girls were within the priority of her organisation, its commitments to humanitarian causes did not end with Chibok schoolgirls.
“Given the size of the problem at hand, the more organisations we have assisting Chibok and other devastated communities, the better for the country,” she said.
She added that AFRISEI is committed to empowering the youth and the underprivileged in the area of job creation and skill acquisition.
All govt institutions are corrupt –Osinbajo
Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), has said the present administration’s fight against corruption will touch every sector in the society because all government institutions in the country are corrupt.
He lamented that corruption had permeated every stratum of the society and was responsible for poverty and other challenges facing the nation.
Osinbajo spoke in Ado Ekiti on Friday during the 2016 convocation ceremony of the Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, where Governor Ayodele Fayose called on the Federal Government to support the state in the construction of an airport.
“I have a great respect for Chief Afe Babalola because of his stand against corruption. Sometimes in 2002, Chief Babalola argued the case for the establishment of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission where he let the court realise that corruption is the greatest problem of our nation.
“All the institutions of government, I mean the executive, legislature and the judiciary are corrupt. What we need is serious reorientation. That is why ABUAD is a great university because it teaches knowledge, character and morality. So, value reorientation is a key weapon to fight corruption.
“That is why the Federal Government is intervening, because if we refuse to act, every facet of the country will fail. We must act fast and deal with the situation as quickly as possible.”
He commended ABUAD for blazing the trail in the academic and other resourceful ventures. He advised the graduands to be multi-skilled to be able to compete under the present economic situation.
“You must be trustworthy and honest apart from being skillful and resourceful to be able to make a great impact in the future ahead of you. You must reflect on the values they taught you in the institution and be conscious of the fact that Nigeria, your country, must be great and through which this can be achieved with your contributions.”
Buhari is no hater of women – Adeosun, Finance Minister
Finance minister Kemi Adeosun has dismissed insinuations of President Muhammadu Buhari being a hater of women even as she Friday said that the administration has pumped in the last four months pumped an unprecedented N720 billion to boost infrastructure.
Mrs. Adeosun who disowned dates attributed to her on when the nation would come out of recession said economic growth would depend on global oil prices and how the economy responds to the spending stimulus fashioned out by the administration. Among the spending plans she enumerated was the Affordable Housing Programme aimed at boosting home ownership in the country. She said the contractors for the programme moved to site this week.
Mrs. Adeosun spoke on a BBC programme Friday evening. Asked if the president was a misogynist, she said:
“I think the fact that he has appointed women into very senior positions says his view about women. I work with him very closely and I don’t see any misogynistic tendencies in him; in fact if for anything, I think he is very much in favour of Women.
$2.1 b arms cash: Fani-Kayode to be flown to Abuja for fresh questioning
The former Director of Media and Publicity of the President Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who was re-arrested today by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, after he stepped out of a court room at Federal High Court Lagos, where he is standing trial would be flown to Abuja for fresh interrogation.
He would face fresh charges over new evidence that he collected huge cash directly from the embattled former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki, in the build-up to the 2015 presidential election. '
Meanwhile, Chief Fani-Kayode has raised the alarm that his life was in danger and that the EFCC should be held responsible should anything happens to him. In a statement issued by his media aide, Jude Ndukwe, he wondered why all others who were on trial with him were allowed to go while he was the only one re-arrested. The statement therefore called for his immediate release. However, a top EFCC source said last night that, “we are going to move him to Abuja to answer fresh questions arising from the new evidence that he personally collected various sums of money from the ONSA”.
The amount allegedly collected by Fani-Kayode, according to the source is different from the N4.9 billion, which he and the former Finance Minister, Esther Nenadi Usman, Danjuma Yusuf and a company, Joint Trust Dimension Nig. Ltd., reportedly collected from the ONSA ahead of the presidential election.
The EFCC has already slammed a 17-count charge against them for taking the money from the public treasury and retaining same without rendering any verifiable service to the nation. “There is a fresh case of various sums of money traced to the suspect, which has nothing whatsoever to do with the N4.9 billion case we instituted against him and others in Lagos.
“We arrested Fani-Kayode because we need him to explain to our operatives why he took the money and what he used it for. It is clear from the records before us that he received the money directly from the NSA. “From the record before us, the suspect signed and collected the sum of N26 million for undisclosed purpose and we want him to explain to us why he took the cash in the first place,” the source said