I Will Continuously Fight Corruption Until It Dies – President Buhari
I will continue to fight corruption in Nigeria until it is completely exterminated from our body polity, President Muhammadu Buhari, said on Monday.
According to the President, his administration will fulfill its vow of
eliminating all forms of corrupt practices in Nigeria so as to put the
country on the path of greatness and prosperity.
Buhari disclosed this at the 2017 Annual National Management Conference
of the Nigerian Institute of Management in Abuja. He was represented by
the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.
The President said, “To set this country on the path of greatness and
prosperity, complete elimination of all forms of corrupt practices must
be in the front burner and our collective consciousness always.
“You will agree with me that a great nation is the reward of great
leadership built on good governance with strict adherence to the ideals
and principles of corporate governance. This is our motivation and value
proposition. My administration will, therefore, continue to fight
corruption and associated social vices at all levels until they are
exterminated from our body polity.”
15 Die As Suicide Bombers Attack Borno
At least 15 people were killed today when suicide bombers attacked an
aid distribution point in northeast Nigeria, in the latest suspected
strike by Boko Haram insurgents against civilians.
The blasts occurred in the Konduga area, about 40 kilometres (25 miles)
from the Borno state capital, Maiduguri, both of which have been
repeatedly targeted by the jihadist group.
Anambra: Ubah, Oduah, Others Want PDP Candidate Substituted
Four governorship aspirants in the Peoples Democratic Party in Anambra
State have written to the Governor of Enugu State, Mr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi;
and the Chairman of the PDP National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed
Makarfi, demanding the substitution of the party’s candidate, Mr.
Oseloka Obaze, in the November 18, 2017, election.
They include the lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial
District, Stella Oduah; a former Minister of State for Transportation,
John Emeka; the Chairman of Capital Oil, Dr. Ifeanyi Ubah; and Alex
In separate letters to Ugwuanyi and Makarfi, copies of which The Punch sighted
on Sunday, the aspirants, who were aggrieved with the conduct of the
August 28, 2017, governorship primary of the PDP in Anambra, insisted
that Obaze should be disqualified.
In a letter dated September 10, 2017 and addressed to Ugwuanyi, the
aggrieved aspirants pointed out that Obaze would not receive their
support if the party failed to address their grievances.
Bride & Groom Kidnapped In Ondo Released.
The police have secured the release of a groom, Moses Yakubu, who was
kidnapped last Sunday along with his bride and family members by armed
Mr. Yakubu was on his way to Akure, the Ondo State capital for his
wedding when the gunmen struck at Akunnu, Akoko North East Local
Although the bride was immediately released by the gunmen, the groom was held back until Saturday when his release was secured.
Yakubu and three others were released from hands of the kidnappers by officials of the police force unhurt.
APC Accuses Fayose Of Funding IPOB
On the day the federal government accused disgruntled politicians of
sponsoring the separatist group, IPOB, the All Progressives Congress,
APC, in Ekiti State has accused the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, of funding the group and its leader, Nnamdi Kanu.
The party accused Mr. Fayose, a vocal critic of the Muhammadu Buhari federal administration, of plotting to destabilise Nigeria.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in the state, Taiwo Olatunbosun,
said in a statement on Sunday that the Nigerian Army was performing its
constitutional role of preserving the unity of Nigeria and bringing all
secessionists and their backers to justice.
Mr. Fayose had urged the federal government to embrace dialogue in the
resolution of the Biafran agitation after the Nigerian military declared
IPOB a terrorist organisation.
He had earlier accused the government and the military of ethnic cleansing in their handling of the Biafran agitation.
Mr. Olatunbosun said the governor’s actions and utterances had shown
that he was “solidly behind any activity that will bring Nigeria down.”
“On April 26 and as published by The Nigerian Tribune Newspaper and its
online publication on April 27, 2017, Fayose said he was working in
conjunction with Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, to raise funds
for Kanu, stressing that he was taking his support for Kanu beyond
showing solidarity in court by raising funds that would be deposited in
an account opened in Kanu’s name,” Mr. Olatunbosun alleged.
He quoted the governor as saying that, “as many lawyers willing to fight
the oppression should join the struggle for liberation from the
oppression,” alleging that Mr. Fayose was not new to seditious and
treasonable activities to bring Nigeria down.
“He led a campaign to the Chinese Embassy in Abuja and later to
Shanghai, the Chinese capital, to urge the Chinese government not to
lend hands in helping Nigeria out of recession,” continued Mr.
“Relentlessly, he led hate campaigns against the symbol of the Nigerian
authority, President Muhammadu Buhari, wishing him dead, including
hounding and haunting the President across the world, including on his
sick bed, and threatening to expose the President on a life-support
machine, all these in spite of swearing to uphold the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria and to be loyal to the Nigerian state
and her President.
“He went further as reported in the media on May 25, 2017 that ‘Ekiti
State is now part of Biafra’, which drew the ire of several Yoruba
groups as reported in the media.
“Not done, while Nigerians and indeed the country’s leaders were
celebrating Nigeria’s exit from recession, Fayose was the only governor
across the country who dismissed the celebration as a ruse, maintaining
that Nigeria was still in a deep economic mess even though in his state,
he is the biggest stumbling block to the survival of Ekiti people by
diverting all loans he took to pay workers salary to needless projects
contracts awarded to his friends’ companies in which he allegedly has
Mr. Olatunbosun further alleged that Mr. Fayose demonstrated the
seriousness of his support for the collapse of Nigeria when he released
his telephone number 070300000393 and email: [email protected] as
reported in the media on April 27, 2017, urging all that were interested
in the Biafra cause to contact him through the phone number and email
“All the South-east governors, including the Deputy Senate President Ike
Ekweremadu, have opposed Kanu in his secessionist activities while
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has warned Kanu and IPOB to stay
away from Rivers; but Fayose declared Ekiti State as part of Biafra and
that has confirmed the report that he is part of Biafra’s financiers as
he had publicly declared to the media,” said Mr. Olatunbosun.
“No wonder, just four months after Fayose started mobilising funds for
Biafra, thousands of deadly weapons, including military assault rifles,
were smuggled into the country but were intercepted by the Nigerian
Customs while it was also discovered that uniformed Biafran militants
already have military training camps where they are planning deadly
assaults against Nigeria after threatening her leaders.
“We had earlier alerted the security agencies to the presence of armed
gangs and stockpiling of arms in the Ekiti State Government House and
his present activities in raising funds for Kanu only confirm that he is
part of rebellion against the Nigerian state.
“We have always insisted that Fayose is a threat to the Nigeria’s unity and the economic survival of her people.”
The APC spokesman urged security agencies and Interpol to investigate
Mr. Fayose in his support for funding IPOB with “the latest influx of
military assault rifles into the country.