Fayose To Buhari: Only Your Resignation Can Bring Progress To Nigeria

Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to resign if he truly loves the country, as ill-heath is not allowing the President to effectively discharge his constitutional duties.

Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday, said being an avowed corruption fighter, Buhari is now under moral burden to save Nigeria from needless stagnation arising from his heath challenges that have impacted negatively on his performance.
The governor said fighting corruption was not limited to ‎discovering large sums of money here and there, but doing the right thing at the right time.
He opined that taking a bow when necessary was also an indication of being morally upright.
The governor, who appraised the two years of the Buhari administration, said the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government had failed to deliver on its promises.

“So far, the APC-led Federal Government has been a government of misadventure and Nigerians are worse for it. They say they are fighting corruption but are shielding corrupt elements within their fold.
Members of the opposition defect to the APC for protection‎. Fighting corruption is more than discovering huge sums of money all over the place, with nobody being traced to be the owners, moral corruption too is bad.

“He can do us the great help by resigning. Not resigning bothers on his integrity.‎ His absence allows others to suppress and oppress others and that means he is allowing others ‎ to suppress their fellow human beings.‎ There are many governments in one and they are clueless.‎ We need an active president going by our numerous challenges. ‎How long will Nigerians wait for an incapacitated president‎?
‎”We cannot wait again for somebody to hold us to ransom.‎ I don’t have any bad blood against Buhari Osinbajo has no powers without the president. He owes us the duty to tell us the state ‎of his health,” the governor said.
On the performance of the economy, Fayose said it had gone from bad to worse.‎

He noted that the middle class had been wiped off.

“There is no middle class any more ‎.Economic indicators are not cherry at last. They borrow money on daily basis and committing funds that ought to accrue to all tiers of government to servicing the loans,” he added.
On the much-touted rescue of Chibok girls. Fayose reiterated that the whole set up was a blackmail against former President Goodluck Jonathan, adding that one day, the true story would be revealed.

On insecurity in Nigeria, Fayose said more people had been killed by insurgents and herdsmen than in any other period in the history of Nigeria.
He wondered why no Fulani herdsmen had been arrested and prosecuted despite the atrocities perpetrated across the country.

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Petrol Marketers Vs Ekiti Govt: Fayose Rejects N10,000 Compensation To Victims, Demands Total Insurance 

#Petrol Dealers vs Ekiti Govt: The APC blinded politics

Ekiti State Govt is insisting that Petrol Stations in the State must have COMPREHENSIVE INSURANCE such that anyone affected by fire outbreak from a petrol station will be adequately compensated. 

This is one of the reasons Alhaji Suleiman Akinbami and his other Petrol Marketers instigated Tanker Drivers to stop bringing petrol to Ekiti State.

Even those among the marketers that are willing to bring in petrol are being blackmailed, harassed and intimidated.

And because you are a supporter of APC, you are blindly supporting the petrol marketers? How I wish some of you were among the victims of the Mugbagba, Ado Ekiti fire incident that got as low as N10,000 for their burnt SHOPs.

Owner of the Mugbagba, Ado Ekiti petrol station only INSURED the TANKER that caught fire and the PUMPs. Even the SHOPPING PLAZA built in the petrol station was not INSURED.

And here you are celebrating fuel scarcity in Ekiti because of politics. 

Your case is like that king who did nothing when lion was killing his subjects. He will only say ORAN LO (calamity has ended) when report is made to him that lion has killed one his subjects. It was the day he was told that the lion has killed his only son that the king shouted ORAN DE (Calamity has come).

As for the petrol marketers, continue with your strike instead of simply getting; 
1: Comprehensive Insurance
2: Functional Borehole
3: Fire Extinguishers with 3 attendants trained to use them.

And most importantly;

4: Comply with the govt directive to stop work on the FIVE petrol stations being constructed in residential and school areas, including the one at IDEMO, Ado Ekiti being constructed on less than one plot of land and the one at Similoluwa in Ado Ekiti being constructed on canal.

The safety of Ekiti and its people is more important than any economic and political gains.

Drivers’ Union Leader, Hamburger Killed In Lagos APC LG Primaries

No fewer than two persons, including the Chairman of the motorcycle riders’ union in Lagos State, Rasak Bello, were killed during the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday.
The primaries was said to be for the councillorship seats in the upcoming local government election in Lagos State.
Bello, popularly known as Hamburger, was allegedly shot during the primaries for councillors in Sogunle area of Oshodi.
He was said to have died on his way to the hospital.
He was shot at the venue of the primaries for Ladipo-Sogunle Ward.
Those who shot him were said to have arrived in a bus and started shooting sporadically.
Another person was also confirmed dead at another venue.
Many others were also reported injured.

The spokesperson of the Lagos State Police Command, Olarinde Famous-Cole, confirmed the development.
Famous-Cole, however, did not put a figure to the number of those killed.
Violence had erupted midway into the primary election of the APC to elect chairmanship candidates for the July 22 council polls in Lagos State on Saturday, ending the event abruptly.
Some aggrieved party supporters engaged one another in a free-for-all midway into the election, smashing ballot boxes over allegations of imposition of candidates at the election. 
Scores of delegates and others present at the Teslim Balogun Stadium venue fled in different directions as a result of the fracas, even as some were injured. 
The Chairman of the Elections Committee, Sen Tokunbo Afikuyomi, was also attacked, with his top taken off by angry supporters who accused him of partiality as he scampered to safety.
 Security officials later forced him out the grip of the angry youths and whisked him away.

Buhari Has Killed Democracy As A Dictator -NBA

The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of running the country like a dictator for the past two years.

According to the Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Owerri, Imo State Chapter, Lawrence Nwakaeti, Buhari has set Nigeria back by decades as far as democracy is concerned.

“May I take us to recent happenings in the polity where the rule of law and all known tenets of constitutional democracy have been abused with impunity. Namely, the desecration of the judiciary as an institution by the executive, disobedience to court orders, clamp down on non-violent protesters, treating the issue of the president’s ill health with secrecy, media trial of suspected persons, incessant clamp down of persons with opposing views without trial and if there is an order of court for the release, refusal to obey the said order”.

He also said the Buhari government is full of hypocrites who don’t have the best interest of Nigerians at heart.

DEMOCRACY DAY SPEECH COMMEMORATING THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUHARI ADMINISTRATION, MAY 29, 2017

Dear Nigerians, I bring you good wishes from President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who as we all know is away from the country on medical vacation.
Today marks the second anniversary of our assumption of office. We must thank the Almighty God not only for preserving our lives to celebrate this second anniversary, but for giving us hope, strength and confidence as we faced the challenges of the past two years.

Our administration outlined three specific areas for our immediate intervention on assumption of office: these were Security, Corruption and the Economy.

In the Northeast of our country, the terrorist group Boko Haram openly challenged the sovereignty and continued existence of the state, killing, maiming,and abducting, causing the displacement of the largest number of our citizens in recent history. Beyond the North East they extended their mindless killings, as far away as Abuja, Kano And Kaduna.

But with new leadership and renewed confidence our gallant military immediately began to put Boko Haram on the back foot. We have restored broken-down relations with our neighbours, Chad, Cameroon and Niger — allies without whom the war against terror would have been extremely difficult to win. We have re-organized and equipped our Armed Forces, and inspired them to heroic feats; we have also revitalized the regional Multinational Joint Task Force, by providing the required funding and leadership.

The positive results are clear for all to see. In the last two years close to one million displaced persons have returned home. 106 of our daughters from Chibok have regained their freedom, after more than two years in captivity, in addition to the thousands of other captives who have since tasted freedom.

Schools, hospitals and businesses are springing back to life across the Northeast, especially in Borno State, the epicentre of the crisis. 

Farmers are returning to the farms from which they fled in the wake of Boko Haram. Finally, our people are getting a chance to begin the urgent task of rebuilding their lives.

Across the country, in the Niger Delta, and in parts of the North Central region, we are engaging with local communities, to understand their grievances, and to create solutions that respond to these grievances adequately and enduringly.

President Buhari’s New Vision for the Niger Delta is a comprehensive peace, security and development plan that will ensure that the people benefit fully from the wealth of the region, and we have seen to it that it is the product of deep and extensive consultations, and that it has now moved from idea to execution. 

Included in that New Vision is the long-overdue environmental clean-up of the Niger Delta beginning with Ogoni-land, which we launched last year.

More recent threats to security such as the herdsmen clashes with farmers in many parts of the country sometimes leading to fatalities and loss of livelihoods and property have also preoccupied our security structures. 

We are working with State governments, and tasking our security agencies with designing effective strategies and interventions that will bring this menace to an end. 

We are determined to ensure that anyone who uses violence, or carries arms without legal authority is apprehended and sanctioned.

In the fight against corruption, we have focused on bringing persons accused of corruption to justice. We believe that the looting of public resources that took place in the past few years has to be accounted for. Funds appropriated to build roads, railway lines, and power plants, and to equip the military, that had been stolen or diverted into private pockets, must be retrieved and the culprits brought to justice. 

Many have said that the process is slow, and that is true, corruption has fought back with tremendous resources and our system of administration of justice has been quite slow. But the good news for justice is that our law does not recognize a time bar for the prosecution of corruption and other crimes, and we will not relent in our efforts to apprehend and bring corruption suspects to justice. 

We are also re-equipping our prosecution teams, and part of the expected judicial reforms is to dedicate some specific courts to the trial of corruption cases.

We are also institutionalizing safeguards and deterrents. We have expanded the coverage of the Treasury Single Account (TSA). We have introduced more efficient accounting and budgeting systems across the Federal Government. We have also launched an extremely successful Whistleblower Policy.

The Efficiency Unit of the Federal Ministry of Finance has succeeded in plugging leakages amounting to billions of naira, over the last two years. We have ended expensive and much-abused fertilizer and petrol subsidy regimes.

We have taken very seriously our promise to save and invest for the future, even against the backdrop of our revenue challenges, and we have in the last two years added US$500m to our Sovereign Wealth Fund and US$87m to the Excess Crude Account. This is the very opposite of the situation before now, when rising oil prices failed to translate to rising levels of savings and investment.

Admittedly, the economy has proven to be the biggest challenge of all. Let me first express just how concerned we have been, since this administration took office, about the impact of the economic difficulties on our citizens.

Through no fault of theirs, some companies shut down their operations, others downsized; people lost jobs, had to endure rising food prices. In some States civil servants worked months on end without the guarantee of a salary, even as rents and school fees and other expenses continued to show up like clockwork.

We have been extremely mindful of the many sacrifices that you have had to make over the last few years. And for this reason this administration’s work on the economic front has been targeted at a combination of short-term interventions to cushion the pain, as well as medium to long term efforts aimed at rebuilding an economy that is no longer helplessly dependent on the price of crude oil.

Those short-term interventions include putting together a series of bailout packages for our State Governments, to enable them bridge their salary shortfalls — an issue the President has consistently expressed his concerns about. We also began the hard work of laying out a framework for our Social Intervention Programme, the most ambitious in the history of the country.

One of the first tasks of the Cabinet and the Economic Management Team was to put together a Strategic Implementation Plan for the 2016 budget, targeting initiatives that would create speedy yet lasting impact on the lives of Nigerians.

Indeed, much of 2016 was spent clearing the mess we inherited and putting the building blocks together for the future of our dreams; laying a solid foundation for the kind of future that you deserve as citizens of Nigeria.

In his Budget Presentation Speech to the National Assembly last December, President Buhari outlined our Economic Agenda in detail, and assured that 2017 -would be the year in which you would begin to see tangible benefits of all the planning and preparation work. It is my pleasure to note that in the five months since he delivered that speech, we have seen tremendous progress, as promised.

Take the example of our Social Investment Programme, which kicked off at the end of 2016. Its Home Grown School Feeding component is now feeding more than 1 million primary school children across seven states and would be feeding three million by the end of the year. N-Power, another component has engaged 200,000 unemployed graduates — none of whom needed any ‘connections’ to be selected. Beneficiaries are already telling the stories of how these initiatives have given them a fresh start in their lives. Micro credit to a million artisans, traders and market men and women has begun. While conditional cash transfers to eventually reach a million of the poorest and most vulnerable households has also begun.

Road and power projects are ongoing in every part of the country. In rail, we are making progress with our plans to attract hundreds of millions of dollars in investment to upgrade the existing 3,500km narrow-gauge network. We have also in 2017 flagged-off construction work on the Lagos-Ibadan leg of our standard-gauge network, and are close to completing the first phase of Abuja’s Mass Transit Rail System.

In that Budget speech in December, the President announced the take-off of the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative. Today, five months on, that Initiative — the product of an unprecedented bilateral cooperation with the Government of Morocco — has resulted in the revitalisation of 11 blending plants across the country, the creation of 50,000 direct and indirect jobs so far, and in the production of 300,000 metric tonnes of NPK fertilizer, which is being sold to farmers at prices significantly lower than what they paid last year. By the end of 2017, that Fertilizer Initiative would have led to foreign exchange savings of US$200 million; and subsidy savings of 60 billion naira.

The Initiative is building on the solid gains of the Anchor Borrowers Programme, launched in 2015 to support our rice and wheat farmers, as part of our move towards guaranteeing food security for Nigeria.

All of this is evidence that we are taking very seriously our ambition of agricultural self-sufficiency. I am delighted to note that since 2015 our imports of rice have dropped by 90 percent, while domestic production has almost tripled. Our goal is to produce enough rice to meet local demand by 2019. In April, the President launched our Economic Recovery and Growth Plan which built on the foundations laid by the Strategic implementation Plan of 2016. The plan has set forth a clear vision for the economic development of Nigeria. I will come back to this point presently.

Another highlight of the President’s Budget Speech was our work around the Ease of Doing Business reforms. As promised we have since followed up with implementation and execution. I am pleased to note that we are now seeing verifiable progress across several areas, ranging from new Visa on Arrival scheme, to reforms at our ports and regulatory agencies.

The President also promised that 2017 would see the rollout of Executive Orders to facilitate government approvals, support procurement of locally made goods, and improve fiscal responsibility. We have kept that promise. This month we issued three Executive Orders to make it easier for citizens to get the permits and licenses they require for their businesses, to mandate Government agencies to spend more of their budgets on locally produced goods, and to promote budget transparency and efficiency. The overarching idea is to make Government Agencies and Government budgets work more efficiently for the people.

The impact of our Ease of Doing Business work is gradually being felt by businesses small and large; its successful take-off has allowed us to follow up with the MSME Clinics -our Small Business support programme, which has taken us so far to Aba, Sokoto, Jos, Katsina, and we expect to be in all other states in due course.

Let me note, at this point, that several of our Initiatives are targeted at our young people, who make up most of our population. From N-Power, to the Technology Hubs being developed nationwide, to innovation competitions such as the Aso Villa Demo Day, and our various MSME support schemes, we will do everything to nurture the immense innovative and entrepreneurial potential of our young people. We are a nation of young people, and we will ensure that our policies and programmes reflect this.

One of the highlights of our Power Sector Recovery Programme, which we launched in March, is a N701 billion Naira Payment Assurance Scheme that will resolve the financing bottlenecks that have until now constrained the operations of our gas suppliers and generation companies. Let me assure that you will soon begin to see the positive impact of these steps.

Our Solid Minerals Development Fund has also now taken off, in line with our commitment to developing the sector. Because of our unerring focus on Solid Minerals development over the last two years, the sector has, alongside Agriculture, seen impressive levels of growth — in spite of the recession.

On the whole, just as the President promised in the Budget Speech, these early months of 2017 have seen the flowering of the early fruit of all the hard work of our first eighteen months.

We opened the year with an overwhelmingly successful Eurobond Offer — evidence of continuing investor interest in Nigeria. We have also launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017–2020, to build on the gains of last year’s Strategic Implementation Plan. And the implementation of our 2017 Budget, which will soon be signed into law, will bring added impetus to our ongoing economic recovery. In the 2016 Budget we spent 1.2 Trillion Naira on infrastructure projects, another milestone in the history of this country. Our 2017 Budget will double that investment.

That budget also provides for substantial investment to implement the rollout of Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones (SEZs), as well as our Social Housing Programme. The Industrial Parks and Economic Zones will fulfill our ambition of making Nigeria a manufacturing hub, while the Family Home Fund of our Social Housing Programme will provide inexpensive mortgages for low-income individuals and families across the country.

These plans offer yet more evidence that we are ramping up the pace of work; the work of fulfilling all that we promised. In the next two years we will build on the successes of the last two. We have demonstrated a willingness to learn from our mistakes and to improve on our successes. The critical points that we must address fully in the next two years are : Agriculture and food security, Energy, (power and Petroleum,) Industrialization and Transport infrastructure. Every step of the way we will be working with the private sector, giving them the necessary incentives and creating an environment to invest and do business.

Our vision is for a country that grows what it eats and produces what it consumes. It is for a country that no longer has to import petroleum products, and develops a lucrative petrochemical industry. Very importantly it is for a country whose fortunes are no longer tied to the price of a barrel of crude, but instead to the boundless talent and energy of its people, young and old, male and female as they invest in diverse areas of the economy.

And that vision is also for a country where the wealth of the many will no longer be stolen by or reserved for a few; and where the impunity of corruption — whether in the public or private sectors — will no longer be standard operating practice; a land rid of bandits and terrorists.

As citizens you all deserve a country that works, not merely for the rich or connected, but for everyone. And our promise to you is that we will, with your support and cooperation, take every step needed to create that country of our dreams.

We also know that this journey will of necessity take time. But we will not succumb to the temptation to take short-cuts that ultimately complicate the journey. We did not find ourselves in crises overnight, and we simply do not expect overnight solutions to our challenges.

The most important thing is that we are on the right path, and we will not deviate from it, even in the face of strong temptation to choose temporary gain over long-term benefit. As the President has summed it up: “The old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing, and a new era is rising.”

And so we commemorate this second anniversary of our administration with confidence and optimism. I firmly believe that we have put the most difficult phase behind us; and we are witnesses to the ever-increasing intensity of the light at the end of the tunnel. We ask for your continued cooperation and support, to enable us realise all our best intentions and ambitions for Nigeria. On our part We will continue to carry you along on this journey, speak to you, explain the challenges, and share our Vision.

And while we all daily pre-occupy ourselves with pursuing the Nigerian Dream — which is the desire to better our lives and circumstances vigorously and honestly — it is inevitable that grievances and frustrations will arise from time to time.

This is normal. What is not normal, or acceptable, is employing these frustrations as justification for indulging in discrimination or hate speech or hateful conduct of any kind, or for seeking to undermine by violent or other illegal means the very existence of the sovereign entity that has brought us all together as brothers and sisters and citizens.

Nigeria belongs to all of us. No one person or group of persons is more important or more entitled than the other in this space that we all call home. And we have a responsibility to live in peace and harmony with one another, to seek peaceful and constitutional means of expressing our wishes and desires, and to resist all who might seek to sow confusion and hatred for their own selfish interests.

Before I end this speech, let me ask for your continued prayers for the restoration to full health and strength and the safe return of our President.

I congratulate all of you on today’s commemoration of this important day in the democratic calendar our country. Nigeria is on a journey of greatness, and together we shall arrive at the destination of our dreams.

May God bless you all, and bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Ekiti First Military Gov: Fayose In Jos, gives N2.5m scholarship to late Bawa’s children

The Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Sunday in Jos, pledged to donate N2.5m yearly for the period of 10 years to the children of the first military administrator of the state, Lt. Col. Mohammed Bawa (retd.), who died in a private hospital in Jos last week.

He also said that the Ekiti State Governor’s Residence built by the late MILAD would be named after the deceased.
While describing the death of Bawa as shocking, he said it would remain a great loss to the people of the state, “who are appreciative of his pioneering role as the first MILAD in the state.”
Fayose made the promise when he paid a condolence visit to the residence of the family of Bawa located on Musa Bot Street, Rayfield, GRA in Jos.
The governor re-echoed his promise later in an interview with journalists, following the plea by a friend of the deceased, Maj. Chris Edoga (retd.), for assistance.
While responding on behalf of the family, Edoga appreciated Fayose and described the late Bawa as a true leader who accommodated everyone.
“Late Bawa left three children, one of them is schooling at the Nigerian Turkish Nile College in Kano, another one has just secured admission into the same school. Their mother died shortly after giving birth to them.
“The family will appreciate it if the Ekiti State Government would take up the responsibility of their education to the university level,” Edoga pleaded.
Fayose, who was accompanied by his Plateau State counterpart, Simon Lalong, described Bawa as “the pathfinder and father who went out of darkness to ensure that Ekiti becomes a great state out of darkness.”
Fayose said, “I have pledged N2.5m each year for the family, for the next 10 years. It will be properly documented and will be binding on the governments after me, because we are doing this for a leader that had served our people and he was the first governor, whether military or civilian. All we know is that he was our first governor, and the house he built as the Governor’s Residence will soon be named after him during his remembrance when his family visits Ekiti. That will show that Ekiti is another home for Bawa.
“Bawa came to Ekiti State at a time we needed a man like him for the take-off of the state and despite the odds he met on ground as the first military administrator of the state, he practically brought water out of stone to lay a solid foundation for Ekiti. It is an understatement to say he worked assiduously for the progress of our state. He did work tirelessly for our state and its take-off.
“The government of Ekiti State will stand by the family and do the needful, because late Bawa remains our pathfinder and benefactor. Before his demise, I used to talk with him and he gives advice especially when he reads from the newspapers about Ekiti State.”

​Fayose Honours Himself By Celebrating Gen. Adebayo -Oni

A former Governor of Ekiti State, Chief Segun Oni, has said the incumbent, Ayodele Fayose, has honoured himself with the way he celebrated the late Military Governor of the old Western Region, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (Rtd).

Oni said this at the Government House, Ado-Ekiti where he met Fayose to formally inform the governor of the passing on of the former Minister of Education, Prof. Babalola Borisade.

According to a statement on Sunday by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, Oni said there was nothing bad in celebrating our heroes.

“I am here basically to formally notify the governor of the passing into glory of the former minister and a prominent leader, our brother, father and mentor, Prof. Babalola Borisade and to commend the governor for the honour done our father, General Adeyinka Adebayo.

“When we celebrate our leaders, we honour ourselves. Governor Fayose has honoured himself, Ekiti and all of us the way and manner he celebrated General Adebayo,” he said.

Oni, who harped on the need for unity in Yoruba land, noted that politics should not become a divisive factor.

“We are all Yorubas and the more reason we have to come together for the development and progress of our land. Politics should not divide us beyond the necessary,” he added.

Fayose, in his response, said Oni was one of the leaders in the state and that his coming was auspicious.

“When I leave office, I too would have reasons to visit. We will continue to celebrate our leaders and heroes, living or dead. Politics is momentary, but relationship and keeping the state together in the overall interest of the people is important.

“Former Governor Oni has come to tell me of the demise of Prof. Borisade. We must join hands to celebrate our leaders. It is not all about politics. Oni commending me is commending all of us. If Oni were the sitting governor, he would have also celebrated Baba Adebayo.” he added.