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Politics / Why No Country Operates VAT Through Sub-national Units, Experts Explain by Deji7474: 3:06pm On Sep 10
Tax experts have continued to share their thoughts and experiences on global best practices on the administration of Value Added Tax (VAT). One fact that runs through the conversations so far is that no country across the world administers VAT through states or sub-national units; and the reason is that VAT is operated on input-output mechanism which shields taxpayers from incidences of double taxation. Another reason is around capacity and convenience to administer VAT.

Currently, given the fact that VAT is administered centrally by the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), the VAT system in Nigeria has an in-built refund or credit mechanism which eliminates the cascading effect that is a feature of the retail sales tax. This means that the final consumer is protected from bearing the brunt of the cascading effect of retail sales tax. Tax experts advise that this shield will be removed if sub-national units take the responsibility of VAT administration.

Further to above, a finance analyst, Ashabi Vincent noted that the input-output tax mechanism in VAT also makes it self-policing. “In essence, it is the Output tax less Input Tax that constitutes the VAT payable and it is the equivalent of the VAT paid by the final consumer of the product that will be collected by the government. Although VAT is a multiple stage tax, it has a single effect and does not add more than the specified rate to the consumer price no matter the number of stages at which the tax is paid”, he said.

In a recent meeting with journalists in Abuja, the FIRS corroborated the above. According to the Group Lead, Special Tax Operations Group, Matthew Gbojunbola, the current VAT Act in Nigeria is in line with global best practices as it allows taxpayers to offset their input VAT (Allowable Input VAT) against their output VAT, to the extent that such input VAT only relates to such goods that are purchased or imported for resale or form the taxpayers’ stock-in-trade used for the production of new products on which output VAT will be charged.

He said where the output VAT exceeds the recoverable input VAT, the taxpayer is expected to remit the excess to the FIRS.

Mr. Gbojunbola explained that in the case where the input VAT exceeds the output VAT, taxpayer will be entitled to a refund of the excess after following the due process as contained in the FIRS Establishment Act. He said that such refund may not be possible if VAT is administered by states because the administration of VAT will be done by different states tax authorities.

He said: “As to the incidence of VAT, VAT is practiced on an input and output mechanism. What it means is that for a business either importing or buying products, that business will pay VAT either at the port if it importing or with the manufacturer if it buying from a local manufacturer.

“And when that business pays VAT, it is accounted for that business as an input tax, such that if it begins to sell in any part of Nigeria, and charges VAT from its own customers, it is able to rescue the importers pay either by port if it is an imported item or to the manufacturer if it was obtained from local producers.

“And this works only at the national level, VAT can’t work at the sub-national level and there is no country in the world where VAT works at a sub national level. This is because the VAT depends on the input-output mechanism.

“For instance, if a business person buys an item in Osun State and paid VAT, takes the goods to Sokoto state to sell, remember this business person had paid VAT when purchasing the product in Osun state.

“So, when selling in Sokoto state, he will be charged VAT and by the operation of the input-output mechanism, this business person will deduct the input VAT payment in Osun state, from the output charged in Sokoto state, and remit any difference to the relevant tax authorities, in this case because there is a single tax authority handling VAT, it is the same Authority that will receive the VAT in Osun and Sokoto states.

“And so, it is easy to work out the input-output mechanism, businesses won’t be short-changed; there is no issue of consumers having to pay VAT more than once.
“However, if this operating at a sub national level it will mean that when businesses are paying VAT at the state level, the business would have to pay VAT twice in two different states.”

According to him, the revenue from VAT is administered under an arrangement that allows the Federal Government to collect 15 per cent, States 50 per cent and Local Government 35 per cent.

The implication of this, according to him, is that the State and Local Government takes about 85 per cent of VAT proceeds

He said, “The VAT is not paid to the Federation Account but to VAT pool account for distribution to the three tiers of government. It is after the sharing that the portion of the Federal Government is paid to the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account.

“VAT works only at a national level but not at a sub-national level. There is no country in the world where VAT works at the sub-national level.”

He said the VAT Act differentiate between two kinds of VAT; Input VAT and Output VAT.

On the issue of capacity, analysts agree that it takes capacity to administer VAT. In line with this, the FIRS explained that it took the system about ten years to get to where it is now in terms of human capital capacity and deployment of technology for tax administration.

Mrs. Chiaka Ben Obi while shedding light on the capacity of FIRS to collect VAT said: “We are deploying technology. And what has that achieved for us? It has enables us to block leakages that were hitherto present in tax declarations and coming up with tax liabilities. And what bis the name of the technology we have deployed? It is TaxPro Max. TaxPro Max is our own in-house developed tax administration system. For the past ten years, we have been trying to achieve non-human intervention in tax administration, from end to end. We had deployed many third-party technologies for tax administration solution which left up with gaps and we were running like a mini-manual or semi-automated system.

“What we have now with TaxPro Max is that we are managing the life-cycle of taxpayer using technology. From the time a taxpayer registers up until the time ultimately the taxpayer getting their Tax Clearance Certificate. Recall that in the past, when a taxpayer is registering to get their Tax Identification Number, you typically will bring your CAC registered document, your C07, team of directors etc, we don’t do all that now.

“A taxpayer can actually go and register online and do that validation online and be integrated with the CAC. And they check the validity and the authenticity of the taxpayer. And thereafter, a taxpayer can then filing their tax returns and entering all that they need to enter. Another aspect of that has happened again as a result of deploying TaxPro Max that, what is important to a taxpayer is issued a contract and they are paid, the PAYE automatically deducts their Withholding Tax from the taxpayer and remits same to the FIRS”.

She said once the payee deducts that Withholding Tax and remits to FIRS, a receipt is automatically generated which goes to the email of profile of the taxpayer.
“Now, once that receipt is generated, the system also recognises a Withholding Tax receipt has been generated and then converts that to a Withholding Tax Credit Notes which then becomes a credit on the ledger of the taxpayer.

“When the taxpayer therefore goes to file for tax, at the end of declaration of all the requirements in all the schedules, there is a request to the taxpayer if they want to use the credit in their ledger. If the taxpayer says yes, let’s assume that the tax liability of the taxpayer is N100 million, and they have a credit of N85 million in their ledgers, the system will deduct the amount and present N15 million for the taxpayer to pay. The system will also give them the option to pay at the bank or pay immediately.

“If they click to pay at the bank, a document reference number is generated which they can take to the bank. If they go to the bank, that is what they give to the bank teller to process their payment and issue them receipt. If you also choose to pay right away, you will be presented different payment gateways, you will whichever one you prefer and then you pay online.

“So, we have been able to achieve an end-to-end processing of the life cycle of that taxpayer, from the time that taxpayer registers to the time they pay their tax liability and receive their Tax Clearance Certificates. When they make their payments, the next thing a taxpayer wants is to receive their TCC which is a statutory requirement for most of the agencies that give contracts if not all of them. So, those days of going to the Tax Office and applying for TCC are gone. Most time the Tax Controllers who approve issuance of TCC are online. So, you can give a timeline from 10 minutes to at most two days and you will have your TCC sent to your email which you registered with the Tax Office and then you can print it and do whatever you want to do with it. So that is how FIRS has been able to block leakages and we are able to generate more taxes from taxpayers because we have been able to overcome the challenges of the issues of under-declaring and underpayment”, Mrs. Chiaka Obi said.
Nairaland / General / Tax Defaulters To Pay 50% Of Disputed Amount Into Court Account Before Hearing by Deji7474: 9:51am On Jun 14
Tax defaulters who plan to institute legal cases against the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) now have to pay 50% of the assessed amount in dispute into an interest-yielding account of the Federal High Court before the court can hear such matters.

Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr Muhammad Nami, disclosed this on Friday during a public hearing organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts investigating revenue leakages arising from tax waivers and incentives to foreign companies granted pioneer status.

According to Mr Nami, the new rule is contained in a recent Practice Direction issued by the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Hon. Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, under Order 57 rule 3 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019. He also confirmed that the Practice Direction took effect from 31 May 2021.

Mr Nami also stated that the Management of FIRS "has initiated a process for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with critical stakeholders as far as information sharing and amendments to the relevant laws are concerned".

He revealed further: "We have gotten several amendments to our tax laws which require companies operating in the Free Trade Zones to file tax returns on their operations to the FIRS". These amendments are aimed at checking the activities of taxpayers currently taking advantage of some gaps in our tax laws and fiscal policy by establishing businesses in the nation’s tax-free zones. He emphasized that such companies produce goods that are meant for export and then sell the goods to our custom’s zone thereby making it impossible for the companies operating in our custom’s zone to operate competitively with them.

However, as part of efforts to attract investment vis-a-vis raising revenue for the government, Mr Nami also hinted that as a first step, "FIRS has set up a high-power committee which is made up of senior officials of FIRS and the National Investment Promotion Commission(NIPC) to look into issues patterning to tax waivers and granting of pioneer status".

Mr Nami, who maintained that tax evasion and tax avoidance were global phenomena, also said that such practices were equally fiscal policy issues. He then urged the National Assembly to, as a second step, amend the relevant tax laws that would make it almost impossible for these companies to exploit loopholes in our tax laws to shift both profits and taxes to their countries of origin. He pointed out that taxes not paid to Nigeria or waived by the Nigerian Government are returned to the treasury of defaulting companies’ home countries operating in Nigeria, hence the need for legislation to address the issue.
Nairaland / General / FIRS Launches New Online, Naira Tax-filing Platform by Deji7474: 11:25am On Jun 05
As part of its efforts at modernizing tax administration in the country, the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), has introduced a new Tax Administration Solution (TaxPro-Max) for ease of tax compliance.

  A Public Notice signed by the Executive Chairman, FIRS, Mr Muhammad Nami, disclosed that “TaxPro-Max enables seamless registration, filling, payment of taxes and automatic credit of withholding tax as well as other credits to the Taxpayer’s accounts, among other features. The TaxPro-Max also provides a single-view to Taxpayers for all transactions with the Service”. The TaxPro-Max platform is accessible at www.taxpromax.firs.gov.ng

 Mr. Nami disclosed that as “from 7th June, 2021, the TaxPro-Max becomes the channel for filing Naira-denominated tax returns” in the country. Consequently, Mr. Nami notifies all Taxpayers as follows: “All Naira-denominated tax returns are to be filed via the TaxPro-Max Solution in order to generate the obligatory Document Identity Number (DIN)”.

  He added that henceforth, “Taxpayers will not be able to pay without DIN; as such taxpayers wanting to submit their tax returns manually must visit the relevant tax office where FIRS personnel will be on hand to assist them to upload the returns and generate the DIN;

“In view of the time it might take to upload manual returns and generate the DIN, taxpayers are encouraged to bring manual returns for upload, at least, two weeks before the due date; Qualified Personnel of the Service are on hand to assist taxpayers experiencing challenges in filing returns on the TaxPro-Max. They may be reached via email, taxpromax@firs.gov.ng”.

Mr. Nami advised “taxpayers that are yet to get their user credentials to visit the nearest FIRS Tax Office to be on board immediately”.
Politics / Pantami Of All People by Deji7474: 6:32am On Apr 23
The Saudis expelled Usama Bin Laden because of his terrorism tendencies, the same Saudis employed Pantami to lecture in its University because they know that Pantami does not have terrorism tendencies.

The US and UK did not see the Pantami as a threat when he studied there and even became an instructor in the prestigious HARVARD UNIVERSITY. Those two countries would not allow someone to ask them to enlist him in their watch list. Yet Pantami was cleared to study there.

The DSS did their thorough investigation before they cleared Pantami to head NITDA and Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

Those calling and linking Pantami with terrorism are basically Yahoo boys whose criminality would be hampered after the success of NIN/SIM registration of the Ministry of Communication headed by Pantami.

Those calling for Pantami's resignation are treading the same path of Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Boko Haram, who wants him killed because he brings to bear NIN/SIM registration that would drastically curtail the terror of Boko Haram.

Pantami is never accused of under performance and misconduct in the Ministry he heads.

Those trailing Pantami were well with him when he was DG NITDA because his work did not trail them, but they want him out because his performance is trailing their criminalities.. They also want kidnappers to continue their onslaughts on Nigerians.

Pantami's performance brought the Ministry of Communication to limelight. He was one of the Ministers that were appointed on merit, given his sterling performance at NITDA.

If other Ministers of Nigeria are as performing as Pantami, Nigeria would uptimally changed to the better.

Pantami should not succumb to the cheap blackmail to resign. He should redouble his performance for the betterment of the Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy.

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Politics / Re: Attacks On Dr. Pantami And The Question Of Islamophobia by Deji7474: 5:51pm On Apr 16
Megatrix:
OP please answer this question, is someone that supports Al Qaeda not a terrorists sympathizer?

So why is United State signing a peace agreement with Al Qaeda
Politics / Attacks On Dr. Pantami And The Question Of Islamophobia by Deji7474: 4:57pm On Apr 16
Let us face it, the recent coordinated media campaign against Pantami to label him by all means a sympathiser of jihadists and terrorists are products of a grand population of Nigerians who are unschooled outside their learned religion and simply #islamophobia at play.

Dr Pantami is an Islamic scholar. He serves as a Member of Shari’ah Board of Jaiz Bank. He was also a Shurah member and Deputy Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Shari’ah (SCS) in Nigeria.


Dr Pantami is a Jumu’ah Chief Imam who has been leading the Jumu’ah prayer for over 20 years in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He still preaches in the mosque and does Tafsir during Ramadan. He is your typical Muslim devout. His trousers are jumper, in line with the Sunnah.

This is the picture of a Northern man who our brothers would describe as a konk muslim.

Forgive me, but my brothers are fearful of his kind.

The very fact that a Twitter user swore without evidence that he was on a watchlist of terrorist because he spoke Hausa on a debate with the founder of Boko Haram, several years ago, tells us that he posted that out of fear and far from reason.

#Islamophobia is real. Lets not pretend it does not exist.

Harmless comments by a muslim are given innuendoes and untrue interpretations.

If there was no #Islamophobia, why didn’t those who were amplifying the resignation of Dr. Pantami take time to understand the video that was shared of him where he was in fact attacking the ideology of Boko Haram.

Hardly ever do we see anyone here taking on the extremist views of El Zakzaki.

But Dr Pantami seems to be an easy target because he is a successful Muslim academic and scholar?

We need to dig deep down into our biases.

Pantami is not the problem here. His teachings today are more liberal than ever, why is there the obsession with his past and not his current message?

This is a smokescreen for Islamophobia. We need to fix our biases and hate-tendencies.

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Politics / How Sleepy Osinbajo Keeps Making Things Happen by Deji7474: 9:39am On Apr 08
We have watched with amazement how hired propagandists who hide under the cloak of 'analysts' and 'social media influencers' have spent the last 24hrs disgracing and ridiculing themselves by trying to push further their heavily sponsored propaganda against His Excellency Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

They try to sell yet another failed one that the VP was out of touch, sleepy, not in control and so was not aware of plans to relieve former IGP of his job and so went on to travel with the IGP on an official assignment to Owerri the Imo state capital, and that the IGP was 'fired' while on the assignment with the VP.

However, the narrative didn't fly as the propagandists were stunned to see the same VP decorating the newly appointed IGP earlier today.

*The truth:*
The fact of the matter is that the VP and the former IGP did not go to Owerri together, neither did they even meet in Owerri.

The VP already had a scheduled official working visit to Imo State to commission some projects at the instance of the state government, and only used the opportunity to visit scenes of the attacks that happened recently in Owerri, as a concerned and empathic leader.

It is interesting to also note that the VP and the ex Police Chief never met in Owerri, as the former IGP was already on his way back to Abuja when the VP's aircraft was about to touch down and every other flight was put on hold (including that of the former IGP) for the presidential jet to be cleared first.

Although the former IGP was in Imo state, he didn't go there with the VP, and we challenge the mischief makers to prove otherwise by presenting to the public any photo or clip showing the former IGP and the VP in Owerri.

Lest they forget, the VP is still overseeing the 2.3 trillion naira Nigeria Economic Sustainability Plan (NESP), as chairman of the Economic Sustainability Committee (ESC), which was charged with the task of pulling Nigeria out of the recession occasioned by the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic; an assignment that had already produced tangible and measurable result by bringing the country out of recession even faster than stronger economies affected by same pandemic.

Recall also that the VP was the same person who summoned the immediate past IGP before President Buhari over #EndSARS and didn't stop there but also ensured that at least 30 states in Nigeria set up judicial panels of inquiry to investigate allegations of police brutality and compensate victims accordingly.

A Vice President who chairs the Nation's Economic Council and has been the brain behind the social investment programmes of the Buhari administration, which have been confirmed to be the most ambitious social investment programmes in Africa, however, cannot be said to be relegated, sleepy or sidelined.

We clearly understand how frustrating their job has been, as they have to continue to justify and earn their pay from their principals and paymasters and wish we could help.

Our greatest strength comes from the firm realization that President Buhari and the majority of Nigerians still believe in and trust the Vice President to continue his job.

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Politics / APC UK Says Tinubu At 69 Is An Icon Too Important To Ignore by Deji7474: 10:28pm On Mar 28
The United Kingdom Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has described Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the party's national leader as a political icon too important to be ignored.

The APC UK said this in a statement issued by Mr. Jacob Ogunseye, its Publicity Secretary on Sunday in Abuja while congratulating Tinubu on his 69th birthday.

The statement quoted Prince Ade Omole, leader of the chapter as saying that Tinubu is an exceptional and extraordinary person, adding that his doggedness and tenacity had reshaped the county's political space in the last few decades.

"Tinubu has become an icon in Nigeria's politics too important to be ignored by anyone irrespective of party, he has made his mark in the international, national, and political arena," Omole said.

According to him, Tinubu has redefined politics and given a new meaning to mentoring and progressive leadership.

Omole added that the APC national leader had shown what it takes to be a leader over the years through his resilience, strength, determination, and hard work.

This, he said, had further positioned him for the future as he celebrates his 69th birthday.

He added that at 69, Tinubu had raised the bar for many political leaders across the country by bequeathing a style of leadership that completely altered the landscape of the nation.

Omole said Tinubu is a master nation builder and elder statesman whose progressive solutions to national issues could not be faulted.

He said Tinubu was one politician in the country who meant well for her development and the well-being of the people.

He noted that as a detribalised politician, Tinubu had always rallied support for the socio-economic progress of Nigeria, irrespective of religious or ethnic sentiments.

"Asiwaju had always come through for his political friends in times of trouble irrespective of religion and tribal sentiments.

"He remains the one political pillar in Nigeria that political big wigs across the country run to for support, "Omole said.

He prayed to God to continue to grant Tinubu divine health, long life, and prosperity and to bestow on him more wisdom as he continues to provide his patriotic services to the country and humanity.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over the years, Tinubu gathers intellectuals and politicians to discuss contemporary political and social issues, while proffering solutions where necessary at his colloquium which also marks his birthday.

This year's colloquium would be held in Kano on March 29th.

(NAN)

Politics / PHOTOS: APC National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu Arrives In Kano State by Deji7474: 9:02am On Mar 28
The National Leader of All Progressive Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu arrives in Kano for the 12th Bola Tinubu Colloquim

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Politics / Ganduje/sultan Of Sokoto Set To Unveil Tinubu's 2023 Campaign In Kano On Monday by Deji7474: 12:24pm On Mar 27
Nigeria’s leading Islamic figure, the Sultan of Sokoto, HRH Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar as well as the Governor of Kano State, Dr Umar Ganduje would play a prominent role in the unveiling of Tinubu’s Presidential 2023 Campaign, in Kano, on Monday.

Kano State Governor, who is playing host to the yearly Tinubu Colloquium, would lead a host of Northern elites to flag off the unofficial campaign of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Presidential ambition come 2023.

Among those that are expected to be in attendance is Nigeria’s most revered Islamic leader, the Sultan of Sokoto, who would be joined by several Emirs from across Northern Nigeria.

Dr Ganduje is reported to be seeking to be the major sponsor of Asiwaju’s 2023 campaign, as there are reports that he is to be given the Vice Presidential slot.

It is no longer news that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is geared towards pushing to become the President in 2023. He has begun consultations in the North and has met with most of its leaders.

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Politics / Rice Pyramid From Niger State by Deji7474: 2:06pm On Dec 10, 2020
Rice Pyramid from Niger state

Niger state has been ranked since 2017 as the highest rice producing state in Nigeria. This survey was made by National Agricultural Extension and Research Liason Services (NAERLS) of the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria

https://twitter.com/nupenchi_/status/1336980923393470464?s=21

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Politics / BREAKING: Summary Of Debate Response By UK Govt* by Deji7474: 10:43am On Nov 24, 2020
The MPs quoted and repeated the same unsubstantial narrative of "massacre" and fake numbers on alleged #Lekki deaths, from 35 - 78. Anyway the UK govt minister had a shocker for them all

_*Summary*_:

- No sanctions oooo! (dem be our trade partners)

- The UK Minister has spoken with Nigeria Foreign Minister, G. Onyeama and PMB CoS, Alhaji Gambari

- We thank President Buhari for the disbandment of SARS

- We will keep working with Nigerian govt

- We will ensure human right is guaranteed in Nigeria

- The UK/Nigeria has a long relationship; we appreciate them all and the country, Nigeria.

- UK govt will keep monitoring the judicial panels in Nigeria

- We will keep trading with Nigeria

- UK to use all diplomatic avenues to work with Nigeria and ensure things go right from now

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Politics / COVID-19: Online Platform To Report COVID-19 Symptoms by Deji7474: 9:25am On Apr 27, 2020
Hello,

We are pleased to inform you that the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Foundation, in collaboration with the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room, Department for International Development (UKAID), Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and Policy and Legal Advocacy Centre (PLAC) has deployed an online platform to support national surveillance efforts to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

The platform receives, documents and analyses reports of individuals displaying COVID-19 symptoms. A team of volunteers managed by the Yar’Adua Foundation will escalate reports to the relevant health authorities for action.

CSOs and citizens are encouraged to file reports using the link below:
https://c19nigeria.org/report

A dashboard showing information about reports received is available at the following address:
https://c19nigeria.org

Kindly share the links t within your networks to encourage citizens to report probable COVID-19 cases.

Thank you.

Politics / VP Osinbajo Launches Trader Moni, Holds Msmes Clinic In Bauchi by Deji7474: 6:40am On Oct 24, 2018
The focus of the Buhari administration, from the outset, was to empower young people, and ensure that the resources of the country are used for the benefit of all Nigerians instead of a few individuals, according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

The Vice President stated this today at the launch of the Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Clinics in Bauchi.

According to him, "Our focus from the beginning of the administration is that there must be jobs, enough resources for young men and women to be able to do their work and to contribute their quota to Nigeria's growth. 

"That is why the President started the N-Power programme, the Market Moni programme and TraderMoni; that is the reason why the President said that we must have Home-Grown School Feeding programme, to provide opportunities for people.

"President Muhammadu Buhari's commitment to Nigeria is that he will not steal Nigeria's resources, he will use Nigeria's money for the benefit of Nigerians, that is the pledge he made the day he became President and he has maintained that pledge till now. The determination of our government is to see to it that Nigeria's resources are used for the benefit of Nigerians."

Prof. Osinbajo who spoke about several efforts made by the present administration to improve the lot of the people despite earning less said, " this country can afford to provide for our people that is why we are determined and committed by making sure that we provide for our people everywhere they are, especially the young men and women."

He said: "For the first time in the history of Nigeria, we are spending 30% of our income on infrastructure. That is why we are able to build the Lagos-Kano railway, the Mambila Hydro project and all of the several roads that we have started building.

"We are spending Nigeria's money in the right places and we make sure that nobody steals Nigeria's money."

He enjoined the people of the state to be committed to the objectives of the Federal Government, which according to him, "is to make sure that we give our people the best possible."

Aside from the launch of MSMEs clinics, the Vice President also launched the Trader Moni Scheme (the collateral and Interest-free loan scheme for petty traders in Bauchi) and also commissioned the One-Stop Shop for MSMEs in Bauchi and environs.
Politics / Niger Delta Power Holding Company Alleged Dirty Deals Exposed by Deji7474: 9:29pm On Oct 11, 2018
There are claims that the Executive Director (Engineering and Technical Services) of Niger Delta Power Holding Development Company Limited (NDPHC), Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, is allegedly making efforts to unseat the Managing Director, Mr Chiedu Ugbo from office.

Findings showed that Enginner Oyedele, who assumed position in 2016, has vowed to use his connections and influence as a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to malign the image of Mr Ugbo.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, in 2016, appointed Mr. Ugbo as Managing Director of NDPHC and Mr Oyedele, as the Executive Director (Engineering and Technical Services), respectively.

The appointment followed the dissolution of the James Abiodun Olotu-led management.

Recent happenings within the company however revealed that Mr Oyedele is not happy with the appointment of Mr Ugbo as the Managing Director.

Engineer Oyedele and Malam Babayo Shehu, Executive Director (Finance and Administration), are framing him up on unfound allegations.

One of Mr Oyelede’s mission is to sponsor a faceless group to submit a petition to the Federal House of Representatives, accusing Mr Ugbo of financial discrepancies.

Mr Oyedele had accused Mr Ugbo of abdicating his authority to Mrs Nkechi Mba, the General Manager of Procurement.

These allegations follow Mr Ugbo’s refusal to yield to the tunes of Mr. Oyedele and Mr Shehu to allow them breach the public procurement act, and initiate inappropriate award process for the procurement of goods and services.

Mr Ugbo’s strong adherence to due process and diligent financial transaction has earned him enemies who are hell bent on frustrating his stay in the office and have vowed to use their influence in the Aso Villa to remove him from office.

Thus, efforts made by Mr Ugbo to ensure power stations under constructions across the country are completed are being countered by Mr Oyedele and Mr Shehu.

The many sins of Mr Ugbo, as been allegedly confessed by Mr Oyedele to his friends include Mr Ugbo’s continued opposition to the unprofessional manner procurement is being handled and the many illegalities being committed by Mr Oyedele and Mr Shehu.

Mr Oyedele confessed to his friends that on different occasions, Mr Ugbo has stopped the award of “loaded and frivolous” contracts unilaterally processed for award by him.

These contracts planned using incompetent companies are drain pipes aimed at siphoning the resources of the company.

Mr Oyedele’s alleged dubious effort to blackmail Mrs. Mba to succumb to his will met a brick wall.

The refusal of Mba to yield to his request resorted to personal attack against her person and the Managing Director, which has already been described as “completely false and lacking in substance and a mere exercise of the twisted imagination”.

With the coast not clear for Mr Oyedele to orchestrate his inappropriate award process, all his wrongful allegations against Mr Ugbo has been debunked by, Yakubu Lawal, the NDPHC general manager, communications and public relations.

Responding to the allegations of improper procurement and breach of the public procurement act, Lawal said the company had been using the services of the current law firms before the appointment of the new executives.

On the installation of CCTV at two power plants, Mr. Lawal explained that Chubas Ideal Communications Limited, the company involved, was asked to survey and suggest security equipment required at the plants.

He said, however, the company went ahead to fix the cameras without approval from NDPHC. However, when management refused to pay for the equipment since there was no contract; Chubas reported its non-payment to the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).

“As part of its efforts to resolve the matter, NDPHC decided to pay for the work done, but only upon audit and verification of the works,” Lawal explained.

Also on the contract for the construction of the Ugwuaji road in the “princely sum” of N649, 218, 186.90, lawal said contract for the road is yet to be awarded by NDPHC.

According to him, the road leads to a town that hosts one of the major transmission substations constructed by NDPHC and in which NDPHC still maintains a large warehouse.

“The road was seriously damaged during the construction process. NDPHC’s heavy equipment and machinery continue to ply the road.  This has been a source of agitation for repair of the road by the host community,” he said
Politics / Is This How Atiku Wants To Run The Economy? by Deji7474: 7:48am On Oct 11, 2018
Is this how Atiku wants to run the economy?

The PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, keeps saying based on his antecedents, he is the best man to fix the country’s economy. He must really think Nigerians are either daft or are suffering from amnesia. Below are records of his ‘achievements’ when he was head of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s economic team and chairman of the National Council on Privatization (NCP) from 1999 to 2007.

~16 billion dollars set aside for the upgrade of power supply infrastructure disappeared into thin air. No improvement in power supply to show for the humongous figure.

~In 2007, both a Senate panel, chaired by Victor Ndoma-Egba and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) indicted Atiku for diverting 145 million dollars meant for the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) to various bank accounts linked to him between 1999 and 2006.

~In 2010, the United States Senate Permanent Sub-Committee on Investigations exposed a pattern of wire transfers of more than 40 million dollars from offshore companies like Siemens into bank accounts controlled by Atiku and one of his wives, Jemila Abubakar (formerly Jennifer Iwenjora, later Jennifer Douglas). To avoid being arrested and jailed for this and other scandals, Atiku has avoided the US like a plague for years.

~He was also indicted by the former IGP Mike Okiro panel for sharing the 74 million dollars proceeds of the famous Halliburton bribe scandal to other top officials of the very corrupt administration in which he served.

~He sold national assets in fraudulent circumstances to himself and cronies and was heavily involved in the corruption-laden incorporation of Transcorp.

~US investigators also named Atiku as the collector of the famous 6 million dollars bribe from officials of Willbros Group, Inc., a global engineering and contractor company based in Houston, Texas. He was said to have demanded and collected the bribe to facilitate illicit and illegal deals for the company in Nigeria.

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Politics / Must Read: Analysis Of The Massive Financial Corruption At The Pdp Convent by Deji7474: 3:06pm On Oct 08, 2018
Written by Sirajo Sabo Gassol.

There are at least 4,000 delegates participating in PDP's presidential primary election. Saraki is paying each delegate $1,000 (N350,000), that is potentially $4Million (N1.4 Billion) for delegates alone, his opening bid as at yesterday. Atiku opened his own bid at $5,000 (N1,750,000) per delegate, or $20,000,000 (N7 Billion) for all the delegates. Nyesom Wike was paying $10,000 per delegate, or $40,000,000 (N14,000,000,000) for delegates alone. These figures were part of the early bids as at yesterday. Nobody knows how much they finally paid, but some inside sources said it's been up to $15,000 (N5,250,000) per delegate.

There are at least 12 aspirants contesting in this election, and by the time they're done hundreds of billions of naira must have changed hands. Only that they're not spending it in naira, they're spending it in dollars. When we told you that the recession that happened due to the hoarding of dollars and depletion of our foreign reserves and excess crude account was caused by the PDP you denied...

So where did they get the dollars they're spending now from? How many of them have any private business that generates so much wealth? Or are they simply spending money belonging to poor people? What exactly are they buying that they have to spend so much? Is it only vote they're buying or our future with it? Are these the same bunch of hypocrites who like to release press statements condemning vote buying when election does not go their way but who are shamelessly buying votes right under our noses? Can we honestly expect anything good from this same characters who said they have repented and that we should forgive them their sins but who have not shown any sign of repentance at all? How exactly will they "change the change" if they have not even changed their own corrupt ways?

The signs are always there, right before our very own eyes. Everything to show that the one who promises El Dorado is nothing but a fraud, but we almost always chose to ignore them because of our own prejudice and personal interests. How exactly is a Saraki, a Tambuwal, a Kwankwoso, an Atiku who is being sponsored by money stolen from poor people better than a Buhari who was voted in by the ordinary masses of Nigeria without a single dime changing hands? I trust some of you would like to remind me that when Buhari first came into power that he was sponsored by stolen money too, but you're saying that that Buhari should give way for someone better... So how exactly is the one you're supporting today better? Would you not rather stick with the "devil" you know than the wolves in sheep clothing that we all know are even far worse?

If you think Buhari is bad then wait for Kwankwoso, wait for Atiku, wait for Saraki and wait for Tambuwal. These are people who have no pity for the poor. At least Buhari pities the poor, which is why he pays them NPOWER, gives their children free feeding in school, gives them conditional cash transfers, invests heavily in food production through his agric revolution, gives bailouts to state governments to pay salaries, and refused to devalue the naira...

So, if you see all that and say Buhari is bad then wait for a people who have no respect for poor people. Saraki is today the Senate President, what has he done to restructure the country which is a constitutional matter? What has he done to improve the welfare of poor people? Tambuwal is today the governor of Sokoto State, should he not first transform Sokoto State before coming to ask for a bigger responsibility? When he was speaker of the House of Reps, what did he do about the restructuring he's deceiving us with today? That one called Atiku was the most powerful Vice President in Nigerian history, yet only used his powers to enrich himself and his cronies at the expense of the poor masses.

Listen to them talk today, none of them says anything about corruption... Is that because corruption is dead in Nigeria or because they simply do not have the moral ground to speak against it? None of them tells us what they're going to do to strengthen institutions like the police, judiciary, INEC etc... None of them has any clearcut plan on the economy, security, restructuring, power supply, job creation, education, healthcare, restructuring. The only thing they say is "Buhari has failed, we're going to do better because he who failed woefully before have repented", even though there is no evidence to that.

I just pity the gullible wailers who don't know their left from their right, this is why these people are playing them like football.

Sirajo Sabo Gassol.

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Politics / Yemi Osinbajo Orders Immediate Overhaul Of SARS by Deji7474: 5:42pm On Aug 14, 2018
Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, has directed the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to immediately overhaul the management and activities of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).

The order follows persistent complaints and critical reports about the activities SARS. The complaints border on allegations of human rights violations.

Senior Special Assistant to the Acting President on Media and Publicity, Mr Laolu Akande, announced the directive in a statement signed on Tuesday.

According to the statement, Osinbajo instructed the IGP to ensure that any unit that emerges from the overhaul is intelligence-driven, restricted to the prevention and detection of armed robbery, kidnapping, apprehension of offenders linked to the stated offences, and nothing more.

The Acting President also directed the IGP to ensure that all operatives in the emerging unit “conduct their operations in strict adherence to the rule of law and due regard to International Human Rights Law and the constitutionally guaranteed rights of suspects.

“The operatives should also bear proper identification anytime they are on duty,” he added.

Also, Osinbajo ordered the National Human Rights Commission to set up a Special Panel that will conduct an investigation into the alleged unlawful activities of SARS.

He said the panel would afford members of the public the opportunity to present their grievances and get justice.

https://thestar.com.ng/news/yemi-osinbajo-orders-sars-overhaul/1360/?amp

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Jobs/Vacancies / Half A Million N-power Beneficiaries By August 1 by Deji7474: 9:01am On Jul 20, 2018
300,000 more unemployed graduates to be engaged 
 
In fulfilment of its promise, the Buhari administration has concluded arrangements to deploy and formally engage 300,000 new beneficiaries in the second batch of its N-Power Volunteers Corp effective from 1st August, 2018.  
 
With 200,000 beneficiaries currently benefitting from the programme, this means that by August, 500,000 unemployed Nigerian graduates will be beneficiaries of the scheme, which is a crucial part of the administration’s National Social Investment Programmes (N-SIP).
 
The N-Power Volunteer Corp scheme is designed to benefit all Nigerians irrespective of their backgrounds and is currently in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
 
It would be recalled that Vice President Osinbajo noted that, “President Muhammadu Buhari made it clear that the SIP would be a major programme of the administration because he was concerned about poverty and unemployment.” 
 
In conjunction with all State N-Power partners, the new beneficiaries will be promptly deployed to their assigned Primary Places of Assignment (PPA) on or before the said date.
 
The final selection lists broken down in States/Local Government Area (LGA) for each of the (3) N-Power component would be circulated to all focal persons in the states and FCT by Friday, July 20, 2018.
 
All successfully deployed N-Power beneficiaries in the second batch will be engaged for a period of two-year period starting from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.
 
In order to qualify for their first monthly payment stipend of N30,000 by August 31, 2018, all deployed volunteers are expected to upload on their N-Power portal page their stamped and signed confirmation of resumption on or before Friday, August 10, 2018.
 
Through the N-Power scheme, hundreds of thousands of young, unemployed Nigerian graduates have been empowered through training and skills acquisition in different areas of public services, including education (N-Teach), health (N-Health), agriculture (N-Agro), and building/construction (N-Build).
 
Each N-Power beneficiary learns entrepreneurial skills to enable them become business persons and become professionals on their own, while beneficiaries are given electronic devices to enhance their work and paid a N30,000 monthly stipend.
 
State-based N-Power partners comprise, but are not limited to the following: N-Teach - State Universal Board for Education (SUBEB); State & Local Government Area (LGA) Offices for Adult Education Centres; State & LGA Offices for Nomadic Education; N-Agro - State & LGA Offices for Agriculture Development Programme (ADP); and N-Health - State & LGA Offices for Primary Health Care Board.
 
Laolu Akande
Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity,
Office of the Vice President.
Politics / Some Facts About The Abuja Light Rail by Deji7474: 8:51pm On Jul 12, 2018
Some Facts About The Abuja Light Rail

- The project was conceived since 1977 made up of 6 Lots.
- Lot 1 has just been commissioned by President Buhari - it is a double track line covering a length of 45km
- It has 12 passenger stations

- The Idu Station is to serve as a transfer station, transferring to the national rail line

- The Idu Station would also serve as a maintenance base

- Some of the economic benefits include:

- It would accelerate National Economic Growth; It would provide a better investment climate; it would improve the living conditions of Nigerians in the Abuja metropolis; it would create more employment; it would save energy; it would provide for greater social stability; it would ease transportation in the FCT.

Politics / 22 Political Parties Disown Coalition With PDP, Forms Alliance To Back Buhari’s by Deji7474: 11:19pm On Jul 10, 2018
Barely 24 hours after the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 38 other political parties purportedly signed an MoU to wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), 22 political parties under the auspices of Coalition for Progressives Political Parties (CPPP) have formed an alliance to back President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.

Addressing newsmen yesterday in Abuja , Chairman of the coalition who doubles as the National chairman of People’s Democratic Movement (PDM), Alhaji Bashir Yusuf Ibrahim declared that the coalition was “made up of like mind political parties who believe in the unity and stability of the country.

He noted that the coalition which was formed in 2014 ahead of the 2015 presidential election aligned with the Presidential candidature of the current president Buhari emphasizing that the coalition the was resurrected to counter the orchestrated PDP coalition against the APC led government. While berating the PDP coalition, he stated that the parties were driven by selfishness and hunger to capture power in 2019.

He explained that the 20 parties that formed the coalition and those who abstained from the PDP charade lacked agenda to drive a new Nigeria.

The PDM chairman alleged that most of the parties in the PDP list were fraudulently included to sign the MoU to deceive Nigerians. He noted that while the Accord Party chairman and himself among other parties abstained from the PDP meeting, their party names were found in the list without their consent which he said raised doubt about the credibility of the coalition.

He said, “Yesterday we woke to a new development where PDP outside power has now managed to create another coalition. As facts continue to emerge, they has listed 36 political parties, our analysis of that coalition reveals that a number of political parties were included in that coalition fraudulently.

“Part of the 42 political parties they listed is Accord party and the chairman of the party is here with us. I’d you are creating a coalition, you need to be honest about it as to who and who are members of the coalition.

“As of today, the membership of that coalition is in doubt. Two members also listed at that coalition are here. We are not part of that coalition because we represent a political type of politics which is in total contradiction of what they are doing.

“We do not believe that our country should be governed by people whose only objective is to capture power. Of what purpose is that coalition built? Is it for ten purpose of taking Nigeria back to 1999 and 2015 or is it for the purpose of building a new Nigeria?

“That purpose has not been stated, even their in their memorandum. The only thing in their MoU is to agree to capture power in 2019. Their programme has not been made known to the Nigerian public . We will not be part of a coalition that does not have a programme for Nigeria.”

On the objective of the CPPP coalition, Ibrahim said it was to mobilise Nigerians to play greater role in political activities  in the country and ensure that they are given the right to elect their leaders in a free. fair and credible electoral process.

He also stated that it included to monitor and exert pressure on INEC to uphold the sanctity of elections and to help identify security threat, amongst others. Also the Secretary of the Coalition and National Chairman of the Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA) Shittu Muhammed Kabiru noted that the coalition was to advance the course of democracy and to stabilize the economy which was mismanaged by past PDP led government.

Shittu said the coalition would bring Nigeria out if economic impoverishment.

“We want Nigerians to know that our coalition is for a new Nigeria and to advance the course of Nigeria and democrscy and also to change the country from impoverishment to economic prosperity.

“We want Nigeria to survive, we will do everything to defend the economy of this country; we are concerned about the unity and stability of Nigeria, Shitu said.

The political parties present at the meeting were All Progressives Congress (APC), Accord Party, Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), United progressive Party (UPP), Advanced People’s Democratic Alliance (APDA), Hope Democratic Party (HDP), Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN).

Others were Freedom Justice Party (FJP), Fresh Party, (FP) New Nigeria’s Peoples Party (NNPP), Nigeria’s Peoples Congress (NPC), Nigeria Peoples Movement (NPM), Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), National Action Congress (NAC), and NDLP.

https://www.abusidiqu.com/22-political-parties-disown-coalition-with-pdp-forms-alliance-to-back-buharis-re-election/

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Politics / APC Government Has Executed 13 Federal Roads And Intervention Projects In Ekiti by Deji7474: 10:52pm On Jul 10, 2018
“The APC Government has executed 13 Federal Roads and Intervention Projects in Ekiti State. Some have already been completed and some are near completion.

Those roads that have been completed at the cost of N766,739,968.37 are;

a. The construction of infrastructure, Roads Drainages and Asphalt Finishing at IKERE EKITI.

b. The construction of infrastructure, Roads Drainages and Asphalt Finishing at NATIONAL HOUSING PROGRAMME SITES.

c. The completion of emergency Repairs of failed sections of IFAKI – IKOLE – OMUO Road and;

d. The completion of emergency repairs of failed sections of IFAKI – IDO Road, while the Rehabilitation of EFON ALAAYE-ERINMO-IWARAJA road is 87% completed.

In addition, other Road projects ongoing in the State are; Rehabilitation of ADO-IFAKI-OTUN road; Repairs of IJEBU-IJESHA ROAD; Rehabilitation of ILA-ORANGUN-OKE ILA –ILALE-EKAN Road; Rehabilitation and Asphalt Overlay/construction of Reinforced Concrete Drains and Kerbs of 1.33km internal roads in Federal University, Oye, amongst others.

These roads are being handled by 13 different contractors, providing more employment to the people of Ekiti state.”

— President Buhari at the APC MEGA RALLY FOR FAYEMI
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Politics / RE- Police Officers Protest In Maiduguri by Deji7474: 10:04am On Jul 03, 2018
The attention of the Nigeria Police Force has been drawn to media report that Policemen protested in Maiduguri over non-payment of their Special Duty Allowance. 

The Force wish to categorically state that it is not correct that police personnel protested in Maiduguri today, 2nd July, 2018. Some of the Police Mobile Force personnel on Special Duty in Maiduguri went to the Borno State Police Command Headquarters on enquiry over the delay in the payment of their special duty allowance in the early hours of today and not on protest as reported in some media. 

The Inspector General of Police, IGP Ibrahim K. Idris, NPM, mni promptly directed the Commissioner of Police, Borno State to address and inform them why there is delay in the payment of their special duty allowance, and also assure them that since the budget has been approved, the allowances will be expeditiously processed and paid without any further delay. They subsequently returned to their duty posts. 

Consequently, the IGP has ordered the Commissioner of Police, Police Mobile Force (PMF) to proceed to Maiduguri, Borno State and other States in the North East where PMF personnel are deployed on special duty; to lecture and inform them on the efforts being made by the Force to ensure timely payment of special duty and other allowances to police personnel in the North East of the country.  

The Police Mobile Force personnel that went on the enquiry are not those attached to Operation Lafiya Dole in the fight against insurgency in the North East but those on the category of visiting Police Mobile Force units deployed in Maiduguri on Crime Prevention and other Police duties in the State.

Members of the Public in Maiduguri, Borno State are hereby enjoined not to panic but to go about their lawful duties and other responsibilities without fear or apprehension. 

The Nigeria Police Force is a disciplined organization and will not allow any situation to degenerate into disturbance of Public Peace anywhere in the Country.   

https://thejour.com/news/re-police-officers-protest-in-maiduguri/
Politics / #fakenews Prosecute Authors Of Fake News - MURIC by Deji7474: 9:47am On Jul 02, 2018
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the Federal Government (FG) to investigate and prosecute authors of fake news, particularly the controversial publication on Miyetti-Allah’s involvement in the killings which occurred in Barkinladi, Riyom, and some parts of Jos South last week. The organisation also cautioned Nigerians on the need to investigate all news items before jumping to conclusions or taking any action.


MURIC was reacting to reports of fake news published by some media houses on 25th June, 2018 in which Danladi Ciroma, the North Central leader of the apex cattle breeders’ organization was quoted as admitting that the mayhem in Plateau in which 100 people were killed was ‘retaliatory’.

The false story containing admission of responsibility for the killings was greeted with a tornado of rage and criticisms. It also allegedly led to reprisal killings of people of Fulani descent and those identified as Muslims in the city of Jos and environs. Influential politicians from the south as well as members of the opposition called on government to declare war on Miyetti-Allah.

MURIC expressed shock and deep sadness over the false story. The organization blamed the phenomenon of false stories on unprofessional conduct by journalists, personal involvement of journalists in religious extremism and the spread of Islamophobia among Nigerian journalists.

Lamenting the proliferation of false and provocative publications, the human rights organization said Muslims have been the victims of false and hostile publications targeted at defaming Islam and its adherents since a long time ago. It insisted that many fake stories about herdsmen killings have been planted in the media just to cause crisis and further killings.

Expatiating further, the association said, “Some journalists are overstepping their bounds. They deliberately ignore the fact that writing and spreading fake news is an abuse of freedom of speech. The author of the fake story on Miyetti-Allah in particular has violated Allah-given fundamental rights of Fulani citizens by deliberately writing and publishing fake news about them, knowing such to be false.

“He has committed a crime against humanity. He has exposed Fulanis to danger. Nay, he has equally subjected Fulanis in particular, Muslim travelers and other Muslims throughout Nigeria in general to untold hardship, tremendous trauma and immense psychological torment.

“He has also exposed many Muslims to ridicule and grievous physical harm, including death of many Muslim faithfuls. Our hearts bleed for hundreds of innocent Muslim travelers whose vehicles have been waylaid while hoodlums searched, identified and killed them in Jos and environs during crises. Hundreds of Muslim women have been widowed, their children orphaned on this particular road. Enough is enough.

“We therefore urge FG to investigate all fake stories, identify and prosecute their authors for deliberately using their stories to cause mayhem knowing such to be false. Muslims living or passing through crisis-ridden spots need the protection of FG from conflict merchants. Nigeria must teach authors of false stories the lessons of their lives if we are serious about our search for peace”, the association said in the statement signed by its director, Ishaq Akintola.

Continuing, MURIC said, “FG must follow the example of Kaduna State Government by taking erring journalists to court. Kaduna government did not hesitate to prosecute Luka Binniyat who published a false report in the Vanguard newspaper of January 24, 2017 in which he falsely claimed that five students of a college of education were killed by Fulani herdsmen.”

The organization alleged that although Nigerian Muslims had been complaining for long, evidence is now emerging that some Nigerian journalists are flagrantly violating the ethics of their profession and abusing the constitutionally guaranteed right of a free press by telling lies, fabricating stories and manufacturing fictitious scenario. Their publications have created panic, divided the people and caused breakdowns of law and order.

MURIC commended Premium Times for accepting responsibility and for promptly sacking the reporter. It also gave kudos to the Vanguard which sacked its own reporter in 2017 for the same offence. Applauding the government of Kaduna State, the association called on state governments to hand over journalists who spread fake news within their states to the police for proper prosecution.

“The ball is in the court of the security agencies. They must investigate, identify and prosecute the author of all fake news. The law must be allowed to take its due course. Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State has set a precedent. No state government in a genuine search for peace can afford to harbour those who spread the fire of hate, war and destruction. Some journalists have allowed their religious sentiment to becloud their sense of responsibility. Such journalists are walking bombs. They must be made to face the wrath of the law as a deterrent to others”.

MURIC also cautioned Nigerians on the need to avoid spontaneous reactions. “Nigerians must learn a lesson from the Plateau progrom. We must investigate reports very well before jumping to conclusions particularly in these days of new media. Christians and Muslims must make good use of the teachings in their scriptures in real life.

“The tragedy of the Nigerian nation lies in the multiplication of an extremist religious population. No religion is excluded. Although churches and mosques increase in their hundreds, Nigerians take joy in acrobatic religiousity. Yet, when placed parri passu with our gymnastic criminality, our extreme religiousity is outrageously paradoxical. Our actions do not reflect our faith.

“Whereas the Qur’an warns Muslims to find out the truth ‘fatabayanuu’ whenever any rumour is brought to them (Qur’an 49:6) and the Bible also cautions Christians to “Test all things. Hold fast to what is good” (I Corinthians 5:21), Nigerians rush to kill and maim fellow compatriots at the first breaking news”.

In its concluding remarks, the association called on media houses to caution their employees against overzealousness and unprofessional conduct. “Journalists are first and foremost Nigerians before they joined the Fourth Estate of the Realm. The responsibility to promote the peace of our country must be numero uno on our minds. They must eschew religious bigotry and ethnic jingoism. They must also steer clear of political desperadoes who wish to use them for their narrow objectives”.

MURIC also appealed to governments to be firm in making scapegoats of recalcitrant reporters. It urged journalists to give a human face as well as patriotism and consideration for humanity to their stories. It contended that journalists may be free to write anything but the freedom of those who write hogwash and fake news should not be guaranteed in societies where truth is sacrosanct.

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Politics / We Did Not Describe Plateau Killings As Retaliatory – Miyetti Allah by Deji7474: 9:41pm On Jun 29, 2018
We did not describe Plateau killings as retaliatory – Miyetti Allah

Samuel Ogundipe| PREMIUM TIMES.

The apex cattle breeders’ organisation, Miyetti Allah, has distanced itself from reports that it justified the recent killings of over 100 people in Plateau State.

The group’s leader in the North-central, Danladi Ciroma, was reported as saying the killings were a retaliation of previous acts of deadly aggression against Fulani residents and pastoralists in the state.

“These attacks are retaliatory. As much as I don’t support the killing of human being, the truth must be told that those who carried out the attacks must be on revenge mission,” Mr Ciroma was quoted as saying in a statement June 25. “Fulani herdsmen have lost about 300 cows in the last few weeks – 94 cows were rustled by armed Berom youths in Fan village, another 36 cows were killed by Berom youths. In addition to that, 174 cattle were rustled.”

PREMIUM TIMES published the alleged statement, which was the first to be attributed to Miyetti Allah in the wake of the chilling massacre.

But Mr Ciroma has now strongly protested the quotes credited to him in a follow-up conversation with PREMIUM TIMES, and there appears to be no documented evidence to counter his rebuttal.

Multiple accounts said the killings occurred between the afternoon of June 23 and the early hours of June 25 in several communities in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, about 50 kilometres south of Jos, the state capital. About 100 have been confirmed killed by the police. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said its findings revealed at least 218 people were killed as at June 27. The police could not immediately corroborate CAN’s figures, telling PREMIUM TIMES their own counts have not been updated.

Unlike in recent past when authorities attributed killings to herdsmen, no agency has openly blamed herdsmen for the latest violence in Plateau. But there are already widespread insinuations that herdsmen were responsible for the killings, and President Muhammadu Buhari has once against been called on to act decisively to end atrocities linked to herdsmen, which had seen over 1,500 killed beginning with the January 1 attacks on two local government areas in Benue.

Demands also intensified for Mr Buhari to order a full-scale crackdown on Miyetti Allah from those who interpreted Mr Ciroma’s comments as an admission of responsibility for the carnage. They said Mr Ciroma’s comments were enough to declare Miyetti Allah a terrorist group and proscribe it like the separatist Indigenous Peoples of Biafra in South-east Nigeria.

While Mr Ciroma acknowledged speaking with a reporter on Monday in Jos, he insisted to PREMIUM TIMES that he did not make the statement credited to him. In fact, he said what he told the reporter was the opposite of what was reported.

“I told the reporter that leaders at the local and national levels should come together and resolve this crisis before it is too late,” Mr Ciroma said by telephone Wednesday night, protesting strongly the comments attributed to him.

Tracing the error

An internal investigation by PREMIUM TIMES found that there was no recording of any interview in which Mr Ciroma made the statement, neither was any statement signed or circulated by him that contained the quotes.

The error was traced to our outstation reporter based in Jos, whose failure to properly attribute the source of the purported statement by Mr Ciroma misled the editors into believing that it was e-mailed to the reporter.

The reporter filed the story on Monday morning based on ‘a statement’ from Mr Ciroma. But checks by PREMIUM TIMES following Mr Ciroma’s protest on Wednesday afternoon showed that the quotes were lifted from The Nation Newspapers.

The Nation’s reporter in Plateau State also circulated the quotes in the WhatsApp group of reporters on the government house beat in Jos, telling his colleagues they were the full transcription of his interview with Mr Ciroma.

The reporter later admitted to PREMIUM TIMES that he did not have a recording of his call with Mr Ciroma, but said the quotes mirrored the Miyetti Allah leader’s position on the latest killings in Plateau State.

The Nation published the purported quotes by Mr Ciroma hours before our reporter in Jos lifted it without attribution, thus misleading his editors in Abuja.

PREMIUM TIMES management has initiated an ethics and professional review of the reporter’s work; how it came to be that his sourcing for the story fell below house standards, and how his documentation fails to measure up to expected standards for verification and accuracy.

Even if Mr Ciroma made the purported statement, newsroom managers agreed yesterday, the expectations would be to report it with proper recording or digital footprints, for the simple reason that ethical journalism places the onus on the reporter to document proof of sources’ contribution to a story.

When one of the editors on duty called our reporter to find out how the story was sourced shortly before passing it on Monday morning, he said it was personally sent out by Mr Ciroma. This turned out to be the WhatsApp group broadcast by The Nation reporter, which several other Jos-based print and electronic correspondents sent to their respective media organisations throughout Monday.

Accountability And Remediation

This again brings to fore the limits of a common culture in Nigerian beat reporting where correspondents share stories amongst themselves in the manner of pool reporting. While journalists cannot be at two or more events simultaneously, standards in ethical reporting require reporters to ensure thorough verification of any second-hand information.

PREMIUM TIMES publisher, Dapo Olorunyomi, admitted in a meeting with newsroom senior editors yesterday that the paper was substantially in error with respect to its reporting on Mr. Ciroma’s role in the conflict in Jos. “This is very much below the standards of verification we strive to maintain and for which we have come to earn the trust of our readers. As a first step, we are sending an apology letter to Mr. Ciroma regretting the mischaracterisation of his role, and assuring him that a disciplinary process is currently apace to ensure accountability for the breakdown in our editorial procedures.”

The controversial attribution to Miyetti Allah comes as the media were facing allegations of bias in its coverage of the ongoing killings in the country.

In February, presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu disparaged the media for its coverage of the killings. PREMIUM TIMES largely restrains from using potentially harmful stereotypes or slurs save for where authoritative references have linked an incident to a group pattern
Politics / Re: 2019: Buhari Has Nothing To Offer – Sule Lamido by Deji7474: 6:47pm On Jun 29, 2018
Sule Lamido should clear his corruption cases before EFCC first.
Politics / Osinbajo & The Tantrums Of An Attention Seeking Folks by Deji7474: 3:28pm On Jun 29, 2018
By Amaechi Agbo

The recent tantrum by one Georgina Onuha claiming to doubt the pastoral status of the Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, is careless, reckless and insensitive.

Understandably, Nigeria is grieving the reckless and barbaric murder of over a hundred persons in Plateau state over the weekend, so utterances of these nature are expected but not from people or someone who should have known better.

As an actress which she claims to be, Georgina should have been able to understand leadership and administration structure and responsibility. The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria effectively spelt out the duties of the Vice President. Of which Vice President Osinbajo has been discharging impeccably.

It is in the open public that Professor Yemi Osinbajo, prior to and even after he was sworn in as Vice President in 2015, was and is still, an ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG. A church that has gone wide in establishing its presence in every nooks and crannies of the country. 

Yemi Osinbajo was (and still is) the Pastor in charge of the Lagos Province 48 (Olive Tree provincial headquarter) of The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Ikoyi before his inauguration into office as the Vice President of Nigeria. 

Even while holding the second most highest position in the country, Pastor Osibanjo still insists that he remains the pastor-in-charge of the province and that he is only on loan to the Federal Government. 

In his words, "Just like Pastor Ibitayo has said we are on loan. I am still the pastor-in-charge of Province 48 in Lagos and my wife remains wife of the pastor-in-charge and wife of the Vice President." 

It is spurious, therefore, that a lady who should no better, if her claims as an actress is reliable, could come out openly to question Pastor Osinbajo's pastoral calling just because the security agents were unable to nip the Plateau killings in the bud. 

Unfortunately, if it were not for mischief, Georgina forgot that Osinbajo's pastoral callings have been the driving force in fostering peace in Nigeria despite pockets of security challenges in some states. 

As a pastor, Osinbajo stands for peace; he restores hope where there is despair, love where there is hatred, joy where sadness has pervaded. 

As a true pastor of repute, Osinbajo is guided by the Bible which he held during his swearing-in.

Christianity, the religion Pastor  Osinbajo professes does not condone evil against one's neighbour neither does it uphold revenge.

Thus the Bible in the Book of Deuteronomy 32:35 says "It is mine to avenge; I will repay. In due time their foot will slip; their day of disaster is near and their doom rushes upon them.”

In the Book of first Peter 3:9, Apostle Peter advised Christ followers not to pay back evil with evil but to treat everybody with love.

For Christians, revenge is never the right option. Peter echoes the teaching of Jesus, as well as that of Paul, in making it perfectly clear that those in Christ—those set apart to a new purpose—are not allowed to "get even." 

President Mohammadu Buhari on Tuesday cut short his visit to Cross River state to commiserate with the people of the state and consequently condemned the killings in its entirety. He directed the security agents to fish out the killers and bring them to justice.

While it is understandable that the presumed actress made the utterance under emotions over the killings, going forward it is necessary that she guard her mouth against reckless comments such as this.

The President while in Jos warned against reprisals and inflammatory statement such as Miss Georgina had just made. 

The security agents are on top of the situation both in Plateau and every other states the killings have been on in recent times.

Pastor Yemi Osinbajo remains a true Christian even beyond his calling as a Pastor but by the singular act that he has always preached for peaceful coexistence of Nigerians - this is what Christianity stands for, brotherliness, peace and love. 

While Nigerians sympathise with the good people of Plateau and other affected states, it is necessary that individuals should guard their utterances and not incite violence.

Very soon, the perpetrators of the heinous act will be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law, this is our ultimate prayer.

https://thejour.com/opinion/osinbajo-the-tantrums-of-an-attention-seeking-folks/
Politics / RE: Abuse Of Office: Memo To VP Yemi Osinbajo By Yahaya Wada by Deji7474: 3:06pm On Jun 22, 2018
Reading through my brother, Yushau Shuaib's article, about some decisions taken by some organizations, I was not too surprised about his motive for the write-up, taken into account his antecedents.

Ordinarily, I shouldn't have responded to this malevolent and unsubstantiated article knowing full well what the writer represents, but, for the fact that it is a deliberate attempt to drag the reputation of a man that has clearly shown a high level of patriotism, the Vice President of our beloved country, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, into mud. I have mandated myself not to keep quiet, without informing the readers about the truth, hence the reason for this rejoinder.
Before I address the issues raised in his boring article, let me briefly inform Nigerians, that Yushau Shuaib is a known articulate and ready tool, to be hired or sponsored by any blackmailer.
Yushau Shuaib's shady deals earned him compensations from powerful politicians into some Federal MDAs. Among them are Federal Ministries of Information, Finance, Health, as well as the Revenue Mobilization Allocation & Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The last Federal Government Agency he worked before he was exposed and subsequently fired, was the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), after his sponsorship by some powerful politicians from a particular zone, to attack the former Minister of Finance, Dr. Okonjo Iweala. (Link: http://www.informationng.com/2013/04/nema-spokesman-removed-from-office-for-criticising-okonjo-iweala.html)

Now, let me go to the issues raised in Yushau Shuaib’s disjointed and unintelligent article. In his first paragraph, he ignorantly and stylishly accused the Vice President of being the board Chairman of agencies, according to him, that victimize and destroy the career of innocent and competent Public Officers, through illegal and arbitrary means of political appointees.

May I remind Yushau Shuaib, that history would always be kind to Professor Yemi Osinbajo, for being the first State Attorney General that introduced pro bono to assist innocent and competent Public Officers, from illegal and arbitrariness who could not afford the services of lawyers in Nigeria. Think about it my brother Yashuaib.

Thank God, my brother acknowledged the fact that Vice President has a reputation to protect, and it is that reputation, that is free of ambiguity or doubt, that the Vice President is trying to protect, by refusing to compromise his integrity, a posture that has made it difficult for corrupt officers to strive under the MDAs he chairs.

On the issue of Bolouri Opukin, I expected that the personality of Yashuaib's status would have done due diligence, by doing thorough investigaton before coming to the public to make unguided comments against a patriotic Vice President, whose interest is about Nigeria's unity and progress. For your information sir, the case between the lady in question and her organization is about misconduct in service. Her office based its actions on public service rule (PSR) 030407, which defines ‘false claims against government officials’ as a serious misconduct for which an employee should be dismissed as ultimate penalty.
The Public Service Rule is very clear about the penalty for serious misconduct in Public Service. So, it will be unfair and callous for anyone to link the Vice President to petty issues as this.

Although, Yashuaib acknowledged it was a claim, now the question begging for answer is how an experienced and educated character like Yashuaib relies on conjecture to make public comments? It is indeed very unfortunate.
As for Mrs. Mariam Danna Muhammed, I sincerely sympathise with her, but the fact must be told, her case is that of employer and employee relation. The Vice President cannot impose his decisions, or any other person’s for that matter, on a private company that is out to make profit. So, citing the recommendations of the Attorney General of the Federation does not add up, it was just an advisory. The onus is on the company to either re-absorb her or not.
NDPHC is private limited liability company and had the right to hire and fire, they can take a decision to disengage any staff without stating any reason. In Samson Babatunde Olanrewaju V. Afribank Nigeria Plc (2001)13 NWLR (Pt.731) 691, the Appellant’s employment was dismissed by the Respondent in a letter which stated no reason.

The terms of employment gave power to the respondent to dismiss for gross misconduct which was proved at trial. The Supreme Court per Katsina-Alu JSC stated; “the law regarding master and servant is not in doubt. Under this class of employment, there cannot be specific performance of a contract of service. The master has the right to terminate the contract of his servant at any time and for any reason or for none.”

As for the NEMA staff suspended, I expected Yashuaib to have done his findings before embarking on a futile sojourn as this one. The suspension of those officers by the Board of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), came as a result of the recommendation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in order to allow detectives unfettered access to vital document.

It may interest Yasuaib and his sponsors, to note that the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita and the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, both appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster preparedness, investigating the activities of NEMA and made some salient clarifications backing the legality of the suspension of the affected officers (link: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/04/nema-suspension-six-directors-osinbajo-board-order-hos/ ).

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation also made it categorically clear, that the suspension of the affected officers were in order, citing the relevant provisions in the Public Service Rule (Link: http://www.nan.ng/news/suspension-of-nema-directors-staff-in-order-hos/)

As for the needless comparison, let me tell Yashuaib that comparing the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, with other people that held that same position since 1999, is like comparing light with darkness. The Office of the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria before now, was tagged as “spare tyre” office, but the vibrancy and productiveness of Professor Yemi Osinbajo has changed that mind-set!

May I strongly inform my brother Yashuaib, and his sponsors, that the Vice President is known for his diligence and has not disappointed the majority of Nigerians that elected him in 2015. No amount of campaign of calumny and blackmail, can deter the Vice President from continuing with the good job he is doing.

God bless Federal Republic of Nigeria

Wada Yahaya
Religion / Re: Prophet Wale Olagunju: Buhari & APC Would Not Win The 2019 Presidential Election by Deji7474: 8:44am On Jun 17, 2018
Prophecy everywhere, come when Buhari wins in 2019 I wonder what their project will n about

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Politics / OPINION: Osinbajo’s Stabilising Role In The Polity by Deji7474: 4:02pm On Jun 11, 2018
political evolution is to be evaluated the role being played by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo will not go unnoticed or be swept under the carpet. In the last three years of this administration he has worked tirelessly with President Muhammadu Buhari to help realise the vision and mission of the administration as encapsulated in the ‘’change agenda’’ and several other policy documents. In doing this he has brought his extensive knowledge of law, public and private sector experiences to bear in the many successes of the Buhari /Osinbajo administration.

Like President Muhammadu Buhari, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has equally through a dint of hard work and commitment to the Nigerian project emerged as a man of the people, hence the incredible show of love he garners wherever he goes. His wide acceptance across the country has added value to the administration and will surely attract needed support in the 2019 general elections.

His focussed leadership of the administration’s economic team has helped to rejuvenate the weak economy they inherited from previous PDP administrations. Today Nigeria has become the preferred investment destination in Africa, while several policies the administration has enunciated have alleviated the plight of the poor. For example the N-Power, school feeding programme and anchor borrowers programme have translated into life-changing experiences for a good number of people.

For the myriad of problems facing the country, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has never shied away from proffering workable solutions and a typical example is the farmers/herders clashes which he has been in the forefront in addressing the fundamental causes. This has contributed along with the security approach in restoring relative peace in the restive communities. Professor Osinbajo has proven that his position can be used to give support to his principal President Muhammadu Buhari rather than fight for supremacy or undermine the principal as we witnessed in past dispensations.

As a loyal party member he has at critical periods brokered peace towards ensuring the cohesion necessary for the growth of the party and democracy in the country. He has also earned the confidence of President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership of the ruling All Progressive Congress as a peace maker, solution provider and out-of-the box thinker in resolving several knotty issues that crop up from time to time.

His interventions in other issues of national importance are also worthy of mention. Recently he opted to intervene in redressing the action of the Lagos state government in forcing Luxury Bus Owners to relocate to a location that is obviously unsuitable for them to continue rendering seamless transport services to travellers from Lagos to other parts of the country.

By offering to help find solution to the transporters’ plight he has demonstrated responsible leadership, especially considering the pivotal role transportation plays in the economic development of the country. Added to the fact that he leads the administration’s economic team, he is the most suitable to help find solution to such unnecessary disruption in the movement of goods and services across the country. Even in the United States, transport companies own bus terminals as we have in the Greyhound Bus Company and many others.

It can therefore be said that Professor Yemi Osinbajo is a blessing to the Buhari administration and Nigeria in general. History is replete with examples of such highly rated statesmen like President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who had rare opportunities of leadership to transform their societies and presently Nigeria is witnessing a focussed leadership that is positioning the country well.

By Chukwudi Enekwechi

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