Nigeria Today: Buhari, Fayose, Jonathan and others tops Nigeria’s Political Stories
President Buhari Plans To Extend The Policy Of Whistle-Blower Policy To Illegal Acquisition Of Arms
The Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu disclosed the intention of the President. He mentioned further that the President was happy with the success of the whistle-blowing policy, and he wishes to extend the policy to illegal firearms.
“In a word, government thinks that the whistle blower mechanism is too important to be left without a strategic, national direction…No public policy can succeed or go far enough without public support and participation and when the citizens realize they are victims of corruption, they may feel encouraged to join the efforts to expose looted funds…” he said.
Mallam Garba added that the public funds being recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, through the help of the whistle blowers depicts an act of irresponsibility to the nation by some public citizens.
Senator Dino Melaye Accuses Governor Bello of Triumphalism
Following the assassination attempt of Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator called out on Governor Bello of Kogi State for not making an attempt to check on him.
Dino Melaye addressed the Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State’s “deafening silence” over the assassination attempt of his life, claiming that the “governor’s silence speaks volumes.” However, the Kogi State Governor stated that he would not drag the issue with the Dino Melaye, but he asked him to wait for the police to carry out their duty.According to a statement released by the Special Adviser to the Senator on Media,
“Senator Dino Melaye declared his resolution to continue to champion democratic causes targeted at good governance, masses empowerment and the Rule of Law. He promised never to relent in his fight against corruption, maladministration, impunity and nepotism. No amount of threat, blackmail, name-calling and harassment will stop him from being the voice of the voiceless. It is outrageous that four days after the attempt on his life, the Kogi State governor, the Chief Security Officer of the State, has neither called nor visited to know the state of affairs with him as a serving Senator from the state. The Governor’s deafening silence speaks volumes.”
In response to this statement, Governor Yahaya Bello responded via his Special Adviser on Media and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo, said:
“We do not want to join issues with Senator Dino Melaye. If he accused the Governor of complacency in the so-called assassination attempt, those who have been following the trend from the day his group promised to make Kogi ungovernable will not be surprised. The case is under investigation by the Police and making statements about it may be seen to be subjudice. We have been witnessing imaginary attacks in the state and when the Governor traveled to Kogi East, his antagonists also alleged he was attacked even when the opposite was the case. As a government, we believe police are capable of getting to the root of the allegation and do justice to it once and for all. Governor Bello is redefining leadership in Kogi State, therefore the plan of One-Day One-Trouble will not work. We are in the news for the roads we are constructing, the agriculture we are reforming, the health care we are making affordable and the walls of insecurity we are pulling down.”
Fayose promises to pay N2000 to young people who register to vote
Ayo Fayose promised to N2000 each to young people between 18 and 21 who register to vote in the state.
Ekiti State Governor’s spokesman, Idowu Adelusi mentioned that the pledge fee would be paid every month till next year June when the state’s governorship election is expected to hold.
As a result, tons of young people has started their voting registration exercise in the state. In addition, the state government announced that April 27 and 28 would be a public holiday for the civil servants so as to participate in the voting registration exercise.
Jonathan reveals that Obama wanted him out of power
Former President Goodluck Jonathan stated that the immediate past US president, Barack Obama wanted a change of government in Nigeria.
Jonathan made this statement in a new book written by Segun Adeniyi titled ‘Against the Run of Play’. The book talks about how the past Nigeria President, Jonathan lost his presidential election in 2015.
“President Barack Obama and his officials made it clear to me by their actions that they wanted a change of government in Nigeria and were ready to do anything to achieve that purpose. They even brought some naval ships into the Gulf of Guinea in the days preceding the election…I got on very well with Prime Minister David Cameron but at some point, I noticed that the Americans were putting pressure on him and he had joined them against me…But I didn’t realise how far President Obama was prepared to go to remove me until France caved in to the pressure from America.” Jonathan said.
The author of the book is the current chairman of THISDAY editorial board, Mr Adeniyi. The book is said to be launched today, April 28, 2017.
Oyo State Government launches N50bn health endowment fund
The Oyo State Government has disclosed its plan to set up a N50bn health endowment fund to improve the state’s health sector.
In addition, the state government mentioned that two million dollars worth of medical equipment would be supplied to the Cardiovascular Center of the State Hospital, Ade-Oyo, Ibadan.
The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Azeez Adeduntan revealed this at a media gathering after having an executive council meeting chaired by the State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on Wednesday. He explained the government cannot fund the sector alone without the support from private sector and corporate bodies. In addition, he mentioned that the frequent untimely death in the state is caused by inadequate medical facilities as well as unavailability of some drugs in the state hospital.
“In order to have a wholesome transformation of the health sector in the State, the State executive council today approved the launch of N50billion health endowment fund. This is meant to overhaul the sector…We must do all within our capacity to provide the needed facilities to curb untimely deaths occasioned by unavailability of the needed drugs and hospital equipment…The fund will take care of these problems that are caused by poor funding due to lack of financial capacity by the government.” he stated
The Commissioner also talked about the newly imported medical equipment from oversea.
“These equipment arrived in Ibadan yesterday at the State Hospital, Ring-Road where it will be available for the benefit of the people who visit the cardiovascular center….All these efforts are geared towards making affordable health-care available to the people of Oyo State as enshrined in the campaign promises of Governor Ajimobi,” the commissioner mentioned.