President Muhammadu Buhari who in recent times has being trailed with criticisms for his snail-speed approach to national matters, has spoken out on why he is not always in a hurry to do anything.
The president said he prefers to seriously reflect on issues placed before him and ensure that his conscience had been satisfied prior to granting approval.
He said; “I decided to drop the uniform and come back here (to be President of Nigeria), so I have gone through it over and over again. This is why I am not in a hurry to do anything. I will sit and reflect, and continue to (operate) with my clear conscience.
“I had to invite you to let us eat together and I tell you that I am sitting here very much aware of the problem in this country. I will always reflect on historical antecedents,” the president added.
Meanwhile according PT, a political analyst, Eluma Asogwa, said the president’s comments were laughable in the face of his activities within the last two years.
He said; “A president that promised to hit the ground running took more than six months to set up a cabinet, saying he wanted get the best hands,” Asogwa said. “But when he eventually announced his ministers, we discovered that the majority were those that had long polluted our political space in this country.”
Asogwa said the president’s failings emanated largely from his inability to critically analyse issues and take prompt actions in line with the requirements of the modern age.
“Nigeria’s problems under President Buhari are largely about inactions than actions that were taken in earnest but wrongly,” added Asogwa, an Abuja-based legal practitioner.
He also cited the national embarrassment over the release of board appointments last month. “He took more than two years to appoint board members only for him to end up with ‘dead people,”‘ the analyst said.
“Even to remove the dead people and replace them with those still alive has taken him nearly one month and counting.”
The National Economic Council (NEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday constituted a working committee of nine governors, with the Vice President as chairman, to resolve herdsmen/farmers clashes in the country.
This was one of the high points of the resolutions of NEC announced by Governors Dave Umahi of Ebonyi and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano while briefing State House correspondents.
According to Ganduje, the committee has begun its meeting and consultations immediately.
“On the farmers/herdsmen clashes, Council constituted a working group to collaborate with the federal government in addressing the issues of impunity regarding the killing and violence.
“The Committee is composed of nine governors, under the chairmanship of the Vice President and would work in accordance with the present commitment to ensuring that all perpetrators of violence are brought to book.
“The working group comprises governors of Zamfara, Kaduna, Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Edo, Plateau, Ebonyi and Oyo States.
“The committee has started its meeting right after today’s National Economic Council.’’
The Kano governor also said that the Finance Minister Mrs Kemi Adeosun, informed NEC that 11 states had received the N700 million disbursed for budget support from the federal government.
He said that states with outstanding payment were asked to fulfill the necessary obligations before the disbursements were made adding that the criteria for disbursement was tied to the fiscal sustainable plan approved earlier by NEC.
He said the minister announced a balance of 2.32 billion dollars in the Excess Crude Account as at Jan. 15, while the stabilization fund account had balance of N9.73 billion and the National Resource Development Fund had N115.01 billion.
ON HIS PART, UMAHI SAID THAT NEC CONSIDERED THE NEED FOR INCREASED DOMESTIC FUNDING FOR THE TREATMENT OF HIV FOLLOWING THE PRESENTATION BY THE HEALTH MINISTER AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF NACA FOR THE ELIMINATION OF THE CONDITION BY 2030.
He said the presentation stated that such increase would reduce dependence on donor funding for HIV services which was already declining due to present economic realities as well as to resolve other implications.
He said the Health chiefs also called for investment in HIV treatment that would lead to increased life expectancy in the country and proportionate increase in GDP.
He said that reducing the gap between those who require HIV care and treatment and those who had access was also given as reason for the proposal to invest in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.
“The presentation asked Council to approve the resolution of the 59thNational Council of Health that at least between .one per cent and five per cent of the monthly federal allocation to states be earmarked for implementation of HIV/Aids sustainability roadmap.
“Council was also asked to approve universal free anti-natal services and abolition of user-fee associated with Prevention of Mother-to-Child transmission services.
“Council was also asked to ensure that state Health Insurance Schemes include HIV as an indicator disease for both testing and treatment particularly as it relates to community health insurance programmes.
“Council noted and approved the recommendations above as requested,’’ he added.
Umahi added that the Health Minister also briefed NEC on the outbreak of Lassa fever, especially in Ebonyi and the council agreed on immediate federal government’s intervention in Ebonyi and Ogun states.
On the update in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, he said that after the presentation by the Minister of Budget and National Planning on the efforts by the federal government, NEC agreed that states to start the implementation of the programme.
Ajimobi had on May 19, 2017, set up the commission headed by retired Justice Akintunde Boade to review the 1957 chieftaincy declaration and other related chieftaincies in Ibadan.
The commission submitted its report to the governor on August 18, 2017, recommending 32 beaded-crown Obas in Ibadan while the Olubadan would remain as paramount ruler of Ibadanland.
But former governor of the state and Osi Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Rashidi Ladoja, sued Ajimobi and Boade, claiming that the composition of the committee would affect his ambition of becoming the Olubadan.
Delivering judgement, Justice Olajumoke Aiki said Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law do not empower the governor to set up the committee.
Aiki also said that the governor cannot delegate power on what he does not possess.
“ Wearing of beaded crown is outside Sections 10, 12 and 25 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law.
“ The procedures of part 2 and 3 of the Oyo State Chiefs Law under Sections 10, 12 and 25 do not empower the governor to set up any commission of inquiry to review the 1957 Ibadan Chieftaincy Declaration.
“ All powers, be it legislative or judicial, must be traced to the validity of the constitution.
“ The governor of Oyo State exercised his power outside the power conferred on him by the chiefs law and I declare the exercise as unconstitutional and illegal,’’ the judge said.
Aiki restrained the governor from accepting and implementing the report of the committee.
Counsel to Ajimobi, Mr Nurudeen Adegboye, said after the court session that the decision to appeal the judgement rests with his client.
But counsel to Ladoja, Mr Babatunde Akinola, commended the judge, saying the judgement was well delivered.
Where is $500 million recovered from the late Gen. Sani Abacha’s family? This is the question the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is battling to answer.
The cash was recovered from the family of the late Head of State during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
It was repatriated from slush accounts in foreign jurisdictions.
The foreign governments, which released the loot to the Federal Government after hard negotiations, demanded that the cash be used for concrete developments, including infrastructure, such as roads, water, healthcare and education.
EFCC detectives tracking the $500million have discovered that it was diverted.
Of the $500million, about $250million was released to the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA)during the tenure of Col. Sambo Dasuki without appropriation. The balance of $250million cannot be traced yet.
The Nation learnt that detectives discovered that the $250million was illegally withdrawn barely two months to the end of Jonathan’s administration.
Investigators are said to be working on clues that part of the cash was spent on “extraneous matters, including media services, opinion polls and personal matters”.
According to a fact-sheet on the investigation, the $250million was withdrawn between March 2, 2015 and April 21, 2015.
About $36,155,000 (N13,015,800billion) of the $250million was also withdrawn in cash “without any purpose” on March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 18th of 2015.
Detectives have retrieved documents relating to the alleged “re-looting” of the Abacha loot.
In the fact-sheet, the ONSA in a memo of January 12, 2015, asked the former Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to transfer $300million .
The memo said: “Please refer to our meeting on recovered funds. You are pleased requested to remit the sum of $300m and £5.5m to the following account being ONSA share as agreed. Account name: CBN (NSA Foreign Operation; Account number: -100367-USD-CABANK30
Bank; Address: 28, Finsbury Circus, London. Please accept the assurances of my highest esteem.”
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala, in a memo to Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, requested for $300m from the Abacha loot.
Only $250million was released to the ex-NSA.
The January 20, 2015 memo said: “Attached, please find a request by the NSA for the transfer of $300m and British pounds (£5.5m) of the recovered Abacha funds to ONSA operations account. The NSA has explained that this is to enable purchase of ammunition, security and other intelligence equipment for the security agencies in order to enable them confront the ongoing Boko Haram threat.
“His request is sequel to the meeting you chaired with the committee on use of recovered funds where decision was made that recovered Abacha funds would be split 50-50 between urgent security needs to confront Boko Haram and development needs (including a portion for the Future Generations window of Sovereign Wealth Fund).
“This letter is to seek your approval to borrow these funds, for now, to disburse to the NSA. These funds form part of projected FG Independent Revenue to be appropriated.
“In light of this and for accountability, given the peculiar nature of security and intelligence transactions, we would expect the NSA to account to your Excellency for the utilisation of the funds.”
On January 29, 2015, the ex-President responded to the ex-Minister as follows: “CME/HMF, approved.”
To back his approval, Dr. Jonathan through his Senior Special Assistant (Admin) Matt Aikhionbare, in a memo of January 30, 2015 said: “RE: Request by NSA for transfer of funds.” I am directed to forward Ref A to you and convey to you Mr. President’s approval. Humbly submitted for your further action, Ma’am.”
Detectives have discovered that only $250million out of the $300million requested was paid to ONSA.
In a letter of February 16, 2015, the then Director of Funds of the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation, Mr. M.K. Dikwa, in a memo to the CBN Governor, conveyed the mandate to transfer the $250million.
The memo said: “. You are hereby requested to immediately effect fund transfer as below($250m) being amount disbursed to enable for the purchase of ammunition, security and other intelligence equipment for the security agencies in order to enable them fully confront the ongoing Boko Haram threat.
“As per Mr. President’s approval on CME-HMF/FMF/2015/18 dated 20th January 2015 conveyed via State Houses letter No PRES/87/MF /-2/520 dated 30th January 2015. NSA’s letter Ref. No. NSA/362/5 dated 5th March 2015 also refers.”
A source said: “The $250million was duly approved by ex-President Goodluck Jonathan; the ex-NSA did not commit any infractions. He acted in the interest of the country.
It is incorrect for EFCC to assume that the $250million was diverted because it was used to purchase vital equipment.”
A table of how the $250million was spent was obtained by The Nation last night.
An EFCC source, who spoke in confidence, said: “We will need to interact with the former Minister of Finance, Okonjo-Iweala, to guide us on the contents of her letter, especially on the legality of the withdrawal of the $250million.
“We will find out what she meant by to ‘borrow these funds’ and these ‘funds form part of projected FG Independent Revenue to be appropriated.’ She should assist investigators on whether or not the ex-NSA accounted to Jonathan for the ‘utilization of the funds.’
A former Chairman of the EFCC, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, had claimed that Abacha “took over $6 billion from Nigeria”. He also said $2 billion was recovered when he was in charge of the anti-graft agency.
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project(SERAP) had through its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, on 21 September 2015 sent an access to information request to the President, World Bank Group, asking him to “exercise the bank’s prerogative to release documents relating to spending of recovered assets stolen by late Gen. Sani Abacha”.
SERAP asked the World Bank President to “disclose information about the Bank’s role in the implementation of any projects funded by the recovered assets and any other on-going repatriation initiatives on Nigeria with which the bank is engaged.”
It said: “The request is pursuant to the World Bank’s Access to Information Policy (The Policy), approved by the Board on June 30 2015. SERAP notes that one of the policy’s guiding principles is to maximise access to information. There is also clear public interest in Nigerians knowing about the Bank’s supervisory role and specifically its involvement in the implementation of projects on which repatriated funds were spent.”
But Okonjo-Iweala in 2015 insisted that she had no case to answer.
She said: “Former President Jonathan set up a Committee comprising the former Minister of Justice, former NSA and the former Minister of Finance to determine how best to use both the returned and expected funds for development.
“The NSA made a case for using the returned funds for urgent security operations since, he noted, there cannot be any development without peace and security. Based on this, a decision was taken to deploy about $322m for the military operations, while the expected $700m would be applied for development programmes as originally conceived.
“Following the discussions and based on the urgency of the NSA’s memo, Dr Okonjo-Iweala requested the President to approve the transfer of the requested amount to the NSA’s Office for the specified purposes.
“But, as captured in the memo, she insisted on three conditions: a. only a part, not the entire Abacha funds would be spent on the arms; the rest would be invested in developmental projects as originally conceived b. the money was to be treated as borrowed funds which would be paid back as soon as possible c. the NSA’s office was to account for the spending to the President who was the Commander in Chief, given the fact that the Minister of Finance is not part of the security architecture and does not participate in the Security Council.
“The attempt to link the former Minister’s name to any misuse of these funds for any purpose other than security as far as she understood it is totally false and cannot stand.”
Lexus is showing off a new luxury crossover concept at the North American International Auto Show this week: The LF-1 ‘Limitless,’ which has a sleek, sporty look, and a range of features designed around alternatives tailored to a potential owner’s drivetrain preferences and more.
The Lexus LF-1 is designed to potentially house either a fuel cell, plug-in hybrid, gasoline or all-electric powertrain, and this is something that Lexus is looking at as an example for how it envisions its entire vehicle lineup will operate by 2025 and beyond.
A couple of weeks ago, my small group leader challenged us to find a word that would serve as a cornerstone for our year, which would stimulate us to be better individuals, that would motivate us to become stronger spiritually.
As we went around the room, there were some great terms being chosen – faith, honesty, wait, truth, caring, etcetera. When it came time for me to reveal mine, although it has been something I have been trying to incorporate into my life for a little while now, I felt the Spirit prodding me to proclaim “intentional” as my foundational word.
With each passing year, I have strongly believed God was going to “do a work” on me. I sensed it was going to be “life-changing” in many ways.
Maybe in the past this has been the “hopeful wishes” of an optimist, or the positive thoughts of an idealist, however I have truly seen glimpses of how God can work in and through my life when I approach it intentionally.
After searching a number of Bible translations, I was hard-pressed to find any instance or form of the word being used, save one. Nevertheless, this philosophy can be argued as the basis of how God wants us all to live.
I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15).
Many of us, me included at times, “desire” a change or “want” something different for our life, but we never take the steps to do anything about it. We just “go with the flow” and live the lukewarm existence which has plagued us for so long, and then wonder why we’re still at the same place years later.
We say we want a new job, but haven’t bothered to search, decide what we’d like to do or even prepare a resume.
We affirm we want to be in a relationship, but we don’t put ourselves in a position to meet new people or deviate from our past patterns of behavior.
We declare we are going to accomplish “something” this year, but don’t take any steps in order to do so.
Whatever it is, we have to decide to make a concerted effort to do it. No one else is going to do it for us.
I’m not a huge “reality show” fanatic and don’t necessarily agree with the premise or all of the actions of the contestants at times, but I do admire those that compete on The Bachelor/Bachelorette and The Biggest Loser for the sole reason that they made the effort with the intention of finding their spouse or losing weight, especially in light of the scrutiny of a national audience watching.
This is in no means the solution or direction for everyone; however, it clearly illustrates how some have made an intentional step to pursue what they want for their life.
I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me (Revelation 3:20).
Although this passage is familiar to us as a scripture we are introduced to at the outset of our Christian walk, it reminds me of being at my family’s home during the holidays when someone knocks on the door. Someone usually yells for someone else to “get the door” and oftentimes with it being a family member who locked themselves out, someone runs over, quickly unlocking it and runs off.
This may be the mindset of how some of us deal with potential opportunities we’re presented with – we ignore it, we want someone else to do the work, or expect it to happen by itself.
Opportunities (and changes) come in variety of ways. Sometimes they come knocking, other times we have to go in search of, and still others we need to break a door down in order to create one. In each case we need to take the personal responsibility to intentionally pursue it.
Recently, I had to relocate to a new area for a short period of time. Discovering it was only going to be for a month, I could have easily and justifiably quietly gone about my work and found plenty of things to occupy my time. However, I sensed the need to get “plugged into the community” even for a short stint. On the very first Sunday at my new location, I found a church, signed up for a men’s group and joined two life groups, all the while not knowing a soul.
Did I feel comfortable doing it? No. Was I confident? Not really. Was it worth it? Definitely!
Within a month, I have connected with several people, offered to help in a number of areas (even beyond my stay) and grown both personally and spiritually – all the result of having a willingness to be used, making myself available, and being intentional.
Life can be difficult and life can seem unfair.
When I have found this to be most true is when I go about my day without a specific plan or purpose. I live “hoping,” “wishing” or even (just) “praying” for something without any further involvement. I do “what is necessary,” no more, no less. This is the epitome of a lukewarm life – living to get by, doing what is “expected,” and producing a vanilla result.
God created and fashioned us with a purpose far greater than that. No wonder why He would “spit,” “spew,” or “vomit” us out of his mouth (differing versions of Revelation 3:15) if we are going to live that way.
The adventure in life begins when we pursue what we were individually created to do, not by following the crowd or choosing to live in a manner just to survive, but rather in a manner to thrive.
Live purposefully, live deliberately, live intentionally and you can overcome anything you believe is standing in your way.
[written by Cliff Young]
Many have awesome and novel business ideas that never see the light of day. The truth is anyone can come up with an idea for a business, but it takes a lot of work to implement a plan of action.
So, if you have an idea that you want to put into action in the near future, Jumia Travel shares tips to ensure that it becomes reality.
Research the market
You don’t want to dive into any market until you have a clear idea of the competition, where you fit in, and the steps you will have to take to become a major player. Hence, you need not ignore market research.
As excited as you may be about taking your business from idea to action, you need to exercise some patience during the process. There will be times when you need to take a step back for one reason or another. There will be times when you need to adjust your approach to ensure that you are on the right track.
Create a business plan
Regardless of your idea, timeline, or how much money you plan on spending, it’s imperative to create a business plan that can provide a guide now and in the future. It can take some time to create a business plan. But in the long run, it has its advantages.
Set a budget
Once you have a budget in mind, you will find it easier to make the right financial decisions as you take your business from idea to the real thing.
Set a start date
Without a start date, you may find yourself facing unnecessary delays. If you truly want to reach the next level, you need to set a start date and then do whatever it takes to reach this goal.
Get a mentor
Some have the perception that they do not need help in starting off. This is not true. It is essential to find a mentor who can show you the way and can put you on the right track to success.