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Stop blabbing over Tinubu’s Victory, Afenifere Youths warn Wike 

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Stop blabbing over Tinubu’s Victory, Afenifere Youths warn Wike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…. tells Asiwaju to sack FCT Minister, distractions to his cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That Afenifere Progressive Youths Movement has stated that the Federal Capital Territories Minister, Nyesome Wike, does not stand in as one of those who contributed to the President’s Bola Tinubu’s electoral success.

 

 

 

 

 

Stop blabbing over Tinubu’s Victory, Afenifere Youths warn Wike 

 

 

 

 

 

Abe Emmanuel kolawole, coordinator of the group made this known during a press briefing on Tuesday in Lagos, calling the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesome Wike, to exercise caution in his public utterances regarding the country’s political situation.

 

The movement asserted that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu elected to bring the FCT Minister on board in his administration should not be misconstrued as rewarding him for working towards his electoral success, but rather a form of lifeline given the precarious situation Nyesom Wike found himself after his tenure as governor of Rivers state.

 

The group said its firm position is that the FCT minister, by all indications, is a liability to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration with the crisis rocking Rivers State and other unpleasant occurrences connected to the FCT minister.

 

The statement reads in part; “The Afenifere Progressive Youths Movement welcomes you to this press conference to shed light on the assertions by the Minister of the FCT, Nyesome Wike, that he was instrumental in the electoral victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

“This press conference is intended to put issues in proper perspective for all and to caution the FCT Minister on his public utterances with regard to the electoral victory of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

“The fact remains that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a political warrior and strategist who built bridges across the nooks and crannies of the country. He has remained relevant in the political landscape since leaving office as governor of Lagos state in 2007.

 

“This brings to mind the numerous efforts of the President and his associates of like minds who worked tirelessly for the President’s electoral victory during the elections that culminated in a resounding victory.

 

“The Afenifere Progressive Youths Movement is aware of the contributions of various stakeholders. The FCT Minister, Nyesome Wike, does not stand in as one of those who contributed to the President’s electoral success.

 

“That President Bola Ahmed Tinubu elected to bring the FCT Minister on board, his administration should not be misconstrued as rewarding him for working towards his electoral success, but rather a form of lifeline given the precarious situation Nyesom Wike found himself after his tenure as governor of Rivers state.

 

“This statement of fact can be easily corroborated by stakeholders in the APC and other support groups that worked tirelessly during the elections to deliver victory to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

“It is, therefore, preposterous for Nyesom Wike to lay claim to a mandate he didn’t contribute to. His public posturing is misguided and an affront to the sensibilities of those who worked tirelessly for the President’s electoral victory.

 

“If we recall the election victory acceptance speech by the President, where he commended those who worked hard for the victory, the name Nyesom Wike was not mentioned. That is indicative of the fact that the role the FCT Minister claimed he played in the electoral victory of the President remains a figment of his imagination.

 

“The FCT minister is aware of this much and why he should tread cautiously in his public conduct and his misleading narrative that defeats common sense. This is an affront to the Afenifere Progressive Youths Movement, and we won’t fold our arms anymore and allow someone who was brought into government on pity to rubbish the reputation of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

 

“Our firm position is that the FCT minister, by all indications, is a liability to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration with the crisis rocking Rivers State and other unpleasant occurrences connected to the FCT minister.

 

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a father figure to all and a benevolent leader who has a penchant for carrying all along regardless of political affiliations, which is the case that culminated in the appointment of Nyesom Wike as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

“The Afenifere Progressive Youths Movement views the posturing of the FCT minister as uncharitable in the present circumstances. It is akin to biting the fingers that fed him. This is typical of Nyesom Wike in his political trajectory and must stop.

 

“The task before President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is onerous, and the President and his team of patriotic Nigerians have been working around the clock to address the myriad of challenges in the country.

 

“The best the FCT Minister can do is to retrace his steps and be circumspect in his public posturing. He should focus on the job and key into the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President instead of ascribing to himself the President’s political success.

 

“It is not a hidden secret that the FCT Minister is a liability to the present administration, and it would be common sense if he turned a new leaf and channelled his energies towards serving our indefatigable President for magnanimously saving him from political obscurity.

 

“The FCT Minister cannot take credit for what he didn’t give. It is tantamount to ingratitude. This is uncharitable and will be resisted by the Afenifere Progressive Youths Movement.

 

“We wish to use this medium to call on Nigerians to ignore the assertions made by the FCT Minister. His contributions, if any there, to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s electoral success are infinitesimal. This is a statement of fact, and we stand by it wholly.

 

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a visionary leader who knows his onions. He has proven this over decades; no single individual can claim his electoral victory. It is an aberration and a joke taken too far.

 

“It would be in the best interest of the FCT Minister to desist from such enterprise and channel his energies to more productive ventures in service to Nigeria,” the statement added.

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AANI ADVOCATES FOR PEACEFUL DIALOGUE AND CALM AMIDST AUGUST 1 PROTEST

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AANI ADVOCATES FOR PEACEFUL DIALOGUE AND CALM AMIDST AUGUST 1 PROTEST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI), a non-partisan, impartial, and non-profit voluntary association, consisting of highly patriotic Nigerians, elder statesmen and women, including former Heads of State and revered traditional rulers; expresses profound concern over the impending August 1st 2024 protest. We find it crucial to join other well meaning Nigerians in appealing to all stakeholders to seek a peaceful dialogue as an alternative solution.

 

 

 

 

AANI ADVOCATES FOR PEACEFUL DIALOGUE AND CALM AMIDST AUGUST 1 PROTEST

 

 

 

 

In this context, we acknowledge the planned 10-day protest by some Nigerians, primarily youths, who seek a better, more prosperous, and secure Nigeria. While protests are a vital aspect of democratic expression, we recognize the legitimate concerns that such actions may be hijacked or that leaders might lose control, especially if some protesters have ulterior motives, as seen in other African countries and parts of the world.

 

Considering these concerns, AANI calls for dialogue and calm ahead of the planned protests. We believe that peaceful and constructive engagement between the government and the protest organizers, is essential to addressing the issues raised and ensuring the safety and security of all Nigerians. Therefore, we urge the government at all levels to initiate an open and transparent dialogue with the protest organizers to understand their demands and work towards practical solutions. This engagement should be inclusive, involving all stakeholders to ensure that the voices of the youth and other concerned citizens are heard and addressed.

 

We commend President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, for his proactive approach to initiating dialogue with the youth, urging them to cancel their planned protest and patiently await the government’s response. According to the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, the President is attentive to the voices of young Nigerians and is diligently working to address their grievances. This demonstration of empathy and responsiveness is a commendable step towards fostering trust and understanding between the government and its citizens.

 

However, we urge the government to take additional proactive measures to ensure that the protest remains peaceful and that security forces are deployed to protect the rights of the protesters while preventing any attempts by hoodlums to hijack the movement for nefarious purposes. While immediate actions are necessary, long-term strategies and policies must be implemented to address the root causes of these challenges and to foster a more equitable and prosperous Nigeria.

 

We also appeal to all Nigerians, especially the youth, to remain calm and peaceful in their conduct. Exercising restraint and engaging in constructive dialogue is essential to achieving the desired outcomes without causing further harm to our economy and social fabric. AANI reaffirms its commitment to the unity, peace, and progress of Nigeria. We stand ready to support any initiatives that promote dialogue, understanding, and constructive engagement in addressing the pressing issues facing our nation. Let us all work together to build a better Nigeria for ourselves and future generations.

 

AMBASSADOR EMMANUEL OBI OKAFOR, mni

AANI National President

Abuja

Thursday July 25, 2024

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Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

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Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

 

 

The Centre for Accountability and Probity (CAP) has commended the Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Bichi, for his commitment to transparency and accountability.

 

Supplementary Budget: Centre Lauds Reps Appropriations Chair Bichi Over Thorough Scrutiny, Public Engagement

 

In a statement signed by Princess Ajibola Naomi, its Coordinating President, the Centre said the recent transmission of the supplementary budget has been met with thorough scrutiny and public engagement by Bichi.

Naomi said that in his characteristic manner, Bichi is engaging stakeholders, conducting public hearings, and scrutinizing the executive bill to ensure that the supplementary budget serves the best interests of Nigerians.

“Bichi’s innovative approach to the budgetary process has introduced a new level of transparency and accountability, setting a benchmark for future budgetary processes,” she said.

“His commitment to ensuring that every detail is scrutinized, and the executive accounts for every penny, is a testament to his dedication to the Nigerian people.

“Bichi has introduced public engagement and scrutiny of the budget estimates, ensuring that stakeholders’ inputs are considered.

“He has also conducted public hearings to ensure transparency and accountability and analysed every detail of the executive bill to prevent misappropriation of funds.

“Furthermore, he has ensured that the supplementary budget aligns with the priorities of Nigerians.”

In addition, Naomi said Bichi has also improved the budget process by ensuring timely submission of budget estimates by MDAs, conducting regular oversight visits to monitor project implementation, and engaging with civil society organizations to ensure inclusivity and transparency.

She noted that the Appropriations Committee has also utilised technology to enhance budget tracking and monitoring, and provided clear and concise budget reports for easy understanding.

“Bichi’s leadership has changed the narrative in the budgetary process, promoting transparency and accountability,” she added. “His commitment to ensuring that the executive accounts for every penny has given Nigerians confidence in the budgetary process”.

The Centre for Accountability and Probity, therefore, urged Nigerians not to worry about the budget, as Bichi’s commitment ensures that it will be utilized effectively for the benefit of all Nigerians.

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ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

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ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That The First Lady Oluremi Tinubu says women have to learn how to obtain power the e ECOWAS Female Parliamentarian Association has held its Spotlight Initiative with the theme; Re-thinking Women’s Proportional Representation in Governance.

 

 

 

 

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

The First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Oluremi Tinubu noted that the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration has made significant progress in this regard but barriers still exist especially culturally and socially.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“These barriers include deeply entrenched societal norms, systemic discriminatory practices, structural issues within our political systems, and financial incapability”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“To achieve this across board, we must be seen to walk the talk. For instance, our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken significant steps to remove financial barriers by making nomination forms for elective positions free at grassroots level, ensuring that capable and qualified women can participate in the political process without the burden of prohibitive costs”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senator Oluremi Tinubu commended the Federal House of Representatives for its recent passage of the Bill seeking 74 seats for women in the National Assembly in a bid to encourage more female participation in politics and governance.

 

 

 

 

 

ECOWAS PARLIAMENT REITERATE CALL FOR IMPROVED WOMEN REPRESENTATION IN GOVERNANCE

 

 

 

 

“I believe that the leadership in the Senate is gender-friendly”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Power is not served A’lar carte, just as my husband, President Bola Tinubu said. You have to learn how to obtain power. You need older women to mentor you”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Education is the cornerstone of empowerment. By improving access to education for girls and women, we can equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate effectively in political processes. Additionally, raising awareness about the importance of women’s representation in governance is crucial. Public campaigns, media engagement, and community programs can help shift societal attitudes and dismantle stereotypes that hinder women’s political participation”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament who is also the first female to occupy the position, Rt Hon Hadija Memounatou Ibrahimah in her remarks urged the First Lady of Nigeria to serve as the champion of the course of better representation for women in governance in the region.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This she noted is especially so with the commendable contributions to the issues of women and girls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Your Excellency, you transmit a kind of light that illuminates the leadership of Nigeria. It touches the lives of even the ordinary man”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Women account for half of the population of ECOWAS member States. Only 17% are Parliamentarians and 24% are Ministers in the region. It is high time to reduce the under representation of women in democracy”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senate President, Senator Godwill Akpabio who was represented by the Deputy Senate President Jibrin Barau stated that for the Senate, women participation in governance is a priority.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We will redefine the power of women in governance”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the Session, the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu in a nostalgic move, visited the newly renovated hallowed Red Chamber. She commended the leadership of the senate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Lady was a 3 term Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District till 2023.

 

 

SIGNED

Busola Kukoyi

SSA Media to the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

22nd July,2024

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