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How President Buhari fights corruption – Garba Shehu

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By Emmanuel Okogba

Senior Particular Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Buhari, Garba Shehu has defined how the primary citizen fights corruption and sanitizes authorities processes since his time in workplace.

Shehu in celebration of the President’s birthday shared on Fb an opinion article he wrote titled: ‘ANTI-CORRUPTION HERO, PRESIDENT BUHARI LEADS BY EXAMPLE’, the place he gave particulars of how the president politely rejected an costly reward from a younger Nigerian and the way he insisted on utilizing autos from the earlier administration to chop price of governance.

A part of the article reads: “One of many earliest guidelines set by the chief on the inception of the administration was that “I cannot be corrupt and I cannot let anybody of you to be corrupt.”

The prospect to spell out this message clearly to the senior authorities officers and the enterprise group was when he met with the massive firms dealing with authorities contracts: roads, railways, bridges, buildings and others.

On this explicit challenge, the President had this necessary message:”We have now been knowledgeable that proportion cuts- 10 % or extra are constructed into contracts, to be shared amongst authorities leaders and civil servants. This should cease. We is not going to settle for kickbacks.

“We have now equally been knowledgeable that handlers of main contracts construct properties for presidency leaders. You purchase costly vehicles and keep them for the beneficiaries. Once they or shut relations fall ailing, you’re taking them to hospitals overseas, together with the usage of air ambulances when that’s warranted for gratis them.

“Our discovering is that nothing you give is free. All such prices are constructed into authorities contacts. We don’t need that to proceed.

“Most of you’ve constructed the fame over time for doing good jobs, delivering them on time. So we are going to proceed to patronize your providers. However the the excessive prices will likely be checked.

“From now going ahead, the added prices and all this padding should finish. If we ask for quotations from you, inform us the precise price that the undertaking entails. No ten %, no added prices.”

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An eerie silence greeted the riot act as learn by the President. Nobody in room complained towards the evaluation of the President nor was there a dissent.

A younger Nigerian designer, very profitable overseas produced a gold wristwatch of the well-known Rolex model and embossed the image of the President on its face. The President Commanded the success of the younger man’s model oversea, requested him to maintain the title of Nigeria flying however directed that the reward be politely returned. The younger entrepreneur picked up his valuable wristwatch and left.

Among the many key arguments for the Petroleum Business Invoice now being debated within the two chambers of the Nationwide Meeting is that it seeks to curb what critics say is the “absolute energy of a president to award, revoke and renew licenses.” On the pleasure of previous leaders, influential people had oil wells gifted to them.

In an interview he as soon as gave, the rapid previous Minister of State, Petroleum Assets and Chairman of the Board, Nigerian Nationwide Petroleum Company (NNPC) Dr. Ibe Kachikwu stated President Buhari as Minister and head of presidency by no means, not even as soon as did he direct him to challenge the reward of oil nicely, this or that license, contract or any form of authorization however allowed all to come back by means of due course of.

President Buhari equally abhors ostentatious dwelling fashion. When a Everlasting Secretary, at these early briefings introduced to him that he was in receipt of N400 million from the treasury for the acquisition of recent vehicles for his workplace, the President’s query was, “what’s incorrect with the vehicles left behind by the previous President? They’re alright for my use.” He continued to make use of these Jonathan vehicles till only a 12 months in the past when one of many two Mercedes Benz vehicles broke down on the best way to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Worldwide Airport.

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That his austere and disciplined life-style weren’t a make-believe was on public show when the enterprising photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo captured the President in an image he was watching a soccer match at house in Daura.

With out which means to do this, that iconic image put out for the general public to see the austere furnishings together with a TV set not larger than 36 inches broad. An image tells greater than a thousand phrases.

Nigerians in 1000’s had been caught saying, “wow, is that this all that the President may have at house?”

In looking for a holistic strategy towards corruption, the President has spoken on a regular basis for the place of efficient audits and different systemic checks. He has promoted the adoption of e-government initiatives and progressive expertise. He discovered very progressive insurance policies on the drawing boards, the Financial institution verification Quantity, BVN; the Treasury single Account and the IPPIS Payroll service which the earlier authorities did not implement and promptly put the mechanism in place for his or her implementation. Arising from this, good points from financial savings are at present being counted in trillions of naira.

In coping with contractors and contacts, that’s the place you discover oil within the palms of many leaders.

Everybody is aware of by now that President Buhari doesn’t use energy, discretionary or in any other case, to challenge contracts. Open bidding is the best way to go and when approvals are wanted, President-in-Council insists that the trail to due course of have to be adopted. The bidding course of have to be disclosed, firm administrators have to be listed and a due course of certificates should accompany the request for every approval.

As a result of money or cheque funds are now not in vogue, contractors receives a commission with out individual to individual interplay to cut back corruption. Utilizing data expertise, the arrival of the “alert” tells the contractors that the their cost is on account. Every authorities cost of 5 million Naira and above have to be on public show within the GIFMIS (Authorities Built-in Monetary Administration Data System) that seeks to stem the tide of corruption.

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President Buhari believes that the highway to decreased corruption in Nigeria and elsewhere will not be a straightforward one. One expertise he by no means forgets to discuss is that through which the counterrevolutionary components who threw him out of workplace as Army Head of State within the 80s locked him up in detention, let out all these he detained and returned to them in full the proceeds of their corruption. Now he says, I comply with the due means of the regulation. Past that, we are going to public sale no matter now we have taken from the corrupt, use the cash to serve the individuals in order that there will likely be nothing to be returned when others succeed us after the completion of our time period.

As I write, Committees underneath the Ministry of Justice have been set as much as dump all seized belongings – plane, boats, vehicles, buildings, factories and so forth.

Past the unyielding willpower to guide by setting examples, President Buhari strongly believes that there have to be penalties for corruption. When authorities leaders or officers commit acts of corruption and there aren’t any penalties, those that come after them will interact in corruption with even better vigar.

Our President is decided to maintain this lesson in place, and the easiest way to exhibiting the seriousness of dedication is to guide by instance.”

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Museveni clings on as one among Africa’s longest serving leaders

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Yoweri Museveni has been president longer than most Ugandans have been alive, and his disputed election win Saturday cements his place among the many world’s longest-serving and authoritarian leaders.

Shortly after Museveni took energy in 1986, ending years of bloodshed and chaos underneath murderous tyrants, the younger president mused that leaders overstaying their welcome lay on the coronary heart of Africa’s issues.

However practically 4 many years later the introspection is gone and Museveni — as soon as hailed within the West as a mannequin African chief dedicated to good governance — has joined the ranks of these he as soon as criticised, successful a sixth time period in workplace.

His genial face and penchant for folksy parables belie a previous as a wily guerrilla fighter and ruthless political survivor.

In his 35-year reign Museveni has fused state and occasion so successfully, and crushed political opposition so completely, that any critical problem to him or his Nationwide Resistance Motion was made unimaginable.

This election was no totally different. It noticed probably the most violent campaigns in current reminiscence, and Museveni’s beleaguered rival Bobi Wine dismissed the method as a rigged “sham”.

Museveni will thus proceed his rule over a inhabitants the place three-quarters are underneath 30 and have by no means recognized anybody else in cost.

At 76 — although some opponents say he’s older — Museveni says he’s preventing match, sometimes performing push ups earlier than crowds and jogging in his workplace.

In 2020, he joined Instagram and added a childhood title, Tibuhaburwa, to his official title.

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Unbound by Uganda’s structure — it was amended twice to take away presidential time period and age limits — many consider Museveni, who by no means speaks publicly of succession and has damaged previous guarantees to face down, plans to rule for the remainder of his days.

– Staying put –

“He is not going to go away till he has accomplished his mission of liberating Uganda and Africa… It’s an illusionary and delusional mindset, in fact. However he seems to be at himself as some form of messiah,” stated Moses Khisa, assistant professor of political science at North Carolina State College.

In lengthy, meandering speeches typically laced with peasant folklore — he was raised by cattle herders in western Uganda — Museveni appealed for extra time throughout the marketing campaign, likening himself to a farmer leaving a plantation simply because it begins bearing fruit.

Not often too does “the outdated man who saved the nation” miss an opportunity to hark again to his heroics within the bush wars — generally exchanging his trademark safari hat and yellow shirt for camouflage fatigues to drive dwelling the purpose.

It’s a favorite reference for the proud army man — however one among dwindling forex, given most Ugandans usually are not sufficiently old to recollect the relative peace and stability that adopted the horrors of Idi Amin and Milton Obote.

British journalist William Pike, who interviewed Museveni in 1984, described a person then well-admired with a “faraway look in his eyes as he spoke, the look of a dreamer, a revolutionary”.

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Museveni studied in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, within the 1960s when the college acted as a sort of revolutionary ending college for anti-colonialists.

“He was intensely critical however confirmed flashes of humour. He inspired debate though his officers had been deferential,” wrote Pike in his 2019 ebook “Combatants: A memoir of the Bush Conflict and the press in Uganda.”

“Museveni’s confidence contaminated everybody.”

This prolonged to the worldwide group, which noticed promise in Museveni’s early strides on financial development, poverty alleviation and combating HIV/AIDS.

– Drift to dictatorship –

A crafty strategist, Museveni additionally positioned himself as one thing of an elder statesman and peacemaker in a unstable area — at the same time as his forces had been marauding in japanese Congo and backing rebels in different war-torn corners.

His deployment of troops to struggle jihadists in Somalia, and open door coverage to refugees, received favour from international donors who critics say turned a blind eye to his abuses at dwelling and warmongering overseas.

“Museveni has all the time been brutal, however he’s all the time needed to play this recreation with the West, in order that he continues to get assist,” Helen Epstein, creator of “One other Advantageous Mess: America, Uganda, and the Conflict on Terror”, advised AFP.

However because the years ticked by the contemplative younger insurgent chief gave approach to an ever-more erratic and uncompromising head of state.

“There have been instances when Museveni was a persuasive particular person. He would win over you ideologically, and thru discourse. He now not does an entire lot of that. He more and more has to depend on cash and drive,” Khisa stated.

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Museveni as soon as promised to retire to his cherished herd of long-horned Ankole cattle, however as a substitute has outlasted each ruler on the continent bar Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea and Paul Biya of Cameroon.

[AFP]

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Minister approves use of 20 centres for NIN enrolment in FCT

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Minister of Communications, Dr. Isa Ibrahim Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Financial system, Dr Isah Ali Pantami, has accredited the activation of 20 NIN enrolment centres inside the FCT, to make the method simpler, starting from Jan. 18, Mr Kayode Adegoke, Head, Company Communications of NIMC, Abuja, has mentioned.

An announcement he issued, on Saturday, mentioned in the identical vein, the minister had accredited the closure of enrolment actions on the Nationwide Id Administration Fee (NIMC) workplace.

“Members of the general public, residents and guests to the FCT, wishing to enrol for the Nationwide Identification Quantity (NIN), ought to use the NIMC centres”, he mentioned.
He recognized the areas of the centres as NIN State places of work in Wuse, Abaji space council, AMAC, Bwari, Gwagwalada, Kwali, Kuje, alongside particular centres at Dei-Dei, Dutse and Federal Housing Authority, Gwarinpa.

Different centres, he mentioned, embody Excessive Court docket, Lugbe, AEDC workplace Jiwa, Ladies Improvement Secretariat Karshi, Kenuj Angles Faculties, Jikwoyi, Chief’s Palace, Kurudu, Nigerian Customs Service, Karu and NIPOST Kubwa.

The assertion additional recognized different accredited centres, run by licensed personal brokers, at NIN Enrolment Centres Ibro Lodge, Wuse 2, Afritech multi Idea, Gwandal plaza adjoining EFCC, Wuse 2, and NIN Enrolment Centre at No 8, Nairobi Road, Wuse 2, Abuja.

“Members of normal public inside the FCT are hereby suggested to go to any of the above-listed enrolment centres closest to them for NIN registration and issuance,” the assertion mentioned.

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Allardyce praises ‘wonderful’ gamers as West Brom beat Wolves

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West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has praised his gamers for his or her ‘wonderful’ efficiency within the 3-2 derby victory over Wolves.

The Baggies went forward within the Eighth-minute as Matheus Pereira scored from the spot.

Willy Boly had fouled ahead Callum Robinson within the field.

Wolves got here again to guide the Black Nation derby at half time although. Fabio Silva bagged his first purpose on the Molineux Stadium, earlier than Willy Boly avenged the penalty by scoring from shut vary.

West Brom had an excellent begin to the second half. They have been introduced stage by Semi Ajayi’s header. Robinson was then fouled within the field by Conor Coady, permitting Pereira to attain his second penalty of the match.

West Brom held on regardless of a great probability for Patrick Cutrone.

Talking after the victory, Allardyce stated: “Within the overwhelming majority of that efficiency the plan, and the best way the lads carried out the techniques, was wonderful. It’s the most effective I’ve seen us in possession since I’ve been right here.

“Aside from slipping up on a set piece which put us on the again foot I’d need to say the lads have been wonderful. You would have felt their heads go down once we have been behind however they got here bouncing again. We created different possibilities after going forward which might have made it even higher after which defended effectively on the finish.

“It’s even higher for the membership and the followers as a result of we’ve crushed our rivals within the Black Nation derby. We look ahead to gaining a little bit of confidence now.

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“Wolves let a number of targets in on set items so we felt we might exploit that. We created extra from open play than in any sport since I’ve been right here.

“I’m asking the gamers to enhance their general health and method by one p.c. Add that every one up and it’s a giant enchancment. I’m asking for everybody to do this little bit extra and be extra constant.”

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