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President Muhammadu Buhari

By FEMI ADESINA

ASK for a President beleaguered from all sides, and I’ll present you Muhammadu Buhari, the ramrod straight man from Daura, in Katsina State, who turns 78 right this moment.

Within the construct as much as the 2015 presidential election, we used to say every thing had been thrown at him as projectiles, besides the kitchen sink. Allow me to replace that expression. Right this moment, every thing attainable has been thrown at President Buhari, together with the kitchen sink. Something. Every little thing. Pretend information. Hate speech. Lies. False propaganda. Evil ideas. Malediction. Odium. Opprobrium. Ogbunigwe. Ogulutu. Floor to air missiles. All offensive weapons. However the man trudges on. Calmly, sedately, peacefully.

If solely extra Nigerians knew this President. If solely they knew the important Buhari, the quintessential patriot and gentleman, they’d behave in a different way, deal with him with extra care, and present him extra kindness. Sure, everybody wants kindness, even Presidents.

Keep in mind that track by Mary Mc Kee and The Genesis?

You’ve obtained to attempt slightly kindness

Sure, present slightly kindness

Simply shine your gentle for everybody to see

And should you attempt slightly kindness

Then you definitely’ll overlook the blindness

Of narrow-minded individuals, on narrow-minded streets.

Too many individuals have chosen to consider the unsuitable issues about President Buhari, and have ossified their minds in opposition to the reality. However then, these of us who’ve had the privilege to work with him, studied and identified him at shut quarters, have an obligation to inform what we now have seen. And what higher day to do it, than on his birthday. Oh, he eats from the President. What else would he say than to sing his praises. True? False. If want be, I’ll serve this President free of charge. I take into account it a terrific privilege to serve a person I like. Even free of charge.

Properly-deserved retirement

Any person commented {that a} blitzkrieg has been launched in opposition to Buhari and the federal government he leads, from all quarters. Some components within the media, human rights teams, so-called activists, NGOs, Boko Haram, ISWAP, suddenly. However is Buhari the loser? By no means. It’s the nation that in the end loses, simply as Eric Donaldson sang in ‘Little Did You Know:’

You assume that you’re hurting me

However little do you know you might be solely hurting your self

Little do you know you might be solely hurting your self.

In about two years and 5 months, with God being merciful as He at all times is, President Buhari will land safely, and retire to Daura for a well-deserved retirement at 80. And if these engineering distraction in opposition to his authorities proceed, it’s the nation that may have misplaced. An incredible deal. What are the issues some individuals hurl in opposition to the President, which reveals that they don’t know him in any respect?

He’s a non secular bigot. Actually? I’ve not seen a scintilla of proof prior to now 5 years. Each Christmas and Easter vacation, he calls these of us who’re Christians, working with him, and asks us to remain off work, and benefit from the season with our households. That’s not the best way of bigots, who would by no means acknowledge any faith, besides their very own. As a army commander, historical past has it that Buhari would at all times give troopers working beneath him time to go for worship on Sunday mornings, simply as he did to the Muslims on Fridays. But, bigot, bigot, some individuals proceed to shout.

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He’s a Fulani, he rears cows, and all Fulani herdsmen are criminals, that’s why he tolerates them. Actually? Some individuals even say all Fulani are herdsmen, whether or not they see them with cattle or not. Reality is, each ethnic inventory has its deviants, its prison components. You’ll be able to’t simply demonise all Fulani, merely since you wish to excoriate the President. Did he select to be born Fulani? Did I select to be born Yoruba, and did the Ishan, Idoma or Ijaw man select the ethnic inventory he wished to be born into? It’s a organic accident. You don’t have anything to do with it. A person then doesn’t go repudiating the place he comes from, just because some individuals have determined to tar his individuals with the comb of infamy.

He’s nepotistic. A standard chorus, however non-scientific. About three years in the past, we did a scientific train. We chronicled all of the appointments made by the President since 2015, and allotted them to states and areas. The consequence confirmed that the Southwest had the most important share. Adopted by Imo and Kano states. Then Edo and Katsina. And on and on. However the naysayers ignored info and figures, and caught to their false narratives. Nepotism. At some point, the President had given me an appointment to announce within the early days of the administration. By then, some individuals had began speaking of northernisation agenda. So I mentioned, “Mr President, that is the murmur we hear. Why don’t you take into account giving this place to a different a part of the nation?”

He checked out me calmly, smiled, and mentioned: “If a search has been carried out for a place, and somebody has been thrown up as the perfect candidate. And I then bypass him due to the place he comes from, or due to his faith, haven’t I been unfair to that particular person?” Meals for thought, certainly. That is Jubril from Sudan and never Muhammadu Buhari, who had died in the course of the medical trip in 2017, some individuals say. You have got a clone in Aso Villa, not Buhari. Idiocy, sadly believed by even some intellectuals.

Let me let you know a narrative. On the day the President lastly returned to the nation in August 2017, after months of absence, the Chief of Defence Workers, Gen Abayomi Olonisakin, was giving out his daughter in marriage. I had attended the church service, decked unusually in full agbada, with cap to match. From the marriage, I went straight to the airport to hitch the reception get together.

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We shaped a welcome line, as we often do. And because the President shook every particular person, he had one wisecrack or the opposite to say. When he obtained to me, he took my hand and mentioned: “Adesina, that is the perfect I’ve seen you dressed.” We each laughed heartily, and the tv cameras captured it. I do not forget that many individuals requested me later what had tickled me and the President, that we laughed so uproariously.

Jubril from Sudan? Would he know my title as Adesina? Would he know I not often put on agbada? How ridiculous can some individuals be? One other story. The journalist Lindsay Barret had been a very long time buddy of the President. At some point, he despatched me to provide his greetings. Once I did, the President mentioned: “Lindsay Barret. I keep in mind assembly him on the battle entrance in 1968. He was overlaying the battle. There was a day he was nearly killed in an ambush, and he then described himself as a ‘religious coward,’ who was fortunate to be alive.”

Jubril of Sudan? And he remembers Barret, whom he met on the warfront in 1968? Inform it to the marines. Ask me for a loyal man, who by no means forgets flip, and I’ll present you Muhammadu Buhari. Among the many final class of Ambassadors, he had personally picked Justice George Oguntade, who was despatched to United Kingdom, and Justice Sylvester Nsofor, who he deployed to America. The latter died solely final week, aged 85.

How did the 2 males achieve the favour, loyalty and respect of the President? In his many authorized battles after disputed election leads to 2003, and 2007, that they had given dissenting judgements at each the Courtroom of Attraction and Supreme Courtroom, nullifying the election outcomes, saying candidate Buhari had been cheated. The person by no means forgot, and sought them out in due time. The identical additionally occurred to a few of us working with him right this moment.

A form man. I’ve plenty of tales to inform, however let me prohibit myself to some. In December 2015, I had misplaced my elder sister, a Professor of Dramatic Arts, in an auto crash. Whereas I used to be crying like a wailing wailer, who was on the telephone, consoling and condoling with me? Muhammadu Buhari. And earlier than he turned President, when my mom handed on in 2013, and we had a commendation service for her in Lagos, who flew in all the best way from Kaduna to attend? Muhammadu Buhari. He sat by means of the Christian service. But, they are saying he’s a bigot. I hear. Bigot from Sudan.

And in January 2017, I used to be to obtain the normal title of Nwanne di Namba of Mmaku Kingdom, in Enugu State. Courtesy demanded I inform the President. This man, who prides himself as ‘very stingy’ gave me a good-looking sum of money to ferry my family and friends to the ceremony. How a lot? I gained’t let you know, lest you ask for a belated share.

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And in Might 2018, I used to be billed for China for a 12 days course for senior authorities officers from Africa. He mentioned when the journey was two days away, I ought to come to see him. I did. You already know what he mentioned? “Adesina, I do know that you just don’t have cash. However you might be too shy to ask.” We each laughed, and he gave me an envelope which contained international foreign money. How a lot? You assume I’ll let you know? For the place?

This President is a patriot. He loves this nation dearly. A person of non-public self-discipline. Single minded concerning the infrastructural growth of the nation. And he’s succeeding at it. I’ve a great deal of tales to inform to justify every advantage. However time and house gained’t allow. Nonetheless, let me inform this ultimate one, as informed to me by a retired Colonel of the Nigerian Military. He mentioned he was a Main on the Second Mechanised Division, Ibadan, when the then Main Common was posted there in early 1983, as Common Officer Commanding.

There was a cocktail reception, billed for 8.00 p.m. Fifteen minutes to the time, the brand new GOC walked briskly in. Solely a sprinkle of officers had arrived. He moved around the venue, surveying the place, and on the dot of 8.00 pm, with the corridor nonetheless scanty, he went to the gate, and directed the sergeant-major on responsibility to lock the interior one firmly, admitting no person. No one. Sure sir!

The GOC went again inside, held the cocktail with the few officers obtainable. Occasion over, he went again to the gate, to see the battery of latecomer officers huddled there. He surveyed them, after which instructed: All of you, see me within the workplace tomorrow by 8.00 am. Sure sir! The GOC walked briskly away. And you understand what? As early as 6.00 a.m subsequent day, a lot of the officers had reported in his workplace. As soon as bitten, twice shy.

At 78, the President nonetheless scrupulously respects time. Do they make them like this anymore? Uncertain. But, many individuals are plotting, and engineering all kinds of artifices, to make sure Buhari doesn’t succeed. Who loses? The nation! There’s this basic Yoruba movie, Saworoide, which I watched years again.

Adebayo Faleti, who wrote and starred within the movie, appeared on the stratagems and underhand dealings of man. And he sang, moderately philosophically: Koi ye gained, yio ye gained lola. Translated freely, it means: They don’t perceive right this moment. They’ll perceive tomorrow. It’s higher for lots extra cynical Nigerians to grasp this President right this moment, moderately than tomorrow, for the nice of the nation. That might be the perfect birthday reward they can provide him.

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March 15th deadline for submitting annual report sacrosanct – NITDA

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By Emmanuel Elebeke

The Nationwide Data Expertise Improvement Company, NITDA, has warned all information controllers and processors within the nation that the 15th March 2021 deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report nonetheless stands.

The Director-Common of the company, Mallam Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi sounded the warning on Monday at a digital press convention the place he reeled out the replace on the Knowledge Safety Regulation implementation and their 2021 projections.

Inuwa insisted that non-filing of the audit report by all involved organizations is a punishable offence, including that NITDA is ready to completely implement this provision ranging from this yr.

As a part of efforts to hold all stakeholder alongside, he famous that the company launched into sustained public consciousness since January 2020, because it was not oblivious of the data deficit of most Nigerians as regards the difficulty of knowledge safety.

‘‘I wish to use this chance to remind all information controllers and processors that the deadline for the submitting of their annual information audit report is 15th March 2021.

‘‘Non-filing is a punishable offence and we’re set to completely implement this provision this yr.

Girls and gents, allow me at this level to run via the occasions we’ve lined up for this Particular Privateness Week.’’

‘‘We realized that wielding the large stick with out sufficient consciousness would result in apathy and, or insurrection. Thus, our first process was to embark on a collection of public consciousness campaigns. We achieved large media consciousness between Could and October 2019.

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‘‘Additionally, we’ve handled 1,200 questions, request for clarification and different inquiries from the general public on the difficulty of knowledge safety,’’ Inuwa added.

By way of implementation, the NITDA boss stated a singular implementation construction for the NDPR was additionally created. In contrast to the GDPR and different legal guidelines, he defined that the NDPR creates a set of licensees who’ve confirmed experience in information safety implementation.

‘‘These DPCOs are licensed to offer information safety compliance, audit, coaching and associated providers to all Knowledge Controllers and Processors. Thus far, we’ve licensed seventy DPCOs and have acquired many extra functions that are presently being handled.

‘‘This technique has recorded compliance from many organizations than may very well be imagined. As an illustration, our audit stories for the interval 2019-2020 exhibits the proportion of compliance among the many variety of submitting entities.

‘‘Nevertheless, with the course, we’re transferring on NDPR audit compliance submitting, we’re very glad that we’ve set out in the correct means. Our technique of licensing DPCOs is yielding bounteous fruits as Nigeria now has extra information safety specialists per capita than some other African nation.’’

‘‘Our survey additionally reveals that wealth is being generated via the DPCO scheme. Curiously, this aligns with President’s Muhammadu Buhari’s imaginative and prescient to diversify the economic system, create sustainable jobs and develop the digital economic system,’’ he added.

Other than the compliance focus, he disclosed that NITDA additionally inaugurated the Knowledge Breach Investigation Workforce (DBIT), a workforce made up of IT Professionals, Legal professionals and the Police Power.

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‘‘Their task is to research allegations of breach and make suggestions of actions to be taken on every case, via the Implementation Committee.

‘‘The Police workforce can also be empowered to ask, arrest, interrogate and prosecute erring offenders.’’

Whereas calling on the Nationwide Meeting to fast-track the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice into legislation, Mallam Inuwa assured that NITDA would strategize to create a workable, credible implementation course of that will help the Nationwide Meeting in its quest to go a Knowledge Safety Invoice.

‘‘We’re proud to say the NDPR implementation has essentially the most strong consultative course of in our current historical past as a nation. This autochthonous strategy has deepened the NDPR greater than we might have imagined.

‘‘Whereas we await the passage of the Knowledge Safety Invoice, NITDA will proceed to put crucial constructions to deepen information safety implementation in Nigeria,’’ he stated.

Nonetheless on enforcement, he stated ”we’re contemplating all choices to make sure we don’t kill companies, whereas additionally guaranteeing companies don’t kill Nigerians via wanton abuse of their information.”

Recall that NITDA had issued a draft Knowledge Safety Guideline since 2013, with the target of offering a primary legislation to information the usage of information within the digital area.

Nevertheless, when the EU GDPR was issued in 2016, the then Director-Common of NITDA, Dr Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, constituted a workforce to assessment the draft guideline within the gentle of worldwide developments and in addition to offer Nigerians with a practicable legislation for its implementation.

The NDPR is designed to satisfy the worldwide, particularly GDPR ideas on information safety, and in addition supplies distinctive and modern implementation frameworks that has made it some extent of reference in Africa and past.

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Following the issuance of the Regulation, NITDA has taken plenty of steps consistent with its implementation technique.

A few of the steps embrace Sustained Public Consciousness; Implementation Construction; Authorized and Political Construction for Sustainability.

He listed a number of the NITDA’s visions for the yr 2021 as follows: improvement of sectorial implementation toolkits; standardization of NDPR programs and coaching; improvement of a multi-billion naira sector that will create hundreds of jobs and rejigging of enforcement mechanism to enhance compliance.

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Bayelsa Dep gov duties council chairmen, councillors on peace, cooperation

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Sen. Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo

By Samuel Oyadongha, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Deputy Governor, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo has once more burdened the necessity for Councillors of Native Authorities Areas to work carefully with their Chairmen to ship efficient providers to the folks.

The Deputy Governor made the decision on Monday at a gathering with the Chairmen and leaders of the legislative assemblies of the eight native authorities areas within the state inYenagoa.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo, additionally frowned on the incessant threats of impeachment in opposition to council chairmen, stressing that taking such actions with out following due course of would solely warmth up the polity.

He urged the councillors, notably their leaders, to exhaust all avenues of dialogue and keep away from confrontation as a lot as attainable of their dealings with the opposite arms of presidency.

On the problem of Councillors’ welfare, he known as for persistence and understanding, assuring that they may get what’s due them throughout the limits of accessible assets.

“We must always not use violence because the final resort, we should at each cut-off date be affordable and respectful. You might be purported to be cooperating together with your chairmen as a result of you aren’t coequal.

“At each cut-off date, in case you don’t overcome selfishness you’ll turn into unnecessarily agitated. So I need to attraction to you, that as leaders, the council relaxation in your shoulders. You need to present duty in all you do as a result of we are going to all account for our stewardship sometime.

“The concept of threatening your chairmen with impeachment at very flip of occasions is just not the fitting approach to go. You need to exhaust each technique of dialogue together with your leaders and stakeholders of the assorted native authorities areas. When you as councillors have points with any of the chairmen, convey it to my discover,” he mentioned.

He reminded each events of how God miraculously introduced the PDP-led Prosperity Administration within the state to the workplace and urged them to understand the divine grace that has additionally sustained their very own workplaces.

Senator Ewhrudjakpo additionally urged the chairmen to be clear within the working of their councils to keep away from pointless suspicion and speculations

In a associated growth, Senator Ewhrudjakpo known as for synergy between native authorities chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives within the eight native authorities areas to allow rural dwellers to really feel the affect of presidency.

The Deputy Governor who acknowledged this at a separate assembly with the Chairmen and Governor’s Particular Representatives identified that their unity and cooperation have been key in direction of replicating PDP’s victory within the current Bayelsa senatorial bye-elections in future elections.

Whereas urging the Governor’s Representatives to keep away from rivalry with their respective council chairmen, Senator Ewhrudjakpo equally directed the Chairmen to offer workplace lodging for them to reinforce their efficiency.

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Household of policeman allegedly killed by three DSS operatives search justice

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By Shina Abubakar, Osogbo

Household of a policeman, Fawale Rauf, allegedly killed by three operatives of the Division of State Providers throughout a struggle sought justice for his or her late son.

It was gathered that the late Rauf was concerned in a fisticuff with three unidentified personnel of the DSS on Thursday, January 14, round a preferred bar at Oke-Fia space in Osogbo round 6 pm.

A verify confirmed that the deceased was smashed on the top with a stick a number of occasions by his assailant for but to be identified causes. He was nonetheless taken to a personal hospital by his buddies and later discharged, however on creating additional issues, he was referred to the Osun State College Educating Hospital, Osogbo, the place he ultimately died on Sunday.

Talking with newsmen, the deceased’s spouse urged Nigerians to assist the household get justice as she stated the DSS has not named its operatives concerned within the act. She stated the Ilobu-born policeman is survived by a father, mom, siblings and three youngsters together with a 30-day-old toddler.

“I referred to as his quantity on the stated Thursday however he was not choosing up and I believed he was busy till he was introduced residence the next day. His good friend instructed me he was attacked by three DSS operatives and he had been taken to a personal hospital for therapy.

“Nonetheless, he developed issues and we took him again to the hospital from the place we had been referred to Osun state college educating hospital, Osogbo the place he ultimately died on Sunday.

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Please I need assistance, I need to know those that killed my husband, I’m presently nursing 30 days outdated little one and I can’t simply let him die in useless”, the 30 years outdated dealer lament.

Additionally, the deceased’s father, Fawale Rabiu stated he was disturbed that the DSS isn’t forthcoming with the names of the perpetrator, in search of stakeholders help to establish the culprits and produce them to justice.

“I need Nigerians to assist me. Rauf was my first little one and a breadwinner and mustn’t simply die in useless”, he cried.

In the meantime, Osun police command’s spokesperson Yemisi Opalola confirmed the policeman’s dying however decline to touch upon different points.

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