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Presidency Speaks On Big Brother Naija 2018 After Miracle And Nina Was Caught Having S3x

Presidency Speaks On Big Brother Naija 2018 After Miracle And Nina Was Caught Having S3x

Despite criticisms of the popular BBNaija reality show, a media aide of President Buhari has distance herself from the show. 

Lauretta Onochie

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has reacted to comments over the reality show, Big Brother Naija 2018.

Onochie said the government had no power to move against immoralities in the show as it was an adult programme. According to her, the show was not compulsory to watch.

She disclosed this on her Twitter page

Onochie wrote “Stop asking me to fix Big Brother Naija. I Don’t have such powers.

“Big Brother is an adult programme. If your children are watching it, it’s your fault, not mine.

“Grow up & protect your children. It’s not also compulsory to watch. Use your remote control and change the channeI.”


Despite criticisms of the popular BBNaija reality show, a media aide of President Buhari has distance herself from the show. 

Lauretta Onochie

The Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie has reacted to comments over the reality show, Big Brother Naija 2018.

Onochie said the government had no power to move against immoralities in the show as it was an adult programme. According to her, the show was not compulsory to watch.

She disclosed this on her Twitter page

Onochie wrote “Stop asking me to fix Big Brother Naija. I Don’t have such powers.

“Big Brother is an adult programme. If your children are watching it, it’s your fault, not mine.

“Grow up & protect your children. It’s not also compulsory to watch. Use your remote control and change the channeI.”


Buhari: Appointments will be reviewed

Buhari: Appointments will be reviewed


President Buhari: promises to review appointments. Above (3rd r) in a handshake with President, Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama (4th l) during the visit of a delegation of CBCN to thePresidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday. With them are: Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha (3rd l) APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2nd l) and other members of the delegation
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President Muhammadu Buhari told Catholic bishops in Abuja today that he would take a second look at appointments made by the Federal Government to redress issues being raised.

He said the review will be done after a compendium of all appointments has been submitted to him.

He told the bishops, under the aegis of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, that no ethnic group or political zone has been deliberately marginalised in the appointments made so far by his administration.

The Nigerian leader was obviously reacting to criticisms that he may have violated the Federal character principle in some of the appointments made.

The last time a compendium of appointments was done, the South West region led the rest of the country.

President Buhari also explained that the policy proposed by Federal Government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country is not meant to colonize any part of the country.

Buhari said the intention of government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, which has now been misconstrued as another form of colonization.

President Buhari regretted that the well-thought out policy of the Federal Government, which was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders, had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.

He, however, assured the Catholic Bishops that the Federal Government will continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas.

Condemning recent spate of killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states, the President said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas.

‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest.

‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.

‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert,’’ he said.

The President told the Catholic Bishops that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘We have done very well on security in the North East, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now.

‘‘On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for bountiful harvest.

‘‘People have taken advantage of Federal Government policies and programmes to return to the farm and they have not regretted,’’ he said.

On the fight against corruption, the President reiterated that government would be guided by the law in the investigation and prosecution of all graft-related cases.

‘‘People are being prosecuted systematically with evidence.

‘‘If a permanent secretary has five houses in Abuja, two in Kaduna and one in Borno and Sokoto and he can’t account for the properties and there are bank transactions linking him to the properties, the prosecuting agencies will not have difficulties to make progress on the case.”

The Catholic bishops were led by  Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.

Kaigama pledged that the Catholic Church in Nigeria would continue to support the Buhari administration and make its contribution to nation-building through prayers, admonitions and assistance to needy Nigerians.

‘‘As the voice of the people, we shall continue to highlight the plight of our people and play our prophetic role of sensitising the government, thus promoting good governance, national unity and cohesion,’’ Kaigama said.


President Buhari: promises to review appointments. Above (3rd r) in a handshake with President, Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama (4th l) during the visit of a delegation of CBCN to thePresidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday. With them are: Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha (3rd l) APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun (2nd l) and other members of the delegation
00804/8/2/2018/ICE/NAN

President Muhammadu Buhari told Catholic bishops in Abuja today that he would take a second look at appointments made by the Federal Government to redress issues being raised.

He said the review will be done after a compendium of all appointments has been submitted to him.

He told the bishops, under the aegis of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, that no ethnic group or political zone has been deliberately marginalised in the appointments made so far by his administration.

The Nigerian leader was obviously reacting to criticisms that he may have violated the Federal character principle in some of the appointments made.

The last time a compendium of appointments was done, the South West region led the rest of the country.

President Buhari also explained that the policy proposed by Federal Government in response to the frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the country is not meant to colonize any part of the country.

Buhari said the intention of government is to create grazing locations for cattle rearers, which has now been misconstrued as another form of colonization.

President Buhari regretted that the well-thought out policy of the Federal Government, which was conceived after wide consultations with stakeholders, had been largely misunderstood by a section of the public.

He, however, assured the Catholic Bishops that the Federal Government will continue to explore all opportunities and support initiatives to ensure peace and stability in restive areas.

Condemning recent spate of killings in Benue, Adamawa, Taraba, and Zamfara states, the President said security operatives would ensure prosecution of perpetrators and all those found with illegal arms in the affected areas.

‘‘The impression created that I was sitting in an air-conditioned office and home, enjoying myself while these things happened, is dishonest.

‘‘At every step, I have tried to foresee these problems because I have the experience as a former military officer who commanded three out of the four divisions of the Nigerian army, in Lagos, Ibadan and Jos.

‘‘I am quite aware of the problems we have and I am doing my best to get law enforcement agencies to be on alert,’’ he said.

The President told the Catholic Bishops that he would not be tired of recounting remarkable progress recorded in the areas of security, economy and the fight against corruption.

‘‘We have done very well on security in the North East, when you compare what the condition was before we came in and what it is now.

‘‘On the economy, particularly agriculture, I am very pleased that God answered the prayers of Nigerians who prayed for bountiful harvest.

‘‘People have taken advantage of Federal Government policies and programmes to return to the farm and they have not regretted,’’ he said.

On the fight against corruption, the President reiterated that government would be guided by the law in the investigation and prosecution of all graft-related cases.

‘‘People are being prosecuted systematically with evidence.

‘‘If a permanent secretary has five houses in Abuja, two in Kaduna and one in Borno and Sokoto and he can’t account for the properties and there are bank transactions linking him to the properties, the prosecuting agencies will not have difficulties to make progress on the case.”

The Catholic bishops were led by  Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama.

Kaigama pledged that the Catholic Church in Nigeria would continue to support the Buhari administration and make its contribution to nation-building through prayers, admonitions and assistance to needy Nigerians.

‘‘As the voice of the people, we shall continue to highlight the plight of our people and play our prophetic role of sensitising the government, thus promoting good governance, national unity and cohesion,’’ Kaigama said.

Buhari picks Tinubu to mend fences in APC

Buhari picks Tinubu to mend fences in APC

 Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC).

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state is the leader of the party.

Buhari took the decision as part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the party.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, announced in Abuja on Tuesday.

APC

According to the presidential aide, the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation.

Kano APC crisis involving supporters of the former governor of the state, Alhaji Rabiu Kwakwanso and the serving governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is one of the task of the Tinubu reconciliation committee would handle.

The Presidency on Jan. 29 summoned Gov. Ganduje and the Kwakwanso over the aborted Jan. 30 visit of the former governor to Kano to avert breakdown of law and order in the State.

Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor Rabiu Kwankwaso, are leaders of the groups

The governor, accompanied by two serving senators and two members of the House of Representatives from the state, met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa.

Ganduje, however, declined to speak to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting.

The Tinubu committee is also expected to reconcile other APC crises in Zamfara, Oyo, Kogi and other states of the federation.(NAN)

 Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence building efforts of the ruling All Progressives Party (APC).

Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state is the leader of the party.

Buhari took the decision as part of on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the party.

The President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, announced in Abuja on Tuesday.

APC

According to the presidential aide, the assignment will involve resolving disagreements among party members, party leadership and political office holders in some states of the Federation.

Kano APC crisis involving supporters of the former governor of the state, Alhaji Rabiu Kwakwanso and the serving governor, Abdullahi Ganduje is one of the task of the Tinubu reconciliation committee would handle.

The Presidency on Jan. 29 summoned Gov. Ganduje and the Kwakwanso over the aborted Jan. 30 visit of the former governor to Kano to avert breakdown of law and order in the State.

Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor Rabiu Kwankwaso, are leaders of the groups

The governor, accompanied by two serving senators and two members of the House of Representatives from the state, met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa.

Ganduje, however, declined to speak to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting.

The Tinubu committee is also expected to reconcile other APC crises in Zamfara, Oyo, Kogi and other states of the federation.(NAN)

Female Senator, Biodun Olujimi Slapped By Male National Assembly Staff

Female Senator, Biodun Olujimi Slapped By Male National Assembly Staff

Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti South | NAN

Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti South, has been accused of asking her personal aide to assault a member of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, at the national assembly Monday, January 29, 2018.

According to a report by PremiumTimes
Olujimi was enraged that a parliamentary worker wanted to ride in an elevator with her.

The senator was on her way to the public hearing of the senate committee on petroleum downstream, investigating the N5 trillion subsidy payment to the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC.

A witness said when the lawmaker saw the PASAN staff in the elevator reserved for lawmakers, she demanded to know why he used the same lift with her.

The witness said the lawmaker directed her aide to “slap” the legislative official, who immediately responded in kind.

The PASAN staff however slapped the senator and not her aide.

Neither the senator, her aide nor the PASAN staff gave further details of the incident as journalists inquired.

Mrs. Olujimi left the elevator and challenged the PASAN official, who was immediately shielded by his colleagues.

The PASAN staff refused to apologise, and it took the intervention of National Assembly security officials to rescue her from the scene.

Other PASAN members declined comments and refused to give the name of the official involved.

The senator thereafter attended public hearing.

In a chat with some journalists after the hearing, she vowed to take up the case with the National Assembly security.

Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti South | NAN

Biodun Olujimi, senator representing Ekiti South, has been accused of asking her personal aide to assault a member of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, at the national assembly Monday, January 29, 2018.

According to a report by PremiumTimes
Olujimi was enraged that a parliamentary worker wanted to ride in an elevator with her.

The senator was on her way to the public hearing of the senate committee on petroleum downstream, investigating the N5 trillion subsidy payment to the Nigerian National Petroleum Commission, NNPC.

A witness said when the lawmaker saw the PASAN staff in the elevator reserved for lawmakers, she demanded to know why he used the same lift with her.

The witness said the lawmaker directed her aide to “slap” the legislative official, who immediately responded in kind.

The PASAN staff however slapped the senator and not her aide.

Neither the senator, her aide nor the PASAN staff gave further details of the incident as journalists inquired.

Mrs. Olujimi left the elevator and challenged the PASAN official, who was immediately shielded by his colleagues.

The PASAN staff refused to apologise, and it took the intervention of National Assembly security officials to rescue her from the scene.

Other PASAN members declined comments and refused to give the name of the official involved.

The senator thereafter attended public hearing.

In a chat with some journalists after the hearing, she vowed to take up the case with the National Assembly security.

Breaking News: Ex President, Obasanjo Mobilizes 7 Governors, 20 Senators To Remove Buhari – PT

Breaking News: Ex President, Obasanjo Mobilizes 7 Governors, 20 Senators To Remove Buhari – PT

The former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is mobilising politicians and other Nigerians to sign on to his Coalition for Nigeria project, to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office Premium Times reports.

Many of those consulted by OBJ are said to have signed on to his elaborate plan for a mass movement away from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to “rescue” the country. Mr. Obasanjo described the two parties as “wobbling” and unfit to run Nigeria.

On Tuesday, the former president issued a public statement on the Buhari and APC administration, advising the president to take a “deserved rest” and urging Nigerians to vote him out should Mr. Buhari insist on running. The Nigerian government on Wednesday responded to Mr. Obasanjo, outlining many achievements of the government.

PT however understand, from trustworthy sources that there is an untold story to the public rebuke.

PREMIUM TIMES was reliably informed that the former president repeatedly discussed his concerns with Mr. Buhari, and then decided to go public after he noticed no improvement in the way the country is governed. Frustrated by the worsening political and security situation of the country, Mr. Obasanjo spent the last few months consulting key political leaders in the country. He then used the better part of January drafting and editing what is now the explosive “special press statement” that has shaken the nation’s political foundation.

Signs that things were amiss between Mr. Obasanjo and Mr. Buhari, a man the former endorsed for the presidency in 2015, manifested early this month in far away Oxford, United Kingdom. Giving a talk at the University of Oxford, Mr. Obasanjo commended some African leaders for their reforms and economic transformation, but left out Mr. Buhari. Asked from the audience on when he would make his feelings about the Buhari government public, Mr. Obasanjo said the time was not ripe.

However, aides and associates of the former president said he had actually began expressing his misgivings about the Buhari administration from late last year, and shared his feelings with political associates and some elder statesmen. A number of those consulted, consented to Mr. Obasanjo’s idea that it was time to intervene in the political course of events.

Mr. Obasanjo has held meetings with former Nigerian leaders, serving governors, lawmakers and other key leaders across the country before arriving at the decision.

“At the last count, seven governors, 20 senators and over 100 House of Representatives members have agreed in principle with Baba to go into this coalition,” a close associate of the former president told our reporter.

The personalities have chosen to remain in the shadows for now but have signaled their intention to move in to what is envisioned to be a mega coalition at some time.

HOW THE STATEMENT WAS COMPOSED AND RELEASED

On his return to Nigeria from Oxford, Mr. Obasanjo commenced work in earnest on the press statement. He shared a draft with a few close aides and some of his children to get their comments. The former president was said to have made final edits on the document on the flight to and from Liberia for the inauguration of President George Weah.

“Very early in the morning of Tuesday, Mr. Obasanjo called a meeting of about eight of his close aides and associates to finalise the document and what to do with it,” a source familiar with what transpired that morning told PREMIUM TIMES.

Some of the former president’s children were said to have cautioned him about his personal security considering the tones of the letter. “Baba (Obasanjo) however told them that was the least of his concerns. He told them that he considers himself to be living on extra-time and was ready to pay whatever price for this country,” the source explained. The meeting then discussed the content of the statement and came to agreement that time was ripe for the document to be released.

Mr. Obasanjo then directed that the statement be released to the media by email at 1pm, Tuesday. He also ordered for the final copy to be produced into a booklet. Initial 1000 copies were then produced. The octogenarian then picked up some copies of the booklets as he made his way to Ibadan later that morning.

PRISON TERM

Mr. Obasanjo took a swipe at Mr. Buhari in the open letter, accusing the president of ineptitude, clannishness and callousness in handling affairs of the country. He described another term of four years for Mr. Buhari as “prison term” arguing that “Nigeria deserves and urgently needs better than what they have given or what we know they are capable of giving”. “To ask them to give more will be unrealistic and will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of four years if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery and substantial growth.

Einstein made it clear to us that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the height of folly.”

MR. OBASANJO’S VISION FOR THE MOVEMENT

In the widely reported press statement, Mr. Obasanjo spelled out his concept of the movement. He said it would provide Nigerians a window to determine their fate and chart a new course for the country, away from the now dominant political parties.

“This Coalition for Nigeria will be a Movement that will drive Nigeria up and forward,” the former president said. “It must have a pride of place for all Nigerians, particularly for our youth and our women. It is a coalition of hope for all Nigerians for speedy, quality and equal development, security, unity, prosperity and progress. It is a coalition to banish poverty, insecurity and despair.

“Coalition for Nigeria must be a Movement to break new ground in building a united country, a socially-cohesive and moderately prosperous society with equity, equality of opportunity, justice and a dynamic and progressive economy that is self-reliant and takes active part in global division of labour and international decision-making.”

A discreet plan is said to be on afoot to constitute the leadership of the proposed Coalition for Nigeria movement, with announcement expected sometimes next week.

The former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, is mobilising politicians and other Nigerians to sign on to his Coalition for Nigeria project, to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office Premium Times reports.

Many of those consulted by OBJ are said to have signed on to his elaborate plan for a mass movement away from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to “rescue” the country. Mr. Obasanjo described the two parties as “wobbling” and unfit to run Nigeria.

On Tuesday, the former president issued a public statement on the Buhari and APC administration, advising the president to take a “deserved rest” and urging Nigerians to vote him out should Mr. Buhari insist on running. The Nigerian government on Wednesday responded to Mr. Obasanjo, outlining many achievements of the government.

PT however understand, from trustworthy sources that there is an untold story to the public rebuke.

PREMIUM TIMES was reliably informed that the former president repeatedly discussed his concerns with Mr. Buhari, and then decided to go public after he noticed no improvement in the way the country is governed. Frustrated by the worsening political and security situation of the country, Mr. Obasanjo spent the last few months consulting key political leaders in the country. He then used the better part of January drafting and editing what is now the explosive “special press statement” that has shaken the nation’s political foundation.

Signs that things were amiss between Mr. Obasanjo and Mr. Buhari, a man the former endorsed for the presidency in 2015, manifested early this month in far away Oxford, United Kingdom. Giving a talk at the University of Oxford, Mr. Obasanjo commended some African leaders for their reforms and economic transformation, but left out Mr. Buhari. Asked from the audience on when he would make his feelings about the Buhari government public, Mr. Obasanjo said the time was not ripe.

However, aides and associates of the former president said he had actually began expressing his misgivings about the Buhari administration from late last year, and shared his feelings with political associates and some elder statesmen. A number of those consulted, consented to Mr. Obasanjo’s idea that it was time to intervene in the political course of events.

Mr. Obasanjo has held meetings with former Nigerian leaders, serving governors, lawmakers and other key leaders across the country before arriving at the decision.

“At the last count, seven governors, 20 senators and over 100 House of Representatives members have agreed in principle with Baba to go into this coalition,” a close associate of the former president told our reporter.

The personalities have chosen to remain in the shadows for now but have signaled their intention to move in to what is envisioned to be a mega coalition at some time.

HOW THE STATEMENT WAS COMPOSED AND RELEASED

On his return to Nigeria from Oxford, Mr. Obasanjo commenced work in earnest on the press statement. He shared a draft with a few close aides and some of his children to get their comments. The former president was said to have made final edits on the document on the flight to and from Liberia for the inauguration of President George Weah.

“Very early in the morning of Tuesday, Mr. Obasanjo called a meeting of about eight of his close aides and associates to finalise the document and what to do with it,” a source familiar with what transpired that morning told PREMIUM TIMES.

Some of the former president’s children were said to have cautioned him about his personal security considering the tones of the letter. “Baba (Obasanjo) however told them that was the least of his concerns. He told them that he considers himself to be living on extra-time and was ready to pay whatever price for this country,” the source explained. The meeting then discussed the content of the statement and came to agreement that time was ripe for the document to be released.

Mr. Obasanjo then directed that the statement be released to the media by email at 1pm, Tuesday. He also ordered for the final copy to be produced into a booklet. Initial 1000 copies were then produced. The octogenarian then picked up some copies of the booklets as he made his way to Ibadan later that morning.

PRISON TERM

Mr. Obasanjo took a swipe at Mr. Buhari in the open letter, accusing the president of ineptitude, clannishness and callousness in handling affairs of the country. He described another term of four years for Mr. Buhari as “prison term” arguing that “Nigeria deserves and urgently needs better than what they have given or what we know they are capable of giving”. “To ask them to give more will be unrealistic and will only sentence Nigeria to a prison term of four years if not destroy it beyond the possibility of an early recovery and substantial growth.

Einstein made it clear to us that doing the same thing and expecting a different result is the height of folly.”

MR. OBASANJO’S VISION FOR THE MOVEMENT

In the widely reported press statement, Mr. Obasanjo spelled out his concept of the movement. He said it would provide Nigerians a window to determine their fate and chart a new course for the country, away from the now dominant political parties.

“This Coalition for Nigeria will be a Movement that will drive Nigeria up and forward,” the former president said. “It must have a pride of place for all Nigerians, particularly for our youth and our women. It is a coalition of hope for all Nigerians for speedy, quality and equal development, security, unity, prosperity and progress. It is a coalition to banish poverty, insecurity and despair.

“Coalition for Nigeria must be a Movement to break new ground in building a united country, a socially-cohesive and moderately prosperous society with equity, equality of opportunity, justice and a dynamic and progressive economy that is self-reliant and takes active part in global division of labour and international decision-making.”

A discreet plan is said to be on afoot to constitute the leadership of the proposed Coalition for Nigeria movement, with announcement expected sometimes next week.

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