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Number of Visitors to Daura Reduced – Buhari Reveals Why He Was Happy When Tinubu Increased Fuel Price

Former President Muhammadu Buhari has opened up on why he was happy when incumbent President Bola Tinubu increases the petrol pump price.
Recall that fuel price increased on May 29, 2023 after Tinubu announced removal of fuel subsidy.
According to Buhari, the decision reduced the number of visitors he receives in his native Daura town in Katsina State.
Buhari made the revelation on Sunday as the special guest of honour at the maiden edition of the annual Katsina Dialogue organised by the Katsina Consultative Forum, held at the Presidential Banquet Hall of the Katsina Government House in Katsina.
Speaking in Hausa language, Buhari said he returned to Daura and a lot of people kept visiting him but when Tinubu increased the price of fuel, he rejoiced because the visits reduced.
Speaking about drug abuse, Buhari added;
 “A nation’s greatness is measured by how it safeguards its people. Our youths represent our valued asset and protecting their wellbeing is crucial for our nation’s future. We can’t afford to watch as drug abuse dismantle their potential and the country’s future. I urge all of us to unite and act decisively against drug abuse in the state,” he said.
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Buhari approved Naira redesign – Emefiele

Former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele has said the Naira redesign programme was approved by former President Mohammadu Buhari.

Emefiele stated this in response to the publication of the report of the Private Investigator into the affairs of the CBN, Mr. Jim Obazee, which claimed that there was no presidential approval for the Naira redesign programme.

This is coming as Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha, at the weekend denied involvement in the alleged withdrawal of over $6 million from the CBN.

In a statement titled, “Re; Emefiele, other stole billions, illegally kept Nigeria’s funds in foreign banks”, former CBN Governor, said that the presidential approval for the Naira redesign programme was handed to Obazee in front of senior CBN officials and members of the Private Investigator’s team.

Emefiele also averred that most of the content of the report of the special investigator cited in the media publications are false, misleading and calculated to disparage his person, injure his character and to serve the selfish interest of the private investigator.

Emefiele said: “After my release on bail from the correctional centre, Kuje, my attention was drawn to publications released by the Punch Newspaper and Premium Times online news platforms.

“The sources of the information published by both media houses were credited to a certain report prepared by Mr. Jim Obazee, who was appointed by the President as a private investigator.

“I have gone through the publications, and I say boldly that the contents of the said publications are false, misleading and calculated to disparage my person, injure my character and to serve the selfish interest of the private investigator.

“Because of my present situation, I have been advised by my lawyers not to say anything in respect of the matters which have been submitted to the court for adjudication. However, I need to address some of the issues raised in the publication, which are barefaced lies told by the investigator in order to achieve his satanic agenda.

“First, it was reported that, contrary to the provision of the CBN Act 2007, there was no presidential approval for the Naira redesign. I wish to state unequivocally that there was indeed a presidential approval, and the said approval was handed over to the same Jim Obazee during the process of his investigation in the presence of senior CBN officials and his own investigative team.

“Moreover, the former President Muhammadu Buhari has stated on a number of occasions that he authorised and approved the Naira redesign. I am therefore at a loss as to why Mr. Jim Obazee will mislead Nigerians that there was no presidential approval.

“The report also claimed that the sum of $6.23 million was withdrawn from the CBN vault based on a false presidential directive bearing the signature of the former President Buhari and that of the former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha.

“About two weeks ago, Jim Obazee in company of a certain Deputy Commissioner of Police from Force CID came to Kuje to ask me questions in respect of the said document in the presence of my lawyers.

“I stated verbally and in writing that I have no knowledge of such directive from the former president and the former SGF. In fact, I told them that was the first time I would be seeing the documents. On this, I challenge Jim Obazee to publish the said documents and also the statements that I made to them.

“The final issue that I will like to respond to is the issue of the 593 accounts which were purportedly opened in different parts of the world. I state categorically that I am not involved in the opening of these accounts and I do not have knowledge of their openings. The fixed deposits in those foreign accounts are definitely outside my knowledge.

“However, let me state clearly, that the relevant departments of the CBN have the authority to carry out such activities in line with their lawful mandate within the CBN.

“I therefore join well-meaning Nigerians who have spoken on this matter and have demanded a thorough and transparent investigation of all these alleged frauds. Meanwhile, I have instructed my lawyers to immediately commence legal process to clear my name from the defamatory statements contained in the report and by extension the publications.”

Also reacting to the report, Mustapha in a statement, said: “I have no knowledge of such a directive, nor was I ever involved in any discussions or transactions regarding the alleged payment to foreign election observers,” he said.

Describing the report as a malicious ploy to damage his reputation, he said: “It claims that $6.3 million was withdrawn from the CBN vaults based on a purported ‘Presidential Directive’ bearing the signature of President Buhari. This document, unsurprisingly, has not been presented for public scrutiny.

“I demand a thorough and transparent investigation into this matter. Let the relevant authorities probe the source of these fabricated documents and expose those responsible for this malicious attempt to damage my reputation.

“I have nothing to hide and welcome any legitimate investigation that sheds light on the truth. Throughout my career in public service, I have always upheld the highest standards of integrity and ethical conduct. I have served with dedication and transparency, and my record speaks for itself.

“I will not allow this baseless and defamatory attack to go unchallenged. I will defend my reputation vigorously and ensure that the truth prevails.

“This is not just about me, it is about upholding the integrity of public service and safeguarding the reputation of those who have served this country with honour.

“I trust that the Nigerian people will see through this orchestrated attack and recognise it for what it truly is, a desperate attempt to silence a voice of reason and integrity,” he said.

Meanwhile, former Deputy Governor of CBN, Mr. Kingsley Moghalu, has denounced what he described as the media trial of Emefiele and other persons cited in the special investigator report.

Moghalu in a statement said that the leakage and circulation of the report of the special investigator, not how a report into the CBN should be handled.

Moghalu said: “I have seen in the mainstream media and floating around on social media including Whatsapp, a report purported to be that of the CBN Special Investigator appointed by President Tinubu. I have some comments on this development.

“The “report” has no signature appended, so we can’t assume it is the real and official report.

“Assuming it is in fact the real report, it’s wrong for such a sensitive report to have “leaked” to the public before the President and his government have reviewed and spoken to it.

“This is because the “report” talks of “chargeable offenses” and mentions specific individuals it recommends being prosecuted in addition to Emefiele. This is a media trial and prejudices the rights of these individuals named or referred to. This is NOT how a report into the Central Bank of Nigeria should be handled.

“The central bank of any country is a very sensitive institution, and confidence (or the lack of it) in the institution has practical consequences on the ground for Nigeria’s economy.

“As much as the Bank and its leaders ought to be accountable for their official actions, we must consider the continuing damage this kind of sensationalism (which, knowing our country, nothing much is likely to come of it at the end of the day) does to Nigeria’s economy, image, and the institution of the CBN itself. When it comes to law, allegations are simply allegations unless and until proven in a court of law.”

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Budget: Ex-Presidents, Former VPs, Others Receive N13.8bn Maintenance Allowance

The sum of N13,805,814,220 has been set aside by the Federal Government for the maintenance of former presidents, vice presidents, chiefs of state, Chiefs of General Staff, retired heads of service, permanent secretaries, and retired heads of government agencies and parastatals in the fiscal year 2024.

Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Goodluck Jonathan, and Muhammadu Buhari are among those who will benefit, as well as ex-vice presidents Atiku Abubakar, Namadi Sambo, and Prof Yemi Osinbajo.

Ex-military heads of state, General Yakubu Gowon, General Abdusalami Abubakar, General Ibrahim Babangida, and a former Chief of General Staff, Commodore Ebitu Ukiwe (retd.), are to gain from the windfall.

In addition, N1trn has been set aside for public service wage adjustments for government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (including arrears of promotion and salary increases, as well as payment of severance benefits and minimum wage-related adjustments).

The entitlements of past presidents/leaders of states and vice presidents/chiefs of general staff will cost N2.3 billion, while retired heads of service, permanent secretaries, and professors will cost N10.5 billion.

Severance payments to retiring heads of government agencies and parastatals are estimated to cost N1 billion.

Other fundings include N65 billion for the Presidential Amnesty Programme to reintegrate transformed ex-militants, N1 billion for the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Energy, and N108 billion for unspecified special projects.

The government is also proposing a sum of N40 billion to offset electricity arrears due by all MDAs to power distribution firms.

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Ex-President Buhari’s Appointment of FCC’s Chairman, Secretary From Northern Region Unlawful – Court

A Federal High Court, Abuja has declared that former President Muhammadu Buhari’s appointment of Federal Character Commission (FCC) Chairman, Muheeba Dankaka and the Secretary, Bello Tukur, from the northern region was unlawful.
The court gave the ruling on Wednesday.
Justice Inyang Ekwo, in a judgment, held that the former president had failed to comply with the provisions of the laws in the duo’s appointment.
“Therefore, I find that there has been failure of the 1st defendant to comply with the provision of Section 14 (3) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), Section 4 (1) (a) of the FCC Establishment (FCCE) Act, 2004 and Section 4 of the Guiding Principles and Formulae for the Distribution of all Cadres of Posts,1997 made under Section 4 (1) (a) of the FCCE Act, 2004,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a human rights advocate, Festus Onifade, had, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/709/2021, sued the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), FCC, Dankaka and Tukur as 1st to 5th defendants respectively.
In the originating summons dated and filed on July 19, 2021, the lawyer sought interpretation to two questions.

These include, Whether by the combined provisions of Sections 7 and 8 (1) and (2) (a), (b), and (c) of the third Schedule, Part 1 of1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 4(1) of the Subsidiary Legislation (GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND FORMULAE FOR THE DISTRIBUTION OF ALL CADRES OF POSTS) 1997 of the Federal Character Commission (Establishment,) Act 1995.
He, therefore, sought a declaration that the president (1st defendant) is bound to observe and comply with the provision of Sections 7 and 8 (1), (2) (a) (b) (c) of the Third Schedule, part 1 of the 1999 Constitution (As Amended) in the appointment of persons to the office of the chairman and Secretary of FCC.
He also sought an order directing the president to immediately dissolve and reconstitute the FCC’s board by the laws.
Onifade equally sought an order directing the president to immediately appoint other persons into the positions in compliance with the provisions of the constitution and the Act of National Assembly, among others.
NAN reports that while Dankaka is from Kwara, Tukur hails from Taraba.
Buhari had, on April 28, 2020, appointed Dankaka as the chairman of the commission for a five-year tenure and was confirmed by the Senate on June 2, 2020.
Also, the ex-president approved the appointment of Tukur as FCC’s secretary on April 14, 2017, and was reappointed on March 12, 2021, for a term of four years.
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I Don’t Miss Being President – Buhari

The immediate past president, Muhammadu Buhari has disclosed he does not miss his former position.

Buhari stated this in an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA).

The former president in the teaser of the interview posted on X on Sunday, was asked about what he misses from his time in office, and he responded saying, “Miss. I don’t think I miss much.”

Buhari had previously said he would not miss his time in office because he was being “harassed”.

In December 2022, the former president said he was doing his best for Nigerians but it was not good enough.

He said, “I believe I’m trying my best, but still my best is not good enough.

“I wonder if I am going to miss much. I think I’m being harassed.”

Buhari when asked about the nature of his illness when he was president said, “I think only my daughter can honestly answer this question.”

The full version of the interview of Buhari’s first since leaving office on May 29, 2023 — will be aired on Monday by 10:30 pm.

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Former President, Buhari Congratulates APC On Retaining Imo, Kogi States

The immediate past president, Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC on winning the gubernatorial polls in Imo and Kogi states.

He also thanked the people of the two states for reaffirming their confidence in the nation’s biggest political party.

Buhari also appreciated the party leaders and the workers who laboured tirelessly to ensure the reemergence of Sen Hope Uzodimma for his second term in Imo and Alhaji Usman Ododo as the new governor of Kogi state.

“My best wishes to them for their next tenure.”

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SERAP Obtains Court Leave To Compel Tinubu Administration To Probe Missing Funds Under Buhari Government

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP), has obtained the leave of the court to apply for an order of mandamus to compel President Bola Tinubu to investigate the alleged missing $2.1 billion and N3.1 trillion oil revenue under the administration of the immediate past President, Muhammadu Buhari.

SERAP in June had filed a lawsuit to compel President Tinubu to set up a presidential panel of enquiry to promptly probe the grim allegations that US$2.1 billion and N3.1 trillion public funds of oil revenues and budgeted as fuel subsidy payments are missing and unaccounted for between 2016 and 2019, as documented by the Auditor-General of the Federation.

The organisation had urged the President to “name and shame anyone suspected to be responsible for the alleged widespread and systemic corruption in the use of oil revenues and the management of public funds budgeted as fuel subsidy and to ensure their effective prosecution as well as the full recovery of any proceeds of crime.”

It also urged him “to promptly, thoroughly, independently, transparently and effectively probe all fuel subsidy paid by successive governments since the return of democracy in 1999, and to use any recovered proceeds of crime as palliatives to address the impact of any subsidy removal on poor Nigerians.”

SERAP giving an update in a post on its X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday night wrote, “We have obtained the leave of the court to apply for an order of mandamus to compel the Tinubu administration to probe the allegations that USD$2.1 billion and N3.1 trillion of oil revenues are missing and unaccounted for between 2016 and 2019.”

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Ex-President Buhari Now A Farmer, Goes to Farm Four Days A Week – Garba Shehu

Former President Muhammadu Buhari is now into farming.
This was revealed by Garba Shehu, media aide to the ex-president.
He revealed that Buhari spends four days a week at his farm.
Shehu made this known in a statement released on Thursday titled ‘One Hundred Days after Buhari’.
Shehu said Buhari chose to stay in Daura to be far away from Abuja in order not to distract the new APC administration and in the hope that the distance will make it possible for him to have a good rest.
The statement reads, “He goes to the farm four days of the week and is upbeat about how well the crops and his animals are now doing. He gets a good measure of rest but the visits have not abated. To manage the numbers, he has a weekly program drawn for him as they did while he was in the Villa.”
Shehu said the former President receives myriads of “special guests” which includes party faithful, grassroots groups, farmers, artisans, artists, praise singers, nurses and doctors, religious leaders, community leaders and several other professionals.
Shehu also said critics have refused to acknowledge to acknowledge the achievements of Buhari when he was in power.
“There has not been a single area that had not been touched by the Buhari government. We have seen massive positive changes in the last eight years but as they say, the one who is pretending to be asleep is harder to wake up than the one who is actually sleeping.

“Bullies who attacked governments and “something dropped” will continue to antagonize Buhari borne of anger from lost opportunities. A certain Buhari “critic” who served a Military Governor in one of the Northern States, even his underwear was bought from government coffers. When they came in they freed thieves, robbers and receivers of stolen goods and even gave them a working capital.
“Within a few weeks, crime returned to Kaduna, and yes, the other places and he has the effrontery to speak as he did. This society has no use for such squalid nonsense!
“President Tinubu, a wise politician, will equally see through their masquerade. Muhammadu has done his part and left. History will judge him, and fairly I think,” Shehu said.