Monday, April 27, 2015

WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH THIS MAN ZUMA SEF? : “Why are the immigrants not in their countries? ” – What South African President said about xenophobic attacks ... YNaij

With the highest degree of insensitivity, South African President, Jacob Zuma has blamed the victims of his country’s xenophobic attacks… for making themselves victims.
After being at the receiving end of a barrage of criticism, Zuma on Monday, April 27, attempted to cut himself some slack by deflecting the blame to the foreign nationals that are being attacked.
Zuma condemned the violence while adding that the immigrants have contributed to the South African economy, however, he also questioned why so many had migrated to South Africa.
“As much as we can have a problem alleged to be xenophobic, our brother countries contributed to this. Why are the citizens not in their countries?”
“Some of them (immigrants) had very serious allegations against their own countries to explain why they are in South Africa,” Zuma said, speaking on Freedom Day that marks the country’s first democratic elections in 1994.”
“In fact, some of them warned us that there is almost certainly another wave of refugees coming given the developments in their own countries.”
“We have to address the underlying causes of the violence and tensions, which is the legacy of poverty, unemployment and inequality in our country and our continent and the competition for limited resources.”

LOOK WHO'S TALKING AND HEAR WHAT HE'S SAYING : Don’t Pray For APC’s Failure, Gov Aliyu Tells PDP Members ... LeadershipNews

Gov. Aliyu
The governor of Niger State, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu has pleaded with PDP members not to pray for the failure of the APC-led government but rather to work towards regaining power in 2019.
Aliyu who spoke at the College of Education, Minna yesterday when he commissioned some TERTFund projects admonished his party men and women to pray for the success of the incoming APC government.
Saying the failure of any government will impact negatively on everyone, including the PDP members, he enjoined all to “pray for the success of APC government because if you pray for failure of APC you will suffer, because you suffer for failure of any government”.
The governor, however warned against turning the nation to a one party state, adding “we should not go back to one party state, we must have a virile opposition and we saw that coming when the political parties merged”.
He said the merger and the defection of the governors as well as failure to honour the agreement of one term signed by President Goodluck Jonathan were responsible for the political tsunami that hit the PDP.
“When the first election took place, people were shocked when they came   and I was the one telling them to take it easy, and I said God in His infinite mercy has made me see it coming; when I raised the issue of an agreementthey thought I was a liar but believe me there was,” he said.
Aliyu added that it was   the ills within the PDP that gave rise to G7 group of governors which he said was to correct the wrongs in the party even as many did not believe the group, but said the development led to the defection of five members which eventually strengthened APC.

OF PARTING GIFTS AND THE JONATHAN ADMINISTRATION : Jonathan Appoints Obi SEC Chairman, Approves Gwarzo As DG ... LeadershipNews

President Goodluck Jonathan has appointed the former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, as the new chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Obi’s appointment was announced yesterday, and according to the presidency, his appointment takes immediate effect.
Jonathan also approved the confirmation of Mr Mounir Gwazo as the substantive director-general of the commission but the confirmation is subject to the approval of the National Assembly.
Gwarzo, who has been in acting capacity, was appointed to the board of the SEC as an executive commissioner in January, 2013. Obi, the immediate past governor of Anambra state, takes over from Dr Suleyman Ndanusa who was appointed the chairman of the commission in December 2012.
He was born on July 19, 1961, and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, graduating with a B.A (Hons) in Philosophy in 1984. Going into business, he became chairman of Next International Nigeria Ltd, then chairman and director of Guardian Express Mortgage Bank Ltd, Guardian Express Bank Plc, Future View Securities, among others.

SIGNS OF THE TIMES : DOUBLE TRAGEDY: 2 Kids Corpses Found In Deep Freezer .... LeadershipNews

Nigeria Police
Confusion and sadness reigned in Owa Alero, Ika North-east local government area of Delta State, last Thursday, when the family of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Oseni discovered the corpses of two of their children, David Oseni, 6, and Shedrack,4, inside their parents’ deep-freezer, purportedly used for their ‘iced block’ business.
According to reports, the children were found in ‘perfect’, frozen condition, as it was clear that they had been there for some time. All efforts to revive them proved abortive, as they were confirmed dead from hypothermia.
The Osenis, natives of Etsako, Edo State, have been living in Owa Alero, the ancestral homeof the mother.
Neighbours revealed that the parents had locked the children indoors and went to conduct their daily businesses after they retuned from their holiday classes, only to discover the tragedy upon their return.
The father, Oseni, who spoke to this writer, said he had taken the generator for repairs and, upon returning, powered it on to confirm its state, before loading it for the next day’s business.
“After 25 minutes, I lifted the top to check if the freezer was working optimally, only to behold the lifeless bodies of David and Shedrack in the freezer. I raised the alarm, calling the public to the scene.”The children were immediately rushed to a private hospital where they were both confirmed dead by the doctor on duty. The police at the Divisional Office, Owa Oyibu, were contacted and investigations are on to unravel the mystery behind the tragedy,” Oseni said.
When contacted for comments, the Superintendent in charge of the Police Divisional Headquarters Owa Oyibu, SP Lawrence Ogoregbulem, said the Police have concluded their investigations, adding that “because of the parents’ uncooperative stance”, the matter had been transferred to the state headquarters for further investigations.
When contacted, sources within the station told this reporter that “the family of the victims have written to withdraw further investigations into the matter, saying that they don’t want [police]cases”.

A LITTLE LATE. THE DAMAGE HAS BEEN DONE : ‘Missing’ $20bn oil money: I have nothing to hide, Jonathan tells Buhari ... Punch

President Goodluck Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday said his administration had nothing to hide in respect of the claim by a former Central Bank of Nigeria Governor,   Lamido Sanusi, that   $20bn oil money was not remitted to the Federation Account by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
To prove this, he said he had directed that the full report by PriceWaterHouse which was commissioned to carry out a detailed investigation into the activities of the NNPC be made public immediately.
Jonathan, in a statement in Abuja by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity,   Reuben Abati,   also described   the allegation by the All Progressives Congress that his officials were embarking on last minute illegal actions as “unfortunate and uncharitable.”
Buhari had while receiving an APC delegation from Adamawa State on Sunday, expressed surprise that instead of probing the allegation by Sanusi ,who is now the Emir of Kano, the Jonathan-led Peoples Democratic Party administration chose to fire him.
He stated that since Sanusi’s claim was documented, his administration would take a look at it after the May 29 handover date.
Buhari said, “On the issue of corruption, I heard that some people have started returning money. I will not believe it until I see for myself.
“You all remember what the Emir of Kano talked about when he was the governor of the CBN. He said $20bn, not N20bn, was unaccounted for; they said it was a lie. Instead of investigating it, they sacked him. And God in his infinite mercy made him the Emir of Kano. In any case, that is what he wanted. And since this was documented, our administration will take a look at it.”
Sanusi had written a letter to Jonathan that $49bn was not remitted to the Federation Account by the NNPC.
But following the controversy which the letter generated, a committee was set up to reconcile the account.
Sanusi later recanted and said the unremitted fund was $12bn. He later changed the figure to $20bn.
But Abati, in his   statement, said Jonathan was concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration had anything to hide on the allegation.
The statement read in part, “President Jonathan is also deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20bn is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure.
“To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.”
When journalists asked Abati why Jonathan had to wait   until Buhari said he would look into Sanusi’s allegation before making the audit report public, he said he did not know the circumstances in which the President gave the directive.
He said all he knew was that the issue had been in the public domain for a long time and that there was the need to lay it to rest.
Abati gave assurance that Jonathan would continue to do his best to ensure a smooth handover to the President-elect but regretted what he called the unfairness and combative frame of mind reflected in a recent   statement by the APC’s spokesman, Lai Mohammed.
He said that as the APC’s spokesman threatened in his statement, the incoming administration would be perfectly within its rights to review all actions of the present government as it might deem fit.
Abati added that   there was nothing wrong with that because the Jonathan government also reviewed the actions of previous governments on assumption of office with resultant benefits for policy and project implementation.
Abati’s statement explained, “We have noted with concern, the allegation by the spokesman for the APC, Alhaji Mohammed, that officials of the Federal Government are engaged in ‘last-minute looting of the nation’s resources, rushed privatisation of key institutions and hurried recruitment into the public service’.
“We also consider as most unfortunate and uncharitable, the suggestion by Alhaji Mohammed that the Jonathan administration is trying to “tie the hands” of the incoming government merely by continuing to discharge its constitutional responsibilities until the end of its tenure.
“The Jonathan administration which continues to do its best to ensure a smooth and peaceful handover of power to the President-elect deeply regrets the unfairness and combative frame of mind reflected in Alhaji Mohammed’s statement.
“President Jonathan has done his best in the past five years to discharge his constitutional responsibilities for good governance and effective leadership of the nation.
“Without any prejudice whatsoever to the freedom of the incoming administration to do as it pleases, within the confines of extant laws when it assumes office, the Jonathan Administration will continue to discharge its responsibility to govern until May 29, 2015.
“In continuing to fulfil the obligations of his office however, President Jonathan has not, and will never condone any form of unscrupulous conduct on the part of state officials.
“President Jonathan will also never authorise any attempt to create any problems for the incoming administration as the APC spokesperson, who ought to know that the outcome of the March 28 presidential election does not imply a cessation of governance, unjustly alleges.
“As Alhaji Mohammed threatened in his statement, the incoming administration will be perfectly within its rights to review all actions of the present government as it may deem fit.
“We see nothing wrong with that. After all, the present administration reviewed the actions of previous governments on assumption of office with resultant benefits for policy and project implementation.”

REAPING THE FRUITS OF AIT'S OPEN PARTISANSHIP : Buhari bars AIT from covering his programmes ... Punch

Security advisers of the President-Elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on Monday barred the television crew of the African Independent Television from covering the activities of their principal until further notice.   
It was gathered that the security team cited adverse security reports and ethical issues as reasons for their action.
Members of the AIT crew, who were at Defence House, venue of a meeting between the President-elect and a visiting Cuban delegation, led by its Ambassador to Nigeria, were asked to leave the vicinity until further notice.
The crew, who did not speak on record, insisted they would remain and continue to do their jobs because they had yet to be “formally informed.”
“Yes, we were told but we cannot just leave; we have a job to do. In any case, we have not been officially informed about what we have done wrong,” one of them said.
Director of Press of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, confirmed the development.
He said concerns over security and the need to sort out some ethical issues were responsible for the action.
Shehu said, “AIT has been asked to stay aside based on security and family concerns. In addition, General Buhari has decided that they will have to resolve some issues relating to issues of standard and ethics.
“We will be talking with them to try and resolve the matter but for now, the station has been asked to stay aside because, like I said, there are some family and security concerns.
“They have been asked to step down their coverage until we resolve the matter with them on ethics and standards.”

HE FINALLY GIVES A 'DAMN' ABOUT PUBLIC PERCEPTION : Pres Jonathan Orders Release of Audit Report On Missing $20Bn ... Download Full Report of PWC Forensic Audit on Missing $20billion Oil Money here ... PremiumTimes

Minister Of Petroleum Resources, Deziani Alison-Madueke
President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the immediate release of the full audit report of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, accused of diverting $20 billion oil money.
The president gave the directive Monday, a day after the president-elect Muhammadu Buhari, pledged to launch an investigation into the claim made by a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Lamido Sanusi.
The government immediately released the report following the president’s directive. The presidency criticised the All Progressives Congress, APC, for accusing Mr. Jonathan of indulging in last minute illegal acts ahead of handover of power on May 29.
“President Jonathan is also deeply concerned by the continuing suggestions that his administration still has anything to hide about the unproven allegation that about $20 Billion is unaccounted for by the NNPC during his tenure,” said a statement by presidential spokesperson, Reuben Abati.
“To lay the matter to rest, President Jonathan in line with Section 7(2) of the NNPC Act, has directed that the full report of the PWC Forensic Audit of the NNPC accounts be released immediately to the public so that all Nigerians will be properly informed on the matter.”