The strugle for positive change is continuosly arising from whole edges and angles by the only principled and victorious party in our dear state in particular and our dear nation in general.
This change can never be blocked by any gang or forces of darkness. They always keep trying to obstruct it by denying us chances and sometimes by sending political propaganda via various electronic media platforms.
The convergance of the ligitamate Peples Redemption Party (PRP) Executive Council today in Bauchi city solves many outstanding problems, we are happy with these achievements.
Leaders should always try to do the right thing by paying the salaries and wages of their employees and providing all the necessary amenities for the betterment of the lives of these masses.
They must stop the propaganda of building understandard classroom blocks while the number of failures are getting higher in both Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and higher institutions. How can you be bragging in the educational sector where 8,553 students failed in the Primary School Common Entrance Examinations in this session?
We are still calling on the masses to stop collecting money for electing wrong candidates into various poltical positions.
I am grateful to my colleages for their precious performance in delitrating and coming up with very powerful resolutions during the meeting.
I hope the Almighty Allah will delider all you to your various destinations. Amin.
Long live PRP Bauchi State Chapter. Long live PRP Nigeria. Long live FRN. Thank you and God bless you.
The leadership of the northern cattle and foodstuff dealers under the aegis of Amalgamated Union of Foodstuff and Cattle Dealers of Nigeria (AUFCDN), has agreed to end the blockade of food supplies to the south.
The association commenced its strike on Thursday, February 25, 2021, asking for N475 billion in compensation from the federal government for the destruction of their businesses and property in Ondo and Oyo States in January and February.
While the strike lasted, the prices of foodstuff, including beef and vegetables, soared in Lagos, Nigeria’s most populous city and economic capital among other parts in the South.
However, after an extensive dialogue and deliberation with the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on Wednesday, the union agreed to call off the strike embarked upon by her members.
“The union led by the president, Dr Mohammed Tahir, Chairman of the union across the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory alongside other critical stakeholders earlier met with the Governor of Kogi State for dialogue which was fruitful,” Onogwu Muhammed, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor told Vanguard.
In his remarks, Dr. Tahir commended governor Bello for wading into the crisis and ensured it was resolved noting the governor has demonstrated leadership which both parties greatly appreciated.
With this development, the union members will commence the movement of their products especially cattle, vegetables and other foodstuffs to the Southern part of Nigeria and vice versa.
Congratulations on your appointment as EFFC Chairman. As somebody who shares some similarity with your trajectory, I want to publicly advise you as the euphoria of your appointment and the deluge of advice continue to come your way. Usually, I would have been critical of this appointment as it continues the profound disrespect and insensitivity to the constitutional provision on Federal Character. Since the inception of this administration appointments in the paramilitary, intelligence, police, and military organisations have been so lopsided but not my letter’s subject. I will continue that conversation at an appropriate place.
Today, I support the generational shift that your appointment represents. We should remove all the clauses in our laws that create an age barrier to executive positions. It is anachronistic and against the spirit of the Not Too Young to Run Act.
Your appointment is reminiscent of mine as Corps Marshal in 2007 when I was35 years. The difference with yours is that you came from within the organisation. The first challenge you will face as a young man is the difficulty your direct reports who are older and more experienced than you will have taking orders from you. They will pledge their loyalty, laugh with you but will be bitter and rightly so. Those who publicly try to belittle you or want to be the leaders of the opposition to you should be quickly excused from the organisation through transfer of service or termination if necessary. Do not try to convince or manage them. It won’t work.
They will try to do two things. First, expose you to public ridicule as an intemperate and inexperienced young man by pushing you to make rash decisions. If that does not work, they will try to show you ineffectual, incapable of taking decisions, and always waiting for the Attorney-General to direct or run to him for cover. You can avoid both by establishing a universe of principles that guide you. Still sleep over decisions. Learn to use weekly management meetings to get free advice and guidance on issues you are not conversant with. Don’t be shy to ask questions. I always ask my staff, “What should I say?” before I appear on any media or official function. You are the leader, not omniscient.
You are now Chief Executive. Past interactions and friendships should not cloud your actions. They may try to blackmail you. Don’t give in. Abdulrasheed the investigator is not the same as Abdulrasheed the Chairman. Always remember that and make it clear to your colleagues. A new Sherriff is in town.
Quickly set up a team to review the commission’s mission and the journey so far and develop a corporate road map for the future. If such a document already exists, the team should review it. Hire a world-class consultancy firm to guide the review and choose three countries you admire or those rated highly in preventing corruption and use them as your benchmark.
Continually benchmark your work. My mantra of Measure, Monitor, Improve is recommended. Relentlessly measure and monitor. Quantify always, as our culture is not a numerate one and our public service is weak in data collection and analysis. Train a small team to do that.
Do keep a diary. You will need it. I kept a diary but was not religious in updating it to my regret. President Reagan kept a diary daily for his eight years as President, so there is no excuse. Keep a copy of all the approvals you grant, and important circulars. Nigeria’s ruling and media elite are vicious. Be ready to defend yourself.
Dimension your time to 48 months. That way, you will realise that every four months is 10% of your time, and you need to work to achieve your road map within your first term debarring any changes. Time is your enemy. Don’t spend time celebrating. Don’t stand still while you are waiting for the roadmap. Move on to the tactical issues confronting you.
As a staff, you know all the murmuring of the junior and senior officers. Usually, they include the backlog of unpaid transfer allowances, late promotion, punitive postings and exclusion of other ethnic groups from core operational functions. Deal with them. You are too young to be burdened by the fault lines of a dying order. Successful organisations are inclusive, goal-oriented, merit-driven, and anchored on fairness.
Create opportunities to interact with staff. Invite them randomly to eat with you or travel with you so you can remain grounded. its lonely upstairs, especially if you are young.
Create a safe place for the female staff of your organisation. It is an issue. Please encourage them to speak out against abuse and gender discrimination. Remove all rules that discriminate against women and entrust them with operational roles. I believe you are disciplined don’t fall for their feminine wiles. Keep clear.
On the job, you have a decision to make, and history will guide you. How do you want to be remembered? I think you have an advantage of age, ICT knowledge, global training and on the job experience. I think you should embrace technology and work on digitising the commission you promised during your Senate clearance. Purge the commission of the police analogue and brute force mentality. Technology will make your investigating team productive and help in preventing corruption.
Do not be frightened by the plight of your predecessors. Be bold. Be guided by facts and data. Don’t make media show when you have no evidence. Strike like the MET police or the Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau, not the past Chairman’s unintelligent media posturing. Good investigating agencies don’t arrest people and start looking for evidence. Combine the boldness of Nuhu Ribadu and the meticulousness of DIG Lamorde as your guide.
Finally, the powers that be will use you. Be smart about how you go about it. Fairness is important. Use them too to get funding and support for your agency. Anchor your work with global institutions so you can use them as an excuse to ward off undue influence. The last for me: truly fight corruption. The war against corruption needs a sociological and philosophical underpinning. Lead that conversation.
Corruption is at the root of the state failure staring us on the face. We have to re-establish a fair compensation system; otherwise, the excluded will continue to seek ways to equalise those with unfair access to state resources. We must fight corruption.
Fight without fear or favour. Kick big and small men hard; you have enough time to make peace afterwards. It is better Nigerians fear than love you. Our love is worth nothing if you are judged incompetent.
I used to think that the South West was somehow better than their neighbors to the east. I had admired people like Tinubu and Fashola.
They did very well as governors. They continued doing well at higher level. They occasionally spoke well outside their home.
Some of the traditional leadership also showed some level of sophistication and enlightenment.
This is despite the fact that the press from that part of our country belongs to the lowest level of filth anywhere in the world as far as journalism and its ethics are concerned.
Then Igboho happened. He led a mob on a killing spree. First, against a hapless, helpless, defenseless and vulnerable herders. Then against Hausas and other northerners in Shasha.
Tinubu, Fashola, the Ooni, the Alaafin, the bookish tongue twisting english speaking pretenders to human rights, the ubiquitous high faluting lousy lawyers, the fire brand outrage expressing journalists…., All went to sleep.
Even religious fire spitting professors like Ishaq Akintola that always jumped in defense of Islam either went suddenly quiet or found some reason to rationalize the broadway massacre of babies, women, men and the aged.
Media houses lionized the murderer and called him activist. Newspapers like The Nation owned by Tinubu provided ample space for the defense of the murderous thug.
They went on as if they were the Hutus in the 1990s Rwanda or members of Slobodan Milosovic army in Serbia against the Bosniaks. They just carried on.
Many of them, perhaps majority, Muslims looked on while fellow Nigerians. Fellow Muslims. Were being murdered in broad daylight.
Their governors, senators, political, religious, traditional opinion and everything leaders had neither words of consolation nor remorse for such pure unprovoked heinous acts of violence by a most despicable fellow towards those whose lives and means of livelihood were so brutally terminated.
Instead of rising in unison to condemn Igboho or at least pretend to be sorry that such evil happened in their domain, and by a vagabond amongst them, they began to invite him to parties, to meetings, to political conclaves.
Even a nobel laureate wrote a piece about cows to balm the perfidy. He couldn’t mention the owner because he was a fellow tribesman.
And come 2023, these same fellows want us to not only vote for them but convince the very people they couldn’t protect and empathize with to vote for them to rule over us. How they want us to do this is what I am trying to understand.
In 1999, when there was no killer herdsmen narrative, when there was no kidnapping for ransom, when there was no farmers-herders violence, when there was no Boko Haram, when there was no religious violence…, We were asked to vote for Obasanjo..and by the time he was done with us, every one of the above mentioned evils had become firmly rooted in our land.
And when he was finally forced to leave, he made sure he left behind a combination of a terminally ill man and below average intelligence chronic drunkard at the helm. By the time they were finished with us, Arewa had become the global capital of violence.
Now that we’re at another cross road, I think it’s going to be just plain stupid to yet again offer our heads up for the guillotine.
If you want to understand why, see how Tinubu’s social media goons are reacting to Sunday Igboho’s threats. So it’s not like they didn’t know what Sunday represented, they just didn’t think we were human enough to deserve their sympathy or even empathy.
Therefore, come 2023, let democracy win. Let Arewa be bold enough to present their candidate for election. If this should mean the end of the mistake of 1914, so be it. Only a fool gets bitten twice by same snake from the same hole.
They have been dared, abused, attacked, harassed, and demonised, yet they pretend as if they don’t watch the news. Nope, these Northerners watch the news more than us the Southerners.
They understand the consequences of war or tribal conflict, the Igbos and Yorubas living with them has been classified as their fellow Citizens, and they treat us right in the North because they understand the meaning of PEACE.
They have nothing to loose if this tribal conflict breaks out, but still they are as calm as the lakes in the desert.
In the past two days, they have raised funds for their evicted people from the South to be transported back to the North but they have not evicted anybody from the North.
In the past two days, they have buried their people over there in the South, but no Southerner has been buried in the North over tribal attacks.
I belive there is a limit to everything and everyone has a price, there is a limit to their Patience, endurance and understanding, I just hope we don’t cross those limits and stop this madness.
Let the recent crisis that has happened in this Country teach us that not all Notherners are evil, not all Yorubas are evil and not all Igbos are evil.
Racial profiling must stop, we must fight the crime and leave the Tribe, we must prosecute the criminal and leave his or her brothers out of it.
Between 2018 and 2019, huge number of kidnapped kids from the North were found in Southeast, you all can bear me witness that kids were kidnapped from Kano and Kaduna and then sold in Anambra and Imo States, yet these Northerners kept quiet.
Let’s all be calming down, no one is worst than the other, we all are humans and we are prone to making mistakes in life.
Value the peace of mind you have today, don’t throw that privilege away because of pride and ignorance.
I have watched with irreparable pain the well choreographed demonization of “Hausa Fulani” by other major ethnic groups in liaison with their ethnic minorities cheerleaders, no thanks to clueless Otorm of Benue State.
The truth is that, if you think the current demonization and genocide of the herding fulanis in parts of this country are sporadic isolated incidences, you have been fooled.
In my opinion, it was orchestrated by those following the script of their foreign masters in a grand plot to contain the political dominance of the Islamic “Hausa fulani”.
What evidence of this do you still need better than the recent hacking and killing of the innocent fulanis in parts of both the South East and the South West.
And what evidence of foreign mercenaries meddling in our domestic affairs would you need better than how miscreants took over the country in a well coordinated insurrection dubbed Endsars sponsored by enemies of the state but embraced by Governors in certain parts of the Country.
It is an agonizing mockery of fate that, in abundance of brilliance that some of these Governors are best quality of leadership that this great Country has to offer.
Some of them clueless, cantankerous, demagogue, naive and paranoid by pathological animosity towards the dominant ethnic group in terms of demography of this Country.
Without making excuses for criminal element in every ethnic group, it is a simple rule, “unless there is peace in our bushes and forests, there will never be peace in our cities “similarly, unless every citizen of this country is allowed to live and seek economic opportunities peacefully in any part of the country unmolested, there can never be peace.
The other day, i heard that the foreign sponsors of the current organized anarchy in the country will soon start a hearing on the situation in Nigeria with a potential threat of sanctions against Nigeria for our stand on same sex marriage.
Permit me to admonish here that, let America and western europe know that beyond sovereignty, Nigeria is not Central African Republic or Congo, we are not perturbed by your threat of sanctions or that of United Nations Security Council or the ragtag treacherous Amnesty International or afraid of the ICC’s threat of a commissioned inquiry into alleged human rights abuses by the Nigerian Military.
The truth is that, make no mistake, Nigeria is a medium power in Africa and despite the relentless international conspiracy against us as vividly articulated by Wikileaks, we are yet to be subdued or conquered.
Nothing can be furthered from the truth, like America like Nigeria, the Trump’s deranged regime and his recent commando invasion of the Capitol Hill should have thought America only one thing that, political rights and democracy do not mean a freedom for anarchy.
And therefore, every responsible government must deal with it ruthlessly. The bitter truth is that, you must have a Country first before you talk about cosmetics of human rights.
Now that it seems like we have overstretched the rubber band of our collective sanity, let us respect the limitations of reason.
No region of this country is a liability on to other regions, it also suffices for the record to say that, no region of this country has the monopoly of violence.
Without prejudice, with the demonization of “Hausa Fulani” and their criminal profiling, it appears that the unity of the country is only hanging by the cliff of abyss.
Forget about political correctness, it must be said point blank and understood accordingly that the North of my generation is not ready to be slaved by the burden of national unity.
It is either we accept to mutually sacrifice for the unity of the country or every region should accept the shared consequences dissolution of the union.
As for the North and this government in particular, it must ensure that the ongoing transformational projects are completed during its tenure.
The highest premium projects are; gas pipeline line to Kano, the Dutse Maradi rail line, the manbila hydro project and perhaps the aggressive development of the oil reserves in Bauchi Basin.
Finally, “the day the person who thought you were a fool realized that the real fool is him will be the beginning of his nightmare”
This afternoon, a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) circular sent to commercial banks and other financial institutions surfaced online. Here is a thread explaining what the circular means and why the CBN issued it.
Cryptocurrencies have gained popularity since bitcoin, the most valuable crypto, rose significantly four years ago. The coin went from $900 in January 2017 to almost $20,000 by the end of that year.
While cryptocurrencies are known for people making (or losing) money from trading, they have many use cases, including making cross-border payments, remittances or storing wealth (protected from inflation or exchange rate depreciation).
In countries where the official fiat currency is less reliable, cryptocurrencies have gained significant popularity: cue Nigeria and its ever-weakening naira.
For many in Africa’s largest country, cryptocurrencies were a breakthrough, and in 2017, we started to see a rise in bitcoin volumes. According to one estimate, local bitcoin trades hit $1 million in a single week.
At the same time, startups started to emerge—providing different financial solutions using cryptocurrencies and their technology. One of Nigeria’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, BuyCoins, was founded in 2017.
It wasn’t all good news, though. Bitcoin was also very popular for individuals who wanted to get involved in a Ponzi scheme called MMM (Mavrodi Mondial Moneybox).
This connection, coupled with a few fraud causes, made African governments and regulators slightly cautious. For central banks, though, the rise of cryptocurrencies was a potentially scary movement.
The idea of digital currencies that central banks have no control over were seen as a threat to conducting monetary policy.
Putting all of this together, the CBN made several warnings in 2017 about the use of cryptocurrencies. They released a circular saying that the likes of bitcoin, “ripples”, litecoin, and other cryptos were not legal tenders.
The CBN said that these cryptos were mostly used for terrorism and money laundering activities. A year later, in 2018, they “warned” Nigerians again that we would not be able to get legal help if the cryptocurrency space crumbles.
Since then, the CBN has been relatively quiet on the matter. In fact, the global cryptocurrency scene hit a rough patch in 2019 as prices crashed.
That all changed in 2020 when prices started to pick up. The world looked at crypto again, but this time, there was a more formal acceptance. Large corporations began to buy bitcoin and also invest in crypto-related startups.
In Nigeria, businesses and individuals found that cryptocurrencies could solve their woes with the naira and help them transfer money in and out of the country. Bitcoin volumes started to rise significantly.
Last year, estimates from BuyCoins showed that total volumes of bitcoin traded in Nigeria stood at $200 million per month. That’s more than what was traded on the Nigerian Stock Exchange ($131 million) in Q2’2020.
This activity boosted the space, and the gatekeepers of these volumes were the cryptocurrency exchanges. Nigerians moved from exchanging bitcoin on WhatsApp groups to more formal exchanges like Bundle and Binance.
The increase in trading activity caught the eye of financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), who announced that all crypto assets fall under its remit. It formalised cryptocurrencies as “securities” in a statement released in September 2020.
Fast forward to today, four months later, and the CBN is doing something almost contradictory to the SEC’s move. While one regulator was working on laws to formalise crypto assets, the other (CBN) is going in the other direction.
According to the circular, which was sent to banks, the apex bank said that dealing in cryptocurrencies is “prohibited”. They then asked commercial banks and financial institutions to identify and close the accounts of anyone involved in cryptocurrency exchange.
It’s not clear if this order includes individuals who use these exchanges or if it’s restricted to the owner of the exchanges. Nonetheless, the move is a blow to Nigeria’s burgeoning crypto market.
It’s early to say what the impact would be. In Nigeria, announcements like this can either be implemented instantly or quickly retracted. The worst-case scenario is that both individuals and exchanges will no longer engage in transactions using a Nigerian bank account.
The exchanges would also have to find another way of storing their cash.
��s traded over $141M worth of bitcoin on BuyCoins alone last year, and the CBN seems to be clamping down on this activity.
This will also harm the startups across Nigeria’s crypto landscape (not just the exchanges). Investors will have more reasons to be worried.
It’s very similar to how Lagos state unexpectedly banned Okadas last year.
What we have here is another policy that is trying to strangle a sector that has just started to find its feet and grow.
So why is the CBN doing this?
As we have repeated many times before, foreign exchange drives most of the CBN’s moves. This case is no different.
As the crypto market has boomed since late last year and early 2021, more and more Nigerians are exchanging their naira for cryptocurrencies ranging from bitcoin to dogecoin. What does that have to do with the CBN?
Well, individuals deposit naira on exchanges and buy these coins directly. However, these companies need to acquire dollars from mainly the parallel market to buy these cryptocurrencies on the international market.
So as more people buy crypto assets, more US dollars are being taken out of Nigeria. The pandemic and the resulting drop in oil prices has reduced the amount of dollars the CBN has in its reserves. And so it has been ruthless in restricting the use of foreign currency.
Last year, the government banned the use of foreign currency for food and fertiliser imports. In a similar vein, this new CBN circular is trying to achieve the same thing: stop Nigerians from demanding dollars to make purchases outside the country.
The problem with these restrictive policies is that they starve the real economy. When the CBN banned maize imports, prices shot up, and they had to turn back on the policy slightly.
This new policy has a similar effect in that it does more to reduce the welfare of Nigerians than anything else. Why ban the country from using an innovation that is solving many problems that the government itself created?
If investors had forgotten that Nigeria was a risky place to do business, this will be a very loud reminder. As much as a business, or even an entire sector, might look attractive on paper, its appeal is beholden to the whims of the Nigerian government.
This scenario is unfortunate. It seems that the government doesn’t mind alienating the startup ecosystem. But these real businesses solving real problems are instrumental for Nigeria’s long-term growth. Yet, the government is insistent on restricting their growth.
In today’s article, our Editor-in-Chief wondered why the CBN had been quiet recently. Little did we know that they were cooking up a concoction.
I would like to draw the attention of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Bauchi State, Sen. Bala Mohammed Abdulkadir on the issue of the unpaid salaries of some civil servants in the state.
Your Excellency, you need to first and foremost look into the positive impact of the civil servants on the development of our noble state.
It is unfortunate to note that at this trying time of economic hardship, there are some workers in the state whose names are exempted from the state’s payroll. This has clearly shown that an old voucher is being used instead of using the said updated one.
It is so disheartening that a state where 90 per cent of the population depends on salary for sustenance is experiencing this unending salary issue.
Sir, how are these people expected to live a comfortable life considering the fact that our state is not among the robust revenue-generating states in Nigeria?
With all due respect, I would like to plead with you Sir, to look into this situation and do the needful. State workers are suffering. They need your intervention.
The Buhari administration deserves credit for diminishing corruption in the public service and will continue to vigorously support prevention, enforcement, public education and enlightenment activities of anti-corruption agencies.
We are currently analyzing the sources of data used in arriving at the latest Transparency International (TI) report on Corruption Perceptions Index in Nigeria since by their own admission, they don’t gather their own data.
This report is not an accurate portrayal of the facts on ground.
In the coming days, the Government’s Technical Unit on Governance Research (TUGAR) will be providing more detailed information on the sources of the TI data.
While this is being awaited, the examination carried out on their 2019 report showed that 60 percent of their data was collected from businesses and other entities with issues bordering on transparency and the ease of doing business at the ports.
Although this is a government ready to learn from mistakes and make corrections, the economy of this country, in its fullness, is bigger than the sea ports we have.
We are also not unaware of the characters behind the TI in Nigeria whose opposition to the Buhari administration is not hidden.
We have repeatedly challenged TI to provide indices and statistics of its own to justify its sensational and baseless rating on Nigeria and the fight against corruption. We expect them to come clean and desist from further rehashing of old tales.
A Naira denominated review that excludes recoveries in Dollars, Pounds, Euro shows that a sum of N1.2tn was recovered by EFCC between 2009 — 2019. N939bn of that total was recovered between 2015 – 2019 with less than N300bn recovered in the first six years.
Additionally, preventative instruments deployed by this administration such as Treasury Single Account (TSA), Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) coverage expansion and the removal of 54,000 ghost workers from federal civil service saving us N200bn annually serve as evidence that perception is not reality.
Reality is based on verifiable facts and data. And any evidence-based analysis would prove that whether it is by prevention or punitive measures in recoveries and prosecution, this administration would be rising fast up these rankings rather than standing still.
Organizations should be factual in their analysis and be prepared to rely on inputs outside of sensational media reports and age-old narratives which have not been updated to reflect today’s reality in Nigeria concerning its globally-respected war on corruption.
In the existential fight against this multi-pronged malice and manifestations of corruption, President Muhammadu Buhari has avowed that he would take-no-prisoners, guided by respect for the rule of law.
We invite Nigerians to stand with an administration that has done so much on asset recovery, prosecution, legislation, political will and leadership by example in the fight against corruption.
Equally, we urge our friends in the media, development partners and the civil society organizations to continue to support efforts to strengthen accountability, transparency, ethical values and integrity in Nigeria’s public sector.
President Buhari has put his hand to the plough and will not relent in working with those passionate about the welfare, stability and prosperity of future generations to come in Nigeria.
Malam Garba Shehu, is the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.