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It has been gathered that the traditional ruler of Iyin Ekiti community in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government, Oluyin of Iyin, Oba Ademola Ajakaye, of
Area of Ekiti State led the protest against power cut by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company.

Oba Ademola cried out that the community has been thrown into darkness since May 21 which led to the downfall of social and economic activities in the community. He tenaciously demanded for an immediate restoration of power supply, repair of non-functioning  transformers, investigation into persistent tampering with transformers and availability of pre-paid meters.
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He said efforts by the community to save the situation had been
frustrated with the nonchalant attitude of the BEDC officials in report to Governor Fayose to intervene in the matter.

Oba Ajakaye disclosed that the community had spent N477,000 to repair a transformer located along Igede Road, which would now require another N400,000 to fix it again.
He also claimed another transformer located on Ilawe Road had also been destroyed and would need N850,000 to reactivate it.

Oba Ajakaye said to the surprise of the community that BEDC officials hit the town on May 21 to commence a mass disconnection when residents thought that they had come to proffer solution to the problem.

He said, “In its punitive measures, at least, so it appeared, BEDC thereafter disconnected the whole community, throwing the town into total blackout since May 21.
“We have never been humiliated like this; all efforts made to make the company change its mind and see reasons why its action was wearisome and capable of aggravating the bad situation proved abortive.
“We don’t want to be provoked to the extent of joining the league of towns that had their youths drawing daggers with the companies in the state.”

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Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015
I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.
I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.
I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted.  I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
I thank all of you.
Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.
I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.
Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.
I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.
At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.
In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.
Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.
Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.
For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.
Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.
However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.
My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.
The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.
This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.
Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.
Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.
The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.
No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.
Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.
Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.
Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar
There is a tide in the affairs of men which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life,
Is bound in shallows and miseries.
We have an opportunity. Let us take it.
Thank you
Muhammadu Buhari
President Federal Republic of NIGERIA
and
Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces

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Below is the full text of what outgoing President
Goodluck Jonathan said at the handing over
notes event to incoming President Muhammadu
Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, today.

1. I welcome you all to this occasion of the
formal presentation of the Hand-over notes of
my Administration to the in-coming
Administration of the President-Elect, General
Muhammadu Buhari.
2. This event and tomorrow’s inauguration of a
new administration are truly historic as it is the
first time in the history of our nation that we are
witnessing the democratic and orderly transfer
of power at the Federal level from one political
party to another.
3. The Hand-over notes which we now present,
contain the governance philosophy, strategies,
policies, programmes and activities of my
Administration for the period – 2011-2015. Also
to be found in the notes are the objectives,
targets and implementation strategies,
achievements and challenges of our key
policies, schemes, initiatives as well as the
status of commitments and liabilities of the
various MDAs.
4. As we hand over the affairs of the nation, it is
appropriate to recall that at inception, in May
2011, we committed ourselves to consolidating
national unity through democratization and
good governance. Our assessment then, and our
firm belief ever since, is that the unity of
Nigeria, the security, well-being, greater
freedoms and opportunities for all citizens must
remain the primary objectives of government.
5. The Agenda for National Transformation
which we did our best to implement consisted
of clear and consistent governance strategies,
policies, plans, programmes and projects, in all
facets of our national life. Emphasis was placed
on human and state security, democratization,
sound economic management, as well as
structural and institutional reforms.
6. Our foremost concern was the unity of
Nigeria. In keeping with that concern, we
engineered a process that began with a review
of issues outstanding from previous
Constitutional Conferences by the Belgore
Committee. After that, we widened political
consultations through a National Dialogue that
was orchestrated through the Okurounmu
Committee. These culminated in the all-
inclusive National Conference which
unanimously reaffirmed that Nigeria must remain
united and indivisible.
7. The Conference also made resolutions and
recommendations for serious constitutional,
political and governance reforms, which we have
forwarded to the National Assembly for
appropriate legislative action. It is our hope that
the incoming Government will accord the Report
of the National Conference the very high priority
that it deserves, as a genuine expression of the
will of our people.
8. The recognition that the starting point for
good governance is the legitimacy of the
government itself informed our commitment to
promoting free and fair elections.
9. It also motivated innovations in the
management and conduct of elections which we
undertook. Hopefully, in the years ahead, those
innovations will be properly and fully
implemented so that Nigerians will be even more
assured of the integrity of the electoral system
and the legitimacy of any government that it
produces.
10. To strengthen the social contract between
the government and the governed, we
institutionalized the rule of law as well as the
independence of the legislature and the
judiciary. We also promoted group and
individual freedoms. As a result, there is vast
expansion in democratic, social and economic
space for all citizens.
11. Our nation and citizens faced many new
challenges over the past four years but the
greatest was the vastly increased menace of
Boko Haram with their mindless terror, mass
killings, utter ruthlessness, kidnapping of
innocent children and other unspeakable acts of
brutality.
12. We should all remember that Boko Haram’s
emergence predated our administration going as
far back as 2002. The group however became
extremely malignant with the killing of its
leader, Mohammed Yusuf in July 2009.
13. It therefore became an urgent task for us to
effectively confront the great threat Boko Haram
posed to the security and well-being of our
people. To do so, we overhauled and virtually
reinvented our security architecture to confront
Boko Haram and its insurgency. We re-
organized our security apparatus. We re-
equipped and fully motivated our forces.
14. Victory is now in sight and within our reach.
However, the cost in blood of citizens and
heroes; and the diversion of national treasure
from urgent needs for development have been
very high. While more than 500 women and
children have been rescued from the clutches of
Boko Haram thus far by our security forces, it
remains my sincere hope and prayer that our
beloved daughters from Chibok will soon be
reunited with us.
15. I wish to thank the Nigerian people for their
resilience and patience. I also wish to pay very
special and personal tribute to all the men and
women of our valiant armed forces and security
agencies. Their sacrifice and dedication have
brought us thus far.
16. While striving to overcome our national
security challenges, we still gave necessary
attention to economic development. Our goal
was to achieve long-term economic growth and
stability, improve the quality and quantum of
infrastructure and enhance human capital
development.
17. Our financial system reforms included the
Treasury Single Account [TSA] that unified the
structure of government accounts for all MDAs
and thereby brought order to cash flow
management; and Government Integrated
Financial Management Information System
[GIFMIS] was introduced to plug leakages and
waste of resources. The Integrated Payroll and
Personnel Information System [IPPIS] weeded
out 60,450 ghost workers in 359 out of 425
MDAs, yielding N185.4 billion in savings to the
Federal government.
18. Improved Revenue Mobilization was
achieved through improvements in the laws and
compliance measures. In 2013 alone, these
measures resulted in a 69% rise in Federal tax
revenues from N2.8 trillion to N4.8 trillion. Also,
Waiver Policy and Trade Facilitation were
reformed to create a more rational regime. Our
emphasis shifted to granting waivers to specific
sectors instead of individual companies and the
Sovereign Wealth Fund was established to
provide stabilization from external shocks,
provide funding for critical infrastructure and
savings for future generations.
19. Our Financial Sector reforms addressed the
issues of inefficiencies in the coordination and
monitoring of the financial system. Our policies
promoted transparency, better risk management,
new banking models and payment systems. We
established the Assets Management Corporation
of Nigeria as a resolution mechanism for toxic
banking assets. We strengthened banking
supervision and enhanced public confidence in
Nigerian Banks
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20. Similarly, we undertook innovative reforms
for job creation and repositioned the
manufacturing, agriculture and housing sectors.
Specifically, it was observed that over the years,
job creation did not keep pace with economic
growth. Thus unemployment, especially
amongst the youth was assuming alarming
dimensions.
21. To address this, my administration made job
creation a key consideration for all programmes
in the Transformation Agenda. Emphasis was
also shifted towards empowering youths to
become entrepreneurs rather than job seekers,
through such initiatives as Youth Enterprise
with Innovation in Nigeria (YOU-WIN), Graduate
Internship Scheme (GIS), the SURE-P Technical
Vocational Education and Training Programme
(TVET) and the Youth Employment in Agriculture
Programme (YEAP).
22. Manufacturing in Nigeria faces many
challenges, including poor power supply, high
cost of input, high cost of doing business,
multiple taxation, poor infrastructure and lack of
synergy with the labour market. To address
these problems, we launched several
programmes and initiatives including the
National Industrial Revolution Plan and a new
National Automobile Policy designed to boost
domestic car production and expand existing
capacity. Since then, five new private vehicle
assembly plants have been established.
23. Agriculture is critical to national survival and
yet the sector was besieged with many
problems. By year 2010, Nigeria was the second
largest importer of food in the world, spending
about N1.3 trillion on the importation of fish,
rice and sugar alone.
24. The reforms we introduced in agriculture
dramatically increased local production of staple
food and saved us vast amounts of money that
we would have spent on the importation of food
items.
25. To address the glaring inadequacy of critical
national infrastructure, we focused on the Power
Sector, Roads, Railways, Aviation, Ports and
Harbours as well as on Water and Sanitation,
Information and Communication Technology.
26. My government introduced the Power Sector
Roadmap in 2010. Since then, we have privatized
the generation and distribution aspects in a
most transparent process. Obstacles to the
private sector investments in power supply were
removed and we developed cost effective
electricity tariff to make the sector more
attractive. It remains our hope that the
successor companies to PHCN and also the
private sector will step forward with the
necessary investment to make the power reform
work.
27. The major challenge in the road sector in
Nigeria is the high cost of building roads and it
continues to rise. The other challenge is the fact
that because of regular use, roads are one of the
fastest depreciating assets in developing
countries.
28. To address this, Government has developed
the required legal and regulatory framework and
created opportunities for Private Public
Partnership (PPP) in road construction and
maintenance.
29. From Ore/Benin Road, Lagos/Ibadan
Expressway to the Kano/Maiduguri dualisation
projects, we made concerted efforts to address
age-long problems of delays in construction,
design defect, neglect and ineffective
maintenance. The construction of the historic
Second Niger Bridge has also commenced, and
on completion, it will open new and far-
reaching opportunities for greater trade and
interaction among our people.
30. In the Aviation Sector, our government
developed a Master Plan to institutionalise
safety and security, and to develop
infrastructure at the airports and local airlines.
We embarked on the reconstruction and
rehabilitation of 22 airports nationwide.
Construction work on five new international
terminals in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, Kano
and Enugu are also on-going.
31. There has been a revolution in rail
transportation. We rehabilitated the old narrow
gauge network and ensured that it has served
our people steadily for three years running with
new coaches and improved expanded services
nationwide.
32. We are in the construction stages of a new
national network for standard gauge speed-train
services, with the new rail line segment, from
Abuja to Kaduna, successfully completed. In
addition, we have initiated the process for the
construction of an ultramodern coastal rail line
that will run from Lagos to Calabar, with a link
to Onitsha.
33. We have also successfully completed the
dredging of River Niger, from Warri in Delta State
to Baro in Niger State, and completed
construction works for the Onitsha River Port.
Other River Ports at Baro, Lokoja and Oguta, are
at advanced construction stages. Working with
the states and development partners, we have
facilitated the process towards the development
of two new deep sea ports at Lekki in Lagos,
and Ibaka in Akwa Ibom. We have also
implemented reforms to streamline the clearing
regime in existing ports, increasing cargo
turnover time and easing business for all users.
34. In the oil and gas sector, our local content
policy has continued to empower Nigerian
companies, particularly in technical and
engineering projects. The Gas Revolution
Industrial Park in Delta State is unprecedented in
the sub-​sector, and will not only deliver Africa’s
biggest industrial park, but all the
accompanying benefits to local industry and job
creation.
35. We recognized Human Capital as the most
important agent for transformational
development. Our reforms in this sector focused
on Health, Education and Social Development
and also on Women and Youth Empowerment
and Social Safety Nets.
36. In the Health sector, the comprehensive
National Strategic Health Development Plan
(NSHDP) of 2011 laid the foundation for
widening access and improving the quality of
healthcare with lower infant mortality rates and
higher life expectancy for the populace. Our
effective curtailment of the Ebola epidemic has
continued to receive worldwide acclaim as an
example in prompt and effective national
disease management. On our watch, guinea-
worm has been eradicated from Nigeria and we
are on the verge of wiping out polio entirely.
37. In the Education sector, our objectives are
clear and precise. They emphasise expansion of
access and the upgrade of quality. I am proud
that we have widened access by establishing 18
more Federal Universities and other specialized
polytechnics. We strengthened TETFUND and
used it to boldly address the problems of
inadequate infrastructure in the existing
institutions.
38. I am particularly proud of our efforts with
regards to Early Childhood Education and Out-
of-School Children. We provided modern hybrid
Almajiri Education Programme in the North,
attended to schooling needs of boys in the
South-East and ensured the construction of
special girls’ schools in 13 States of the
Federation to improve girl-child education. We
expanded opportunities for open and distance
learning and provided scholarships at all levels
to help improve access to quality education for
bright and promising Nigerians.
39. We have promoted gender-mainstreaming
with commensurate priority and opportunities
for our womenfolk, beginning with ensuring that
not less than 30 per cent of key Federal
appointments go to women. Other initiatives
that we have taken include: the National Gender
Policy, Establishment of Gender Units in Federal
MDAs, Women Empowerment Training
Programmes, Micro-Credit for Women, Social
Safety Net Programmes and the Conditional
Cash Transfer (CCT) Scheme.
40. My Administration has emphasized giving a
free hand to our Anti-corruption agencies such
as the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) and the Independent
Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC). We
preferred that they mature into strong
institutions instead of being the images, the
hammer and the anvil of a strong man. We must
encourage them to abide by the rule of law and
due process instead of resorting to dramatic or
illegal actions orchestrated for cheap applause
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41. Beyond the very impressive records of
enhanced convictions by statutory anti-
corruption agencies like the EFCC and ICPC, our
other strategy has been to fashion economic
policies that deliver higher deterrence and
frustrate concealment. In this regard, the Bureau
of Public Procurement has played a central role
and impacted strongly on the fight against
corruption.
42. In Sports, we have improved our national
performance in team and individual events. The
disappointment of not qualifying to defend our
African Football Championship was cushioned
by a decent FIFA World Cup appearance, an
Under-17 World Cup win in addition to other
victories in other international football
tournaments and the Paralympics. We have also
encouraged excellence in other sports, apart
from football, resulting in exceptional
performance in international sporting events,
especially in athletics.
43. Our foreign policy position remains strong.
In October 2013, Nigeria was elected as a non-
permanent member of the United Nations
Security Council for the second time on our
watch. Our country had only served in that
capacity thrice before 2011, since independence
in 1960. Our Administration also played a
leading role in the resolution of security and
political challenges in our sub-region,
particularly in Niger, Cote D’Ivoire, Mali, Guinea-
Bissau and Burkina Faso.
44. In addition, we increased engagement with
Nigerians in the diaspora who contribute so
much in remittances to their fatherland. Our
Administration successfully encouraged more of
them to invest in Nigeria and others to return
home and join in the task of nation-building.
45. In summary, Your Excellency, distinguished
ladies and gentlemen, our administration has
done its best to intervene robustly and impact
positively on key aspects of our national life.
46. There is no doubt that challenges still
abound, but they are surmountable and
overwhelming national transformation remains
realisable, with continuity, commitment and
consistency.
47. Nigeria is blessed with citizens that will
always remain faithful, firmly committed to
national unity, accelerated political, social and
economic development.
48. As we hand over the reins of government, I
believe that our nation is secure, our democracy
is stable, and the future is bright. Let us all
work together, and with greater resolve,
continue to build a stronger and more
prosperous nation.
49. May God Almighty continue to bless our dear
country, Nigeria.
50. I thank you all.

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The leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at ward level in Ife central senatorial district Osun state confirms Fani Kayode as a bonafide member of the party.

This information was released when the Chairman of Iremo ward 5, Rasheed Ojikutu was addressing the townsmen in ile-ife confirmed Fani Kayode to be an important leading member of the party. He said Fani Kayode was issued a membership card from ward 5 Iremo in April 2014 following his defection from APC.

On Friday, some of the youths and women of Nembe communities of Nembe Local Government Bayelsa state,Nigeria shut down two flow stations belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company for hours at around 10 in the morning.

The two facilities produce around 600,000 barrels of crude oil per day.
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Reason:
The people of Nembe protested with placards with various inscriptions displaying their grievances, accused SPDC of failing to fulfil their promises of providing good electricity,water and health facilities even though they have been peaceful with SPDC to run its activities for over 50 years.

Afterwards, they met with the officials of SPDC and agreed to meet with them again next week at the SPDC head office,Port Harcourt,River state.

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A village in Barikinladi Local Government Area,Plateau state is in a mourning state
after the battle between the herdsmen and the villagers. The Fulani herdsmen burned down like hundred houses and killed 22 people.

It was gathered that the fight is still raging between the Fulani herdsmen and the villagers.

The village is mourning as they bury their dead friends and families. The villagers are still in fears because this was not the first time they would be attacked by the fulanis.

Gathered by Newsversatile

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Nigerian Orders Yale University To Withdraw Ngozi Okonjo Iweala Honorary Doctorate Degree

A concerned Nigerian speaks against the honourary doctorate degree awarded to Ngozi Okonjo Iweala by Yale’s University on 15th of May,2015 in an Open Letter to the University asking them to withdraw this reputable award.

Citation from Yale University :

“Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Doctor of Humane Letters. You are a citizen of your country, your continent, and the world. Shaped by challenging experiences during your childhood in Nigeria, you have made social and economic reform your mission.

As Nigeria’s coordinating minister of economic development and minister of finance, you have tackled corruption, created a vision and path to long-term economic stability, and worked to build a culture of transparency. At the World Bank, you made food security a priority and provided policy advice and capital for the world’s poorest countries. With wisdom, a fierce dedication to doing what is right, and unflagging energy, you have transformed the economic landscape of your nation. We are proud to name you Doctor of Humane Letter”.

Open Letter To Yale University by the Nigerian

This citation from Yale University does not represent everything that has happened under the watch and the supervision of the Nigerian economy by Ngozi Iweala as the nation’s finance minister…

There is no tangible evidence of any economic development in Nigeria under the leadership of Ngozi Iweala in all reality. Nigeria’s economy is still an oil-dependent economy that is debt and borrowing ridden as well as 100% consuming and importing in nature. Nigeria’s debt profile has risen rapidly under Ngozi Iweala and Nigeria has borrowed over $2 billion in the last four months alone to pay salaries of the federal and state civil servants.

Our foreign reserves and excess crude oil accounts have both depleted heavily under Ngozi Iweala. The recurrent expenditures in the federal budgets reached the highest levels which made capital development practically impossible in Nigeria under Ngozi Iweala. The board of regents of this ivy league school missed it completely by awarding their prestigious honorary doctorate degree to an undeserving Nigerian in all truth, honesty and reality.

The Nigeria’s economy has remained the same under Ngozi Iweala without any evidence of its diversity from oil. The Nigerian Naira crashed to its lowest value in its history under Ngozi Iweala. The true picture that Yale University missed is the fact that the economy of Nigeria has almost grounded to its final halt today which will makes its a daunting task for the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari to meet its campaign promises.

The menace of official corruption and financial scandals have both reached their peaks in Nigeria under Ngozi Iweala. A central bank governor was fired for disclosing that $20 billion was missing from the federal coffers and this allegation was investigated in a shady and questionable manner. The oil subsidy scam that cheated Nigeria’s tax payers of trillions of Naira was coordinated and supervised by Ngozi Iweala. The culture of official corruption and state resource mismanagement were both honored, celebrated, protected and defended under the leadership of Ngozi Iweala as the supervising coordinator of the Nigerian economy.

To give a honorary doctorate degree to an undeserving Nigerian by this world’s reknown university is the biggest slap on the faces of the 180 million Nigerians in 2015. I am using this social medium to appeal to the board of regents of this prestigious university to withdraw this honorary degree that they awarded to this Nigerian immediately and without any further delay for the sake of posterity.

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