Buhari, Don’t Seek Re-election – Obasanjo; Obasanjo’s letter: We won’t comment now – Presidency; ‘We Don’t Have Land For Cattle Colonies In Southern Kaduna’ – Hon. Katung; Buhari meets Tinubu & Akande in Aso rock; Why Bisi Akande and I met Buhari — Tinubu; Meeting with Buhari had been earlier scheduled —Tinubu; Dasukigate: Revoke Olisa Metuh’s bail, send him back to prison – EFCC; I Will End Herdsmen Killings – President Buhari; FCDA Demolishes Patience Jonathan’s Property . . .
Former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019.
The former president told Buhari that he has underperformed and he should not allow Nigerians to remove him the way his predecessor, former president Goodluck Jonathan was voted out.
Obasanjo gave the warning in a 13-page open letter he wrote to the president on Tuesday.
The Presidency on Tuesday said it will not comment on the letter released by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. The letter, among other issues criticised the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Apart from advising Buhari to proceed on retirement after his first tenure expires next year, he said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was not better than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, simply told journalists “We won’t comment now.”
The House of Representatives member representing Zangon Kataf/Jaba federal constituency, Barr Sunday Marshall Katung has rejected any attempt to establish cattle colonies in Southern Kaduna.
He said, in a statement that the people of his constituency and the entire Southern Kaduna people have since rejected any plot by the state government to donate any of its ancestral land to an individual or group to undertake a private business.
“Let me use this medium to inform the federal and Kaduna State governments that my constituents and the entire people of Southern Kaduna have rejected the idea of establishing cattle colony in our area. “We are of the firm belief that cattle rearing is a private business, just like poultry, fishery and piggery business,” he said.“We admonish in strong terms that our soil, land, water and air should not be used for cattle colonies.
President Muhammadu Buhari met in a closed door meeting with the All Progressives Congress Chieftains, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi akande.
The meeting was held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. This was disclosed by the Personal Assistant on New Media to Buhari, Ahmad Bashir.
The reason for the meeting was not disclosed but pundits surmise that it might not be unconnected with Buhari’s presidential bid in 2019. This is coming at a time when former president Obasanjo publicly advised President Muhammadu Buhari against seeking re-election in 2019.
Former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has released a statement clarifying the meeting he and former Governor Bisi Akande held with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday.
The three men had met behind closed-doors hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo released a statement critical of President Buhari.
There were speculations that the president urgently called the meeting to discuss the political implication of Obasanjo’s letter, but Tinubu said through his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, that the meeting was long scheduled, and had nothing to do with the controversial statement by the former President. Checkout Tinubu’s statement, below.
The full statement by Tinubu through his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, reads:
Tinubu’s, Akande’s Visit Unconnected with Obasanjo’s Statement
Today’s visit by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande to the Presidential Villa was scheduled last week.
President Buhari periodically schedules talks with Asiwaju Tinubu and Baba Akande, as he does with other Nigerians and APC figures, to discuss substantive issues pertaining to the governance of the country and matters concerning the party.
This visit was one such meeting. As such, the meeting had nothing to do with the statement of former President Obasanjo.
It is totally unconnected. At the time of the meeting, Asiwaju Tinubu and Baba Akande were even unaware that President Obasanjo had released his statement.
Tinubu Media Office
January 23, 2018
The EFCC on Tuesday urged an Abuja Federal High Court to revoke the bail being enjoyed by a former PDP Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh. EFCC’s lawyer, Sylvanus Tahir asked the court to send Metuh back to jail so he can attend trials from prison.
The counsel was reacting to Metuh’s lawyer’s application asking for further adjournment due to the applicant’s ill-health. Metuh, who is facing trial for allegedly receiving the sum of N400m from the Office of National Security Adviser, NSA, under the leadership of Sambo Dasuki, is currently on admission at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Anambra State.
Tahir argued that without the medical report backed by a verifying affidavit and without the document making any reference to the case pending in court, the report was nothing but trash. Metuh’s lawyer, Dr. Oneychi Ikpeazu (SAN), urged the court to dismiss the application for bail revocation.
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday assured Nigerians that the rising attacks on communities by herdsmen will soon be brought under control by security forces deployed to the vulnerable areas across the country.
The National Economic Council (NEC) had last week set up a committee to be headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to end the killings by killer herdsmen in the country. Suspected killer herdsmen have killed over 200 people across the country this year alone.
According to a statement by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, the president made the remarks when he received the board of directors of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group at the presidential villa yesterday.
The Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) through the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) yesterday demolished a multimillion-naira property, belonging to Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, for allegedly contravening FCT development control regulations.
Officials under the supervision of AMMC coordinator, Umar Shuaibu pulled down the structure, which is still at roofing stage, under the name of A. Aruera Reachout Foundation/Women for Change Development Initiative, located in Mabushi area of Abuja metropolis.
The Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC) has said that it demolished a property belonging to Dame Patience Jonathan, wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan because the structure contravenes development control regulations. The coordinator, AMMC, Umar Shuiabu explained that the former first lady’s building in Mabushi and all the other structures removed by his organisation in Wuse II were illegal ones.