Thursday 31 December 2015
Welcome to the beginning of a New Year of the continuation of CHANGE in our beloved nation.
I am aware that Nigerians have experienced a number of significant hardships over the past months. Living in the State House has not alienated me from your daily sufferings. I am aware of the lengthy queues at fuel stations and of the difficulties businesses have faced in acquiring foreign exchange. These challenges are only temporary; we are working to make things better.
When I presented myself to you as a presidential candidate and asked you to vote for me, I wanted to be a leader who keeps his promises. I wanted to be a leader who restores the people's hope in those elected to serve them. I wanted to be a leader who initiates positive and enduring CHANGE.
I am still totally committed to being that kind of leader. Unforeseen circumstances and other distractions notwithstanding, I shall still do my utmost best to keep every promise I made to Nigerians during my election campaign.
In the past seven months since our inauguration on May 29, 2015, my administration has focused on laying the right foundation for the CHANGE you voted for during our historic presidential election.
Nigerians will in due course begin to enjoy the fruits of all our ongoing work. The effective and efficient implementation of our 2016 budget proposals will address many of the socio-economic issues that are of current concern to our people.
One area in which Nigerians, especially those in the northeast, have already begun to experience major CHANGE is in the war on terror.
I commend our Armed Forces for significantly curtailing the insurgency which has ravaged the northeast of Nigeria over the past few years.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done in the area of security. Our Armed Forces will maintain, consolidate and build on their successes in the war against Boko Haram and violent extremism.
This government will not consider the matter concluded until the terrorists have been completely routed and normalcy restored to all parts of the country that have been adversely affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
Our crackdown on corruption will continue to be vigorously undertaken. I urge the courts to support our efforts and help in the recovery of stolen funds by speedily concluding trials and showing that impunity no longer has a place in our country.
There is much work to do in other areas as well and I have charged all my ministers and other appointees to ensure that Nigerians experience positive changes in their lives in 2016.
We must reduce our country's reliance on oil. We must diversify our economy. And we must do all we can to promote job creation.
Our challenges are many but our determination to succeed is strong and unshaken.
So too is our confidence in God.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year.
In its judgment, the 5-man panel said the nomination of Governor Darius Dickson Ishiaku, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party cannot be questioned by a non-member.
…Says President Should Apologize for Labeling Nigerians ‘Difficult Lot’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s responses at the Wednesday Presidential Media Chat were not only embarrassing but also further exposed his undemocratic character as an unrepentant tyrant who has no regard for the rule of law and the self-worth of Nigerian citizens.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Thursday also said the President confirmed his partisanship in the much-vaunted war against corruption by openly absolving his ministers and party members of corrupt practices.
Tuesday 29 December 2015
The Headies is set to clash with the Ali Baba Jan 1 show after organizers of the music show fixed January 1, 2016 as new date for the event. The 10th edition of #TheHeadies was billed to take place on 30th December, 2015. Popular comedian, Ali Baba has been hosting his January 1 show every New Year for some years now.
Just like other years, many celebrities have taken part in this year’s edition of Calabar Carnival. They include Iyanya, Ubi Franklin, Ini Edo, Ime Bishop Umoh, Ruth Kadiri, Uche Ogbodo, Patience Ozokwo, Shan George, Osita Iheme, Chinedu Ikedieze, Osas Ajibade, Joseph Benjamin, Enyinna Nwigwe, Chacha Eke Faani. Check out photos below:
Super Eagles and Enyimba FC players, Ezekiel Bassey and Mfon Udoh have been spotted with Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel. Sources believe that the duo had a discussion with their state’s governor over a possible return to Akwa United, a club they rode to stardom before being signed by former African Champions Enyimba. The effort by the management of Akwa United is to bolster their squad ahead of the CAF Confederations Cup next year which Akwa United is one of the country’s representatives.
Paul of Psquare posted the pix above on their official facebook showing him with Nollywood comedy actors John Okafor (Mr Ibu), Ime Bishop Umoh (Okon Lagos) and Francis Odega (Ge-ra-ra-ra hia) at the ongoing Calabar carnival. The woman on the right looks pretty much like Senator Florence Ita-Giwa.I guess she is the one.