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APC chieftain seeks dissolution of NDDC board, asks Buhari to address ‘administrative fraud’



Yekini Nabena, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to redress the “injustice and illegality” regarding the current board of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) .

In an open letter to the president dated February 26, 2018, Nabena said the tenure of the board ended in December and its continued stay is like “allowing illegitimacy to run riot”.

He demanded the removal of the Nsima Ekere, managing director/chief executive, and Victor Ndoma-Egba, chairman of the commission’s board.

Nabena, who is from Bayelsa state, said judging by the terms of their appointment and the law establishing NDDC, the members of the board were to complete their respective state’s tenure.

“The tenure of Nsima Udo Ekere as managing director and chief executive of NDDC has since elapsed. This is according to his letter of appointment from the office of the secretary to the government of the federation, dated November 1, 2016, with Ref. No: SGF.55/S.2/C.3/IV/52, which was signed by the then SGF, Babachir David Lawal,” he wrote.

Nabena said Ndoma-Egba was appointed to serve out the tenure of Bassey Ea-Henshaw, a “fellow Cross River state indigene”, while Ekere was chosen to complete the tenure of Bassey Dan-Abia, a “fellow Akwa Ibom citizen”.

“Ewa-Henshaw and Dan-Abia were inaugurated in 2013 for a four-year term that ought to have ended last December,” he said.

The APC leader said Ndoma-Egba and Ekere’s continued stay in office is a loss to Bayelsa.

He accused the managing director and the chairman of allegedly applying manipulative schemes to try to change the rules to give themselves more time in office.

“The resort to sit-tight, crude propaganda and manipulation does not only display an arrogant contempt for the law guiding the Commission, but it also offends basic decency and public morality,” he said.

“In fact, it amounts to administrative fraud. Any further day the board exists is tantamount to allowing wilful iniquity and illegality to run riot. Moreover, the fact that they have been paying themselves all manner of allowances even after the expiration of their legal tenure is criminal.”

Nabena urged Buhari to “quickly redress the anomalous situation” by disbanding the NDDC board and reconstituting it “based on fairness in order to restore sanity to the commission’s leadership and save the image of his government and its campaign to bring about change”.

Pius Ughakpoteni, spokesman of the agency, could not be reached for comments as of the time this report was filed.

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Buhari returns to Abuja after attending UN general assembly




President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja from New York where he participated in the 73rd session of the United Nations general assembly.

He also attended other official engagements on the sideline of the UNGA73 between September 24 and 29.

The presidential aircraft conveying the president, his wife, Aisha, and some members of his entourage took off from JFK International Airport on Saturday and landed at the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja on Sunday.

Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president, and Ibrahim Idris, inspector-general of police, were among government officials who welcomed Buhari at the airport.

The highpoint of the president’s participation at the UNGA was his address on Tuesday.

Buhari, in his presentation, sought global cooperation on security, anti-corruption, irregular migration, climate change, and UN reforms, among others.

The president and his wife also attended a welcome reception hosted by Antonio Guterres, UN secretary-general, and his spouse.

Buhari and his delegation were also present at the ‘Mandela Peace Meeting on Global Peace’ in honour of the centenary birth of late South African President Nelson Mandela.

The Nigerian delegation participated in a meeting on the fight against tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The delegation also attended a meeting on financing the 2030 agenda for sustainable development and World Economic Forum’s sustainable development impact summit.

While in New York, Buhari had bilateral meetings with African and world leaders including Bill Gates with a view to promoting national and African interests.

Buhari also had an interactive session with Nigerian professionals based in the US and Canada.

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Boko Haram threat: Leah Sharibu’s mother weeps, begs FG to save daughter’s life




Rebecca Sharibu has appealed to the federal government to save Leah, her daughter who is still in Boko Haram captivity

The insurgents had threatened to kill Leah in October if their demands are not met.

Leah was among the students kidnapped in February from Government Girls Secondary School, Dapchi, Yobe state.

All the abducted girls were subsequently released, except five who reportedly died in detention, but Leah was held back for “refusing to renounce her faith”.

Leah’s mother broke down in tears at a press conference on Saturday, appealing for the release of her daughter.

“I am here on behalf of my family, particularly me and my husband to plead with the entire world, most especially the federal government, President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, and the secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), to please do whatever they can to ensure that Leah is released,” Rebecca said.

“A threat has been sent out that with effect from October 2018, Leah Sharibu would be next in line to be killed. I am pleading with the Federal Government to do whatever they feel should be done to release Leah before the expiration of the ultimatum.

“Monday will be October 1. It is our desire that anybody that can do anything to free Leah should do that. We thank the entire world, most especially Nigerians for standing with the family and for their prayers on our behalf.”

Nathan, Leah’s father, said he does not know if the government and the insurgents have reached an agreement.

“They said the federal government did not respond to their demand; but we didn’t know what it is all about,” he said.

“Since this thing happened, the federal government has not listened to them. So, we don’t know what they mean about that one.”

He pleaded with the government and international community to ensure the release of his daughter.

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APC disqualifies two Buhari ministers from seeking governorship election




The All Progressives Congress (APC) has blocked two ministers from being governorship candidates in their states.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, and that of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, were disqualified by the screening committee of the APC.

Ms Alhassan seeks to govern Taraba on the APC platform while Mr Shittu seeks to govern Oyo State.

Although no reason was given for the failure to clear Mrs Alhassan, Mr Shittu was disqualified because he failed to participate in the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme.

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