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2019 presidency: Buhari knows nothing about democracy, vote Atiku – Amaechi tells Igbos

A First Republic Minister, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari does not understand the language of democracy.

According to him, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has repeatedly given a clear assurance that he would restructure the imbalanced federation.

He, therefore, called on Igbo electorate to vote for Atiku and his running mate, Peter Obi, to get Nigeria on the path of progress again.

Amaechi addressed reporters at his country home at Ukpor in Nnewi South local government area of Anambra State on Tuesday.

He said, “As the very last surviving nationalist, freedom fighter and minister of the first republic still alive, I feel compelled to say something and warn those who may be plotting to plunge the country into a major crisis that may threaten the very foundation of our federation.

“Nigerians must brace up and defend democracy and the federation itself. There is grave danger ahead. Those who destroyed democracy is 1983 are up again to deprive the people of their fundamental rights.

“They don’t understand the language of democracy. From what they are doing to the judiciary and legislature, one can imagine what will happen if for any error they are returned to Aso Rock.

“I call on the international community to help and expose the evil plans, of a cabal who wants to perpetuate themselves in power even if they lose the election.

“They have been badly marginalized, exploited, denied of their rights in a federation that they played a major role in founding.

“Atiku has also taken our own Peter Obi as his running mate. I call on Ndigbo at home and everywhere in Nigeria to turn out in totality and vote for the Akiku/Obi candidacy for the president.

“I speak the minds of the great nationalists like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Ahmadu Bello, Abubaker Tafawa Balewa, Obafemi Awolowo, Dennis Osadebay, Aminu Kano, M.I. Okpara, Maitama Sule, S.L. Akintola, Herbert Macaulay, Festus Okotie-Eboh, Nwafor Orizu, Joseph Tarka, Eyo Ita, Odeleye Fedahunsi, Muhammadu Ribadu, Zanna Bukar Dipchadima, Kola Balogun, Margret Ekpo, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, HajyaGambo Sawaba, Mary Nzimiro, Maggie Obinwe, Malam Umoru Altune, Bisi Onabanjo and others who have been silenced by death in pleading with Nigerian Voters to vote into power, the rare gift of Atiku/Obi presidency so that fraternal love and unity may return in a democratic united Nigeria.

“In the other elections, they can vote for their individual parties or conscience. Ndigbo should not mind a small band of mercenaries and Judases who went to Wuse Market at Abuja, bought some Red Caps, adorned the caps and trouped to Aso Rock, spoke some sweet nonsense, received some greasy handshakes and sheepishly smiled home. They represent nobody but their treacherous selves.”

On the call for boycott of the election by Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Amaechi added, “As a political father in Nigeria and Igboland, I had appealed to the youths of IPOB, in the interest of Igboland, not to pursue their election boycott programme. It is counter-productive and suicidal.

“I call on the government to de-proscribe IPOB. It is primitive injustice to leave the gun- bearing Fulani herdsmen and their jungle comrades in Zamfara State alone and turn to kill the youths of IPOB because they are Igbo.”

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President Buhari charges Nigerian workers after signing N30,000 as new minimum wage

President Muhammadu Buhari has challenged Nigerian workers to justify the new N30,000 National Minimum wage by showing more commitments to their work.

The President stated this shortly after signing the national minimum wage bill into law in Abuja on Thursday.

He also enjoined the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to show more understanding of the current socio-economic situations in country.

He said: “I expect them (workers) to be more committed to their work at whichever level.

“I will like the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to look at the economic situation of the country, the population, the poor infrastructure that we are trying to fix in terms of roads, rail and power.

“So, I wish Nigerian workers the best of luck.”

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters, Sen. Ita Enang, had earlier told State House correspondents on Thursday in Abuja that the implementation of the N30, 000 minimum wage just signed into law by President Buhari would take effect from April 18.

According to him, the bill now makes it mandatory for employers of labour in both public and private organisations to pay N30, 000 as minimum wage.

He said: “You can see me smiling on behalf of Nigerian workers. President Muhammadu Buhari has assented to the Minimum Wage Repel and Enactment Act, 2019.

“This makes it compulsory for all employers of labour in Nigeria to pay to their workers the sum of N30, 000.

“This excludes persons who are employing less than 25 workers, persons who work in a ship which sails out of jurisdiction and other persons who are in other kinds of regulated employment which are accepted by the Act.

“It also gives workers the right, if you are compelled by any circumstance to accept salary that is less than N30, 000, to sue your employer to recover the balance.

”It also authorises the minister of labour and any person nominated by the minister or any person designated by the minister of labour in any ministry, department or agency to on your behalf, take action in your name against such employer to recover the balance of your wages.”

According to the presidential aide, the bill ensures and mandates the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission and the minister or labour, to be the chief and principal enforcers of the provisions of this law.

“This law applies to all agencies, persons and bodies throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

Enang enjoined Nigerian workers to continue to support the president and his administration’s policies in return for the gesture.

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Buhari reveals India’s impact on growth of Nigeria’s economic

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has on Thursday declared that Nigeria enjoys a steadily growing and economically rewarding relationship with the Republic of India.

This was as he described India as “Nigeria’s biggest trade partner’’.

He spoke while receiving Letters of Credence from High Commissioner of India to Nigeria, Mr Abhay Thakur, at the State House and was contained in a statement signed and forwarded to DAILY POST by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

President Buhari also called for a closer and stronger partnership that will be mutually beneficial to the citizens.

“Our two countries are very close. India has helped Nigeria in many ways, and we are very grateful. In trade, you are, today, our biggest customer in crude oil purchase,’’ he said.

Recalling his experience at Defence Services Staff College, Wellington, India, in 1973, the President stated that Nigeria’s relationship with India has been long and upwardly rewarding for individuals, institutions and the country.

“I want you to maintain the standard we have attained, and improve on it,’’ President Buhari told the High Commissioner, who listed some areas of bilateral interest that deserved more attention.

On his part, Thakur said India will continue to stand with Nigeria, “shoulder to shoulder in all areas of mutual interest, including security’’, assuring the President that he will work hard on encouraging meetings that focused on reducing double taxation and attract more Foreign Direct Investments, actualize Nigerian airline, Air Peace’s dream of two weekly flights to Bombay and open up the visa regime more.

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How Buhari’s aide reacted after CCT removed Onnoghen as CJN, NJC Chairman

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has reacted to the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT’s conviction of suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Walter Onnoghen.

The CCT had, on Thursday, banned Onnoghen from holding public office for 10 years.

In his judgment over alleged non-asset declaration against Onnoghen, the Chairman of CCT, Danladi Umar also removed Onnoghen from office as the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman, National Judicial Council, NJC.

Umar ruled that all Onnoghen’s monies deposited in his Standard Chartered Bank account in Wuse 2, Abuja be confiscated, seized and forfeited.

The CCT Chairman held that the monies in the affected five bank accounts were acquired illegally particularly as Onnoghen could not proved his source of income for the seized monies beyond all reasonable doubts.

Reacting to the ruling, Onochie warned that others would soon follow.

In a tweet, Onochie wrote: “BREAKING NEWS. Onnoghen convicted. Banned from holding Public office for TEN Years.

“One down, Many to go! Ma Su Gudu Su Gudu.”

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