Giwa said this in reaction to statements by the present government, warning the US to steer clear of Nigerian elections.
US ambassador, Stuart Syminton had vowed that his country would deal with politicians who indulge in hate speech ahead of the Saturday’s presidential election.
Syminton’s warning came a day after Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State threatened that foreign persons who interfere in the elections would leave Nigeria in body bags, a statement that was also defended by the Presidency.
United States has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC to ensure free, fair and transparent elections.
A statement by Pastor Giwa made available to DAILY POST on Tuesday, recalled how Buhari and his team traveled to the US to beg former President, Barack Obama for support in 2015.
He said: “I was at the White House as Daily Newswatch US Bureau Chief in 2015 when Buhari’s delegation came to beg Obama.
“People hate the truth because it hurts. In 2015, It was glaring that President Obama played a very prominent role in ensuring Buhari become the president of Nigeria.
“Where were all these people criticising the United States now under Donald Trump when Obama released a video, urging former President Goodluck Jonathan to play the game according to the rules?
“Where were Buhari’s men lambasting the United States under Trump now when former President Obama called Jonathan to accept the defeat after announcing the 2015 presidential results ?
“To me, I see nothing wrong in what the United States has said by appealing to the presidency to play the game according to the rules.”
President Buhari charges Nigerian workers after signing N30,000 as new minimum wage
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.
Buhari reveals India’s impact on growth of Nigeria’s economic
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.
How Buhari’s aide reacted after CCT removed Onnoghen as CJN, NJC Chairman
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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