Nigerians are suffering; change or be removed from office! – Mbaka warns Buhari

The spiritual leader and general overseer of Adoration Ministries in Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has advised President Muhammadu Buhari about that he may be removed from office in a shameful manner.

Mbaka, a staunch supporter of Buhari in the months up to the 2015 presidential election, warned the president not to consider seeking a second term in office. Mbaka noted that his warning is premised on indications and stories making the rounds about the president’s intention to run for presidency in 2019 even though he has not made this public.

“I had wanted to pray for you (Buhari) and go because I don’t want anybody to attack me, I don’t want the Bishop to invite me, I don’t want politicians to attack me anywhere. But God forced me, you must say it,” Mbaka told his congregation at the first service of the year.

“Listen to me – 2017 became one of the most horrible years in this country.

“The Lord says captive Nigerians, you will be speedily rescued. Things are very very difficult, hard and tough nowadays. The hardship is not from God, they are man-made.

“The wicked cabal and satanic agents in this country have wickedly kidnapped the goodwill and good intentions of Mr. President, Muhammadu Buhari. His good intentions have been kidnapped.

“President Buhari must wake up and sit up immediately. Heaven demands Buhari, our president, to change all those who are holding and caging him in captivity. If he will not change them, he will be changed.

“Mr. President, wake up, sit up. God said you are toying with the privilege given to you. There is no time. Nigerians are dying in your hands. People are not happy with your system.

“Change or you will be changed – God said that Buhari is in trouble. Buhari is hypnotised. Buhari is in a horrible bondage. Buhari’s mantra has been cannibalised.

“Unless President Buhari quickly and strategically positions the right people and changes the former ones inaugurated by him, the wind of change, that he himself inaugurated, will blow him away shamefully.

“The wind will be too strong that Mr. President and the cabal will be blown out of office shamefully.

“The wind will be irresistible for it will come like a hurricane. Buhari can handle this problem but his office, if he is not careful, another will take.”

Mbaka reportedly said Buhari had himself to blame for his problems, especially after “failing to heed the advice of his wife, Aisha”.

“Mr. President, as I was waiting on the Lord, I am asked to advise you, don’t come out for second tenure, after this, retire peacefully,” he was quoted to have said.

“Mr. President, you are the cause of your own problem. God gave you an adviser, a wonderful mentor, a visionist, a matriarch, in the person of your wife, Aisha, but you don’t want to listen to her; that woman is heartbroken, because she understood that you are not yourself.

“Come back to yourself or you will cry by the time you will be sent out of office. Those who are encouraging you to come out and run again, they want to disgrace you shamefully and publicly.”

Mbaka adviced Buhari to take responsibility for the problems in the country.

 

“Mr. President, you are to be blamed, not your cabal. You have your brooms, but the cabals have their bags; either you sweep them away or they throw you into the bag,” he said.

“Heaven cried that your methodology is not just archaic but too sluggish, very slow. The situation in Nigeria needs speed but you are too dull.

“His (Buhari’s) pattern of battling corruption is not just archaic and barbaric; it is a witch-hunt, terribly selective.

“Mr. Buhari, as the President, why should you be picking and choosing those that you and your so-called EFCC man would want to arrest, so that your party becomes a hideout for criminals, so that any person who does not want to be arrested will become an APC person? Is that not corruption in itself?

“It is the same people that go to the APC, they drop their umbrella and pick the broom, but instead of using the broom to sweep away corruption, they are using it to sweep money into their pockets.

“Your change mantra is questionable. You are to change your change or you will be disgraced out of office.”

Why I don’t make public appearances anymore – Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has explained reasons for his limited public appearances, assuring Nigerians that there is no need for anxiety despite his health status.

In a statement through a Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, President Buhari said his reasons for not making public appearances were imperative and do not necessarily undermine his performance as president.

The statement said, “President Buhari’s absence at the Federal Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, April 26, was a last minute decision; otherwise, the cabinet and the public might have been alerted in advance. As eager as he is to be up and about, the President’s doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom some weeks ago.

“President Buhari himself, on his return to the country, made Nigerians aware of the state of his health while he was in London. Full recovery is sometimes a slow process, requiring periods of rest and relaxation, as the Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, intimated in his press briefing after the FEC meeting on Wednesday.

“Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria.

“He receives daily briefings on the activities of government, and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.

“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful that He has seen our President through the worst period of his convalescence in London. We are thankful that the President has passed a number of benchmarks already. We pray that God continues to see him through this period of recuperation.”

Group promises protest if President Buhari should miss next FEC meeting

Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s seeming absence from important affairs of the state, a civil society group known as ‘Change the Change Coalition, on Thursday, promised to stage mass protests if the President fails to attend the next Federal Executive Council meeting.

The last two FEC meetings have been presided by President Buhari’s vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

National Coordinator of the group, Mazi Bismarck Oji, said in a press conference organised in Enugu that President Buhari should transit power officially to Osinbajo if he could no longer cope with the rigours of office, warning that it would mobilize Nigerians for a mass protest if the president plays truancy by making himself absent at the next meeting.

Oji feared a repeat of the intrigues that bedevilled late President Musa Yar’Adua in the days he was sick before succumbing to death, stating that President Buhari should do the needful by taking a break from office to go attend to his health.

“What we have before us is another Yar’Adua scenario – the President has been absent from at least two FEC meetings consecutively.

“Firstly, the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, told us the President was attending to more important matters and delegated the Vice President to chair the meeting.

“What could be more important than chairing the weekly FEC meeting, more so when his attendance would have allayed fears about his health status?

“Secondly, Lai Mohammed told us the President would be working from home.

“That is an insult on the intelligence of Nigerians and another episode in the theatre of the bizarre which this administration has turned governance into.

Your government is losing focus – Arewa Peace Coalition to Buhari

The Arewa Peace Coalition (APC) has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to desist from accusing former President Goodluck Jonathan for the ills in his administration, noting that the Buhari-led government is “losing direction”.

In a statement issued by Abdulkadir Mohammed, coordinator of the APC, the Coalition said that Buhari’s government was faltering in its administration of the country and this is having grave consequences in economic affairs.

He admonished President Buhari to abandon the smear campaign against is predecessor and concentrate on improving the lot of Nigerians who had voted him into office with high expectations.

“Nigerians didn’t vote Buhari to come and give excuses on why he cannot perform… they believed he was capable and particularly fit for the job of president,” Mohammed said.

“Since you won the 2015 election, we have been waking up almost every day to hear stories about how Jonathan did this and Jonathan did that. We have become tired and fed up.

“When will we begin to hear what Baba Buhari has done? When will we begin to hear of what our Baba has done to salvage Nigeria?

“Bashing Jonathan at every opportunity has not solved any of the problems you met as president. Nigerians have already voted Jonathan out. They are disappointed that years after Jonathan has left, there is no day that the Buhari presidency does not attempt to feast on Jonathan. Why then did we vote for you?”

The APC also advised Buhari to acknowledge and build on some of the successes recorded by the Jonathan administration.

“Mr President, there were quite a few successes of the Jonathan presidency. Acknowledge those successes and use them to your advantage,” Mohammed said.

“And then work to correct and avoid the mistakes that dogged the Jonathan presidency. That is how successful nations work.

“Please leave Jonathan alone. Go around the country and ascertain things for yourself. Two years into your presidency, you are yet to visit more than 30 states in Nigeria.”

Mohammed also advised Buhari to operate an all-inclusive government that would reflect true representation.

“Appoint a competent team to assist you in the onerous task of fixing Nigeria. Appoint people in every nook and cranny of Nigeria,” Mohammed said.

“The Buhari presidency must not be over-saturated by people from the northern part of the country or people who share a peculiar history with you.

“You are now a Nigerian president NOT a Northern, Daura or CPC president. You are president over Muslims the same way you are president over Christians.

“It is with great discomfort that we write you this piece. In 2015, many of us came out in large numbers to vote for you because we believed that things would change for the better if you became president of Nigeria.

“When you ascended to the position of President of Nigeria. We rejoiced across the streets of northern Nigeria. Some of our kinsmen trekked hundreds of kilometers to celebrate your win in the 2015 elections.

“Two years into your administration, everything has turned on its head. The price of food has skyrocketed across Nigeria. The quality of education has nosedived. Access to affordable health care has become a problem. Farmers are no longer encouraged to go to their farms. Nothing seems to be working.”

President Buhari seriously ill, prevented from receiving treatment by Aso Rock cabal – Perry Brimah

Perry Brimah, columnist and convener of ‘Every Nigerian Do Something’, has said that Nigerians need to encourage President Muhammadu Buhari to rest as he looks sickly. In a recent statement, Brimah described the president as “chronically ill” and in need of urgent rest.

Brimah noted that President Buhari is being prevented from receiving the best treatment for his failing health by a “selfish cabal” controlling Aso Rock. He wondered why Nigerians were not moved by the president’s disturbing looks that is “now no more than skin-and-bones” in his latest public appearance last Friday at the Jummah service with Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

“There can be no denying how chronically ill president Muhammadu Buhari looks when he seldom does appear in public. The last time was last week Friday when Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai came visiting.

“The videos of Buhari walking for Friday prayers bring tears to eyes. His asthenic figure now no more than skin-and-bones as he sat down for the Jummah service was heart-wrenching.

“How can a people be so cold they expose a grandfather to this type of extreme stress and deprive him from his needed rest and medical expert attention by tasking him to lead the world’s most complex nation?

“Have we as a people lost our humanity that we continue to task Buhari like this and not campaign for him to be relieved of our burden and rest towards recovery?

“It is insane to continue to deprive him and the nation by locking him up and burdening him with a challenge too heavy for even a strong young man to bear talk-less an old man who just returned from a 49-day leave in which he received blood transfusions and unknown cocktails of serious medications.

“For those of us in the medical profession, we recognise the president’s loss of hair on his head and facial hair as well as his reported blood transfusions as possible evidence of cancer chemotherapy.

“God forbid, however, if this is the condition the president is being managed for that the cabal is hiding from the people, the wickedness of the selfish cabal that forces him to remain locked up, “dying” in Aso Rock instead of receiving best therapy, should be vehemently opposed by us masses.

“Whoever is found guilty of hiding any serious diagnosis the president may have and bundling him back to deteriorate in Aso Rock under pressure of Nigeria’s humongous burden should be dealt with according to the full extent of the law. This is not only criminal but sinful.

“A great fear is, what if (God forbid) president Buhari should collapse? This time he may not yet have handed over to Vice president Yemi Osinbajo as “acting president” and Nigeria may be thrown into the chaos that perhaps some desperate politicians eyeing the presidency seat are secretly plotting for. Nigeria cannot afford to be thrown into such state of dilemma and disarray.

“It’s time for Nigerians to demand full disclosure of the true state of health of president Muhammadu Buhari and immediate best options for him to be allowed to rest and recover instead of being locked up to literally die under the weight of Nigeria”.

The world has endorsed President Buhari’s administration – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described the right given to Nigeria to host the 2018 United Nations World Tourism Organisation Conference as one of the benefits of the present administration.

While speaking in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mohammed said that the latest feat should be regarded as “a global endorsement of programmes and efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.”

He noted that the hosting right reiterates the confidence that the global community has in President Buhari’s administration.

Nigeria won the right to host the conference at the 61st meeting of African ministers in charge of tourism, which was tagged UNWTO Commission for Africa.

“Wednesday was a big moment for Nigeria here in Addis Ababa because Nigeria got the endorsement of the whole world to host the 61st session of the CAF mission of the UNTWO,” he said.

“What that means really is that the entire world has endorsed the programmes and efforts of President Buhari’s administration.”

Mohammed added that the conference signifies that Nigeria is back on a world stage and this would provide the country the ample opportunity to showcase its diverse culture to the world.

“Hosting this conference will give confidence to investors that this is a country they can come and invest in,” he said.

“It will also convince the entire world that Nigeria is serious in promoting culture, music, film and entertainment industry to diversify its economy.”

Osinbajo presides over FEC meeting in Buhari’s absence

President Muhammadu Buhari was reportedly absent at the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday.

Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, presided over the meeting, which began around 11 am.

Buhari presided over the previous meeting, last Wednesday, during which he unveiled the Economic and Recovery Growth Plan (ERGP). His absence is the first since his arrival from the United Kingdom after a 49 day absence from Nigeria.

Osinbajo takes charge of the meeting for the first time since the President returned from his 49-day medical vacation in London, United Kingdom.

Even if he must steal to develop Nigeria, Buhari must steal! – World Bank consultant

A consultant for the World Bank and President of Nigeria Economic Society, Olu Ajakaiye, has said that the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari must do all it can to develop the economy even if it means stealing from other countries.

At the 2017 edition of The Bullion Lecture organised by the Centre for Financial Journalism, Ajakaiye said in his keynote lecture that the method he is suggesting to Buhari may seem unorthodox but many first world nations became prosperous that way.

He noted that leaving economic growth and development to market forces and policies are not enough to get the country out of its present hole.

“Let us therefore not be under any illusion and say  the market will do it. They have to make sure they provide the market, whatever it takes, including stealing from other countries,” he said.

“The developed systems that we have now were as a result of resources taken from here, and they are ahead. Their government didn’t say we would be nice guys, we would not go and steal.

“They carried our people, young people, valuable people, and they now established the first world.”

Ajakaiye also said that President Buhari’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan is a good step to alleviate the economic hardship in the country.

He, however, said that the previous administration lacked the willpower and knowledge to steer Nigeria economically, thus blaming the Goodluck Jonathan administration for some of the country’s current problems.

“When the economy was growing in a fictitious way — I regarded the growth of 2010 to 2014 as fictitious. Why is it fictitious, it is growth that is driven by government just deploying oil revenue into the economy.

“The structure remained dis-articulated and we are actually deceiving ourselves in a very interesting way by saying the economy leaped-frog, we have now got to a stage where we are arrived, because in advanced countries, service sector is now dominant.

“They call it tertiarisation of the economy. Our economy was prematurely tertiarised, and this was the harbinger of poverty.

“I always tell people, when you go to Europe where their economy is already tertiarised, do you see anybody running after you in traffic to sell you recharge card? Do you see anybody hanging pure water in front of you? Do you see people running 140? That is our tertiarised service sector.”

Ajakaiye also said that the government should enable the private sector to impact on the economy positively by providing the right economic atmosphere.

FG will combat economic hardship with anti-terror approach – Buhari

The federal government has vowed to fight the economic hardship currently gripping the nation with the same intensity applied to fighting terrorism, according to Nigeria’s president.

During the inauguration of the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017-2020 at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari said that even though his administration had inherited many challenges from the previous administration, he is committed to minimizing the impacts on Nigerians.

“We are committed to delivering on the three key areas that we promised; these are improving security, tackling corruption and revitalising the economy. Security in the North-East and other parts of Nigeria is significantly better today than when we came in.

“With regards to our fight against corruption, as you all know, our law enforcement agencies are prosecuting very many cases of corruption. Our successes in these two areas are clear for all to see.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that we are approaching the solution to our economic challenges with the same will and commitment that we have demonstrated in the fight against corruption and in the fight against terrorism and militancy.”

President Buhari said that the ERGP initiative includes agriculture and food security, energy and transport infrastructure, industrialization and social investments as a means to lifting Nigeria out of the economic hardship.

He added that the ERGP was carefully developed as a means to returning Nigeria to the path of growth, while aiming for a seven percent growth rate in the economy by 2020.

“We seek not just to take the Nigerian economy out of recession, but to place it on a path of sustained, inclusive and diversified growth.

“We are determined to change Nigeria from an import-dependent country to a producing nation. We must become a nation where we grow what we eat and consume what we produce. We must strive to have a strong naira and productive economy.

“The plan I am launching today, therefore, sets out what we, as a government, are committed to do, to create the enabling environment for business to thrive. The plan is a national plan, hence the role of state governments is critical to its success.

“I, therefore, wish to appeal to the state governments to draw inspiration and strategic direction from the plan to articulate their economic programmes, particularly in the development of the real sector.”

Buhari said that for the plan to be effective, it was important that all Nigerians contribute to its success by working in support of the administration regardless of political affiliation.

Gowon urges Buhari not to give up on Nigeria

Former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has encouraged President Muhammadu Buhari not to give up on building Nigeria.

Shortly after a closed-door meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, Gowon told State House correspondents that even though a lot of problems spring up daily for the President to grapple with, it is important that the President continues in his goal towards a stronger Nigeria.

“I am also here to encourage him (the President) ‎to continue to do his work to the best of his ability, dealing with all the problems.

“Day in day out, you read in the press of all sorts of things happening in the country.

“God will give him (the President) continued strength and energy to deal with the problems of the country for the good of Nigerians.

“I am delighted to be here, to welcome him back and to see him in reasonably good health and able to do whatever he is able to do.”