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Buhari picks Bashir Jamoh to replace Peterside as NIMASA DG

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as the director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), TheCable can report.

Jamoh will replace Dakuku Peterside who was appointed in 2016 to head the maritime agency.Peterside’s tenure as NIMASA DG ends on March 10, 2020.The newly appointed DG is currently the executive director for admin and finance at NIMASA.

Jamoh, who hails from Kaduna, is also the current president of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIoTA).The 56-year-old holds a PhD from the University of Port Harcourt, specialising in logistics and transport management.He also holds a master’s degree in management from Korea Maritime and Ocean University, a post-graduate diploma in management sciences from Bayero University, Kano and a diploma in accounting from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria.

TheCable also understands that he has 32 years of professional experience in the transportation and maritime sector.He is also the author of the book, Harnessing Nigeria’s Maritime Assets: Past, Present and Future.Jamoh joined NIMASA in 2003 as an assistant chief commercial officer, eastern and central zones.He served with the Kaduna state government before transferring his services to the then National Maritime Authority (NMA) in 1994.

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El-Rufai: After 8 years of Buhari, the presidency should return to the South

El-Rufai says it only makes sense for the south to get the presidency in 2023.Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai says it’s imperative that a gentleman’s agreement among the political class that ensures the rotation of the presidency between a predominantly Muslim north and a predominantly Christian south is respected.There have been feelers within the corridors of power that the north still feels shortchanged after Goodluck Jonathan contested and won the presidency following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua in 2010.The north couldn’t conclude its eight years after Yar’Adua’s death as Jonathan governed until he was defeated by Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner, in 2015.

Some politicians of northern extraction have insisted that they will contest the 2023 presidency after Buhari completes his constitutionally permissible eight years on the saddle, just to ensure the completion of Yar’adua’s eight years .

However, el-Rufai who headed the APC’s restructuring committee, says that will be unfair.“The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the presidency should rotate between the north and the south. It is not written but everyone understands it,” Vanguard quotes el-Rufai as saying.“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside. What could this be?“President Yar’Adua died in office and it was compulsory for Jonathan to continue but when 2011 election came, there were many people who insisted that Jonathan should step aside for a northerner to complete the tenure of Yar’Adua but I opposed it because I didn’t think it was proper for an incumbent that got there not by his own design to be stopped from contesting when the constitution has not barred him from running.“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015, Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational presidency but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.”

The governor adds that the north will honor agreements reached, whether those agreements are written or verbal.“I want to say that those of us from Northern Nigeria honour agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.“But as a group, the northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the south, because after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” he adds.Southern politicians like former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo are believed to be nursing presidential ambitions ahead of the 2023 political permutations.Incumbent President Buhari has insisted that he won’t be handpicking his successor.

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Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak dead at 91

Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades
Hosni Mubarak ruled Egypt for three decades

Following 30 years of uninterrupted rule, Mubarak was ousted from power in 2011 amid the ‘Arab Spring’

Former Egyptian president and military strongman Hosni Mubarak reportedly died on Tuesday at the age of 91, his family said in a public statement.   

Mubarak reportedly died a day after being admitted to the ICU unit of Cairo’s Galaa military hospital, his brother-in-law General Mounir Thabet told AFP.

Thabet, a former high-ranking military official, confirmed the family was still at the hospital and said the Egyptian presidential office would organize the funeral.Play Video

Following 30 years of uninterrupted rule, Mubarak was ousted from power in 2011 amid a popular uprising across the region known as the “Arab Spring.” 

Mubarak resigned from the presidency on February 11 following 18 days of demonstrations. Play Video

Tributes poured in from leaders in the Middle East, where Mubarak, a key ally of the United States, had at times served as a mediator, especially in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Mubarak’s commitment to “peace and security” while Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said he mourned the death “with great sorrow” and hailed Mubarak’s support of the Palestinian cause. 

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BREAKING: Aso Rock official Murdered In Abuja

Laetitia Dagan, assistant director of administration at the state house, has been murdered at her Abuja residence.

The presidency confirmed her death via a statement on Tuesday.Attah Esa, a deputy director of information at the state house, said the deceased was killed around 11pm on Monday.

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All government Transactions To Be Open Soon—President Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has given the assurance that with the various reforms by his regime, very soon, all government financial transactions will be done in the open.Buhari gave this assurance on Tuesday in Kaduna at the Passing-Out Parade of Detective Inspector Course Five of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.A State House statement by his media aide, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari as saying, “My resolve is to ensure that the reforms are deepened such that there will be no hiding place for corrupt persons and proceeds of corruption. My aim is to ensure that no government financial transaction is done in secret and all are subjected to public scrutiny.

“The objective of this administration is to institute a level of transparency in governance through mainly information technology platforms. Just as advanced democracies and some developing countries, I am determined that within a short period, citizens would be able to follow core government operations online,”He added, “Our government has reached an advanced stage in Fiscal Transparency. The Appropriation Bill is placed online within hours of its presentation in the National Assembly. The Budget Office of the Federation has been engaging interest groups in the budget cycle. A pilot scheme of 10 MDAs has been test running online display of their budgets and expenditure movements.”

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Jonathan Fires Back: Why I sacked Ex-EFCC Boss-Farida Waziri

Nigeria’s former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has branded former Chairperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mrs. Farida Waziri, as a liar for saying that she was fired from office because of her probe of some oil racketeers.

But the former President said Waziri was sacked based on Nigeria’s interest and global standing.

A statement issued by Ikechukwu Eze, Media Adviser to Jonathan on Monday said the former president read media reports credited to Waziri, in which she claimed in her new book that she was removed from because of her probe of some oil racketeers.

We thought we had dealt with this matter, after promptly debunking similar statements she made in the past. In 2017 when she claimed that she lost her job because she “refused to back down from the probe of one of the masterminds of the fuel subsidy scam”, we quickly refuted and clarified the claim for the records, and even challenged her to name the individual or company in question.

We had expected that a book from Mrs. Farida, coming years after the claim was first made, should have towed the path of honour by telling the truth for the benefit of history. Unfortunately, that still didn’t happen. It will be recalled that after assuming office as President on May 6, 2010, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan decided to retain Mrs. Waziri, who was appointed by his predecessor, late President Umaru Yar’Adua, as the head of the elite anti-crime agency.

Despite obvious disenchantment from many Nigerians and mounting international pressure against Mrs. Waziri’s continued stay in office, the former President stood by her, in line with his conviction that every public officer should first be given the opportunity to deliver on his or her mandate.

It must be pointed out that former President Jonathan had no personal issues with Mrs. Waziri. The former President had to eventually let her go in the national interest. Her removal therefore has a lot to do with reasons relating to Nigeria’s interest and global standing which details Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is obliged to keep as state secret in our common national interest. It is very important to note that when dealing with the interest of the nation and the performance of the functions of a public office, a determined leader cannot prioritise the interest of an individual,” the statement said.

According to the statement, it therefore bore repeating here that Waziri’s removal as chairperson of EFCC had absolutely nothing to do with her purported refusal to desist from probing any oil individual, saying this claim sounded rather superficial and contradicted available evidence of the then government’s genuine efforts to combat oil subsidy racketeering.

The statement said it was noteworthy that throughout Jonathan’s tenure, he made practical efforts to combat the alleged oil cabals, including directing the stoppage of further payment of fuel subsidy claims to oil importers, and the setting up of the Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede-led committee which had high level representation from all the intelligence agencies, including the EFCC, with a mandate to thoroughly investigate the scandals in the industry.

“The choice of Aig-Aigboje, a man widely acclaimed for his dependability, as leader of the committee, was a clear demonstration that the President had no personal interest in the matter. Those who choose to continue to rue, like Mrs. Waziri, over the loss of public positions should realise that such a position, which is a public trust, is not an entitlement.

“They are usually given to individuals to provide service to the people. Public officers should therefore see such transitions as their own personal sacrifice to the nation. It is in this light that Mrs. Farida Waziri should view her removal from office. It was nothing personal. It was everything patriotic,” the statement stated.

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Why I sacked impeachment witness – Trump

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his decision to fire an army officer who gave damning evidence against him during the impeachment probe.Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman was escorted Friday out of the White House, where he worked on the National Security Council as an expert on Ukraine. His lawyer called the move an act of revenge by the president, two days after he was acquitted by the Senate.Vindman was present during a now-famous July 25 phone call during which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden.

House Democrats who impeached Trump on allegations of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress argued that the call was part of a concerted effort to coerce a weak foreign ally at war with Russia into helping him cheat in November’s presidential election.Subpoenaed by Congress to testify at the House impeachment hearings, the Ukrainian-born Vindman, who received a Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Iraq, said Trump’s actions were “improper.”That testimony helped build the case leading to Trump becoming only the third president ever impeached by Congress.

Trump attacked Vindman in a tweet on Saturday.“Fake News @CNN & MSDNC keep talking about ‘Lt. Col.’ Vindman as though I should think only how wonderful he was,” Trump wrote, apparently referring to news outlet MSNBC.“Actually, I don’t know him, never spoke to him, or met him (I don’t believe!) but, he was very insubordinate, reported contents of my ‘perfect’ calls incorrectly.”

Vindman’s lawyer, David Pressman, said the army officer was “escorted out of the White House where he has dutifully served his country and his president.”“The truth has cost LTC Alexander Vindman his job, his career, and his privacy,” he said. “He served his country, even when doing so was fraught with danger and personal peril.“And for that, the most powerful man in the world — buoyed by the silent, the pliable, and the complicit — has decided to exact revenge.”

On Friday, Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union and who also testified against Trump, said he was being recalled immediately.

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BREAKING: PDP declares seven-day fast, prayers to restore Ihedioha’s mandate

The Imo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party Saturday declared a one week fast and prayers for God to restore the mandate of the former governor of the state, Mr Emeka Ihedioha.The party stated that the spiritual exercise would commence on Sunday, February 9 and terminates on Sunday, February 16, 2020.In a statement signed by the party’s State Secretary, Nze Ray Emeana, on Saturday, the party stated that “during this period, all ward excos should request for mass in their local churches and assemble at LGA party secretariat daily at noon for prayers and breaking of fast.

Prayer point is asking God to intervene and restore the victory of Emeka Ihedioha as the duly elected governor of Imo State.“We enjoin the Imo people to remain peaceful and prayerful as we await judgment on the review filed by the winner of the governorship election, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha at the Supreme Court.”The statement also instructed the party members in the state to dress in black during the spiritual exercise.

Meanwhile, Governor Hope Uzodinma who was declared the winner of the 2019 governorship election by a Supreme Court judgment in January 2020 is presently attending an African Union event in Ethiopia with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari

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BREAKING: INEC deregisters 74 political parties

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Thursday deregistered 74 political parties as preparations for the 2023 general elections gather momentum.With the new decision, Nigeria now has 18 political parties, according to INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, at a press conference in Abuja.

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President Buhari Unveils Nigeria’s Visa Policy

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) on Tuesday officially presented Nigeria’s Visa policy at the Statehouse, Abuja.This was announced by the President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, on his verified Twitter handle.The policy expected to “boost economic activities in the areas of tourism, aviation, entertainment, commerce and other areas where Nigeria has a comparative advantage over other African countries”.

A key provision of the policy is the opportunity it gives to Africans visiting Nigeria to obtain their visas on arrival at the country’s four international airports in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Kano.See tweet:JUST IN: President @MBuhari has officially presented Nigeria’s Visa Policy today, at the State House, Abuja.— Bashir Ahmad (@BashirAhmaad) February 4, 2020