“We aim to make Nigeria’s industrialisation process irreversible” — Onu

“We aim to make Nigeria’s industrialisation process irreversible” — Onu
The Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, on Friday said that the ministry was working toward making the nation’s ongoing industrialisation irreversible. Onu...

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Corruption: If you have evidence against my cabinet, prove it – Buhari challenges critics...

- President Muhammadu Buhari has urged individuals or organisations with any evidence of corrupt practices against his cabinet to prove it- Speaking at a town hall meeting, the president said he was willing to drag members of its cabinet accused of grafts to anti-corruption bodies- He also refuted claims that members of the governing All Progressives Congress with questionable credentials were being protected by the governmentPresident Muhammadu Buhari has urged individuals or organisations with any evidence of corrupt practices against members of his administration to come forward with such proofs to him for prompt action at anti-graft commission.The president gave the challenge at a town hall meeting tagged: ‘The Candidates’ organised by the MacArthur Foundation, in collaboration with NTA and DARIA Media in Abuja on Wednesday, January 16, NAN reports.Legit.ng gathers that President Buhari was fielding questions on the allegations that the government’s anti-corruption crusade was skewed against a section of Nigerians, and that members of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) with questionable credentials were being protected by the government.READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng: a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaThe moderator of the programme, Kadaria Ahmed, specifically cited the former secretary to the government of the federation, Babachir Lawal, who was relieved of his appointment over allegations of corrupt practices, but was not prosecuted, instead he had been seen campaigning for the president.However, President Buhari replied: “That is not fair criticism of the government. I do not think there is anybody that is being pointed out as corrupt in this dispensation which we looked the other direction.“I told you why I have to be careful; the public should help us, if there are strong allegations that are backed up with evidences, bank accounts, names of companies floated and contracts awarded.“Then we will take them before the courts through the EFCC and ICPC; and we have to trust the system and allow them to complete investigation.“If we just take people in as we did during the military and lock them up, the present democracy a multi party democracy does not approve of that.“If you accuse any person, you have to provide evidence in court for him to be prosecuted. So, if there is strong allegations, the government may decide to ask people to go, like in the case of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, we asked him to go.“The matter is already before the EFCC and I believe that a directive has been issued to charge him and all persons who have cases before the EFCC.’’He reiterated that his administration would not tolerate any form of corrupt practices from any quarters, saying those making allegations should be able to provide evidence why the accused should be prosecuted.On whether he will accept the outcome of the forthcoming general elections, President Buhari said even though he was optimistic of winning the election, he would gladly accept the results.The president narrated how he accepted the results of previous elections in 2003, 2007 and 2011 even after challenging the results at the relevant courts.He said: “It won’t be the first time I will lose election. I tried 2003 and I was in court for 13 months, 2007. I was in court for 18 months in 2011 and went up to the Supreme Court. I sat down and said; `God Dey’, and for the fourth time, God and technology helped me.’'PAY ATTENTION: Download our mobile app to enjoy the latest news updateMeanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said his administration was slow in fighting corruption because the system is slow.The president said this when he received the resident of Federal Capital Territory community, who paid him Christmas homage at his official residence on Tuesday, December 25, in Abuja.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) upgrades to Legit.ng to serve its readers betterBuhari is the General Overseer of corruption | Legit TVSource: Legit.ng

Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson praises hubby in new throwback photo on Instagram ▷ Nigeria...

Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie always finds so much joy in singing praises of her husband, Prince Odi Okojie. The actress has never thrown shade at her husband on social media that would make people think they are having marital issues.On Thursday, January 17, Mercy Johnson happily posted a picture of her and her husband as she shared nice words. According to her, she disclosed that her husband is more than a king but a hero.Her post reads: “TBT with fine boy, onwale (esan language) @princeodiokojie, you are not a 'King'......You are more than a king, a king fights for his people but a hero fights for everyone...You are a Hero, My own Hero. Obulu twinny. Hey Friends.”READ ALSO: Nigerians react to Adekunle Gold and Simi's new music video which shows scenes from their weddingSee post below:Legit.ng earlier reported that Nollywood actor Emeka Ike is one Nigerian celebrity who does not joke with his children. He makes sure to flaunt them and also accord praises to them. Recently, the man who has four children was simply taken aback by how two of his kids had grown so much.PAY ATTENTION: Get your daily relationship tips and advice on Africa Love Aid groupSweet love!NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you betterUche Jombo interview at Star Chat: Nollywood Should Be Taxed Less | Legit TV.Source: Legit.ng

Angel Di Maria says he never had the best time at Manchester United ▷...

- Di Maria failed to replicate his fine form at Old Trafford after his big money move from Madrid- The Argentine was signed by United during Louis Van Gaal's spell at the club as manager- The 30-year-old spent just a season with the Red Devils before sealing a move to PSGParis Saint-Germain playmaker, Angel Di Maria, has reflected on his frustrating spell with Manchester United after his big money move from Real Madrid in 2014.Di Maria signed for the Red Devils when the club was experiencing turbulent times following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.The signing of the Argentine was announced during Louis Van Gaal's reign who had replaced David Moyes who had been sacked after a poor run of games.PAY ATTENTION: Become a member of the leading sports Facebook group 'Naija Football Fan Zone'However, the former Real Madrid star failed to replicate his fine form at Old Trafford, often attracting criticism from United fans.Di Maria eventually sealed a move to French giants, Paris Saint-Germain, where he has since rediscovered his feet and enjoying the best times of his footballing career.READ ALSO: Chelsea star Ruben Loftus Cheek denies rumors on having a male loverIn a candid interview ahead of his return to Old Trafford for the Champions League, the star winger has taken time out to mirror his disappointing spell with the Red Devils.The 30-year-old alluded to 'complications' under Van Gaal's management, admitting his time with the Premier League side was not the best in his career."I only stayed for one year. It was not the best time of my career, or rather I was not allowed to spend my best time there," Goal.com quoted the Argentine."There were complications with the coach at the time," he disclosed."But thank God, I was able to come to PSG and demonstrate again who I was," he added.PSG will face an in-form United side in the first leg of the round of 16 in the Champions League in a crunch match Di Maria is expected to feature on Tuesday, February 12.Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Premier League giants Manchester United appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjær as their new manager until the end of the ongoing 2018/19 Premier League season.The 45-year-old Norwegian football manager replaces former manager Jose Mourinho who was thrown out of the club because of poor results.He was joined by Mike Phelan as first-team coach, together with Michael Carrick and Kieran McKenna this season at Old Trafford.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng We have updated to serve you betterFerdinand reveals admiration for Okocha, why he quit boxing and Man U problems | Legit TVSource: Legit.ng

FG to get $1.1bn loan from Brazil to fund agric mechanisation – Finance minister

- The federal government has said that it will borrow the sum of $1.1 billion loan from Brazil- The minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, said that the fund will be to finance agricultural mechanisation in the country- The minister said that the entire operations of the mechanisation project will be supervised by the private sectorIn an effort to implement the 'Green Imperative' agricultural mechanisation scheme, the federal government has started making moves to get a $1.1billion loan from the Brazilian government.The Green Imperative is a Brazil-Nigeria bilateral project organised to aid the sector through the provision of modern technology, Daily Trust reports.READ ALSO: NAIJ.com upgrades to Legit.ng: a letter from our Editor-in-Chief Bayo OlupohundaThe minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, speaking during the launch of the project by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said the project will need that much fund from the south American government to finance it.The project we are launching today will be implemented with a total loan package of US$1.1billion majorly from the Brazilian Government which will be disbursed in four tranches over a period of two years.“It is pertinent to state here that greater percentage of the loan will be provided in kind through the supply of agricultural machineries and implements in form of Completely Knocked Down (CKD) parts.“This arrangement is expected to reduce fiduciary risks and create more employment opportunities for our teeming youth and those that will be involved in assembling the machineries and implements,” she said.She said the loan would be repaid through the proceeds from the projects, assuring that there was no cause for alarm.“We are not unaware of the concerns of many Nigerians about obtaining external loan. Let me assure you that this project is designed to repay the loan facility through its proceeds. The repayment will not bring any fiscal burden on the taxpayers,” she said.The minister said that the implementation, operations, the assembling of the machineries/implements, operation of the service centres and the agro-processing centres of the project will be overrun by the private sector.“The project will be implemented in all the 774 Local Government Areas of the country in phases. Let me use this opportunity to sensitize the Nigerian private sector, youth and women to get ready for business.PAY ATTENTION: Get the Latest Nigerian News Anywhere 24/7. Spend less on the Internet!“The selection of the participants in this project will be done on merit as our concern is nothing but the success of the project. We will ensure that participation is devoid of politics and any form of nepotism,” she said.Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the minister of finance, Zainab Ahmed, had said that the federal government had released not less than N100 billion sourced from the Sukuk bond in December 2018 for 28 road projects throughout the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.Zainab, handing over the cheque to the ministry of power, works and housing, said that the proceeds would be used to further support government capital spending for 2018, adding that each zone will get a fixed and equal allocation of N16.67bn.NAIJ.com (naija.ng) -> Legit.ng: Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!EXCLUSIVE: Be patient with President Buhari, Femi Adesina tells Nigerians | Legit TVSource: Legit.ng

Adamawa govt revives eagle which flew from Finland into fisherman’s net

The Adamawa State Government has revived an eagle which flew all the way from Finland, strayed into the net of a fisherman who took it, with health badly impaired, to the government.“The bird was weak and frail when we received it, and we had to call in a veterinary doctor from livestock who gave us perspectives of how such birds are maintained. He took samples from it and carried out some laboratory tests. The medical issue has been taken care of,” the state commissioner of Health, Dr John Ngamsa, said in a press interview Tuesday.Eagle has become a rare being that most Nigerians have never seen, and the Finish eagle which arrived Nigeria about a week ago has been attracting visitors to the Jimeta Children Amusement Park where it is being kept.The bird flew in along a migratory route through Nigeria’s Northeast, and the Adamawa government got it because it came down to the Benue river bank in Jimeta to try to get fish to eat, but the fisherman’s hook caught it.“The fisherman, recognizing the bird as a rare treasure, brought it to us, and it has become a source of much amusement as people have been trooping to the park to view it,” the commissioner said.The Finnish eagle flew into Adamawa with a tag on its leg, through which ministry officials traced it to its Finland starting point and started exchanging communication with the owners of the bird who apparently released it earlier as an experimental bird.The Tourism and Culture Commissioner said the search for the bird’s home country was also helped by a similar history, as the state government has experience of eagles travelling from Finland following a course across countries and over watercourses, including the River Benue, along the Jimeta bank of which the current eagle was taken.“One came like that last year. It had an identity, a tag on the leg that gave us the idea of where it came from,” the commissioner said, adding that the one of last year died on arrival and his office which has been able to revive the current one, is negotiating with its owners on the possibility of keeping it.“We’ve written to the Heisinki Art Museum in Finland and they have acknowledged. They asked for its picture and medical report, which we are building up. If they are on scientific research on the bird, we will collaborate with them. We are also looking at the possibility of keeping it for the purpose the museum is designed to achieve.”His information officer, Aida Assama, who has kept information flow between the state government and the Helsinki museum over the Finnish eagle, similarly expressed optimism over keeping the eagle.“We have a chance to keep the bird. As they have given us the permission to keep it so far, we can do a lot more, if not this particular bird, then a different one from them,” Aida said.She said Adamawa State deserves to have the specie as the Ministry of Tourism and Culture have done much through officials of the Jimeta Children Amusement Park to nurse the sick Finish bird back to life.

Boko Haram: Troops repel attack in Gajiram as about 50,000 IDPs move to Cameroon

The theatre command, Operation Lafiya Dole has revealed that troops deployed in Operational Forward Base in Gajiram have successfully repelled Boko Haram invasion of the operational area in northern Borno, northeast Nigeria.Onyema Nwachukwu, Colonel, Deputy Director Public Relations Theatre Command, Operation LAFIYA DOLE said, the troops have fiercely countered a group of Boko Haram terrorists who made frantic attempt to infiltrate Gajiram community on Tuesday, 15 January 2019.“The terrorists, wanting to take advantage of the cover of darkness to attack the town, were met with a prompt response of the vigilant troops who fiercely engaged them in combat, killing several and recovering weapons.“During the encounter, troops recovered 1 Ak 47 rifle, 2 Ak 47 Magazines, 1 Rocket Propelled Grenade Tube, 3 Rocket Propelled Grenade bombs, 4 Bomb Chargers, and Light Machine Gun Belt Links.“The gallant troops are currently on the trail of some of the terrorists’ survivors who fled the scene of the encounter.” The statement said.Meanwhile, thousands of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have fled their tents following gun battle between Nigerian troops and Boko Haram insurgents in Kala-Balge Local Government Area of Borno State.Sources earlier reported that at least 10 persons were killed and dozens wounded in the crossfire on Monday night after the insurgents stormed Rann.It would be recalled that several houses, including a military base and a United Nations hub, were razed by the militant group.Tuesday witnessed an exodus of displaced persons from their homes to Cameroon border to take refuge, with thousands already in Gamboru-Ngala.“It was a pathetic situation,” the source said.“We have about 50,000 displaced persons living in the camp at Rann. They were helpless; thousands of them said it was better for them to leave Rann for Cameroon than to stay back in Rann and get killed.” one of the IDPs said.

2019 elections: Ali Baba discloses reasons there are low adverts, publicity by political parties

Ahead of the coming 2019 election, popular comedian, Ali Baba has given reasons political parties are not campaigning intensively like the previous years.According to Ali Baba, lack of money and inaccessibility to public funds by politicians were responsible for the decrease in adverts for this year’s election.The ace comedian disclosed this in a post on his Instagram page.According to him, ‘All the places politicians used to take money are with TSA.”He wrote: “Have you heard of any election in Nigeria that is so quiet? No. You know why because there is no money. All the places these politicians used to take money for campaigns are with TSA.“Other places the monies are in cant be accessed because of BVN. Election is 1 month away, heavy adverts on radio and television have reduced, only posters and billboards. We shall overcome one day.”

APC crisis: Again, Tonye Cole, 22 others lose in Rivers court, will not participate...

The Court of Appeal sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State for the second time dismissed an appeal instituted by the All Progressives Congress, APC, challenging the ruling of the Justice Chiwendu Nworgu of the Rivers State High Court, which nullified the party’s Wards, Local Governments, and State Congresses.Recall that the Appeal Court had on December 12, last year, struck out the same appeal against the State High Court decision for filing out of the stipulated time in the constitution.Last Tuesday, the APC had approached the Court of Appeal again, challenging the ruling of the same court, stressing that the lower court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the matter on the first instance.But the visiting Appeal Court Panel constituted to handle the matter, struck it out on Wednesday, saying it was a pre-election matter.Delivering the judgment on behalf of the panel, on Wednesday, Justice C.N. Uwa stated that the matter, which the lower court handled was a pre-election issue and ought to have been appealed and disposed off within 60 days after the judgment of the lower court.Justice C.N Uwa stated that the panel’s hands are tied to go into the substantive case, stressing that a preliminary objection which bothers on the status of the case had earlier been taken by the same court.Uwa held that, where an action was status-bound, it means the court has no right to hear it, adding that the issue of filing out of time was a preliminary objection which is in itself a case.She held that the court would remain consistent in its rulings because the same court had earlier struck out the appeal on the issues of time of filing.“This is a pre-election matter. It has earlier been held by this same court in an appeal of the substantive matter. This court cannot seat against itself on the same matter.“The appeal is fundamentally defective. The court cannot go into the matter, as doing so will amount to an effort in futility.“It is unnecessary to continue on an appeal no matter the merit, which this court has held as status-bound. It would be an effort in futility to continue. This appeal is hereby struck out”, Justice Uwa stated.Speaking with Journalists after the judgment, Henry Bello, Counsel for Ibrahim Umar and other 22 aggrieved APC members explained that; there is no appeal pending in this Court of Appeal against the decision of the High Court of Rivers State delivered by Justice Chiwendu Nwogu on October 10, 2018.“This is that the judgment of the court on October 10, 2018, was validly made, subject to the decision of the Supreme Court in defending the appeals at the Supreme Court.“The implication is that as from today (16/01/2019), there is no more challenge at the Court of Appeal against that judgment of the lower court, the High Court of Rivers State in the suit by Ibrahim Umar and 22 others against All Progressives Congress (APC).“By this judgment, it is now declared null and void the indirect primary elections conducted in Rivers State by the APC”, Bello added.

Bishop predicts other states Boko Haram may overrun

The co-Chairman, Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace, Bishop Sunday Onuoha, has warned that the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-East may spread to Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa states, if the present security challenges in the country are left untackled.Onuoha said this at the 2nd IDFP General Assembly which held yesterday in Abuja with the theme: ‘2019 general elections and national security: The role of interfaith communities.’The cleric specifically said the kidnappings in the South-West, the armed robbery and militancy in the South-East and South-South also needed to be addressed urgently.He said the perceived lopsidedness in the leadership of the security forces should be addressed, pointing out that the security situation during the 2015 elections was not as bad as it is today.He said, “In Borno and Yobe States, the Boko Haram insurgency has taken a dangerous dimension, leading to increasing number of dead armed forces and Mobile Police personnel as well as the destruction of their equipment.“This sad situation could spread to states like Bauchi, Taraba, Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba leading to the displacement of thousands of people who will seek refuge in over-crowded Internally Displaced Persons’ camps.”The Bishop enjoined the faith community to pray for the success of the forthcoming elections and stability of the country while harping less on predictions of possible winner or loser of the presidential election.“We have over time built more powerful individuals while our institutions remain weak. Those who have presented themselves for elective positions should be willing to accept the outcome of the election,” Onuoha stressed.

$217.7bn stolen from Nigeria in 38 years

The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ibrahim Magu, has said that between 1970 and 2008, about $217.7 billion was stolen from Nigeria’s treasury.Magu said this during the conference of Online Publishers Association of Nigeria, held in Abuja.Represented by the EFCC Spokesman, Tony Orilade, Magu said: “In February 2015, a High-level panel on illicit Financial Flows from Africa constituted by the African Union under the chairmanship of the former President of South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, revealed that Nigeria ranked first among 10 African countries by Cumulative Illicit Financial flows between 1970 and 2008.“The total outflow from Nigeria for the period was $217.7 billion, constituting about 30.5 per cent of Africa’s total share.”Magu also said the investigation, arrests, prosecution and asset recoveries undertaken by EFCC over the years confirmed that the level of corruption in Nigeria was truly staggering.He said: “The various investigations, arrests, prosecution and asset recoveries we have been undertaking at the EFCC over the years have confirmed to us that the level of corruption in Nigeria us truly staggering.“Thus horrible and inhuman crime is being perpetrated by individuals and groups in both the private and public sectors all over the country.“The latter include serving and defunct state governors, cabinet ministers, high ranking officers, chief executives of parastatals, and top bureaucrats in the state and federal government agencies.“The alarming rate of corruption committed by these unpatriotic elements can be partly seen in the number of convictions secured by the EFCC from Nigerian courts since I assumed duty as the head of the Commission in 2015.“The figure stands at 103 in 2015, 195 (2016), 189 (2017) and 312 for the period January to November 2018.“The total figure for the period January 2015 to 2018 is a mind blowing 799 convictions.“In the process of such convictions, the EFCC recovered: N794.5 billion, $261 million, £1.1 million, 8.1 million euro and CFA 86,500.“Other recoveries under my tenure include: Seized 407 mansions, 281 under interim forfeiture and 126 under final forfeiture.“Confiscated hundreds of filling stations, petroleum products, real estate, heavy machineries and investment shares.“Seized 87 lands, 56 under interim forfeiture and 42 under final forfeiture.”