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President Muhammadu Buhari recently returned to Nigeria after nearly 2 months abroad

 The Presidency has assured Nigerians that President Muhammadu Buhari will resume work today, although it tried to downplay expectations about the president’s speed at work.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu gave the assurance last night that Buhari will resume work today. But he was also reported by This Day to have cautioned against expecting the president to resume work in a “dramatic way”. Garba reportedly said the president needed a careful and slow resumption of duty.

 Shehu also said  that Buhari would transmit a letter to the National Assembly today in order to formally notify the legislature of his return to the country.

“God willing, the letter will be sent there (the National Assembly) tomorrow (today). God willing, Mr President will be in the office tomorrow (today),” Shehu stated.

President Buhari had returned to the country in the wee hours of Friday, 50 days after he departed for the United Kingdom on a medical vacation.

While Buhari was away, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo acted as president.

Buhari had, at a reception held at the First Lady’s Conference Room of the State House on Friday, explained that he deliberately returned to the country towards the weekend “so that the vice president will continue and I will continue to rest.”

Daily Trust reports that President Buhari had, since his return, retired to his official residence at the Aso Rock Villa.

The president did not attend the Jum’aat prayer at the State House Mosque on Friday.

His Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, had Friday said via his Twitter handle, @FemAdesina, that Buhari would transmit a letter to the National Assembly today in order to make his return to work formal and constitutional.

Adesina was then dismissing reports that President Buhari had asked Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to continue as acting president.

The Constitution requires the president to transmit a letter to the National Assembly notifying it that he wish to resume his functions as president.




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Nigeria may lose the oil production exemption granted it and Libya by the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as a result of production disruptions, it was gathered at the weekend.

These disruptions were occasioned by attacks on infrastructure in the two countries.

Nigeria’s exemption may have to go because the peace moves of the Federal Government in the Niger-Delta region have started yielding dividends, as the militants have agreed to give peace a chance. Crude oil production has moved to about 1.8million barrels per day (bpd), according to government sources.

An oil industry stakeholder, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Nigeria, has demonstrated strong resolve to settle its internal problems, as well as improving crude oil production greatly.

He said the country may by May 25 stop enjoying production exemption once it is able to stop violence perpetrated by militants and its resultant effects on oil production.

The source said: ‘’Nigeria appears well on the way to full restoration of its output that could see it pressured by its fellow OPEC members to end its exemption from the production agreement.” An energy accountant with the University of Ibadan, Prof Adeola Akinnisiju, said the development is good for the country, which has seen its oil output fall drastically in recent times.

He said the country is fighting militancy and recession in the global oil market and its attendant fall in the international prices of crude oil, adding that the problems are going to be over soon.

Akinnisiju said: “If the prices of crude oil can increase from $20 per barrel of crude oil to $52 and later $56 per barrel within two weeks and militant activities dropped significantly, all in one year, then brighter days are ahead of Nigeria. Oil is the major source of revenue in the country, providing over 70 per cent of Nigeria’s exports.  The Federal Government is having problems getting money for its budget, a development, which has slowed down current and capital expenditure.’’

He urged stakeholders to provide an enabling environment for the industry, arguing that the sector can only thrive in a crisis-free environment.

The Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), MaikantiBaru, said OPEC is monitoring the exemptions granted Nigeria and Libya. He said the development became necessary, in order to determine the next line of action for the two countries.

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Former Attorney-General Mohammed Bello Adoke

Former Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice Mohammed Bello Adoke has said that three former Presidents endorsed the Settlement Agreement on the controversial $1.6billion Malabu Oil Block.

They are Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the late Umaru Yar’Adua and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Adoke said none of the three Presidents has disowned the agreement.

He listed ex-ministers who played key roles in resolving the conflict on the oil block. They are a former AGF and Minister of Justice Bayo Ojo,  former Minister of Petroleum Resources King Edmund Daukoru; ex-Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke and former Minister of Finance  Olusegun Aganga.

He said the recent actions of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) tended to impugn the Settlement Agreement.

He insisted that the Ministry of Justice, which he superintended, only facilitated the Settle Agreement.

The EFCC has filed charges  against Adoke,  a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Chief Dan Etete, a businessman, Aliyu Abubakar and eight others over alleged $801million bribe in respect of the auctioning of Malabu Oil Block.

The others are Shell Nigeria Exploration Production Company Limited;  Nigeria Agip  Exploration Limited; ENI SPA; Malabu Oil and Gas Limited; Ralph Wetzels(ex- Director of SNEPCO), Casula Roberto(Italian) whilst being the Director of AGIP; Pujatti Stefeno(Italian) while being the Director in AGIP; and Burafato Sebastiano(Italian).

But  Adoke, in a March 6 letter to Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mallam Abubakar Malami (SAN), asked the AGF to determine whether he had committed any offence for carrying out presidential approvals.

He asked Malami to tell Nigerians whether his predecessors in office from 2006 to May 2015 acted in the national interest when they brokered and implemented the Settlement Agreement.

He urged Malami to clarify to Nigerians the import of Section 5 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) with respect to the vesting of all the Executive powers of the Federation in the President to exercise by himself and or through his Ministers and appointees.

He said: “It will be recalled that the Terms of Settlement encapsulating details of the Settlement between the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) and Malabu Oil & Gas Limited (Malabu) was executed on 30th November, 2006.

“The Terms of Settlement, which was later, reduced into a Consent Judgment of the Federal High Court; Abuja was brokered by our predecessor in office, Chief Bayo Ojo, SAN and signed on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria by the then Honourable Minister of State, for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Edmund Daukoru, during the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo.

”When I assumed office on 10th April 2010, I inherited a Consent Judgment, which had undergone the scrutiny of three Presidents and Attorneys General. I was therefore restricted to the implementation of the Settlement as the issue of ownership of OPL 245 had already been resolved in favour of Malabu by the Terms of Settlement dated 30th November 2006 and the Consent Judgment of the FHC, Abuja.

“I also inherited an on-going Investor/State Arbitration at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Dispute (ICSID) in which SNUD had initiated arbitral proceedings against the FGN claiming damages in excess of $2billion for taking back OPL 245 re-awarded to them when Malabu’s title was initially revoked by the FGN. SNUD’s claims were also premised on the fact that they had substantially de-risked the Block.

“Malabu also instituted Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/420/2003, before the Federal High Court (FHC), Abuja to enforce its claim to OPL 245. Although, the suit was struck out by the FHC, Malabu lodged Appeal No. CA/A/99M/2006 before the Court Appeal, Abuja, Division.

“During the pendency of the Appeal, an amicable settlement was entered into between Malabu and the Federal Government and in compliance with the Terms of Settlement executed by the Parties on the 30th of November 2006, OPL 245 was fully and completely restored to Malabu in consideration for its withdrawal of the Appeal. (Copy of the Terms of Settlement dated 30th November is attached as Annexure ‘A’)

”Apparently dissatisfied with the Terms of Settlement between the Federal Government and Malabu, SNUD commenced arbitral proceedings against the decision of the Federal Government to restore/re-allocate OPL 245 to Malabu at the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington DC, and made representations to government on the impending arbitration. It is instructive to note that SNUD’s claim before ICSID was in excess of US$2billion. It also commenced a suit against the Government before the Federal High Court, Abuja

“Although, several meetings were held between the Presidency, Ministry of Petroleum Resources, SNUD and Malabu, to resolve the dispute, no satisfactory outcome was achieved. Attempts were also made in 2007 to resolve the dispute by a Committee comprising the Honourable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Minister of Energy, Group Managing Director, NNPC and DPR, during the administration of Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, without success

“ To resolve all the contending claims in a satisfactory and holistic manner, due regard was given to the Terms of Settlement of 30th November 2006 which had been reduced to Orders of the Court, the underlying policy of encouraging the participation of indigenous oil and gas companies in the upstream sector of the oil industry and the fact that Shell had substantially de-risked Block 245.

“To accommodate all these interests, a Resolution Agreement dated 29th April, 2011 was executed wherein the FGN agreed to resolve all the issues with Malabu in respect of Block 245 amicably and Malabu also agreed that it would settle and waive any and all claims to any interest in OPL 245. (Copy of the Resolution Agreement is attached as Annexure ‘D’).

“ In furtherance of the Resolution Agreement, SNUD and ENI agreed to pay Malabu through the Federal Government acting as an obligor, the sum of US$ 1,092,040,000 Billion in full and final settlement of any and all claims, interests or rights relating to or in connection with Block 245 and Malabu agreed to settle and waive any and all claims, interests or rights relating to or in connection with Block 245 and also consented to the re-allocation of Block 245 to Nigerian Agip Exploration Limited (NAE) and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company Limited (SNEPCO).

Adoke insisted that the Federal Government and its agencies and officials only served as facilitators of the Settlement Agreement.

He added: “It is therefore quite evident from the foregoing that the role played by the Federal Government, its agencies and officials in relation to Block 245 was essentially that of facilitator of the resolution of a long standing dispute between Malabu and SNUD over the ownership and right to operate Block 245.

“At all times material to the resolution of the dispute, the Federal Government was not aware of any subsisting third party interest in Malabu’s claim to OPL 245 and neither did any person or company apply to be joined in the negotiations as an interested party.

”I wish to reiterate that the resolution of the lingering dispute over Block 245 was in furtherance of Government’s demonstrable commitment to attract investment in the oil and gas sector of the economy and encourage genuine investors (local and foreign) by creating the enabling environment for their business to thrive.

“ The Office of the Attorney General superintended over the process to ensure that the implementation was holistic by ensuring:

(a)  that the requisite Presidential Approvals were sought and obtained;

(b) that all the relevant MDAs such the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Ministry of Finance, the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were involved in the resolution and final implementation of the Settlement;

(c) that the relevant Agreements such as OPL 245 Resolution and Re-allocation Agreements were duly executed by line Ministers and Departments;

(d) that the Signature bonus was duly paid to the Federal Government of Nigeria as required by law, and

(e) that disbursements from the escrow account were jointly approved by the Federal Government and SNUD.”

Adoke urged the AGF to find out why he was singled out by the Economic and Financial Crimes for prosecution.

He said: “ In view of the foregoing, I anxiously want to know where I went wrong that I have been singled out by the EFCC for prosecution.

”I wish to use this medium to appeal to the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation to be mindful of his overarching powers over public prosecution and the need to ensure that state institutions do not become persecutors or instruments in the hands of those pursuing personal vendetta.

“The Constitution and the traditions of our noble profession demand your oversight over public prosecution. Consequently, if you find that I had breached my Oath of Office or abused my office, please do not hesitate to bring me to justice.

“However, if it is the contrary, as I strongly believe, that certain individuals who had vowed to even scores with me are now being aided by state institutions such as the EFCC; I deserve protection from these unwarranted attacks and dehumanising treatment that I am being subjected to merely because I chose to serve my fatherland.”

Adoke faulted the filing of separate charges against him by the EFCC and asked Malami to speak out.

He said:  “As the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, you have a public duty to speak on this matter so that Nigerians would know whether I acted mala fide or abused my office in the entire transaction leading to the final implementation of the Settlement.”


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CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen being sworn in by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

Walter Onoghen was today sworn in as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN). He was equally bestowed with the Nigeria’s second highest national honour, the Grand Commander of the Order of Niger ( GCON).

The swearing-in was conducted by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo inside the council chambers of Aso Rock presidential villa, Abuja.

Mr. Onnoghen, a native of Cross River state, was first appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as acting CJN on November 10, 2016 after the retirement of former CJN, Mahmoud Mohammed.

Mr. Osinbajo returned his name to the Nigerian Senate for confirmation as substantive CJN on February 8.

The Senate screened and confirmed him on March 1.

Mr. Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari had asked him to let the new CJN know that he was assuming office at a time “when all arms of government suffers from loss of confidence from the people”.

He also said Mr. Buhari expressed the belief that the tenure of the new CJN will help revive and sustain the people’s confidence.

Mr. Osinbajo said it was time to show Nigerians that the choice they made in bringing in the administration was the right one.

Speaking earlier, the new CJN said his complete loyalty was with the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He pledged to continue to keep to his oath of office and solicited the cooperation of all Nigerians.

Mr. Onnoghen said the key to achieving good governance in Nigeria lies in respecting the rule of law.

“To Nigerians who had kept the faith, some have even fasted, I say a big thank you,” he said.

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Acting President Yemi Osinbajo

In continuation of his fact-finding tour to oil-producing in the country, Acting President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo, on Monday in Benin City, Edo State, stated that Nigeria’s oil-producing communities have suffered neglect and development due to the insensitivity and corrupt activities of leaders and politicians entrusted with positions of trust.

He however gave the assurance that the federal government’s new era and vision aimed at developing oil-bearing communities and other areas will boost development, unity and peaceful coexistence.

Prof Osinbajo stated this during the stakeholders meeting held at the Dr Samuel Ogbemudia College, Benin City, where stakeholders poured out their minds about the challenges that were being faced by oil-producing communities in Edo State and probable solutions to them.

Those who spoke before the Acting President included Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachikwu; Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and environmentalists, Rev David Ugolor.

Rev Ugolor said if the Federal government was determined to develop the Niger Delta, focus should be shifted from testifying traditional institutions to the people.

A mild drama ensued midway into the programme as youths from oil-producing communities staged a protest that stalled the event for about 30 minutes until they were prevailed upon by some notable personalities including Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, who took time to talk to the youths.

The youths were particularly irked that the Acting President did not visit their communities unlike when he visited Rivers and some other states, pointing out that they were not being accorded due respect as critical stakeholders in the development of the Niger Delta.

They also complained that they were not allowed to make their presentation at the event, vowing to make oil prospecting hard for multinational firms if their communities were not given due attention in the scheme of things.

Speaking after the unrest by the youths, Governor Obaseki said Edo was big part of oil-producing state in Nigeria with 38 oil-producing communities and 205 oil flowing wells, adding that “we have had our own share of neglect that has become a major threat to the state socio-economic development.”

In his speech, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani, noted that the federal government was committed to completing ongoing projects in the Niger Delta region, most notably the East West Road, appealing to the state government to work with his ministry in order to complete the projects and start new ones.

In his address, Acting President Yemi Osibanjo said federal government’s plan was to ensure that the team visited all the oil-producing communities, but time did not allow for such due to the planned closure of the Abuja Airport, stressing that further arrangements would be made for a repeat visit.

He read the riot act to contractors handling government projects in the Niger Delta, especially those handling projects awarded by the Niger Development Commission (NDDC), assuring that an audit body would soon be constituted to look into all the contract awards and funds spent on the projects with a view to bringing the overall spendings before the Federal Executive Council for necessary action.

He said as an “emissary of President Muhammadu Buhari,  the visit was aimed at engaging the people and the leadership to seek for better understanding and concerns as well as offer the oil communities a new vision and a new compass.”

The Acting President said, “I have listened to several of the complaints in several areas. I can tell you precisely how much had been voted in several of our own communities but there is no sign of development in those areas.”

“I can tell you how many of these projects are supposed to have been completed and when you look into some books, they said they had been completed but they have not been completed.”

They have not been done, many have not even been started at all. That is the story not just in the oil-producing communities of Edo State but the story everywhere.”

“We are committed to everyone of the things that we say we want to do. It does not make sense for leadership to look at the plight of the people, especially in the oil producing areas.”

“This is the source of the wealth of the nation and to ignore the people even if it is for a while; the time will come when you can no longer ignore them.”

“So o there is no question at all that we are committed to doing what we said we would do and that is a pledge coming directly from Mr President himself, President Muhammad Buhari.”

He promised a wholistic partnership between the federal government, governments at all levels, oil firms and the civil society groups towards the development of the oil-bearing communities.

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Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President of Nigeria

Former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described Nigeria’s political system as a mockery of true federalism, saying restructuring and merging of some states remain the panacea to the challenges facing the country.

He said this yesterday while delivering the Annual Professor Ademola Popoola public lecture of the Faculty of Law at Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, with the theme: “The constitutional and political framework for reconstructing Nigeria for true federalism and national integration.”

According to him: “There is no doubt that many of our states are not viable and were not viable from the start, once you take away the federal government allocations from Abuja.

“We have to find creative ways to make them viable in a changed federal system. Collaboration among states in a region or zone will help.

“We can examine the possibility of using the existing geopolitical zones as federating units. We can also find other ways to determine the viability of states, for example by introducing a means of test such that a state that is unable to generate a certain percentage of its expenditures internally for a specified period of time will be deemed unviable and collapsed into another or a group of states,” he said.

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Walter Onnoghen, Chief Justice of Nigeria

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo will today swear in Justice Walter Onnoghen as Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Presidency sources disclosed yesterday that the inauguration would take place at 9:00am inside the Council Chambers of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Justice Onnoghen’s nomination was last week confirmed by the Senate.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on extended vacation in the United Kingdom, had last November inaugurated Onnoghen as acting CJN sequel to the retirement of Justice Mahmud Mohammed.

The acting president had on February 7 forwarded Onnoghen’s nomination to the Senate.

Onnoghen will be the 20th person to occupy the position since 1914, according to judiciary records.

Sixty-six year-old Walter Samuel Onnoghen has been a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria since 2005.

He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to succeed, in acting capacity, Justice Mahmood Muhammed in November last year.

He graduated from the University of Ghana at Legon, Ghana in 1977 and from the Nigerian Law School in Lagos in 1978.

Before joining the Supreme Court, he was a judge in Cross River State and a justice of the Court of Appeal.

Onnoghen was born on the 22 December 1950 at Okurike Town, Biase local government area of Cross Rivers State.

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Jailed former governor Bala Ngilari

A Yola High Court on Monday sentenced a former  Governor of Adamawa state, Mr James Bala Ngilari, to five years in prison without the option of fine. Ngilari governed Adamawa from October 1st, 2014 to May 29, 2015. He was of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was found  guilty of the   corruption charge filed against him by Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. The case was filed in September 2016.

The court presided over by Justice Nathan Musa,  acquitted the former Secretary to the State Government, Mr Andrew Welye, and Former Commissioner of Finance, Mr Sunday Lamurde, who stood trial with the former governor on same offenses of 17 count charges.

Delivering judgement, Justice Musa, said that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that Ngilari violated the Public Procurement Act of the state by awarding contract for the procurement of 25 vehicles for his commissioners at the cost of N167 million without following due process.

He said Ngilari’s action amounted to executive lawlessness.

Musa said that the five years was the least he could give Ngilari,  whose lawyer, Mr Samuel Toni (SAN) pleaded for leniency “in view of his (Ngilari) invaluable contribution while he was the governor of the state during the trying moment of insurgency.”

Musa said that Ngilari would serve the sentence in the prison of his choice in the country “but for now he should start with Yola prison.”

Musa expressed hope that the conviction and sentence of Ngilari would serve as a deterrent to serving governors who engage in doing things without following due process.

“It is my hope that this conviction and sentence will serve as deterrent to serving governors..”

The judge however discharged and acquitted Welye and Lamurde, saying that the prosecutor could not prove the case against them.

Ngilari told newsmen before he was taken away from the court that he would appeal the sentence.

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Malta Guinness in partnership with Ebony life TV recently launched a new drama series titled Life 101 at a premier event which took place at the Imax Film House Cinema, Lekki on Wednesday– 1st March, 2017. The event was fully lit with guests on the Yellow carpet looking frosh and glamourous as they were treated to an evening of fun, laughter, food and lots of Malta Guinness inspired cocktails.

Life 101; a fresh campus youth drama about four childhood friends who leave their high school years behind and head for University oblivious of what lies ahead. The story is about life, love, laughter and four friends who cannot stay out of trouble. Life 101 is an exciting series that promises to deliver a unique viewing experience as the drama series unfolds in the next 20 weeks showcasing the everyday challenges being faced by the average Nigerian youth and how they are able to relish and overcome each one with vigor and a Can-do attitude.

The Life 101 project kicked off in August, 2016 with over 1000 participants in exciting auditions held across Lagos, Port-Harcourt, Calabar and Benin after which the final fourteen (14) lead cast were selected from the pool of many talented young acts.


Speaking at the premiere, Guinness Nigeria Marketing and Innovations Director- Rob Hobart, said“The process was a very humbling one and we are so proud to be a part of this wonderful end product. We are especially proud of the cast and crew and of the result of all their hard work.”


“This partnership is one we are especially pleased with, because it gives us an opportunity to showcase our passion and support for the art and creative industry in Nigeria, because we truly believe in the youth of this great country. This project also brings to life the brand purpose of Malta Guinness as it seeks to fuel the Can-Do spirit of every Nigerian and enable them to achieve their dreams.”

Also speaking at the event, the Chief Executive Officer of Ebonylife TV and Ebony Life Films, Mo Abudu, thanked the Malta Guinness team for partnering with them on the Life 101 project.


“Life 101 is a product of resilience and talent. I want to congratulate everyone that came together to make the show a reality; the cast, crew, and of course Malta Guinness team. The life 101 cast is made of new talents and we are excited about the potentials the future holds for this project. Ebony life is always interested in nurturing new talents and we are glad Malta Guinness joined us in this project as the Malta Guinness team was fully involved in every phase of this project” She said.


Also in attendance were Ifeoma Agu, Brand Manager Malta Guinness and Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Oyo Otome, Marketing Manager- Malta Guinness and Non-Alcoholic Drinks, Mo Abudu, CEO of Ebony Life TV and Ebony Life Films,Heidi Uys, Head of Programming, Kelani Jubril, Asst. Brand Manager-Malta Guinness and Non-Alcoholic Drinks and many others.


The series stars EmekaNwagbaraocha, Benjamin Touitou, Patrick Fakoya, Paulette Iwenjiora, Flora Chiedo, Pearl Wats, Malachi Alozie, TegaOlose, ChiagoziemNwakanm, Shadrach Iwebendu, Jeffery Achu, EfaIwara, Kester Oshioreame, and AbimbolaAdemoye.


The Life 101 Drama Series is one to look out for every week from next WednesdayMarch 8th, 2017 by 8pm on ELTV channel 165. It promises to be filled with intrigue, suspense, comedy and Life lessons for all.

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan

The Federal Government has urged former President Goodluck Jonathan to stop engaging in finger-pointing over the issue of the Chibok girls who were abducted under his watch, calling such action an unnecessary distraction from ongoing efforts to secure the release of the girls who remain in captivity, long after they were abducted.

The advice was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, following the former President’s reaction to the report by a British newspaper that the British armed forces’ offer to attempt to rescue the girls were rebuffed by then President Jonathan.

”While former President Jonathan reserves the right to defend his Administration, he should not engage in finger-pointing by saying, in a statement, that ‘some people who have obviously been playing politics with the issue of the Chibok girls will stop at nothing to further their interest’,” the Minister said.

He said if anyone ever played politics with the issue of Chibok girls, it was the Administration under whose watch the girls were abducted.

”After the girls were kidnapped and the Jonathan Administration did nothing for all of 15 days or make any determined efforts to rescue them thereafter, our party, the then opposition APC, told the nation several times that the whole Boko Haram crisis was allowed to escalate by the PDP-controlled Federal Government so they can use it as a political tool ahead of the 2015 elections.

”In a statement on 8 Sept. 2014, we said: ‘President Jonathan-PDP’s political manipulation of the Boko Haram has to be understood as part of its poker-like calculus for clinging on to political power ahead of the 2015 elections. The Boko Haram crisis is readily used by the PDP to rationalize the Jonathan Government’s abdication of its constitutional responsibilities, including visits and assistance to areas affected as well as effective response to abductions (e.g. the GEJ government was silent over the Chibok girls kidnaps for over 15 days)’,

”Two-and-a-half years after that statement, we have been vindicated by the report that claimed President Jonathan rebuffed an attempt by the British government to help rescue the girls. We hope the former President will now refrain from stoking further controversy over the lingering abduction issue and allow the government of the day to focus on its ongoing negotiations to secure the release of the Chibok girls,” Alhaji Mohammed said.