President Buhari declares June 12 Democracy Day

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – For years, Nigerians have called for June 12 to be recognised as Democracy Day and a national holiday in honour of late Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the 1993 presidential election. But successive governments have ignored this call.

So Nigerians expressed great excitement as President Buhari declared June 12 a national public holiday.

President Buhari has directed that effective from 2019, Nigeria’s Democracy Day celebrated every May 29 for the past 18 years will be shifted to June 12 in honour of Abiola.

Data from the 1993 presidential election polls showed that Abiola won the election. But the military government of Ibrahim Babangida refused to swear him into office.

Abiola was later imprisoned by Sani Abacha’s military government in his struggle to actualise his electoral mandate and he died in prison in 1998.

In addition to declaring June 12 Democracy Day, President Buhari conferred Abiola with the highest national award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (GCFR), an award that is exclusively conferred on incumbent and former presidents.

According to report, a statement by the presidency on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, said:

‘For the past 18 years, Nigerians have been celebrating May 29th, as Democracy Day. That was the date when for the second time in our history, an elected civilian administration took over from a military government. The first time this happened was on October 21st, 1979. But in the view of Nigerians, as shared by this Administration, June 12th, 1993, was far more symbolic of Democracy in the Nigerian context than May 29th or even the October 1st.

‘June 12th, 1993 was the day when Nigerians in millions expressed their democratic will in what was undisputedly the freest, fairest and most peaceful elections since our Independence. The fact that the outcome of that election was not upheld by the then military Government does not distract from the democratic credentials of that process.

‘Accordingly, after due consultations, the Federal government has decided that henceforth, June 12th will be celebrated as Democracy Day. Therefore, Government has decided to award posthumously the highest honour of the land, GCFR, to late Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the Junes 12th 1993 cancelled elections. His running mate as Vice President, Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe, is also to be invested with a GCON. Furthermore, the tireless fighter for human rights and the actualization of the June 12th elections and indeed for Democracy in general, the late Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN is to be awarded the GCON.

‘The investiture will take place on Tuesday June 12th, 2018, a date which in future years will replace May 29th as a National Public Holiday in celebration of Nigeria Democracy Day.’

Babgana Kingibe, the running mate of Abiola in the 1993 election, was also awarded with the second highest national award the Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON).

While Gani Fawehinmi, Nigeria’s foremost pro-democracy activist is also to receive the GCON award.

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Buhari visits Benue first time since New Year killings

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Today, Monday, March 12, 2018, President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari arrived in Benue to console the people of the middle-belt state over the New Year killings.

According to report, the president arrived Benue earlier today at about 10:43am. He was billed to visit Governor Samuel Ortom and the Tor-Tiv, Professor James Ayatse, as well as the victims and stakeholders of the killings which reportedly claimed 73 lives.

Buhari is also expected to visit Exercise Cat Race Camp where military troops on the mission to curb terrorist attack in the region were based and internally displaced persons (IDPs) at Gbajimba, Guma Local Government Area headquarters.

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Fayose to officially declare ambition for 2019 presidential election

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – According to report, Governor of Ekiti, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, will officially declare his ambition to contest for president in the forthcoming election under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a letter addressed to leaders of the party, Fayose confirmed that he will officially declare his intention to contest for 2019 presidential election under PDP. The governor boasted of becoming the next president of Nigeria.

Report says the event is billed for the Golden Hall, Chelsea Hotel, Abuja at 11am tomorrow, Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Lere Olayinka, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Public Communications and New Media, said that Fayose assured in the letter that his presidential ambition was without prejudice to the party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and Nigeria.

The letter read:

‘It is with deep sense of responsibility that I write to inform you of my intention to seek the ticket/mandate of our party to contest the 2019 Presidential election, considering your support
and commitment towards our great party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) it becomes imperative to keep you informed and seek your support.

‘This ambition however is without prejudice to our party’s position, but in the overall interest of the party and our country.

‘I urge that all hands should be on deck to ensure victory at the 2019 presidential election.

‘Accept the assurances of my highest regards as a determined presidential hopeful.’

On his chances, if given the mandate by PDP, Governor Fayose claimed:

‘I have penchant for taking powers; that one in Buhari’s hand, I will take it. I’m going straight to that Villa. I’m the next president.’

See copy of letter in the photo below:





The national rat meme

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Who would have thought that Nigeria would get a rat meme? But here we are with all sorts of rat meme being shared on social media by Nigerians.

The story behind these memes is as shameful as rats are reckoned themselves.

After spending 104 days on medical leave in London, Nigeria’s ailing President Buhari had returned to Nigeria on August 19 to the delight of majority of Nigerians. There was heavy jubilation.

While most of those ecstatic citizens were expecting the president to resume to office and get up to speed on the situation of the country, a presidential spokesperson had told journalists that President Buhari will work from home as rodents (rats) have damaged his official office.

The news was quick to spread and many Nigerians reacted with disappointment. Rat memes made a huge part of the reactions.

Firstly, many people have found it very difficult to comprehend the news, including me.

On one hand, it suggested that for about 100 days which the president was in London there was no provision in place for the cleaning of his office. On the other hand, it depicted an improper management of the environment of the presidency. All which does not reflect the seriousness and competence expected from a government that has emphatically capitalised on the promise of change and anti-corruption.

If Buhari’s administration have been unable to manage rats on the premises of the presidency, how do you trust it would be able to fulfill its promise of change and fight against corruption? With this degree of sloppiness, it is difficult to trust it.



Buhari: Tip suggests ailing Nigerian president returns on July 27

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Over 60 days after leaving Nigeria to continue his medical vacation in London, a tip by journalists reveal that Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will return to Nigeria on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

President Buhari has been travelling forth and back to treat an undisclosed illness.

Ever since the president has embarked on his medical vacation, several political adversaries have taken advantage of the situation to either tarnish the image of the president or scuttle his administration.

According to report, former minister of petroleum resources, Tam David-West said that President would shock Nigerians positively when he returns from his medical trip to London hale and hearty.

The former minister also hinted that the president may shock Nigerians with cabinet reshuffle and a major rethinking of method of governance.

In another report, the president’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, describes President Buhari as ‘a reformed democrat, a pious man’ who will never move against those calling him all sorts of names in the past two years.

Adesina also likened people calling the president all sorts of names to the biblical ‘descendants of Shimei’ in his feature article titled ‘PMB and the Descendants of Shimei‘.



Buhari arrives London for medical checkup

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA –

After receiving the 82 released Chibok girls at the presidential villa in Abuja on Sunday, May 7, President Muhammad Buhari left Nigeria for further medical checkup in the United Kingdom (UK).

On arriving at London, he reportedly tweeted to reassure Nigerians that his administration will run smoothly in his absence.

His (@MBuhari) tweet read:

‘As I noted earlier, I have absolute confidence that government will continue to run smoothly while I’m away. God bless the Federal Republic.’

In his absence Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will act as president.

Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina, disclosed that the duration of the president’s stay in London will be determined by doctors.



Buhari to return to London to continue medical vacation

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA –

After returning to Nigeria on Friday, March 10, 2017, from a 51-day vacation in London during which he had routine medical checkups, President Muhammadu Buhari is to return to London again in three weeks, according to a new report.

International journalists say this is a clear indication that President Buhari’s return was ‘premature and motivated by politcal pressure from some of his closest associates’.

The report gathered suggests that members of Buhari’s medical team in the UK had advised against his return to Nigeria this time. It also explains that members of Buhari’s political party who fear that their influence was about to slip away had pressured the frail and still ill president to return to Nigeria in order to quell rumours that he was too ill to continue in office.

Journalists claim that some undisclosed sources had always maintained that Mr. Buhari’s doctors in the UK advised him to spend as much as four months in order to undergo the full regimen of treatment for his health crises. According to the sources, Buhari’s health problem include s a prostrate condition as well as Crohn’s disease that had wreaked havoc on his appetite, leading to consistent weight loss.

The president tried to describe the degree of his illness, saying he had never been this sick his entire life and disclosing that he had blood transfusion.

Shortly after arriving at Aso Rock on Friday, Buhari retired to his residence and asked Vice President Osinbajo to continue acting as president while he continues resting and recovering.

In his arrival speech to Nigerians, Buhari expressed his gratitude in a shaky voice to all Nigerians, including Christians and Muslims, who have prayed and continued to pray for his quick recovery. He says the best way to repay their good wishes was to rededicate himself to serving them, protecting their interest and keeping their trust.

Zaria residents hold prayer session for speedy recovery of President Buhari

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA –

The prayer session which lasted about two hours was attended by special guests of honour and many well wishers at Kofar Doka Eid ground from 9am to 11am on Sunday, March 5, 2017.

The guests of honour at the prayer session included the Emir of Zazzau and Chairman of the Kaduna State Council of chiefs, Alh. Shehu Idris CFR, whose messege read by the District Head of Rahma Alh. Bashari Muhammad called upon the people to always say what is good otherwise they should keep silent. He added that, ‘When a president is sick, Nigeria is sick. I urge people to pray for their leaders in other to succeed.’

Also another guest, Justice Muttaqa Commasie said that, ‘We elected our president and we are bound to pray for him so that the spirit of God will lead him to take only decisions that can get Nigeria going right.’

The prayer session was attended by hundreds of people, Islamic preachers, politicians and influential people across the city of Zaria.