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2023 Presidency : I’m competent but not desperate to lead Nigeria – Orji Kalu

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Chief Whip of the Senate and Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has declared ahead of the 2023 general elections that though he is ready for the campaigns and capable to lead the country he is not desperate to become President.

Fielding questions from journalists at the National Assembly on Wednesday, a day after he visited President Buhari at the Presidential villa on Tuesday night, the Senate Chief Whip emphasised that the Presidential contest will be the collective decision of Nigerians and the zoning arrangement of the Political parties particularly his party the ruling All Progressive’s Congress.

The former Governor however maintained that the Southeast region was overdue to Produce the next President of the country, he added that there were only two zones yet to produce the President which were the Southeast and Northeast geo Political zones.

Kalu stressed that his visit to President Buhari was a usual one adding that their relationship has spanned for years before he became President. He disclosed that their discussions were centered on national issues with regards to security, electoral laws and the welfare of the country.

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He said “This is not the first time I’m going to see the President. People usually go in the afternoon but I went in the night to avoid the press.

“I go there regularly.It’s a family affair and I went there to discuss national issues with regards to security, well being of our country and the issue of the electoral law and the discussion was very fruitful.

When asked if he informed the President of his Presidential Ambition.

He responded “Has the party zoned the ticket to the Southeast? It’s only when the party zone is officially to the South. I have said before that there are only two zones that have not been President : the Southeast and the Northeast. Once it’s zoned to the Southeast I have the capacity and the capability I will roll out my campaign and rock like a hurricane”.

“It’s overdue for an Igboman to become a Nigerian President, I believe the Southeast should produce the next President and it’s going to happen ”.

Kalu said those against the Igbos from producing the next president of Nigeria were not being fair to the South-East and North-East geopolitical zones which had never produced the President since 1999.

He said those already pushing are not being fair to the feelings of Nigerians.

“They are not serious. A serious minded person will like to be fair to Nigeria, to be fair to the society and be fair to the atmosphere because this party is not owned by me or by you the press people. It is only APC people that can decide where the party ticket will go,If they zone it to the Southeast I have all it takes to make a good President”.

The Abia North Senator said that he would pursue his Presidential Ambition with other geopolitical zones of the Nation, while stressing that he will commence Nationwide consultation at the right time.

Responding to questions on the APC’s forthcoming February 26th convention Kalu expressed optimism that the exercise will be raucous free saying that the outcome will make Nigerians proud.

When asked about President Buhari’s body language to the contentious electoral act and 2023 Kalu responded saying “He’s body language is where other Nigerians are . His body language is for Nigeria and Nigerians.”

Recall that Kalu’s declaration came barely 24 hours after former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu met with President Buhari to express his interest in the top job. The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi had also met with Buhari to declare his ambition to take over from him in 2023.

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You are Saying What Is Not On Your Mind-Prof Hafizu Replies Commissioner Of Information

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Former Kano state Deputy Governor Professor Hafizu Abubakar said the Kano state commissioner of information Muhammad Garba is making utterances that is not in his heart.

The former Deputy Governor made the statement during an interview with Premier Radio Kano monitored by the NIGERIAN TRACKER.

Professor Hafizu was replying Muhammad Garba’s response to a statement he made that he will not support Ganduje during the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

Professor Abubakar said that the press release issued by Muhammad Garba to newsmen is replete with innuendos and sarcasm.

 

The former Deputy Governor said he is still in APC but will not support Ganduje and his ilk in the forthcoming general elections due to the persecution he is facing within the APC.

“Iam not surprised with Muhammad Garba’s statement because I know his background. Look at the press release he issued a sarcastic one , the headline was constructed as if he is praying for me while the content is filled with defamation and innuendos. I want to also let him know that he is working in the public office and I am an indigene of Kano State, I have a say on how my state is being governed, although l am not surprised by Mr Garba’s press release on my position regarding his principal” He said.

“I sat with Governor Ganduje several times to iron issues regarding the persecution of my people in APC but nothing change.” He further said.

The former Deputy Governor said he is still standing on his position about relating with uncivilized folks ,in a situation where by people of Muhammad Garba’s calibre and a Commissioner of information who is being paid from the state’s purse will make sarcastic statement about my profession as professor of food and nutrition then what do you expect from such people.

He said these are people releasing statements portraying me as a political prostitute and now they are praying for God to touch my heart and support the APC despite the persecution I am facing from them.

The former Deputy Governor said he is quite sure that even if he offered himself to support Ganduje and his people during the forthcoming election he is very sure his political followers will revolt against the decision.

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Nigeria: Civil society groups advocates for improved government fundings on  fight against malaria

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Civil society round table

 

By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

 

Civil society organizations under the aegis of Civil Society in Malaria Control, Immunization, and Nutrition, ACOMIN has tasked  Nigerian governments at all levels to increase their investments  in the fight against malaria to enhance national public health services .

 

The group at a media parley session held along Court road in Kano to commemorate World Malaria Day, WMD  with the theme, “ Promoting and Celebrating Community Contributions to Health   expressed the firm belief  on the crucial  need to further educate the Nigerian public on the sensitive  need for them to imbibe malaria prevention practices as a residual way of  lifestyle.

 

ACOMINS at the end of the one day session after enumerating  the achievements recorded by the groups that constitute their  coalition, then recommended that  “In order to contribute to the promotion and sustenance of these gains, ACOMIN is calling on the mass media to “Advocate for government at all levels to increase their budgetary allocations to malaria in particular and health in general, adding that the fight against the ailment will require mass  contribution from  communities, philanthropists and the private sector in sustaining  malaria targeted interventions.

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The  august body  charged officials of Kano State of Ministry Health   to  squarely address the issue of shortage of public conveniences that are existent in health centre facilities across all parts of the state, adding that the  State Primary Health Care Management Board should also  organize capacity building progranmmes for  health facility staff on the need for strict adherence to malaria guidelines.

Saying “Religious leaders and the Ward Development Committee (WDC) members should encourage pregnant women to uptake available malaria services provided at the health facilities. Ward Development Community and Facility Health Community (WDC)/FHC) officials should ensure effective maintenance and proper management of the health facilities, particularly the inflow and outflow of consumables and non-consumables.

ACOMIN said that  major challenges  crippling efforts to improve health delivery services in Kano state includes, “Inadequate supply of Intermittent prevention Therapy (IPT) and Sulfadoxine pyrimethamine (SP) at most of the facilities. Inadequate toilet facilities in several health centres across the state.Poor adherence to malaria treatment guidelines by health workers. Inadequate supply of Long-lasting Insecticide (LLIN).”

 

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NAF has justified FG’s support – Buhari

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President Buhari At NAF Base In Kano

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has lauded the Nigerian Air Force for living up to its constitutional responsibilities of securing the nation and justifying the huge investments of the government in the last seven years.

The President stated this on Monday while speaking at the NAF base in Kano during celebrations to mark the 58th Anniversary of the Air Force.

 

“The Nigerian Air Force has been able to meet its constitutional responsibilities thereby justifying the Government’s enormous support in the last 7 years. I, therefore, congratulate the Chief of the Air Staff, officers and airmen/airwomen as well as civilian staff of the Nigerian Air Force on this occasion of the 58th Anniversary,” he said.

Buhari explained that the Air Force had transformed into a formidable entity, ready to confront immediate and future challenges.

 

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“The Nigerian Air Force has over these 58 years transformed into a formidable and resilient air force that is positioned to effectively tackle both contemporary and future security challenges.

“This adaptability has thus enabled the Service to respond effectively to our dynamic national security challenges.

“On the assumption of office in 2015, we promised to equip and re-professionalize our armed forces to perform their constitutional responsibilities more effectively, we have therefore demonstrated the required political will and leadership as well as committed resources towards capacity building and re-professionalizing of the armed forces.

“Today, I can say confidentially that the armed forces have indeed witnessed tremendous improvement in the past seven years. In particular, the provision of modern equipment and personnel motivation through enhanced welfare are also ongoing,” Buhari added.

 

The President noted that the provision of modern equipment and personnel motivation like the Super Tucanos and the Augusta helicopter gunships among others, had greatly helped turn the tide in the fight against terrorists and other non-state actors.

He assured that the administration would continue to provide more platforms to modernize the Nigerian armed forces.

“We have approved the procurement of more platforms such as the Beechcraft, some modern helicopter gunships and UAVs for the Nigerian Air Force to enable it to man our airspace more effectively,” he added.

Buhari commended the Minister of Defence, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Service Chiefs as well as the leadership of the security agencies for doing their jobs well.

“I urge you to remain committed, steadfast and resolute as we forge ahead to achieving a secure, peaceful and more prosperous Nigeria,” the president said.

He also lauded the Chief of the Air Staff, officers, airmen, airwomen and civilian staff of the air force for the good work they are doing to support the Government’s defence and security policies.

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