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Galadima to Buhari: Save yourself, leave Nigeria! *Says, President took nation 100 years back



Buba Galadima, spokesman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has one advice for President Muhammadu Buhari, his former ally and friend – leave and stay away from Nigeria immediately you leave office in your own interest or face the consequences. 

Galadima, who was a guest on The Morning Show, a breakfast programme on Arise Television on Wednesday, warned that the avalanche of attacks the President would get from even those he trusted so much and gave a lee-way in his eight-year tenure now coming to an end, would be enough to give him a heart attack, if he decided to stay back.

Incidentally, the President, already seems to be thinking in the same line, as he was quoted recently to have told his audience at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, during the last Eid-el Fitr, that he could be relocating to Niger Republic, fearing an avalanche of onslaught from Nigeria’s apparently those he had hurt in his eight years.

After begging for forgiveness from those he might have offended, the President, was quoted as saying: “I can’t wait to go home to Daura. If they make any noise to disturb me in Daura, I will leave for the Niger Republic. I deliberately arranged to be as far away as possible. I got what I wanted and will quietly retire to my home town. In spite of technology, it will not be easy to get to Daura.”

Echoing the same sentiments, Buba, who was with the President from the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) days to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and later All Progressives Congress (APC), suggested it was the best way for the President to avoid, what he saw as a possible “heart attack.”

“For him, I’ll advise that he should move completely out of this country, because of messages or the kind of criticisms he will come through from those he has assisted is enough to cause him a heart attack,” the NNPP spokesman, said, adding that as a good Muslim, he had since forgiven the President despite been deeply hurt.

Regardless, Buba, had no kind words for his old friend, despite the claims by the Presidency through its media team, headed by Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman that Buhari not only left his footprints on the sands of time, but did not leave the country the way he met it.

Confirming the claim that Buhari had not left the country the way he met it, he said:  “We wished he had kept the country the way he met it. We would have clapped for him and even escorted him to Daura whenever he intends leaving office. The man has taken Nigeria one hundred years back, dividing Nigeria along religious lines, dividing Nigeria along ethnic lines, crash economic policies that had left the dollar that he met at one hundred and fifty-seven naira per dollar, he is now leaving it at nearly eight hundred. That is if you see the dollar to buy.

“Insecurity was confined generally in the North-east except for some dark spots but today you cannot travel to anywhere in Nigeria with your eyes closed. You have to spend the night praying that God delivers you. Now if that is the kind of Nigeria that Femi Adesina wants, then I pray to God to visit him with what the common people suffer daily in Nigeria.

“My only regret in this country is that Buhari has left Nigerian polity bedeviled by religious and monetization issues which is worse than rigging because you can no more win election on the basis of quality of service or credibility, basis of your pubic service or the basis of hat you had done but also only on the basis of what you have done”

The former Governor of Kano, also accused the religious leaders in the country of contributing to the unsatisfactory outcome of the election.

“Of course, religious leaders, both Christians and Muslims were a disappointment during this election. Instead of preaching morality and telling Nigerians that look this is what God expects from a leader, they made themselves God, and thought they can install a leader of their choice. They have utterly been disappointed”. He said

Also responding to the statement made by Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, asking opposition political leaders to stop bleating, he accused him of being aloof to the suffering of Nigerians, because he had always found himself in the corridors of power through various appointments.

Hear him: “Lai has been a friend for a long time. He has never been a politician and he doesn’t know the feelings of the people. He doesn’t know the conditions of the people. He has always been appointed to reap where he did not sow. So, he cannot see the conditions of the ordinary Nigerian nor can he see the condition under which the opposition has worked to wrestle power from them. So, since they have used the instrumentality of government, since they have used the power of money which they have in abundance and bought themselves into government, he is free to say what he wants to say.”

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Speak now! Catholic priests want Kaduna gov’s reaction to El-Rufai’s Islamisation comments



Uba Sani, must either officially distance himself or affirm the declaration of his predecessor Nasir El-Rufai that Muslim-Muslim executive branch leadership, have come to stay or stand up to denounce it immediately.

These were the demands from Catholic priests in parts of the North, who as they expressed disgust at the statement, which showed the former governor captured in a video, which went viral last week, practically celebrating the continuation of an arrangement, which he first introduced in 2019, and which has now been sustained with the new governor having a Muslim deputy.

Clerics from Kaduna, Kafanchan and Zaria chapters of the Nigerian Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA), in a public letter to Sani, urged him to declare his position on what they described as political supremacism in Kaduna state and Nigeria, as part of their reactions to the video, which has raised a lot of dust.

El-Rufai, who in his speech to Muslim clerics in the state, had recounted how after instituting an all-Muslim executive in the state himself and made it permanent in the state, the arrangement was pushed through at the national level with the election of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Kashim Shettima, as President and Vice President, respectively on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Informing that while Nigerians were actually believed that religion was not the issue in pushing through with the ticket, when it was in fact the case, the former Governor, who spoke in Hausa, declared that the arrangement had come to stay and would last for the next 20 years at the initial stage after Tinubu, adding that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), had been defeated by the outcome.

But an apparently thoroughly upset Catholic priests, in an open letter on Thursday, said: “Having soberly considered the contents and implications of such communication by a former state governor who is known to be your close ally, we feel compelled to write you, to know where you stand with regard to the commotions Mallam El-Rufai intends to propagate and perpetuate in our state,” the letter reads.

“We write you today because we are responsible stakeholders in the affairs of our beloved state with our own congregations and followers. Mr governor, we do not intend to conclude that you are in agreement with all the content of the former governor’s utterances, as you have given no explicit reason to suggest so (yet), even though you were present at the occasion! We therefore earnestly expect your direct official reaction to the utterances of your predecessor in office.”

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Buhari spent more than $19billion on revamping four refineries without result – Nasarawa gov



Barely two weeks after his exit, the records of former President Muhammadu Buhari, have come to to the fore with one of them indicating a damning verdict, as he was said to have sunk a whopping $19billion in trying to rehabilitate the nation’s four refineries, without anything to show for it.

Abdullahi Sule, Governor of Nassarawa State, who used the former President abysmal failure to make a case for supporting the removal on petroleum products, compared the huge wastage to the amount Dangote refinery, cost to give Nigeria a facility with the single chain production in the world.

None of Nigeria’s four refineries, located in Kaduna, Port Harcourt, and Warri is currently operational despite the huge amount sunk to resuscitate them, most of the funds borrowed from foreign lending agencies, the latest being the securing of $1.5million loan for that of Port Harcourt.

Bemoaning the situation, the governor, said: “Look at how much the President Buhari administration spent on fixing the refineries. In the eight years, he spent more money than the $19 billion that Dangote spent in building a refinery. That is one and a half times the size of our three refineries combined.”

A guest on Sunrise Daily, a breakfast programm of Channels Television on Thursday, Sule, pinned the payments of subsidy on Nigeria’s non-functional refineries, adding: “From the government side, I think we didn’t do a good job. When the (former) President (Buhari) came in in 2015, prices of crude oil dropped by less than 30 dollars. At that time, there was zero subsidy.

“Our three refineries in Nigeria today have a total of 450,000 barrels per day, Dangote is 650,000. He spent $19 billion on building it. We spent, not building a new one, but in maintaining these refineries; more than $19 billion in eight years, yet they have not been maintained.”

The Dangote Refinery, Africa’s biggest oil refinery, which took off in 2017, drew Nigerians and global personalities in different fields of life, including four African Presidents at its commissioning on May 22, 2023 by Buhari.

Sule, who also lamented the complexity of maintaining the refineries due to their diverse components, added: “The refinery is actually a component for water, crude, and diesel, about five or six different components that constitute a refinery. The moment the government says we are going to spend $2 billion this year on the refinery. The $2 billion is spent and as far as the President is concerned, they have given $2 billion.

“Now when it goes to the three refineries that we have in Port Harcourt, Warri, and Kaduna. Then they say, you now take $700 million, you now take $800 million – by the time they take that, it goes to fix maybe only one component out of the four components that are all bad. The ideal resolve would have been to allocate the major funds to one of the refining states to fix it totally before allocating the remainder to the other states.

“So, zero work is done. These are the true realities of what is happening, and that is why none of the refineries is working. These are truly the problem, we have not really managed this thing well.”

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Japan goes tough on asylum seekers, enacts new law to check abuse



Despite desperate attempts to block it, including a ruckus, which broke out in parliament Japan went ahead on Friday to enact an immigration law that would see the government deporting failed asylum seekers, even with members of civil society, joining in the pushback.

The law gives refugees only three chances to try after which they would face deportation, unlike before when applicants could stay in Japan during the decision process, regardless of the number of attempts they made to secure refugee status, reports, say.

The revised law will “protect those who must be protected while strictly dealing with people who have violated rules. There are many people who misuse the application system to avoid deportation,” Justice Minister Ken Saito, was quoted as saying, adding that this had persisted even when such people were not fleeing danger or persecution.

Last year, Japan accepted just 202 refugees out of some 12,500 applicants, and separately allowed 1,760 people to remain in the country due to “humanitarian considerations,” including more than 2,400 evacuees from Ukraine under a different framework.

Activists staged rallies against the revised law, but a protest from the opposition bloc in parliament was voted down by the ruling coalition, which holds a commanding majority.

“It is intolerable to deport people, even if they have criminal records, to countries that may violate their human rights” and where “their life and freedom would be in danger”, the Tokyo Bar Association said this week.

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party says the revisions will bring better access to medical care and accommodation options for people whose asylum applications are pending.

Japan’s immigration detention conditions have been under scrutiny since the 2021 death of Wishma Sandamali, a 33-year-old Sri Lankan woman.

Sandamali was not an asylum seeker but had been held for overstaying her visa after seeking police protection, reportedly to escape an abusive relationship.

Her family are seeking compensation of more than $1 million from the government over her death.

Sandamali reportedly complained repeatedly of stomach pain and other symptoms, and campaigners allege she received inadequate medical care.

Controversy and political pressure over the incident led ruling lawmakers to drop a push to enact similar legal changes to immigration rules two years ago.

Shoichi Ibusuki, a lawyer for Sandamali’s family, told AFP on Thursday that the revised bill was “equivalent to having a button to execute those who seek refuge by deporting them”.

“Japan’s refugee recognition system is not working,” he said, with officials turning down applications quickly, sometimes without face-to-face interviews.

Amnesty International also said in March that Japan should scrap the proposed revision to immigration laws, calling the country’s detention policies “harsh” and “repressive.”

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