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IT IS TIME TO BUILD A NATION: MOGHALU NOMINATION ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

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Acceptance Speech by Professor Kingsley Moghalu, Young Progressive Party (YPP) Presidential Candidate for the 2019 Elections
At the Special Convention and Presidential Primary of the YPP
Abuja, September 8, 2019
The National Chairman of the Young Progressive Party
All national officers and party delegates,
Members of the YPP,
Ladies and gentlemen
It is my greatest honor and privilege to stand here before you, to accept the nomination of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) for the Office of the President. Since I declared my candidacy for president just over six months ago, and since then, it has been a journey of discovery. Crisscrossing the country as I hold town hall meetings and engaging Nigerians located at different points on the socio-economic strata, I have been listening to the fears, hopes and aspirations of my fellow citizens. It has been an insightful, journey, and I through all this, I hold out hope for this country. Because, everywhere I went, even though people have been disappointed by those who lead us, they still hold out hope for a leadership that will deliver good governance, security, and prosperity. I realized that few had ever engaged directly with those seeking their votes. My direct engagement has been a new experience for them.
It was a new experience for me, too. It was eye opening to interact with the electorate — not at large impersonal rallies, but up close and personal. It has given me a new appreciation for what we all must do if Nigeria is to truly be a country for all.
MY CHOICE OF THE YPP was a very deliberate one. I wanted a party that shared my ideas of politics, a party of the grassroots and not the elite, whose operation marked a departure from the status quo that has led to the continued suffering of the Nigerian people. I was advised by many people to seek the ticket on a bigger platform. To lower my expectations, to think small. It would have been easier to bow down and kiss the rings of the many establishment politicians who have captured our resources and left our people poor.
But, that is not the way I see politics.
There is something more to leadership, something more to building a nation than just waiting for my turn at the table, or at best, being another technocrat whose reform ideas are frustrated by the political leadership. That’s why I decided to seek the office of the presidency.
More than ever before, Nigeria needs to be driven by a vision informed by a worldview that determines everything else. Up until about 40 years ago, China was viewed as a basket case: overpopulated, unproductive and ruined economically by decades of poor policies. Today, they snap their fingers and nearly every single African Head of state shows up in China with their hands out, eager for Chinese largesse. That’s what a country driven by a worldview can achieve.
In accepting the presidential ticket of this vibrant, energetic party, I stand here before you to say that Nigeria is fully capable of achieving greatness at home and abroad in our lifetimes. But this cannot happen with our normal way of doing things.
The Nigerian way is to manage. To ‘manage it like that’. We are constantly under pressure to lower our standards in every area. We say: “At least she tried”, “at least he tried”, “you can see he’s doing his best”. If Nigeria is to attain prosperity, we must learn to stop managing. We must learn to stop making excuses for one bad leader after another because of where they come from or how much money they have or whether we like them personally.
I am here today to announce that in response to the parties of the past, in response to umbrellas that block out the light of hope, and brooms that sweep away truth and replace them with lies, in response to the parties of tired old tricks and tired old systems, I and millions across Nigeria will choose the YPP. I joined the YPP because I believe it can live up to its name of being progressive, that it can be an agent of raising standards across the board for politics and policy, that it can show Nigerians that it is possible to use politics to lift people from poverty, rather than merely corner our commonwealth for personal gain.
In our quest to rewrite the rules of political engagement in Nigeria, we must understand clearly who the enemy is. Right now, our current political class, having fed fat on our resources, are exercising by practicing “jumpology” — jumping back and forth between the visionless APC and PDP. This only tells us one thing: that neither party nor people matter to our politicians. In the end all they care about is what is best for their pockets, or their safety from prosecution for their misdeeds.
It is up to us to make the case that their way does not work anymore, that it has only left us in poverty and insecurity, that it has led to many fleeing this country because they feel there is nothing for them and their children here.
We must confront the mindset that things cannot be better, that we should manage till we get a messiah, a miracle worker who will set everything right.
But here is the thing: there are no political messiahs coming to save us. There are no magic wands. There is you, me and every Nigerian saying with determination that

IT
IS
TIME.

It is time for something new, something bold, something different.
It is time for us to bring the curtain down on an era of waste, corruption, and incompetence that holds Nigeria back from achieving its potential. It is time for us to come together and retire these professional politicians who laugh at us, believing that they will return to power whether we like or not.
2019 is not just an election. We will be setting our destiny. It is a choice between remaining a mere fractious assortment of ethnicities and religions on one hand, or building a real nation on the other. It is a choice between having freedom or remaining in slavery under our recycled and corrupt politicians, between poverty and prosperity for our masses of the poor and the unemployed, and between stability and continuing instability of the Nigerian state.
We must confront this thinking that nothing will change, that the results have already been decided. It is statements like “I like him, oh, but I don’t think he will win because of zoning”, or, “voting for him is like wasting my vote”.
The reality is that Nigerians have gained nothing from the current way of doing things. If Nigerians knew the power they have, it is politicians who will be afraid of them, not the other way around. This is the message we must take to every corner of our nation: It is time to turn the page. It is time for a new political class of patriots, who understand how to create wealth, secure our country, and give every Nigerian, no matter who or where they are now, the opportunity to reach their potential.
Make no mistake, ladies and gentlemen. The road from here to there is a long one. It will take a significant part of our time, and there will be many obstacles on our path. We will make mistakes along the way. In these six months, I have made some of my own. I do not shy away from them. They have been part of my learning experience in politics, and the lessons will help on this journey.
Ultimately, this campaign is not just about me. It is about showing that a new kind of politics, one that puts the voters and their concerns at the center, can win elections in this country. I view the YPP as a vehicle for the aspirations of many who are deliberately shut out by the establishment.
I will also want to ask everyone who is fed up with the current status quo to support this campaign with their money, no matter how small.
I am very grateful for the warm reception I got when I joined the YPP. What we need is to come together and build the party across the 36 states of Nigeria, to spread our message and present a real alternative to our current visionless political class.
In his speech at 1963’s March on Washington, Martin Luther King said:
“We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.”

God bless you, fellow citizens. God bless YPP, and God bless Nigeria.

Kingsley Moghalu
YPP Presidential Candidate


Kingsley Moghalu
Presidential candidate in Nigeria’s 2019 elections. Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. Professor, Fletcher School, Tufts University.

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No Diaspora/Out-of-Country Voting in 2019 General Elections.

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The attention of INEC has been drawn to a report by a section of the media which gave false impression that the Commission has “made special provisions for IDPs outside Nigeria to vote in the 2019 Elections.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) wishes to inform the general public that “there will be no Diaspora or Out-of-Countyr voting for any Nigerian”, and that “only duly registered Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) within Nigeria will be allowed to vote.”
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GOVERNOR WILLIE OBIANO INAUGURATES ANAMBRA STATE LAW REVISION COMMITTEE

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By Harrison Madubueze
Gov Willie Obiano inaugurates the Anambra State Law Revision Committee. The committee is charged with the responsibility of reviewing the laws of Anambra State.


The laws of the state was last revised in 1991 making it 27 years since the laws guiding the state was reviewed. This is against best known practices where laws should be reviewed at least every 10 years.
It is worthy of note that laws have been enacted by the state since then but there has been no effort at harmonizing these laws to put them together in one document.
It also important to revise these laws to conform to modern trends and also align with internationally recognised best legal practices.
This is a timely initiative of Gov. Willie Obiano to bring Anambra state up to speed with current legal trends round the world.
The Committee Members are:
~ Hon. Justice Ijem Onwuamaegbu (Chairman)
~ Hon. Justice Aniukwu Fidelis (Member)
~ Mr. Theo Osanakpo SAN (Member)
~ Barr. Dr. Mrs. Uju Nwogu (Attorney General of Anambra State).
~ Barr. Mrs. Pat Igwebuike (Special Adviser, Legal Matters) (Secretary).
~ Barr. Ifeanyi Obiakor (Member)
~ Prof. S.A.M Ekwenze (Member)
~ Barr. Tina Emekwekwue (Member)
~ Barr. Uju Metuh (Member)
~ Barr. Mrs. Theo Okwy Igwegbe (Member)
~ Barr. Mrs. Lynda Chinwuba (Member).
Light of the nation!
#WillieisWorking
Awka, Anambra State.

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News Pictures Of The Day : Moments at 60th Anniversary of Francis Cardinal Arinze

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‘PROViDENCE iS THE WORD: Lord We Thank Thee!’ The 60th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination of His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze held on Thursday 13th December 2018 at Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha as captured by Emeka Ozumba
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Pix 1: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and Wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu carrying the Oblate to the Alter at the Holy Mass.
Pix 1b: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and Wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu at the Holy Mass.
Pix 2: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and Wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu receiving the blessing from His Eminence, Francis Cardinal Arinze at the Mass.
Pix 3 & 4: Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency Chief Willie Obiano (Akpokuedike) and his predecessor, His Excellency, Chief Peter Obi exchanging pleasantry after the Mass.

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FG Assures ECOWAS, UN of Credible 2019 Elections

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The Federal Government has assured the economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the UN election monitoring team of credible elections in 2019.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama said this at the 41st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council in Abuja on Thursday.
Onyeama, who is also the Chairman of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers, commended several member states in the region on efforts made in the various political, constitutional and security sector reforms to improve democracy.
“We welcome the positive developments in several West African countries including steps being taken to promote human rights and encourage national stakeholders to continue to engage in dialogue in the spirit of tolerance and inclusivity.
“To this end, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured the ECOWAS/UN team on the election monitoring in Nigeria that his government will organise a credible election in 2019.”
The minister noted that security challenges were a source of “grave” concern despite successes recorded.
Onyeama added that security and sustainability could only be achieved through the promotion of good governance and the adoption of liberal policies that would enhance greater economic cooperation in the region.
He further assured of continued efforts by ECOWAS to sustain peace in the region.
“On the political front, we will continue to accompany Guinea Bissau to ensure the conformity and the full implementation of the Conakry Accord as well as a support for the successful conduct of parliamentary presidential election in 2019.
“Furthermore, positive strides have been attained towards the resolution of the political crisis in Togo. ECOWAS will continue to support the government of The Gambia for successful transition programme,” he said.
The ECOWAS Mediation and Security Council meeting will end on Dec. 15.

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FRSC Approves Establishment of 30 Road Camps

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has approved the establishment of 30 road camps across the country along critical designated corridors.
The Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this at the Fourth Quarter 2018 Strategy Session with 12 Zonal Commanding Officers and 37 Sector Commanders in Abuja on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the session was the last in the year.
Oyeyemi said that the session would enable the corps strategise toward ensuring a successful Operation Zero Tolerance (End of Special Patrol Sessions).
He noted that FRSC had also activated all Road Side Clinics and the Emergency Rescue Ambulance Scheme.
Oyeyemi said that the Emergency First Respondents Scheme members across the country had also been mobilised.
He said that all commands were to work in close concert with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) and States Traffic Management Agencies, among others.
“Already, a total of 201 Mobile Courts have been put on notice to sit throughout the operation period, which is Dec. 15, to Jan. 15, 2019.
“In addition, motorists who commit life threatening offences will be referred for emotional and psychological evaluation test,” he said.
He further said that within the quarter, the corps commissioned three permanent Sector Command offices in Oyo, Ekiti and Kano, bringing the total to four out of eight newly constructed ones.
“Three others are on the last stage of procurement process and will be commissioned in early 2019,” he said.
He said that President Muhammadu Buhari had accented to the UN Convention on Road Traffic Signs and Signal of 1968, adding that the instrument of accession was deposited at the UN Treaty Office in October.
He urged members of the corps to ensure that the core values of the convention were brought to bear on the country.
Oyeyemi said that the corps had received FRSC Traffic Radio licence from the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), saying that the radio station would be on air in the first quarter of 2019.
He further said that the FRSC Establishment Act was currently with the National Assembly undergoing the process of repeal and re-enactment.
The corps marshal explained that the purpose was to align the corps appropriately with best global practices such that can fulfill its responsibilities better for the benefit of humanity.
He urged Commanding Officers to take inventory of all corps logistics and communication facilities so as to ascertain their working order.
Oyeyemi, however, called on all road users to consider compliance to road traffic regulations sacrosanct, particularly as over 75 per cent of crashes resulted from human errors.
“The FRSC will not hesitate to invoke its powers to bring to book road users who will not willingly comport themselves in traffic.
“Compliance with road traffic regulations remains a compulsory civic obligation for which defiance will not be tolerated,” he said.

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Nigeria’s cabinet approves N7.13bn for maritime security

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Nigeria’s Federal Executive Council has approved N7.13bn (about $22.995million) for security in Nigeria’s coastal waterway.
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, stated this on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Amaechi said the contract was approved for six companies to protect six sections of the coastal waterway.
He said that the contract was approved to enhance security in the maritime sector.

Steady recovery from recession
Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma, said that he presented a report to the cabinet meeting that indicated that the economy, when measured by real GDP, grew at 1.81% in the 3rd quarter 2018 compared to 1.5% in the 2nd quarter of 2018.
He stated that the Federal Executive Council noted that economic growth continued to be driven by the non oil sector which grew by 3.32% in the 3rd quarter.
“This has been the strongest growth in non-oil GDP in twelve consecutive quarters since the fourth quarter of 2015,” he said.
Udoma said the non oil growth was driven by transportation, electricity, telecommunication, metal oils, quarry among others.
“In addition, agriculture and manufacturing sectors also grew, agriculture by 1.91% manufacturing by 1.92%.
“These are stronger growth than in the 2nd quarter, so overall, council most encouraged by these results shows improvement in the economy.
“It also shows that our plans are working it equally shows that we need to intensify our economy and keep fit with our reforms through continuous implementation of the ERGP in order to continue to attract investments and set the economy on a more sustainable inclusive growth trajectory.”
Udoma said the cabinet was encouraged by this and believed that the economy would do even better in the 4th quarter.

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Senate passes Bill establishing South-East Development Commission

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Nigerian senate has passed a bill to establish the south east development commission (SEDC).
The Bill was passed on Wednesday after consideration of the report of the Committee on establishment and public service led by the chairman, Senator Emmanuel Paulker.
Speaking shortly after the Lawmakers passed the Bill, Leader of the south eastern senator’s caucus, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe expressed appreciation with the senate for passing the bill and urged President Buhari to graciously give his assent to the Bill.
According to Senator Abaribe, the passage of the bill, and expected establishment of the commission, will put to rest the long agitation of the people of the south Eastern part of the country on issues relating to civil war among others.
Flanked by other Senators from the south east region, with majority wearing their traditional Igbo red cap, Senator Abaribe expressed hope that the House of Representatives will concur with the senate decision and pass the Bill.

Deposit Insurance
Also on Wednesday, the Senate in plenary confirmed the appointment of the Chairman, and six other Board members of the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC).
Wednesday’s confirmation of the nominees was sequel to Senate consideration of the report of its committee on Banking, Insurance, and other financial institutions, which screened and recommended the nominees for confirmation.
Chairman of the NDIC Board according to the Senate’s confirmation, is Mrs. Ronke Sokefun from Ogun state. Alhaji Garba Buba is from Bauchi state, and representing the North East region, Alhaji Garba Bello hails from Sokoto state, and representing North West region, while the South East region is represented by Brigadier General Josef Okoloagu, who hails from Enugu state.
Other members are, Mr. Adewale Adeleke from Ondo state, representing the South West region, Mustapha Mudashiru who hails from Kwara state is representing the North Central region, while Mr. Festus Keyamo is representing South South region, and he hails from Delta state.

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In Pictures : Zik Mausoleum Buhari built, that PDP failed to do in 16 years

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President Muhammadu Buhari has completed the mausoleum in honour of Nigeria’s first president, Nnamdi Azikiwe, what the Peoples Democratic Party failed to do during all its 16 years in power.
Azikiwe, a foremost Nigerian nationalist died on 11 May 1996, during the Abacha administration. He was 92 years old.
A Mausoleum was to be erected in his honour. A contract was awarded and work started 21 years ago.

Inside the Mausoelum

In 16 years of the PDP in control of Nigerian affairs, Zik was totally forgotten, his memory consigned to the dustbin of history, by the rapacious regime, even as members helped themselves to the commonwealth and looted the treasury. The mausoleum was abandoned and it became the playground of all kinds of reptiles.
It took the Buhari administration just in three years, to face the project squarely, despite dwindling finances of the country and deliver the mausoleum.

On Monday, 10 December, Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola was at the mausoleum site in Zik’s famous town of Onitsha, Anambra State to declare the project completed, 21 years after.
Fashola, who came in company of Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Productivity described the completion of the project as `promise kept’.
“During the build up to 2015 general elections, President Muhammadu Buhari made commitment that he would complete Azikiwe’s mausoleum. Today Mr President has kept his words and we are happy,” he said.
Fashola said though furnishing of the monument was yet to be accomplished, the federal government would before long do it. It is a promise and the administration will surely fulfil it.
The Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Ngige who also spoke, described the completion of the Mausoleum as sign of `Mr President’s open and fair leadership style’.
“As a South East son, I am happy that this project for the memory of our late father and son was finally completed, it is a big honour done to our people by Mr President,” he said.

 

 

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Atiku Signs Peace Accord

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The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday appeared before the National Peace Committee convened by Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (RTD) and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto diocese, REV. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, where he signed the peace accord for the 2019 general elections.

 

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Minister Of State For Environment Resigns

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Nigeria’s minister of state for environment Ibrahim Jibrin has resigned his appointment as a member of the Federal Executive Council.

Jibrin tendered his resignation on Wednesday at the end of the weekly federal executive council meeting presided over by president Muhammadu Buhari.
The former minister is stepping down to take up a role in the traditional institution as the new emir of Nasarawa.

Speaking at a valedictory session in his honour shortly after Wednesday’s council meeting at the state house, Abuja, Ibrahim Jibrin thanked president muhammadu buhari for considering him worthy to serve the country, saying the position offered him the opportunity of contributing his quota in tackling the many environmental challenges confronting various parts of the country.
Jubril’s resignation comes exactly two years after Amina Mohammed resigned her position as the substantive minister of environment to take up a higher responsibility as United Nations deputy secretary general.
Meanwhile, council at its meeting on Wednesday welcomed the latest report by the national bureau of statistics which showed that Nigeria recorded a GDP growth of 1.8% in the third quarter of 20i8.
Minister of budget and national planning Udoma Udo Udoma says government would continue to push its economic reforms to hit its target of 3% GDP growth in 2019.

Council also approved over billion naira for the Nigerian Maritime Administration And Safety Agency, NIMASA, to improve maritime security in the country.

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