Arms deal: Jonathan speaks

FORMER president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has
said the time is not yet appropriate for him to
react to the allegations that his government
abused funds meant for the procurement of
arms.
The current administration has launched a
probe, which led to the arrest of former
National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel
Sambo Dasuki (retd) and some officials of the
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They were accused of diverting security funds
for Jonathan’s re-election campaign and there
had been pressure on the former president to
speak out over this.
But, in series of messages on his Twitter
handle, @Jonathan, who was holding a press
conference in Geneva, Switzerland, said he
would react to the issue when the time is ripe.
“My voice will certainly be heard at the
appropriate time regarding the alleged arms
funds mismanagement,” he tweeted.
“I would not want to interfere with the
proceeding by the judicial system that my
administration worked tirelessly to strengthen.
“My post-presidential focus is advancing
democracy and good governance in Africa. If
we do not spend billions to educate Africa’s
youths today, we will spend it fighting
insecurity tomorrow,” he added. Culled: Tribune

WE MUST ACT WITH GREATER VIGOUR AGAINST EXTREMIST IDEOLOGIES AND TERRORISM – BUHARI TELLS GLOBAL COMMUNITY

President Muhammadu Buhari said Wednesday in
Eldoret, Kenya that the global community must
resolve to act with more determination and vigour against radicalisation and extremist ideologies
which encourage terrorism.
Speaking at a memorial service in honour of
Kenyan soldiers who were killed by Al-Shabaab in
Somalia recently, President Buhari said that peace-
loving nations of the world must now come together and deal with the threat posed to global
security by terrorism with greater zeal and
cohesion.
“Terrorists should not have a place in our
communities, villages, towns, cities and countries.
We must all rise against the culture of intolerance, hatred and extremist ideologies, which drive
terrorism.
“We must also act with more firmness against
radicalization and all those who promote values
and principles that threaten our unity and cohesion
as a people. “Nigeria is willing to work with Kenya, other African
countries and the global community at large with a
view to defeating these undesirable elements.
“We must take the battle to the terrorists whoever
they are and wherever they are. This requires
commitment, sacrifice, resources, collaboration and above all a realization that no country is immune to
the scourge, as terrorists do not respect national
boundaries, race, colour, religion or creed,”
President Buhari said.
The President applauded the bravery of Nigerian
and Kenyan soldiers, and others around the world ” who have remained faithful and committed to the
cause of ensuring a secure and peaceful world in
spite of daunting challenges”.
President Buhari paid special tribute to the Kenyan
soldiers who lost their lives in the terrorist attack on
their base in Somalia. “I wish to use this occasion to pay tribute to all the
fallen heroes of the El Adde attack and pray for the
repose of their souls.
“In our efforts to collaboratively tackle terrorism, it
is our sacred duty as leaders, politicians and
compatriots to ensure that the blood of these fallen heroes was not shed in vain,” he said.
President Buhari who is on a three-day state visit to
Kenya, attended the memorial service in the
company of his host, President Uhuru Kenyatta and
President Hassan Mohamoud of Somalia.

Victor Osimhen leaves for Germany to sign for Wolfsburg

The Nigeria U-17 starlet, Victor Osimhen, left
Lagos on Monday for Germany to complete his
transfer to a Bundesliga club side, Wolfsburg,
after turning down several moves by a few
European club sides, Goal.com has reported.
The young and lanky striker who scored 10
goals to set a new Fifa U17 World Cup record
in Chile last year has since become the toast
of many European club sides including
reported interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and
Chelsea.
HLN says Osimhen has visited Belgium and
Anderlecht and was impressed by the club’s
offer.
However, Osimhen, has opted for Wolfsburg
where he expects to develop into a world class
senior striker.
Pictures of the 17-year-old striker at the
Murtala Muhammed International Airport with
his father and three sisters before his
departure were obtained by Goal.com as seen
on their website.
The website also reported that Osimhen and
his father departed for Germany via a
Lufthansa flight.

WE’LL CONTINUE TO WELCOME U.S. SUPPORT FOR OUR SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT – PRESIDENT BUHARI

President Muhammadu Buhari said Tuesday in
Abuja that his administration will continue to
welcome the support and understanding of the
United States as it strives to achieve greater
internal security and socio-economic progress
in Nigeria.
Receiving a delegation led by the United
States Secretary of Commerce, Ms Penny
Pritzker at the Presidential Villa, President
Buhari applauded ongoing American
collaboration with his administration on
security and developmental issues.
“I remain grateful for the reception accorded
me and my team when we visited the United
States at the invitation of President Obama.
“We discussed security, corruption,
infrastructure, and many other issues.
“We thank America for sending experts to train
our troops and providing hardware for our
military because we must first stabilize the
country before we can move it forward,” the
President told the delegation which included
the United States Ambassador to Nigeria,
James Entwistle, and three others.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who
was at the meeting, said that although Nigeria
currently faces serious challenges, it is also a
time of great opportunities for the country.
“It’s time to diversify our economy from oil.
We’ve always talked about it, but never got
round to doing it. The opportunity has come
now. We have all it takes to be an agricultural
nation. We also have solid minerals and we
must develop our infrastructure in order to aid
business.”
Ms Pritzker told President Buhari that she was
in Nigeria with 10 leading American business
men and women, at the prompting of President
Obama.
“The purpose is to better understand the
opportunities and challenges of doing
business in Nigeria. Our team is very
optimistic about your government’s
commitment to security, good governance,
fighting corruption, having reliable and regular
regulatory policies.
“All these make us optimistic about working
together. We are not here to sell policies, but
to partner with you,” she said.