Thisday Newspaper Today, Friday 23rd November 2018

Thisday Newspaper Today, Friday 23rd November 2018

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Stop Playing the Ostrich, Presidency Replies Jonathan
Fri, 23 Nov 2018

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The claim by former President Goodluck Jonathan that corruption had worsened since he left office was Thursday vehemently rejected by the presidency, which dismissed the former president’s proposition as astonishing and absolutely untrue.

Jonathan, had in his book, ‘My Transition Hours,’ rated President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-graft war very low, saying graft had not only worsened under the president’s watch but that his de-marketing of the country had driven away investors.

He rebuked the president’s strategy of media trial of suspects, saying it worsened the corruption perception of Nigeria and led to Nigeria’s slip in the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index.

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He said in his book, “The sundry accusations by the new administration will appear to have baited the media. Media trials are entertaining but have little or no effect in fighting corruption and improving the economy.

“Since I left office, rather than improve on our TI corruption perception record, the situation has worsened with the nation going 12 places backward, becoming number 148 according to the latest CPI ranking for 2014, from 136 in 2014 when I was president.”

The book was launched at an impressive ceremony on Tuesday in Abuja.

But the presidency replied Thursday, saying the former president’s claim was like playing the ostrich that buried its head in the sand in order to avoid the truth.

The Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu, in a statement in Abuja, entitled, ‘Dr. Jonathan Should Stop Playing the Ostrich,’ said the fact on the ground today ran contrary to Jonathan’s “outlandish claim”.

According to the presidential spokesman, Buhari, in pursuit of the war against corruption, has set a number of local and international records, one of which is to call judicial officers in Nigeria to account.

Shehu said, “He is the first to set such a record. Not only that, this is the first time that top military commanders and service chiefs are brought to trial and convictions were achieved on account of corruption.

“Also, this is the first time a ruling party is convicting high profile citizens, including former governors, who are members of the same party. This is the first time the international community is acknowledging the efforts of a government of Nigeria in this regard as manifested by the selection of President Buhari by the African Union as the Anti-Corruption Champion of the continent.

“For the records, this is the first time a ruling party is investigating ranking officers of the administration, including some at the very top.”

He stated further that in addition to the many firsts recorded by Buhari’s administration, the government had introduced a lot of changes, considering that the laws relating to the fight against corruption could not reasonably be static.

According to him, as part of the desire to be ahead of the growing sophistication of corruption and financial crimes, the administration initiated new legislations and proposed amendments to different sections of the laws.

Some of them, he said, are the Money Laundering Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2017; Anti-Terrorism Prevention and Prohibition Bill 2017; Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit Bill 2017 (NFIU); Proceeds of Crime Bill 2017; Public Interest Disclosure and Witness Protection Bill, 2017 and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Bill, 2017.

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PDP to Decentralise Campaign, Meets on Tuesday to Perfect
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Buhari, Atiku, others for debate on January 19 Iyobosa Uwugiaren in Abuja Feeling a large presidential campaign council, controlled from Abuja, the federal capital city, may be ineffective, the leaders of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has opted for a decentralised structure that would see the party devolving more power and []The post PDP to Decentralise Campaign, Meets on Tuesday to Perfect appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Report: Nigerian Banks’ Fortunes Tied to Oil Price
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Dangote’s refinery may send NNPC’s refineries packing Chineme Okafor in Abuja A report by the Financial Times Thursday stated that most of Nigeria’s commercial banks have their fortunes tied to fluctuations in global oil prices considering that about a third of all credits they extend to the economy are directed to operations in the country’s []The post Report: Nigerian Banks’ Fortunes Tied to Oil Price appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Okorocha Dares Oshiomhole, Maintains Court Action
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Amby Uneze in Owerri Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and his faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have declared that they will not abide by the recent directive of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC), mandating all aggrieved members of the party to withdraw all court cases to allow []The post Okorocha Dares Oshiomhole, Maintains Court Action appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Lagos Considers Fresh Strategies to End Apapa Gridlock
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Warns against harassment of traffic officials Gboyega Akinsanmi With the failed intervention of the federal government to end perennial traffic congestion in Apapa and its environs, the Lagos State Government disclosed yesterday that it had started working on a new approach to restore order on all road networks connecting Apapa Central Business District. Also, the []The post Lagos Considers Fresh Strategies to End Apapa Gridlock appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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CBN Warns Banks against Violation of Money Laundering Act
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Ndubuisi Francis in Abuja The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has warned Deposit Money Banks (DMBs) to guard against violation of the Money Laundering Act, as various political parties gear up towards the 2019 elections. This is coming as the CBN’s Monetary Policy Meeting (MPC), for 14 unbroken times, yesterday retained the Monetary Policy Rate []The post CBN Warns Banks against Violation of Money Laundering Act appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Senate to Probe Killing of 44 Soldiers in Borno
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Asks police to vacate Akwa Ibom assembly Deji Elumoye in Abuja The Senate Thursday resolved to investigate the circumstances surrounding the recent killing of 44 Nigerian soldiers by insurgents at a military camp in Borno State. It also asked the Nigeria Police to withdraw forthwith its officers and men that sealed off the premises of []The post Senate to Probe Killing of 44 Soldiers in Borno appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Presidency: Fraud Allegation against Osinbajo is Political, Misleading
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Emma Okonji The Presidency Thursday said the fund mismanagement allegation raised against Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was aimed at tarnishing his image and paralysing the President Muhammadu-led administration. Presidential Political Adviser, Babafemi Ojodu, in a statement, said ‘there is nowhere in the House of Representatives Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness report where there is []The post Presidency: Fraud Allegation against Osinbajo is Political, Misleading appeared fi
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Magu Writes CJN, Wants Justice Nyako to Hands off Corruption Cases
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Set to close case against ex-minister, Moro, others Tobi Soniyi and Alex Enumah in Abuja The Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, has written to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Samuel Onnoghen, requesting that all EFCC court cases being handled by Justice Binta Nyako of a []The post Magu Writes CJN, Wants Justice Nyako to Hands off Corruption Cases appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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Zamfara Legislator Jailed for N31m Fraud
Fri, 23 Nov 2018
Bennett Oghifo A Zamfara State High Court sitting in Gusau, has sentenced a serving member of the State’s House of Assembly, Lawali Attahiru Dogonkade, to four years imprisonment over N31 million fraud. Spokesperson for the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, Mrs. Rasheedat A. Okoduwa, said this in a statement yesterday. The statement []The post Zamfara Legislator Jailed for N31m Fraud appeared first on THISDAYLIVE.
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