After publicly saying Abacha never stole, Buhari tells HSBC to return ex-military ruler’s $100m loot

President Muhammadu Buhari who once claimed that Sani Abacha never stole Nigeria’s money has lambasted HSBC, accusing the largest banking and financial services organisations in the world of keeping the late military ruler’s loot.

The financial institution had in a recent report predicted that President Buhari will lose the 2019 presidential election.

He stated: “We ask them to heed President Buhari’s constant refrain: return our stolen assets, then see how well we will do.

“From the facts available to our investigation agencies, HSBC’s put down on President Buhari is no more than an expression of frustration over the administration’s measures put in place which has abolished grand corruption, the type which this bank thrives on in many countries.

“They may also just be out to discredit the President out of the fear of sanctions and fines following the national assets that are stolen.

“With the coming of President Buhari, it is not a secret that corruption, corrupt individuals, banks and other corporate entities that aided corrupt practices are under investigation for various offenses.

“For many of them, including their friends in the media, they would rather have President Buhari out of their way, for business as usual to return.

“Our investigation agencies believe that HSBC had laundered more than USD 100,000,000 for the late General Sani Abacha in Jersey, Paris, London and Geneva.

“Among these accounts on the records are: AC: S-104460 HSBC Fund Admin Ltd. Jersey ($12,000,000); AC 37060762 HSBC Life (Europe), U.K ($20,000,000) and AC: 38175076 HSBC Bank Plc. U.K ($1,600,000).

“The bank is also suspected in the laundering of proceeds of corruption involving more than 50 other Nigerians, including a serving Senator as earlier indicated.

“In a book, “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation”, published in 2017, Jack Bernstein told the story of global money laundering highlighting the unenviable place of the HSBC.

“This is a bank that states and federal authorities in the U.S. forced to pay $1.92 billion to settle charges of money laundering; fined $1.2 billion in Hong Kong for “systemic deficiencies” in bond sales and was made to pay $100 million in currency rigging settlement as reported by The Telegraph of 18th January, 2018

David Mark Makes Some Major Moves Ahead Of 2019, Holds Secret Meeting With Babangida Today

Former Senate President, David Mark, has on Saturday visited Minna, the Niger State capital, where he held a private meeting with former Military Ruler, Ibrahim Babangida.

Recall, that Mark, who has been in the Senate since 1999, recently declared that he was running for President on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

He is believed to have discussed his ambition with Babangida, his former Military boss.

One of Mark’s Aides who did not want his name mentioned, said: “Yes my boss is discussing with IBB. First to brief him and seek his prayers and support for the task ahead.”

Lagos APC Gov ticket: Ambode may battle others in primaries as Tinubu refuses to intervene

Following the inability of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, to secure the approval of a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for his 2019 second term bid, he may have to battle against the other aspirants in the primaries.

It was learnt on Friday that Tinubu refused to get involved in the intra-party crisis that has pitted Ambode against the leadership of the party in the state and members of the Conference 57. Conference 57 is a forum of all the council chairmen in the state.

It was gathered that discussion among members of the Mandate Movement of the state APC, headed by Tinubu, did not yield any result that favoured the incumbent governor.

The party leaders are insisting that Ambode should not be given a second term ticket because he had neglected party members since he was inaugurated in 2015. The leadership of the Mandate Movement, it was learnt, insisted that they would prefer Olajide Sanwo-Olu as the candidate of the party for the 2019 governorship election.

Sources close to the leadership said the group had rejected all interventions made by Ambode and his supporters to convince the Mandate Movement.

The leadership of the Mandate Movement of the APC decides who gets what in the state.

To give a fillip to their support for Sanwo-Olu, they attended a press conference the governorship aspirant addressed in Lagos on Friday.

Notable members of the Mandate Movement including their leader, Cardinal James Odunbaku, popularly known as Baba Eto, members of the Conference 57 led by their leader, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos Mainland Local Government, Omolola Essien, attended the event.

Shouts of ‘in-coming governor’ rent the air as Sanwo-Olu arrived the venue in a convoy at 3:11pm.

Before they allowed him to address the press, they sang the ‘On your mandate, Tinubu, on your mandate, we shall stand,’ anthem amidst jubilation.

After this, Sanwo-Olu while addressing the press said Tinubu would not force him or any member willing to contest governorship to jettison the idea.

Describing Tinubu as a democrat, the aspirant said the former Lagos governor was always eager to deepen democratic values and allow democracy to rule and thrive.

Asked what he would do if Tinubu urged him to drop his governorship ambition, Sanwo-Olu said, “Sometimes, people will say this man (Tinubu) is imposing people and that he is not allowing aspirants to come out and that there is no internal democracy in the party.

But this man (Tinubu) is a democrat. He allows democracy to rule and thrive. My aspiration has nothing to do with an individual. My national leader is my national leader. He is our national leader and his passion is about Nigeria and not Lagos alone. The movement we have started believes in participatory democracy and so, there is no basis for it (for Tinubu to urge him to drop his ambition).

“He (Tinubu), being a democrat, will allow the process to go on without any rancour. On September 25, by the grace of God, the entire Lagos APC delegates (members) will vote for Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the governorship candidate to represent them in the 2019 general elections.’’

He noted that his resolve to proceed with his vision for Lagos motivated him to take the nomination and expression of interest forms, saying he had been blessed by God for over 30 years after he left the university.

Though none of the members of the movement spoke with the press at the event, sources close to the leadership said they would rather prefer their candidate to lose at the primary than allowing “Ambode to be imposed on us.”

The source said, “We must go for the direct primary. Sanwo-Olu is the person we want, Ambode must go.”

But a source close to the governor said the issue would be resolved and Ambode would be given the ticket.

Buhari-led APC Government will win 2019 Elections despite doomsday predictions – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Culture, has said the Buhari-led Government would win the 2019 general elections on the basis of its performance, irrespective of the doomsday predictions by some international financial institutions and publications.

The minister made the boast in Lagos on Friday when he visited the corporate headquarters of Channels Television, in furtherance of the National Campaign Against Fake News, which was launched by the Federal Government in July.

In a statement, Mohammed said the negative predictions against the APC-led Federal Government by the British financial institution, HSBC, and the Intelligence Unit of the Economist, were based on fake premises, thus qualifying such predictions as fake news.

He said, “Talking about fake news, we expect that those who have been deeply affected by our policies will mount a sustained campaign against this administration in the weeks and months to come. In fact, they have already started.

“We have all read that the Intelligence Unit of the Economist said the Peoples Democratic Party would defeat the ruling APC in 2019. We have also read that HSBC said Nigeria’s economic development would be stunted if President Buhari gets a second term.

“Let me state clearly that these reports are based on fake premises and, therefore, qualify as fake news. It is a psychological warfare by those who have been badly hit by our policies.

“For example, our fight against corruption has meant that many financial institutions, especially banks, that fed fat on the proceeds of corruption are no longer able to do that.

“Also, international publications that used to feed fat on questionable supplements paid for by the Federal Government have seen a drastic reduction in such patronage, as the administration cuts down on frivolous spending that was the order of the day in the past.

Buhari’s appointments are balanced and fair— Lai

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says President Muhammadu Buhari is fair and balanced in his appointments.

He argued that to get the full picture of the president’s appointments, the totality of appointments made into public offices must be considered as against singling out the security sector.

Mohammed gave the defence on Friday in Lagos when he paid an advocacy visit to Channels Television to call for support for the national campaign against fake news.

His comments came on the heels of nepotism charge against the president following his appoint of Yusuf Bichi, a native of Kano State, as new Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Channels management team had asked the minister for his reaction to the criticism of lopsidedness that had trailed the latest appointment.

The minister said, “Those talking about balancing and federal character should stop focusing on one aspect.

“Let us see how many Permanent Secretaries, Director-Generals and Executive Directors and Heads of Parastatals we have in Nigeria today and where they come from.

“This will give us a more insight to the fact that this administration is not lopsided in appointments.

“We should stop looking at only one side to make our judgment and anywhere we notice any lopsidedness government will correct it,” he said.

Mohammed also debunked allegations that the N16.6 billion Paris Club refund to Osun State was to influence the election in favour of the All Progressives Congress-led state government.

“This is not the first time the Paris Club refund is being made available to states, I think it should be about the fourth time the government had released the money.

“This particular tranche would have been drawn a while ago but for the disagreement between the governors and the Federal Government.

“It is released to all the states, so, it has nothing to do with the election, the timing may be a coincidence,” he said.

On the progress made so far on Digital Switch Over, the minister said that the Economic Management Team headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had set up a committee look into the challenges facing the process.

He said that the major challenge of DSO was basically funding and certain statutory interpretation.

Mohammed assured that the DSO was on course and the process would be fast-tracked after the report of the committee.

The information minister also said the prediction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) victory at 2019 presidential poll by The Economist magazine is fake news.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the research unit of the magazine, had said though the 2019 election would be “a close contest”, the PDP would defeat the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mohammed said the report was based on “fake premises.”

“Talking about fake news, we expect that those who have been deeply affected by our policies will mount a sustained campaign against this administration in the weeks and months to come. In fact, they have already started,” the minister said.

 

“We have all read that the intelligence unit of The Economist said the PDP will defeat the ruling APC in 2019. We have also read that the international financial institution HSBC said Nigeria’s economic development will be stunted if President Buhari gets a second term

“Let me state clearly that these reports are based on fake premises and, therefore, qualify as fake news. It is a psychological warfare by those who have been badly hit by our policies. For example, out fight against corruption has meant that many financial institutions, especially banks, that fed fat on the proceeds of corruption are no longer able to do that.

”Also, international publications that used to feed fat on questionable supplements paid for by the federal government have seen a drastic reduction in such patronage, as the Administration cuts down on frivolous spending that was the order of the day in the past.

“Therefore, it is natural that these institutions and publications would not wish to see another term for this administration.”

The minister said the campaign against fake news has recorded a great achievement so far.

”Since launching the campaign, we have recorded a huge success. Yes, we have not stopped the spread of fake news, and we are not under any illusion that we can stop it so fast,” he said.

“But we have succeeded in bringing the issue of fake news to the front burner. It is now a subject of national discourse, workshops and conferences.”

John Momoh, chairman of Channels Television, said his station would remain a watchdog for the society.

Atiku Receives Shocking Death Threats, To Die By Plane Crash, Runs To Buhari For Immediate Protection – SCARY DETAILS

Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has petitioned President Muhammad Buhari, over alleged threats to his life and those of his family members, regarding his decision to contest for the 2019 Presidency.

Atiku, who is one of the Aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the petition, requested for more security personnel to be attached to him and his family members.

The petition, titled: “Petition Over Criminal Intimidation And Threat To My Life, That Of Members Of My Family, And Cyber Stalking Using Mobile Phone Number 08148228704”, was copied to the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.

He stated that his wife and daughters have received separate text messages from a mobile line, stating that unless he backs out of the race, they would be raped and killed.

The former Vice President, further revealed that the author of the threat text message, said that his family was being watched closely.

He called on the President, to order an urgent investigation into the matter, pointing out that it could lead to serious breaches, and may constitute real danger to national security.

“I present my highest compliments to the President and Commander-in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and have the honour to request your Excellency, kind review/investigation and urgent consideration of extra protection for my family and I, against some criminal intimidation and threat to my life, that of my family, and the cyber stalking against my family and I, using telephone mobile number +2348148228704”, he said.

According to Atiku, the author of the threat message also wrote: “We will blow your plane off the sky, and we will poison you and your family. You are going to see what we will do with your family. We know when and where your children travel to.”

Kwara youths show support for Saraki’s presidential bid ahead of 2019 general elections

In an effort to prove the popularity of Senator Bukola Saraki in his home-state, a Kwara-based group is mobilising youths to a Mass Rally in solidarity with the presidential ambition of the Senate President on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

Speaking to newsmen on Wednesday in Ilorin, the Convener of the forum, Mr Abdulmajeed Olanrewaju Oba, said the March became necessary owing to the immense contributions of to the state when Saraki was Governor of the state and senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Mr Olanrewaju Oba said: “It is going to be an unprecedented gathering for the celebration of Senator Bukola Saraki’s years of enviable leadership when we host the one-million-mass march around the state.

“The proposed March which will commence by 7 am in the morning of September 15, 2018, at Ibrahim Taiwo Junction, just in front of Mr Biggs, in Ilorin, Kwara state.

“We recommend a Dress code of Black Jeans and no specific colour of T-shirt to commemorate the occasion.”

Commenting on the personality of the Senate President, the youth leader who is also Patron of The Olanrewaju Oba Youth Forum (TOOYF), commended Bukola-Saraki for answering the call of teeming Nigerian youths to contest for Presidency.

Mr Olanrewaju Oba said: “Nigeria currently needs a competent and capable personality like Saraki to lead this country forward for saving the nation’s Democracy through his actions and deeds during the National Assembly chambers siege among others.

“We are thrilled by the prospect of having a leader like Senate President, Bukola Saraki as Nigeria’s President. He has all the qualities and we had thought having him will be something to be proud of. We know that with him Nigeria has a great future,” Mr. Olanrewaju Oba emphasized.

While encouraging other Nigerian politicians to emulate the leadership style of the Senate President, the convener said Kwara youths are strongly behind his ideas and ideals.

“Senator Bukola Saraki has distinguished himself as a leader of the masses and as a man we can trust. We are so sure of his capabilities and he is the best candidate for the job. This is basically why we are organizing the 1millionmass march for him.

“The manner in which Mr Saraki has been running the affairs of the upper chamber of the National Assembly was a pointer to his maturity and his ability to rule the country with a focus.”

Jonathan drags Oshiomhole to the dirty gutter, says APC chairman is suffering from multiple personality syndrome

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman, Adams Oshiomhole is suffering from multiple personality syndrome.

Jonathan said this in a statement issued by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze.

Oshiomhole had earlier blamed the former President for introducing vote-buying into Nigerian politics during the 2015 general elections.

In his response, Jonathan said the APC chairman might be going through too much pressure as a result of his new office.

According to Daily Post, he said “We really do not know the real reason for this misleading falsehood, at this point in time. However, we can only guess that Mr Oshiomhole who is currently operating under tremendous stress in the bid to steady the already floundering ship of his administration as the new leader of his party, may have got himself entangled in a voyage of tactless desperation.

“His recent flip-flops where he praised Governor Samuel Ortom and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso one day only to denounce them the very next day, is enough evidence of his fragile psychological state.

“Not only is he content on squabbling with members of the opposition, we note the self-destructive tendencies of Oshiomhole who is locked in a feud with members of his own party including the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, and a host of APC Governors. It appears that Mr Oshiomhole’s psychological strain may have reached boiling point.

“On the vexatious issue of ‘vote-buying’, which has unfortunately found its way into our election lexicon, this is what we know: It is obvious that the shameful development in our democratic experience became very glaring during the 2016 gubernatorial elections in Edo State; an exercise that took place more than one year after President Jonathan had left office.

“It is therefore disingenuous for any politician or group to link the former President with the anomaly, no matter how they want to stretch the now-failing blame game.

“While in Office as President between 2010 and 2015, Jonathan conducted many elections including the 2011 and 2015 general elections, and many off-season gubernatorial and parliamentary elections in some States like Anambra, Ekiti, Ondo and Edo; and not for once did the issue of vote buying come up in the assessment of those elections.

“It is instructive that in each case, the former President was given a clean bill, with both local and international observers commending him for having supervised a credible and transparent process.

“One of those who gave the former President a clean bill of health, was Mr Oshiomhole himself who on July 16, 2012, said: ‘What the Edo election has confirmed is that when the President and Commander-in-Chief puts the country first and he conducts himself as a statesman not just as a party leader, credible elections are possible.’

“When you juxtapose the above statement with Mr Oshiomhole’s current statement, it becomes obvious that the APC Chairman is suffering from multiple personality syndrome and has a Jekyll and Hyde schizophrenia.”

The issue of vote buying was brought to the fore during the recently concluded Ekiti Governorship election where the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the ruling APC were reportedly offering money to voters.

Massive Victory As UK Report Backs PDP Against Buhari, And The Entire APC

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has stated that a report by a London-based Magazine, The Economist, against President Muhammadu Buhari, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, “Confirms Our Stand”.

The opposition PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this disclosure in a statement made available to Post-Nigeria, on Wednesday.

The statement reads in full:

2019: The Economist, HSBC, Verdict Against Buhari Confirms Our Stand.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the independent reports by The Economist, as well as that of the renowned multinational body, HSBC, that the PDP will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 general elections, confirms our position that Nigerians across board have rejected President Buhari, ahead of the 2019 Presidential election.

PDP says Buhari’s rejection is predicated on his abysmal failure, and the deception of his All Progressives Congress (APC), in the last three years.

The party further said the findings by the two credible organisations, that President Buhari stands no chance in the general elections, and that his winning portends grave danger for our nation, is completely in tandem with the stand of majority of Nigerians, irrespective of their current political party affiliations, ethnicity, or creed.

The party notes that in line with the reports, Nigerians are fed up with President Buhari, mainly due to the incompetence and unprecedented corruption in his Presidency, resulting in the ruining of our once robust economy, with attendant mass job loss, ravaging hunger, starvation, and disease, as well as escalated insecurity, with documented mass killings, violation of human rights, and daily bloodletting in various parts of our country, a development that has put the unity of our great country at risk.

Moreover, the findings by the two bodies, that a second term for President Buhari will worsen our nation’s economic and security woes, is a position also held by Nigerians across board, hence their determination to rally on the platform of the re-positioned PDP, with our array of very popular Presidential Aspirants, to vote him out in 2019.

The world now knows the major reason the Buhari-led APC administration has resorted to harassment and vicious attacks on the opposition, using trumped-up charges; the various assaults on the institution of the Judiciary, and the National Assembly, as well as unrelenting machination to compromise the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to rig the elections.

This is the reason President Buhari rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act passed by the National Assembly, which practically checks all APC’s rigging strategies, ahead of the 2019 general elections, and for which Nigerians have approved that the Legislators should override his veto.

The fear of imminent defeat, is the reason President Buhari is against the amendment that checked the use of underage voters, provided for online publication of voter register, in addition to instant transmission of results from the polling to collation center; thus, eliminating interferences and planned alteration of results by the APC.

Nigerians are already aware that this is why APC and INEC have been conniving to secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in remote non-descript areas, as well as registration of compromised Observers, to validate their machinations.

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari (R) receive a letter of confirmation from the President of the Senate of Nigeria Bukola Saraki in Abuja, Nigeria, November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer – RTX1UL73

Now that Mr. President is aware that his approval rating among Nigerians and across the world has hit the rocks, despite the many choreographed endorsement stunts by his handlers, the PDP urges him to rein in his lackeys, bury the idea of rigging the elections, and get ready to accept an inevitable defeat, as Nigerians are not ready to be dragged into an unnecessary political crisis for any person’s selfish ambition.

Rivers 2019: I will unseat Governor Wike, Tonye Cole boasts

An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Rivers, Mr Tonye Cole, said he would unseat the present government in the state in 2019.

Cole, who is aspiring to succeed Gov. Nyesom Wike, if given the ticket of his party, said that he would tackle economic and security challenges which the present administration had failed to do.

He told newsmen in Abuja on Wednesday, after submitting his nomination form for the party’s primaries that he would attract foreign direct investment into the state.

According to him, Rivers has the capacity to attract investors if conducive business environment is created.

Cole, therefore, said that he would use his experience and connection in business world to actualize the dream of improving on the economic status of the state, if given the opportunity.

He also said that wealth distribution at the grassroots was a major objective of his aspiration, adding that he would ensure that rural people were lifted out of poverty.

“Wealth distribution among the grass root people is extremely vital.

“I want to make sure that everybody in Rivers at the grassroots, who have been down, who has been impoverished, who does not have peace and security, are taken care of.

“From an industry perspective, I have been operating at the global level; I travel a lot, I have worked with a lot of people and people know me for doing business with passion.

“We believe that we can attract investment and secure investment in Rivers.

“Rule of law will be protected and they would be able to generate employment for the people of the state,’’ he said.

On security, Cole said that he would engage with the people for them to understand the negative impact of insecurity and crime on the lives and their communities.

According to him, the long term outcome of insecurity is that poverty continues to increase.

“Security is a relationship thing as well; it has to deal with people because people who perpetrate crime and bring insecurity are human beings like you and me.

“One of the things that we are going to do is to engage with them wholly to make them understand what the outcome is as it affects them, not just their families but as it affects their communities.’