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SERAP sues FG, Lai Muhammed over repressive directive to broadcasters to stop using Twitter


Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has filed a lawsuit asking the Federal High Court in Abuja “to stop the Federal Government and the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Muhammed from using their patently unlawful directive to all TV and radio stations not to use Twitter, and to delete their accounts as a pretext to harass, intimidate, suspend or impose criminal punishment on journalists and broadcast stations simply for using social media platforms.”

The suit followed the order by the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) asking TV and radio stations to “suspend the patronage of Twitter immediately”, and telling them to delete ‘unpatriotic’ Twitter, after the social media giant was banned in the country for deleting President Muhammadu Buhari’s tweet.

In the suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/496/2021 filed last Friday, SERAP is seeking: “an order of perpetual injunction restraining the government of President Buhari, the NBC, and Mr Lai Muhammed and any other persons from censoring, regulating, licensing and controlling the social media operations and contents by broadcast stations, and activities of social media service providers in Nigeria.”

In the suit, SERAP is also seeking “an order setting aside the directive by NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed asking broadcast stations to stop using Twitter, as it is unconstitutional, unlawful, inconsistent and incompatible with the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended], and the country’s obligations under the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

SERAP is arguing that “The government of President Buhari, the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed have consistently made policies and given directives to crackdown on media freedom, and the rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression and access to information, and to impose crippling fines and other sanctions on broadcast stations without any legal basis whatsoever.”

According to SERAP: “The court has an important role to play in the protection and preservation of the rule of law to ensure that persons and institutions operate within the defined ambit of constitutional and statutory limitations.”

SERAP is also arguing that “Where agencies of government are allowed to operate at large and at their whims and caprices in the guise of performing their statutory duties, the end result will be anarchy, licentiousness, authoritarianism and brigandage leading to the loss of the much cherished and constitutionally guaranteed freedom and liberty.”

According to SERAP: “By using the National Broadcasting Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to stop broadcast stations from using Twitter without recourse to the court, the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed have contravened the right to access to justice and fair hearing guaranteed under sections 6[1] & [6][b] and 36[1] of the Nigerian Constitution 1999, and articles 1 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”

The suit filed on behalf of SERAP by its lawyers Kolawole Oluwadare, Kehinde Oyewumi and Opeyemi Owolabi, read in part: “The directive by the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed to broadcasters to delete their Twitter accounts is unlawful, as it amounts to a fundamental breach of the principle of legality, the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom, and incompatible with the country’s international human rights obligations.”

“SERAP and concerned Nigerians are entitled to the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom subject only to lawful restrictions. SERAP and concerned Nigerians frequently rely on the Twitter handles of many broadcast stations as sources of information for our activities in the promotion of transparency and accountability in the country.”

“Nigeria is a state party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which impose legal obligations on the government of President Buhari to ensure that the rights of Nigerians to freedom of expression, access to information and media freedom are respected, promoted, protected, fulfilled, and not unlawfully restricted.”

“The NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed have not shown any law breached by journalists, broadcast stations and media houses in Nigeria, and the government of President Buhari cannot use any disagreement with Twitter as a ploy to violate Nigerians’ rights, and undermine their individual businesses and professional duties.”

“The drafters of the Nigerian Constitution well knew the danger inherent in special executive and legislative acts which take away the life, liberty, or property of particular named persons. They intended to safeguard the people of this country from punishment without trial by duly constituted courts. These principles are so fundamental and must be respected.”

“The directive to broadcast stations has seriously undermined the ability of Nigerians and other people in the country to freely express themselves in a democracy, and undermined the ability of journalists, media houses, broadcast stations, and other people to freely carry out their professional duties.”

“The Twitter accounts by broadcast stations and media houses are their own properties acquired upon privity of terms and conditions formulated by the Twitter Inc. and accepted by the stations and media houses.”

SERAP is also asking the Federal High Court for the following reliefs:

1. A DECLARATION that the directive by the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed to broadcast stations in Nigeria to deactivate their Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter as a source of information gathering is unlawful, and amounts to a breach of the principles of legality and no punishment without law, and violation of the rights to freedom of expression, access to information, and media freedom guaranteed under sections 39 and 22 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 [as amended], Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
2. A DECLARATION that the acts of the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed in relying on the National Broadcasting Act and the Nigeria Broadcasting Code to unilaterally direct broadcast stations to delete their Twitter handles and desist from using Twitter without recourse to the court amount to infringement on sections 6[1] & [6][b], 36 and 44[1] of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 [as amended], Articles 1 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
3. A DECLARATION that the provision of section 2[1][r] of the National Broadcasting Act and sections 5.6.3, 5.11.3 of the Nigeria Broadcasting Code being inconsistent and incompatible with sections 36[1], 39 and 22 of the Nigerian Constitution, Article 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights are null and void to the extent of their inconsistency and incompatibility.
4. A DECLARATION that the NBC and Mr Lai Muhammed lack the power and authority to unlawfully impose penalty such as fines and other sanctions on any journalists and broadcast stations for using Twitter, and refusing/failing to deactivate their Twitter handles.

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the suit.

Kolawole Oluwadare
SERAP Deputy Director
20/6/2021
Lagos, Nigeria
Emails: info@serap-nigeria.org; news@serap-nigeria.org
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The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY are the owners of all that large expanse of land which traverses from Utonyatsere through Gbekoko axis which is currently hosting the UTON FLOW STATION at Shell Road, and other Oil Facilities which is currently being operated and serviced by the NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD., through SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.

• Abigborodo community warns Seplat over Uton Flow Station, other Oil Facilities under OML 41, set for fresh battle

Fresh storm is currently gathering at the Abigborodo axis of Delta State, as the community appears to be bracing for battle with Seplat Development Company PLC,
The community is accusing the oil company of fanning the embers of disunity and crisis among communities and preempting the report of the judicial panel of enquiry set up by the Delta State Government.
In a letter dated June 17, 2021 to the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director, Seplat Development Company PLC, Roger Thompson Brown, the community cautioned that there was grave danger in the actions of the oil company.
‘’The Abigborodo Community decided to use through this medium to draw your attention and that of the general public to the plight of the Abigborodo Community most especially the likely consequences of the actions of Seplat Development Company PLC., in entering and / or signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) with Sapele / Okpe Community without recourse to the Abigborodo Community as per her claims and rights’’.
Entitled ‘’The plan of Seplat Development Company PLC to enter into / sign a memorandum of understanding with Sapele / Okpe community under OML 41 without carrying the Abigborodo Community along in the scheme of things: A catalyst to fanning the embers of disunity and crisis among communities and preempting the report of the judicial panel of enquiry set up by the Delta State Government: A call for restraint’’, the community urged Roger Thompson Brown to use his good offices as always, to wade into the matter and direct Seplat to stay action / restraint in respect of signing / entering a Memorandum of Understanding with Sapele / Okpe Community.
Written by Demaki & Demaki, Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community, the community said the letter was necessitated by issues of urgent importance connected with the plans of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC to enter and / or sign a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY under OML 41 (Uton Flow Station).
‘’We act as Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, and on whose behalf, mandate and firm instructions we write this open letter. The community known as Abigborodo Community is an Oil Producing Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria’’.
Signed by Shedrack M. Demaki ESQ, the community said the Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by Seplat Development Company PLC, belonged to Abigborodo Community
‘’The Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., belongs to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY are the owners of all that large expanse of land which traverses from Utonyatsere through Gbekoko axis which is currently hosting the UTON FLOW STATION at Shell Road, and other Oil Facilities which is currently being operated and serviced by the NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD., through SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC’’.
According to the community, ‘’the said land is an ancestral heritage of the Abigborodo Community’’.
‘’They have been exercising proprietary and customary rights over the said land without any form of interference and opposition from any person or group of persons until recently when, the Sapele / Okpe Community most notably one Mr. Augustine Arieaja trespassed on the said land which necessitated the Government of Delta State to look into the cause of the said trespass and uprising over the said land’’.
The community frowned at Seplat for refusing to address issues raised in earlier letter.
‘If you can recall that a letter dated 9th July, 2020 addressed to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., wherein your office was also sent a copy and receipt of same was acknowledged; it might interest you to know that, several weeks after the receipt of the said letter, the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., has still not deemed it necessary or fit to acknowledge same or address the issues raised in the said letter by ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY’’.

17th June, 2021
ROGER THOMPSON BROWN,
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.,
16A TEMPLE ROAD, IKOYI,
LAGOS – NIGERIA
Sir,
AN OPEN LETTER:
THE PLAN OF SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., TO ENTER INTO / SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY UNDER OML 41 WITHOUT CARRYING THE ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY ALONG IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS: A CATALYST TO FANNING THE EMBERS OF DISUNITY AND CRISIS AMONG COMMUNITIES AND PREEMPTING THE REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY SET UP BY THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT: A CALL FOR RESTRAINT.

We act as Solicitors / Legal Advisers to ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY, of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, and on whose behalf, mandate and firm instructions we write this OPEN LETTER.

This open letter is necessitated by issues of urgent importance connected with the plans of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., to enter and / or sign a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY under OML 41 (UTON FLOW STATION).

Sir, before bringing you to speed with the issues we hope you will expeditiously wade into and address; permit us to introduce the community known as ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY is an Oil Producing Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.

Having introduced the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY to you, if you can recall that a letter dated 9th July, 2020 addressed to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., wherein your office was also sent a copy and receipt of same was acknowledged; it might interest you to know that, several weeks after the receipt of the said letter, the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., has still not deemed it necessary or fit to acknowledge same or address the issues raised in the said letter by ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY.

Sir, to apprise you with the issues contained in the letter written to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., and the reason why this letter is being made public; the Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., belongs to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY are the owners of all that large expanse of land which traverses from Utonyatsere through Gbekoko axis which is currently hosting the UTON FLOW STATION at Shell Road, and other Oil Facilities which is currently being operated and serviced by the NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD., through SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.

The said LAND is an ancestral Heritage of the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY and they have been exercising proprietary and customary rights over the said LAND without any form of interference and opposition from any person or group of persons until recently when, the SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY most notably one Mr. Augustine Arieaja trespassed on the said land which necessitated the Government of Delta State to look into the cause of the said trespass and uprising over the said land.

Sir, the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY decided to use through this medium to draw your attention and that of the general public to the plight of the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY most especially the likely consequences of the actions of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., in entering and / or signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY without recourse to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY as per her claims and rights.

The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY is humbly urging you to use your good office as always, to wade into this matter and direct your company to stay action / restraint in respect of signing / entering a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY, as the action of your company if not nipped in the bud will:

i. Firstly, be a catalyst to breaching the relative peace in the said area; which might even lead to communal crisis if not well managed.

ii. Secondly, the action of your company by going ahead to enter / sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY will also be, pre-empting the report of the Delta State Judicial Panel of Enquiry which is yet to be published by the Government of Delta State.

We trust that recourse to wise counsel will be had in the circumstance, as a stitch in time they say; saves nine!

Please accept the assurances of our highest regard.
Yours faithfully

SHEDRACK M. DEMAKI ESQ.
FOR: DEMAKI & DEMAKI
Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community

Abigborodo community warns Seplat over Uton Flow Station, other Oil Facilities under OML 41, set for fresh battle

Fresh storm is currently gathering at the Abigborodo axis of Delta State, as the community appears to be bracing for battle with Seplat Development Company PLC,
The community is accusing the oil company of fanning the embers of disunity and crisis among communities and preempting the report of the judicial panel of enquiry set up by the Delta State Government.
In a letter dated June 17, 2021 to the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director, Seplat Development Company PLC, Roger Thompson Brown, the community cautioned that there was grave danger in the actions of the oil company.
‘’The Abigborodo Community decided to use through this medium to draw your attention and that of the general public to the plight of the Abigborodo Community most especially the likely consequences of the actions of Seplat Development Company PLC., in entering and / or signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) with Sapele / Okpe Community without recourse to the Abigborodo Community as per her claims and rights’’.
Entitled ‘’The plan of Seplat Development Company PLC to enter into / sign a memorandum of understanding with Sapele / Okpe community under OML 41 without carrying the Abigborodo Community along in the scheme of things: A catalyst to fanning the embers of disunity and crisis among communities and preempting the report of the judicial panel of enquiry set up by the Delta State Government: A call for restraint’’, the community urged Roger Thompson Brown to use his good offices as always, to wade into the matter and direct Seplat to stay action / restraint in respect of signing / entering a Memorandum of Understanding with Sapele / Okpe Community.
Written by Demaki & Demaki, Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community, the community said the letter was necessitated by issues of urgent importance connected with the plans of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC to enter and / or sign a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY under OML 41 (Uton Flow Station).
‘’We act as Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, and on whose behalf, mandate and firm instructions we write this open letter. The community known as Abigborodo Community is an Oil Producing Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria’’.
Signed by Shedrack M. Demaki ESQ, the community said the Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by Seplat Development Company PLC, belonged to Abigborodo Community
‘’The Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., belongs to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY are the owners of all that large expanse of land which traverses from Utonyatsere through Gbekoko axis which is currently hosting the UTON FLOW STATION at Shell Road, and other Oil Facilities which is currently being operated and serviced by the NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD., through SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC’’.
According to the community, ‘’the said land is an ancestral heritage of the Abigborodo Community’’.
‘’They have been exercising proprietary and customary rights over the said land without any form of interference and opposition from any person or group of persons until recently when, the Sapele / Okpe Community most notably one Mr. Augustine Arieaja trespassed on the said land which necessitated the Government of Delta State to look into the cause of the said trespass and uprising over the said land’’.
The community frowned at Seplat for refusing to address issues raised in earlier letter.
‘If you can recall that a letter dated 9th July, 2020 addressed to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., wherein your office was also sent a copy and receipt of same was acknowledged; it might interest you to know that, several weeks after the receipt of the said letter, the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., has still not deemed it necessary or fit to acknowledge same or address the issues raised in the said letter by ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY’’.

17th June, 2021
ROGER THOMPSON BROWN,
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.,
16A TEMPLE ROAD, IKOYI,
LAGOS – NIGERIA
Sir,
AN OPEN LETTER:
THE PLAN OF SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., TO ENTER INTO / SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY UNDER OML 41 WITHOUT CARRYING THE ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY ALONG IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS: A CATALYST TO FANNING THE EMBERS OF DISUNITY AND CRISIS AMONG COMMUNITIES AND PREEMPTING THE REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY SET UP BY THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT: A CALL FOR RESTRAINT.

We act as Solicitors / Legal Advisers to ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY, of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, and on whose behalf, mandate and firm instructions we write this OPEN LETTER.

This open letter is necessitated by issues of urgent importance connected with the plans of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., to enter and / or sign a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY under OML 41 (UTON FLOW STATION).

Sir, before bringing you to speed with the issues we hope you will expeditiously wade into and address; permit us to introduce the community known as ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY is an Oil Producing Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.

Having introduced the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY to you, if you can recall that a letter dated 9th July, 2020 addressed to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., wherein your office was also sent a copy and receipt of same was acknowledged; it might interest you to know that, several weeks after the receipt of the said letter, the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., has still not deemed it necessary or fit to acknowledge same or address the issues raised in the said letter by ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY.

Sir, to apprise you with the issues contained in the letter written to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., and the reason why this letter is being made public; the Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., belongs to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY are the owners of all that large expanse of land which traverses from Utonyatsere through Gbekoko axis which is currently hosting the UTON FLOW STATION at Shell Road, and other Oil Facilities which is currently being operated and serviced by the NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD., through SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.

The said LAND is an ancestral Heritage of the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY and they have been exercising proprietary and customary rights over the said LAND without any form of interference and opposition from any person or group of persons until recently when, the SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY most notably one Mr. Augustine Arieaja trespassed on the said land which necessitated the Government of Delta State to look into the cause of the said trespass and uprising over the said land.

Sir, the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY decided to use through this medium to draw your attention and that of the general public to the plight of the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY most especially the likely consequences of the actions of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., in entering and / or signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY without recourse to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY as per her claims and rights.

The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY is humbly urging you to use your good office as always, to wade into this matter and direct your company to stay action / restraint in respect of signing / entering a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY, as the action of your company if not nipped in the bud will:

i. Firstly, be a catalyst to breaching the relative peace in the said area; which might even lead to communal crisis if not well managed.

ii. Secondly, the action of your company by going ahead to enter / sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY will also be, pre-empting the report of the Delta State Judicial Panel of Enquiry which is yet to be published by the Government of Delta State.

We trust that recourse to wise counsel will be had in the circumstance, as a stitch in time they say; saves nine!

Please accept the assurances of our highest regard.
Yours faithfully

SHEDRACK M. DEMAKI ESQ.
FOR: DEMAKI & DEMAKI
Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community

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THE PLAN OF SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., TO ENTER INTO / SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY UNDER OML 41 WITHOUT CARRYING THE ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY ALONG IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS: A CATALYST TO FANNING THE EMBERS OF DISUNITY AND CRISIS AMONG COMMUNITIES AND PRE EMPTING THE REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY SET UP BY THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT: A CALL FOR RESTRAINT.

17th June, 2021
ROGER THOMPSON BROWN,
THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.,
16A TEMPLE ROAD, IKOYI,
LAGOS – NIGERIA
Sir,
AN OPEN LETTER:
THE PLAN OF SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., TO ENTER INTO / SIGN A MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WITH SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY UNDER OML 41 WITHOUT CARRYING THE ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY ALONG IN THE SCHEME OF THINGS: A CATALYST TO FANNING THE EMBERS OF DISUNITY AND CRISIS AMONG COMMUNITIES AND PRE EMPTING THE REPORT OF THE JUDICIAL PANEL OF ENQUIRY SET UP BY THE DELTA STATE GOVERNMENT: A CALL FOR RESTRAINT.
We act as Solicitors / Legal Advisers to ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY, of Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, and on whose behalf, mandate and firm instructions we write this OPEN LETTER.
This open letter is necessitated by issues of urgent importance connected with the plans of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., to enter and / or sign a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY under OML 41 (UTON FLOW STATION).
Sir, before bringing you to speed with the issues we hope you will expeditiously wade into and address; permit us to introduce the community known as ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY is an Oil Producing Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State, Nigeria.
Having introduced the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY to you, if you can recall that a letter dated 9th July, 2020 addressed to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., wherein your office was also sent a copy and receipt of same was acknowledged; it might interest you to know that, several weeks after the receipt of the said letter, the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., has still not deemed it necessary or fit to acknowledge same or address the issues raised in the said letter by ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY.
Sir, to apprise you with the issues contained in the letter written to the Managing Director of the SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., and the reason why this letter is being made public; the Land which serves as host to UTON FLOW STATION (Shell Road) and other Oil Facilities under OML 41 being operated by SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., belongs to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY. The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY are the owners of all that large expanse of land which traverses from Utonyatsere through Gbekoko axis which is currently hosting the UTON FLOW STATION at Shell Road, and other Oil Facilities which is currently being operated and serviced by the NIGERIAN PETROLEUM DEVELOPMENT COMPANY LTD., through SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC.
The said LAND is an ancestral Heritage of the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY and they have been exercising proprietary and customary rights over the said LAND without any form of interference and opposition from any person or group of persons until recently when, the SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY most notably one Mr. Augustine Arieaja trespassed on the said land which necessitated the Government of Delta State to look into the cause of the said trespass and uprising over the said land.
Sir, the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY decided to use through this medium to draw your attention and that of the general public to the plight of the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY most especially the likely consequences of the actions of SEPLAT DEVELOPMENT COMPANY PLC., in entering and / or signing a Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U) with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY without recourse to the ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY as per her claims and rights.
The ABIGBORODO COMMUNITY is humbly urging you to use your good office as always, to wade into this matter and direct your company to stay action / restraint in respect of signing / entering a Memorandum of Understanding with SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY, as the action of your company if not nipped in the bud will:
i. Firstly, be a catalyst to breaching the relative peace in the said area; which might even lead to communal crisis if not well managed.
ii. Secondly, the action of your company by going ahead to enter / sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the SAPELE / OKPE COMMUNITY will also be, pre-empting the report of the Delta State Judicial Panel of Enquiry which is yet to be published by the Government of Delta State.
We trust that recourse to wise counsel will be had in the circumstance, as a stitch in time they say; saves nine!

Please accept the assurances of our highest regard.
Yours faithfully

SHEDRACK M. DEMAKI ESQ.
FOR: DEMAKI & DEMAKI
Solicitors / Legal Advisers to Abigborodo Community

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June 16, 2021
Press Conference
INEC: Return Onochie’s Nomination To Buhari Now, PDP Tells Lawan, Gaya
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) charges Senate President Ahmed Lawan to respect Nigerians by immediately returning the nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide, Lauretta Onochie, proposed to the Senate as a National Commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to Mr. President.
The PDP asserts that Senator Lawan will have no body but himself to blame for the ridiculing of his tenure in office if he failed to return the nomination as demanded by Nigerians.
Consequently, the PDP has also asked the Chairman of the Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, to resist the attempt by Senator Lawan to drag him into public ignominy and odium by engaging him to do an incredulous, irresponsible and dirty job of returning a confirmation of Onochie to the Committee of the Whole Senate.
The PDP charges Senator Gaya to immediately stand down all deliberations that concern Onochie before his committee.
Senator Lawan must know that Nigerians are now holding him directly answerable for gross misconduct and impeachable act of perfidy for sending Onochie’s already rejected nomination to the Gaya’s Committee, in utter violation of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and total derision for the sensibility of Nigerians.
Our party reminds Senator Lawan that the reasons that forced his hands to stand down Onochie’s faulted nomination eight months ago have neither changed nor abated. The reasons are still sticking and they are not far-fetched.
In case Lawan needs to be reminded, paragraph 14 of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) forbids a person involved in partisan politics to hold office as a member of INEC.
Relying on the above in demanding for a litmus of respect for the supremacy of the 1999 Constitution, the PDP holds that Onochie, as a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ward 5 Onicha Olona, Aniocha North Local Government Area of Delta state and who is also public campaigner for the APC and President Buhari, cannot, by any stroke of imagination, be appointed as an INEC official at any level and under any guise whatsoever.
If anything, our party assures Senator Lawan that his desperation to appoint Onochie into INEC through the backdoor is an act of rebelliousness to the 1999 constitution as well as impudence to the sensibilities of Nigerians, which must never be allowed to stand.
Therefore, the PDP directs our members and other democratically minded members of the National Assembly, across party lines, to activate and deploy all legislative instruments at their disposal against Onochie’s confirmation as a National Commissioner of INEC.
The PDP also directs all our members and all lovers of democracy across the country to get ready to use all legitimate means including civic action against Senator Lawan and the APC leadership in the Senate if they do not rescind their attempt to confirm Onochie at all costs.
The intent and purpose of the PDP is to preserve the sanctity and credibility of INEC and our party will never allow Senator Lawan and his APC to smuggle a fox into INEC sheep pen in their bid to corrupt and further desecrate the commission and derail our national effort towards free, fair and credible electoral process in our country.
Our party also cautions Buhari Presidency to end its ignoble attempt to compromise the Senate and our electoral system in its bid to perpetuate its misrule beyond 2023.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
June 16, 2021
Press Statement
Poverty: World Bank Report Exposes Buhari Presidency, APC’s Lies- PDP…Counsels Buhari to End False Claims and Seek Help
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the report by World Bank that 7 million Nigerians have been pushed into poverty in the last one year, has clinically belied the integrity posturing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This is particularly in the face of the recent claims by President Buhari that his administration has lifted over 10 million Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years.
The PDP asserts that the report by the World Bank has further vindicated its position that President Buhari runs an uncoordinated and clueless administration that thrives on lies, false performance claims, deceit and perfidious propaganda.
Nigerans can now clearly see why the APC and Persident Buhari’s handlers are always in a frenzy to attack our party and other well-meaning Nigerians whenever we point to the poor handling of the economy and on the need for President Buhari to always be factual on pertinent issues of governance in our country.
Unfortunately, it indeed appears that Mr. President enjoys living in denial while watching millions of Nigerians go down in abject poverty, excruciating hunger and starvation as our country now ranks 98th out of 107 in Global Hunger Index under his watch.
Otherwise why would Mr. President claim that his administration has lifted over 10.5 million Nigerians out of poverty while official figures even from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show worsening poverty rate with 142.2% growth in food inflation and over 82.9 million Nigerians being unable to afford their daily meals due to the failure of the administration to take practical steps to grow and protect the food sector?
Under President Buhari, Nigerians are now subjected to the worst form of poverty and hardship, with collapsed purchasing power, occasioned by a voodoo economy management that have wrecked our productive sectors and pummeled our naira from the about N167 to a US dollar in 2015 to the current over N500 per dollar.
It is unfortunate that Mr. President will choose to always bandy fictitious figures and false performance claims, when he has, in a space of six years, destroyed our national productivity and reduced our country to a beggarly nation, a laughing stock and object of pity among the comity of nations.
The PDP invites Nigerians to note President Buhari and APC’s similar false performance claims in other critical sectors, including power, transportation, road infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, security, aviation among others, where the Buhari administration has been bandying fictitious figures with no tangible project to point at.
Our party counsels President Buhari, his handlers as well as their party, the APC, to note that Nigerians have seen through their deceitful clams.
The PDP, once again, urges Mr. President to end his false performance claims and get more competent hands to manage the economy before every Nigerian is turned into a street beggar.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

PRESS RELEASE
WE’LL DELIVER SIX-LANE IBEJU-LEKKI-EPE HIGHWAY PROJECT FIRST QUARTER 2022 – SANWO-OLU
…Governor, Cabinet Members Inspect Construction Work
Barring unanticipated event, the construction of 18.7-kilometre six-lane rigid pavement carriageway from Eleko Junction in Ibeju Lekki to Epe T-Junction in Lagos State will be completed and commissioned. This was the assurance from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu when he and members of the State Executive Council went on an on-the-spot assessment of the project, on Monday.
Sanwo-Olu was excited by the pace of work on the road, persuading the contractor handling the project to increase its momentum in order to push the progress to an encouraging level before the end of the year.
The Governor flagged off the first phase of the expansion on the Lekki-Epe Expressway last November, kick-starting the rehabilitation of the 40-year-old infrastructure. The second phase of the project, which will start later this year, stretches 26.7Km from Eleko Junction to Abraham Adesanya Junction in Eti-Osa axis.
At the time of the Governor’s inspection, the contractor had completed a stretch of 3km on the lane from Eleko Junction inward Epe, while the right-of-way for the entire project has been fully cleared.
After communicating the work progress to the Governor, representatives of the contractor led Sanwo-Olu and cabinet members on legwork for assessment of features on the completed stretch, including drainage channels, kerb and segregated lane for heavy-duty vehicles.
The Governor was optimistic the project would be delivered on record time, charging the contractor to scale up the pace of work.
He said: “This exercise is an on-the-spot assessment to view the status of the 18.7Km six-lane rigid pavement road construction we are doing from Eleko Junction to Epe. The contractor has been active on site in the last six months, and they have touched every part of the entire stretch. We are currently assessing the project from the 3km lane already completed. On either side are three lanes. Two lanes are for cars, while the last lane is for heavy-duty vehicles. There will be 1.5km pedestrian walkway on both sides.
“We are happy with the progress of the project, because the contractor works day and night. I believe the work is on track. Residents on this corridor are also happy with the level of work done. They are waiting on us to hand over this important infrastructure to them in earnest.
“The beauty of the work is that it has reduced the journey time, even as the road is still being constructed. There is no hindrance on the road; motorists have the right-of-way for free movement. Not until when we finish the entire construction, we would have the full benefit of this investment. We are happy with what we have seen and we believe that the contractor should be rounding off the work by end this year or first quarter next year.”

SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
JUNE 16, 2021

PRESS RELEASE

SANWO-OLU RECEIVES SENATOR TINUBU, REITERATES CONTINUOUS SUPPORT FOR CHILDREN, YOUTH IN LAGOS

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday said his administration will continue to support initiatives that will empower and provide opportunities for children and youth in the State.

He said his administration is fully committed to championing the cause of the youth and the vulnerable in the society, particularly in Lagos State.

Speaking while receiving the President and Founder of the New Era Foundation and Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, Senator Oluremi Tinubu during a courtesy visit at Lagos House in Marina, Governor Sanwo-Olu said the Musical Youth Fiesta Initiative started by Tinubu 10 years ago has provided opportunities for thousands of children and youth in the State.

“It has been a great honour and rare privilege to have impacted through you a lot of children and youth and I am sure the seed that the Musical Youth Fiesta Initiative has thrown up we cannot imagine it because we know that God is doing great things in their individual lives. That becomes a comforting model for us,” he said.

The Governor said the fiesta has become a real testimony as there have been records of blessings and opportunities coming out of the initiative, which created avenue for thousands of children and youth to come together under one roof to praise God on yearly basis since its inception in 2011.

Speaking earlier, Senator Tinubu commended Governor Sanwo-Olu for partnering with her, members of the board of trustees and other stakeholders in the last 10 years to touch the lives and provide opportunities for 5,000 children and youth yearly through a showcase of talent in music, dance and drama.

She said the Board of Trustees decided to dissolve the Musical Youth Fiesta Initiative as a result of the prevalent situation and apparent inability to converge in large numbers.

For the 10th anniversary, Senator Tinubu disclosed the Musical Youth Initiative board gave out N2.5million each to four churches that have been major partners, adding that remaining fund in the account would be transferred to the New Era Foundation for continuous support of youth and children.

She said: “I want to thank you (Governor Sanwo-Olu) for partnering with us on this journey of touching lives. Every year since 2011, we have hosted five thousand children and youth, providing an opportunity to showcase their talent in an atmosphere of music, dance and drama. However the 10th anniversary edition which was scheduled to hold in December 2020 could not go on.

“In spite of this and to commemorate the milestone anniversary, we have procured school supplies consisting of one school bag, two exercise books, one ball pen, and one 100ml hand sanitizer for each child/youth.

“We have seen the fruits of what we really want to achieve among the youth. And we thought the fire is there. The dream is to bring children back into their churches to begin to train in the line of music. This has been a very fulfilling dream and it is not going to stop me from working with the children. We have the New Era Foundation and we have to keep working there.”

Senator Tinubu was accompanied by gospel artist and renowned saxophonist, Pastor Kunle Ajayi, who served as the Coordinator of the Musical Youth Fiesta Initiative.

SIGNED
GBOYEGA AKOSILE
CHIEF PRESS SECRETARY
JUNE 16, 2021

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Taraji P. Henson announced as host of the 2021 “BET Awards” as Queen Latifah is confirmed as recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award


Today, BET announces that Academy Award nominated and Golden Globe winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist Taraji P. Henson will host the 2021 “BET AWARDS” and GRAMMY award-winning musician, critically acclaimed Golden Globe winning and Academy Award nominated actor Queen Latifah will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement BET Award. The “BET AWARDS” 2021 will air LIVE, Monday 28 June on BETAfrica (DStv channel 129) at 01:00 WAT. You can also catch the repeat at 18:00 WAT on the same day.

“The 2021 BET Awards theme, The year of Black Women, is a celebration to honour trailblazing black women across the globe,” said Monde Twala, SVP at BET International. “Now in its twenty-first year, the BET AWARDS continues its reign as the platform to showcase black female excellence and shine a light on culture as the driving force for social change.”

“Black women have been essential drivers of change throughout history, from the political sphere to the cultural zeitgeist,” said Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET. “The BET AWARDS is the ultimate celebration of Black culture, and we are looking forward to spotlighting and celebrating Black women during this year’s show, recognizing them for everything they’ve accomplished and applauding them for what’s to come.”

Taraji P. Henson most recently wrapped her iconic run as “Cookie Lyon” on Fox’s hit musical drama EMPIRE, which has earned her three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and three BET Awards. She portrayed NASA mathematician Katherine G. Johnson in the Academy Award nominated film HIDDEN FIGURES, as well as lent her voice to Disney’s RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET: WRECK-IT RALPH 2. In 2018, she launched the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation in honour of her late father. The organisation provides scholarships to African-American students majoring in mental health disciplines, offers mental health services to youth in urban schools, and works to lower the recidivism rates of African-American men and women. Henson, along with her best friend and foundation partner, Tracie Jade, recently co-hosted the Facebook Watch series on mental health called PEACE OF MIND WITH TARAJI, for which they received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination for “Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host.”

Additionally, the “BET AWARDS” will be honouring Queen Latifah with this year’s Lifetime Achievement BET Award. Latifah has had amazing success since her career began in Hollywood and became the first hip-hop artist to be crowned with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006. She received rave reviews, industry recognition, and accolades for her roles in feature musical CHICAGO and cable films LIFE SUPPORT and BESSIE, which she also produced. Additionally, Latifah starred in the hit comedy GIRLS TRIP and has also taken to the stage and small screen as the title character in the television musical, THE WIZ LIVE!. Flavor Unit Entertainment, the production company owned and operated by Latifah and Shakim Compere, was behind the hit comedies, BRINGING DOWN THE HOUSE, BEAUTY SHOP, and THE PERFECT HOLIDAY. Latifah currently stars in and is an executive producer on the CBS series reboot of THE EQUALIZER, which quickly became TV’s #1 scripted series this year.

Connie Orlando, EVP Specials, Music Programming & Music Strategy at BET will oversee The “BET Awards” 2021 and serve as Executive Producer along with Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment.

Voting for the 2021 BET AWARDS ‘Viewer’s Choice Award’ is now open here. BET.com/betawards is the official site for the “BET Awards” and will have all the latest news and updates about this year’s show.

The previously announced nominees for the “BET AWARDS” 2021 are:

BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT

AYA NAKAMURA (FRANCE)

BURNA BOY (NIGERIA)

DIAMOND PLATNUMZ (TANZANIA)

EMICIDA (BRAZIL)

HEADIE ONE (UK)

WIZKID (NIGERIA)

YOUNG T & BUGSEY (UK)

YOUSSOUPHA (FRANCE)

VIEWER’S CHOICE – BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL

ELAINE (South Africa)

ARLO PARKS (UK)

BRAMSITO (France)

BREE RUNWAY (UK)

TEMS (Nigeria)

MC DRICKA (Brazil)

RONISIA (France)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

AFTER HOURS – THE WEEKND

BLAME IT ON BABY – DABABY

GOOD NEWS – MEGAN THEE STALLION

HEAUX TALES – JAZMINE SULLIVAN

KING’S DISEASE – NAS

UNGODLY HOUR – CHLOE X HALLE

BEST COLLABORATION

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR

JACK HARLOW FT. DABABY, TORY LANEZ & LIL WAYNE – WHATS POPPIN (REMIX)

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. DABABY – CRY BABY

POP SMOKE FT. LIL BABY & DABABY – FOR THE NIGHT

BEST FEMALE R&B / POP ARTIST

BEYONCÉ

H.E.R.

JAZMINE SULLIVAN

JHENÉ AIKO

SUMMER WALKER

SZA

BEST MALE R&B / POP ARTIST

6LACK

ANDERSON .PAAK

CHRIS BROWN

GIVEON

TANK

THE WEEKND

BEST NEW ARTIST

COI LERAY

FLO MILLI

GIVEON

JACK HARLOW

LATTO

POOH SHIESTY

BEST GROUP

21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN

CHLOE X HALLE

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG

CITY GIRLS

MIGOS

SILK SONIC

BEST FEMALE HIP HOP ARTIST

CARDI B

COI LERAY

DOJA CAT

MEGAN THEE STALLION

LATTO

SAWEETIE

BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST

DABABY

DRAKE

J. COLE

JACK HARLOW

LIL BABY

POP SMOKE

DR. BOBBY JONES BEST GOSPEL/INSPIRATIONAL AWARD

BEBE WINANS – IN JESUS NAME

CECE WINANS – NEVER LOST

H.E.R. – HOLD US TOGETHER

KIRK FRANKLIN – STRONG GOD

MARVIN SAPP – THANK YOU FOR IT ALL

TAMELA MANN – TOUCH FROM YOU

BET HER AWARD

ALICIA KEYS FT. KHALID – SO DONE

BRANDY FT. CHANCE THE RAPPER – BABY MAMA

BRI STEVES – ANTI QUEEN

CHLOE X HALLE – BABY GIRL

CIARA FT. ESTER DEAN – ROOTED

SZA – GOOD DAYS

VIEWER’S CHOICE AWARD

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY

DABABY FT. RODDY RICCH – ROCKSTAR

DJ KHALED FT. DRAKE – POPSTAR

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

LIL BABY – THE BIGGER PICTURE

MEGAN THEE STALLION FT. BEYONCÉ – SAVAGE (REMIX)

SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

CARDI B – UP

CARDI B FT. MEGAN THEE STALLION – WAP

CHLOE X HALLE – DO IT

CHRIS BROWN & YOUNG THUG – GO CRAZY

DRAKE FT. LIL DURK – LAUGH NOW CRY LATER

SILK SONIC – LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN

VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

BENNY BOOM

BRUNO MARS AND FLORENT DÉCHARD

COLE BENNETT

COLIN TILLEY

DAVE MEYERS

HYPE WILLIAMS

BEST MOVIE

COMING 2 AMERICA

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM

ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI…

SOUL

THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

BEST ACTRESS

ANDRA DAY

ANGELA BASSETT

ISSA RAE

JURNEE SMOLLETT

VIOLA DAVIS

ZENDAYA

BEST ACTOR

ALDIS HODGE

CHADWICK BOSEMAN

DAMSON IDRIS

DANIEL KALUUYA

EDDIE MURPHY

LAKEITH STANFIELD

YOUNGSTARS AWARD

ALEX R. HIBBERT

ETHAN HUTCHISON

LONNIE CHAVIS

MARSAI MARTIN

MICHAEL EPPS

STORM REID

SPORTSWOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

A’JA WILSON

CANDACE PARKER

CLARESSA SHIELDS

NAOMI OSAKA

SERENA WILLIAMS

SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

SPORTSMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

KYRIE IRVING

LEBRON JAMES

PATRICK MAHOMES

RUSSELL WESTBROOK

RUSSELL WILSON

STEPHEN CURRY

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About BET

BET, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIACA, VIAC), is the nation’s leading provider of quality entertainment, music, news and public affairs television programming for the African American audience. The primary BET channel is in 125 million households and can be seen in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, sub-Saharan Africa and France. BET is the dominant African-American consumer brand with a diverse group of business extensions including BET+, the preeminent streaming service for the Black audience; BET.com, a leading Internet destination for Black entertainment, music, culture, and news; BET HER, a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the African-American Woman; BET Music Networks – BET Jams, BET Soul and BET Gospel; BET Home Entertainment; BET Live, BET’s growing festival business; BET Mobile, which provides ringtones, games and video content for wireless devices; and BET International, which operates BET around the globe.

About “BET Awards”

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PRESIDENT BUHARI BREAKS GROUND FOR NIGERIA LNG TRAIN 7, CHARGES ON TIMELY COMPLETION OF PROJECT


PRESIDENT BUHARI BREAKS GROUND FOR NIGERIA LNG TRAIN 7, CHARGES ON TIMELY COMPLETION OF PROJECT
President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday charged that the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG) Train 7 be delivered on time so that the Train 8 project can commence.
The President gave the charge at the virtual groundbreaking ceremony of the project in Bonny Island, Rivers State,
He urged the Board of Directors, management and staff of NLNG, the host communities, the Rivers State Government and other Agencies of the Federal Government to continue to collaborate to ensure completion and eventual commissioning of the Train 7 project “safely and on time.”
”As we flag off the Train 7 project today, I look forward to the development and execution of more gas projects by the International Oil Companies (IOCs) and indigenous operators, and more Trains from Nigeria LNG to harness the over 600 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves we are endowed with.
”Let me use this opportunity to commend the shareholders of NLNG, the Federal Ministry of Petroleum, NNPC and the NCDMB and other stakeholders for very exemplary collaboration which has culminated in this great opportunity for Train 7.
”I want to thank the foreign investors for the confidence reposed in Nigeria, and assure all Nigerians and potential investors in the Oil and Gas sector that the Federal Government will continue to create the enabling environment in order to develop the sector and bring the full benefits of Gas closer to our people,” he said.
Going down memory lane, President Buhari recounted that the story of Nigeria LNG was one he had been ”passionately associated with during the formative years of the project.”
He said: ”As Minister of Petroleum Resources, I kicked off our first foray in LNG Business in 1978. At the time it was already apparent that Nigeria was mainly a gas-rich country with a little oil!
”It therefore gives me great joy to see the organization transform from just a project in the early 90s to a very successful company with over 20 years of responsible operations and steady supply of Liquefied Natural Gas, Liquefied Petroleum Gas and Natural Gas Liquids into the global market.
”This is proof that Nigeria has great capacity to deliver value to the world by harnessing our natural resources”.
The President, therefore, congratulated NLNG and its shareholders – NNPC, Shell, Total and Eni for proving that a Nigerian company can operate a world class business safely, profitably and responsibly.
Praising the consortium for clearly setting the stage upon which Nigeria’s vast gas resources will continue to grow well into the future, the President added that the focus of his administration is to boost the development of Nigeria’s abundant gas resources, strengthen the gas value chain, develop the much-needed infrastructure and enhance safe operations in the sector as outlined in the National Gas Policy of 2017.
”Through the Decade of Gas initiative, which I recently launched, we will transform Nigeria into a major gas and industrialised nation with gas playing the key role as revenue earner, fuel for industries and necessary feed for petrochemicals and fertiliser plants,” he said.
The President also expressed delight that the NLNG as the pioneer LNG company in Nigeria, has conscientiously proven the viability of the gas sector over the years, currently contributing about one percent to Nigeria’s GDP.
”NLNG has generated $114 billion in revenues over the years, paid $9 billion in taxes; $18 billion in dividends to the Federal Government and $15 billion in feed gas purchase.
”These are commendable accomplishments by the company’s 100 percent Nigerian Management Team.
”With this level of performance, I can only hope that the company continues to grow starting with this Train 7 project but also positioning Nigeria to thrive through the energy transition,” he said.
In his address, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva described NLNG as a ”blessing to the nation”, noting that it has positively complemented crude oil exploration by monetising flared gas and yielding huge revenue to the nation and investors.
Sylva added that since NLNG became operational in 1999, the nation has recorded a drastic reduction in operational flare status from 65 per cent to 12 per cent.
”I boldly say that the ground breaking of Train 7 is a guarantee to every stakeholder of more dividends in terms of further reduction in gas flaring, more revenue to the nation and shareholders, more job opportunities especially at the construction phase and more social investments for the society, ” he said.
Also speaking, Anthony Attah, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NLNG, said the Train 7 will increase NLNG’s overall capacity to 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) from the current 22 million mtpa, while further adding immense value to the nation and the people.
Attah noted that the project would stimulate inflow of about 10 billion dollars FDI into Nigeria, create 12,000 direct jobs in Bonny Island and additional 40,000 indirect construction jobs.
He said the project would also further the development of local capacity and businesses through the 100 per cent in-country execution of construction works, fabrications and major procurement.
‘‘Nigeria has ridden on the back of oil for over 50 years, but with this Train 7 project Nigeria is now set and I believe it is now time to fly on the wings of gas,’’ he said.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 15, 2021

WE MUST TEAM UP TO FIGHT INSTABILITY IN THE SUB-REGION AND THE SAHEL, PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS UNOWAS SPECIAL REP
President Muhammadu Buhari has emphasized the need for countries in the West African sub-region and those in the Sahel, rocked by security challenges, to team up to confront the menace.
The President spoke Tuesday at State House, Abuja, while receiving the new Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mr Mahamat Saleh Annadif, a Chadian.
Said the President: “You are our neighbour. You have vast experience on matters affecting the Sahel, having served for five years in Mali. I hope you will get the countries to work together to confront the issues affecting them.”
Describing the problems as “enormous,” President Buhari noted that Boko Haram has exacted heavy toll in terms of lives and resources in Nigeria and some neighbouring countries, while Mali equally has a large swathe of the country occupied by militants.
He submitted: ‘I hope under the auspices of UNOWAS, you will help get the problems sorted out. Most of them have to do with the instability in Libya, and it affects all of us.”
President Buhari pledged the assistance of Nigeria to the Special Representative, so that he could succeed in his assignment.
Mr Annadif said he was visiting shortly after his appointment, because he recognized the crucial role of Nigeria in West Africa.
He said he was quite familiar with the problems of the Sahel region, and would depend on the help of Nigeria to succeed.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
June 15, 2021

PRESIDENT BUHARI CONGRATULATES SAM OMATSEYE AT 60
President Muhammadu Buhari extends his
best wishes
to the Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Nation Newspapers, Sam Omatseye, on the occasion of his 60th birthday.
President Buhari joins members of the Fourth Estate of Realm and the literati in celebrating one of their own who has distinguished himself in his career and gained recognition nationally and internationally for diligence, excellence and professionalism.
As an advocate of good governance, free and independent press, the President commends Omatseye for contributing his quota to advancing the role of the media as a vital part of democracy in a heterogeneous society like Nigeria.
The President, like many other lovers of good journalistic works, looks forward to reading more inspiring stories, ideas, perspectives and reliable information by Omatseye.
President Buhari prays God Almighty to grant the celebrant more years of good health and fruitfulness.
Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 14, 2021

PRESIDENT BUHARI GREETS GEN. ABDULSALAMI ABUBAKAR AT 79
President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on his 79th birthday, joining family members and friends to celebrate with the iconic leader, whose legacy of setting the country on the path of democracy and good governance, and passionate pursuit of peace continues to yield results.
President Buhari congratulates Gen. Abubakar for another age, appreciating his patriotism and visionary leadership style of always advocating unity, projecting maturity and wisdom on national discourse, and providing a rallying point for the future of the country.
The President notes the goodwill that the former Head of State continues to attract to the country, both at national and international levels, particularly sacrificing his time and resources to reach out to individuals and institutions on the need to work for the growth of Nigeria.
As Gen. Abubakar turns 79, President Buhari prays that the almighty God will increase his wisdom, strength and give him longer life to keep serving the country.
Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 13, 2021

SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY DAY ON 12TH JUNE, 2021
Fellow Nigerians,
I join you all today to commemorate and celebrate our Democracy Day. It is a celebration of freedom and a victory for one people, one country and one Nigeria.
2. As with all democracies we will always be going through improvement processes in our desire to reach the goal of a mature democracy, a strong, evolved and integrated nation state to be reckoned with globally.
3. In the last two years we have witnessed and overcome a good number of testy challenges that would have destroyed other nations especially relating to our collective security.
4. The indefatigable CAN DO Spirit of the Nigerian has sustained us and would keep pushing us to put these challenges behind us.
5. Unfortunately some of these challenges came in the shape of violent outrages leading to the loss of lives of many of our dear compatriots and the destruction of some of our infrastructure, including those devoted to improving our democratic processes.
6. Once again, I want to render my sincere and heart-felt condolences to the families and friends of our gallant service men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty and as a sacrifice to keep Nigeria safe.
7. I extend the same condolence to the families and friends of our country men, women and children who were unfortunate victims of such senseless arsons, kidnappings and murders.
8. I also share the pains of families and direct victims of ransom-seeking, kidnaped victims who went through unimaginable trauma in the course of their forced imprisonment.
9. Let me assure my fellow citizens that every incident, however minor gives me great worry and concern and I immediately order security agencies to swiftly but safely rescue victims and bring perpetrators to justice.
Fellow Nigerians,
10. When you elected me as your President in 2015, you did so knowing that I will put an end to the growing insecurity, especially the insurgency in the North East, but the unintended consequences of our scattering them in the North East pushed them further in-country which is what we are now facing and dealing with.
11. We will, by the Grace of God put an end to these challenges too.
12. Unfortunately, like in most conflict situations, some Nigerian criminals are taking undue advantage of a difficult situation and profiteering therefrom with the misguided belief that adherence to the democratic norms handicaps this Administration from frontally and decisively tackling them.
13. We are already addressing these obstacles and we will soon bring some of these culprits to justice.
14. We are, at the same time addressing the twin underlying drivers of insecurity namely poverty and youth unemployment.
15. Interventions led by Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria driving economic growth over the past 6 years are targeted mostly to the agricultural, services, infrastructure, power and health care sectors of the economy.
16. In the Agricultural sector, for instance, the Anchor Borrowers Programme resulted in sharp decline in the nation’s major food import bill from $2.23billion in 2014 to US$0.59billion by the end of 2018.
17. Rice import bill alone dropped from $1 billion to $18.5 million annually.
18. This initiative supported local production of rice, maize, cotton and cassava. Government financed 2.5 million small-holder farmers cultivating about 3.2 million hectares of farmland all over the country and created 10 million direct and indirect jobs.
19. Several other initiatives, namely AgriBusiness/Small and Medium Enterprise Investment Scheme, the Non-oil Export stimulation Facility, the Targeted Credit Facilities operated across the 774 Local Governments.
20. In the manufacturing sector the CBN – BOI N200 billion facility financed the establishment and operations of 60 new industrial hubs across the country, creating an estimated 890,000 direct and indirect jobs.
21. The CBN’s N50 billion Textile Sector intervention Facility increased capacity utilization of ginneries from 30% to nearly 90%.
22. The Economic Sustainability Plan – our rebound plan for the COVID-19 pandemic developed in 2020 is currently being executed. The plan is primarily focused on the non-oil sector, which has recorded phenomenal growth contributing over 90% to the GDP growth in Q1 2021.
23. Though marginal we have recorded GDP growth over two quarters; Q2 2020 and Q1 2021. This is evidence of a successful execution of the ESP by the Federal Government.
24. My vision of pulling 100 million poor Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years has been put into action and can be seen in the National Social Investment Programme, a first in Africa and one of the largest in the world where over 32.6m beneficiaries are taking part. We now have a National Social register of poor and vulnerable households, identified across 708 local government areas, 8,723 wards and 86,610 communities in the 36 States and the FCT.
25. Our conditional cash transfer program has benefited over 1.6 million poor and vulnerable households comprising more than 8 million individuals. This provides a monthly stipend of N10,000 per household.
26. I have also recently approved the National Poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy Plan that augments existing plans to further reduce poverty in Nigeria.
27. As at the end of 2020, the Development Bank of Nigeria had disbursed 324 billion Naira in loans to more than 136,000 MSMEs, through 40 participating Financial Institutions. I am to note that 57% of these beneficiaries are women while 27% are the youth.
28. We are able to do all these and still accelerate our infrastructure development through sensible and transparent borrowing, improved capital inflow, improving and increasing revenue through capturing more tax bases and prudent management of investment proceeds in the Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Fellow Nigerians,
29. Our infrastructure revolution continues with key projects attaining critical milestones under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund; The Second Niger Bridge, The Lagos- Ibadan Expressway and the Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway.
30. I have also approved the establishment of Infraco Plc, a world-class infrastructure development vehicle wholly focused on Nigeria with a capital structure of N15 trillion.
31. The rail system is not left out as the Itakpe-Warri standard gauge rail was completed and commissioned 33 years after construction began. The Lagos-Ibadan double track railway line which I have just commissioned has commenced operations.
32. We are focused on ensuring that our infrastructure drive is key to economic growth and one that can be felt by every Nigerian. Building critical infrastructure in our ports is also opening up opportunities for the Nigerian economy.
33. My approval for 4 new seaports using a Public-Private-Partnership approach is hinged on growing the Nigerian economy. These four sea ports; Lekki Deep Sea Port, Bonny Deep Sea Port, Ibom Deep Sea Port and Warri Deep Sea port will create massive job opportunities and foreign investment inflows.
34. We have worked at deepening our Eastern ports leading to success like having three container ships berth at Calabar port, a first in 11 years. Similarly, on October 30 2019, an LPG tanker operated by NLNG berthed in Port Harcourt, the first time an LPG ship is berthing at any of the Eastern Ports.
35. As we invest in these new assets, we have also made strides in ensuring that they are secured and protected. In this regard I am also pleased to note the launch of the NIMASA Deep Blue project – which is an Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure that I recently commissioned. This initiative is designed to add to the layer of security we have to safeguard our maritime sector.
Dear Nigerians,
36. I will be the first to admit that in spite of our efforts and achievements which are there for all to see, there is still much more to be done and we are doing our best in the face of scarce resources and galloping population growth rate that consistently outstrips our capacity to provide jobs for our populace. Our over-all economic target of lifting 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is our goal notwithstanding COVID-19.
37. In the last two years we lifted 10.5 million people out of poverty – farmers, small-scale traders, artisans, market women and the like.
38. I am very convinced that this 100 million target can be met and this informed the development of a National poverty Reduction with Growth Strategy. The specific details of this accelerated strategy will be unveiled shortly.
39. In the last one year, Nigeria and the whole world faced COVID-19 for which no one was fully prepared.
40. Our response to the pandemic involved making hard choices in balancing livelihoods and public health concerns. You are all living witnesses to how successful this has been due to a number of pro-active measures put in place. Our response to COVID-19 is globally acclaimed.
41. We were able to ensure that the various lockdown measures did not impact too negatively on the ability of ordinary Nigerians to continue sustaining their livelihoods.
42. During the pandemic, we disbursed N5,000 to 1 million Nigerians using a Rapid Response Register and advanced N20,000 to 750,000 beneficiaries of the Conditional Cash Transfer Progamme and provided 1.37 million Nigerians with palliatives from CACOVID.
43. At the same time the Federal Government released 109,000 metric tonnes of food reserve stocks and 70,000 metric tonnes of grains to the poor and vulnerable in all 36 states of the federation.
44. In addition, Government reduced interest rates from 9% to 5% for struggling businesses and extended credit facilities to 548,345 beneficiaries.
Fellow Nigerians,
45. When this administration decided to change our Democracy Day from 29th May to June 12th in my first tenure, it was not only to honour the sacrifices of the men and women of our country who fought for the return to democracy but also to demonstrate our commitment to satisfy the aspirations of the people and creating an environment for democracy to be an accepted way of life.
46. As your President, I remain committed to providing an enabling environment for a free, fair and credible electoral system under my tenure.
47. However, you need to play your part by getting involved at any level you can supporting a democratic system that works for all and not for a section or a select few and demand accountability from your elected leaders.
48. My commitment to bequeathing a sustainable democratic culture remains resolute, my pursuit of a fair society remains unshaken and my desire to see that Nigeria remains a country for each and every one of us has never been stronger.
49. In responding to the challenges that this period imposes on us, Government also recognises the need to acknowledge notions of marginalisation and agitations for constitutional amendments among various segments of our population.
50. While this government is not averse to constitutional reform as part of our nation building process, everyone must understand that the primary responsibility for constitutional amendments lies with the National Assembly.
51. This body which, as I said, is the arm of government responsible for constitutional changes has concluded the preliminary stages of amending and improving our constitution in a way that the majority of Nigerians will be happy with.
52. Government is, however, willing to play a critical role in the constitutional amendment process without usurping the powers of the National Assembly in this regard.
53. As a nation we have come very far from where we started and we are getting incrementally closer to where we ought to be.
54. Overcoming the present challenges is but one of a necessary process that we have to undergo as a nation so that we can come out stronger. The day I joined the Nigerian Army I was prepared to lay down my life for Nigeria.
55. As your President I remain ever committed to upholding and defending Nigeria’s Corporate existence.
56. In adhering to the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy notably section 14(2)(b) I shall do all within my power to ensure that the Security and welfare of the people remain the primary purpose of government.
57. I have, throughout my tenure, provided the security agencies with all they require relative to available resources and will be providing more as the dynamics unfold to put an end to our security problems.
58. My strong belief in the Nigerian spirit gives me comfort that we are facing these challenges with renewed commitment to keep our country one.
59. I thank you for your patience and attention and more importantly your resolve to join hands in making Nigeria the country of our dream.
Happy Democracy Day! God Bless us All, God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I REMAIN AN UNAPOLOGETIC BELIEVER IN DEVOLVING POWER TO THE PEOPLE, SAYS PRESIDENT BUHARI
President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in Abuja says the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers remains a constitutional matter, with which only the National Assembly can deal, reiterating his position on devolving more power to the people.
President Buhari received members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House.
At the meeting, the President said:
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary. Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has cost the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’
President Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant roles in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.
On security, the President told the religious leaders that the government was already going after financiers of criminal elements, who also supply them with arms, but were constrained by the strike by Judiciary workers.
“Fortunately, this strike has been called off and prosecution of some of these people would soon commence, while our security agencies expand their network in closing in on the others,’’ he added.
President Buhari assured that the administration remains committed to “quickly pushing this dark side of our history behind us and we are currently making sure that funding would not hamper our efforts.’’
According to the President, the last Federal Executive Council meeting approved some funds for the security agencies, which would be put to judicious use.
“As I mentioned yesterday, in Lagos, we would not relent in our efforts at clearing these criminals from all parts of our land including the forests,’’ he said.
President Buhari said the government had the major part to play in providing security, adding: “but besides the imperative to abide by democratic processes is the important aspect of support of the citizenry to the security agencies by providing relevant and timely information.’’
“I must confess that I am more pained than anyone can imagine with the on-going security challenges because, like you noted during your meeting, they have increased the hunger, pain and anger in the land,’’ he noted.
The President thanked the religious leaders for their patriotism and commitment to ensuring peace and understanding.
“I have listened to you and I am particularly happy that your meeting clearly identified specific and major roles for both the Government and the people of Nigeria. This is what has been lacking for some time in the national discourse on addressing our current security challenges.’’
In their comments, NIREC, led by Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr Samson Ayokunle, thanked the President for the onerous assignment of leading the country, advising government to fund the armed forces better to confront myriad of security challenges facing the country, block sources of illegal arms, publish names of those funding terrorism and try them.
They also canvassed the recruitment of more policemen, strengthening of the judiciary, tackle unemployment by creating jobs for youths particularly, and on separatist agitations in the country, NIREC said: “It is in our togetherness that we are stronger.”
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media & Publicity)
June 11, 2021

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Misrule: Mr. President, APC Will Go With You, PDP Chides Buhari

June 14, 2021
Press Statement
…Says APC is Irredeemable
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will have no place in the post-Buhari Nigeria, given the resolution by Nigerians to return the nation to the path of peace, unity and economic prosperity, which can never be attained if a party like APC is allowed to govern beyond 2023.
The PDP notes that President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts to launder the APC to remain in power after his tenure amounts to an effort in futility as Nigerians are no longer ready to put up with the wickedness of the APC, in its atrocious activities, treasury looting and “Janjaweed” ideology of violence, with which they have held the nation captive in the last six years.
Our party is informed of how desperate APC leaders, who have been indicted for treasury looting and aiding of terrorism in our country, are blackmailing President Buhari to use his media interviews to canvass the perpetuation of APC in power so as to shield them from prosecution at the inevitable end of his tenure in 2023.
The PDP is already aware of how such individuals have been trying to force Mr. President to commence an early campaign for the APC.
While not excusing the personal failures of Mr. President as well as the incompetence that embodies the Buhari Presidency, it is incontrovertible that the APC, as a decadent political party, founded on vices of vindictiveness, divisiveness, falsehood, fake promises, electoral manipulations, support for violence, stealing, sectional marginalization and hatred, cannot produce the desired leadership for our nation after President Buhari.
That is why some individuals, in the APC, who by their backgrounds as religious leaders, community leaders, legal luminaries, rights advocates and moralists who should be speaking out in the face of misrule, have rather have found themselves entangled in APC Bermuda Triangle of violence and corruption, where they have ignobly become apostles of falsehood, corruption, injustice as well as backers of acts of terrorism in our country.
Mr. President should know that Nigerians are not ready to be beguiled again to further entrust the destiny of our nation in the hands of the APC, which has in the last six years, superintended over the looting of over N25.1 trillion from various ministries, agencies and department of government; leading to the ruining of our once robust economy.
Nigerians are invited to note how the President Buhari-led APC administration has failed to prosecute APC leaders and their agents indicted in the reported disappearance of N10.1 trillion from the Treasury Single Account (TSA) in March this year, the N9.6 trillion NNPC scam, the reported N1.1 trillion crude oil fraud, alleged N1.4 trillion fuel subsidy scam, the N500 billion Social Intervention fraud exposed by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, as well as massive looting in FIRS, NEMA, EFCC, NDDC, NPA, NIMASA, NHIS and other agencies of government.
This is in addition to reports of how APC, as a party, is behind the importation of terrorist elements and emboldening of terrorist activities, arbitrary arrests and sudden disappearances of dissenting voices, sectional marginalization, political killings, escalated abuse of human rights including the clampdown on our youths during the EndSARS protest as well as the stifling of social media in our country.
That is why the APC has never raised a strong voice against acts of terrorism, killings, electoral violence and treasury looting.
Mr. President should therefore stop wasting his time trying to launder the APC. He should know that Nigerians have moved beyond APC’s gimmicks and that is why they are rallying on the platform of the PDP to rescue our nation from misrule.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

June 13, 2021
Press Statement
PDP Congratulates Aduda, Senate Minority Whip At 52
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) congratulates the Minority Whip of the Senate, Senator Philip Aduda, as he marks his 52nd birthday.
The PDP is indeed proud of Senator Aduda’s undiluted commitment towards the development and progress of the nation and particularly his dedication to the welfare of his constituents in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja as well as the stability of our party, the PDP.
Over the years, Senator Aduda, a grassroot politician, with strong bond with the people, has continued to exhibit uncommon patriotism from his days as a local government councillor, to his days as two term member of the House of Representatives (where he earned the Best Performing Legislator Award in 2008) and now as a three-term elected Senator of the Federal Republic, where he serves as Senate Minority Whip.
Our party also recognizes the sacrificial roles Senator Aduda has been playing towards the wellbeing of his constituents of the FCT, which is a melting pot of all Nigerians from across the federation and members of the international community.
The PDP celebrates Senator Aduda and prays to God to continue to grant him good health and sound mind in the service of his people and our dear fatherland.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

June 12, 2021
Press Statement
June 12: PDP Condemns APC, Buhari’s Clampdown on Peaceful Protesters
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns, in the strongest term ever, the violent clampdown by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhamamdu Buhari on Nigerians who are peacefully protesting on Democracy Day.
The party describes the brutal clampdown on citizens on Democracy Day as a sacrilegious demonstration of APC’s aversion to democracy as well as its barefaced repugnance towards Nigerians, particularly in their demands for their rights.
It is awkward that the APC and President Buhari, who were allowed their freedom when they protested in 2014, would turn around to subject Nigerians to actions of inhumanity including the use of firearms against the people, as being witnessed today.
It is instructive to note that President Buhari, in his supposed Democracy Day address, failed to rein in his security operatives despite the cautions by the PDP. This places the culpability for whatever befalls Nigerians, in the face of the violent attacks by security agencies, on the APC as well as Mr. President’s desk.
The PDP is not surprised that in his over 20 minutes speech, Mr. President never made any commitment towards upholding the democratic tenets of free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of association and right to peaceful protest, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and our statutes, from which he, as APC candidate, drew huge benefit in 2014.
Our party is cataloguing all the infringements which the APC and President Buhari are rudely imposing on Nigerians and we urge all global democratic institutions to take note of the violent infringements and clampdown on democracy in Nigeria by the APC.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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Timipre Sylva commended for the successful hosting of 2021 Nigeria International Energy Summit


Prominent Niger Delta leaders on Monday called for greater understanding among stakeholders in the country’s oil and gas sector.
They also endorsed the current drive by the Federal Government to transit into a gas economy.
The notable Niger Delta leaders spoke in Port Harcourt.
The leaders extolled the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for providing the necessary driving force for the region’s economic development.
The prominent Niger Delta leaders are currently touring Federal Government projects in the Niger Delta region to evaluate and monitor their progress.
The leaders noted that the success of the regeneration of the country’s economy in which the present government is committed would depend to a great extent on the transition into a gas economy.
Nigeria is looking at gas as a transition fuel to renewables.
The leaders emphasized the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), strategies to further harness the vast hydrocarbon deposit in the country, cheapness of renewable energy, products availability in all nooks and crannies of the region and strong collaboration among industry players.
They praised the Federal Government for discharging its responsibilities, establishing the 50 million litre Petroleum Product Terminal in Brass, putting its feet on research and development and issuing new marginal field awards.
Spokesperson of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua in a statement Monday morning praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for his commitment to developing the oil and gas sector, moving the country’s economy to gas economy and making Nigeria relevant in the global industrial drive.
The leaders spoke on strong capacities of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and the investment opportunities.
They listed the Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company, Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil and Gas Park in Ogbia as key projects of the current administration in the Niger Delta region.
The leaders commended Sylva for the successful hosting of the 2021 Nigeria International Energy Summit, increasing indigenous participation in the oil sector, curbing illegal refining, closing infrastructure gap in the distribution of petroleum products and stabilizing products pricing in the country.

Particularly, the leaders hailed the minister for reducing youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region, liberalizing the market and creating employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The leaders said that Nigeria as a country has no choice but to transform into an industrialized nation with gas playing a major role.

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Sylva praised for 2021 Nigeria International Energy Summit

Sylva praised for 2021 Nigeria International Energy Summit
Prominent Niger Delta leaders on Monday called for greater understanding among stakeholders in the country’s oil and gas sector.
They also endorsed the current drive by the Federal Government to transit into a gas economy.
The notable Niger Delta leaders spoke in Port Harcourt.
The leaders extolled the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, for providing the necessary driving force for the region’s economic development.
The prominent Niger Delta leaders are currently touring Federal Government projects in the Niger Delta region to evaluate and monitor their progress.
The leaders noted that the success of the regeneration of the country’s economy in which the present government is committed would depend to a great extent on the transition into a gas economy.
Nigeria is looking at gas as a transition fuel to renewables.
The leaders emphasized the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), strategies to further harness the vast hydrocarbon deposit in the country, cheapness of renewable energy, products availability in all nooks and crannies of the region and strong collaboration among industry players.
They praised the Federal Government for discharging its responsibilities, establishing the 50 million litre Petroleum Product Terminal in Brass, putting its feet on research and development and issuing new marginal field awards.
Spokesperson of the Niger Delta People’s Movement (NDPM), Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua in a statement Monday morning praised the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva for his commitment to developing the oil and gas sector, moving the country’s economy to gas economy and making Nigeria relevant in the global industrial drive.
The leaders spoke on strong capacities of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and the investment opportunities.
They listed the Brass Fertilizer and Petrochemical Company, Oloibiri Oil and Gas Museum and the Oil and Gas Park in Ogbia as key projects of the current administration in the Niger Delta region.
The leaders commended Sylva for the successful hosting of the 2021 Nigeria International Energy Summit, increasing indigenous participation in the oil sector, curbing illegal refining, closing infrastructure gap in the distribution of petroleum products and stabilizing products pricing in the country.
Particularly, the leaders hailed the minister for reducing youth restiveness in the Niger Delta region, liberalizing the market and creating employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The leaders said that Nigeria as a country has no choice but to transform into an industrialized nation with gas playing a major role.

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President Buhari Appoints Ilelah as NBC Director-General

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President Buhari Appoints Ilelah as NBC Director-General

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr. Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, a
veteran broadcaster, as the Director-General of the National
Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed,
announced the appointment in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.

He said Mr. Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the
first instance.

Segun Adeyemi
Special Assistant To The President (Media).
Office of the Minister of Information and Culture
Abuja
11 June 2021