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HUBRIS: Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari's Independence Speech - Femi Ogunsanwo

HUBRIS: Major Gen Muhammadu Buhari's Independence Speech - Femi Ogunsanwo

"No government since 1999 has done what we have done in six years to put Nigeria back on track”- President Muhammadu Buhari
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#BuhariMustGo protesters
in Abuja


This is pure and unadulterated hubris on steroids overdose. Whoever wrote that press release for nationwide broadcast on Nigeria 61st Independence Anniversary Celebrations do not like PMB at all except they are stating the obvious negativities

Baba Buhari, let me give you this unsolicited advice which you are free to ignore but by the grace of Almighty Allah, it will suffice in the future. Your position as President is transient and that power you wield now is transitory.

Be rest assured, you will be abandoned and ignored by all the hangers on milling round you now on 29th May 2023, the flight that will take you back to Daura will have only you and some members of your family on board

Do not be surprised at all that you might not even be allowed to use the Presidential Jet that day, you might even be barred from using the Presidential Lounge at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. So prepare your mind because thats how fickle minded human beings can be (Yorubas call them "awon arire baniję, agbon isalę")

Dolts who wrote the press release are bloody sycophants and I can assure you will be the first few people to turn against you out of power, so do not feed on their silly sycophancy hailing your government as the best since 1999, Nigeria of 2021 under you as President is the worst since independence 61 years ago. Do not be misled by ne'er do well

Cast your mind back to 29th May 2015 when you assumed leadership of this great nation, can you swear that this was how you met the country then? Please read your Holy Quran and let it be your guide always. Ma Salam

#justscribblingmythoughts
Femi Ogunsanwo




READ THE FULL HUBRIS:

INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY FIRST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2021.
 
 
Citizens of Nigeria.
 
It is with full gratitude to God that today, we celebrate Nigeria’s sixty first Independence Anniversary.

 

2. For 1st of October 1960 to happen, all hands were on deck. East, West, North all came together to celebrate freedom. Today should not only serve as a reminder of the day the British handed over the reins of power to Nigerians, but also unified Nigerians from all ethnic groups, religions and regions.

 

3. Today, despite the challenges we face, most Nigerians still maintain the spirit of 1st October. That positive outlook and determination to make Nigeria a peaceful and prosperous nation. It is due to this collective attitude that Nigeria doggedly continues to remain a united and indivisible nation.

 

4. Fellow Nigerians, the past eighteen months have been some of the most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria. Since the civil war, I doubt whether we have seen a period of more heightened challenges than what we have witnessed in this period.

 

5. Our original priorities for 2020 were to continue stabilising our economy following the deep recession while restoring peace in areas confronted with security challenges. But the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on all nations meant we needed to shift gears and re-strategise. 

 

 

6. Nigerians came together as one to fight against COVID-19. It is this attitude and by the special grace of God, we continue to survive the pandemic as a nation and indeed, provide leadership and example at regional and international levels.

 

7. The doomsday scenario predicted for our country never came. Even as the Delta variant continues to spread, we have built the capacity we need to respond now and into the future.

 

8. I will therefore appeal to Nigerians not to take COVID lightly, adhere to public health and social measures, put your mask on and get vaccinated. We can control this pandemic, but it requires effort on everybody’s part. The investments we made in response to COVID-19 will also serve our country to tackle any future disease outbreaks or pandemics.

 

9. Despite the global inequity in access to vaccines, the Government of Nigeria has continued to explore all available options to ensure Nigerians have free access to safe and effective vaccines.

 

10. Some five million vaccine doses have been administered to Nigerians through efforts led by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and we will continue to explore options for purchase or acquisition of vaccines such as through COVAX and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust.

 

11. I will take this opportunity to remind the global community that the current state of access to COVID-19 vaccines is unacceptable. We cannot afford a situation where a handful of countries keep the global vaccine supply to themselves at the expense of other nations.

 

12. We must act now to accelerate equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. This is the message I conveyed to the international community in New York last week.

 

13. As we push to source vaccines for our immediate needs, we shall invest more to support our pharmaceutical and research agencies to come up with ideas for locally developed vaccines. Should another pandemic arise in the future, Our question is simple; will Nigeria be ready?

 

14. Accordingly, I have directed the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Health, Education and Science and Technology to work with Nigerian and International pharmaceutical companies and research organisations to enhance Nigeria’s domestic pharmaceutical capacity.

 

15. Already, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority is raising a $200 million fund for this initiative that will complement the Central Bank of Nigeria’s ongoing N85 billion Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme to support local researchers in the development of vaccines and drugs to combat communicable and non-communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

 

Fellow Nigerians, this is just the beginning.

16. Similarly, on our approach to food security, I am proud to announce Nigeria has commenced its journey to pharmaceutical independence.

17. This journey, which will take years to achieve but will ultimately result in Nigerian based companies developing the Active Pharmaceutical substances and competence needed for us to make our own drugs and vaccines.

 

Fellow Nigerians,

 

18. As our economy continues to open after the COVID-19 related lockdowns, we have also seen the resurgence of insecurity in certain parts of the country.

 

19. In the last four months, the gallant men and women of the Military and Security Agencies have made tremendous progress in addressing these new security challenges. We are taking the fight to our enemies from all angles and we are winning.

 

20. Earlier this year, I launched the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, the Deep Blue Project, which is designed to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea. I am happy to inform Nigerians that we have taken delivery of key assets for this project and very soon, its impact will be felt.

 

21. In the North East region alone, over eight thousand Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered.

 

22. To support our surge approach to fighting banditry, the Nigerian Armed Forces have recruited over 17,000 personnel across all ranks. Furthermore, I have also approved for the Nigerian Police Force to recruit 10,000 police officers annually over the next six years.

 

23. I am also pleased to note that most of the Air Force platforms we acquired over the past three years have started to arrive in Nigeria. These will positively impact our security operations in all parts of the country.

 

24. In line with section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the security and welfare of Nigerians continue to be the prime focus on which programmes and projects of our government revolves.

 

25. Therefore, as a Government, we are ready to arrest and prosecute all persons inciting violence through words or action. Our resolve for a peaceful, united and one Nigeria remains resolute and unwavering. 

 

26. That said, our hope is not to fight for peace. We can always settle our grievances peacefully without spilling any blood.

 

27. I will therefore take this opportunity, on this special day that symbolises the unity and oneness of our great nation, to ask all Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue, whatever your grievances.

 

28. The seeds of violence are planted in people’s heads through words. Reckless utterances of a few have led to losses of many innocent lives and destruction of properties.

 

29. Such unfiltered and unsubstantiated lies and hate speeches by a few evil persons must be stopped. Our media houses and commentators must move away from just reporting irresponsible remarks to investigating the truth behind all statements and presenting the facts to readers.

 

30. We must all come out and speak against the lies being peddled. At this point, I would want to sincerely appreciate the large number of our Traditional, Religious and Community leaders as well as other well-meaning Nigerians who, in their various fora are openly spreading the message of peaceful co-existence and conflict settlement through dialogue in their respective communities.

 

31. Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation.

 

32. We shall continue to work on dialogue based solutions to address legitimate grievances. But we remain ready to take decisive actions against secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten our national security. 

 

33. The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly.

 

Fellow Nigerians,

34. This is a clear example of how people abandon their national leadership positions for their selfish gains. Instead of preaching unity, they are funding and misleading our youth to conduct criminal acts that sometimes lead to unfortunate and unnecessary loss of lives and property.

 

35. As the so-called leaders run abroad to hide, our innocent youths are misled and left in the streets to fight for their senseless and destructive causes.

 

36. Government will continue, with greater level of peoples’ participation and in collaboration with our international partners, to improve the security architecture, reduce enabling environment for criminality to thrive and eliminate opportunities for terrorism financing.

 

37. Fellow Nigerians, our unrelenting effort at resolving an almost two-decade stalling on the management of our Petroleum resources and ensuring equitable consideration to our host communities has resulted in the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021.

 

38. This Act not only overhauls the Institutional, regulatory and fiscal framework of the Petroleum Industry but also reduces the previous opacity associated with this sector. 

 

39. This is the first step to the reforms as the process is a continuous one. Already, to further improve the governance framework, I have sought for an amendment of sections 11(2)(b) and 34(2)(b). We will also continue to review and amend as appropriate.

 

40. At this juncture, it is very appropriate that I salute the leadership and members of the Ninth Assembly for their patriotism, dedication to duty, candour and most importantly the dispatch with which they have enacted legacy legislations for this nation. I do not take such level of cooperation for granted and hope it continues for the overall efficiency of the Federal machinery.

 

41. Nigeria’s Roadmap on Local Refining is on track with the Commissioning of a Modular refinery in Imo State.

 

42. A second is scheduled for commissioning by the end of this year in Edo State and the third one in Bayelsa State by 2022.

 

43. In addition to the modular projects, we also have the two mega refinery projects coming up in Lagos and Akwa Ibom States.

 

44. As these refineries are commissioned, more employment opportunities are created and there would be increased petroleum products available for local consumption which will significantly reduce our reliance on importation.

 

45. In further demonstrating our plan to reduce our dependence on oil and tapping from our enormous gas resources, this administration remains committed to the “Decade of Gas” Initiative, which is aimed at bringing to focus the utilization of our huge gas resources.

 

46. Already, we are supporting and promoting various gas-based projects including NLNG Train 7 and the mega urea and ammonia projects in the South-South region.

 

47. As we continue to optimise and enhance our oil and gas sector, I am also proud and delighted to state that our economic diversification strategy remains on course with the persistent increase in Non-Oil Sector contribution to GDP.

 

48. We recovered from economic recession in quarter four of 2020 with a GDP growth rate of 0.11%, and grew by 0.51% and 5.01% in real terms in the first and second quarters of 2021.

 

49. The Agricultural sector remains key to our economic diversification efforts as the sector has been a consistent driver of the non-oil sector contributing 22.35% and 23.78% to the overall GDP in the first and second quarter of 2021.

 

50. We have seen significant private sector investments in almost all areas of the agricultural value chain. And these have continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

51. Unfortunately, as our food production capacity has increased, food prices have been going up due to artificial shortages created by middlemen who have been buying and hoarding these essential commodities for profiteering.

 

52. To address this, I am hereby directing the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to rehabilitate the National Food Reserve Agency and also work with security agencies, the Nigerian Commodity Exchange, and the National Assembly to find a lasting solution to these disruptive and unpatriotic hoarding activities.

 

53. To further enhance food production, we have completed several new dams and are in the process of rehabilitating several River Basin Development Authorities to enhance ground water supply for rainfed agriculture as well as surface water for irrigation agriculture.

 

54. The water projects we completed between 2015 to 2020 have improved Nigerian’s access to potable water to 71% between 2015 and 2020. This means 12.5 million additional Nigerians now have direct access to potable water.

  

Fellow Nigerians,

55. This Government remains concerned by the significant transportation infrastructure deficit we have. Addressing the challenges our commuters and lorry drivers face on the motorways is still a high priority to us.

 

56. To complement our budgetary allocations, the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund and the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, we recently established a N15trillion Infrastructural Corporation of Nigeria Limited (INFRACO), which is expected to begin operation by the fourth quarter of this year.

 

57. INFRACO will also focus on leveraging resources on a public-private sector basis for infrastructural development in Nigeria.

 

58. We hope through these innovative programs, the additional cost burden on individuals and businesses because of inefficient logistics operations will be reduced and ultimately, eliminated.

 

59. We currently have over 13,000 kilometres of roads and bridges under construction all over the country of which a fair percentage have been completed.

 

60. As we fix our roads, we also continue to extend and upgrade Nigeria’s railway network with the notable opening of the Warri- Itakpe standard gauge rail line.

 

61. To increase capacity, we have introduced more locomotives, coaches and wagons including the establishment of a Wagon Assembly in Kajola, Ogun State.

 

62. The sea ports however still remain problematic. The effect of our various interventions to reduce the gridlocks and inefficiencies have been slower than expected.

 

63. However, the implementation of the Electronic Call-Up System as well as the conversion of the Lillypond Container Terminal to a Vehicle Transit Area will further enhance the ease of cargo evacuation.

 

64. Our prioritisation of developing Nigeria’s Digital Economy has positively impacted the contribution of the ICT sector to our GDP.

 

65. We hope our present efforts to ensure all Nigerians use a National Identification Number as well as our planned roll-out of the fifth generation (5G) network technology will ensure we stay in line with the global innovation curve as a Nation.

 

66. As we embrace the digital economy in Nigeria, we are fully aware of the prospects and the perils. Our policies have been developed to enable Nigerians to take advantage of the prospects and avoid the perils of digital technologies. 

 

67. Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information.

 

68. However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.

 

69. Rather some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.

 

70. To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the Government put measures in place to address these challenges.

 

71. Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue.

 

72. The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are:

 

a. National Security and Cohesion;

b. Registration, Physical presence and Representation;

c. Fair Taxation;

d. Dispute Resolution; and

e. Local Content.

 

73. Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements. 

 

74. As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria's sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety.

 

75. Nigeria's progressive diplomacy continues to manifest through growing numbers of highly placed Nigerians in positions of regional and global influences. Very recently, Nigeria won election for the position of Commissioner for the expanded Political, Peace and Security Affairs of the African Union.

 

76. Our persistent calls for a reorganized and reformed ECOWAS, to make the organization citizens-sensitive, paid off with the acceptance by the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS to commence the agreed reforms in the organization ahead of the next elections of the organization’s principal officers in December this year.

 

77. At the African Development Bank, World Trade Organization and indeed, the United Nations, footprints of Nigeria's Diplomacy are clearly evident.

 

78. We remain confident that our goal of lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is achievable. 

 

79. Considering the positive impact of our Social Investment Programs, I recently approved an increase in the number of N-Power program beneficiaries from 500,000 to 1,000,000.

 

80. Out of this, 510,000 have started the programme while the competitive selection process for onboarding the outstanding 490,000 beneficiaries is in progress.

 

81. The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme is currently being implemented in 35 States of the Federation and the FCT. Over 103,000 women have been engaged and empowered as cooks under the programme, while about 10 million pupils are being fed across public primary schools in the country.

 

82. To grant increased access to credit to the most poor and vulnerable, I have directed an increase in the disbursement of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme loans to an additional one million beneficiaries laying more emphasis on the smallholding farmers through the farmers Moni program.

 

Fellow Nigerians,

83. For far too long we have neglected the centrality of the civil service as the engine of governance and this has manifested in ineffective service delivery.

 

84. There is widespread discontent and disillusion about the efficiency and probity of our civil service.

 

85. It is for this reason that we are refocusing the Nigerian Civil Service to provide World class service to run our country.

 

86. The youths of this great country remain propellants for our today and provide guarantees that we would have a secure tomorrow.

 

87. It is for this reason that I remain focused on expanding opportunities for their participation in politics and governance.

 

88. Recent appointments of young people into positions of authority and their track record so far, gives me confidence that we need to bring more of them into governance and this I promise to do.

 

89. More specifically, to encourage Girl-Child Education, female scholarship schemes, life skills and digital literacy skills to boost girl’s enrolment, retention and completion of schooling, are all initiatives put in place to ensure gender balance in appropriately positioning our youths for positions of leadership.

 

90. The commitment of this Administration to the well-being of people living with disabilities remains unwavering.

 

91. Government recognises their contributions to development and I have, in this regard, directed that all relevant Government Agencies pay special attention to the peculiarities of different abilities in the implementation of policies and programmes.

 

92. Rape and Gender Based Violence remains a sore point in our Nation as in many countries worldwide and this was worsened during and after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

93. We are currently engaging Heads of Courts to establish Specialised Courts for the speedy and seamless trial of Rape/Gender-Based offences especially to ensure that justice is done for child victims of sexual violence.

 

94. On the other hand, work has advanced in the reformation, reintegration and reunification of Minors involved in one crime or the other.

 

95. The reformation in our Correctional Services has manifested in an increase in modernised custodial centres and a transformation from strictly punitive to attitudinal changes so that criminals do not relapse into their previous lifestyle.

 

96. As we begin to celebrate our sixty one years as a Nation, we need to be conscious that Nigeria does not start and end with the Federal Government. This country is a great collective where Government at all arms and levels as well as the private sector, and more importantly individuals, have a role to play.

 

97. In particular, security is a bottom to top undertaking. Joining hands and hearts together would enable us to secure ourselves and our country.

 

98. I fully understand the anxiety of many Nigerians on the inability of this country to go beyond a never-ending potential for becoming a great nation to an actually great one.

 

99. A lot has been achieved in the last six years on many fronts: in infrastructure, social care, governance, Nigeria’s image and influence in Africa and the international community. 

 

100. But critics misdiagnose incremental progress as stagnation. Since coming to power, this Administration has tackled our problems head-on in spite of the meagre resources. No government since 1999 has done what we have done in six years to put Nigeria back on track. 


101. We shall continue to serve the country: listen to all and protect our democracy and country.

Thank you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"No government since 1999 has done what we have done in six years to put Nigeria back on track”- President Muhammadu Buhari
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#BuhariMustGo protesters
in Abuja


This is pure and unadulterated hubris on steroids overdose. Whoever wrote that press release for nationwide broadcast on Nigeria 61st Independence Anniversary Celebrations do not like PMB at all except they are stating the obvious negativities

Baba Buhari, let me give you this unsolicited advice which you are free to ignore but by the grace of Almighty Allah, it will suffice in the future. Your position as President is transient and that power you wield now is transitory.

Be rest assured, you will be abandoned and ignored by all the hangers on milling round you now on 29th May 2023, the flight that will take you back to Daura will have only you and some members of your family on board

Do not be surprised at all that you might not even be allowed to use the Presidential Jet that day, you might even be barred from using the Presidential Lounge at Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja. So prepare your mind because thats how fickle minded human beings can be (Yorubas call them "awon arire baniję, agbon isalę")

Dolts who wrote the press release are bloody sycophants and I can assure you will be the first few people to turn against you out of power, so do not feed on their silly sycophancy hailing your government as the best since 1999, Nigeria of 2021 under you as President is the worst since independence 61 years ago. Do not be misled by ne'er do well

Cast your mind back to 29th May 2015 when you assumed leadership of this great nation, can you swear that this was how you met the country then? Please read your Holy Quran and let it be your guide always. Ma Salam

#justscribblingmythoughts
Femi Ogunsanwo




READ THE FULL HUBRIS:

INDEPENDENCE DAY ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF NIGERIA’S SIXTY FIRST INDEPENDENCE ANNIVERSARY, FRIDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2021.
 
 
Citizens of Nigeria.
 
It is with full gratitude to God that today, we celebrate Nigeria’s sixty first Independence Anniversary.

 

2. For 1st of October 1960 to happen, all hands were on deck. East, West, North all came together to celebrate freedom. Today should not only serve as a reminder of the day the British handed over the reins of power to Nigerians, but also unified Nigerians from all ethnic groups, religions and regions.

 

3. Today, despite the challenges we face, most Nigerians still maintain the spirit of 1st October. That positive outlook and determination to make Nigeria a peaceful and prosperous nation. It is due to this collective attitude that Nigeria doggedly continues to remain a united and indivisible nation.

 

4. Fellow Nigerians, the past eighteen months have been some of the most difficult periods in the history of Nigeria. Since the civil war, I doubt whether we have seen a period of more heightened challenges than what we have witnessed in this period.

 

5. Our original priorities for 2020 were to continue stabilising our economy following the deep recession while restoring peace in areas confronted with security challenges. But the COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on all nations meant we needed to shift gears and re-strategise. 

 

 

6. Nigerians came together as one to fight against COVID-19. It is this attitude and by the special grace of God, we continue to survive the pandemic as a nation and indeed, provide leadership and example at regional and international levels.

 

7. The doomsday scenario predicted for our country never came. Even as the Delta variant continues to spread, we have built the capacity we need to respond now and into the future.

 

8. I will therefore appeal to Nigerians not to take COVID lightly, adhere to public health and social measures, put your mask on and get vaccinated. We can control this pandemic, but it requires effort on everybody’s part. The investments we made in response to COVID-19 will also serve our country to tackle any future disease outbreaks or pandemics.

 

9. Despite the global inequity in access to vaccines, the Government of Nigeria has continued to explore all available options to ensure Nigerians have free access to safe and effective vaccines.

 

10. Some five million vaccine doses have been administered to Nigerians through efforts led by the National Primary Health Care Development Agency and we will continue to explore options for purchase or acquisition of vaccines such as through COVAX and the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust.

 

11. I will take this opportunity to remind the global community that the current state of access to COVID-19 vaccines is unacceptable. We cannot afford a situation where a handful of countries keep the global vaccine supply to themselves at the expense of other nations.

 

12. We must act now to accelerate equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines. This is the message I conveyed to the international community in New York last week.

 

13. As we push to source vaccines for our immediate needs, we shall invest more to support our pharmaceutical and research agencies to come up with ideas for locally developed vaccines. Should another pandemic arise in the future, Our question is simple; will Nigeria be ready?

 

14. Accordingly, I have directed the Ministries of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Health, Education and Science and Technology to work with Nigerian and International pharmaceutical companies and research organisations to enhance Nigeria’s domestic pharmaceutical capacity.

 

15. Already, the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority is raising a $200 million fund for this initiative that will complement the Central Bank of Nigeria’s ongoing N85 billion Healthcare Sector Research and Development Intervention Scheme to support local researchers in the development of vaccines and drugs to combat communicable and non-communicable diseases, including COVID-19.

 

Fellow Nigerians, this is just the beginning.

16. Similarly, on our approach to food security, I am proud to announce Nigeria has commenced its journey to pharmaceutical independence.

17. This journey, which will take years to achieve but will ultimately result in Nigerian based companies developing the Active Pharmaceutical substances and competence needed for us to make our own drugs and vaccines.

 

Fellow Nigerians,

 

18. As our economy continues to open after the COVID-19 related lockdowns, we have also seen the resurgence of insecurity in certain parts of the country.

 

19. In the last four months, the gallant men and women of the Military and Security Agencies have made tremendous progress in addressing these new security challenges. We are taking the fight to our enemies from all angles and we are winning.

 

20. Earlier this year, I launched the Integrated National Security and Waterways Protection Infrastructure, the Deep Blue Project, which is designed to secure Nigerian waters up to the Gulf of Guinea. I am happy to inform Nigerians that we have taken delivery of key assets for this project and very soon, its impact will be felt.

 

21. In the North East region alone, over eight thousand Boko Haram terrorists have surrendered.

 

22. To support our surge approach to fighting banditry, the Nigerian Armed Forces have recruited over 17,000 personnel across all ranks. Furthermore, I have also approved for the Nigerian Police Force to recruit 10,000 police officers annually over the next six years.

 

23. I am also pleased to note that most of the Air Force platforms we acquired over the past three years have started to arrive in Nigeria. These will positively impact our security operations in all parts of the country.

 

24. In line with section 14(2)(b) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), the security and welfare of Nigerians continue to be the prime focus on which programmes and projects of our government revolves.

 

25. Therefore, as a Government, we are ready to arrest and prosecute all persons inciting violence through words or action. Our resolve for a peaceful, united and one Nigeria remains resolute and unwavering. 

 

26. That said, our hope is not to fight for peace. We can always settle our grievances peacefully without spilling any blood.

 

27. I will therefore take this opportunity, on this special day that symbolises the unity and oneness of our great nation, to ask all Nigerians to embrace peace and dialogue, whatever your grievances.

 

28. The seeds of violence are planted in people’s heads through words. Reckless utterances of a few have led to losses of many innocent lives and destruction of properties.

 

29. Such unfiltered and unsubstantiated lies and hate speeches by a few evil persons must be stopped. Our media houses and commentators must move away from just reporting irresponsible remarks to investigating the truth behind all statements and presenting the facts to readers.

 

30. We must all come out and speak against the lies being peddled. At this point, I would want to sincerely appreciate the large number of our Traditional, Religious and Community leaders as well as other well-meaning Nigerians who, in their various fora are openly spreading the message of peaceful co-existence and conflict settlement through dialogue in their respective communities.

 

31. Nigeria is for all of us. Its unity is not negotiable. And its ultimate success can only be achieved if we all come together with a common goal of having peace and prosperity for our nation.

 

32. We shall continue to work on dialogue based solutions to address legitimate grievances. But we remain ready to take decisive actions against secessionist agitators and their sponsors who threaten our national security. 

 

33. The recent arrests of Nnamdi Kanu and Sunday Adeyemo, and the ongoing investigations being conducted have revealed certain high-profile financiers behind these individuals. We are vigorously pursuing these financiers including one identified as a serving member of the national assembly.

 

Fellow Nigerians,

34. This is a clear example of how people abandon their national leadership positions for their selfish gains. Instead of preaching unity, they are funding and misleading our youth to conduct criminal acts that sometimes lead to unfortunate and unnecessary loss of lives and property.

 

35. As the so-called leaders run abroad to hide, our innocent youths are misled and left in the streets to fight for their senseless and destructive causes.

 

36. Government will continue, with greater level of peoples’ participation and in collaboration with our international partners, to improve the security architecture, reduce enabling environment for criminality to thrive and eliminate opportunities for terrorism financing.

 

37. Fellow Nigerians, our unrelenting effort at resolving an almost two-decade stalling on the management of our Petroleum resources and ensuring equitable consideration to our host communities has resulted in the enactment of the Petroleum Industry Act, 2021.

 

38. This Act not only overhauls the Institutional, regulatory and fiscal framework of the Petroleum Industry but also reduces the previous opacity associated with this sector. 

 

39. This is the first step to the reforms as the process is a continuous one. Already, to further improve the governance framework, I have sought for an amendment of sections 11(2)(b) and 34(2)(b). We will also continue to review and amend as appropriate.

 

40. At this juncture, it is very appropriate that I salute the leadership and members of the Ninth Assembly for their patriotism, dedication to duty, candour and most importantly the dispatch with which they have enacted legacy legislations for this nation. I do not take such level of cooperation for granted and hope it continues for the overall efficiency of the Federal machinery.

 

41. Nigeria’s Roadmap on Local Refining is on track with the Commissioning of a Modular refinery in Imo State.

 

42. A second is scheduled for commissioning by the end of this year in Edo State and the third one in Bayelsa State by 2022.

 

43. In addition to the modular projects, we also have the two mega refinery projects coming up in Lagos and Akwa Ibom States.

 

44. As these refineries are commissioned, more employment opportunities are created and there would be increased petroleum products available for local consumption which will significantly reduce our reliance on importation.

 

45. In further demonstrating our plan to reduce our dependence on oil and tapping from our enormous gas resources, this administration remains committed to the “Decade of Gas” Initiative, which is aimed at bringing to focus the utilization of our huge gas resources.

 

46. Already, we are supporting and promoting various gas-based projects including NLNG Train 7 and the mega urea and ammonia projects in the South-South region.

 

47. As we continue to optimise and enhance our oil and gas sector, I am also proud and delighted to state that our economic diversification strategy remains on course with the persistent increase in Non-Oil Sector contribution to GDP.

 

48. We recovered from economic recession in quarter four of 2020 with a GDP growth rate of 0.11%, and grew by 0.51% and 5.01% in real terms in the first and second quarters of 2021.

 

49. The Agricultural sector remains key to our economic diversification efforts as the sector has been a consistent driver of the non-oil sector contributing 22.35% and 23.78% to the overall GDP in the first and second quarter of 2021.

 

50. We have seen significant private sector investments in almost all areas of the agricultural value chain. And these have continued even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

51. Unfortunately, as our food production capacity has increased, food prices have been going up due to artificial shortages created by middlemen who have been buying and hoarding these essential commodities for profiteering.

 

52. To address this, I am hereby directing the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to rehabilitate the National Food Reserve Agency and also work with security agencies, the Nigerian Commodity Exchange, and the National Assembly to find a lasting solution to these disruptive and unpatriotic hoarding activities.

 

53. To further enhance food production, we have completed several new dams and are in the process of rehabilitating several River Basin Development Authorities to enhance ground water supply for rainfed agriculture as well as surface water for irrigation agriculture.

 

54. The water projects we completed between 2015 to 2020 have improved Nigerian’s access to potable water to 71% between 2015 and 2020. This means 12.5 million additional Nigerians now have direct access to potable water.

  

Fellow Nigerians,

55. This Government remains concerned by the significant transportation infrastructure deficit we have. Addressing the challenges our commuters and lorry drivers face on the motorways is still a high priority to us.

 

56. To complement our budgetary allocations, the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund and the Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, we recently established a N15trillion Infrastructural Corporation of Nigeria Limited (INFRACO), which is expected to begin operation by the fourth quarter of this year.

 

57. INFRACO will also focus on leveraging resources on a public-private sector basis for infrastructural development in Nigeria.

 

58. We hope through these innovative programs, the additional cost burden on individuals and businesses because of inefficient logistics operations will be reduced and ultimately, eliminated.

 

59. We currently have over 13,000 kilometres of roads and bridges under construction all over the country of which a fair percentage have been completed.

 

60. As we fix our roads, we also continue to extend and upgrade Nigeria’s railway network with the notable opening of the Warri- Itakpe standard gauge rail line.

 

61. To increase capacity, we have introduced more locomotives, coaches and wagons including the establishment of a Wagon Assembly in Kajola, Ogun State.

 

62. The sea ports however still remain problematic. The effect of our various interventions to reduce the gridlocks and inefficiencies have been slower than expected.

 

63. However, the implementation of the Electronic Call-Up System as well as the conversion of the Lillypond Container Terminal to a Vehicle Transit Area will further enhance the ease of cargo evacuation.

 

64. Our prioritisation of developing Nigeria’s Digital Economy has positively impacted the contribution of the ICT sector to our GDP.

 

65. We hope our present efforts to ensure all Nigerians use a National Identification Number as well as our planned roll-out of the fifth generation (5G) network technology will ensure we stay in line with the global innovation curve as a Nation.

 

66. As we embrace the digital economy in Nigeria, we are fully aware of the prospects and the perils. Our policies have been developed to enable Nigerians to take advantage of the prospects and avoid the perils of digital technologies. 

 

67. Social media is a very useful platform that has enabled millions of Nigerians to connect with loved ones, promote their businesses, socialise, and access news and other information.

 

68. However, recent events have shown that the platform is not just an innocuous platform for information dissemination.

 

69. Rather some users have misused the platform to organise, coordinate, and execute criminal activities, propagate fake news, and promote ethnic and religious sentiments.

 

70. To address these negative trends, the Federal Government of Nigeria suspended the operations of Twitter in Nigeria on June 5, 2021 to allow the Government put measures in place to address these challenges.

 

71. Following the suspension of Twitter operations, Twitter Inc. reached out to the Federal Government of Nigeria to resolve the impasse. Subsequently, I constituted a Presidential Committee to engage Twitter to explore the possibility of resolving the issue.

 

72. The Committee, along with its Technical Team, has engaged with Twitter and have addressed a number of key issues. These are:

 

a. National Security and Cohesion;

b. Registration, Physical presence and Representation;

c. Fair Taxation;

d. Dispute Resolution; and

e. Local Content.

 

73. Following the extensive engagements, the issues are being addressed and I have directed that the suspension be lifted but only if the conditions are met to allow our citizens continue the use of the platform for business and positive engagements. 

 

74. As a country, we are committed to ensuring that digital companies use their platform to enhance the lives of our citizens, respect Nigeria's sovereignty, cultural values and promote online safety.

 

75. Nigeria's progressive diplomacy continues to manifest through growing numbers of highly placed Nigerians in positions of regional and global influences. Very recently, Nigeria won election for the position of Commissioner for the expanded Political, Peace and Security Affairs of the African Union.

 

76. Our persistent calls for a reorganized and reformed ECOWAS, to make the organization citizens-sensitive, paid off with the acceptance by the Authority of Heads of State and Governments of ECOWAS to commence the agreed reforms in the organization ahead of the next elections of the organization’s principal officers in December this year.

 

77. At the African Development Bank, World Trade Organization and indeed, the United Nations, footprints of Nigeria's Diplomacy are clearly evident.

 

78. We remain confident that our goal of lifting 100million Nigerians out of poverty in 10 years is achievable. 

 

79. Considering the positive impact of our Social Investment Programs, I recently approved an increase in the number of N-Power program beneficiaries from 500,000 to 1,000,000.

 

80. Out of this, 510,000 have started the programme while the competitive selection process for onboarding the outstanding 490,000 beneficiaries is in progress.

 

81. The National Home-Grown School Feeding Programme is currently being implemented in 35 States of the Federation and the FCT. Over 103,000 women have been engaged and empowered as cooks under the programme, while about 10 million pupils are being fed across public primary schools in the country.

 

82. To grant increased access to credit to the most poor and vulnerable, I have directed an increase in the disbursement of Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme loans to an additional one million beneficiaries laying more emphasis on the smallholding farmers through the farmers Moni program.

 

Fellow Nigerians,

83. For far too long we have neglected the centrality of the civil service as the engine of governance and this has manifested in ineffective service delivery.

 

84. There is widespread discontent and disillusion about the efficiency and probity of our civil service.

 

85. It is for this reason that we are refocusing the Nigerian Civil Service to provide World class service to run our country.

 

86. The youths of this great country remain propellants for our today and provide guarantees that we would have a secure tomorrow.

 

87. It is for this reason that I remain focused on expanding opportunities for their participation in politics and governance.

 

88. Recent appointments of young people into positions of authority and their track record so far, gives me confidence that we need to bring more of them into governance and this I promise to do.

 

89. More specifically, to encourage Girl-Child Education, female scholarship schemes, life skills and digital literacy skills to boost girl’s enrolment, retention and completion of schooling, are all initiatives put in place to ensure gender balance in appropriately positioning our youths for positions of leadership.

 

90. The commitment of this Administration to the well-being of people living with disabilities remains unwavering.

 

91. Government recognises their contributions to development and I have, in this regard, directed that all relevant Government Agencies pay special attention to the peculiarities of different abilities in the implementation of policies and programmes.

 

92. Rape and Gender Based Violence remains a sore point in our Nation as in many countries worldwide and this was worsened during and after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

93. We are currently engaging Heads of Courts to establish Specialised Courts for the speedy and seamless trial of Rape/Gender-Based offences especially to ensure that justice is done for child victims of sexual violence.

 

94. On the other hand, work has advanced in the reformation, reintegration and reunification of Minors involved in one crime or the other.

 

95. The reformation in our Correctional Services has manifested in an increase in modernised custodial centres and a transformation from strictly punitive to attitudinal changes so that criminals do not relapse into their previous lifestyle.

 

96. As we begin to celebrate our sixty one years as a Nation, we need to be conscious that Nigeria does not start and end with the Federal Government. This country is a great collective where Government at all arms and levels as well as the private sector, and more importantly individuals, have a role to play.

 

97. In particular, security is a bottom to top undertaking. Joining hands and hearts together would enable us to secure ourselves and our country.

 

98. I fully understand the anxiety of many Nigerians on the inability of this country to go beyond a never-ending potential for becoming a great nation to an actually great one.

 

99. A lot has been achieved in the last six years on many fronts: in infrastructure, social care, governance, Nigeria’s image and influence in Africa and the international community. 

 

100. But critics misdiagnose incremental progress as stagnation. Since coming to power, this Administration has tackled our problems head-on in spite of the meagre resources. No government since 1999 has done what we have done in six years to put Nigeria back on track. 


101. We shall continue to serve the country: listen to all and protect our democracy and country.

Thank you all and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Blabbing IBB: A hater of democracy, a murderer, a thief who should be in prison now - Sowore

Blabbing IBB: A hater of democracy, a murderer, a thief who should be in prison now - Sowore


Conman, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) killed students, killed Dele Giwa, Killed Mamman Vasta, killed Gideon Orkar, killed a generation of young army officers in a plane crash so they won’t reach their prime, now he’s blabbing about the quest for a younger generation to lead. A hater of democracy, a murderer, a thief and dissembler,m who should be in prison but here we are with one of these blockheads just running his mouth and getting undue airtime! #RevolutionNow


Omoyele Sowore




It is an indictment on the Nigeria's system which allowed characters like IBB to move freely like a saint.


And indeed very unfortunate that character like Major General Muhammadu Buhari will almost make him a saint.


Comrade Dele Abiola


Conman, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (IBB) killed students, killed Dele Giwa, Killed Mamman Vasta, killed Gideon Orkar, killed a generation of young army officers in a plane crash so they won’t reach their prime, now he’s blabbing about the quest for a younger generation to lead. A hater of democracy, a murderer, a thief and dissembler,m who should be in prison but here we are with one of these blockheads just running his mouth and getting undue airtime! #RevolutionNow


Omoyele Sowore




It is an indictment on the Nigeria's system which allowed characters like IBB to move freely like a saint.


And indeed very unfortunate that character like Major General Muhammadu Buhari will almost make him a saint.


Comrade Dele Abiola

NIGERIA: Clampdown on protests negates democracy

NIGERIA: Clampdown on protests negates democracy

Punch Editorial Board


15 June 2021



FOR the umpteenth time, the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has demonstrated its characteristically strong but disturbing disdain for the democratic rights of Nigerian citizens to peaceful protest. This is as heavy police deployments disrupted the June 12 protests at different venues across the country as Nigeria marked Democracy Day 2021. The irony is unmistakable. On a day chosen to mark democracy in the country, the Buhari regime came out charging at the citizens expressing their inalienable right, deploying heavily armed police personnel and armoured personnel carriers to intimidate the protesters, condoning off protest venues, hounding and beating up protesters in the process.


This is unconstitutional, authoritarian and utterly unacceptable. It grossly negates the core democratic tenets of freedom of assembly, association, and expression. As the Open Society Justice Initiative rightly declares, “protests are a catalyst for social change and are essential for citizen participation in a pluralistic democracy. They enable individuals and groups to share their views and interests, express dissent, and make demands of the government or other institutions.” Sadly, despite its importance to democratic sustainability, in both advanced and emerging democracies, “some police and government officials treat protests as an inconvenience, a disruption to be controlled, or a threat to be extinguished,” the group laments.


The police clampdown on the peaceful June 12 protesters demonstrates an aversion to democracy by the Buhari regime. Indeed, it is a detestable act of desperation by a regime that has failed to live up to the expectations of the citizens and lacks faith in a process that birthed it. The action has further depleted Buhari’s low legitimacy account balance.


Democracy does not begin and end in conducting periodic elections. Protests are also an essential element of democracy and provide a veritable outlet for the citizens to interact with the government in a different dimension. Unfortunately, the regime does not see it that way, hence the resort to its criminalisation.


In Lagos, media reports stated that police officers fired tear gas at the crowd gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos. In the Gudu area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, police similarly tear-gassed and chased away the protesters. Earlier on May 31, an online publisher, Omoyele Sowore, was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a female police officer while he and others under the aegis of the CSO, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, demonstrated in Abuja. The group was protesting widespread insecurity in the country. Media reports said Sowore, and other protesters were approaching the protest venue when armed police shut down the place. Unfortunately, the police do not display such sternness and ruthlessness towards the rampaging bandits, kidnappers and outlaws currently holding the entire country to ransom. Ironically, police provided cover for demonstrators who gathered in Abuja in support of the regime, according to reports.


The Cross River State Police Command had earlier threatened intending protesters, promising to deal ruthlessly with anyone who dared it. The command warned, “Everybody should be sober and, in their houses given the experience people had particularly during #EndSARS protests, we will not allow such an incident to repeat itself. We have got intelligence reports on how people are planning to disrupt the peace of the state in the form of a protest and unlawful gathering, as well as to embark on the violent destruction of property; we will not allow that.” This is unacceptable. The duty of the law enforcement agencies in a democracy is not to force protesting citizens off the streets but to ensure such a democratic exercise is not hijacked by unscrupulous elements. That is a breach of their right to freedom of movement and assembly. The failure of the security agencies to do this led to the fatal hijacking of the #EndSARS protests against police brutality across the country in October 2020.

It is commendable, however, that Nigerians in many parts of the world like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada joined their courageous counterparts at home who braved official harassment to protest against bad governance and insecurity in the country. Citizens should not succumb to police intimidation to shun peaceful protest. It is a democratic right that cannot be circumscribed by any government agency. Protests, experts say, encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry and strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs. Nigeria is a signatory to several constitutional and legal frameworks that support protest as a democratic right. Article 21 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, for instance, provides: “The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognised. No restrictions may be placed on this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law, and which are necessary for a democratic society…”


Also, Article 11 of the 1981 African Charter on Human and People’s Rights states, “Every individual shall have the right to assemble freely with others.” Similarly, sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution guarantee the citizens the right to freedom of assembly and expression. And under Section 45, there must be a state of emergency properly declared before these rights can be violated. The onus is on the government to always protect these constitutional rights and not constitute itself into a stumbling block to their attainment. Violently stopping free protests in a fragile democracy like ours, as has been regularly done under Buhari, tends to radicalise the protesters with dire consequences for the entire country.


The right to assemble freely cannot be abridged without violating the fundamental right to peaceful assembly and association. As a civil rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), argued, the violation can only be done by the procedure permitted by law, under Section 45 of the constitution, in which case there must be a state of emergency properly declared. The criminal law is there to be applied if protesters resort to violence during a demonstration, but once the rights are exercised peacefully, they cannot be taken away.

Ensuring that government works for the public good requires informed, organised, active and peaceful citizen participation. Nigerian citizens should tenaciously hold on to this.

Punch Editorial Board


15 June 2021



FOR the umpteenth time, the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has demonstrated its characteristically strong but disturbing disdain for the democratic rights of Nigerian citizens to peaceful protest. This is as heavy police deployments disrupted the June 12 protests at different venues across the country as Nigeria marked Democracy Day 2021. The irony is unmistakable. On a day chosen to mark democracy in the country, the Buhari regime came out charging at the citizens expressing their inalienable right, deploying heavily armed police personnel and armoured personnel carriers to intimidate the protesters, condoning off protest venues, hounding and beating up protesters in the process.


This is unconstitutional, authoritarian and utterly unacceptable. It grossly negates the core democratic tenets of freedom of assembly, association, and expression. As the Open Society Justice Initiative rightly declares, “protests are a catalyst for social change and are essential for citizen participation in a pluralistic democracy. They enable individuals and groups to share their views and interests, express dissent, and make demands of the government or other institutions.” Sadly, despite its importance to democratic sustainability, in both advanced and emerging democracies, “some police and government officials treat protests as an inconvenience, a disruption to be controlled, or a threat to be extinguished,” the group laments.


The police clampdown on the peaceful June 12 protesters demonstrates an aversion to democracy by the Buhari regime. Indeed, it is a detestable act of desperation by a regime that has failed to live up to the expectations of the citizens and lacks faith in a process that birthed it. The action has further depleted Buhari’s low legitimacy account balance.


Democracy does not begin and end in conducting periodic elections. Protests are also an essential element of democracy and provide a veritable outlet for the citizens to interact with the government in a different dimension. Unfortunately, the regime does not see it that way, hence the resort to its criminalisation.


In Lagos, media reports stated that police officers fired tear gas at the crowd gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park in Ojota, Lagos. In the Gudu area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, police similarly tear-gassed and chased away the protesters. Earlier on May 31, an online publisher, Omoyele Sowore, was injured by a tear gas canister fired by a female police officer while he and others under the aegis of the CSO, Alliance on Surviving COVID-19 and Beyond, demonstrated in Abuja. The group was protesting widespread insecurity in the country. Media reports said Sowore, and other protesters were approaching the protest venue when armed police shut down the place. Unfortunately, the police do not display such sternness and ruthlessness towards the rampaging bandits, kidnappers and outlaws currently holding the entire country to ransom. Ironically, police provided cover for demonstrators who gathered in Abuja in support of the regime, according to reports.


The Cross River State Police Command had earlier threatened intending protesters, promising to deal ruthlessly with anyone who dared it. The command warned, “Everybody should be sober and, in their houses given the experience people had particularly during #EndSARS protests, we will not allow such an incident to repeat itself. We have got intelligence reports on how people are planning to disrupt the peace of the state in the form of a protest and unlawful gathering, as well as to embark on the violent destruction of property; we will not allow that.” This is unacceptable. The duty of the law enforcement agencies in a democracy is not to force protesting citizens off the streets but to ensure such a democratic exercise is not hijacked by unscrupulous elements. That is a breach of their right to freedom of movement and assembly. The failure of the security agencies to do this led to the fatal hijacking of the #EndSARS protests against police brutality across the country in October 2020.

It is commendable, however, that Nigerians in many parts of the world like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Canada joined their courageous counterparts at home who braved official harassment to protest against bad governance and insecurity in the country. Citizens should not succumb to police intimidation to shun peaceful protest. It is a democratic right that cannot be circumscribed by any government agency. Protests, experts say, encourage the development of an engaged and informed citizenry and strengthen representative democracy by enabling direct participation in public affairs. Nigeria is a signatory to several constitutional and legal frameworks that support protest as a democratic right. Article 21 of the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, for instance, provides: “The right of peaceful assembly shall be recognised. No restrictions may be placed on this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law, and which are necessary for a democratic society…”


Also, Article 11 of the 1981 African Charter on Human and People’s Rights states, “Every individual shall have the right to assemble freely with others.” Similarly, sections 39 and 40 of the 1999 Constitution guarantee the citizens the right to freedom of assembly and expression. And under Section 45, there must be a state of emergency properly declared before these rights can be violated. The onus is on the government to always protect these constitutional rights and not constitute itself into a stumbling block to their attainment. Violently stopping free protests in a fragile democracy like ours, as has been regularly done under Buhari, tends to radicalise the protesters with dire consequences for the entire country.


The right to assemble freely cannot be abridged without violating the fundamental right to peaceful assembly and association. As a civil rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), argued, the violation can only be done by the procedure permitted by law, under Section 45 of the constitution, in which case there must be a state of emergency properly declared. The criminal law is there to be applied if protesters resort to violence during a demonstration, but once the rights are exercised peacefully, they cannot be taken away.

Ensuring that government works for the public good requires informed, organised, active and peaceful citizen participation. Nigerian citizens should tenaciously hold on to this.

#BuhariMustGo: Protest resumes tomorrow in Lagos, Ibadan

#BuhariMustGo: Protest resumes tomorrow in Lagos, Ibadan


Protest resumes tomorrow in Lagos, Ibadan and probably in Abuja on Tuesday.



Lagos Resumes #BuhariMustGo PROTEST tomorrow at Gani Fewehinmi Park, Ojota Lagos at 9:00 am.


Join the Protest to say No to TYRANNY. 


#June12Protest #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow


Protest resumes tomorrow in Lagos, Ibadan and probably in Abuja on Tuesday.



Lagos Resumes #BuhariMustGo PROTEST tomorrow at Gani Fewehinmi Park, Ojota Lagos at 9:00 am.


Join the Protest to say No to TYRANNY. 


#June12Protest #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow

June 12 Protest and Democracy in Nigeria

June 12 Protest and Democracy in Nigeria

By Jonathan Ekperusi 

(Chairman NBA, Effurun Branch)


It is the inalienable rights of every Nigerian to free speech, lawful assembly and peaceful protest. Unfortunately, many Nigerians do not even know where our problem lies. We should be protesting for the autonomy of Local Government Council, State Houses of Assembly, State Judiciary, etc. Many states are owing pensioners their pension, ranging from few months to several years putting those that have served Nigeria in pains and penury. States like Benue, Taraba, etc are owing workers over one year salaries, etc. These should be the priorities of protesters, but it seems everyone is misguided to protest against the federal government.


No nation can develop by looking solely on the federal government. If we do not hold our state governors accountable, then we are not ready for a change. If you like vent all your anger on Buhari, he is going to remain as President till his tenure expires. Sowore is shouting around deceiving some gullible Nigerians that Buhari Must Go. He is using these gullible people to collect grants from charities abroad to sustain his dubious lifestyle in Nigeria. The same Sowore contested the last election with Buhari and got about 30,000 votes while Buhari got over 15 million votes, but he wants Buhari go to. Go where exactly?


If you truly want a change of leaders, then use this same energy to organize yourself into structures, register, form a party and create an alliance of several small parties to form a formidable force. Unfortunately, all this protest will end tomorrow and nothing will happen. During the last election, Sowore, Moghalu, Ezekwesili, etc could not even form an alliance to project a single candidate. All of them just want to show on their CV that they are presidential candidate and also want to chop money from their mushrooms parties. No one was truly interested in the Nigerian project.


When Tinubu decided to play national politics, he decided to spend resources including money and time to form a formidable alliance, and he was also willing to remove himself from the scene to make the party work. Don't also forget that when he formed the Action Congress earlier, he didn't also rush to become the party flagbearer, he was willing to give Ribadu the party ticket. Those who truly wants to create things beyond them are always willing to put their own personal interest aside for the greater good. No wonder the name Tinubu has become a scion on the Nigerian political landscape. You can hate or like him, but you cannot deny the fact that Tinubu is a sound political strategist and tactician who knows the game and play it to win.


So, except there is a formidable third force that is rising from the horizon as early as this moment, APC will still remain at the centre beyond 2023. APC have about 21 states and PDP about 14, so take it or leave it, whoever APC endorses as their presidential candidate is most likely the next president of Nigeria, except the party implodes, which is not likely.


Except there is a military coup, which is highly unlikely, once election is over and a leader emerged, there is nothing anyone can do. If you like petition the US, UK, UN and even mars, nothing will change. That's the beauty of democracy. 


Happy Democracy Day to you all.

By Jonathan Ekperusi 

(Chairman NBA, Effurun Branch)


It is the inalienable rights of every Nigerian to free speech, lawful assembly and peaceful protest. Unfortunately, many Nigerians do not even know where our problem lies. We should be protesting for the autonomy of Local Government Council, State Houses of Assembly, State Judiciary, etc. Many states are owing pensioners their pension, ranging from few months to several years putting those that have served Nigeria in pains and penury. States like Benue, Taraba, etc are owing workers over one year salaries, etc. These should be the priorities of protesters, but it seems everyone is misguided to protest against the federal government.


No nation can develop by looking solely on the federal government. If we do not hold our state governors accountable, then we are not ready for a change. If you like vent all your anger on Buhari, he is going to remain as President till his tenure expires. Sowore is shouting around deceiving some gullible Nigerians that Buhari Must Go. He is using these gullible people to collect grants from charities abroad to sustain his dubious lifestyle in Nigeria. The same Sowore contested the last election with Buhari and got about 30,000 votes while Buhari got over 15 million votes, but he wants Buhari go to. Go where exactly?


If you truly want a change of leaders, then use this same energy to organize yourself into structures, register, form a party and create an alliance of several small parties to form a formidable force. Unfortunately, all this protest will end tomorrow and nothing will happen. During the last election, Sowore, Moghalu, Ezekwesili, etc could not even form an alliance to project a single candidate. All of them just want to show on their CV that they are presidential candidate and also want to chop money from their mushrooms parties. No one was truly interested in the Nigerian project.


When Tinubu decided to play national politics, he decided to spend resources including money and time to form a formidable alliance, and he was also willing to remove himself from the scene to make the party work. Don't also forget that when he formed the Action Congress earlier, he didn't also rush to become the party flagbearer, he was willing to give Ribadu the party ticket. Those who truly wants to create things beyond them are always willing to put their own personal interest aside for the greater good. No wonder the name Tinubu has become a scion on the Nigerian political landscape. You can hate or like him, but you cannot deny the fact that Tinubu is a sound political strategist and tactician who knows the game and play it to win.


So, except there is a formidable third force that is rising from the horizon as early as this moment, APC will still remain at the centre beyond 2023. APC have about 21 states and PDP about 14, so take it or leave it, whoever APC endorses as their presidential candidate is most likely the next president of Nigeria, except the party implodes, which is not likely.


Except there is a military coup, which is highly unlikely, once election is over and a leader emerged, there is nothing anyone can do. If you like petition the US, UK, UN and even mars, nothing will change. That's the beauty of democracy. 


Happy Democracy Day to you all.

#June12Protest Solidarity from New York, U.S (PHOTOS)

#June12Protest Solidarity from New York, U.S (PHOTOS)









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#June12Protest #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow









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#June12Protest #BuhariMustGo #RevolutionNow

#JUNE12THPROTEST: To save Nigeria, Nigerian people must wake up

#JUNE12THPROTEST: To save Nigeria, Nigerian people must wake up

 *OSOGBO:*

*#June12thProtest*

*#BuharMustGo* 

*#BuhariTheDictator*




It is almost three decades down the road now. Nigeria's rulers across the divides appear to have learned nothing and forgotten everything.


June 12, 1993 presidential elections promised us bright summer of liberty, unity and prosperity. Unfortunately, continuous decades of bad governance by unpatriotic and self-centered elites, military and civilian leadership that cut across all tribes and religions, produced exploitation, oppression, poverty, misery, injustice, hopelessness, insecurity, banditry and violent death as majorly being experienced by the common masses all over the country!


To save Nigeria, the Nigerian people must wake up, organise across all ethnic and religious divides to enforce a system of change. We should demand and ensure a restructured Nigeria.


Devolution of power to the extent that more responsibilities be given to the state while the federal government is vested with the responsibility to oversee our foreign policy, defence and economy should be pursued aggressively.


It is time to wake up, rise up and set our differences aside, meet at the restructuring junctions, fight for it, get it and proceed with a new generation of leaders produced by that struggle for common consensus, to build the "Giant of Afrika" of our dream, united in diversity and the beacon of final freedom, hope, pride and development for Afrika and all Afrikans home and abroad...


Viva Aluta!



Dayo Popoola

 *OSOGBO:*

*#June12thProtest*

*#BuharMustGo* 

*#BuhariTheDictator*




It is almost three decades down the road now. Nigeria's rulers across the divides appear to have learned nothing and forgotten everything.


June 12, 1993 presidential elections promised us bright summer of liberty, unity and prosperity. Unfortunately, continuous decades of bad governance by unpatriotic and self-centered elites, military and civilian leadership that cut across all tribes and religions, produced exploitation, oppression, poverty, misery, injustice, hopelessness, insecurity, banditry and violent death as majorly being experienced by the common masses all over the country!


To save Nigeria, the Nigerian people must wake up, organise across all ethnic and religious divides to enforce a system of change. We should demand and ensure a restructured Nigeria.


Devolution of power to the extent that more responsibilities be given to the state while the federal government is vested with the responsibility to oversee our foreign policy, defence and economy should be pursued aggressively.


It is time to wake up, rise up and set our differences aside, meet at the restructuring junctions, fight for it, get it and proceed with a new generation of leaders produced by that struggle for common consensus, to build the "Giant of Afrika" of our dream, united in diversity and the beacon of final freedom, hope, pride and development for Afrika and all Afrikans home and abroad...


Viva Aluta!



Dayo Popoola

#JUNE12PROTEST: OSOGBO, OSUN STATE Nigeria (PHOTOS)

#JUNE12PROTEST: OSOGBO, OSUN STATE Nigeria (PHOTOS)

 

















 

















#JUNE12PROTEST:Gudu Abuja, Nigeria (PHOTOS)

#JUNE12PROTEST:Gudu Abuja, Nigeria (PHOTOS)

 









By #RevolutionNow

 









By #RevolutionNow

Major General Muhammadu Buhari to declare State of Emergency in Southeast and Oyo State

Major General Muhammadu Buhari to declare State of Emergency in Southeast and Oyo State


It has been confirmed and affirmed that State of emergency will be declared in South East and Oyo State.


The arrival of Hercules C130 Airforce plane at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport by 4:20pm today to drop off troops alongside military hardwares has been confirmed. 


Please let everyone be advised and prepare for the days ahead, difficult days are ahead of us all, our teaming youths should be careful and learn how to dress well to avoid harassment or arrest by these blood thirsty demons, avoid large gatherings and keeping late at night, present yourself in a decent and gentle manner when being accosted by these folks.


IMO may plunge into a gorilla battle if the unknown gunmen extends their rilvary with the soldiers, DSS, and police, then our people will become the victim of crossfire.

 The state of Emergency in Oyo State is actually needles but will be to favour the FULANI Invaders as the federal government has been showing endless Supports for the terrorists and criminals causing unrests everywhere across the country.

The cabals have also embarked on executing plans to extend the tenure of the incumbent by any means possible including using bandits and Herdsmen to cause havocs.


It has been confirmed and affirmed that State of emergency will be declared in South East and Oyo State.


The arrival of Hercules C130 Airforce plane at Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport by 4:20pm today to drop off troops alongside military hardwares has been confirmed. 


Please let everyone be advised and prepare for the days ahead, difficult days are ahead of us all, our teaming youths should be careful and learn how to dress well to avoid harassment or arrest by these blood thirsty demons, avoid large gatherings and keeping late at night, present yourself in a decent and gentle manner when being accosted by these folks.


IMO may plunge into a gorilla battle if the unknown gunmen extends their rilvary with the soldiers, DSS, and police, then our people will become the victim of crossfire.

 The state of Emergency in Oyo State is actually needles but will be to favour the FULANI Invaders as the federal government has been showing endless Supports for the terrorists and criminals causing unrests everywhere across the country.

The cabals have also embarked on executing plans to extend the tenure of the incumbent by any means possible including using bandits and Herdsmen to cause havocs.

Ghana Is Eating Nigeria’s Lunch

Ghana Is Eating Nigeria’s Lunch

By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú  



“Twitter is now present on the continent. 


Thank you Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo”. 


Those were the words of the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, in a tweet yesterday. 


Within two minutes, yes two minutes, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: 


“The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country”.


Why Ghana? 


Jack Dorsey gave insightful reasons for their choice of Ghana. 


The statement reads: 


‘’As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. 


Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.”


It important to note that Nana Akufo-Addo sealed the deal in a virtual meeting on April 7. 


It takes foresight, digital literacy and continuous interest in learning to engage in such deals. 


Can our president understand the nuances of cutting edge technology and its import for jobs and innovation? 


Can the stone age polymorph, Isa Pantami pull off a deal this juicy? 


Will Alhaji Lai Mohammed make any sense of the future without recourse to the consequences of free speech?


Nigerian Twitterattis were downcast on seeing Ghana trending, preening, and basking in the euphoria of their win. 


Their win is our loss. 


Nigeria is the market, Ghana is the hub. Nigeria has 25 million Twitter users, while Ghana’s combined social media presence is a measly eight million. 


How did that uppercut feel? 


Michelin left for Ghana, 

Dunlop left for Ghana, and many others. 


Soon Nigeria’s monied elite will start buying up Ghana the same way they financed Dubai, instead of fixing Nigeria. 


Twitter will, of course, hire many Nigerians and they will have Ghana as their base.


Twitter’s advertisement for several positions requiring deep knowledge of Nigeria’s major languages is already out there. 


The major benefits will go to Ghana. 


Businesses follow reason and facts, not emotions or wishful thinking. 



They exist to make money, not to feed fat cats or go to risky places. 


Why would smart money choose Nigeria when Ghana gives incentives such as 15-year tax holidays, free land and other policy initiatives, which would help drive their businesses? 


Why would Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) go to Nigeria with a rank of 131 in the ease of doing business, compared to Ghana’s rank of 118?


In Nigeria:

Insecurity ✔️

Religious strife ✔️

Unfavorable regulatory and legal environment ✔️

Unstable Macroeconomic policies ✔️


Why would any business choose Nigeria, the home of Boko Haram, the second deadliest terror group in the world to Ghana? 


When Fulani herdsmen wanted to start their murderous rampage in Ghana, it took a single policy directive for them to know Ghana is a no-go area. 


No good company whose best assets are its employees, would want to spend an unreasonable amount of money on life insurance and armed escorts to protect those in its employ for fear of kidnapping and outright slaughter.


How about the see-saw monetary policies, high inflation and unemployment? Only last week, Governor Godwin Obaseki lamented the printing of sixty billion naira (N60 bn) for sharing by the three tiers of government to finance the budget deficit. 


Are the consequences of unguarded quantitative easing lost on the government? 


Are they unconcerned with inflation depreciation and loss in bonds caused by their “ways and means” abracadabra?


Is a place notorious for religious hypocrisy, and ethnic strife the best place for a social media behemoth? 


How about our arbitrary, knee-jerk and counterproductive regulatory environment? 


The whole world paid attention to Nigeria’s treatment of Uber and Gokada. 


They could be business school case studies on how not to stifle innovation. 


If Twitter were to consider Nigeria, what our folks would have demanded in bribes would have killed any enthusiasm the company may have had. 


Nigeria’s reputation precedes it as a prodigious and prodigal consumer, instead of a shrewd and calculating producer. 


From a political and economic perspective, our commitment to the rule of law is a charade and the world knows it. 


Same for our understanding of property, intellectual and contractual rights.

Ghana is eating our lunch and we seem incapable of defending our portion. 


The crises facing Nigeria are extraordinary, requiring the smartest, and most patriotic minds to tackle. 


We missed the mark long ago and we don’t seem to realise how big a hole we have dug ourselves in. 


How we respond, going forward, will set the trajectory for coming decades. 


Nothing can save us except well meaning reforms and restructuring. 


No one will take a country enmeshed in selective policies like closing southern borders, while the northern ones are open seriously. 


Most of West African trade pass through the Seme/Odiroko border. 


Nigeria should reopen all its land borders.


Playing favourites with the foreign exchange rate is not only wicked, it kills competition. 


Let the naira have a market-driven exchange rate and ease forex restrictions on business. 


Subsidies for the rich and the middle class must end, to curb luxurious consumption. 


This can be done by the complete floating of petroleum product prices. 


Efforts to fix the power sector is commendable but a lot still needs to be done.


Finally, the rent mentality has to be erased from our memory by reforming the tax system. 


If we pay reasonable taxes, chances are, we will demand accountability and responsibility. 


We will be able to reject a system of collecting taxes in Lagos to fund projects in Yobe State. 


Let each State eat, what it kills. 


It will be painful at the first but the pain can be assuaged by direct cash transfers to the vulnerable and poor. 


By all indicators, Ghana is leading. 


Will Nigeria fold its arms?



Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú a farmer, youth advocate and political analyst writes this weekly column, “Bamidele Upfront” for PREMIUM TIMES.

By Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú  



“Twitter is now present on the continent. 


Thank you Ghana and Nana Akufo-Addo”. 


Those were the words of the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, in a tweet yesterday. 


Within two minutes, yes two minutes, the President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo tweeted: 


“The choice of Ghana as HQ for Twitter’s Africa operations is EXCELLENT news. Government and Ghanaians welcome very much this announcement and the confidence reposed in our country”.


Why Ghana? 


Jack Dorsey gave insightful reasons for their choice of Ghana. 


The statement reads: 


‘’As a champion for democracy, Ghana is a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate. 


Furthermore, Ghana’s recent appointment to host The Secretariat of the African Continental Free Trade Area aligns with our overarching goal to establish a presence in the region that will support our efforts to improve and tailor our service across Africa.”


It important to note that Nana Akufo-Addo sealed the deal in a virtual meeting on April 7. 


It takes foresight, digital literacy and continuous interest in learning to engage in such deals. 


Can our president understand the nuances of cutting edge technology and its import for jobs and innovation? 


Can the stone age polymorph, Isa Pantami pull off a deal this juicy? 


Will Alhaji Lai Mohammed make any sense of the future without recourse to the consequences of free speech?


Nigerian Twitterattis were downcast on seeing Ghana trending, preening, and basking in the euphoria of their win. 


Their win is our loss. 


Nigeria is the market, Ghana is the hub. Nigeria has 25 million Twitter users, while Ghana’s combined social media presence is a measly eight million. 


How did that uppercut feel? 


Michelin left for Ghana, 

Dunlop left for Ghana, and many others. 


Soon Nigeria’s monied elite will start buying up Ghana the same way they financed Dubai, instead of fixing Nigeria. 


Twitter will, of course, hire many Nigerians and they will have Ghana as their base.


Twitter’s advertisement for several positions requiring deep knowledge of Nigeria’s major languages is already out there. 


The major benefits will go to Ghana. 


Businesses follow reason and facts, not emotions or wishful thinking. 



They exist to make money, not to feed fat cats or go to risky places. 


Why would smart money choose Nigeria when Ghana gives incentives such as 15-year tax holidays, free land and other policy initiatives, which would help drive their businesses? 


Why would Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) go to Nigeria with a rank of 131 in the ease of doing business, compared to Ghana’s rank of 118?


In Nigeria:

Insecurity ✔️

Religious strife ✔️

Unfavorable regulatory and legal environment ✔️

Unstable Macroeconomic policies ✔️


Why would any business choose Nigeria, the home of Boko Haram, the second deadliest terror group in the world to Ghana? 


When Fulani herdsmen wanted to start their murderous rampage in Ghana, it took a single policy directive for them to know Ghana is a no-go area. 


No good company whose best assets are its employees, would want to spend an unreasonable amount of money on life insurance and armed escorts to protect those in its employ for fear of kidnapping and outright slaughter.


How about the see-saw monetary policies, high inflation and unemployment? Only last week, Governor Godwin Obaseki lamented the printing of sixty billion naira (N60 bn) for sharing by the three tiers of government to finance the budget deficit. 


Are the consequences of unguarded quantitative easing lost on the government? 


Are they unconcerned with inflation depreciation and loss in bonds caused by their “ways and means” abracadabra?


Is a place notorious for religious hypocrisy, and ethnic strife the best place for a social media behemoth? 


How about our arbitrary, knee-jerk and counterproductive regulatory environment? 


The whole world paid attention to Nigeria’s treatment of Uber and Gokada. 


They could be business school case studies on how not to stifle innovation. 


If Twitter were to consider Nigeria, what our folks would have demanded in bribes would have killed any enthusiasm the company may have had. 


Nigeria’s reputation precedes it as a prodigious and prodigal consumer, instead of a shrewd and calculating producer. 


From a political and economic perspective, our commitment to the rule of law is a charade and the world knows it. 


Same for our understanding of property, intellectual and contractual rights.

Ghana is eating our lunch and we seem incapable of defending our portion. 


The crises facing Nigeria are extraordinary, requiring the smartest, and most patriotic minds to tackle. 


We missed the mark long ago and we don’t seem to realise how big a hole we have dug ourselves in. 


How we respond, going forward, will set the trajectory for coming decades. 


Nothing can save us except well meaning reforms and restructuring. 


No one will take a country enmeshed in selective policies like closing southern borders, while the northern ones are open seriously. 


Most of West African trade pass through the Seme/Odiroko border. 


Nigeria should reopen all its land borders.


Playing favourites with the foreign exchange rate is not only wicked, it kills competition. 


Let the naira have a market-driven exchange rate and ease forex restrictions on business. 


Subsidies for the rich and the middle class must end, to curb luxurious consumption. 


This can be done by the complete floating of petroleum product prices. 


Efforts to fix the power sector is commendable but a lot still needs to be done.


Finally, the rent mentality has to be erased from our memory by reforming the tax system. 


If we pay reasonable taxes, chances are, we will demand accountability and responsibility. 


We will be able to reject a system of collecting taxes in Lagos to fund projects in Yobe State. 


Let each State eat, what it kills. 


It will be painful at the first but the pain can be assuaged by direct cash transfers to the vulnerable and poor. 


By all indicators, Ghana is leading. 


Will Nigeria fold its arms?



Bámidélé Adémólá-Olátéjú a farmer, youth advocate and political analyst writes this weekly column, “Bamidele Upfront” for PREMIUM TIMES.

Full Transcript Of Joe Biden’s Inaugural Speech

Full Transcript Of Joe Biden’s Inaugural Speech

Joe Biden

Vice – President Harris ,


Speaker Pelosi ,


Leader Schumer ,


Leader McConnell,


Vice -President Pence ,


My distinguished guests ,


My fellow Americans .


This is America ’s day . This is democracy ’ s day . A day of history and hope , of renewal and resolve . Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge.


Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause , a cause of democracy . The people – the will of the people – has been heard , and the will of the people has been heeded.


We ’ ve learned again that democracy is precious , democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed . So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol ’s very foundations , we come together as one nation under God – indivisible – to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries .


As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless , bold , optimistic , and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be , I thank my predecessors of both parties . I thank them from the bottom of my heart . And I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength , the strength of our nation , as does President Carter , who I spoke with last night who cannot be with us today, but who we salute for his lifetime of service .


I’ ve just taken a sacred oath each of those patriots have taken . The oath first sworn by George Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. On we the people who seek a more perfect union . This is a great nation , we are good people . And over the centuries through storm and strife in peace and in war we’ ve come so far. But we still have far to go.


We ’ ll press forward with speed and urgency for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibility . Much to do , much to heal , much to restore , much to build and much to gain . Few people in our nation ’ s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’ re in now . A once in a century virus that silently stalks the country has taken as many lives in one year as in all of World War Two .


Millions of jobs have been lost . Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed . A cry for racial justice , some 400 years in the making , moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer. A cry for survival comes from the planet itself , a cry that can’ t be any more desperate or any more clear now . The rise of political extremism , white supremacy, domestic terrorism , that we must confront and we will defeat .


To overcome these challenges , to restore the soul and secure the future of America , requires so much more than words . It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy – unity . Unity. In another January on New Year’ s Day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When he put pen to paper the president said , and I quote , ‘ if my name ever goes down in history , it ’ll be for this act , and my whole soul is in it ’ .


My whole soul is in it today, on this January day . My whole soul is in this . Bringing America together , uniting our people , uniting our nation . And I ask every American to join me in this cause . Uniting to fight the foes we face – anger , resentment and hatred . Extremism, lawlessness , violence , disease , joblessness , and hopelessness.


With unity we can do great things , important things . We can right wrongs , we can put people to work in good jobs , we can teach our children in safe schools . We can overcome the deadly virus, we can rebuild work , we can rebuild the middle class and make work secure , we can secure racial justice and we can make America once again the leading force for good in the world .


I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days . I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real . But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal , that we are all created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism , nativism and fear have torn us apart. The battle is perennial and victory is never secure .


Through civil war, the Great Depression, World War , 9 / 11 , through struggle , sacrifice , and setback, our better angels have always prevailed . In each of our moments enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward and we can do that now . History , faith and reason show the way. The way of unity .


We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbours . We can treat each other with dignity and respect . We can join forces , stop the shouting and lower the temperature. For without unity there is no peace , only bitterness and fury , no progress , only exhausting outrage . No nation , only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge . And unity is the path forward . And we must meet this moment as the United States of America .


If we do that, I guarantee we will not failed. We have never , ever, ever, ever failed in America when we ’ve acted together . And so today at this time in this place , let ’s start afresh , all of us. Let’ s begin to listen to one another again, hear one another , see one another . Show respect to one another . Politics doesn ’t have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path . Every disagreement doesn ’ t have to be a cause for total war and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured .


My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this . We have to be better than this and I believe America is so much better than this . Just look around . Here we stand in the shadow of the Capitol dome. As mentioned earlier, completed in the shadow of the Civil War . When the union itself was literally hanging in the balance.


We endure , we prevail . Here we stand , looking out on the great Mall , where Dr King spoke of his dream .

Here we stand , where 108 years ago at another inaugural , thousands of protesters tried to block brave women marching for the right to vote . And today we mark the swearing in of the first woman elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris . Don’ t tell me things can change . Here we stand where heroes who gave the last full measure of devotion rest in eternal peace .


And here we stand just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people , to stop the work of our democracy , to drive us from this sacred ground . It did not happen , it will never happen , not today, not tomorrow, not ever. Not ever. To all those who supported our campaign , I’ m humbled by the faith you placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this . Hear us out as we move forward . Take a measure of me and my heart.


If you still disagree , so be it . That ’s democracy . That ’s America . The right to dissent peacefully . And the guardrail of our democracy is perhaps our nation ’ s greatest strength . If you hear me clearly, disagreement must not lead to disunion . And I pledge this to you . I will be a President for all Americans , all Americans. And I promise you I will fight for those who did not support me as for those who did.


Many centuries ago , St Augustine – the saint of my church – wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love. Defined by the common objects of their love . What are the common objects we as Americans love, that define us as Americans ? I think we know. Opportunity , security, liberty, dignity , respect , honour, and yes, the truth .


Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson . There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens as Americans and especially as leaders . Leaders who are pledged to honour our Constitution to protect our nation . To defend the truth and defeat the lies.


Look , I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation. I understand they worry about their jobs . I understand like their dad they lay in bed at night staring at the ceiling thinking : ‘Can I keep my healthcare? Can I pay my mortgage ?’ Thinking about their families , about what comes next. I promise you , I get it . But the answer ’s not to turn inward. To retreat into competing factions . Distrusting those who don’ t look like you , or worship the way you do, who don’ t get their news from the same source as you do .


We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue , rural versus urban , conservative versus liberal . We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts , if we show a little tolerance and humility , and if we’ re willing to stand in the other person ’s shoes, as my mom would say . Just for a moment, stand in their shoes.


Because here’s the thing about life . There ’s no accounting for what fate will deal you . Some days you need a hand . There are other days when we’ re called to lend a hand . That ’s how it has to be , that’ s what we do for one another . And if we are that way our country will be stronger , more prosperous , more ready for the future . And we can still disagree .


My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us we’re going to need each other. We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter . We ’ re entering what may be the darkest and deadliest period of the virus . We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation , one nation . And I promise this , as the Bible says , ‘ Weeping may endure for a night , joy cometh in the morning ’ . We will get through this together . Together.


Look folks , all my colleagues I serve with in the House and the Senate up here, we all understand the world is watching . Watching all of us today. So here’ s my message to those beyond our borders. America has been tested and we’ ve come out stronger for it .


We will repair our alliances, and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’ s challenges but today’s and tomorrow’ s challenges . And we’ ll lead not merely by the example of our power but the power of our example .


Fellow Americans , moms , dads , sons , daughters, friends , neighbours and co -workers . We will honour them by becoming the people and the nation we can and should be . So I ask you let ’s say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives , those left behind and for our country . Amen.


Folks , it ’ s a time of testing. We face an attack on our democracy , and on truth , a raging virus , a stinging inequity , systemic racism , a climate in crisis , America ’s role in the world . Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways . But the fact is we face them all at once , presenting this nation with one of the greatest responsibilities we’ ve had . Now we ’re going to be tested . Are we going to step up ?


It ’s time for boldness for there is so much to do. And this is certain , I promise you . We will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era. We will rise to the occasion. Will we master this rare and difficult hour ? Will we meet our obligations and pass along a new and better world to our children? I believe we must and I ’m sure you do as well . I believe we will , and when we do , we’ll write the next great chapter in the history of the United States of America . The American story .


A story that might sound like a song that means a lot to me , it ’ s called American Anthem . And there ’ s one verse that stands out at least for me and it goes like this : ‘ The work and prayers of century have brought us to this day , which shall be our legacy , what will our children say ? Let me know in my heart when my days are through, America , America , I gave my best to you. ’


Let us add our own work and prayers to the unfolding story of our great nation . If we do this , then when our days are through, our children and our children ’s children will say of us: ‘ They gave their best , they did their duty , they healed a broken land .’


My fellow Americans I close the day where I began , with a sacred oath. Before God and all of you , I give you my word. I will always level with you .


I will defend the Constitution , I’ll defend our democracy . I ’ll defend America and I will give all – all of you – keep everything I do in your service . Thinking not of power but of possibilities . Not of personal interest but of public good .


And together we will write an American story of hope , not fear . Of unity not division, of light not darkness . A story of decency and dignity , love and healing , greatness and goodness . May this be the story that guides us. The story that inspires us. And the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history , we met the moment . Democracy and hope , truth and justice , did not die on our watch but thrive .


That America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world . That is what we owe our forbearers , one another , and generations to follow .


So with purpose and resolve , we turn to those tasks of our time . Sustained by faith , driven by conviction and devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts .


May God bless America and God protect our troops .


Thank you , America

Joe Biden

Vice – President Harris ,


Speaker Pelosi ,


Leader Schumer ,


Leader McConnell,


Vice -President Pence ,


My distinguished guests ,


My fellow Americans .


This is America ’s day . This is democracy ’ s day . A day of history and hope , of renewal and resolve . Through a crucible for the ages, America has been tested a new and America has risen to the challenge.


Today we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate but of a cause , a cause of democracy . The people – the will of the people – has been heard , and the will of the people has been heeded.


We ’ ve learned again that democracy is precious , democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed . So now on this hallowed ground where just a few days ago violence sought to shake the Capitol ’s very foundations , we come together as one nation under God – indivisible – to carry out the peaceful transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries .


As we look ahead in our uniquely American way, restless , bold , optimistic , and set our sights on a nation we know we can be and must be , I thank my predecessors of both parties . I thank them from the bottom of my heart . And I know the resilience of our Constitution and the strength , the strength of our nation , as does President Carter , who I spoke with last night who cannot be with us today, but who we salute for his lifetime of service .


I’ ve just taken a sacred oath each of those patriots have taken . The oath first sworn by George Washington. But the American story depends not on any one of us, not on some of us, but on all of us. On we the people who seek a more perfect union . This is a great nation , we are good people . And over the centuries through storm and strife in peace and in war we’ ve come so far. But we still have far to go.


We ’ ll press forward with speed and urgency for we have much to do in this winter of peril and significant possibility . Much to do , much to heal , much to restore , much to build and much to gain . Few people in our nation ’ s history have been more challenged or found a time more challenging or difficult than the time we’ re in now . A once in a century virus that silently stalks the country has taken as many lives in one year as in all of World War Two .


Millions of jobs have been lost . Hundreds of thousands of businesses closed . A cry for racial justice , some 400 years in the making , moves us. The dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer. A cry for survival comes from the planet itself , a cry that can’ t be any more desperate or any more clear now . The rise of political extremism , white supremacy, domestic terrorism , that we must confront and we will defeat .


To overcome these challenges , to restore the soul and secure the future of America , requires so much more than words . It requires the most elusive of all things in a democracy – unity . Unity. In another January on New Year’ s Day in 1863 Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. When he put pen to paper the president said , and I quote , ‘ if my name ever goes down in history , it ’ll be for this act , and my whole soul is in it ’ .


My whole soul is in it today, on this January day . My whole soul is in this . Bringing America together , uniting our people , uniting our nation . And I ask every American to join me in this cause . Uniting to fight the foes we face – anger , resentment and hatred . Extremism, lawlessness , violence , disease , joblessness , and hopelessness.


With unity we can do great things , important things . We can right wrongs , we can put people to work in good jobs , we can teach our children in safe schools . We can overcome the deadly virus, we can rebuild work , we can rebuild the middle class and make work secure , we can secure racial justice and we can make America once again the leading force for good in the world .


I know speaking of unity can sound to some like a foolish fantasy these days . I know the forces that divide us are deep and they are real . But I also know they are not new. Our history has been a constant struggle between the American ideal , that we are all created equal, and the harsh ugly reality that racism , nativism and fear have torn us apart. The battle is perennial and victory is never secure .


Through civil war, the Great Depression, World War , 9 / 11 , through struggle , sacrifice , and setback, our better angels have always prevailed . In each of our moments enough of us have come together to carry all of us forward and we can do that now . History , faith and reason show the way. The way of unity .


We can see each other not as adversaries but as neighbours . We can treat each other with dignity and respect . We can join forces , stop the shouting and lower the temperature. For without unity there is no peace , only bitterness and fury , no progress , only exhausting outrage . No nation , only a state of chaos. This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge . And unity is the path forward . And we must meet this moment as the United States of America .


If we do that, I guarantee we will not failed. We have never , ever, ever, ever failed in America when we ’ve acted together . And so today at this time in this place , let ’s start afresh , all of us. Let’ s begin to listen to one another again, hear one another , see one another . Show respect to one another . Politics doesn ’t have to be a raging fire destroying everything in its path . Every disagreement doesn ’ t have to be a cause for total war and we must reject the culture in which facts themselves are manipulated and even manufactured .


My fellow Americans, we have to be different than this . We have to be better than this and I believe America is so much better than this . Just look around . Here we stand in the shadow of the Capitol dome. As mentioned earlier, completed in the shadow of the Civil War . When the union itself was literally hanging in the balance.


We endure , we prevail . Here we stand , looking out on the great Mall , where Dr King spoke of his dream .

Here we stand , where 108 years ago at another inaugural , thousands of protesters tried to block brave women marching for the right to vote . And today we mark the swearing in of the first woman elected to national office, Vice President Kamala Harris . Don’ t tell me things can change . Here we stand where heroes who gave the last full measure of devotion rest in eternal peace .


And here we stand just days after a riotous mob thought they could use violence to silence the will of the people , to stop the work of our democracy , to drive us from this sacred ground . It did not happen , it will never happen , not today, not tomorrow, not ever. Not ever. To all those who supported our campaign , I’ m humbled by the faith you placed in us. To all those who did not support us, let me say this . Hear us out as we move forward . Take a measure of me and my heart.


If you still disagree , so be it . That ’s democracy . That ’s America . The right to dissent peacefully . And the guardrail of our democracy is perhaps our nation ’ s greatest strength . If you hear me clearly, disagreement must not lead to disunion . And I pledge this to you . I will be a President for all Americans , all Americans. And I promise you I will fight for those who did not support me as for those who did.


Many centuries ago , St Augustine – the saint of my church – wrote that a people was a multitude defined by the common objects of their love. Defined by the common objects of their love . What are the common objects we as Americans love, that define us as Americans ? I think we know. Opportunity , security, liberty, dignity , respect , honour, and yes, the truth .


Recent weeks and months have taught us a painful lesson . There is truth and there are lies. Lies told for power and for profit. And each of us has a duty and a responsibility as citizens as Americans and especially as leaders . Leaders who are pledged to honour our Constitution to protect our nation . To defend the truth and defeat the lies.


Look , I understand that many of my fellow Americans view the future with fear and trepidation. I understand they worry about their jobs . I understand like their dad they lay in bed at night staring at the ceiling thinking : ‘Can I keep my healthcare? Can I pay my mortgage ?’ Thinking about their families , about what comes next. I promise you , I get it . But the answer ’s not to turn inward. To retreat into competing factions . Distrusting those who don’ t look like you , or worship the way you do, who don’ t get their news from the same source as you do .


We must end this uncivil war that pits red against blue , rural versus urban , conservative versus liberal . We can do this if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts , if we show a little tolerance and humility , and if we’ re willing to stand in the other person ’s shoes, as my mom would say . Just for a moment, stand in their shoes.


Because here’s the thing about life . There ’s no accounting for what fate will deal you . Some days you need a hand . There are other days when we’ re called to lend a hand . That ’s how it has to be , that’ s what we do for one another . And if we are that way our country will be stronger , more prosperous , more ready for the future . And we can still disagree .


My fellow Americans, in the work ahead of us we’re going to need each other. We need all our strength to persevere through this dark winter . We ’ re entering what may be the darkest and deadliest period of the virus . We must set aside politics and finally face this pandemic as one nation , one nation . And I promise this , as the Bible says , ‘ Weeping may endure for a night , joy cometh in the morning ’ . We will get through this together . Together.


Look folks , all my colleagues I serve with in the House and the Senate up here, we all understand the world is watching . Watching all of us today. So here’ s my message to those beyond our borders. America has been tested and we’ ve come out stronger for it .


We will repair our alliances, and engage with the world once again. Not to meet yesterday’ s challenges but today’s and tomorrow’ s challenges . And we’ ll lead not merely by the example of our power but the power of our example .


Fellow Americans , moms , dads , sons , daughters, friends , neighbours and co -workers . We will honour them by becoming the people and the nation we can and should be . So I ask you let ’s say a silent prayer for those who lost their lives , those left behind and for our country . Amen.


Folks , it ’ s a time of testing. We face an attack on our democracy , and on truth , a raging virus , a stinging inequity , systemic racism , a climate in crisis , America ’s role in the world . Any one of these would be enough to challenge us in profound ways . But the fact is we face them all at once , presenting this nation with one of the greatest responsibilities we’ ve had . Now we ’re going to be tested . Are we going to step up ?


It ’s time for boldness for there is so much to do. And this is certain , I promise you . We will be judged, you and I, by how we resolve these cascading crises of our era. We will rise to the occasion. Will we master this rare and difficult hour ? Will we meet our obligations and pass along a new and better world to our children? I believe we must and I ’m sure you do as well . I believe we will , and when we do , we’ll write the next great chapter in the history of the United States of America . The American story .


A story that might sound like a song that means a lot to me , it ’ s called American Anthem . And there ’ s one verse that stands out at least for me and it goes like this : ‘ The work and prayers of century have brought us to this day , which shall be our legacy , what will our children say ? Let me know in my heart when my days are through, America , America , I gave my best to you. ’


Let us add our own work and prayers to the unfolding story of our great nation . If we do this , then when our days are through, our children and our children ’s children will say of us: ‘ They gave their best , they did their duty , they healed a broken land .’


My fellow Americans I close the day where I began , with a sacred oath. Before God and all of you , I give you my word. I will always level with you .


I will defend the Constitution , I’ll defend our democracy . I ’ll defend America and I will give all – all of you – keep everything I do in your service . Thinking not of power but of possibilities . Not of personal interest but of public good .


And together we will write an American story of hope , not fear . Of unity not division, of light not darkness . A story of decency and dignity , love and healing , greatness and goodness . May this be the story that guides us. The story that inspires us. And the story that tells ages yet to come that we answered the call of history , we met the moment . Democracy and hope , truth and justice , did not die on our watch but thrive .


That America secured liberty at home and stood once again as a beacon to the world . That is what we owe our forbearers , one another , and generations to follow .


So with purpose and resolve , we turn to those tasks of our time . Sustained by faith , driven by conviction and devoted to one another and the country we love with all our hearts .


May God bless America and God protect our troops .


Thank you , America

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