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Following the need for a “lets tell ourselves the truth” discussion as it concerns the Nigerian Music Industry and its stakeholders, the Music Publishers Association of Nigeria (MPAN), earlier today, held its first ever Townhall meeting at Grand Junction Hall, Landmark Towers, VI. The event which was billed to kick off by 12:30pm, began with Opening Remarks from music egghead and Publishing Consultant, Olumide Mustapha. In his remarks, Mr. Olumide highlighted the importance of Music Publishing, as it forms the backbone of the Music Industry, thereby creating extra revenue for creatives. Isioma Idigbe, an Entertainment Lawyer was the next speaker who took the podium. She dissected, critically, the importance of Music Publishing and the need for every artiste to have a Publishing contract. Olumide Mustapha, was back on stage one again, but this time, with hard facts and figures. He showed all in attendance, the reasons behind Nigerian creatives lose hundreds of millions of Naira every year in Publishing income. Ibukun “Aibee” Abidoye, The Vice President and General Manager of Chocolate City Group was swift and straight to the point with her presentation. She highlighted and proffered solutions to the problems plaguing the industry. Transparency, accountability, an audit of COSON, and proper distribution of monies due to creatives, were but a few of the ways to moving the Music Publishing discuss forward. Immediately after Aibee’s presentation was a Q&A session. Efe Omorogbe of Hypertek Digital and Olisa Adibua of Beat FM added their voices to the various conversations that arose, bothering on the long overdue audit of COSON; Effective tracking of Music plays and Collaboration with other collection bodies, locally and internationally. Various suggestions were made, and new workable roadmap was charted. Other popular industry practitioners in attendance include but not limited to Peruzzi Vibes of DMW and Bizzle “The Plug” Osikoya, who gave the closing remarks after participants at the event signed various petitions which would be presented to the relevant authorities. He, Bizzle, promised to personally oversee that sending of emails to everyone containing the slides and conclusions arrived at.
EFCC PRESS RELEASE The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured an interim forfeiture of the sum of N1,000,494,000 (One Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand Naira) only lodged in three deposits with Fidelity Bank Plc on 20th and 25th May, 2015. The forfeiture order by Federal High Court sitting in Kano and presided over by Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa is consequent upon a motion ex parte filed by the Commission seeking for the interim forfeiture of the money, which was found in the Bank account of Magel Resort Limited, a company linked to the former First Lady of Nigeria, Patience Jonathan. The Commission had gotten an intel that a bank account domiciled in Fidelity Bank, had a huge sum of money that was not being used by anybody. Upon receipt of the intelligence, the EFCC swung into action by conducting preliminary investigation, which revealed that Patience and some relatives of former president, Goodluck Jonathan were directors of the Company. Others named as directors are Oba Oba Tamunotonye, Goodluck Jonathan Aruera, Goodluck Jonathan Ariwabai and Esther Fynface. In trying to trace the origin of the money, it was discovered that N500,000 was deposited on the 20th of May, 2015 by Fynface, who is alleged to be in charge of the Company, while N1 billion (One Billion Naira Only) was transferred in two tranches on the 25th May, 2015 from PAGMAT OIL AND GAS NIGERIA LIMITED a company that was not incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission. Ruling on the motion, Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa held that: “An interim forfeiture order is granted to the Federal Government in the sum of N1,000,494,000 (One Billion, Four Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand Naira Only) in the Bank account of the 1st respondent Magel Resort Limited 4011019546 which is maintained with 2nd respondent Fidelity Bank Plc”. The court further ordered that the forfeited sum be deposited in the Treasury Single Account of the Federal Government. Tony Orilade Ag. Head, Media & Publicity 1st February, 2019
Thursday, January 31, 2019 PRESS STATEMENT BY APC PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN COUNCIL Yesterday, Nigerians watched with shock and dismay the barefaced lies and outright dishonest claims of the Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi in the television show tagged ‘The Candidates’. Let us tell Nigerians some of the lies they told in that programme, which some simple fact-checks would easily expose. Lie Number 1: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claimed that at handover in May 2015, our GDP growth rate was 6%. Fact Checked Truth: It is a well-documented fact that at handover, the GDP growth rate was 2.35%. The economy was on a free fall as the GDP growth rate had dropped for three consecutive quarters. Lie Number 2: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claims recession was caused by the APC Government. Fact Checked Truth: With a consistent and rapid drop of our GDP, their Coordinating Minister of the Economy at that time, Okonjo Iweala, former Central Bank Governor Prof. Charles Soludo and the Central Bank Governor at the time, now Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, warned the PDP Government and Nigerians that we were headed for a recession. Lie Number 3: Alhaji Atiku Abubakar claimed that security challenges were restricted to the North East during their time. Truth: Nigerians will recall that the Boko Haram activities had spread all over the North East, North West and North Central. For instance, the UN Headquarters, Police Headquarters, a Bus stop in Nyanya, a prominent Plaza in Wuse II were all bombed during the era of the last govt. A church or Mosque was bombed every week in 2013/2014. The herders-farmers’ clashes were the deadliest in 2014, claiming over 1,300 lives in a short period across the North. Boko Haram occupied over 17 Local Government Areas and hoisted their flags, effectively establishing a caliphate in the North East. All these happened before the coming of this administration. Lie Number 4: Peter Obi claimed that out-of-school children grew to 13.5 million under this administration . Truth: The figure of 13.2 million out-of-school children was a 2015 survey by UNICEF. An alarm was raised by several global bodies then because the figure had grown from 10.5 million in 2010 to 13.2 million in 2015, despite record earnings of the Government at that time. In other words, Peter Obi’s claim is self-indicting. Lie Number 5: That Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, as a Customs officer, said there was nothing wrong at that time with setting up a company that had dealings in the Ports that were under Customs’ supervision. Truth: The Code of Conduct for Public Officers was first enshrined in the 1979 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Atiku Abubakar co-founded the company, as a serving Customs officer, three years after the 1979 Constitution came into operation. According to Section 1 of the 5th Schedule to the 1979 Constitution, a public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts with his duties and responsibilities. By establishing a company involved in Port-related business at a time when he was an officer in the Nigeria Customs Service charged with managing the Ports, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar definitely put himself in a position where his personal (business) interest conflicted with his duties as a public officer. Lie Number 6: Peter Obi claims Nigeria has record poverty now. Truth: Despite high oil revenue, according to the World Bank, extreme poverty under PDP grew to 112 million in 2013 through 2014, compared to 86 million today. India pulled their citizens out of poverty for over two decades by using the same methods Nigeria is now using today. In summary one would have thought that in the course of the programme, ‘The Candidates’, Atiku/Obi would have modified the lies they told earlier in their campaigns and make it consistent with reality as most of them were already fact-checked by independent bodies and proven to be lies. Alas they have continued on the same path, believing that ‘If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed’. The Summary of their Presentations: First and foremost, Nigerians should take note that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar defined Corruption as “the use of your privileged position to either enrich yourself or enrich your relatives or even your friends”. When this is juxtaposed with his earlier statement in Lagos, that he will enrich his friends if he becomes President, we can safely conclude that he will be fully in the business of corruption if he becomes President. Secondly, Atiku/Obi made it clear to Nigerians that conflict of interests as a public servant should be the norm as, during their tenures, they found absolutely nothing wrong then and today, with investing public funds in enterprises they own or their families own. For instance, Kadaria ran Peter Obi into a ditch when she asked him if his family was not enriched as a result of using public funds for his family business ‘NEXT’. Thirdly, their claim on experience in running anything public or private cannot stand any act of scrutiny. The Presidential candidate, who is easily a major contributor to our huge unemployment problem today as a result of his corrupt privatisation programme, counts this failure as a huge experience and wants to repeat same if elected. Finally, their proposed Agriculture Programme which they claim to have put together to lift majority of the people out of poverty is a version of what is already being implemented by the present government under the Anchors Borrowers Programme and the Government Enterprises and Empowerment Programmes. After watching Atiku/Obi on that programme, it has become clear to all Nigerians that our public institutions and commonwealth would be in grave danger if left in the hands of these dodgy and questionable characters who have no morals and no scruples about using and misusing public funds for private gains. Thank you. FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK) Director, Strategic Communications, APC Presidential Campaign Council, (Official Spokesperson).
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE President Muhammadu Buhari has commended crusading lawyer, Festus Keyamo, SAN for having earned the “highest place and esteem” in the legal profession through his defence of the rights of ordinary Nigerians. In a message of congratulations to mark Keyamo’s 49th birthday Monday, signed personally by him, the President thanked the Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council for bringing these qualities to bear on the ongoing campaign for elections. In a letter headlined “Happy Birthday, Festus,” President Buhari said: “I write to heartily congratulate you on your 49th birthday, today. The story of your life has always been to speak up for the masses of our country and at critical times in the life of our nation. You have also used law as an instrument to achieve these goals. This has rightly earned you the highest place and esteem in your profession as Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN. “As you apply these qualities in helping to CHANGE this nation through our campaigns, I pray that God Almighty will continue to bless you and grant you long life and good health.” He wished Keyamo a Happy Birthday. Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) January 21, 2019
Sunday, December 30, 2018 PRESS RELEASE BY PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI CAMPAIGN ORGANISATION: A few days ago, the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, called out President Muhammadu Buhari over certain allegations of “corrupt practices” which the President allegedly condones in his government. Whilst we have repeatedly addressed each and every of the instances cited by him to show the transparent nature of the government, it is shocking that the Presidential candidate of the main opposition has refused to issue a personal statement up till this minute clarifying in details his record of crass corruption and abuse of office. He is clearly taking Nigerians for a ride and hopes to distort the ethical revolution in public office that Nigerians clearly desire to his own philosophy of abusing public office to promote private interests. By his subliminal messages, he wants Nigerians to accept that becoming wealthy by abusing public office is not a bad thing after all. With the avalanche of fake and unsubstantiated news released in the last few days, it is now clear that PDP’s strategy in the run up to the elections is to spread fake news and make wild allegations without any proof against the President and the Vice President. This is clearly to divert attention from the record of crass corruption and abuse of office of their own candidate. Nigerians cannot and should not be insulted by the PDP after 16 years of looting of the nation, by now putting forward a man whose record of corruption they very much acknowledge, but would rather we all overlook it. Some of the indisputable facts regarding Alhaji Atiku Abubakar are as follows: 1. The U.S Congress in a report titled, KEEPING FOREIGN CORRUPTION OUT OF THE UNITED STATES: FOUR CASE HISTORIES, featured Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as one of the four notorious cases of money laundering in the world! 2. The Congress report said “Jennifer Douglas Abubakar, a U.S. citizen, is the fourth wife of Atiku Abubakar, the former Vice President of Nigeria and a former candidate for the Presidency of Nigeria…… from 2000 to 2008, Ms. Douglas helped her husband bring over $40 million in suspect funds into the United States, including at least $1.7 million in bribe payments from Siemens AG, a German corporation, and over $38 million from little known offshore corporations, primarily LetsGo Ltd. Inc., Guernsey Trust Company Nigeria Ltd., and Sima Holding Ltd”. 3. Atiku’s co-conspirators, Williams Jefferson and Siemens in the bribery deal were convicted and Jefferson went to jail. By running for President of Nigeria, Atiku intends to get some immunity from prosecution. Already he is hoping to obtain a visa to visit the US, as a guest of the State department, a concession that the US will grant to a Presidential candidate of Africa’s biggest Nation. 4. Both the BBC and Voice of America reported that “In a probe ordered by Mr. Obasanjo, (then Nigerian President) the vice-president was accused of diverting $125m from a public development trust fund into his personal businesses.”; Please see 1016 BBC, Profile: Atiku Abubakar, January 25, 2007, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/ 6292141.stm (Voice of America, “Nigerian Vice President Charged with Corruption,” October 10, 2006, http:// www1.voanews.com/english/news/a-). 5. A Senate subcommittee investigating the PTDF indicted Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, having found that he abused his office by aiding and abetting the diversion of public funds in the sum of $145 million” as loans to his friends. This report was a subject of a full-blown investigation by the EFCC which actually recommended his prosecution in a court of law. That report is still pending and alive till today. How do we as a Nation end up with anyone with this sordid record locally and internationally? We have heard the lame defence that the U.S Justice Department said it has no pending case against Atiku Abubakar. That is only a defence for the ignorant ones. In the United States, there are indictments the Justice Department can confirm to the world. But there is another category of indictments known as SEALED INDICTMENTS that the Justice Department cannot confirm to anyone. These indictments are sealed under the orders of a Judge. Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has a sealed indictment waiting for him in the U.S. The day he visits the U.S, not as a candidate in an election, he will face charges. There is no question that the reasons for Atiku’s frequent contests for the Presidency are to steal the resources of Nigeria for self-enrichment and to prevent prosecution for his crimes of laundering and receiving bribes. No amount of fake news or ridiculous false allegations against the President or Vice President that can wash away the well-documented history of theft. We also challenge the PDP to publish a single line in the sub-committee recommendation of the House of Reps on the NEMA Emergency purchases where the report accused the Vice President of embezzlement of funds. They either do this within 24 hours or keep quiet forever. It is even noteworthy that the House of Representatives have not adopted any such recommendation to make it a report of the House. We also challenge them to show any proof whatsoever of their allegations regarding the TraderMoni. After three days of publicly announcing that they have hard proof that the President’s relations bought shares in Etisalat and Keystone Bank, the PDP has not produced a single piece of paper, a document of any sort to buttress the grave allegations it made. This is how shameless and callous the Atiku team has become, all in a desperate bid to get their hands on the public purse. Lastly, we challenge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for the umpteen time to produce his tax receipts for 2015, 2016 and 2017. It is shocking that a man who has not been paying his Personal Income Taxes now says he wants to “get Nigerians working again” – whatever that means. He is only deceiving himself and not the intelligent Nigerians that we know. Thank you. FESTUS KEYAMO, SAN, FCIArb (UK) Director, Strategic Communications, President Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation (Official Spokesperson). Sunday, December 30, 2018.
The entire media team of the amiable Dr. Surajudeen Basiru Ajibola, by sobriquet, SRJ, has described him, as diligent, determined, and quite energetic, to represent Osun Central at the senate, come, 2019. This unarguable proclamation is borne out of the unceasing visitations of Dr. Basiru Ajibola to the local governments within the jurisdiction of Osun Central. The visitation has commenced from a very long time, and there have been endorsements by party leaders, Party excos, and all recognised and dignitaries from the All Progressive Congress (APC). Dr. Basiru Ajibola is symbolised with willpower, resoluteness, and resilient. His qualifications; Academically, Constitutionally, Morally, and Intellectually, is second to none in the race. There have been continuous consultation with constituents, and part of the pacts he has with Osun Central, include, but, not limited to; sponsorship of beneficial bills, establishment of skills and vocational training centres across Osun Central Senatorial District, annual employability/career training/ job fair for graduates in the Senatorial District to ensure that graduates are not just qualified but employable. Indeed, at this juncture, it is safe to conclude that Dr. Basiru Ajibola’s determination to take Osun Central to an enviable height remains Unshakable! – Afolabi Abdulmalik O. For, SRJ MEDIA TEAM.
5iveMusic is very proud to announce that Seun Kuti and his Egypt 80 band have been nominated for a Grammy for the first time for their album ‘Black Times’. Released during Spring 2018, the album cemented Seun’s status as the modern day torch-bearer for Afrobeat, exploring themes around black identity, political corruption and the need for a new generation of revolutionaries. The title track featured a guest appearance by guitar legend Carlos Santana. “A call for historical memory and present day truth and progress. Grooves built of little moving parts and staggering syncopations” New York Times “A smartly distilled primer on the power of Afrobeat” Pitchfork “A fresh vibrant sound which still evokes the same messages that flowed passionately from his father’s music to his very own.” The Voice Fela’s youngest son inherited Egypt 80 from his father in 1997 and keeps alive its joyously angry spirit.” The Wire The Grammy Awards ceremony take place on 10th February 2019 at the Staple Center in Los Angeles.
PRESS RELEASE BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY FOLLOWING RECENT ATTACKS ON MILITARY LOCATIONS IN BORNO STATE 1. Gentlemen of the press, in continuation with our resolve to keep Nigerians well informed of the activities of the Nigerian Army, I will be briefing you on the recent happenings in the North East of Nigeria. In the recent weeks, Nigerian troops deployed in the North East of Nigeria under Operation LAFIYA DOLE have come under series of attacks by large numbers of Boko Haram Terrorists. Specifically, the Nigerian Army troops deployed at KUKAWA, NGOSHE, KARETO and GAJIRAM came under attack at different times within a 2 week period from 2 – 17th November 2018. Each of these incidents were successfully repelled and several members of the terrorists were killed. However, a total of 16 personnel were killed in the course of these attacks while 12 soldiers were wounded in action and are receiving treatment at our military medical facilities. 2. As you are all aware, Nigeria is contributing troops to the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) which has its headquarters in N’djamena, in the Republic of Chad. One of the Nigerian battalions (157 TF Bn), deployed under the auspices of the MNJTF was attacked at their Base on the outskirts of a town called METELE on 18th November 2018. During the attack, the troops were forced to withdraw and several casualties were recorded. As at date 23 personnel were killed in action and 31 personnel were wounded in action and have been evacuated to several medical hospitals within Borno State. The Nigerian Army commiserates with the MNJTF at this difficult time and wishes to state that all necessary support will be rendered to the MNJTF to reverse this resurgence of the Boko Haram Terrorists. 3. The Nigerian Army wishes to further commiserate with the families of the gallant officers and soldiers that paid the supreme price in the course of defending their fatherland. The sacrifices of these fallen heroes will not be in vain. We also wish all those wounded in action speedy recovery and assure them of our continued support and care. 4. The incident of 18th November 2018, happened at a time when the Nigerian Army was planning to hold the Chief of Army Staff Annual Conference for 2018 in Benin City, Edo State. On account of this incident, the Conference had to be moved from Benin City to Maiduguri to enable the Nigerian Army leadership get closer to the troops on the ground and to better appraise our activities, assess our performance and identify our shortcomings as an Army. 5. We are also sensitive to the fact that the nation is approaching an election year and thus we must be prepared to assist in providing security for the peaceful conduct of elections. Accordingly, the theme for this year’s annual conference is aptly titled, “Optimizing the Operational Efficiency of the Nigerian Army Towards Safeguarding Democracy and National Security in Nigeria”. Let me at this juncture assure all Nigerians and indeed the international community that the NA will work optimally, in conjunction with other security agencies to provide a secure environment for peace and unity in Nigeria. 6. Since 2015, the Nigerian Army in conjunction with sister services and other security agencies have systematically degraded the capabilities and capacity of Boko Haram terrorists and many successes were achieved. However, in the last 2 – 3 months, we have noticed daring moves by the terrorists, increased use of drones against our defensive positions and infusion of foreign fighters in their ranks. These potent threats require us to continually review our operations. 7. At this point permit me to implore all of us to spare a thought for the brave men and women of the Nigerian Army who paid the supreme price for the security of Nigeria. The Nigerian Army will continue to support the families of these brave officers and soldiers and pray that their souls rest in perfect peace. Let us also not forget the men, women and children who have been killed or affected by the atrocities of the terrorists. It is for their sake that this war against terror must be won. 8. The Nigerian Army wishes to express its gratitude to the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari (GCFR) who has visited the troops including some of the wounded officers and soldiers in the hospitals. We also thank His Excellency the Executive Governor and good people of Borno State who have taken the brunt of the nefarious activities of the Boko Haram terrorists. Our gratitude also goes to the Honourable Minister of Defence, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Service Chiefs, who have all shown concern and visited the troops. The Nigerian Army also thanks all patriotic and concerned Nigerians who have sent in messages of goodwill and support for the Nigerian Army. 9. Finally, the Nigerian Army, wishes to reiterate and pledge its total commitment to the defence of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We wish to reassure all Nigerians of the commitment of the Nigerian Army to defend our country at all costs. We shall also continue to remain apolitical, professional and responsive in the discharge of our constitutional roles. SANI KUKASHEKA USMAN Brigadier General for Chief of Army Staff 28th November 2018
STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE “We are trying to organize the country. The extent of mismanagement we met when we came was mind-boggling,” President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Receiving a group from the South-east part of the county under the aegis of One on One Nigeria, Tuesday night, the President added: “Many times, I have spoken about the tremendous resources available to us between 1999 and 2014, and how it was frittered. If only they had used just 25% of it on infrastructure; road, rail, power, Nigerians would mind their own businesses, and not bother about whoever was in power. The casualty figure on our roads daily is simply scandalous. No wonder they are in opposition now, despite all the power they thought they had.” The group, led by Chief Chido Obidiegwu, said it had keenly observed the strides of the Buhari administration nationwide, particularly in the South-east, “and it is now payback time.” According to Obidiegwu, “We have seen the work being done on the long-abandoned Second Niger Bridge, roads are being constructed in many parts of the region, and we believe there is every reason to support you for a second term.” Describing President Buhari as the “grandfather of war against indiscipline and corruption, nightmare of insurgents, Mr Food Security, consolation to pensioners, and Mr Frugality,” the group said it was going to mobilize South-easterners to massively vote for him, believing that one good turn would then deserve another in 2023. The One on One Nigeria promised to mobilize youth groups, women, artisans, traders, religious groups to massively vote for President Buhari, adding that it had all it takes – “courage, drive, verve and vitality.” Seven men and two women represented One on One Nigeria during the visit. FEMI ADESINA Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity) November 7, 2018
OFFICE OF THE VICE PRESIDENT PRESS RELEASE “I want to say on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, on whose instructions I am here, that we will stand by you and make sure we provide what you need.” REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, PROF YEMI OSINBAJO, SAN, GCON, VICE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, AT ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH IDP CAMP, IGBOGENE, YENAGOA, AFTER HIS INSPECTION OF FLOODED AREAS IN BAYELSA STATE ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018. Protocols Our dear people, let me say first of all that I am very touched that despite the flood and all you have been through, you are still able to welcome us so warmly. I thank you. One of my many prayers is that the Lord God Almighty would help and uphold you and even after all of this, you’d be truly blessed in the mighty name of Jesus. Let me thank very much, the very Reverend Joseph Okplema, the Vicar General of this parish. This is a wonderful thing you have done; I think you have shown what it is that we as Christian leaders must do, which is to take care of those who need care at any point in time. You have done so without caring where they are from. I think this is commendable indeed, and we thank the Lord for this initiative that you have taken, and I’m sure that the Lord God, who has seen your heart, will bless you and all of the sisters and others supporting you here. Let me say that when we were coming here from Port Harcourt, we flew over many of the areas that have been flooded, and we saw first hand, how bad the damage is, very terrible indeed. Many homes are under water, farmland and businesses, and I was able to see, clearly what had happened, it is a very major disaster indeed. First, we must thank God that you are alive, because, with life, there is hope. Secondly, I want to tell you just has the governor has said, it is the duty of the Federal Government and State Government, to ensure that we provide help and succour for you, not just now while you are here, but more importantly when you have to go back home, because that resettlement is the most important part of it. You are alive and well here already, at least you have something to eat and drink, but the most important thing is, what happens when you leave here and go back home where you have already lost so much. There, we hope we would be able to give you as much support as is possible. This is one of the reasons why I’m here; I’m not here alone, I’m with the Minister of Environment, Mr Ibrahim Usman Jibril and also the DG of NEMA – National Emergency Management Agency, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja to assess for ourselves, what exactly is going on. We want to know how bad it is, how many victims there are, the nature and extent of the disaster, so we can advise properly and give you the kind of comfort and succour you need. So that is why we are here and I am very happy that I have been able to see for myself. I want to commend you for your spirit, for not giving up at all, but remaining resolute and confident. That is the true Bayelsan spirit, the true spirit of the Nigerian, we cannot give up and we will not give up. I want to say on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, on whose instructions I am here, that we will stand by you and make sure we provide what you need. I have already been told that some people still need mattresses, nets and all that. Happily, the Director General of NEMA is here and we will make sure that is provided. As for the cows and the meat, we will also look for a way of providing that because we cannot have rice, garri and beans without meat, there must also be meat. So I want to thank you all for the very warm welcome and to wish you well, don’t worry about your current situation, definitely, we will make sure that you are taken care of and that when you go back home, you are re-settled well. Thank you and God bless you. Released by: Laolu Akande Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Office of the Vice President 19 October 2018