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Thursday Thrusts: Hakeem Olajuwon, John Kerry to honour Buhari as Obama delegates

President Barack Obama on has handpicked US Secretary of State John Kerry, to lead a delegation which includes a Nigerian, NBA Legend and Olympic gold medallist Hakeem-the-Dream Olajuwon to attend the inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari as the 15th Head of State and President of Nigeria tomorrow May 29 at the Eagles Square, Abuja. Other members of the presidential delegation are US Ambassador to Nigeria James F. Entwistle, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Linda Thomas-Greenfield, and Commander, US Africa Command General David M. Rodriguez and Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for African Affairs Grant T. Harris. We should be very proud of Mr. Olajuwon for being a worthy ambassador of his country of origin so much so that he is in the proud books of the US President also as an ambassador of sorts, whereas some senators-elect dare not step on American soil unless they are ready to face extradition and criminal trial.

President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday advised President-elect Muhammadu Buhari not to single out his administration in any probe he may want to carry out after his inauguration on Friday.
He said all those advising Buhari to probe his administration must also advise him to extend his probe beyond his regime or else, the probe will be seen as a witch-hunt. Jonathan made his position known at the valedictory session of the Federal Executive Council which he presided over at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. He also said those calling for his administration’s probe should add that the probe should be extended to the way oil wells and fields were allocated in the past. A former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, had over the weekend joined the growing number of persons calling on Buhari to probe the Jonathan administration. Honestly, one can’t get over Jonathan and his pedestrian (rather than presidential) utterances. Witch-hunt or not, Buhari can probe whoever, however. But then, folks like Danjuma live in glass houses and shouldn’t throw stones.

President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, will work with any leaders of the National Assembly that the process throws up, irrespective of what part of the country he or she hails from. He said, “I am prepared to work with any leaders that the House or Senate selects. It doesn’t matter who the person is or where he or she is from. There is due process for the selection of leaders of the National Assembly and I will not interfere in that process. Nigeria has indeed entered a new dispensation. My administration does not intend to repeat the same mistakes made by previous governments.” He is obviously saying, don’t mess with my cabinet or try to appoint people for me, because I won’t mess with you or try to appoint people for you. He pretty much told APC leadership plus governors the same thing. Sai Buhari!

Having headed the Ministry of Petroleum before as well as chaired the sharing of its largesse across Nigeria before, President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, seems eager to hit the ground running as the country’s economic realities now dictate. He is making contact with stakeholders on how to effectively implement the subsidy regime by analysing the market response to the policy, especially as it affects acute scarcity of products. Many folks however advise that subsidy be totally removed. Meanwhile, Nigeria is plunging further into darkness, as power supply collapsed across the country. In fact, unless there is a miracle of some sort in the next 24 hours, Jonathan would be handing over a power sector that is generating a meagre 1,327 mega watts of electricity or less. Buhari can’t afford to wobble with NNPC, PHCN and the oil majors – the oil and power CANKERWORMS.

Tankers loading petrol from depots in Apapa, Lagos are currently paying between N90 and N110 per litre instead of the N82 before the advent of the current scarcity of the product in the market. This, according to market sources, is the reason behind the high prices for which the product is selling at filling stations across the country. Since the National Association of Road Transport Owners and the Petroleum Tanker Drivers’ arm of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers called off their strike, which was called to protest the debts owed their members by the petroleum product marketers, nearly all the filling stations have refused to sell petrol at the official pump price of N87 per litre. The product is currently being sold for between N150 and N200 per litre.


Have a pleasant Inauguration Eve, May 28, 2015 and enjoy our other news and views of today – HAMILTONSTYLE.


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