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June 12: Read Buhari’s Last Democracy Day Speech

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June 12: Read Buhari's Last Democracy Day Speech

ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA ON THE OCCASION OF COMMEMORATION AND CELEBRATION OF DEMOCRACY DAY

12TH JUNE, 2022

Fellow Nigerians, Today, June The 12th, marks another Democracy Day anniversary and an occasion to celebrate freedom and unity of our Nation.

2. From 1999, we consistently celebrated Democracy Day to mark the end of military rule and the return of power and control into the hands of those freely elected by the people. On this day, Nigerians recommit themselves to ensuring we protect and preserve the ideals of democracy.

3. In 2018, we moved Democracy Day from 29th of May to the 12th of June. This change was to remind all Nigerians of one free election after which the presumed winner along with Nigerians were denied their rights and their choice.

4. On June 12th 1993, Nigerians saw the best in our citizens as we all went out to vote peacefully. By June 24th 1993, we also saw the worst of our leadership as the elections were annulled.

5. We must never forget the sacrifices of the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy during 1993. Their patriotism and peaceful struggle should guide our actions especially when it comes to electing our leaders and holding them accountable, now and in future.

6. Fellow Nigerians this is my last Democracy Day speech as your President. By June 12th, 2023, exactly one year from today, you will already have a new President. I remain committed and determined to ensure that the new President is elected through a peaceful and transparent process.

7. It is important for all of us to remember that June 12th, 2023 will be exactly 30 years from the 1993 Presidential elections. In honour and memory of one of our national heroes for democracy, Chief M.K.O Abiola, GCFR, we must all work together to ensure this transition is done in a peaceful manner.

8. I am hopeful that we can achieve this. The signs so far are positive. Recently, all registered political parties conducted primaries to select their candidates for the 2023 general elections.

9. These primaries were peaceful and orderly. Those who won were magnanimous in their victories. Those who lost were gracious in defeat. And those aggrieved opted to seek judicial justice as opposed to jungle justice.

10. I followed the party primaries closely from the state level to the Presidential level. I was very impressed to see across all the political parties that, most candidates ran issued based campaigns. The language and tone throughout were on the whole measured and controlled.

11. Another positive that came from the 2022 party primaries was the significant increase in women and youth particularly across all parties. I was very pleased to see this development. This augurs well for the future. These trends clearly show the level of maturity our democracy has achieved in the last 23 years.

12. As we move into the general election campaign season, we must sustain this mature attitude to campaigning and ultimately, voting. We must never see it as a “do or die” affair. We must all remember democracy is about the will of the majority. There must be winners and losers.

13. I will therefore take this opportunity on this very special day to ask all candidates to continue running issue focused campaigns and to treat opponents with dignity. As leaders, you must all showcase high character and never forget that the world is watching us and Africa looks up to Nigeria to provide example in governance. The tone you set at the top will surely be replicated in your followers.

14. For the voters, I am pleased to inform you that in the last 7 years, our government across all tiers, has made significant investments to reform and enhance our electoral laws, systems, and processes to safeguard your votes.

15. The Executive, Legislature and Judiciary were and still remain united and committed to ensure these reforms are fully implemented in the 2023 general elections. Fellow Nigerians, your right to choose your government will be preserved and protected.

16. I know many of us are concerned with the rise in insecurity due to terrorist activities in parts of the country. As a government, we are working hard to contain and address these challenges. And ensure that the 2023 general elections are safe and secure for all Nigerians.

17. To achieve this however, we must all contribute. It is not the job of government alone. I ask all citizens to support and cooperate with our security agencies by reporting any suspicious characters and activities to law enforcement agencies. We can only have a safe country if we are able to prevent crime not after the crime has been committed.

18. On this special day, I want us all to put all victims of terrorist activities in our thoughts and prayers. I am living daily with the grief and worry for all those victims and prisoners of terrorism and kidnapping. I and the security agencies are doing all we can to free those unfortunate countrymen and countrywomen safely.

19. For those who have lost their lives, we will continue to seek justice for their families against the perpetrators. For those currently in captivity, we will not stop until they are freed, and their kidnappers are brought to justice. If we all unite, we will be victorious against these agents of terror and destruction.

20. We have reformed some of our security structures. Some of the defence assets we procured three years ago have arrived and have been deployed.

21. Our cyber security and surveillance systems are being upgraded to further enhance our ability to track and trace criminal elements. We are also recruiting and training new personnel across all our security and intelligence agencies to strengthen the country’s over-all security.

22. I will conclude this Democracy Day speech, my last as President, by assuring you of my commitment to protect Nigeria and Nigerians from all enemies from within and outside.

23. I am also promising you a free, fair and transparent electoral process. And I am pleading with all citizens to come together and work with Government to build a peaceful and prosperous nation.

24. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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IGP Applauds Officer Who Rejected $200,000 Bribe

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IGP Applauds Officer Who Rejected $200,000 Bribe

The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba has commended SP Daniel Itse Amah, who turned down $200,000 bribe from apprehended armed robbers.

Baba disclosed this in a Wednesday Press Release by the Law Enforcement agency, also applauding two others for distinguishing themselves among many.

“The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, psc(+), NPM, fdc, in line with his mandate to apply the carrot and stick approach to personnel conduct, has commended three officers from across the nation who have been exemplary in their line of duty. The Press Release read.

“The IGP has similarly directed the issuance of commendation certificates to the officers for distinguishing themselves despite the many challenges of policing the nation effectively.

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According to the force, SP Daniel who is the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Nasarawa Division in Kano State was the officer in charge that led to the arrest of the group of Armed Robbers.

The Robbers tried to offer a $200,000 bribe in exchange for freedom but was turned down by the upright officer.

In the same light, Police Constable Nura Mande attached to the Katsina State Police Command returned an envelope containing $800 belonging to an old woman, at the Hajj Camp in the state.

Also, Inspector Ekene Ndukwu of the Imo State Police Command successfully laid ambush and neutralized two members of a bandit gang who stormed his house in the early hours of August 4th, 2022

Speaking to other members of his force, Baba asked and charged them to emulate the noble conduct of the three exemplary members.

The IGP requested that the upright officers continue in their good conduct, integrity, bravery, and gallantry in the discharge of their policing responsibilities.

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Insecurity: Buhari Appoints Rtd. Rear Admiral As Head Of NCTC

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Insecurity: Buhari Appoints Rtd. Real Admiral As Head Of NCTC

President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed retired Rear Admiral, Yaminu Ehinomen Musa, as the head of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

The presidency made this publicly known in a State House Press Release, tasking the retired Naval officer with handling the country’s counter-terrorism

“President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Rear Admiral Yaminu Ehinomen Musa (retired) as the pioneer Coordinator of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). The Presidency wrote.

Assigned with systemizing all counter-terrorism and terrorism financing efforts in the country, the center was established in the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA).

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In addition, the NCTC also harmonizes counter-terrorism policies, strategies, plans, and support in the performance of the functions of the National Security Adviser (NSA), as provided in the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.

“Before his appointment, Rear Admiral Musa had been the Director of the Counter Terrorism Directorate in the ONSA since 2017. The Press release disclosed.

“He was responsible for the review of the National Counter Terrorism Strategy (NACTEST), and the creation of the Policy Framework and National Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism (PCVE), which  President Buhari signed into law in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

“Additionally, the retired senior Naval Officer served as the Nigerian representative at the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) for the last 3 years.”

Yaminu Ehinomen Musa’s appointment is to take effect immediately and to run for an initial term of 5 years.

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EFCC Hands Over 8 Ballistic Jacket, Other Recovered Accoutrement To The Military

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EFCC Hands Over 8 Ballistic Jacket, Other Recovered Accoutrement To The Military

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has handed over to the Nigerian Military recovered equipment and accoutrement.

The items which include; 7 ballistic jackets with plates, 1 ballistic jacket without plate, 3 flotation jackets, 5 pieces of plates and 6 pieces of helmets, 9 pieces of camouflage T-shirts, and 30 sacks containing web equipment were received by Col. AT Bitiyong on behalf of the Commander, Defence Headquarters Garrison, as disclosed by the law enforcement.

The handing over was done at a brief ceremony at the Commission’s Zonal Command in Wuse 2, Abuja.

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Assistant Commander of the EFCC, ACE II Michael Wetkas, who stood in for the Executive Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, revealed that the accoutrement was intercepted from a supplier of military equipment.

“The items were recovered from a contractor who supplies military equipment and was voluntarily handed over to the Commission in the course of an investigation.

“It is important to hand over the equipment directly to the military to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Abuja Zonal Commander, ACE II Adeniyi Adebayo, Head Special Investigation, ACE II Goji Mohammed, CSE Junaid M. Sa’id, and the Commission’s Exhibit Keeper. CSE Salawu Abdulrazaq.

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