Tuesday, August 20

President Buhari talk about Nigeria project 411 Million in population

Nigeria President, His excellence Muhammadu Buhari has reported that the prospect of Nigeria hitting 411 million in population was a frightening one especially if nothing is done about it.

The president said this during his Monday speech at the two-day retreat for cabinet members.

He said, “We are all aware of the looming demographic potential of our country. By average estimates, our population is close to 200 million today. By 2050, UN estimates put Nigeria third globally behind only India and China with our projected population at 411 million.“This is a frightening prospect but only if we sit idly by and expect handouts from so-called development partners. The solution to our problems lies within us.”
Buhari went on to talk about the three anchors of his administration and revealed that positive steps have been taken and results were already in.

He said, “Honourable Ministers-Designate, in our first term we identified three salient areas for close attention and action, namely to secure the country, to improve the economy and to fight corruption.
“None but the most partisan will dispute that we have made headway in all three areas:

“First – we have rolled back the frontiers of terrorism; we are actively addressing other challenges such as kidnappings, farmer-herder violence, improving the safety of our roads, railways, air traffic and fire control capacities.

“Second – we are steadily turning the economy round through investment in agriculture and manufacturing, shoring up our foreign reserves, curbing inflation and improving the country’s infrastructure.

“Third – on corruption, we have recovered hundreds of billions of stolen assets and are actively pursuing control measures to tackle leakages in public resources. We will not let up in fighting corruption.”

Atiku did not score majority of lawful votes in the February 23 election - INEC tells presidential election petitions tribunal

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has told the presidential election petitions tribunal that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar did not score the majority of lawful votes in the February 23 election.

In a written address filed by its lead counsel, Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), INEC said PDP and Atiku could not prove allegations of wrong entry of results in 11 states of Borno, Yobe, Bauchi, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger and Zamfara States.

INEC argued that the burden of proof which was on the petitioners was not successfully discharged, adding that they failed to establish that the election of February 23 was invalidated by corrupt practices and non-qualification against President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Furthermore, by virtue of section 150(1) of the Evidence Act, the results declared by the first respondent enjoy a presumption of regularity. Accordingly, the petitioners herein are duty-bound to rebut this presumption with credible evidence,” INEC said.