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Reno Omokri Is The Least Person Who Should Be Talking About Corruption – Oyalowo

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As debates rage following the arrest of Nigerian Instagram celebrity, Raymond Igbalode, popularly known as Hushpuppi, top political parties have continued to trade blames over the nation’s negative corruption profile.

Only recently, the All Progressives Congress said there were links between major opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party and the US indicted fraudster, and added that those links should be investigated.

Discussions around this matter have continued in different quarters to press on Sunday where Former Presidential Aide, Reno Omokri, and the government under which he served were again labeled as corrupt.

In a heated debate on the issue of corruption, Mr. Ayo Oyalowo who is an APC member and political economist stated that Mr. Omokri should not have a say when it comes to matters of corruption in Nigeria.

Reacting to claims by Omokri that under the Buhari-led administration corruption has become official, Mr. Oyalowo stated that “Reno is the least person that should be talking about corruption”.

Mr. Oyalowo further stated that under the Goodluck Jonathan era in which Reno served, the government treated corruption with kid gloves.

He said, “You cannot compare a government that romanticise corruption with a government taking alleged corruption cases to court”.

Defending the Buhari-led government which Reno Omokri said has allowed corruption to thrive, Mr Oyalowo explained that under the present administration, houses and money are being recovered from convicted fraudsters.

He further argues that the Buhari-led government has been transparent in all its dealings, including the exercise of giving money to the poorest of the poor in the nation.

“You can point to many people who benefited from the N-Power,” Mr. Oyalowo argued.

The political economist however noted that no one can solve Nigeria’s problems in five years, adding that in the fullness of time Nigerians will come to appreciate the change that the present administration has brought.

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Buhari Seeks Senate Approval for Fresh N2.3trn External Loan

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The President, Muhammadu Buhari , has asked the Senate to approve another N2.3trillion ($6.18bn) external loan.

This is contained in a letter addressed to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, and read at plenary on Tuesday.

Buhari said the proposed loan which is equivalent to N2.3trillion is to finance the 2021 budget deficit of N5.6 trillion.

Buhari said the loan would enable the Federal Government to fund critical infrastructural projects in transportation, health, and education among others.

This is coming barely a month after the Senate approved the sum of $1.5bn and €995 million external borrowings for the Federal Government.

The loans were part of the $5.5 billion and €995 million external borrowings Buhari had, in May 2020, asked the Red Chamber to approve to finance various priority projects of the federal government and to support the state governments facing fiscal challenges.

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Armed Thugs Disrupt NLC Protest in Kaduna, Wabba Accuses El-Rufai

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The protest by the Nigeria Labour Congress on Tuesday turned violent as armed thugs attacked the workers, throwing stones at them.

The workers had converged at the popular NEPA roundabout in the Kaduna capital city to continue the day two of their protest when the thugs invaded the area and started throwing stones and other dangerous weapons at them.

The attack forced many of the protesters to scamper for safety.

It is not known who actually sent the thugs, but the NLC Chairman, Ayuba Wabba has pointed accusing fingers at the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

Speaking with newsmen amid the protest, Wabba said he informed the DSS after he received earlier information of the plan to disrupt the protest.

“Today is a very sad moment in the history of democracy in Nigeria. Early in the morning today, we got credible information that El-Rufai has hired one Alhaji Hassan and some thugs to come and attack us.

“While we are here, they came but thank God we have chased them away because we have the number. We are not thugs And We Are Not Using Thugs we are Nigerian workers,” Wabba told Channels Television.

The armed thugs were dispersed by security operatives with teargas.

Wabba is leading day two of the NLC protest despite being declared wanted by the Kaduna State government.

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Nigeria Receives £4.2m Ibori Loot

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Nigeria has received the £4.2million seized from the associates of convicted former Governor of Delta State, James Ibori from the United Kingdom.

This is according to the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, who disclosed this on Tuesday via a statement issued by his spokesman, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

He confirmed that the “Federal Government of Nigeria has received GBP 4,214,017.66 of the loot associated with the family members of former Delta State Governor, James Ibori.”

According to the statement, “the amount has been credited into the designated Federal Government account with naira equivalent value of the amount as of 10th May 2021.”

Malami was said to have signed the Memorandum of Understanding for the repatriation of the Ibori loot on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Minister said the development was a demonstration of the recognition of reputation Nigeria earns through records of management of recovered stolen Nigerian stolen in the execution of public-oriented projects.

On May 3, Malami had announced that the United Kingdom would repatriate the looted fund to Nigeria any moment from now.

He had explained that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was working tirelessly to ensure the return of looted Nigerian assets kept outside the country’s territorial boundaries, adding that that the Federal Government of Nigeria was in touch with the UK government on the matter.

“Documentations with the banks in different countries often take longer than anticipated. We anticipated two weeks but we are not in control of the banks.

“There is neither complacency nor any delay as efforts are being made to ensure successful transfer of the looted funds,” he said.

He noted that the Federal Government is working assiduously to make sure that the transfer goes through successfully.

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