Full text of Buhari’s speech at his formal declaration for presidency

See Bellow full text of the speech given by Gen. Muhammadu Buhari at the Eagles Square during his formal declaration for the presidency.
First I would like, Mr Chairman, if I may, pay tribute to Nigerians as a whole who are enduring all sorts of hardships and deprivations on a daily basis. Many millions are grappling with extreme poverty and barely eking out a living. Nearly all are in fear of their lives or safety for themselves and their families due to

· Insurgency by the godless movement called Boko Haram;

· By marauding murderers in towns and villages;

· By armed robbers on the highways;

· By kidnappers who have put whole communities to fright and sometimes to flight.

Ladies and gentlemen, it is everyone's duty to resolve and help the national effort to overcome these immense challenges. I would like us to place on record our appreciation for the efforts of our Armed Forces under new leadership and police in confronting these challenges.

I would like, secondly, to thank our supporters up and down the country for their perseverance and resolve in face of an oppressive PDP government.

Mr Chairman, this is an occasion to celebrate our efforts and to resolve to continue until victory is won. I humbly wish to present myself before you, before all of Nigeria and before God seeking to be elected as APC's Presidential candidate. Having appreciated that the only way to relieve Nigerians of the PDP, the main opposition parties decided to pool their strengths into one party. We have worked very hard in the last 18 months to put up structures from the polling units to wards, local governments, states and the centre.

We have tried to ensure all processes in our party formation to be transparent and credible. These structures will lead to free and fair polls. There is no point in holding elections if they are not free and fair.

Interference in the form of rigging which PDP Government has practised since 2003 is the worst form of injustice – denying people their right to express their opinions. Whether they like it or not, injustice cannot endure.

Since 1999 PDP has presided over our country's decline. Nigeria in my experience has never been so divided, so polarized by an unthinking government hell bent on ruling and stealing forever whatever befalls the country. Mr Chairman, we in APC are resolved to stop them in their tracks and rescue Nigeria from the stranglehold of PDP.

The last 16 years of PDP Government has witnessed decline in all critical sectors of life in Nigeria

· There is now general insecurity in the land

Quite apart from Boko Haram, there is prevalence of Armed Robbery, kidnappings and killings, cattle rustling, market and farmland arson.

These outrages have taken a new and a frightening dimension, disrupting economic and social life across whole communities.

· The economy continues to deteriorate while the Government continues to announce fantastic growth figures but manufacturing is down, agriculture is down, commerce is down

Simply because you sell oil and steal part of the money does not entitle you to cook figures and announce phantom economic growth when all the major indices namely,

· Employment

· Manufacturing

· Farming

· Trading

are demonstrably on the decline.

· When PDP came to power in 1999 Nigeria was generating about 4,000 M/W of electricity. After 15 years and $20 billion spent we are generating between 3,000 – 4,000 M/W. No failure is more glaring than this.

We in APC are resolve to bring change to Nigeria. We plan to do things differently.

We plan to put priority on

· Protection of lives and property.

· Pursuing economic policies for shared prosperity and immediate attention on youth employment.

· Quality education for development, modernity and social mobility.

· Agricultural productivity for taking millions out of poverty and ensuring food security.

· Reviving Industry to generate employment and "make things" not just to remain hawkers of other peoples' goods.

· Developing solid minerals exploitation which will substantially attract employment and revenue for government.

· Restoring honour and integrity to public service by keeping the best and attracting the best.

· Tackling corruption which has become blatant and widespread. The rest of the world looks at Nigeria as the home of corruption. Nigeria is a country where stealing is not corruption.

· Last, (but not the least or final) respecting the constitutional separation of powers between the executive, legislatures and judiciary and respecting the rights of citizens.

Mr Chairman, there, in outline are some policy proposals about the direction APC should take when, by the grace of God, we are given the responsibility of serving Nigeria in Government.
Akogun Olalekan™


Ebola Panic -What You Must Know.

Let's correct a notion about the EBV (Ebola Virus), at the INFECTIVE stage, the victim would already be VERY SICK and most probably bed ridden, you WON'T find such WALKING AROUND. Not at malls, Not at parties, Not in church or mosque....once they're infectious, they're grounded by the virus.
Quit evicting your Liberian tenants (Some Lagos landlords have been reported to be taking this to the heights already), stop stigmatizing your East African friends or anyone known to have traveled there recently, stop this worry about hand shakes and hugs.
Don't be too quick to label as sick person as an Ebola Virus victim. Stop the cursing and stigmatization of all forms.
Let's educate ourselves about the virus, read online, ask questions and get. In the know.
Displaying horrific pictures of victims on your social networks is no way near making you a star or information guru. Spread knowledge and not ignorance.
Help Stop This Panic, panicking its in itself most dangerous. Only be sure to stay off victims at infectious stages (which is obvious even to the eyes). .....See/Google symptoms online.
I gathered you can report anyone with such persistent symptoms or suspicious feelings to the designated call centres: 08023169485, 08055329229,
08033086660, 08033065303 and 08055281442... http://


Akogun Olalekan™

Lagos Confirms 59 People Placed On Surveillance For Ebola, 20 Cleared.

Lagos Confirms 59 People Placed On Surveillance For Ebola; ASky Airline Uncooperative With Flight Manifest

No fewer than 59 people who had contacts with the Ebola virus victim who died in Lagos last week have been placed on close surveillance, the state government disclosed on Monday.

It added that the precise number of passenger contacts is yet to be ascertained due to non-cooperation of the airline that brought the victim to Lagos.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris, announced this yesterday at a new conference held in conjunction with Federal Ministry of Health officials at the Staff Clinic in Alausa, Ikeja.

"So far a total of 59 contacts have been registered consisting the hospital contacts, healthcare workers, laboratory staff and Airport contacts comprising three Economic Communities of West African States (ECOWAS) staff-driver, Liaison, and Protocol officer, Nigerian Ambassador to Monrovia, two Nursing staff and five Airport passenger handlers," he said.

Idris said 20 contacts had been screened with some having type one contact and others with type two contacts.

He lamented that the manifest of the ASky Airline Flight No KP50 that brought the victim into the country has not been provided by the airline.

The commissioner said an isolation ward has been designated by the Lagos State Ministry of Health at the Infectious Disease Hospital, Yaba for case management.

"The designation of three other health facilities is underway. A total of 100 Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) were procured by the National Centre Disease Control FMOH and distributed to the private hospital and the State Ministry of Health. WHO also donated 250 PPE's to the NCDC/FMOH," he said.

He said traditional and religious leaders were alerted about the disease and requested to report promptly to health care workers.

"We can categorically state that as of today we have only one case of imported Ebola and one death. No Nigerian is infected, but all contacts are being actively followed," he said.

In Addendum,

International Centre for Investigative Reporting
Health Official Declares Nigeria Free Of # Ebola
The # Lagos State government said on Monday that it had
reached a total of 59 persons who had physical contact with
# Sawyer and screened 20, none of who tested positive for
Ebola; Nigerians have been advised not to panic or stigmatize
but report anyone with such persistent symptoms to the
designated call centres: 08023169485, 08055329229,
08033086660, 08033065303 and 08055281442... http://
Akogun Olalekan™

INEC Releases Candidates’ List For August 9 Poll

INEC releases candidates' list for August 9 poll

• 20 political parties for election • 1, 407, 222 voters registered
• 29 domestic and foreign observer groups to be present
• Appoints 11-man committee on election security

THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has released an information kit for the August 9, 2014 governorship election in Osun State.
The kit shows a total of 1, 407, 222 valid number of registered voters (post-March 2014 Continuous Voter Registration (CVR)).
This number is spread across the 30 local councils of the state, which has 332 wards (registration areas), 3,010 polling units and 3,379 voting points.
The gender distribution of the voter population indicates that the males are 661,394 (47 per cent) and the females 745,828 (53 per cent).
A breakdown of the voter population by local council areas shows that Atakumosa East has 31,136 registered voters; Atakumosa West (24,569); Ayedaade (51, 252); Ayedire (25,899); Boluwaduro (16,844); Boripe (47,137); Ede North (49,130); Ede South (35,931); Egbedore (33,925) and Ejigbo (51,623).
Ife Central has 95,471 registered voters; Ifedayo (13,066); Ife East (81,430); Ifelodun (57,591); Ife North (45,435); Ife South (44,555); Ila 33,527); Ilesa East (54,746); Ilesa West (52,286) and Irepodun (36,554).
Irewole has 53,487 registered voters; Isokan (38,493); Iwo (66,657); Obokun (37,957); Odo-Otin (48,720); Ola-Oluwa (25,524); Olorunda (71,580); Oriade (47,113); Orolu (24,914) and Osogbo with 110,670 registered voters.
The kit also lists the management team of eight officials, including the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr. Olusegun Agbaje and their phone numbers; 30 Electoral Officers (EOs), 30 Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) (Admin), 30 Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) (Operations) and 30 Assistant Electoral Officers (AEOs) (RAC) and their phone numbers and office locations for the 30 local councils of the state.
Besides, the kit displays INEC's dedicated hotlines at its Situation Room in Abuja through which complaints can be lodged or incidents reported from any polling unit throughout Osun State for swift intervention, as may be appropriate.
The electoral body could also be reached through its website address (inecnigeria.org), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/inecnigeria (INEC Nigeria)) and Twitter handle (@inecnigeria).
In all, 20 political parties are fielding nominated candidates and their running mates for the election for which an 11-man Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) is established.
There are 29 accredited observer organisations and their leaders, comprising 19 domestic and 10 foreign groups.
The political parties and their candidates are as follows:
• AA—(Governor) - Babatunde Oralusi, (Deputy) - Hon. Adekunle Rufai;
• Accord—Niyi Owolade (Opawuyi Bolaji Abdulganiyu);
• ACPN—Olufemi Adeleke Hammend (Famiran Lawrence Olusola);
• AD—Senator Sunday Olawale Fajimi (Ogundele Kamarudeen Adeyemi);
• ADC—Comrade Ojo Gbenga Gabriel (Comrade Adebiyi Adedayo Segun);
• APA—Agboola Azeez Obasanjo (Oseni Kazeem Adebisi);
• APGA—Akintunde Adebimpe Adetunji (Oladitan Olabode Joseph);
• APC—Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola (Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori);
• CPP—Alhaji Rafiu Shehu Anifowose A. (Raji Sofiyat Bodemi);
• LP—Akinbade Fatai Akinade (Adenipekun Michael Isola Tunde);
• MPPP—Chief Babatunde Adetoro (Faremi Raphael);
• NCP—Afolayanka Olanrewaju Jimoh (Akinlabi Babatope Sunday);
• NNPP—Prince Adefare Segun Adegoke (Mrs. Adebowale A. Mujidat);
• PDM—Oludare Timothy Akinola (Wayilat Titilade Adeleye);
• PDP—Senator Iyiola Omisore (Rafiu Adejare Bello);
• PPA—Ganiyu Abiodun Lawal (Mrs. Grace Mabayoje Ojofakuade);
• UDP—Funso Toyin Bunmi (Phillip Samuel);
• UPN—Adeoti Ibrahim Abiodun (Salokun Folasade Bukola);
• UPP—Prince Victor Olusegun Adeniyi (Mrs. Christiana Oluwatoyin); and
• SDP—Akinwusi Olusegun (Alhaja Rashidat Taiwo Olaigbe).
There are no female governorship candidates, but seven are running mates.

Akogun Olalekan™


Introducing Blackberry Z3

Just last week, the global smart phone maker introduced into the Nigerian market, BlackBerry Z3 , a product that is within the reach of an average Nigerian
BlackBerry Territory Director, East, West, Central and Southern Africa, Mr Charles Asinugo, who spoke to Technology Journalists during the introduction of the new product in Lagos said with optimism that the Canadian smart phone maker was restructuring to regain its lead position in the competitive smart phone market.
He said that the introduction of the device was part of the company's restructuring mechanism to regain market lead in the smart phone ecosystem.
"The BlackBerry Z3 extends the BlackBerry 10 platform to a new generation of customers in Nigeria at an attractive price point and offers them more ways to securely communicate, collaborate and be productive with an experience built on reliable, secure communications.
"The device features a stylish design with a 5" touch display, an unrivalled messaging and typing experience, exceptional battery life, is equipped with BlackBerry 10 OS version 10.2.1 and is Android app compatible" , he explained.
"The core strength of BlackBerry is its security. Our devices will continue to come down in price but it does not mean that they are of low quality.
"The Nigerian market is one of the strategic markets of BlackBerry and we hope it will help us bring BlackBerry to profitability. We are back to regain the market of smart phone" he explained.
He explained that the new device was built with inbuilt battery, hence making the battery life last as long as the phone would.
"It offers them more ways to securely communicate, collaborate and be productive with an experience built on reliable, secure, communication," he said.
He further informed that the company will unveil into the smart phone ecosystem 'BlackBerry Passport' in September and 'BlackBerry Classic' in November this year respectively.
Key features:
BlackBerry hub
The ever present BlackBerry Hub lets you access all your work and personal email, BBM, text messages, social media updates and notifications in one place, with the ability to "peek" into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you're always only one swipe away from what matters to you.
The Hub can be customized to identify priority messages and to filter the message list by various criteria that you can then activate with a simple pinch gesture.
BBM on the BlackBerry Z3 includes all the latest features of the popular mobile social network. You get BBM voice and video chatting with Screen Share and support for BlackBerry Natural Sound, letting you hear nuances and variations in tone in a BBM Voice chat, and making the conversation sound like you're in the same room.

2G NetworkGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G NetworkHSDPA 900 / 1900 / 2100
Announced2014, February
StatusAvailable. Released 2014, May
Dimensions140 x 72.8 x 9.3 mm (5.51 x 2.87 x 0.37 in)
Weight164 g (5.78 oz)
TypeCapacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size540 x 960 pixels, 5.0 inches (~220 ppi pixel density)
Alert typesVibration, MP3 ringtones
3.5mm jackYes
Card slotmicroSD, up to 32 GB
Internal8 GB, 1.5 GB RAM
WLANWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetoothv4.0, A2DP, LE
USBmicroUSB v2.0
Primary5 MP, 2592 х 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Secondary1.1 MP, 720p
OSBlackBerry 10.2.1 OS
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8230 Snapdragon 400
CPUDual-core 1.2 GHz Krait 200
GPUAdreno 305
SensorsAccelerometer, proximity
MessagingSMS, MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, BBM 6
RadioFM radio
GPSYes, with A-GPS
JavaYes, MIDP 2.1
 - Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- SNS integration
- BlackBerry maps
- Organizer
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Video editor
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FlAC/WMA player
- MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
 Non-removable Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery
Stand-byUp to 384 h
Talk timeUp to 15 h 30 min
Music playUp to 84 h
Akogun Olalekan™