My dear citizens,

I am very grateful to God and to all Nigerians for their prayers. I am pleased to be back on home soil among my brothers and sisters.

2. In the course of my stay in the United Kingdom, I have been kept in daily touch with events at home. Nigerians are robust and lively in discussing their affairs, but I was distressed to notice that some of the comments, especially in the social media have crossed our national red lines by daring to question our collective existence as a nation. This is a step too far.

3. In 2003 after I joined partisan politics, the late Chief Emeka Ojukwu came and stayed as my guest in my hometown Daura. Over two days we discussed in great depth till late into the night and analyzed the problems of Nigeria. We both came to the conclusion that the country must remain one and united.

4. Nigeria’s unity is settled and not negotiable. We shall not allow irresponsible elements to start trouble and when things get bad they run away and saddle others with the responsibility of bringing back order, if necessary with their blood.

5. Every Nigerian has the right to live and pursue his business anywhere in Nigeria without let or hindrance.

6. I believe the very vast majority of Nigerians share this view.

7. This is not to deny that there are legitimate concerns. Every group has a grievance. But the beauty and attraction of a federation is that it allows different groups to air their grievances and work out a mode of co-existence.

8. The National Assembly and the National Council of State are the legitimate and appropriate bodies for national discourse.

9. The national consensus is that, it is better to live together than to live apart.

10. Furthermore, I am charging the Security Agencies not to let the successes achieved in the last 18 months be a sign to relax.

11. Terrorists and criminals must be fought and destroyed relentlessly so that the majority of us can live in peace and safety.

12. Therefore we are going to reinforce and reinvigorate the fight not only against;

· elements of Boko Haram which are attempting a new series of attacks on soft targets

· kidnappings, farmers versus herdsmen clashes,

· in addition to ethnic violence fuelled by political mischief makers. We shall tackle them all.

13. Finally, dear Nigerians, our collective interest now is to eschew petty differences and come together to face common challenges of;

· economic security,

· political evolution and integration

· as well as lasting peace among all Nigerians.

14. I remain resolutely committed to ensuring that these goals are achieved and maintained. I am so glad to be home.

15. Thank you and may God bless our dear Nation.

Source: Aso Rock Villa

Multiple Positions: African Development Bank (AfDB)

Position title Publication date Closing date
Senior Board Affairs Officer and Committee Secretary – Committee on Administrative Affairs and Human Resource Policy Issues (CAHR) 29/08/2017 18/09/2017
Board Affairs Officer and Committee Secretary – External Communications and the Bank Group Annual Meetings (ECAM) Committee 29/08/2017 18/09/2017
Senior Director, Africa Investment Forum 25/08/2017 09/09/2017
Principal Board Affairs Officer and Committee Secretary – (Committee on Operations and Development Effectiveness) CODE 25/08/2017 14/09/2017
Principal development economist 24/08/2017 13/09/2017
Principal Board Affairs Officer and Committee Secretary – (Audit and Finance Committee) AUFI 29/08/2017 18/09/2017
Division Manager, Climate and Environment Finance 29/08/2017 18/09/2017
Assistant to the Vice-president 22/08/2017 09/09/2017
Senior Natural Resources Governance Officer 22/08/2017 09/09/2017
Regional Program Officer 22/08/2017 09/09/2017
Chief Development Economist and Migration Officer 22/08/2017 09/09/2017
Senior Innovation Platform Officer, “Jobs For Youth in Africa” 22/08/2017 09/09/2017
Young Professional 21/08/2017 11/09/2017
Senior financial analyst 21/08/2017 08/09/2017
Chief power engineer (power sector reform) 21/08/2017 08/09/2017


Position title Publication date Closing date
Division manager microeconomic, institutional and development impact division 04/09/2017 22/09/2017
Division manager, treasury risk management 04/09/2017 22/09/2017
Division manager-treasury investments 04/09/2017 22/09/2017
Senior resource mobilization and partnership officer 30/08/2017 19/09/2017
Senior legal counsel 30/08/2017 19/09/2017
Principal social protection officer 30/08/2017 19/09/2017
Principal health analyst 30/08/2017 19/09/2017
Principal Domestic Linkages Officer 30/08/2017 19/09/2017
Principal Labour Economist and Migration Officer 29/08/2017 18/09/2017
Senior Youth Employment Officer 29/08/2017 18/09/2017
Chief Development Economist 29/08/2017 18/09/2017

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) Bans Cash Payments At Passport Offices

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has banned cash payments for passport processing as part of efforts to eliminate corruption at all passport offices nationwide.‎

According to the Comptroller General of NIS, Muhammad Babandede:

“All payments in respect to passport processing are to be done by applicants through banks to generate application ID and reference number on the NIS portal and not through an individual or touts, Passport applicants are therefore strongly advised to visit the NIS website to confirm the approved fees for all categories of Nigerian Passports and age groups before making payments.”

The Comptroller General has also said the management of all passport offices have been directed to paste all information required at the premises to guide applicants in line with the executive orders. He urged Nigerians to direct any complaint or enquiries to 07080607900 and the email address

The NIS Comptroller General had vowed to stamp out corruption in the operations of the NIS as part of efforts to reposition the Service and ensure efficient service delivery.

Nigeria Partners China To Curtail Importation Of Substandard Products

Nigeria has partnered with China to address the importation of substandard products into the country.

Addressing the press in Abuja, Ye Shuijin, President of China Chamber of Commerce Nigeria (CCCN), confirmed that most of the fake products imported into Nigeria were not made in China. He said the CCCN and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) had put measures in place that would check the inflow of substandard products into the country.

According to Ye, some of the measures include reporting and sanctioning culprits and also ensuring companies imbibe and pursue quality at all times.

In his words:

Most of the substandard products that came to Nigeria are not from China because the Chinese government has well-structured standards in place for its products. China products are of high quality, nonetheless, the Chinese government is already cooperating with the Nigerian government to promote the importation of quality products to Nigeria.

According to reports, sub-standard products are mostly common in the importation of iron rods, electronics, electrical consumables and fittings, among others. SON in 2016, raised the alarm that 40% of electrical and electronic appliances imported into Nigeria were sub-standard and had caused loss of lives and property. It was also observed that all kinds of uncertified food items were also being imported into the country.

He, however, urged the Nigerian Customs Service importers to be cautious and do more in checkmating inflow of substandard products at the nation’s seaports and borders. The CCCN president noted that the chamber of commerce and the government have always encouraged investors from China to invest in the manufacturing sector to support the development of the Nigerian economy.