How N215billion import waiver was disbursed in 4 years, mostly during ‘night visits to President’

Former President Goodluck Jonathan

A total N215 billion in import duty exemptions was granted in four years, between 2011 and May 2014 under the leadership of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, PREMIUM TIMES can report today.

Most of the waiver deals, it was gathered, were sealed during midnight visits to the presidential villa.

Data obtained from the Budget Office of the Federation detail a fiscal policy recklessness that made duty waivers in Nigeria synonymous with cronyism, racketeering, political patronage and outright brigandage.

In 2011 the sum of N56 billion was issued by the Federal Government as waivers on import duties, levies, ECOWAS Trade Liberalisation Scheme (ETLS) charges, Comprehensive Import Scheme (CIS) and other charges.

The waiver beneficiaries included operators and individuals in the gas sector, agriculture, health, mines and steel and “other sectors”.

Whilst some of the waivers may have been well-meaning and granted for the purposes of stimulating local production, economic growth and job creation, the data, riddled with red flags, show that some of those who benefited did not deserve such concessions.

For instance, a steel company, Verod,was granted a fabulous N12.6 billion in waivers to import iron rods. In applying for the waiver, the only reason given by this company, owned by a foreign businessman, was “compassionate grounds”. Curiously this waiver was granted weeks before the 2011 presidential election.

In the agricultural sector, another company McSally Investment Limited received an equally staggering N21.1billion waivers to import 250,000 metric tons of vegetable oil.

That was at a time local producers of vegetable oil in Nigeria were swimming against the tide and begging for government protection against merchants flooding the market with imported oil. The indiscriminate issuance of waiver soon sounded the death knell for local manufacturers, including the Nigeria Oil Mills and the Kano Oil Mill which, unable to compete, sent thousands of workers away as they closed shop.

But if the perfidy in the 2011import waivers appear not too explicit in some areas, a cursory look at the “other sectors” soon begets a riveting attention as names and incongruous items combine in a clear defeat of the same economic policy the concessions were meant to promote.

Waivers were granted for the importation of Mercedes Benz cars; personal effects like refrigerators, tiles, marbles, beddings, sunglasses, chairs and cups.

Seizing the moment, the Rivers State Government under Mr. Rotimi Amaechi joined the frenzy and imported 200 units of luxury cars, including BMW Ford and other brands.

There was no agricultural machinery nor any economic enhancement tool in the Rivers’ import. The sum of N503.3 million in duty was not paid as a result of the waiver, thus there was no discouragement of any sort for state executives that chose to waste taxpayers’ sweats on luxury goods.

Inside the 2011 waiver document

In the 2011 waiver, N502 million was given to beneficiaries in the gas sector. A total of N4.6 billion went to the health sector; 9.1 billion to Mines & Steel; N21 billion to agriculture while N3 billion went to “other sectors”.

For the gas sector, the imports were generally plants, machinery, equipment and spare parts.

In this category waivers of values N7.8 billion went to Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited; N3.4 billion to Chevron Nigeria Limited and Frontier Oil Ltd while N502 million went to the Delta State Ministry of Energy for the import of “Machinery for Utilization of Natural Gas”.

For the health sector, concessions were given for the import of medical equipment, sola vaccine refrigerator, test kits, vaccines, malaria control drugs, anti-retroviral, cancer and tuberculosis drugs.

While Mines & Steel comprised imports of iron rods, machinery, equipment and spare parts, N1.9 billion was granted as waivers to Peugeot Automobile to bring into the country CKDs (Completely Knocked Down) and CBUs (Completely Built Up) engines.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that CKD and CBU are some of the common areas of waiver abuses. Issuing import waiver on CKD to an automobile assembly plant could be justified in that CKD means that certain parts of the car are shipped to the country of sale where they will be assembled to form a complete car and in the process create or sustain local employment and possible skills transfer.

The same cannot be said of CBU, because completely finished products are brought in to be sold in Nigeria without duty payment and with the waiver going to France, in this case, to prevent job loss over there.

Moreover, quantities were not specified in the Peugeot waiver as the CKD and CBU were lumped together. This meant the beneficiary could choose to import 95 per cent CBU and only five per cent CKD.

The same Peugeot the following year received another waiver to bring in 1,134 units of CKD and CBU Peugeot Vehicle. The sum of N974.8 million in duties was not paid on account of the waiver.

The waivers given in 2011 to boost agriculture was even more disturbing for a nation that repeatedly mouthed diversification of its economy. A paltry N2 million was waived for the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to import one Hilux Toyota vehicle and 10 Yamaha motorcycles.

Meanwhile a whopping N21 billion was given to a private business, McSally Investment Limited, mentioned earlier, to import  250,000 metric tons of vegetable oil without paying duties, all to the detriment of local manufactures.

Only McSally and the Ministry of Agriculture  received waivers that year in that sector.

Exasperated by the brazen abuses of the exemption regime and the emergence of what was obviously a waiver cartel, Finance Minister at the time, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala played the unwitting whistleblower, denouncing in a moment of fit the activities of waiver seekers who usually come in the night to visit the President.

On September 22, 2011, Mrs. Okonjo Iweala said: “Those who usually go to see the President at night will no longer be allowed to do so. If they have any (waiver) proposal, it must be presented to the Economic Team.”

Waivers for private jets, helicopters and luxury automobiles

Nothing in the waiver list of the following year showed that the words of Okonjo Iweala, who was the head of the Economic Team, counted. The waiver for 2012 was higher than that of 2011 by about N7 Billion. A total of N68.8billion was granted as waivers.

The sum of N1.4 billion in waiver value went to beneficiaries in the agric sector; N1.6 billion to aviation; and N18.1 billion to the gas sector. The health sector received N5.9 billion; Mines & Steel got N36.6 million; Water Resources received N96.5 million while the Power sector received N3.1 billion. Sports and Other Sectors received the largest waiver, N24.3 billion.

The 2012 waiver list shows that the Akwa Ibom State government, under Mr. Godswill Akpabio who is now a serving Senator, received waiver to purchase a G450 5N 4241 Aircraft. The economic necessity for the aircraft was not stated. This particular acquisition attracted an import duty of N271.3million but was not paid in view of the waiver.

Similarly, the Taraba State government received waiver to buy a Bell 407 Helicopter. The import duty on the helicopter was N13.1million. In October of the same year, Mr. Suntai unfortunately was involved with another aircraft owned by the Taraba State government, this time a Cessna 208 5N-BMJ which crashed on a flight from Jalingo to Yola.

In 2013 former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, now Minister of Transport, got waivers to buy one Bombardier aircraft Global Vision 5,000 series and two Bell 412 Axis Helicopters. The three items attracted a total import duties of N2.2billion but this was waived off by Customs.

Year after year, virtually everyone with access to the corridor of power did their best to take advantage of the waiver regime of the President Jonathan government. Like the fuel subsidy scandal and the rice import quota bazaar, duty waivers became a byword for easy money.

In June 2016, the Senate Ad hoc Committee on Import Duty Waivers, Concessions and Grants announced it had uncovered fraud in the administration of import duty waivers on rice, sugar, other foods items and automobiles.

The committee in its report named frontline companies including Dangote Limited, Kersuk Farms, Bua Group, Elephant Group, Milan Group and Golden Penny. It also named specific government agencies such as the Ministry of Finance, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Nigeria Export Promotion Council (NPC), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Federal Inland Revenue Service as complicit in waiver racketeering.

Waivers for personal cars and effects

The Customs and Excise Management Act prescribes that some imported goods could be granted duty exemptions if they are meant to boost local manufacturing of goods for export. To this end agricultural implements, and machineries for key sectors like Water Resources, Steel, Gas and Aviation are usually exempted from duty. It remains puzzling how this Act was interpreted to justify waivers granted government officials to import cars and personal effects.

Just like those for 2014, waivers granted between 2011 and 2013 were littered with cars and personal effects imported at zero-duty by unnamed officials of the Ministry of Aviation and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These personal imports were different from those made specifically by Ministries, Departments or Agencies. Individual officials curiously obtained waivers to import “Mercedes Benz and personal effects”, “Honda car and personal effects”, “Toyota Verso and personal effects”, “Hyundai Tuscan and personal effects” and “Toyota RAV4 and personal effects”.

Also listed as personal items imported by government officials were “Nissan Car and personal effects”, 4 Runner Toyota car, Nissan Pathfinder, Mitsubishi Car, Toyota Camry, Furniture, Toyota Corolla, Mercedes Benz GL 450 and personal effects, Mercedes Benz A170, Honda Accord, Toyota Sienna and personal effects, and Ford Edge vehicle. None of these were specified as official use.

The Lagos State government, under Babatunde Fashola, soon joined the fray, importing in 2012 300 units of BMW, Ford, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lexus, Mercedes and Jaguar. For Lagos State however, it was explained that the automobiles were for the 18th National Sports Festival. A total of N772 million in duty was waived.

The Budget Office data show that in 2013 a total of N64.9billion was conceded as waivers by the federal government. N3.5 billion was exemptions in the agriculture sector, N2.5 billion to aviation, N18.5 billion to the gas sector and N12.4 billion to health.

The mines sector received N595.4 million, water sector NN457.3 million while the power sector got N4.4 billion. A total of N22.7 billion went to “other sectors”.

In addition to the regular items in all the sectors imported every year, the waivers for 2013 were distinguished by the importations of 6,069 metric tonnes of rice seeds from Kenya, Burkina Faso and Congo by the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development; pineapple seedlings by the Enugu State government; 2 Bell 206 LIV Helicopters by the Nigeria College of Aviation, Zaria; Air Shuttle2006B Model Eurocoper AS-355N by OAS Helicopters Lagos; plastic drums by the Nigeria National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC); 26-foot Mobile Clinic by the Abia State government; 404,656 pieces of CKD furniture for primary schools in Imo State; and banknotes, substrates, coins, minting coins, and machineries for banknotes and coin production by the Nigeria Security & Printing Plc.

Although available records show that waivers were issued in 2014 for only five months between January and May, the frequency of the concessions were such that the waiver value swelled to a sizeable N25.8billion.

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  • Ewele

    SOONER OR LATER, GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN WILL BE ARRESTED TO FACE TRIAL.

    NO ONE CAN DO SUCH LEVEL OF ECONOMIC DAMAGE AND BE ALLOWED TO GO FREE.

    • Gary

      Really, that’s all you got from the report? How about demanding restitution from those who underservedly got the waivers? Especially now that the country is broke and we need the money?
      If Buhari can demand the refund of illicit campaign funds, what’s wrong with asking Customs duty dodgers to cough up what they owe?

      • Ali mubi

        Yes the electronic giant Apple is ordered by the EU commission to pay back about $13 billion to Northern Ireland in breach of expected tax earlier waved.I see no reason why PMB can’t demand for same from those who enjoyed the undeserved waver from GEJ.

  • Gary

    Just like taxes and levies, it’s only the nobodies in Nigeria who pay Customs duties. It’s the nobodies who go to public schools and hospitals and will never be considered for jobs at CBN, FIRS and pay with their lives to get into the Immigration Service.

    One nation, two destinies.

  • Mamman Bako

    Did that cause the recession we are in today?

    • All the money spent on importation of expensive vehicles many of which were not necessary in the first place and many of which might have been converted to personal use by past and present government officials, is enough to cause recession. The present sometimes depends on the past.

    • Poet

      @mammanbako:disqus

      Goodluck Jonathan is a child of disgrace……

      Goodluck Jonathan’s future will be very painful because of his gross immorality
      and financial crimes committed against Nigeria. The PDP party he’s recklessly
      destroyed with his messes agrees his prosecution. His wife too does not speak
      out in his defence over alleged multi-billion thefts.

      An only companion of his left
      is a fellow criminal; Jide Omokore, with whom he looted. President Obama and
      the Americans hate him with passion as a smelly urchin.

      Goodluck Jonathan made his terrible choices and chose money
      as his own God. He is today the most hated as the most irrelevant thing in
      Nigeria. His aides are gone; his guards are gone, and he’s left in his rustic
      smells. Here lies the remnants of a morally dissolute man who disgraced Ijaw nation.

    • joe

      Yes!!!! You guys can hardly see beyond your nose! !Has brainlessness become an epidemy in this country?

  • Konkolo

    The worst President Nigeria ever had.

    • concernednigerian

      That’s Buhari as Military President and ‘worst’ than useless now. No wonder people are naming their dogs Buhari.

      • Konkolo

        I totally disagree with you sir/madam. What do you call a President who has no clue about what was happened around him?

        • Sword of Damocles

          disagree, he knew EVERYTHING. Put simply, the former President was, is & will die a THIEF like his cronies. Do not add nor subtract. It is NO SECRET that a lot of Nigerians have NO CHARACTER. Even these people who MUCH HAVE BEEN GIVEN by the same Nigeria, CANNOT find it in their hearts to love their own country . But one day, if the rule of law is not interrupted, they or their children will answer to TREASON against their fatherland. It will not happen tomorrow or in our lifetime, but the Rule of Law GUARANTEES it. This I am sure of, and yes I amongst millions will “pit & dance on their graves”, worthless vermin the lot!!

          • Konkolo

            I agree with you my fellow Nigerian. Jonathan was a worthless ogogoro drinking leader that slept throughout his tenure while the treasury was being looted. He was a mumu leader.

          • emmanuel

            Your name is hell and your person is evil. You think any san person fancy this fake story in the midst of recession? GEJ lest Nigeria alive at $29.00 per barrel of Crude. Alhaji Buhari killed Nigeria at $44.00 per barrel of Crude. Buhari please go resume work at Katsina grazing forest

          • Sword of Damocles

            First of all, let me correct you sir, my name is not hell, but rather the “by-force” conscience of the looters & betrayers. If you the mythology of the “Sword of Damocles”, you would understand…. but alas, I digress. Secondly, to pronounce my person evil, by nom de guerre or words is simply err…. NAIVE. Do my words strike you as someone who is gravely offended by these acts of treason by our leaders. Emanuel, in all candor i am not surprised by your words, I refer you back to my initial posting(It is NO SECRET that a lot of Nigerians have NO CHARACTER). Suffice it to say that this statement encapsulates you and unfortunately quite a few like minded DIMWITS. However, I declare to you TODAY, that Nigeria will achieve her destiny, DESPITE citizens like yourself who our great country has the unprecedented MISFORTUNE to call its own, Good day, & peace and blessings to you.

        • George

          Buhari Bingo

          • Konkolo

            Yes, you can say that again.

  • RestructureNigeriaNow

    And you don’t have waivers today? Nigeria is dying and you are talking about waivers by GEJ. If waivers can save our lives right now, provide FX ,please we need it

    • Mufu Ola

      The waivers that have landed you in misery today.U people are never tired.

    • joe

      Too many mugus and thief-apologists like you in our country. You guys elected a shoeless buffoon, the first graduate president of Nigeria, who and together with his co-criminals, looted the treasury to death. You guys are against the fight against corruption, are against jailing the thieves, are against getting the looted fund back. But are demanding the current government do abracadabra to get the treasury filled up again and fix the economy. How do you fix an economy of a country filled with millions of brainless,criminal-minded layabouts whose role-models are cheap criminals like Goodluck Jonathan? ???

    • Rommel

      who told you Nigeria is dying,I see only criminals dying,people who were feeding fat without working for it,people who don’t pay taxes yet complain everyday,have you paid income taxes before in your entire life?

      • George

        paying taxes under this Bingo president is a waste

      • emmanuel

        Maga, Nigeria is dead. Two Airlines suspends operations within two days.
        We are back to road travels with death traps across Nigeria. I am sure Arik, Medview Sherif, Dana would close shop in days.
        Bastard son of a Cow.

        • Rommel

          It means none of them were doing genuine business,Cecilia Ibru was convicted for financial Fraud only for her to be sent to AERO contractors,in which country would such a thing happen? some of these companies were just money laundering outfits

  • RestructureNigeriaNow

    F#ck Nigeria. If this is all we can get from a 2.06 GDP deep. Media mind game. May you all the majority cowards die in your miserable lives.

  • FreeNigeria

    GEJ put Nigeria in coma, Buhari pulled the plug and planned the burial. Nigerian politicians of corruption

  • emmanuel kalu

    pure madness. This is why you don’t do waiver and concession if you don’t have a massive strict monitoring. If the government wants to encourage local industry and factories, it is best to do it via corporate tax deductions after they have put those machines or item to work. what tax deduction do is force the corporation to actually produce or generate revenue so they can deduct.

    • joe

      Sensible comment

    • veritas

      Best comment.

    • Peter_Edo

      hehe, the same way the white people after colonization forced people via indirect rule through local administrations to work because they had to now pay “taxes” for everything in the “towns” and “cities”.

      • veritas

        Exactly.

  • Arabakpura

    Are we still looking for the reason why we are in today’s mess? Jonathan was binging on liquor while Nigeria convulsed!

  • D Dog named Bingo Buhari

    The Secret of Change is Not to Focus all of Your Energies in—in fighting the old ——————————–But on Building and improvising on the New things of life——————SOCRATES————–So when will Bingo Buhari dwell on those things that oftenhelp to move Nations forward and not backward—

  • separation is the answer


    The Senate on Tuesday asked the federal government to recover N42 billion grants as import duty waivers to six companies including Dangote Limited and BUA Sugar Refinery between 2013 and 2015.

    The upper chamber also asked the federal government to compel Olam International Limited, Popular Foods, a subsidiary of Stallion Group, and Milan Group to pay the import duty demand notice of N24 billion served on them by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) for exceeding the quota granted to them on rice importation during the period. Happily not a single Ijaw man enjoyed the alleged import Waivers———————————–from the South south—

  • Rommel

    President Jonathan made sure that what Nigeria would have been eating today was eaten starting 4 years ago,had those groundnut oil companies been functioning today, people would still have their jobs,everything was about Oyel oyel,nothing else mattered,this was how Jonathan governed and now,many people’s brain can no longer function

    • George

      You are a complete useless fellow from a cursed tribe

      • Hydrogen

        @disqus_P6H4CtCIeu:disqus what does it profit you to be insulting.
        people are airing their views and i believe that isnt wrong.
        the economy situation is bad for us all, insulting or abusing doesnt solve the problem.
        just like how people think messi is better than ronaldo or vice versa.
        there will always be a different view.

    • NinjaK

      So, Jonathan ate up everything, damaged the economy fully, bastardised the Naira?
      And yet Nigeria became by far the largest economy in Africa????
      With your silly logic I guess GEJ achieved that GDP figure of $550billion by bribibg World Bank, IMF, USA, UK, France, and all other economic powers that be.
      Utter Nonsense Post!

      • Arabakpura

        I will take it that you are just joking with your insults but, try to be reasonable for a moment! The oil crisis is global but this is the only oil producing country that is having crisis in the whole world!
        The fact cannot be taken away that oil is the mainstay of the Nigerian economy and it was what made you the biggest economy in Africa; now, it’s a third way down and also being destroyed by Nigerians and you still want to be the largest economy in Africa? It cannot work like that my friend!
        Companies are folding up or suspending activities because the little oil activities have also been threatened! So, let’s just condemn when we have to and be reasonable when we have to!

      • Rommel

        If you were very bright,I am almost certain that you would not raise such argument

        • NinjaK

          Kudos to you – Buhari Nobel Laurette!

  • joe

    Too many mugus and thief-apologists in this country. You guys elected a shoeless buffoon, the first graduate president of Nigeria, who and together with his co-criminals, looted the treasury to death. You guys are against the fight against corruption, are against jailing the thieves, are against getting the looted fund back. But are demanding the current government do abracadabra to get the treasury filled up again and fix the economy. How do you fix an economy of a country filled with millions of brainless,criminal-minded layabouts whose role-models are cheap criminals like Goodluck Jonathan? ???

    • Ade Omowest

      Point of correction joe, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s predecessor late President Musa Yar’adua had a Master of Science Degree, so Jonah could not be the first graduate president of Nigeria.

      • joe

        That’s true. Thanks.

      • Alamu

        The Honourable Nnamdi Azikiwe was the first president of Nigeria. The Honourable Nnamdi Azikiwe was a graduate.

        • Ade Omowest

          I actually do not dispute your fact, I just corrected joe by pointing out that the immediate President before Jonathan was also a graduate so that he will be informed that Jonathan was not the first Nigerian graduate president.

  • ochon

    Still passing the buck and dwelling on the failures of the last administration is a hallmark of irresponsibility and ineptitude. Gej goofed and he was booted out for u you to change things for the better making his failure alibi for your non performance is becoming trite and Nigerians are becoming tired. Gej is not responsible for your flip flopping policies. Now PMS sells for #145, #50 stamp duties, high phcn tarrif, increased inflation, proposed tarrif on gsm users on every recharge made and more many anti masses policy were not the making of gej. Some days your own (apc) can of worms would be opened for people to see for Nigerians to know the hypocrite that you are but before then let the exposition continues but hope it is not meant to divert attention from the real issues on ground. ‘ hunger’

  • Paul Young

    Nothing surprises me about the last administration. It’s synonymous with a rich man who had a lot of concubines and gave them all his wealth, houses and cars because they ‘stroked his ego’ and ‘satisfied’ him in bed. He gave so much away and saved nothing, thinking that his business will continue to boom forever. Unfortunately his business crumbled, he had debts to pay, with no savings to fall back to. The very wealthy, affluent man thus became a pauper

    • d dog named bingo buhari

      A former APC governorship aspirant in Benue state, Nath Apir, says the Buhari led government has failed to do the needful to sustain the level of economic growth recorded by the previous administration – Says Nigeria is in shambles, adding that the people can hardly feed and that the naira has crashed to over N400 to the dollar – Apir casts doubts on President Buhari’s ability to proffer solution to the economic crisis Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Apir says President Buhari cannot assemble a group of yes sir people and expect good results because there is no one to challenge him. A former All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Benue state, Nath Apir, says Nigerians are currently regretting voting for President Muhammadu Buhari at the last general elections.

      • Paul Young

        True, but GEJ started the mess. Infact I give GEJ 70% blame. Buhari has failed to do the needful to resuscitate a dying economy

        • George

          GEJ is out so what is holding your half dead president

          • Paul Young

            He’s your president too, go ask him

          • veritas

            LOL…

          • Arabakpura

            The Revengers!

        • NinjaK

          GEJ started the mess – Utter Crap!
          Let Buhari too start his own mess, and do his own corruption but give to us all the GEJ market prices and exchange rate for FIVE YEARS!!!
          Stop bamboozling us with all these nonsense APC excuses – AFTER ONE & HALF YEARS IN OFFICE!
          And before elections, all these APC id.ots had all the SOLUTIONS oo!

          • Paul Young

            Mumu why are you venting your frustration on me? I resemble APC? Whether you like it/admit it or not Gael failed woefully and buhari has so far failed too. QED

          • NinjaK

            Retard, that is what they have reduced all of into doing – comparing failures with failures.
            But whichever way, Jonathan as a failure is still much better than this Buhari one!

          • Paul Young

            My brother your brain has lost alignment. You need a check up. Finally all mallard with him own kettle. You hv your opinion I have mine

          • NinjaK

            no wonder you are the way you are!
            no wonder your Buhari too also has his opinion – the 1984 one!
            utter crap!

          • Arabakpura

            Boko Haram troubled Jonathan but killed NE, while the Avengers are troubling Buhari and killing Nigeria! That is a simple fact!

          • NinjaK

            Forget Nigeria – it is just a name merely depicting an ordinary geographical expression, and given to this part of west africa by someone’s concubine!

          • Peter_Edo

            mumu!

      • Arabakpura

        Boko Haram killed the North East while those revengers are killing Nigeria! Tell April or is it Apir to stop deceiving himself!

  • vagabonds in power

    Shortly after Buhari launched the National Egg Production

    scheme and signed N25Billion MoU with TUNS Farms, Osun State for egg

    production, as birds eggs is on the import prohibition list.

    Despite the agreement, the production still fell short, so the President

    hatched a plan to use the scheme to pacify aggrieved party faithful who

    feel left out, and a large number of his inner circle. Selected chieftains

    were asked to supply bids to import eggs from countries like Ghana, Togo

    and Benin Republic.

    The 350,000 eggs needed per day put the

    contract sum for importation at several Billions.

    The waiver therefore is a violation of the administration’s statute that

    prohibits the importation of eggs.

    It was also gathered that ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo had lobbied from

    the start to be the major supplier of the eggs. But his farms in Ogun,

    Delta, and Cross River states can only produce 25,000 within the time

    frame.

    “The Federal Government is already looking for excuses for the impending

    failure of the programme by asking states to contribute 40 per cent to the

    scheme,” Fayose had said in a statement.

    He said the school feeding programme was purely a contract between the

    APC-led Federal Government and Nigerians.

    “Were the states consulted before the APC made the promise during the

    presidential campaign?” the governor queried.

    “How can you make a promise and win election on the basis of that promise

    and now expect states to help you to fulfil the promise? That to me is

    fraud.”

  • vagabonds in power

    Fourteen months after mounting the saddle, the Muhammadu Buhari’s

    administration is yet to kick start its school feeding programme, as no

    due diligence was apparently done regarding the feasibility.

    In a recent article by columnist, Dele Sobowale in the Vanguard, he wrote

    ” Those who persuaded Buhari that Nigeria could offer free meals to over

    20 million pupils daily and pay N5,000 to over 25 million jobless people

    are condemnable liars. I think I know them. Those promises cannot be

    fulfilled in 2015-2019. Nigeria will not be rich enough for that. “There

    is no such thing as a free lunch.” American Economics Professor, September

    1964.

    Checks reveal that for the programme to be successful

    it would need no fewer than 350,000 eggs per day, and no farm in Nigeria

    has that capacity to supply such.

    It was also learnt that the APC-led federal government had also asked

    state governments for a 40 per cent counterpart funding of the project.

    Some state Governors are already kicking against the move, among them, Ayo

    Fayose of Ekiti state.

  • NinjaK

    Stupeed Story!
    I have noticed that everytime there is growing noise about Buhari’s uselessness in office, the Govt/APC just throws out another nonsense corruption noise to capture the minds and heads of those funny people that still think this Govt is doing them a big favor.
    Let Buhari too grant his own waivers, do his own corruption, and just get us back to the market prices and exchange rates we had under Jonathan for five years!!!
    Utter Nonsense!

    • emmanuel

      You are wise. That is the essence of this buffoon story

  • Shahokaya

    Fortunato the buffoon was a real mumu.

  • visionary.

    This country was raped dry. Yet people wonder y we r where we r.

  • Du Covenant

    Black leaders and people in general consistently place their priorities upside down this is why we are such a mess!. Of all the past leaders they claimed he had a PhD and just see what happened under his watch. It goes to show that, leadership has nothing to do with how many degrees one has acquired, the only criterion is common sense!.May God help us in black Africa!!.

    • d dog named buhari

      Shortly after Buhari launched the National Egg Production

      scheme and signed N25Billion MoU with TUNS Farms, Osun State for egg

      production, as birds eggs is on the import prohibition list.

      Despite the agreement, the production still fell short, so the President

      hatched a plan to use the scheme to pacify aggrieved party faithful who

      feel left out, and a large number of his inner circle. Selected chieftains

      were asked to supply bids to import eggs from countries like Ghana, Togo

      and Benin Republic.

      The 350,000 eggs needed per day put the

      contract sum for importation at several Billions.

      The waiver therefore is a violation of the administration’s statute that

      prohibits the importation of eggs.

      It was also gathered that ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo had lobbied from

      the start to be the major supplier of the eggs. But his farms in Ogun,

      Delta, and Cross River states can only produce 25,000 within the time

      frame.

      “The Federal Government is already looking for excuses for the impending

      failure of the programme by asking states to contribute 40 per cent to the

      scheme,” Fayose had said in a statement.

      He said the school feeding programme was purely a contract between the

      APC-led Federal Government and Nigerians.

      “Were the states consulted before the APC made the promise during the

      presidential campaign?” the governor queried.

      “How can you make a promise and win election on the basis of that promise

      and now expect states to help you to fulfil the promise? That to me is

      fraud.”——————-

  • emmanuel

    Weak brains react to such news churned out to destract Nigerians from the realities of the recession. Never, you cannot divert attention away from the recession.
    Unfortunately, the gulibles are at it already, fighting themselves on this propaganda. Afterall, Kemi said the recession is just in word and not indeed.
    Animals in human skin.
    If this government can assemble those who churn out falsehood to help douse the tension in the land like this fake story, why not assemble strategist to turn the countries fortunes around?

  • d dog named Bingo Buhari

    Shortly after Buhari launched the National Egg Production

    scheme and signed N25Billion MoU with TUNS Farms, Osun State for egg

    production, as birds eggs is on the import prohibition list.

    Despite the agreement, the production still fell short, so the President

    hatched a plan to use the scheme to pacify aggrieved party faithful who

    feel left out, and a large number of his inner circle. Selected chieftains

    were asked to supply bids to import eggs from countries like Ghana, Togo

    and Benin Republic.

    The 350,000 eggs needed per day put the

    contract sum for importation at several Billions.

    The waiver therefore is a violation of the administration’s statute that

    prohibits the importation of eggs.

    It was also gathered that ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo had lobbied from

    the start to be the major supplier of the eggs. But his farms in Ogun,

    Delta, and Cross River states can only produce 25,000 within the time

    frame.

    “The Federal Government is already looking for excuses for the impending

    failure of the programme by asking states to contribute 40 per cent to the

    scheme,” Fayose had said in a statement.

    He said the school feeding programme was purely a contract between the

    APC-led Federal Government and Nigerians.

    “Were the states consulted before the APC made the promise during the

    presidential campaign?” the governor queried.

    “How can you make a promise and win election on the basis of that promise

    and now expect states to help you to fulfil the promise? That to me is

    fraud.”

  • clairvoyance

    What we are suffering today is the result of financial perfidy that went on under the most corrupt regime ever led by the otuoke and port Harcourt degree holder product.

  • Simeon Nigel

    It is so sad that Nigeria has becomes a platform for so different ‘games of thrones’ playing grounds up till today in fact, where every ‘Dick & Henry’ can become millionairs/billionairs just overnight, simply owing to heartless and evils crops of politicians/learderships that failed to see patrioticism as uppermost and above anything else. Any Nigerian who had been once or twice to any country abroad either Europe, America and Middle east, should know better that these countries chrishes their fatherland more than themselves, and they would also never cannives with anyone or outsiders to defrauds their own country, and apart from protecting their country judiciously, and instead they would rather exploits other countries’ weaknesses and carelessness to enrich their fatherland, but as for Nigerians and their leaders they always acts differently than these countries by exploiting their inwardly so badly than these foreign countries indicated. It is so sad, that Nigerians also do not even know who are their real enemies or not. They were too easily eager to “dines and wines” with whoever brings into Nigeria goodies-(dollars/monies from outside), with just a mere smiles by either the enemies or not. That is why today, the country is suffering the way it is now, today. Except, until Nigerians and their leaderships starts to treats their own fatherland with a keen “love” and judicious interest, it will be only then that Nigeria as a country, shall verily becomes a better place to be proud of. As like the common saying goes like this: “Bad leaders represents the entire societal’s dynamics up- bringing and attitudes” and/or “Good and sincere general society of a country will always produces a good leaders of that same country” Being that these two proverbals adges goes, especially of the first one, did really precribes our Nigeria of today. And if Nigeria society are majority honest and sincere by 97% level, then it wiil equally produces crops of transparent and good leaderships for the whole Country. This is the truth reality.

    • O.O Esquire

      @simeonnigel:disqus

      The contributors here somewhat fail to underline the gravamen of this exclusive newsreport.
      Waivers are wholly controlled by law not by whim or caprice that Goodluck Jonathan made it.
      Unlawful waiver discretionally granted is a treasury crime because tariffs belong to treasury.
      Nigerians must not be so befuddled by anarchy to now miss the point that laws decide legality.
      Whatever the law prohibits is illegal and thus punishable accordingly as purely criminal conduct.

  • Jasper

    Confirmed: Dem don swear for this country!!!!

  • vagabonds in power

    Shortly after Buhari launched the National Egg Production

    scheme and signed N25Billion MoU with TUNS Farms, Osun State for egg

    production, as birds eggs is on the import prohibition list.

    Despite the agreement, the production still fell short, so the President

    hatched a plan to use the scheme to pacify aggrieved party faithful who

    feel left out, and a large number of his inner circle. Selected chieftains

    were asked to supply bids to import eggs from countries like Ghana, Togo

    and Benin Republic.

    The 350,000 eggs needed per day put the

    contract sum for importation at several Billions.

    The waiver therefore is a violation of the administration’s statute that

    prohibits the importation of eggs.

    It was also gathered that ex President, Olusegun Obasanjo had lobbied from

    the start to be the major supplier of the eggs. But his farms in Ogun,

    Delta, and Cross River states can only produce 25,000 within the time

    frame.

    “The Federal Government is already looking for excuses for the impending

    failure of the programme by asking states to contribute 40 per cent to the

    scheme,” Fayose had said in a statement.

    He said the school feeding programme was purely a contract between the

    APC-led Federal Government and Nigerians.

    “Were the states consulted before the APC made the promise during the

    presidential campaign?” the governor queried.

    “How can you make a promise and win election on the basis of that promise

    and now expect states to help you to fulfil the promise? That to me is

    fraud.”——————-

    • DrOye

      I can’t make any sense out of what you’ve written. Can you try to rewrite it with good punctuation and coherence?

  • bigbang

    This is how the corrupt politicians make money.

    • vagabonds in power

      another paid hail hitler from the far east–suffering and similing

      • bigbang

        You are a moron. Your post is extremely insulting. i am not from the far east nor am I associated with hitler in any way or form.

        • Burning Spear

          The real paid hail hitlers of the Apes in APC ati the dog named alhaji bingo buhari————-cheeeeeeeeeers

  • d dog named buhari

    Goodluck Jonathan To Nigerians. ]

    “The choice before Nigerians in the coming elections is simple:

    A choice between going forward or going backwards;

    between the old ways of Buhari which gave birth to essential commodities and the new ways; Progress–and

    between freedom and repression;

    between a record of visible achievements and beneficial reforms and desperate power-seekers with empty promises-often busy playing the blame game instead of working for the masses who may end up committing suicide daily because of the Economic hardship that Buhari will bring unto them.”

    – Fmr President, Goodluck Jonathan, Abuja, Sat, 10 Dec 2014.

    *****************************************************************

  • GbemigaO

    Jungle country. Everyone wants their shares without thinking of the commonwealth! That is the bane of the country

  • suffering and smiling

    Goodluck Jonathan To Nigerians. ]

    “The choice before Nigerians in the coming elections is simple:

    A choice between going forward or going backwards;

    between the old ways of Buhari which gave birth to essential commodities and the new ways; Progress–and

    between freedom and repression;

    between a record of visible achievements and beneficial reforms and desperate power-seekers with empty promises-often busy playing the blame game instead of working for the masses who may end up committing suicide daily because of the Economic hardship that Buhari will bring unto them.”

    – Fmr President, Goodluck Jonathan, Abuja, Sat, 10 Dec 2014.

  • Arabakpura

    Those who sought import waivers, visited President Jonathan at night when they knew he was drunk! If we scrutinize Okonjo Iweala’s comments about the last administration that she served, we will see the whole truth about what is happening today!

    • Julius

      Thats one of the problems I have with our Dear PHD minister, All these went on when she was the head of the economic team. She knew damn well what was going on but, lack the courage to either speak up or resign. I will not call her corrupt personally but, her stewardship left less to be desired. She ended up as a memo writer under Dasuki. Too bad.

      • emmanuel

        We have heard all those stories. What we want now is simple, food, water, electricity, Housing, clothing.
        Mind you, all Airlines are shutting down and we would all have to go on the dead roads over again in unprecedented holdups if we must travel and you are still here cheering a dead wood in Aso Villa!

        • Julius

          Yea, everything was going so well until Buhari became the president. Right ? Where is the cheering in my comment ? By the way, I didnt know that its the FGN that is running those airlines. Thanks for letting me know. Next thing you will tell me is that you are educated and write good grammar. Nonsense !

  • favourtalk

    That is very bad for the people we had as our leaders then what a shame

    • woman leader1

      A very big shame

      • Harsh Man

        Shame to Gowon; OBJ; Shagari; Buhari; IBB; Abacha; Abdulsalami; OBJ and Buhari again!

    • Julius

      And now. We still has them . Its shameful

  • Fairgame

    Abeg if granting more import waivers will help this clueless administration get rice back to 8000 and dollar down to N150, why haven’t they done so. All this story story story for a government that is clueless on what to do with the ailing economy. Nonsense.

    • joe

      To a rat it is always about food!!. Every issue in this world revolves around “rice”, “bread” and getting some crumbs :))

      • Senator D

        Food, Shelter and Clothing is the basic need of the average Nigerian out there… Please keep your big grammar to yourself!

        • veritas

          Please tell him. seems he doesnt know those re the first three vital needs in the international human rights law.

          • Senator D

            I trust he fell from the moon. On the moon they do not know what basic human needs are…

          • veritas

            LMFAO. i believe from further deep into the cosmos because on the moon, Armstrong knew not to step on area’s deemed private/no trespassing.

    • dele

      I think we should start encouraging ourselves to start focusing on other local foods till we will be able to produce sufficient rice for our consumption. Some years back,rice was one-off food in most homes while local foods held sway but today it is different stories and this is not good for our economy because it is import based. It is better we endured now than still coarse the government to change its policy on it and postponed the evil days again. Let us encourage government to invest more in local production.

  • If Nigeria whats serious they would do whatever it takes to upgrade an make ajeokuta steel work again. No country allows such a valuable industry that is critical to the economy to fade away. But our leaders are unserious and selfish

    • Ewele

      @disqus_kAUncf102r:disqus

      SOONER OR LATER, GOODLUCK EBELE JONATHAN WILL BE ARRESTED TO FACE TRIAL.

      NO ONE CAN DO SUCH LEVEL OF ECONOMIC DAMAGE AND BE ALLOWED TO GO FREE.

      • sho

        Ewele:

        But we know this truth as self-evident; that Premium Times is fully a Mujahedeen media-organization
        where the Hijab is the compulsory wear for all its journalists in the newsroom and even at lunch-time.

    • vagabonds in power

      Nigeria In Self Inflicted RECESSION.

      Dr Okonjo Iweala Explains GDP with Cake Illustrations. Kemi Adeosun Said that Recession is “Just Words”.

      Nigeria GDP dropped from about 6.8% to -% in less than 15 Months of Buhari’s Govt. #CHANGE

  • ahmed

    Emmanuel Mayah God almighty will not forgive you for telling lies against Jonathan. Buhari, Babaginda, Abacha and some Northern elders destroy Nigeria. The problem we are facing today is caused by Northerners. Abacha Stolen money in US alone is N218.5 billion. Buhari, Abacha, IBB, Abdulsalam, OBJ are the biggest thieves we have in Nigeria. Premium Time stop writing nonsense.

  • D Dog named Bingo Buhari

    Nigeria In Self Inflicted RECESSION.

    Dr Okonjo Iweala Explains GDP with Cake Illustrations. Kemi Adeosun Said that Recession is “Just Words”.

    Nigeria GDP dropped from about 6.8% to -% in less than 15 Months of Buhari’s Govt. #CHANGE–The secret of Change is NOT to Focus all of your energy on fighting perceived enemies or old ideas—But in Building on the New-Visions—of our past leaders———–that can move the country and the masses forward——–Sadly the Apes in APC because———-of their lack of ideas on how to transform the country——————they always dwell on the past——————-Backward ever Forward never———-That is their slogan————-They cannot even define change———————–from poverty to prosperity————which Jonathan gave birth to–The more they pull Jonathan down the more Buhari and the country he struggled to improve goes down::::::::::::::::::::::Nigeria via the USA imposed bunch of Yoruba and Fulani nitwits on Nigerians————————–Separation is the answer—-Not the Rule of the Fulanis Yorubas and their Ibo collaborators in APC—————————————-

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    …..and the list continues why Nigeria is now on her knees!!
    like I used to say, that you have a head and still cant use it
    is an amazing talent. God forgive GEJ..

  • Dafe Ononame

    DEAR EDITOR,

    Muhamadu Buhari cannot fight corruption

    I just want to alarm everybody. President Muhamadu Buhari cannot fight corruption. He’s only pretending.
    Corruption is just strolling in front of Buhari’s Aso Rock bedroom window without any fear of contradiction.
    Buhari can’t arrest Bola Tinubu, he can’t arrest Raji Fashola, he can’t arrest Rotimi Amaechi, so, what else?
    Where is the other more serious corruption President Buhari wants to arrest apart from those first 3 cases?

    Look, let’s call a spade a spade.
    Buhari is part and parcel of corruption. He can’t do nothing. Stealing is going on everyday inside Senate.
    Stealing is going on well well inside all the Ministries. Buhari is just looking like billy goat tied to a big pole.
    Somebody that wants to fight corruption must have a plan from day one and move for mass arrest quickly.
    But after one and a half years Buhari’s Adviser on corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, has no clue what to do.

    Professor Itse Sagay has not achieved anything more than talking nonsense since the 29th of May, 2015.
    He said last June that there is need for Special Court of Corruption but till now no Special Court anywhere.
    Professor Sagay said plea bargain will be stopped as corrupt practice, but till now plea-bargain is going on.
    No single thief has been sent to jail under President Buhari, no past or present financial crime was resolved.

    • woman leader1

      Rubbish!!!

      • emmanuel

        Woman leader in APC? I sori for you, the APC is abhorred everywhere and cannot win any election again. Nigerians everywhere are ready for your rigging style and would choke you off.
        Nonentities

        • Commentsfile..!!!

          Nigerians you say?
          are you really one? u only exist on net!
          get serious bro, stop hiding under anonymity
          to spew garbage!

          • emmanuel

            We saw it in series of elections lately. They become inconclusive when the obvious surfaces.
            They have refused to conduct elections in some states for the Senate because they see other parties clinching the votes and dwindling their numbers.
            APC the shame of a dead country!

          • Commentsfile..!!!

            I thought you have anything serious to say..
            let me give my Dog some time.. enjoy ur wailing!

          • emmanuel

            Which of the dogs? Alhaji Buhari?
            I bet you cannot even eat a good meal now how much more feeding a rotweiler? Na aja you get my friend, the one wen dey chop bone and Sh*t.

          • David

            You now have a dog? I for say… APC is busy feeding dogs instead feeding Nigerians. I talk am. The free feeding promised during last year’s campaign wasn’t for humans but for dogs. No wonder if you make your dog Buari or Tinumbu you will be arrested by Daura Police Force of Nigeria…

        • woman leader1

          Nonentity like you, Apc will win every part of Nigeria

          • emmanuel

            I go remind you

          • woman leader1

            Till then.

          • d dog named Buhari

            U mean the north–ati Yoruba south west————–Can u tell us how many 9jas have so far committed suicide because of buhari animals

    • Commentsfile..!!!

      that you have a head and still cant use it is an amazing talent..!

  • woman leader1

    The reason we voted Buhari is because we believe he his the right man to move this country forward..

  • Commentsfile..!!!

    …..and the list continues why Nigeria is now on her knees!!
    like I used to say, that you have a head and still cant use it
    is an amazing talent. God forgive GEJ….!

    • Fairgame

      Look at you economic illiterate. The reason Nigeria is on her knees is because a financial and economic illiterate is at the helm of affairs. With all the so called corruption by GEJ Nigerians were not dying of hunger. Rice, Garri, yam, even common vegetable was affordable but today people are stealing pots of soup and stew because of economic illiterates like you and your Buhari. Waivers are a good drive an economy and makes goods and food affordable. All this ranting by Premiumtimes will not deviate attention from the cluelessness of this government. Yeye

      • Commentsfile..!!!

        So you and your family are surviving on stolen Pots of soup??
        economic literate that didn’t understand what chain reaction
        in economic effects mean… everybody want to be a teacher
        even those who are still stealing Pots of soup just to survive!!

        • Fairgame

          Economic illiterate is people like you who don’t understand how waivers stimultE an economy but once you read ‘ Jonathan …. Billions’ you start shouting like a market woman. Yeye. Your suffering never start under economic and financial illiterate Buhari. And this janjaweed Premiumtimes story will not deviate attention from the mess Buhari has put Nigeriana in.

          • Commentsfile..!!!

            Waivers are Good for the economy but not those
            issued to thieves as a way of compensation and
            some working against the local industries, that is
            the issue, it is a good thing that was done without
            understanding what the negative ripples effects would
            be, in Nigeria we have items that would attract waivers
            if imported but that was ignored and the result is telling
            on the economy, listen we supported GEJ till the end.
            we are going to lend Buhari the same support!

          • joe

            The person you are joining issues with is one of those miliions of criminal Internet warriors employed by the grand thieves of our society. They are not sane human being and it’s no use talking to them.

          • Fairgame

            Shame on you. May your suffering be worse than that of Nigerians who are dying of hunger. Everyone who shares a different opinion from you and does no hero worship your economic illiterate Buhari is called names. You all will suffer the most hardship for what is happening in Nigeria.

          • OdeyPeter Odo

            Sufferings are lessons!

          • Truetalk

            Its only fools like you that are complaining. How many people have died in you family for hunger? Useless lazy fellow, come and eat free food.

          • Fairgame

            UN estimates 50,000 children may die by December. If that happens may their blood be on your heads. Blind and callous followers of a blind and callous government.

          • Commentsfile..!!!

            my brother; first they will accuse you falsely,
            if you respond wisely with facts they will attack
            you, when you offer a solution they will call you
            an illiterate, but if they see you are better informed
            they would resolve to emotional attacks.. Evil Prayers!
            But when that did not work they will say Buhari is
            paying you. one thing you have to know about failure
            is that it has many faces and we are dealing with them
            in here… relax!

          • Fairgame

            Like your Buhari everyone is a thief not because the courts said so but because you said so. May the blood of all those dying of hunger be on your heads. Bread. Yam, Garri, Rife food in general was affordable under waiver giving GEJ but under your ‘corruption free’ Buhari Nigerians are dying of hunger. May their blood be on your head.

          • tuby NY

            Yea explain d different 2him and THEM pls..

      • Truetalk

        Your stupidity stinks. No need arguing with a moron. its you and your family that is dying of hunger. Lazy man, go and grow your Rice, Garri, yam and vegetable and see if you will not have enough to eat.

  • thusspokez

    The “Nigerian” is the problem — not weaver. The Nigerian will corrupt any system, no matter how perfect it is, and then justify his appalling behaviour by saying that “this is Nigeria”.

  • d dog called bingo buhari

    Nigeria In Self Inflicted RECESSION.

    Dr Okonjo Iweala Explains GDP with Cake Illustrations. Kemi Adeosun Said that Recession is “Just Words”.

    Nigeria GDP dropped from about 6.8% to -% in less than 15 Months of Buhari’s Govt. #CHANGE–The secret of Change is NOT to Focus all of your energy on fighting perceived enemies or old ideas—But in Building on the New-Visions—of our past leaders———–that can move the country and the masses forward——–Sadly the Apes in APC because———-of their lack of ideas on how to transform the country——————they always dwell on the past——————-Backward ever Forward never———-That is their slogan————-They cannot even define change———————–from poverty to prosperity————which Jonathan gave birth to–The more they pull Jonathan down the more Buhari and the country he struggled to improve goes down::::::::::::::::::::::Nigeria via the USA imposed bunch of Yoruba and Fulani nitwits on Nigerians————————–Separation is the answer—-Not the Rule of the Fulanis Yorubas and their Ibo collaborators in APC—————————————-

    • Truetalk

      Can you analyze GDP growth? You clearly lack economic ideas.

  • vagabonds in power

    The New Names Of Buhari And Osibanjo In Kano.

    Nigerians are indeed very funny people. Especially my Kano people. On Sunday night, I was sitting with a guy who sell tea near my house before call for prayers. An elderly man came and said, “bani hadin Buhari – Give me Buhari’s mixture” and without saying anything, the guy gave him tea and small bread and collected 50 Naira and gave 10 Naira change. Nothing more said. I was baffled so I asked what that meant and the tea guy said hadin Buhari mean tea without milk plus small bread.

    Again, this morning, a friend came to visit me. I saw him off to his car and on my way back, I remembered I needed battery for my wireless mouse and stopped by a guy running a small

    kiosk nearby to get one. Just while I was walking away, a guy I met there said, “bani Buhari de Osinbajo – give me Buhari and Osinbajo”. I immediately paused to see what he meant and again, without uttering a word, he gave him garri and groundnut. I returned back to ask again what that meant and he said Garri is Buhari, Osinbajo is groundnut while Bukola is sugar. Kano will always make a comedy out of every circumstance.

    So, this afternoon, I feel like having Buhari, Osinbajo and Bukola.

    • Senator D

      I can’t stop myself laughing so loud here… For real?

      • Julius

        You laugh too easily. It says a lot about you..like being a retard !

  • Fairgame

    Abeg if granting more import waivers will help this clueless administration get rice back to 8000 and dollar down to N150, why haven’t they done so. All this story story story for a government that is clueless on what to do with an economy they dragged into recession by their cluelessness. Nonsense.

    • Truetalk

      Sorry, so bad you don’t know how balance of foreign exchange works. what exactly are you doing with the dollar? if not for our over dependence of imported goods and services we don’t need to be crying so much about the dollar. You buy rice for NGN8000 then when Nigeria have sufficient forex and even subsidized same for importers because oil price was high as well production quantity. we should think of how to grow our rice here. Nothing stops you from having a rice farm and stop buying at exorbitant price. The price of dollar is high yes because we earn few but needed more for importation. Nigeria government can not print the US dollar and only need to export much to gain favorable exchange rate. Always try to think before you talk.

      • Fairgame

        For all your grammar Abeg why can’t people afford Garri and yam? Abi those too need to be imported? Economic illiteracy go kill una and una hero Buhari. Those who consume local foods can’t find to eat, those who import foods can’t import and you blind followers of the economic and financial illiterate keep spewing your delusional rubbish. The suffering wry una go suffer still they come.

  • Tunji. O. Williams

    @thusspokez:disqus

    Goodluck Jonathan is not a fugitive

    GOODLUCK JONATHAN was a science student in school and was not expected to be grounded
    in political philosophy or in ideological analysis of the theory of state, but even as an amateur,
    he was a mess in office as president. He did not have a bright-line between right and wrong.
    He was swayed to flow with the ebbs by those to whom he was beholden and ended up as
    a waste of space in history. Today, the stark truth is that Goodluck Jonathan is not yet a
    fugitive despite the swirls of crimes around him; including the Dasuki theft of arms
    purchase money
    which was criminally diverted into PDP presidential party campaign.
    But Jonathan is not a fugitive only because President Buhari doesn’t declare
    Jonathan wanted, not because Jonathan does not have a case to answer –
    given that from Olu Falae through Nenadi Usman to Femi Fani-Kayode,
    they fingerpointed Goodluck Jonathan as the mastermind of that theft.

    • tuby NY

      WELL said bro.. GEJ is nothing but a “mistake of a president.” he is more fitted and created to be “a high school teacher or AT BEST a small community college professor yo!

      I am surely NOT blaming GEJ (because he is too slow/weak with NO WISDOM to comprehend what was even taking place) TOTALLY for the HUGE-stealing that took place under him — he was largely USED and abused by our HIGHLY corrupt elites/system, and every single corrupted-minded individuals around him!! Including possibly his wife’s cliques.. she knows NO better ANYWAY cause of her illiteracy and more.

  • IIsonke Charles

    APCEEEEE government! Nigerians are conversant with your style now. This is to divert attention from the real issue. Economic recession.

    • OdeyPeter Odo

      Now we know why we are in recession!!!

    • Truetalk

      The recession you see today is very important to Nigeria in order to put us in the right track of prosperity as a nation. There is no real issue here, we need to be in it so that for once we can make it better.

      • front man

        Corruption is very important as well

    • front man

      Nothing like diversion

  • front man

    Lord Jonathan and his people finish this country with corruption

    • Burning Spear

      suffering and smiling—————regardless of the economic woes–of 9ja God dey——-But not under the Ijaw tribal marks of Jonathan-separation is the answer

  • Julius

    Yea, FGN runs the airlines !, Very smart of you to have known that !!

    • emmanuel

      Aviation fuel, FX, conducive business environment?
      The Julius i know here is a cattle rearer and has little or no understanding of economy – Recession is a word (matter of senmatics?). Nigeria is in very deep trouble

      • Julius

        Yah..like I said, very smart. The emmanuel I know here is our houseboy.

        • emmanuel

          A Houseboy at least dey work inside AC, Eat good food if the master get money and enter car with driver to buy somethings.
          The cattle rearer’s toilet is in the bush, eat raw food or only bread, sleep in makeshift huts, bath on when he comes across pool of water which the cattles drink from.
          Such persons have no understanding of economy and would worship what he sees in the nearby villages, because he has hardly even seen cities.

          • Julius

            lolz. Good for u..ur a joke buddy.

  • Julius

    Im not from the North but, a baboon will also laugh at anything..like you, they have no common sense an they are retarded. Congratulations and laugh on !!

  • woman leader1

    Yes.

  • Julius

    Thats what your family enjoys, so, Im not surprised. Keep feeding them the mess !!

  • vagabonds in power

    Buhari is actually the life Patron and “protector-in-chief” of the umbrella organisation of all the Fulani Herdsmen in Nigeria which is known as Miyetti Allah.

    There is of course another view which is that the herdsmen are actually a tool of conquest who are being carefully cultivated, co-ordinated, controlled, organised, armed and funded by a sinister and dark hidden hand: that they are something akin to a Fulani “death squad” or armed militia.

    Those that share that view, and yours truly is amongst them, often refer to the butchers from the north as Nigeria’s “Janjaweed”, after the ruthless camel-riding Arab Muslim militia which Sudanese President Al Bashir commissioned, armed and employed to decimate, slaughter and commit genocide against over one million defenceless black African Sudanese Christians in the vast region of Darfur for many years.

    It is also why the U.S.-based Global Terror Index describes them as the “Fulani Militants” and has designated them as the “fourth most deadly terrorist organisation” in the world.

    Whatever one chooses to call them, whoever is behind them and whatever their motives may be one thing is clear: their actions are outrageous and barbaric and such behaviour has no place in a civilised society.

    I feel a deep sense of anger and outrage on the one hand and utter shame and frustration on the other about what is going on in our country today and what these butchers from the north are doing to our people.

    Theirs is a scorthed earth policy and they take no prisoners. They rape, kill, abduct, kidnap and terrorise people and they rob, burn down, destroy and pillage their homes, churches and farmlands at will.

    Worse still they commit these atrocities with total impunity and without any fear of the law enforcement agencies or security forces.

    • Henry_Itopa

      Again you fail right from the very first sentence. Miyetti Allah is not an organization of fulani herdsmen but the organization of Nigerian Cattle Breeders. Unless of course you are saying all cattle breeders in Nigeria are Fulani, which will fall into the same categories as almost every sentence you post online – ignorant and uninformed at best and to call it what it is LIES.

      • Truth Justice Equity

        Please is miyetti Allah a Yoruba name, if that organization is what you falsely insinuated, why using Fulani name to register a broad based national organization. you are a myopic liar .

  • Burning Spear

    In 1985, we were rescued by IBB and Dogonyaro. Immediately, people

    experienced a reversal. Within a very short time, the cooperatives

    closed, food became abundant again, the Naira stabilised, mothers stopped

    selling their jewellery, and so on. It makes one wonder!

    If there were no reference points, Buharists may claim that “if only he

    had been president”, but the mid-80s proved that the worst period in

    Nigeria’s history were the 20-odd months he was in power, sandwiched

    between two periods of plenty and growth.

    Therefore, they cannot bring the argument that today’s sufferings and

    impoverishment were the fault of the past regime – because we will

    counter with “TAKE HIM OUT NOW LIKE IBB DID IN 1985 AND SEE IF BY THIS

    CHRISTMAS, YOU WILL NOT BE SMILING AGAIN.

    Someone told me today that he predicts that by this Xmas or next Easter

    at the latest, a person will come and offer a Toyota Camry in exchange

    for N50,000, just so that his family can eat and make merry over the

    holidays!!

    Nigerians simply don’t refer to history! And I have run out of every

    single drop of sympathy in my body.

    SO, LIKE I SAID BEFORE, KEEP STEWING IN YOUR BROTH. MAYBE NEXT TIME YOU

    WILL SHELVE PARTISANSHIP, TRIBALISM, ETHNICISM, RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY,

    HATRED, INTEREST AND ALL THAT

    • Henry_Itopa

      I see you’re still posting the same rewrite of history under different names. Well done o.

      Do you have any work outside of posting online?

  • Martino

    Immature journalism. Can a president read a 100-page document before signing? Is it not the work of ministry staff to scrutinize requests and prepare documents for the presidents signature?

    • Henry_Itopa

      Did you read the article? It was not happening the way you described but the president bypassing due process by approving these waivers in the middle of the night and then gets forwarded to the ministries for execution

      • Martino

        You believe that? Was the writer ever a member of the president’s inner caucus? He simply wrote about speculations.

        • Ejiofor Agada

          So we voted for a minister abi? What are you trying to justify?

          • Martino

            I’m justifying nothing. My point is that this is junk reportage. WAIVERS are not collectable funds by any recipient but duties and levies waived(canceled for a purpose) on importations. The writer insinuated that people and entities collected these funds to make purchases. Please check up the meaning of WAIVER!

        • blow fissh

          It is quite obvious you were too lazy to read the article or you do not comprehend what you read if you missed the following statement:

          “On September 22, 2011, Mrs. Okonjo Iweala said: “Those who usually go to see the President at night will no longer be allowed to do so. If they have any (waiver) proposal, it must be presented to the Economic Team.””

          • Martino

            I read it. My point is that WAIVERS are not funds collected as indicated by the writer but funds intended to be collected as duties and levies. Kapish!

  • OMOLOYIN

    Sometimes when I think about how Jonathan and his cohorts ruled Nigeria, I just become speechless.

    • Martino

      You can remain speechless. Those waivers made sure RICE was N6500. APC bandies PROPAGANDA around to delude many of you guys. Try do a bit of research on anything APC alleges. APC claimed that they recovered over $1B earlier this year but now Lai Mohammed, the master of deceit, admitted N78B, a figure I doubt. One lie after the other.

    • Truth Justice Equity

      I am sure that by now ,yorubas should be cursing awolowo in his grave for bewitching them with a backstabbing treacherous spirit that made them to vote for a calamity as President of Nigeria.
      Government of almajiri somersaults, inconsistent, incompetent, blind leadership.
      It is becoming increasingly very clear even to the blind and the most ardent saibaberians that buhari have no single idea about governance, buhari emergence have disjointed Nigeria in every material aspect. To me all the talks about buharis effective management and blocking of loopholes are hogwash and highly crafted lies aimed at distracting Nigerians from marking buhari bumper to bumper, while the government engages in the worst form of corrupt businesses as usual.
      Lies ,falsehoods and propaganda can’t endure for a long time, only truth is consistently constant and permanent.The highly crafted lies,propaganda and media blitz holding this bankrupt government are giving ways with the speed of light. The results from all sectors of Nigeria after a whole year of buharis so called effective management and anti corruption , points to a heavy decline in all hitherto positive indexes , a downwards spiraling of our economic indexes,and the growth of the most formidable corruption ever seen in Nigeria.
      Not minding the highly crafted lies and propaganda, buhari have shown himself to be naive,incompetent, ignorant, myopic, uninformed, weak,tired,demented,lacking in doing justice and completely overwhelmed in matters of leadership .To make matters worst,buhari out of malice,hate bigotry,nepotism ,have surrounded himself with the worst assemblage of almajiri imbeciles, mental dwarfs and hollow minded free education products and silent crooks to run the affairs of Nigeria. The best thing for buhari to do now after bankrupting Nigeria, is for him to respect himself and his old age and resign with a national apology .if buhari has any atom of integrity left in him,he must tender his resignation letter forthwith with a deserving apology and not allow Nigeria any further pain,sorrow, anguish and death arising from his bankrupt ,calamitous ineptitude government.
      May God punish all those who conspired to impose this suffering on Nigeria under the guise and propaganda of ‘change’.May God never allow this kind of leadership disaster to ever come to Nigeria again.

    • woman leader1

      Infact, it is a government of mistake.

    • tunde

      Good talk my brother.

  • vTrigger

    So far is Jonathan, Jonathan, Jonathan. Is is not time for the current regime to begin implementing their good economic policies, or they want to divert public interest from the blunders leading us to the current recession?
    We are already tired of all these brown envelope journalism.
    Nigerians voted for Buhari this time, leave Jonathan alone and concentrate.

  • Truth Justice Equity

    Why the fixation on Jonathan ,these guys are really wasting our nations scarce resources to corruptly induce media orgs to keep deceiving some Nigerians whose mind ,mentalities and souls have since being perverted through hate,blackmail and lying tendencies. Within Jonathan’s 5 years presidency, a total of 215 b naira not dollars was issued ,this sums up to about 43b waiver per annum.within only 2016,buhari have issued the worst waiver to those going to throw stones in mecca,running into fifties of billions .these guys should stop decieving themselves with all this myopic and irresponsible headlines because Nigerians knew that buhari have made more than 500 b naira from the 60 naira per liter increase in PMS since the new price regime, and yet not a single project had been executed by buhari since 16 months he took power.this is not to talk about the revenue accruing from buharis heartless increase in port clearing charges and dollars that have yielded trillions of naira while Nigerians are bleeding to death ,yet nothing on ground to justify all the resources garnered.
    If this government is not careful the way it is going with lies,falsehood peddling and propaganda, a time shall come when the patience of Nigerians shall run out and it will very difficult for this bankrupt ,lying government to control. All this lies,propaganda, corruption induced reports can not build a meter of infrastructure nor provide jobs to millions of citizens loosing their jobs because of buharis heartless and thoughtless policies, it can not put food on the table of Nigerians who are dying of hunger because buhari is chasing shadows .Nigerians have started the time count for this calamitous ineptitude to exit so we can start rebuilding our nation from this man made disaster. It 2 years and 7 months remaining and Nigeria shall be free from this sleepwalking empty leadership. May God deliver Nigeria.

  • agbobu

    WE AL KNOW THAT, GOODLUCK
    JONATHAN WAS AT THE HEAD OF THE MOST CORRUPT AND VERY ROTTEN
    ADMINISTRATION IN THE HISTORY OF NIGERIA, MUST BE FULLY INVESTIGATED
    ALONG WITH ALL HIS VERY ROTTEN AGENTS
    AND CRONIES. WE MUST NOT ALLOW GOODLUCK JONATHAN AND HIS ADMINISTRATION
    TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER. GOODLUCK JONATHAN NOT ONLY INSTITUTIONALISED
    CORRUPT IN OUR POLITY, HE MADE VERY MASSIVE AND VERY OBSCENE CORRUPTION A
    NORM, AN ETHOS AND A WAY OF LIFE IN NIGERIA. HOW GOODLUCK JONATHAN IS
    ABLE TO SLEEP VERY SOUNDLY AT NIGHT BAFFLES EVERY REASONABLE PERSON

    • emmanuel

      Guy, you know the Itsekiris cannot flex muscles with the Ijaws. Please ride on with your game. Just step on the wrong pedal and they would wipe you guys off someday.
      Tell me how much damage Jonathan did to Nigeria? Your idi**ic Uduaghan brother ruled Delta and stole every kobo at sight and we never heard you.
      Hear your brother the devil “una dey complain say i nor allow people see money, make una nor worry; una nor go see anything until i leave. I go chop the state money alone make i go prison alone. Afterall, when James chop with people, na only him go jail” Abi you nor hear?
      Please run off with your hypocrisy. Why did Itse Sagay not tell Buhari to pursue Uduaghan who stole more than a Trillion Niara from Delta state?

      • agbobu

        EMMANUEL FOR YOUR INFORMATION, I AM NOT AN ITSEKIRI PERSON. I FIRMLY SUPPORT THAT ALL THOSE WHO STOLE AND LOOTED THE NATION’S MONEY AND WEALTH, MUST BE EXPOSED, SHAMMED AND VERY SEVERELY PUNISHED AFTER VERY THROUGH AND VERY DILIGENT AND VERIFIABLE LEGAL PROCESS. I KNOW UDUAGHAN STOLE A LOT LIKE HIS PRINCIPAL JAMES IBORI.

    • Truth Justice Equity

      Jonathan gave waiver to importers of goods and services to subsidies production ,food and services to Nigerians ,buhari gave waiver to almajiri to go and throw stones at mecca.
      I am sure that by now ,yorubas should be cursing awolowo in his grave for bewitching them with a backstabbing treacherous spirit that made them to vote for a calamity as President of Nigeria.
      Government of almajiri somersaults, inconsistent, incompetent, blind leadership.
      It is becoming increasingly very clear even to the blind and the most ardent saibaberians that buhari have no single idea about governance, buhari emergence have disjointed Nigeria in every material aspect. To me all the talks about buharis effective management and blocking of loopholes are hogwash and highly crafted lies aimed at distracting Nigerians from marking buhari bumper to bumper, while the government engages in the worst form of corrupt businesses as usual.
      Lies ,falsehoods and propaganda can’t endure for a long time, only truth is consistently constant and permanent.The highly crafted lies,propaganda and media blitz holding this bankrupt government are giving ways with the speed of light. The results from all sectors of Nigeria after a whole year of buharis so called effective management and anti corruption , points to a heavy decline in all hitherto positive indexes , a downwards spiraling of our economic indexes,and the growth of the most formidable corruption ever seen in Nigeria.
      Not minding the highly crafted lies and propaganda, buhari have shown himself to be naive,incompetent, ignorant, myopic, uninformed, weak,tired,demented,lacking in doing justice and completely overwhelmed in matters of leadership .To make matters worst,buhari out of malice,hate bigotry,nepotism ,have surrounded himself with the worst assemblage of almajiri imbeciles, mental dwarfs and hollow minded free education products and silent crooks to run the affairs of Nigeria. The best thing for buhari to do now after bankrupting Nigeria, is for him to respect himself and his old age and resign with a national apology .if buhari has any atom of integrity left in him,he must tender his resignation letter forthwith with a deserving apology and not allow Nigeria any further pain,sorrow, anguish and death arising from his bankrupt ,calamitous ineptitude government.
      May God punish all those who conspired to impose this suffering on Nigeria under the guise and propaganda of ‘change’.May God never allow this kind of leadership disaster to ever come to Nigeria again.

    • woman leader1

      You have spoken well,
      Due to Jonathan recklessness, Jonathan and his cabinet kill this country and we should be glad that Buhari is here to revive our lost glory. Nigeria will be great again..

      • dele20

        You have spoken well

        • woman leader1

          Thanks

        • woman leader1

          Thank you

    • dele20

      You have spoken well

      GEJ DESEARVES TO ALWAYS HAVE SLEEPLESS NIGHT

  • Truth Justice Equity

    Buhari and APC have replaced Jonathan’s waivers that kept food,goods and services to the reach of majority of Nigerians ,with a highly sophisticated corruption cartel dealing on forex which have made a bag of rice to rise to 22000 from Jonathan’s 6500, a liter of PMS at 145 against Jonathan’s 86,a dollar 420 against Jonathan’s 168.Nigerians are united in saying that Jonathan’s waivers is more friendly to majority of citizens of Nigerians than buharis waivers that have murdered thousands of Nigerian citizens with hunger and death.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Ex-president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan,s legacy can not get worse than this with every imaginable corruption crimes traced to him,his wife and his finance minister/coordinator of economy,Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, who supervised massive activities in the import-duty scam project under Mr G.E.Jonathan.Jonathan and his finance and oil ministers-Dr N Okonjo Iweala and Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke wrecked Nigeria, fiscal/economy sectors which was the foundation- platform for the present economic recession.

  • Jim

    You must be a daft for making such statement about the Itsekiris being no match for the bbellicose ijaws. You think only Ijaws have a monopoly of violence ? Truth is that the Itsekiris are more sophisticated and urbane not savages like you ijaws! Go down histor a hundred and fifty years ago; you daft and you will know that the ijaws were our slaves.

  • kumi

    You people should not think of how you will revive Nigerian economy keep writing about gej and the former president will put a curse on you Nigerians for his selfless services to this country

  • kumi

    Journalists and news paper owners be warned gej is the child of God the more you write evil about him the more Nigerians continue to suffer please desist from this act so Nigeria can move forward.

  • agbobu

    WITH GOODLUCK JONATHAN AS PRESIDENT, NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS DO NOT NEED AN ENEMY. WHEN CHIPS ARE DOWN AND ALL THINGS ARE EXPOSED, NIGERIANS WILL CALL FOR AND ASK THAT GOODLUCK JONATHAN BE BURRIED ALIVE. IF GOODLUCK JONATHAN THINKS THAT HE WILL GET AWAY WITH MURDER, THEN HE IS NOT LIVING IN THIOS PLANET EARTH. GOODLUCK JONATHAN ‘YOU GO HALA! NOR BE VERY SMALL!!!’ AND THIS IS VERY OFFICIAL

  • front man

    Lord Jonathan allowed and gave free hands to corruption

  • KBE

    Lord have mercy. So Saints Rotimi Amaechi and Tunde Fashola took advantage of Mr Badluck Do-nothing. Ebele Jonathan was too timid, naive, inexperienced, cowardly and incompetent to be president of Nigeria. That is why Nigeria opted for a change. But as it is, things have gone from that bad to worse. This means we have employed another neophyte, naive, lazy, incompetent, clueless and old fashioned dictator as a president. We have to correct this mistake.

  • Cyril

    Okonjo-Iweala tried her best, she did her bit. It is unfortunate that people have taken advantage of the import waivers in the past. That leaves the present administration with plenty of work to do.

  • Kemisola Robert

    Okonjo
    Iweala seems to be the most relevant politician off all time in this
    administration/year; every writer seems not to be able to keep her name out of
    their writings. Okonjo Iweala already did her part when she was the finance minister;
    no blame should be apportioned to her when talking about the previous
    administration.

  • Seye Tiamiyu

    What I don’t understand is why we are focused on the past particularly
    the previous administration. The administration has ended, people like Okonjo
    Iweala has worked extremely hard for the country and has handed over we shouldn’t
    disturb them anymore.

  • Femi Hassan

    This just shows how hard Okonjo Iweala tried to protect the
    country from corruption, unfortunately some people insist on being corrupt.
    Okonjo Iweala is still one of the best politicians Nigeria has ever had.

  • Rowland Williams

    Useless Writer. So, wettin now concern Dr Okonjo Iweala with the money issue na? It is a notorious fact that it was Iweala that first exposed night visits of corrupt politicians to the public. So, why are the inference aspertive of her person? Mumu people! Rubbish!!!

  • Rowland Williams

    There’s virtually nobody, I say nobody currently at the helm of Federal Affairs in Nigeria that can profer economic solutionss to Nigerian Administration like Iweala did. Or, you wonna say Kemi Adeosun??? That dumb. Iweala had done what she needed to do. In spite of all her financial prudence aggitation – She wasn’t the Nigerian President during her tenure. Nigerians Love You Dr Iweala.