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President Buhari’s speech at the One Planet Summit in Paris on climate change

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On Tuesday, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in Paris appealed to the international community to support Nigeria’s commitment in reducing the negative effects of climate change.

 

Read President Buhari’s speech at the One Planet Summit in Paris on climate change

In a submission to the One Planet Summit in the French capital attended by over 60 Heads of State and Governments, as well as representatives of non-governmental and private organisations, with the theme, “Climate Change Financing,” the President said, “we cannot implement our Nationally Determined Contribution without adequate financial, technical and capacity building support from the developed countries.”

While noting that “since the adoption of the Paris Agreement, we have been strengthening our national efforts towards the implementation of the Agreement and the Marrakech Call for Action,” and Nigeria had already ratified the Paris Agreement in May 2017, President Buhari, however, said the country’s “Nationally Determined Contribution to reduce our emission by 20% by 2020 and 40% by 2030,” cannot be attained alone.

According to him, “having just come out of recession we are under no illusion of the challenges that we face in Nigeria.”

President Buhari said “Nigeria recognizes that ensuring sustainable funding is a major constraint in efforts to implement the Nationally Determined Contribution,” adding that “to respond effectively to climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges, critical mass of financial resources beyond what we can provide from our national resources will be required.”
On steps Nigeria has taken to meet its national goal in this respect, he said the country has “embraced the issuance of the green bond as an innovative and alternative source of projects funding that would help reduce emissions and provide robust climate infrastructure, such as renewable energy, low carbon transport, water infrastructure and sustainable agriculture in line with the Paris Agreement.”

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In furtherance of efforts to deliver on the country’s pledges, the President said the government was “tightening the existing governance structure in Nigeria for more effective implementation of climate change activities, including the additional responsibilities that are consequent on the adoption of the all-encompassing climate change treaty.”
He also stated that “Government is actively promoting technologies and practices such as sustainable land management, climate resilient agriculture, water efficiency, clean energy, and skills for reducing greenhouse gas emissions among others,” noting that sustaining these efforts will also require external support.

Other measures required, he said, included “accelerating Research and Development on facilitating Access to Climate Friendly Technologies, through technology pooling and collective approach to financing Research and Development, regulating restrictive practices in licensing agreements and anti-competitive uses of Intellectual Property and International Declaration on Climate Technologies.”

According to the President, “In Nigeria, we are looking at insurance-based proposals to deal with loss, damage and adaptation to the poor, vulnerable and hard-to-reach groups. Risk mitigation through insurance must benefit those groups who currently have negligible access to any form of indemnity coverage. Vulnerable groups will also benefit from new technologies and ways to make insurance schemes affordable, including through long term premium support.”

Recognising that “the adverse impacts of climate change such as temperature rise; erratic rainfall, sand storms, desertification, low agricultural yields, drying up of water bodies like Lake Chad, gully erosions and constant flooding are a daily reality in Nigeria,” President Buhari admitted that highly vulnerable communities lack the capacity to cope.
He said Nigeria would require external assistance in the following areas: “A long term solution for a source of clean power, which can be achieved through private investments to create economic competitiveness for industrialization, job creation and agricultural programmes throughout the country; and the inclusion of Nigeria in Climate Regional Programmes, especially strong financial support to our planned project for the replenishment of the Lake Chad.”

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The President noted that “this long term solution will ensure sustained livelihood for rural and urban communities, and permanently address the conditions conducive to the spread of violent extremism and terrorism, and stem illegal migration especially of our youths abroad.”

In acknowledging that the external support must be sustained on a long term basis, President Buhari emphasised that “the changes that Nigeria and other developing countries need to make cannot be undertaken overnight.” He said some fundamental restructuring of our economy was required, adding that “in this process, technology will be a powerful tool to simultaneously address climate change and advance development.”

The President said he looked up to the developed countries to jointly take a leading role in mobilising support for this action plan on addressing the challenges of climate change within the framework of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

In their remarks, the three co-chairmen of the plenary session, the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the World Bank President, Jim Yong Kim, and the French President, Emmanuel Macron, stressed the imperative of a global comprehensive and speedy action, including private sector financing against the devastating impact of climate change.
President Buhari had before the summit, attended a luncheon hosted by his French counterpart in honour of visiting Heads of State and Governments at the Elysee Palace.

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Buhari reacts to the split within Ohanaeze group over endorsement of Atiku Abubakar

PMB said that the moment the so-called resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance. 

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Atiku Abubakar and Buhari in photo.

Buhari, incumbent president of Nigeria has reacted to the split within Ohaneze, an Igbo social-cultural group over Atiku Abubakar’s endorsement.

You can recall that PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar visited the Ohanaeze ndi-igbo in Enugu, where the group pledge support during elections in 2019. Atiku also visited Professor Ben Nwabueze, where he passionately hugged the renowed professor.

 

Buhari reacts to the split within Ohanaeze group over endorsement of Atiku Abubakar

Atiku Abubakar hugging professor Ben Nwabueze

This may have brought about the split within the group, where one side is in favor of Atiku and the other in favor of Buhari.

Buhari on the other hand, got calls from reputable southeastern leaders, saying that the resolution “without any substance”.

In a tweet posted by Malam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Muhammadu Buhari, Buhari was not surprised by split in the Ohaneze group over Atiku’s endorsement.

The tweet reads.

President@ MBuhari has said that the split within the Ohanaeze Igbo socio-cultural group over its reported endorsement of Alhaji @atiku of the Peoples Democratic Party, did not surprise him.

Speaking at a meeting with a select group of South-east leaders on Friday, at the State House, Abuja, PMB said that the moment the so-called resolution was announced, he got calls from well-meaning leaders from the region asking him to disregard it as it was without any substance. According to him, “From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was”.
President Buhari said that his party, the All Progressives Congress, got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.
President Buhari said that his party, the All Progressives Congress, got it right from the very beginning that the major problems facing the country were mainly on security, corruption and the economy.

“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more. Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now.

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“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP. We earned money, which we didn’t use,” he said.

“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power. They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did. We will report them to Nigerians. Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP. They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President said.

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“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have. We must stay here and salvage it together.”

The leaders of the delegation, Engr. Emeka Ekwuosa and the Nat’l Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie, informed President Buhari that the Igbos and South-easterners generally understand the good things he is doing for Nigeria. Which they said, had unfortunately been misunderstood. They promised to mobilise support for him in the south-east, saying that his re-election will be a national consensus.

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How the Oby Ezekwesili’s Presidency will Lift 80+ Million Nigerians Out of Poverty

My mission is not just to change this #APCPDP government, but more than that, we must disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country.

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Oby Ezekwesili, a Nigerian female presidential seat aspirant pens down how her presidency will lift 80 millions Nigerians out of poverty. Her electoral campaign is surrounded by job creation, equality and poverty elimination. Ezekwesili has been a strong voice behind the Bring Back Our Girls campaign. She campaigns under the banner of ACPN – Allied Congress Party of Nigeria. In a twitter thread she wrote down her strategy which she tends to employ if she emerges as Nigerian president. You can consider it a manifesto but its a way forward for Nigeria.

From Poverty Central to Prosperity: How the Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili Presidency will lift 80+ million Nigerians out of poverty.

Today is an exciting day for this campaign as we will be sharing the most important issue in our ambitious plan for Nigeria that shows our readiness to govern from Day One. I will be telling you how we intend to lift 80 million Nigerians out of poverty. We expect citizens to hold us to account for every word we say and every promise we make, not just on our innovative solutions for tackling poverty which I would be sharing today, but on our entire manifesto to be released to the public on Friday. I will like to start today by reminding us of a fact which a lot of us have stopped believing. It’s a fact that was true in 1960 when our founders won the battle for Independence and took their destinies and the destinies of their children in their hands. It’s a fact that remained true in the midst of the setbacks and traumas of seven military coups, a horrible civil war and decades of failed political leadership.

It’s a fact that did not change through seasons of economic recessions, structural adjustments and brutal dictatorships. It did not change when Abiola’s hope was deferred or when Obasanjo transmuted from prison to president or, indeed, when President Muhammadu Buhari, got another chance in 2015 to lead this country. It has remained true up till this very moment as I stand today, challenging all of us to seize the opportunity for a new independence from our rapacious ruling class. That fact is that Nigeria is a great country and Nigerians are great people. It’s true. This isn’t something that I feel obligated to say just because I am running for president.

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It is true – Nigeria is a great country. Sometimes it is hard to believe Nigeria’s greatness in the midst of our daily struggles, and as we watch our country repeat the same mistakes over and over again. It is hard to remember the contributions our country has made for freedom and peace across the African continent. We are blessed with fertile, arable land; the largest market in Africa; abundant natural resources. We are Africa’s largest economy. Our music and movies and creative talents are the greatest soft power in Africa. We have the most innovative, talented and resourceful concentration of black people in the world. Nigeria is a great country. I believe in Nigeria and the promise she holds – and that belief is what drives me every single day of this journey. I am an impatient optimist. I cannot stand it when we choose to accept mediocrity or resign ourselves to lowly standards. Nigeria can do much better.

Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili

I care about Nigeria and Nigerians enough to know that the back-to-back failed leadership has held us back for far too long. And if we do not take a stand and take our country back, they would still be here in years to come, holding back our children and their children. God forbid! I have a dream of a new Nigeria that works for all, not just for a small clique who see politics as their means to stupendous wealth while the majority of those they govern are afflicted with poverty and misery. I have a dream of an inclusive and prosperous country where there is equality of opportunity for all. Our country will be a great meritocracy where success in life is not determined by your background or tribe or gender or religion or family name but by your talents and hard work. I have a dream of a strong, indivisible nation with a united purpose and shared national values. I have a dream of a new Nigeria that finally manages her diversity effectively and draws on the benefits of our greater creativity, innovation and shared progress.

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The Nigeria we would start building from 2019 would not trudge into the future with uncertainty like chickens when we have all it takes to soar with confidence like eagles. I want to reignite belief in Nigeria’s greatness by leading a government that would make clear promises to citizens and deliver on them, not like the current leadership which spent its first year in office denying all the promises it made to get into that office. My mission is not just to change this government, but more than that, we must disrupt the politics and governance of the status quo and quickly chart a new course for the future of our country. We have enough young people, many progressive men and women, who are signing up with our citizens’ party, , to unleash the principles of disruptive technologies to our politics for good.

I believe that a blessed and great country like ours has all it takes to confront whatever challenges stand on our way, to beat them and to win! Like former US President Bill Clinton noted for his country, I too believe that there is nothing wrong with Nigeria that cannot be fixed with what is right in Nigeria. We have all it takes. And right now, there are seven monstrous challenges that I see holding us down. To solve each of them would need bold, visionary leadership and hardwork from an intelligent government. 1. Too little productivity and competitiveness of the Nigerian economy: For a nation of our size and our potentials, our low real Gross Domestic Product of $375.77 billion after 58 years of independence is terribly underwhelming.

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Professor Ben’s Passionate hug With Alhaji Atiku Sends Strong Message

Clearly he has pledged his support for Atiku during the elections.

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Does Professor Ben Nwabueze hugging Atiku Abubakar

Nigerian renowned professor, Professor Ben Nwabueze was visited today by aspiring president, Atiku Abubakar during Atiku’s visit to the South-east region of Nigeria. Prior to the endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar for 2019 Presidential election by Igbo leaders in Enugu today.

A quick reminder, general elections are due next year in Nigeria.

Professor Ben Nwabueze or Professor of Professors as he is fondly addressed by his admirers is Nigeria’s first academic Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN). He is a Teacher, Administrator, Businessman and former Minister of Education and Youth Development, Professor Ben Nwabueze was born on December 22nd, 1932 in Atani, Ogbaru Local government Area of Anambra State.

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Photo of Prof. Ben in a warm hug with Atiku Abubakar sends warm emotional in the heart of some Nigerians.

According to sources, Prof. Ben made a statement which reads,

“I’LL NOT DIE UNTIL YOU BECOME PRESIDENT”

Clearly he has pledged his support for Atiku during the elections. With that in mind, does this deal with the speculations that igbos are being marginalized ?

We can’t tell who wins the upcoming election but the picture sends a strong message to Nigerians.

According to Atiku Abubakar in a tweet.

Professor Ben Nwabueze is a patriot and Nigeria’s foremost constitutional lawyer. In a very emotional meeting in Enugu, he reminded me of the unfinished Nigerian Project.

I assure him, and every Nigerian, that I’ll keep my word.

Nigerians reacting to the picture couldn’t hold their back heartfelt feelings.

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