Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria is located in the central region of the country, within the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). It is a planned city which was created in 1976. It officially become the capital of Nigeria on 12th December 1991 and since then it has grown greatly in population, development and business activities. It has become and emerging destination for small & medium scale enterprises (SMEs).
Nigeria is the second largest economy in Africa and its capital city is an emerging business destination. There are great business opportunities in real estate, hospitality, tourism, construction, services industry etc.
The World Economic Forum On Africa was held in Abuja in 2014, the event attracted over 1000 top business leaders and government officials.
The city hosts the corporate headquarters of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), several Banks, multinational corporations, government offices and many small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Read more...
Real Estate is a booming industry in the Federal Capital City, FCT. There has been great influx of people and businesses into the city since it officially became the capital of Nigeria in 1991. This has placed high and growing demand for real estate and properties. Abuja has huge investments opportunities in the real estate industry.
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As Nigeria's seat of power; It is home to Aso Rock the Presidential villa; the National Assembly and the Supreme Court. It also hosts federal ministries, parastatals, embassies, ECOWAS secretariat and international organisations. It is a regular host to international conferences and meetings. The Federal Capital Territory, FCT is governed by a Minister who is appointed by the President of Nigeria. Read more...
Aso Rock Presidential Villa is the Nigerian Presidential Complex which houses the residence and office of the Nigerian President. It is variously called Aso Villa, The Villa, Aso Rock and State House.The Aso Villa is located in the three arms zone in the Central Business District.
The Presidential Villa is built on the valley of the geographical feature. Read more...
ABJ as this city is fondly called is a beautiful town with state of the art houses, well maintained roads, pedestrian walk-ways and green areas. In the night the streets are aglow with street lights.
There are a good number of beautifully structured malls in most parts of the city. These malls are the main centres of commerce in the city centre.
There are also general markets like Wuse market, Garki ultra modern market, Utako market etc.
Tourist attractions include Aso Rock, NNPC Towers, National Christian Centre, Abuja International Conference Centre, Millennium Park, Silver Bird Cinema, Transcorp Hilton, Abuja Zoological Park, IBB International Golf course Read more...
The Airport known as Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport is located about 40 kilometres from the city centre on the way to Gwagwalada. It takes about 30 minutes to drive from the Central Business District to the airport. The Airport has two wings; a domestic terminal and an international terminal.
Universities in Abuja Include:
University of Abuja is a government owned university established in 1988.
The University operates from two campuses, its Main Campus, along Abuja Airport Road, and the Mini - Campus in Gwagwalada.
Currently, the Administrative Building and the Faculty of Arts are on the Main Campus. More faculties are expected to relocate to the Main Campus from Gwagwalada in due course. The distance learning offices of the University are located in Garki where contact sessions of the programmme are a held. Goto University site.
Abuja is a beautiful city with lots of parks and recreational gardens. Some of the major ones are Millennium park in Maitama; Magicland (Wonderland) park beside the City-gate; Maitama Amusement Park in Maitama; Children's National Park & Zoo in Asokoro; City park in Wuse II; Merry-Makers park in Wuse; Jabi park in Jabi; Monoliza park in Garki.
The city experiences rainy season from the month of April to the month of October. The rains are heaviest during months of June and July during this period it could rain all through the day. The rains are occasionally accompanied with heavy wind. During the rainy season daytime temperature is about 29°C and night temperature goes down to about 21 °C.
The dry season sets in about November and lasts till March of the following year.
The dry season comes with a high daytime temperature of up to 40 °C and nighttime temperatures as low as 13°C. The difference between the daytime temperature and nighttime temperature can be quite outstanding. Within the months of dry season there is a short period of harmattan around the month of December characterized by dry, dusty and hazy weather.
Abuja Nigeria can be accessed by road and air. The city is surrounded by land hence cannot be accessed by sea. The major roads into Abuja are from Lokoja, Kaduna and Jos/Keffi. The good road network within the city makes movement around town easy either on your private car or commercial cars.
Car rental services are available at the Nnamdi Azikiwe international airport and the big hotels likeTranscorp Hilton, Sheraton etc. There are also commercial taxis which offer ‘drops’ (drop off passengers from one location.to another) at prices between N200 and N1000 per ‘drop’. The commercial taxis are normally painted green and have identification numbers.
There are mass transit buses that go from the city center to the suburban districts like Kubwa, Nyanya, Gwagwalada etc. There are presently no train services but a light rail system is in the pipe-line.
In the suburban districts there are also commercial motor-cycles and tricycles that move over short distances but these are not permitted in the city center.
The numerous hotels and guest houses in city offer various types of accommodation from standard rooms to presidential suites. Some hotel accommodations are as high as N500,000.00 per night in the top notch hotels like Transcorp Hilton and there also hotel rooms as low as N3000.00 per night especially in the satellite towns. Generally a decent comfortable accommodation will go for about N20,000.00 per night in the city center.
For long term accommodation, there are flats, bungalows, duplexes etc available for rent for a year, two years or more. There are serviced apartments which come with features like furnished rooms, 24/7 power supply, security services etc. Accommodation in FCT on the average is relatively expensive compared to other cities in Nigeria. A 3 bedroom apartment in the city center depending on features and finishing goes for about 1 million naira to 3 million naira per annum; serviced apartments may go as high as 10 million naira per annum.
You can also buy properties outright for residential or commercial purposes. The city is developing and there are some new areas that are opening up. It is easier to buy properties in the new areas. See properties for rent and sell
There are many restaurants that server both Nigerian dishes and continental dishes some of them are Jevnik restaurant in Wuse II and Garki II; Calabar Kitchen in Garki Area 11; Cuppro in Wuse II etc. Most of the hotels also have functional restaurants
There are also many fast food places like Drumstix, Southern Fries; Mr Biggs, Chicken republic; Tantalizers, Tetrazzini etc. There are also eateries in Grand square mall, Ceddi plaza, Silverbird Cinemas, Shoprite, Domes plaza etc.
One popular delicacy in Abuja is barbecued fish which is available in most joints and bars especially in the evenings. There are also many Suya and Shawama joints in the city. Among the popular ones is Yahuza Suya in Central business district.
You can shop in any of the big stores in town namely Amigo Supermarket, Park-n-shop Supermarket, Shoprite; NEXT cash-n-carry, Exclusive Stores, Spar (in Ceddi Plaza), Grand-Square Supermarket, Sahad Stores etc.
The various malls which houses variety of stores also provide convenient places for shopping. Some of the malls/plaza are Banex Plaza; Sheriff Plaza; EMAB Plaza;
Abari Shopping Complex; Omega Centre; Ceddi Plaza; Shippers Plaza; Chembin Plaza; Erisco Bumpet Plaza; Metro Plaza; Febson Mall and Coscharis Plaza.
If you are however looking for places to buy at cheaper prices, the general markets will be your best option. The markets however can be rowdy sometimes. Some of the markets include Wuse Market; Garki Market; Utako Market; Garki International Market, Dei Dei Building Material Market, Gudu Market, Maitama Fruit Market etc. Read more
The following GSM networks are available in Abuja, Nigeria; MTN, GLO, AIRTEL and ETISALAT, there are also CDMA networks namely Visafone, Starcomms and multilinks.
There are 4G LTE internet providers like Spectranet and Smile LTE.
The following radio stations and TV are available for news and entertainment;
§ FCRN – AM 909
§ Brila FM - FM 88.9
§ Vision FM - FM 92.1
§ Kapital FM - FM 92.9
§ ASO Radio - FM 93.5
§ Rhythm FM - FM 94.7
§ Cool FM - FM 96.9
§ Hot FM - FM 98.3§ Wazobia FM - FM 99.5
§ Kiss FM - FM 99.9
§ RayPower - FM 100.5
§ Love FM - FM104.5
§ Channels Television
§ Nigeria Television Authority (NTA)
§African Independent Television (AIT)
Lagos, the traditional capital of the Federal republic of Nigeria faced some real and perceived challenges as the capital of Nigeria. Some of these include inadequate land for expansion, urban congestion, non-centrality, proximity to the sea and its security consequences.
In August 1975, the General Murtala Mohammed led military government set up a seven-man panel headed by Dr. Akinola Aguda to review the suitability of Lagos as the federal capital and to make recommendations of new location if otherwise.The Dr Aguda led panel recommended that the federal capital be relocated to a new location, Abuja. The recommendation was accepted by the federal government.
On February 5th 1976 the General Murtala led government through Decree No. 6 of 1976 created the new federal capital of Nigeria. The Federal government commenced the development of the territory and on the 12th of December 1991, the General Ibrahim Babangida led military government officially moved the seat of government to Abuja. Prior to becoming the federal capital, the area was a relatively quiet settlement of mainly farmers.
Abuja is a cosmopolitan city; with a good blend of people from the various tribes in Nigeria namely the Gwaris, Igbos, Yorubas, Hausas, Fulanis etc. It also has a lot of foreign nationals like Americans, Britons, Indians, Koreans, Israelis etc.
The predominant indigenous groups are the Gwari people (also called Gbabyi ) and the Koro people. There are also people of Gade, Egbura, Gwandara, Bassa and Gana-gana.
ABjans are generally industrious and very busy people but they also like entertainment. They will normally work most day and later retire to entertainment spots, worship places or their homes later in the evenings.
ABjans are mostly good, hospitable and religious people. There are however few bad eggs in their midst; so exercise necessary caution and due diligence before committing to serious business transactions. Read more..
The Federal Capital Territory is the area that hosts Abuja. It covers a total land area of approximately 8,000 square kilometres. The territory was carved out of Niger state, Kogi State and Nassarawa state. The FCT is now divided into six administrative units known as area councils namely Abuja Municipal Area council, Abaji Area council, Gwagwalada Area council, Kuje Area council, Bwari Area council, Kwali Area council.
The Federal Capital Territory is governed by a Minister (appointed by the President) who heads the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
FCT Area Councils
The FCT is divided into six administrative units known as area councils. The area councils are equivalents of Local government areas in other states of Nigeria. The area councils are headed by elected chairmen. They are;
City-Gate: This is the entry point into the city center from the airport road (Musa Yar adua way). The city-gate is presently being reconstructed.
AYA Roundabout: This is the entry point into the city center from Keffi/Nyanya road.
There are many landmarks in the city. These can be helpful in locating places in the city. Some of the major ones include;
NNPC Towers: This is a monumental structure consisting of four towers located on Herbert Macaulay way in the Central business district. It is the corporate headquarters of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation.
Federal Secretariat: This is where most of the federal ministries have their offices. It is located in the central business district along Ahmadu Bello Way.
Wuse Market: This is the biggest market in Abuja. It is along Kashim Ibrahim road in Wuse district.
This is a monumental hotel structure along Aguiyi Ironsi Street in Maitama. Its is five-star hotel.
Holy Trinity Catholic Church: This is a monumental church structure along Aguiyi Ironsi Street in Maitama.
Central Mosque: This is a monumental structure in the Central business district. It is the biggest mosque in the city.
Berger Junction (Roundabout): This is a major roundabout on Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway where Herbert Macaulay road and Obafemi Awolowo Way join the road.
National Assembly Complex: This is a gigantic office complex that host the Senate and the Federal House of Representatives. It is Located in the three-Arms-Zone. Its has two chambers one used for the sitting of the Senate and the other used for the House of Representatives, there are also offices for the federal Legislators, their support staff and Support services like banks.
This is the office complex that houses the Security and Exchange Commission. It is located in the central business district beside UAC Complex adjacent to Arewa Suites
Banex Junction: This is the junction where Ahmadu Bello Way joins Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway in Wuse II. It is near the Banex and Sherrif plazas.
Located in the central business district near Musa Yar'adua Center, its houses Silverbirds Cinema, and other shops including Shoprite.
This is a gigantic tent used for different ceremonies. It is location on Ahmadu Bello Way in the central business district near the federal secretariat.
NICON Junction: This is the junction where Shehu Shagari Way joins Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway in Maitama. Transcorp Hilton Hotel (formerly NICON Noga Hilton Hotel) can easily be accessed from the junction through Shehu Shagari way.
Eagle Square: This is a Parade ground that host most national events like Independence anniversaries, government hand overs, political rallies, conventions etc. It is located in the Central business district adjacent the Federal secretariat. It was built in 1999.
Post Office: This is the general post office, it is located Garki district.
This is a monumental structure along Yakubu Gowon Cresent in Asokoro district of Abuja.
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CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT
The Central Business District (CBD) is the major business area in the city. Many notable places are located in this district including the three arms zone, the Federal secretariat, the National Christian centre, the Eagle Square, the National Mosque, Grand Square, Parastatals, Banks and Multinational Corporations. Read more...
Wuse district is divided into zones (Zones 1 – 7). There is also Wuse II which is different from Wuse Zone 2. Notable places in Wuse include Wuse Market, AP Plaza, Banex plazas, General Post office, FRSC, NAFDAC, FERMA, Sheraton Hotel, Rockview Hotel, SilverBird Cinema, EFCC and AGIS. Wuse II is very close to Maitama and also share its exclusivity. Read more...Properties for Sale In Wuse
Asokoro district is where the Presidential villa (ASO Rock) is located. It is also home to the ECOWAS secretariat. Most serving ministers and top government officials live in Asokoro. It is a high class area and very secured.
Development in the FCT actually started in Garki. Garki is divided into areas 1- 11. There is also Garki II different from Garki Area 2. Notable places in Garki include the FCDA office, the International Conference Centre, Nicon Luzory Hotel, Radio house, NTA corporate headquarters, AMAC office and the Old federal secretariat. Read more...
Maitama is home to most embassies and high commissions. It is an exclusive and expensive area where the crème de le crème and top politicians live. Notable places in Maitama include Transcorp Hilton Hotel, British Council, Ministers hill, Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Nigerian Communication Commission, National University Commission and Independent National Electoral Commission. Read more...
The Gwarinpa district is popular for the Gwarinpa Housing Estate in the district said to be the biggest housing estate in West Africa. There is also another residential area called Life camp in the Gwarinpa district. Most Construction companies have their staff quarters in Life Camp. It is about 15 minutes drive to the city centre. Read more...
Utako district is mainly a residential area. It has good road network and there are many beautiful residential houses. Most transport companies like ABC transport, Chisco, Ekene, Ifesinachi, Peace Mass Tansit etc have their terminals in Utako district. Read more...
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Herbert Macaulay Way
Central Business District
PMB 190 Garki.
SCC Nigeria LTD (Abuja)
Plot 471, Cadastral Zone B4,
Off Obafemi Awolowo Way, Jabi District
Gitto Costruzioni Generali Nigeria Ltd
Plot 737 Mabushi.
Backbone Connectivity Network, BCN
60 Lake Chad Crescent,
Off IBB way, Maitama.
Abuja Airport Kiosk
Int'l Terminal, Nnamdi Azikwe Int'l Airport.
8, Kikuyu Close, Off Nairobi Str, Off Aminu Kano Str, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Abuja Airport Kiosk ,
Nnamdi Azikwe Int'l Airport.
Plot 1101 Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2
Abuja Regional Office & Service Centre
Plot 2784, Shehu Shagari Way,
MTN Service Lite Transcorp Hilton
Transcorp Hilton Lobby.
Setraco Nigeria Limited
Plot 526, Shehu Yar’Adua Way,
Tel.: +234 - 806 - 826 2487
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P.O. Box 453
Transcorp Hilton Abuja
Location - 1 Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN)
Central Bank of Nigeria,
Plot 33, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Way
Central Business District,
Federal Capital Territory,
P.M.B. 0187, Garki
NIGER DELTA DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION (NDDC)
ABUJA LIASON OFFICE
Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) - ABUJA LIASON OFFICE
11 Kubani River Street, Off Nile Street, Maitama.
BUREAU OF PUBLIC ENTERPRISE (BPE)
11 Osun Crescent,
Off Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida Way,
Maitama District, Private Mail Bag 442 Garki.
FEDERAL CAPITAL TERITORY, NIGERIA.
Telephone: +234 (0)9 4604400-10
Fax: +234 (0)9 4604411
FEDERAL MORTGAGE BANK OF NIGERIA (FMBN)
The Mortgage House
Plot 266, Cadastral AO
Central Business District
PMB 2273, Garki.
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REVENUE MOBILIZATION ALLOCATION AND FISCAL COMMISSION
Plot 210, Tafawa Balewa Way, Central Area Garki - Abuja.
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BUREAU OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT
No. 11, Suleiman Barau Street,
Presidential Villa, Abuja
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NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (NERC)
Plot 1099, First Avenue
Off Shehu Shagari Way, Central Business District
P.M.B. 136, Garki.
ENERGY COMMISSION OF NIGERIA(ECN)
Plot 701C, Central Business District
Behind National Mosque
P. M. B. 358,Garki
E-mail: email@example.com, officialmail
POWER HOLDING COMPANY OF NIGERIA (PHCN)
Plot 441, No.14, Zambezi Crescent, Maitama, FCT, Abuja
Telephone: +234 9-4135668
NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC)
NNPC Towers, Central Business District,
Herbert Macaulay Way,
P.M.B. 190, Garki, Abuja.
e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES (DPR)
Department of Pet. Resources,
7, Sylvester Ugoh Crescent
PETROLEUM PRODUCTS PRICING REGULATORY AGENCY
Plot 1012 Cadastral Zone A00
Central Business District
P.M.B. 609 Garki, Abuja
CORPORATE AFFAIRS COMMISSION (CAC)
Plot 420, Tigris Crescent,
Off Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama.
P.M.B 198, Garki, Abuja-Nigeria
NIGERIAN INVESTMENT PROMOTION COMMISSION (NIPC)
Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission
Plot 1181, Aguiyi Ironsi Street,
P.M.B. 381, Garki
Tel: +234(09) 2904 882, +234 (0)704 634 6232, +234 (0) 809 223 3488, +234 (0)803 617 2020
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NIGERIAN EXPORT PROMOTION COMMISSION NEPC
Plot 424, Aguiyi Ironsi Street, Maitama.
+234(0)9 291 0966
FEDERAL INLAND REVENUE SERVICE (FIRS)
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PRIVATIZATION
Address : 11 Osun Crescent, Off IBB Way, Maitama District, P.M.B 442, Garki, Abuja Nigeria
Telephone: +234 (0)9 4604400-10
Website : www.bpeng.org/bureau/Pages/NCP.aspx
NATIONAL INSURANCE COMMISSION(NAICOM)
Plot 1239, Ladoke Akintola Boulevard, Garki II,
PMB 457 Garki, Abuja, Nigeria.
NATIONAL PENSION COMMISSION (PENCOM)
No. 174 Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Wuse II PMB 5170 Wuse II Abuja
Phone: +234 - 9 - 4603930
NATIONAL SUGAR DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL(NSDC)
45, Oro Ago Crescent, Garki II,
P.M.B 299, Garki, Abuja FCT.
NIGERIAN POLICE FORCE (NPF )
Nigeria Police Force, Force Headquarters, Louis Edet House, Area 11, Garki, Abuja.
FEDERAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION (FRSC)
No. 3 Maputo Street. Zone 3, Wuse, Abuja.
Tel: 122 (Emergency Toll free Line)
0700- CALL – FRSC
0700 – 2255 – 3772
0807- 769 – 0362 (Text Messages Only)
ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL CRIMES COMMISSION (EFCC )
No. 5, Fomella Street, Off Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent,
Wuse II, Abuja, Nigeria.
Hotline 1: +234 9 9044752
Hotline 2: +234 9 9044753
STATE SECURITY SERVICE. (SSS)
+234 (81) 322 22105 to 9
DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
PMB 551, ASOKORO
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Plot 132 Central District District.
Tel: +234 9 2342686-9, 2341328, 2347241, 5235520, 2341244
Gwagwalada Specialist Hospital
Address: Izem Road Gwagwalada.
Tel: +234 9 2349221
Nisa Premier Hospital
Address: 618 Alex Ekwueme Way, Jabi.
Tel: +234 9 4133684, 4135242, 5212322-4, 5210247
Address: Plot 1261 Amazon Street, Minister's Hill Maitama.
Tel: +234 9 2342199, 2342299, 5231843, 4137020-6
Plot 113 Sector S. Cadastral Zone,
Phone: +234 805 633 94 44
Phone: 0816 666 60 23
Primus International Super Speciality Hospital
Karu New Extension
No 6, Udi Hills Close
Aso Drive, Maitama
Zankil Medical Centre
Address: Plot 1021, B5, Shehu Yar'adua Way, Mabushi District.
Tel: +234 9 5236854, 5639570, 5239570, 6707273-5, 080370124
History was made in Nigeria, as Muhammadu Buhari was sworn-in as the President of Nigeria today at 10.55am.
He takes over from Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the immediate past President.
The event took place at the Eagles Square in Abuja the Federal Capital Territory.
Past Nigerian leaders as well as other world leaders converged on the Federal Capital Territory to witness the inauguration.
Earlier, Prof Yemi Osinbajo was sworn-in as Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Inaugural speech by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari following his swearing-in as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 29th May, 2015
I am immensely grateful to God Who Has preserved us to witness this day and this occasion. Today marks a triumph for Nigeria and an occasion to celebrate her freedom and cherish her democracy. Nigerians have shown their commitment to democracy and are determined to entrench its culture. Our journey has not been easy but thanks to the determination of our people and strong support from friends abroad we have today a truly democratically elected government in place.
I would like to thank President Goodluck Jonathan for his display of statesmanship in setting a precedent for us that has now made our people proud to be Nigerians wherever they are. With the support and cooperation he has given to the transition process, he has made it possible for us to show the world that despite the perceived tension in the land we can be a united people capable of doing what is right for our nation. Together we co-operated to surprise the world that had come to expect only the worst from Nigeria. I hope this act of graciously accepting defeat by the outgoing President will become the standard of political conduct in the country.
I would like to thank the millions of our supporters who believed in us even when the cause seemed hopeless. I salute their resolve in waiting long hours in rain and hot sunshine to register and cast their votes and stay all night if necessary to protect and ensure their votes count and were counted. I thank those who tirelessly carried the campaign on the social media. At the same time, I thank our other countrymen and women who did not vote for us but contributed to make our democratic culture truly competitive, strong and definitive.
I thank all of you.
Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians.
I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody.
A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores. The past is prologue.
Our neighbours in the Sub-region and our African brethenen should rest assured that Nigeria under our administration will be ready to play any leadership role that Africa expects of it. Here I would like to thank the governments and people of Cameroon, Chad and Niger for committing their armed forces to fight Boko Haram in Nigeria.
I also wish to assure the wider international community of our readiness to cooperate and help to combat threats of cross-border terrorism, sea piracy, refugees and boat people, financial crime, cyber crime, climate change, the spread of communicable diseases and other challenges of the 21st century.
At home we face enormous challenges. Insecurity, pervasive corruption, the hitherto unending and seemingly impossible fuel and power shortages are the immediate concerns. We are going to tackle them head on. Nigerians will not regret that they have entrusted national responsibility to us. We must not succumb to hopelessness and defeatism. We can fix our problems.
In recent times Nigerian leaders appear to have misread our mission. Our founding fathers, Mr Herbert Macauley, Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, Malam Aminu Kano, Chief J.S. Tarka, Mr Eyo Ita, Chief Denis Osadeby, Chief Ladoke Akintola and their colleagues worked to establish certain standards of governance. They might have differed in their methods or tactics or details, but they were united in establishing a viable and progressive country. Some of their successors behaved like spoilt children breaking everything and bringing disorder to the house.
Furthermore, we as Nigerians must remind ourselves that we are heirs to great civilizations: Shehu Othman Dan fodio’s caliphate, the Kanem Borno Empire, the Oyo Empire, the Benin Empire and King Jaja’s formidable domain. The blood of those great ancestors flow in our veins. What is now required is to build on these legacies, to modernize and uplift Nigeria.
Daunting as the task may be it is by no means insurmountable. There is now a national consensus that our chosen route to national development is democracy. To achieve our objectives we must consciously work the democratic system. The Federal Executive under my watch will not seek to encroach on the duties and functions of the Legislative and Judicial arms of government. The law enforcing authorities will be charged to operate within the Constitution. We shall rebuild and reform the public service to become more effective and more serviceable. We shall charge them to apply themselves with integrity to stabilize the system.
For their part the legislative arm must keep to their brief of making laws, carrying out over-sight functions and doing so expeditiously. The judicial system needs reform to cleanse itself from its immediate past. The country now expects the judiciary to act with dispatch on all cases especially on corruption, serious financial crimes or abuse of office. It is only when the three arms act constitutionally that government will be enabled to serve the country optimally and avoid the confusion all too often bedeviling governance today.
Elsewhere relations between Abuja and the States have to be clarified if we are to serve the country better. Constitutionally there are limits to powers of each of the three tiers of government but that should not mean the Federal Government should fold its arms and close its eyes to what is going on in the states and local governments. Not least the operations of the Local Government Joint Account. While the Federal Government can not interfere in the details of its operations it will ensure that the gross corruption at the local level is checked. As far as the constitution allows me I will try to ensure that there is responsible and accountable governance at all levels of government in the country. For I will not have kept my own trust with the Nigerian people if I allow others abuse theirs under my watch.
However, no matter how well organized the governments of the federation are they can not succeed without the support, understanding and cooperation of labour unions, organized private sector, the press and civil society organizations. I appeal to employers and workers alike to unite in raising productivity so that everybody will have the opportunity to share in increased prosperity. The Nigerian press is the most vibrant in Africa. My appeal to the media today – and this includes the social media – is to exercise its considerable powers with responsibility and patriotism.
My appeal for unity is predicated on the seriousness of the legacy we are getting into. With depleted foreign reserves, falling oil prices, leakages and debts the Nigerian economy is in deep trouble and will require careful management to bring it round and to tackle the immediate challenges confronting us, namely; Boko Haram, the Niger Delta situation, the power shortages and unemployment especially among young people. For the longer term we have to improve the standards of our education. We have to look at the whole field of medicare. We have to upgrade our dilapidated physical infrastructure.
The most immediate is Boko Haram’s insurgency. Progress has been made in recent weeks by our security forces but victory can not be achieved by basing the Command and Control Centre in Abuja. The command centre will be relocated to Maiduguri and remain until Boko Haram is completely subdued. But we can not claim to have defeated Boko Haram without rescuing the Chibok girls and all other innocent persons held hostage by insurgents.
This government will do all it can to rescue them alive. Boko Haram is a typical example of small fires causing large fires. An eccentric and unorthodox preacher with a tiny following was given posthumous fame and following by his extra judicial murder at the hands of the police. Since then through official bungling, negligence, complacency or collusion Boko Haram became a terrifying force taking tens of thousands of lives and capturing several towns and villages covering swathes of Nigerian sovereign territory.
Boko Haram is a mindless, godless group who are as far away from Islam as one can think of. At the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued the Government intends to commission a sociological study to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, the international connexions to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a reccurrence of this evil. For now the Armed Forces will be fully charged with prosecuting the fight against Boko haram. We shall overhaul the rules of engagement to avoid human rights violations in operations. We shall improve operational and legal mechanisms so that disciplinary steps are taken against proven human right violations by the Armed Forces.
Boko Haram is not only the security issue bedeviling our country. The spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, herdsmen/farmers clashes, cattle rustlings all help to add to the general air of insecurity in our land. We are going to erect and maintain an efficient, disciplined people – friendly and well – compensated security forces within an over – all security architecture.
The amnesty programme in the Niger Delta is due to end in December, but the Government intends to invest heavily in the projects, and programmes currently in place. I call on the leadership and people in these areas to cooperate with the State and Federal Government in the rehabilitation programmes which will be streamlined and made more effective. As ever, I am ready to listen to grievances of my fellow Nigerians. I extend my hand of fellowship to them so that we can bring peace and build prosperity for our people.
No single cause can be identified to explain Nigerian’s poor economic performance over the years than the power situation. It is a national shame that an economy of 180 million generates only 4,000MW, and distributes even less. Continuous tinkering with the structures of power supply and distribution and close on $20b expanded since 1999 have only brought darkness, frustration, misery, and resignation among Nigerians. We will not allow this to go on. Careful studies are under way during this transition to identify the quickest, safest and most cost-effective way to bring light and relief to Nigerians.
Unemployment, notably youth un-employment features strongly in our Party’s Manifesto. We intend to attack the problem frontally through revival of agriculture, solid minerals mining as well as credits to small and medium size businesses to kick – start these enterprises. We shall quickly examine the best way to revive major industries and accelerate the revival and development of our railways, roads and general infrastructure.
Your Excellencies, My fellow Nigerians I can not recall when Nigeria enjoyed so much goodwill abroad as now. The messages I received from East and West, from powerful and small countries are indicative of international expectations on us. At home the newly elected government is basking in a reservoir of goodwill and high expectations. Nigeria therefore has a window of opportunity to fulfill our long – standing potential of pulling ourselves together and realizing our mission as a great nation.
Our situation somehow reminds one of a passage in Shakespeare’s Julius Ceasar
There is a tide in the affairs of men which,
taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life,
Is bound in shallows and miseries.
We have an opportunity. Let us take it.
President Federal Republic of NIGERIA
and Commander in-chief-of the Armed forces
The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon is in Abuja on an official visit to Nigeria. He arrived Abuja on Sunday 23rd August 2015 and has held meetings with the government and different groups, during the meetings he called for support for the UN Sustainable development goals.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are;
Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere.
Goal 2 End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
Goal 3 Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
Goal 4 Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
Goal 5 Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Goal 6 Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Goal 7 Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Goal 8 Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Goal 9 Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Goal 10 Reduce inequality within and among countries
Goal 11 Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 12 Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
Goal 13 Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts*
Goal 14 Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Goal 15 Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
Goal 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
Goal 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
The Presidency Friday in Abuja said it welcomed an assurance from the Centenary City PLC that all original inhabitants of the site had been fully compensated.
Speaking after being briefed by the Chairman of the company's board of directors, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, and members of its management team, Buhari praised the Centenary City's main development partners from the United Arab Emirates for having enough confidence in Nigeria to agree to invest about $18.5 billion in the project.
A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu said Buhari also welcomed the assertion by Abubakar and his team that the project would create about 250,000 direct jobs in the Federal Capital Territory and about half a million indirect jobs.
The president noted that skills, expertise and vast experience that would be brought into country to build the Centenary City on the Dubai model, would also be of immense benefit to Nigeria's overall development.
He said that he looked forward to regular updates on the Centenary City's development.
Vice President Yemi Osibanjo who was also present at the briefing, said that the issue of the rights of the original inhabitants of the site acquired for the Centenary City had been of concern to the present administration.
"We are glad that it is being handled," he said while welcoming the assurance that compensation had been paid to those who would be displaced by the project and that the issue of their relocation was being addressed.
Abubakar and the management of the Centenary City also told Buhari and Osinbajo that the project would be totally private sector driven.
While briefing journalists after the meeting with the president, Managing Director, Centenary City PLC, Dr Odenigwe Ike Micheal said the president was impressed with the project.