war of words(truth)

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Wednesday blasted the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration and the National Assembly for promoting corruption and poor governance.

The ex-President spoke in Abuja at the presentation of books by a former Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, retired Justice Mustapha Akanbi.

“For quite some time, the covered and hushed-up corruption has had its toll on the economy,” Obasanjo said.

According to him, the increasing rate of corruption under Jonathan had damaged the economy, warning that “in the future, we will have a budget that cannot be funded.”

He said, “We may have to borrow to pay salaries and allowances. Revenue allocation to states and local governments has already drastically reduced. Capital projects at all levels may have to be drastically cut or stopped.

“Nigeria cannot continue to indulge in disdain of truth, elevation of corruption and incompetence, reinforcement of failure, condonation of heinous crimes and celebration of mediocrity, tribal bigotry, fomenting violence and anti-democratic practices in states and National Assembly.

“Corruption in the National Assembly also includes what they call constituency projects, which they give to their agents to execute, but invariably, full payment is made with little or no job done.

“In all these, if the executive is absolutely above board, the offending members of the National Assembly resort to subtle or open threat, intimidation and blackmail of the executive.”

On Boko Haram, Obasanjo blamed the escalation of the insurgency on the delay in Jonathan’s understanding of the sect and the threat they posed to the nation.

“Boko Haram is not simply a menace based on religion or one directed to frustrate anybody’s political ambition. It is essentially a socio-economic problem that is tainted with religion. It is a gargantuan danger to the nation and to all Nigerians.

“Initially, President Jonathan’s understanding of Boko Haram phenomenon suffered from wrong reading and wrong imputation. That is what led us to where we are today.

“It took even the President more than three years to appreciate and understand that it is a terrible mix of poor education or lack of education; misinterpretation of what Islam and the Quran teach and stand for, poverty, unemployment, injustice, drug, gun trafficking, human trafficking, fallout from Libya, revenge, frustration, struggle against inequality, imitation of international terrorism leading to training and part of the absorption by international terrorist groups and general poor governance, including corruption. I have always maintained that the solution to Boko Haram or any organisation like it lies in the application of carrot and stick approach.”

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Politics + madness = Justice?

The Inspector General of Police, Abba Sulaiman has ordered the immediate arrest of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

The Daily Trust reports that a similar order has been handed down to the Department of State Security (DSS).

This is coming barely 24 hours after the members of the House of Representatives were denied access into the National Assembly Complex on Thursday morning.

Sources at the Police headquarters revealed that the Police Chief gave the order for Tambuwal’s arrest after a meeting with the Vice President Namadi Sambo and the National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki.

“I can confirm to you that the order for his arrest has been given today (Friday). The signal from the IG’s office specifically directed the FCT and Sokoto State commissioners of Police to serve Tambuwal with notice of invitation to the force headquarters and if he resists, he should be arrested immediately,” the source revealed.

“The involvement of the Sokoto CP was because the Speaker was sighted in Sokoto on Friday where he picked the All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship form for the coming elections. It was assumed that he was out of Abuja as such other police divisions were involved in the matter.”

Sources at the meeting in the Villa indicate that both the Vice President and the NSA chastised the Police boss for the failure of his men to prevent Speaker from entering the National Assembly premises.

“The NSA was particularly angry and told the IG in clear terms that he doesn’t know his job. He said how did the Speaker and the members break a cordon organised by the FCT Police commissioner. The NSA then made it clear that the Police authorities must rectify the anomalies or they will face the consequences. The IG then said Tambuwal will be arrested for questioning.”
Source: newsdaily nigeria

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Mathematical erro in Ekiti state legislature.

n a sudden twist of events, the Peoples Democractic Party’s lawmakers in the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached the Speaker, Dr. Adewale Omirin.
The Minority Leader, Mr. Samuel Ajibola,  had told journalists on Wednesday that Omirin remained the speaker and that there was no plan to impeach him.

Dele Olugbemi who had acted as pro-tem Speaker during the controversial Monday’s plenary was elected as the new Speaker.
The lawmakers also replaced the Deputy Speaker, Mr. Tunji Orisalade, with a female lawmaker who recently defected from the All Progressives Congress, Mrs. Abeni Olayinka, representing Ado Constituency 2.
At about 8am, some group of youths, led by one Bello Ganiyu-Akande, had  protested to the Assembly, calling for Omirin’s removal on account of alleged frosty relationship with Fayose.
Ganiyu-Akande described the APC lawmakers as enemies of the State who should not be given a breathing space to actualise their alleged sinister intention.
Omirin has, however, insisted that he remained the Speaker because the PDP lawmakers did not meet the 2/3 majority required to impeach him as stipulated by the 1999 constitution.
In a programme monitored on African Independent Television on Thursday, he said “The 19 APC members are intact and we are outside the State because the place is not safe for us. Fayose is fast becoming a maximum ruler and this cannot stand.”
Omirin , who had on Monday threatened to go to court said that the APC lawmakers would resume duties next Monday to begin their legislative work.
“What they did was illegal because they cannot change the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Ordinarily, we never had the intention of impeaching the Governor because he has not committed any offence.
“But we have to leave the State when we realised that our lives are no longer safe. As I speak to you , my drivers and other aides have been removed and wild demonstration sponsored by Fayose is ongoing in Ado-Ekiti now. I want to emphasise that I remain the Speaker of the Assembly,” he insisted.
Ten people sat at the chambers on Thursday to conduct the plenary including the three whose identities still remain hidden.
However, only seven PDP legislators appeared in the Speaker’s office for the prayer session after the Assembly coup.
Journalists were barred from covering the session where Omirin was impeached. But a selected few were later allowed in after Olugbemi had taken charge in the chambers.
During the brief sitting that lasted for about 45 minutes, the lawmakers repealed the Ekiti State Peace Corps established by ex-Governor Kayode Fayemi, describing the body as a  burden to the finances of the  State.
They also amended the Ekiti State Logo and reversed the Ekiti’s slogan to ‘Fountain of Knowledge,’ which had earlier been tinkered with by Fayemi to “Land of Honour.”
Immediately after the plenary, the three lawmakers whose identities still remain unknown disappeared from the chambers. They did not follow others to the Speaker’s office which initially had been under lock and key.
Source: punchnews

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