By Our Correspondents Governors of the 19 Northern States of the federation yesterday disowned a coalition of Arewa Youths who reportedly issued an ultimatum to Igbos to vacate the Northern part of the country within three months or be forced to leave. The governors urged easterners living in the North not to panic, saying they were in touch with heads of their security agencies and have taken measures that will guarantee the rights of all Nigerians to live in any of the 19 states in the three geo-political zones within the region. The governors’ position was made public by chairman of the Northern States Governors’ Forum and Borno State governor, Kashim Shettima who spoke on behalf of his colleagues in Maiduguri yesterday evening. Accordingly, the governors directed security agencies to arrest the youths and probe the motive behind the call, which they described as a suspicious act that falls in line with recent...
BY ADEBIYI ADEDAPO and Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday urged leaders of both the executive and legislative arms of government to avoid unnecessary bickering in governance. According to him, electorates are usually deprived of the dividends of democracy wherever executive/legislature conflict persists. But the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, quickly laid the blame on the executive, saying that arm of government has refused to reciprocate the gesture of cooperation extended by the National Assembly to ensure smooth running of government for the delivery of dividends of democracy to the Nigerian people. In his own view, Senate President Bukola Saraki observed that there is a deep rooted distrust and misconception about functions and contributions of the legislature to national development. “We recognise that there is wide spread public distrust of public institutions. We also recognize that there is a lot of public misconception and misperception about the functions...
By MSUE AZA, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday fired back at the Senate, declaring that Ibrahim Magu remains acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and cannot be removed by anybody. The declaration was an apparent response to the lawmakers who had on Tuesday warned that any further move from him to undermine the powers of the legislative arm of government will amount to crossing the red line. The Red Chamber relied on a comment made by acting president some months ago to suspend further confirmation of appointees of the president. The lawmakers chided the executive arm of government for refusing to strictly adhere to legislative decisions in particular and the 1999 constitution (as amended) in general. But speaking in Kaduna yesterday while commissioning a zonal office of the EFCC, the acting president who was represented by the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, described Magu as a “nightmare for...
By ADEBIYI ADEDAPO, Abuja. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, as well as state assemblies may soon combine their legislative responsibility with executive functions as members of commissions. This is just as the new provision creates the ‘National Assembly Service Commission’ and empowers the National Assembly to provide for the powers and structure of this new body by subsequent legislation. The proposed amendment to the 1999 constitution titled ‘A  Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to provide immunity for members of the legislature in respect of words spoken or written at plenary sessions or Committee proceedings and institutionalise legislative bureaucracy in the Constitution; and for related matters’, is one of the 23 items approved by the special ad-hoc committee of the House of Representatives on constitution review, headed by Deputy Speaker, Yussuff Sulaimon Lasun. The 23 items have...
ADEBIYI ADEDAPO and SOLOMON AYADO, Abuja The National Assembly is set to reduce the period within which the president or governor of a state can authorise withdrawal of fund from the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF) in the absence of an Appropriation Act from six months to three months. This is contained in a Bill for an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to reduce the period within which the president or the governor of a state may authorise the withdrawal of monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in the absence of an Appropriation Act from six months to three months; and for related matters has been finalised. The document exclusively obtained by our correspondent notes that the section is altered by substituting the word six in line 5 with the word three and deleting in lines 5 and 6 the words until...
bY FRANCIS OKOYE, Maiduguri and FESTUS OKOROMADU, Abuja Few days to the deadline set by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to resume oil exploration in Borno state, indications have emerged that the planned exercise may not take place soon. LEADERSHIP reports that none of the sophisticated equipment for the operation has been moved to the site earmarked for the commencement of the exercise even as there are no activities on ground to indicate that the exercise will begin soon as promised. It would be recalled that the NNPC has said oil exploration in the Chad basin will commence in July, 2017, as according to it, necessary arrangements were being made for the take-off of the much awaited exercise. Speaking in May when he visited Borno, the NNPC group managing director, Dr Maikanti Baru, who was represented by the chief operating officer, Gas and Power, Mr Saidu Mohammed, assured the people of Borno...
By Ejike Ejike, Abuja, SAM EGWU, The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, has put Assistant Inspector Generals (AIGs) and commissioners of Police in the North on alert ahead of the eviction threat given to the Igbos in the North by a coalition of Arewa Youth groups. Idris said there is no individual or group of persons that has the right to chase another bonafide citizen of the country out of any part of Nigeria. The IGP who gave the directive at the Force headquarters yesterday observed that there was need to be on the look out for any miscreant who may try to cause any problem. IGP Idris further noted that though there were no arrests made yet, the Police was working with other security agencies to ensure that the directive of the government of Kaduna state governor is carried out. Speaking on the kidnapped students in Lagos, the Police boss said...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, A coalition of civil society orgarnisations (CSOs) yesterday declared total support for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the president won’t resign as being demanded by a group of Nigerians protesting under the auspices of #OurMumuDonDo. The coalition of CSOs known as the Centre for Civil Society and Justice (CCSJ) made the declaration after staging a counter protest rally in support of the president at the precinct of Aso Rock presidential. The protest by the CCSJ is a direct response to the one staged by the #OurMumuDonDo group against the continued stay of the president in the United Kingdom in which they are asking Buhari to either return from his medical vacation or resign. Speaking on behalf of the CCSJ demonstrators yesterday, the convener, Comrade Goodluck Obi, said his group has “absolute faith and trust in President Buhari’s administration, not machinations of corruption and destabilisation. “We are saying from today, 10th August...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah and Andrew Essien, Abuja In a bid to stave off reports making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is suffering from speech impairment, the presidency yesterday released an audio tape in which the president felicitated with Nigerians on the occasion of the Eid-el-Fitr, thanking them for their consistent prayers for him. The presidency had earlier published the Sallah message on Saturday before releasing the audio version on Sunday to some radio stations, including BBC Hausa Service. The president who spoke in Hausa in the audio tape thanked Nigerians for their consistent prayers for his quick recovery. Buhari had left the country for the United Kingdom on May 7, 2017 where he is convalescing from his ill health. In the audio message, President Buhari also admonished Nigerians to desist from making reckless statements, while resolving to live in peace. He said, “I am immensely grateful to God for his mercy in guiding...
Abuja-Kaduna Expressway is an all-important federal road that connects the North-west zone to the capital of Nigeria. The highway has continued to mean everything bad and ugly that includes armed robbery, kidnapping, degradation and auto crashes. AGBO-PAUL AUGUSTINE reports on the ugly faces of the road. The Abuja-Kaduna highway is one of Nigeria’s busiest and most important road that provides access to the most populated region of the country: the North West. As the major road linking Kano, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa, Zamfara, Sokoto and Kebbi states, millions of Nigerians daily rely on the hugely plied and worn out expressway. By implication, anything that happens on the 162km Zuba-Kaduna Road and the new Bwari-Jere-Kaduna axis resonateS in the capital city of Abuja. The dualisation of Kaduna-Abuja Road which passed through Kaduna, Niger and FCT was carried out by the administration of Nigeria’s former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida. At completion, the road was...