Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari ignored federal character in the appointment of security chiefs. Obasanjo spoke in Abeokuta Ogun State on Thursday where he criticized the National Assembly and the Federal Character Commission for failing to check the excesses of the President in the uneven distribution of public offices. He stressed that the ethos of nation building through even distribution of public offices had been abused under the current administration. The former President also noted that his recent open letter to Buhari was not borne out malice or what he termed “bad belle” but out of his deep concern for the situation in the country. According to Obasanjo, “Let me emphasise important areas, programmes, priorities or process
The Deputy National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, has faulted the report of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Committee on restructuring, headed by the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. The party chieftain asserted that it was a ploy to deceive the people of Southwestern Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general election. Agbo spoke against the background of the submission of the report of the APC ad-hoc committee on restructuring. The Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State-led committee had amongst others, recommended devolution of powers and state police. Addressing newsmen at his office in Abuja, Agbo described the move as an attempt to redirect the attention of Nigerians from the numerous trending issues of the failur...
Elder statesman and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has declared that Nigeria is a failed state under President Muhammadu Buhari. Prof. Nwabueze also said Nigeria may become extinct if he is re-elected in 2019. The erudite scholar noted that Nigeria, under the Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC), government had failed to perform the major role expected of a state which is to ensure the security and welfare of the citizenry. Nwabueze made the declaration in a paper entitled ‘Nigeria under president Buhari is categorised as a failed state by an internationally-recognised agency’. “By all internationally relevant and accepted indices and indicators, and judged by the reality on the ground, Nigeria is justifiably categorised as a failed state, now ranked 15th
The presidency has revealed details of deliberations of the Working Group set up by the National Economic Council, NEC, on the Herdsmen-Farmers violence in some parts of the country. The meeting was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN. His spokesman, Laoulu Akande, in a statement Thursday night, said the group had constituted a Sub-Committee to visit frontline States in the conflict, hold consultations with stakeholders and interested parties on how to end the conflicts. It was resolved that the Sub-Committee, which has Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State as Chairman, would visit Benue, Taraba, Zamfara and Adamawa States in order to understand the different dynamics of the conflict and develop long term workable solutions. Other members of the Sub-Co...
Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay, has told President Muhammadu Buhari to sack those he described as “the cabal” in his cabinet. According to him, they had hindered the progress of the administration. Sagay made the call Wednesday evening, after delivering the convocation lecture of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State. “Cabal has no business being in the presidency and as such, they should be fished out and flushed out,” he told reporters. He, however, declined to mention the names of those in the cabal, but insisted that “they are not helpful to the government, everybody is complaining about them.” Sagay also advised that “Nigeria should stay with President Buhari and Vice
The Senate Committee Chairman, Public Accounts, Senator Mathew Urhoghide has disclosed that his Committee has concluded arrangements to probe NNPC’s payment of fuel subsidy despite non provisions in 2016 and 2017 appropriations. Other agencies to answer questions on the sources of funds used for subsidy payment, he said, are “the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Federal Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accouantant General for the federation and the Auditor General for the federation.” The public hearing which was slated for Tuesday next week would have major and Independent Oil marketers and other stakeholders in attendance. The lawmaker expressed concern that responsible agency like the NNPC could pay fuel subsidy in billions of naira without a legal instrument backin
The Federal government has explained why it earmarked N4.9 billion for annual electrical maintenance in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock. It said the reason was to keep the facilities in good shape. The Director General Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, said this yesterday in Abuja during an engagement with the media and civil society on the 2018 proposed budget. “The Villa is quite an expansive edifice with several residences and support services, so as significant as N4.9 billion sounds, it is not too much to keep those facilities in top shape that they have been kept. Anyone who has been to the villa will appreciate that it is one of the best maintained edifice in the country,” he said. He also justified the proposed N2.2bn earmarked for the DSS for a supposed social media mining
A former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described late former Vice President of Nigeria, Dr. Alex Ekwueme as a fountain of knowledge and intellect. He spoke at a commendation service organised in honour of Ekwueme by the South-East Governors’ Forum, at the Michael Okpara Square, in Enugu. Ekwueme’s remains was at the venue of the event, which was also attended by governors and deputy governors of the South-East states and many other dignitaries. The former Vice-President said, “Between 1994 and 1995, Dr. Alex Ekwueme served in the constitutional conference that drafted the present constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “He was indeed a fountain of wisdom and intellect. He was one man who became a rallying point in the constitutional conference e
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, on Wednesday insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari has not done enough to stop the killings perpetrated by herdsmen in the state. The governor made the remark while reacting to the letter Buhari sent to the Senate disclosing measures he was putting in place to stem killings in the state and other parts of the country. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Tahav Agerzua, Ortom while stressing that much has not been done, said, “you and I know that the killings still continue.” The statement reads, “Though the President has drafted the IGP to Benue state to stop the killings, that is certainly not enough. The killings is still going on. “We cannot say he had done enough because he had notice of thes
Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has proposed the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC) to check finances of the state. Fayose stated that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been ruled out from investigating finances of the state. He said the passage of bill for the establishment of Ekiti Economic Crimes Commission (EECC) is a fight for democracy. In a statement on his twitter page, he wrote “Federal High Court, Ado Ekiti has ruled that EFCC lacked power to investigate finances of a State. “The court said, in federalism, the FG is not an overseer or supervisor regarding finances of a State.That only the State House of Assembly can investigate finances of a State “Consequently, the EFCC has been restrained from interferi