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The Stage Is Set For Nigeria Break-up, Jonathan Act Now…, We’ve enough grounds to impeach Jonathan – APC Reps.


 

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The All Progressives Congress caucus in the House of Representatives on Monday said that it had “enough grounds” to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan but that was not in a hurry to do so.The APC caucus said the time was not yet ripe to initiate impeachment against the President.Minority Leader of the House, who is also the APC leader in the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, told our source that neither the caucus nor the entire National Assembly needed a directive from the APC national leadership to impeach the President.He said lawmakers would monitor the President for now, hoping that he would amend his ways by addressing the allegations raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his controversial letter.Gbajabiamila said, “As for impeachment, there are enough grounds for impeachment of the President.“The constitution says you need only one ground, but we have more than one ground already. So, the party (APC) does not have to give us a directive to impeach the President.“Nobody wants to impeach the President, but we will continue to study the situation to see whether he will sit up.”He added that the opposition was watching the Peoples Democratic Party closely to see whether it would impeach any of the five governors who defected to the APC recently.“Particularly interesting is the case of Rivers State. We want to see how they will use five legislators to impeach a governor in that state,” he stated.Gbajabiamila said the “opposition will respond in the most appropriate manner” should any of the defected governors lose their seat.When contacted, the PDP caucus in the House warned that it would resist any move to discuss the impeachment of Jonathan at the House.Deputy Majority Leader, Mr. Leo Ogor, described such as “wishful thinking.”He argued that the National Assembly would not contemplate impeaching the President because “one external group” said it should do so.“

Their call is even based on inconsequential issues that negate the spirit of the 1999 Constitution,” he said.Ogor noted that Jonathan was elected by Nigerians, who could also opt to “impeach” him by refusing to return him to the Presidency in 2015.Investigations showed that there was no formal communication between the national leadership of the APC and its members in the National Assembly on the issue.Findings revealed that most APC lawmakers got to know of the directive to impeach Jonathan from the publication of the statement by their interim National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lai Mohammed, in some newspapers.“Such a discussion has not taken place. We have not been contacted, or should I say, I am not aware. The party has not contacted us formally about the impeachment issue,” one APC member in the House confided revealed on Monday.Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, on Monday said the Senate would not heed the call by the APC to commence impeachment proceedings against the President.Enang warned the APC to “stop employing cheap blackmail to take over power through the back door.”He said, “The National Assembly cannot heed the call of the APC or treat the content of former President Obasanjo’s letter.“The letter from former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s letter was not addressed to the National Assembly.“The issue of impeachment has not arisen. The issue of impeachment of the president has not at all arisen.”

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Source. Radio Biafra.

Nigeria (zoo) belongs to the Northerners: Less than 24 hrs their Leaders called for probe, NSA demands Jonathan’s response.


 

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The National Assembly has said President Goodluck Jonathan must “comprehensively” address issues raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter to him (the President).The two chambers said this on Friday in their separate reactions to the controversial letter written by Obasanjo to Jonathan.But while there are indications that the House of Representatives would, this week, raise a motion on the letter, the Senate stated that it would wait for Jonathan’s response before taking any action.Obasanjo had in the 18-page letter accused Jonathan of condoning corruption and engaging in acts that were capable of destroying the country.The Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday in Abuja,  said Jonathan should address the issues raised by Obasanjo in the letter in due time to avoid tension.He said, “The letter by Obasanjo touches on national security and all the issues raised therein cannot be ignored. President Jonathan has a duty of taking the issues raised in the letter, one after the other and explaining his side of the story to Nigerians”Enang was of the view that the legislature cannot take action on the letter until an appropriate response from the Presidency had been made.He said, “As it is, no legislative action can be taken unless the issue had been raised as a motion after appropriate responses had been made by the presidency in reaction to the allegation.”Also, the Minority Whip, who is also a prominent leader of the opposition in the Senate, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, admitted that the issues raised by Obasanjo were capable of heating up the polity and causing serious tension.He said, “All issues raised are very sensitive and germane.  The Presidency cannot just dismiss the letter just like that. They should give full explanation. It is not a beer parlour talk.“Asking us to investigate it at the National Assembly level may not achieve the desired result. Any responsible government owes the citizenry the responsibility of letting the world know the true position of things.“The sensitive issues raised by Obasanjo are enough to make us to shiver as a nation.

A situation when a former President for eight years is saying the symbol of the ruling party has performed woefully called for a serious action.”On their part, members of the House of Representatives said it would serve Jonathan’s interest and the interest of the nation for him to respond “urgently” to the allegations of Obasanjo.The lawmakers said silence on the allegations would be “dangerous” and that delay could “give political forces the opportunity to heat up the polity.”Speaking on the issue, the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Zakari Mohammed, said the House was vindicated by Obasanjo’s letter.He said since June 2011, the House had always fought corruption, cautioned the executive, demanded details of budget implementation, but made little progress.Mohammed said, “These are very serious, dangerous allegations and we should not look at the messenger but the message.”On whether the House would conduct a probe specifically into the content of the letter, Mohammed stated that the House would continue to perform its duty of exposing corruption.“It is not just about the letter, but we will continue to conduct investigations; we have a job to do and we will continue to do it,” he added.Commenting in a similar vein, the Minority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, told SUNDAY PUNCH that “Jonathan must respond to the weighty allegations.”According to him, some of the allegations “are almost satanic” and did not fall in the category of issues the ruling PDP usually wished away as “PDP family affairs.”Gbajabiamila, who is the caucus leader of the All Progressives Congress at the House, noted that the allegations on security training and placing some people on security watch list were “grave and must not be wished away.”He stated that members were still studying the letter and would likely raise motions on the floor next week.“There are aspects of these allegations having to do with national security.“In the coming week, members may want to ask more questions on these security allegations, like placing people on a watch list,” he added.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Senate rejects Jonathan’s nominee (Mrs Akpan) as FIRS chairman.


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The Senate dramatically rejected, on Thursday, via voice vote, the consideration of President Goodluck Jonathan’s nominee, Mrs Mfom Akpan, as the chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
The president’s request was in accordance with Section 11 (a) of the FIRS Act 2007.
The drama started on the floor when Senate Leader Victor Ndoma-Egba made a request to consider the deferment, to another legislative day, the request by the president for the confirmation of Akpan for appointment as FIRS chairman.
Senator Kabiru Marafa was recognised by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, thinking that he wanted to second the request by Ndoma-Egba.
Marafa, however, opposed the nomination of the woman and cited the Senate Standing Rule 45, to justify his position.
He was ruled out of order by Senator Ekweremadu, who said the matter was not being presented as a motion, neither was it being presented as a committee’s report.
Senator Boluwaji Kunlere thereafter seconded the Senate Leader’s request that the matter be deferred to another legislative day.
Ekweremadu then demanded a voice vote on whether the matter be deferred to another legislative day but those who opposed the request won.
The Senate Leader then moved another motion for the deferment of the matter to the appropriate committee for consideration.
Again, the senators who opposed the consideration of Akpan’s nomination, won through voice vote when Ekweremadu subjected the matter to voting for a second time.
Neither the Deputy Senate President nor the Senate Leader made further comments on the issue after the two voting sessions.
The duo of Senators Victor Lar and Kabiru Marafa maintained that, based on the event on the floor of the Senate, the legislative body had rejected outrightly the nomination of Akpan as the FIRS boss by Jonathan.
They explained that their colleagues, especially those from the northern part of the country, were opposed to her nomination in the spirit of federal character.
Lar said the longest serving chairman of the commission, Mr David Olorunleke, was from the South-West, while the last occupant of the position, Mrs Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, was from the South-South/South-East.
He said Alhaji Kabir Mashi, who is from the North, was appointed in acting capacity, adding that a northerner should either be appointed or the president should confirm the appointment of the current occupant of the position in the spirit of federal character.
“President Goodluck Jonathan has the prerogative of office to appoint any competent person to administer any federal government agency in the country.
“But the Senate also reserved the inalienable right to insist on appointment, based on fairness, equity and justice,” Lar said.
Marafa said Akpan’s nomination had been rejected outrightly, even as he vowed to lead another strong opposition should the Senate leadership again bring up the case for consideration.
There was a strong indication that the Senate might have sealed the hope of Akpan getting the FIRS job as the chairman, Senate Committee on Information, Media and Public Affairs, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, said his colleagues had rejected the nominee by their action.
Citing Order 53 (6), he said: “It shall be out of order to attempt to reconsider any specific question upon which the Senate has come to a conclusion during the current session except upon a substantive motion for rescission.”
However chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, said the Senate had not rejected the nomination of Akpan.
Briefing newsmen after the plenary, he said the upper legislative body “merely disagreed that her nomination be referred to the appropriate committee.
“The first motion was that the matter should be deferred to another legislative day but the senators disagreed.
“The senators also rejected another motion that the nomination be referred to the appropriate committee.”
The appointment and nomination, according to Ita- Enang was still valid before the Senate, because “it had not been rejected by the senators through vote.”
Meanwhile, the Senate Ad-hoc Committee on the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P), summoned the Minister of Finance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, over the release of over N1.4 billion for the funding of the SURE-P Graduate Internship Scheme.
Source: Radio Biafra.

Nigeria As A Crawling Giant By Michael Jegede.


The lowering of the British Union Jack and hoisting of the Green, White, Green flag on October 1, 1960 symbolically marked the attainment of independence in Nigeria.

Upon the announcement at midnight of September 30, 1960 by Sir Emmanuel Aghanjuebitsi Ewetan Omatsola, OON, an ace broadcaster and radio commentator who died last year at the age of 83 that “Nigeria is a free, sovereign nation”, many then had thought it was the beginning of good things to come for the country.

Fifty-three years down the line, we cannot hit our chests and say we are where we should be as a nation, especially when you consider the abundance of natural and human resources Nigeria is blessed with. Nigeria is like a man who has everything and lacks nothing, yet, he is still seen to be suffering and in serious pains.

Corruption, bad leadership and outright mismanagement of our gigantic God-given wealth have kept us crawling, even though we have since been released from the clutches of colonialism through the actualization of independence. We have become more like a crawling giant.

In a piece on his column of September 27, 2011 edition of Guardian Newspaper, Dr. Luke Onyekakeyah, an analyst and the author of “The Crawling Giant” gave an insight into factors that could make a giant remain at a crawling stage. He enumerated and explained four points to buttress his argument.

In the words of Onyekakeyah, “The fourth and possibly the worst circumstance that could make a giant crawl is self-inflicted injury, in which case only the giant is to blame for his fate. A crawling giant in this context is one that failed to recognise his position in the scheme of things. Rather than rising and occupying his rightful position, this unfortunate giant embarked on a wastage spree of his God-given heritage. The prodigality instinct of this giant on the ground drove him to squander his means and opportunities in reckless spending. And like the story of the prodigal son, it got to a point
when he wasted all his inheritance and was in danger of losing his life to destitution. According to the story, it was at that point that he came back to his senses, made a drastic decision to brave the shame and humiliation of a wasted youth to go back home. He was lucky that the home front was still intact and could still afford him the opportunity to return.

I want to stress that it’s not all prodigal sons that have the opportunity for a second chance. Many prodigal sons that misused the opportunities of their lives never have a second chance to start all over again. They perish in their foolishness.” According to the writer and columnist, “Nigeria is a crawling giant on account of deadly injuries it has inflicted on herself. Where do we go from here? The country should retrace its steps as the only way out.

All the political and economic structures that have failed the country should be dismantled for a better and more progressive arrangement. It’s better to start life afresh like the prodigal son than to perish in self-inflicted destitution.”

While contributing to a motion moved by the Senate Majority Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), requesting the Senate to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan, the government and good people of Nigeria on the country’s 53rd independence anniversary, Senators unanimously agreed in their submissions that the nation’s leaders had failed to offer the requisite leadership that could guarantee our socio-economic independence.

In his contribution, Chairman,  Senate Committee on Rules and Business,  Senator Ita Enang, observed that the critical situation in the education sector and the reduction of Nigeria to a mere raw material supplier to industrial companies  in other climes, was not the best for a nation that has actually attained self-governance.

Hear him: “A truly independent nation is measured by its quality of education and economic sustainability.  A situation whereby our universities are shut for months and manufacturing companies are relocating daily to neighbouring countries is not good enough for an independent nation. How can we claim to be an independent nation when all we do is just to produce raw materials for processing firms outside the country and nothing serious is being done to address the high rate of unemployment?”

On his part, Senate President, David Mark, noted that it is the common people that should be congratulated for their exhibition of so much patience and imperturbability, amidst frustrations induced by total abuse of power and maladministration.

The number-one lawmaker in the country said: “We need to look inwards and begin to search our minds. The ball certainly is in our court as leaders to do what we should do to reverse the trend. We must shelve the attitude of seeking power at all costs. We do not need to get desperate about getting to the top. At any level we are, we must be ready to contribute our quotas. We have so many human resources in this country but we are losing them because everybody has gone out of the country to seek greener pastures. We must do something to get them back.”

The revelation by the President of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Osahon Enabulele, on the same day the Red Chamber bewailed the state of affairs in the country, clearly confirmed the statement of Mark on the rate at which Nigerians are moving out of the country to look for comfort elsewhere.

Enabulele told a national newspaper in Abuja that only one out of three registered Nigerian doctors practices in the country, with the other 2/3 traveling abroad. He said: “71,740 doctors registered with Medical and Dental Council, about 27,000 are practising in Nigeria while others are practising outside the shores of this country.” The situation is not different in other professions as well. And this has really dragged us back as we have lost our best hands to other countries because successive governments failed to create conducive environment that could encourage people to want to remain in their fatherland, even when they have every opportunity to move out.

While I join in congratulating Nigerians on the auspicious occasion of our 53rd independence anniversary, I call on our present crop of leaders to do everything within their reach to get us out of this quagmire, which is obviously a product of our handiwork. They must leave no stone unturned to renew the confidence of the people of this great country called Nigeria. This is the time for them to put in place all necessary machineries that will make us to stop crawling and start walking as a truly self-regulating nation. Our lawmakers must go beyond their lamentation on the state of affairs in the country and use their good offices to help change the situation in the interest of all Nigerians. May God help Nigeria!

Michael Jegede, a journalist and public affairs commentator wrote from Abuja
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The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of SaharaReporters

Nigeria Senate pass Vote of no Confidence on the Country after 53 years of Independence.


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We politicians have failed the masses says David Mark

In a surprisingly candid assessment of the state of Nigeria, the country’s Senate on Thursday gave their assessment of the nation 53 years after independence, asking political leaders to search their souls just as the Upper Legislative Chamber urged them to shun greed and selfishness.

Adopting a motion by Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma Egba (SAN) and 10 other senators, the chamber lamented that Nigeria had retrogressed from being a producing and exporting nation at independence in 1960 to her present status of a consuming nation.

Senate President David Mark asked rhetorically whether Nigeria still stands in brotherhood as it did at independence. He said it is the ordinary Nigerians who deserved to be congratulated for exhibiting so much patience, amid the frustration occasioned by maladministration and mis-governance.

He said: “We are genuinely worried about our country; across political, religious and ethnic boundaries, we’re are truly worried because some key aspects of our values and tradition have been lost. In the old national anthem, we said ‘in brotherhood we stand.’

“Do we still stand in brotherhood today? We used to be our brothers’ keepers. Are we still our brothers’ keepers? The answer definitely is no. Instead, we do those things that hurt others now.

“We need to look inwards and begin to search our minds. The ball certainly is in our court as leaders to do what we should do to reverse the trend. We must shelve the attitude of seeking power at all costs. We do not need to get desperate about getting to the top. At any level we are, we must be ready to contribute our quotas.

” We have so much human resources in this country but we are losing them because everybody has gone out of the country to seek greener pastures. We must do something to get them back” he stated.

Introducing the motion earlier, Ndoma-Egba said Nigeria deserved congratulations for surviving series of challenges that bedevilled her right from her pre-independence days through the civil war period to the long period of military rule and yet, remained a united country. “Our democracy has moved from episodes to an enduring, unbroken democracy of 14 years,” he said.

Senator Solomon Ita Enang (Akwa Ibom) deplored a situation where over six million Nigerians have applied for few openings at the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

He noted that it was too bad that Nigeria had not done well in all indices of development. Enang who did not disclose the exact figure of the vacancies, lamented that Nigeria could not be said to be truly independent when the country’s teeming unemployed graduates struggle to fill very limited slots.

“We need to find out the percentage of graduate unemployment. More than six million have already applied for immigration positions for few hundred openings. Let there be employment for our graduates in this country,” he said.

Source: Radio Biafra.

VIDEO: Akwa Ibom Governor, Akpabio, Admits Rigging Senatorial Primary Election On Live TV-PREMIUM TIMES.


 

The Akwa Ibom Governor made the statements during the ‘Good Governance Tour’ visit.

In a barefaced confession to electoral fraud, Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who is at the centre of multiple “gift” scandals involving state funds, has admitted on live television, to falsifying a senatorial election result and personally replacing the winner with his preferred candidate.

Mr. Akpabio spoke during the federal government’s contentious “Good Governance Tour” in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

Information Minister, Labaran Maku, led several government officials and journalists on the tour which many Nigerians have dismissed as a jamboree.

While addressing the visiting delegation on his government’s achievements, Mr. Akpabio, seeking to impress his sense of evenhandedness on the audience, said he struck off the name of the winner of the Akwa Ibom north senatorial in his party’s primaries, and replaced same with Aloysius Etok.

Mr. Etok went on to win the main elections, and is currently the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service matters.

Mr. Akpabio, who in the past, claimed elections in the state were amongst Nigeria’s freest and fairest, laid bare in the speech to the federal delegation, captured on camera, how he deliberately masterminded a flawed process that produced Mr. Etok.
“The people of Ikono and Ini (Local Government Areas) from 1960 have never produced a Senator,” the governor narrated.

“I used my own hand to strike out the name of the person who has won before, and I said it is important for me to give that region a Senator in 2007, and I produced Senator Aloysius Etok for you; that’s where he comes from,” the governor said, before gesturing to Mr. Etok, who attended the session alongside his colleague in the Senate, Ita Enang, to “take a bow”.
The disclosure jolted the audience and the governor’s associates who exchanged awkward glances.

Several minutes later, an aide to the governor passed him (Mr. Akpabio) a note, apparently drawing Mr. Akpabio’s attention to the devastating consequences of his comments.

Mr. Akpabio gave the note some attention, before backtracking on his earlier comments.

“So I must say that I thank all of you, including the members of the national assembly; led by Senator Aloysius Etok. And when I said that I made Aloy(sius Etok) to become a senator in 2007, I need to explain it so that you don’t think that I wrote his name and he became a senator,” the governor said.

“During the primaries of PDP, we zoned the senate seat to his federal constituency. And from the federal constituency, he made first in the primaries. That happened in the PDP. So we said since he was the first among the people who came from his federal constituency for the primary, then he must be the one to become the senator.”

Then after that, we “presented him before the general public in the election and he won. And in 2011, with my support, he had the highest number of votes by any senator in the entire national assembly.”

Mr. Akpabio has been at the centre of the storm over his controversial use of state funds for donations and gifts to celebrities, journalists, party officials, and others.

Source: SAHARA REPORTERS.

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