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#Ejigbo2 Sodomy Update: Lagos Assembly Sets up Ad Hoc Panel.

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday set up a panel to investigate the sodomization of two women, a tortuous video of which spread on the Internet recently.

A source with knowledge of the House yesterday said that the Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, commissioned an ad hoc committee to commence immediate investigations into the situation.

Confirming the development, the leader of the Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, who led a protest to the House on Monday, told SaharaReporters she has been alerted about the establishment of the committee.

Heading the committee is Mr. Ajibayo Adeyeye, the Majority Leader.  Other members are Mrs. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, who represents Mushin I Constituency, and Mrs. Omowunmi Olatunji-Edet of the Oshodi-Isolo II Constituency.

Among those to be invited by the committee in its fact-finding exercise include Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, who is the chairman of Ejigbo Local Council area; market leaders at the Ejigbo central market, where the incident is reported to have taken place; head of police division in charge of the zone of the incident, as well as civil society representatives.  The committee is expected to report its findings soon.

Yesterday, after showing the tape depicting the horror to a group of people to raise more awareness and concern yesterday, protest groups trouped to the Assembly to demand a thorough investigation, and justice.

In a statement recently, the Chairman of the Ejigbo local government, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan, admitted that the incident took place in his area last February.  He said that the sodomized woman is the wife of a palm wine tapper and the other lady in the torture, her stepdaughter. He said he had handed over to police for proper and thorough investigation.

However, police investigation has not progressed much.

“With this State House panel, we hope that the perpetrators are found and brought to justice,” said one of the protest leaders this morning.

PDP Begs Tambuwal To Sack 37 Defecting House Of Reps Members.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal
By SaharaReporters, New York

The Peoples Democratic Party has appealed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, to help sack the 37 members of the House who defected from the ruling party to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

The PDP argued that the affected lawmakers should vacate their seats immediately having left the party that brought them to the legislature.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP remained silent on the issue of those who had in the past defected from other political parties to the PDP.

Before the recent jumbo defection from the PDP, the ruling party had benefited from the defection of numerous politicians and office holders from opposition parties to the PDP.

The last few weeks have witnessed a reversal of the former trend. The ruling party took a big political hit when five of its governors left it and defected to the APC. This was followed a few days ago by the decision of 37 PDP federal lawmakers to defect. A top source within a splinter group in the PDP told SaharaReporters that more defections from the ruling party were in the offing.

Mr. Metuh’s statement said that the attention of his party was drawn to “claims by 37 defecting members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of the PDP to the APC that they obtained an injunction restraining the leadership of the National Assembly and the Party from declaring their seats vacant in line with provisions of the Constitution.” He added: “We have, after a careful review, discovered that this claim is false. For the avoidance of doubt, the order of the Court clearly says that ‘status quo’ be maintained which means the affected members shall remain members of the PDP.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in section 68 (i) (g) clearly spells out the consequences of cross carpeting when there is no division in any Party. We wish to re-emphasize here that the courts have pronounced, and INEC has concurred that there are no factions in the PDP.

“Since the affected members have renounced their membership of the PDP, we call on the Presiding Officer in the House of Representatives to declare the 37 seats vacant without any further delay. This action shall be in adherence to our grand norm, which is the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).”

Poll: More Than Half Says GOP House Control ‘Bad for Country’.

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By Melanie Batley

More than half of Americans believe it’s bad for the country that the Republican Party controls the House of Representatives, according to a new poll.

The CNN/ ORC International survey — conducted Oct. 18-20, after the end of the partial government shutdown — found that 54 percent of those surveyed think it’s a bad thing that the GOP controls the House, up 11 points since the same poll in December.

Just 38 percent say Republican control is a good thing, a 13-point decrease from the end of last year.

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This is the first time since Republicans won back control of the House in 2010 that a majority believes GOP control of the chamber is a bad thing.

The survey of 841 adults also found that more than 60 percent of Americans think House Speaker John Boehner, the Ohio Republican, should be replaced.

“John Boehner fares just as badly as the GOP,” CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. “Sixty-three percent of all Americans think that Boehner should be replaced as speaker of the House, a view shared by roughly half of all Republicans.”

Meanwhile, the survey found that the approval rating for Congress remains near an all-time low. Just 12 percent of respondents said they approve of the job Congress is doing while 86 percent disapprove. This compares to 44 percent who approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing compared to 52 percent who say they disapprove.

“Barack Obama’s numbers are pretty anemic, but he remains in much better shape than the GOP,” Holland said. “Even though Obama’s approval rating remains stuck in the mid-40s, it didn’t take a hit during the shutdown: 44 percent just before the shutdown began; 44 percent now.”

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Fall Favorites: Fellowship.

Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8

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Sam Rayburn served nearly a half-century in the U.S. House of Representatives and became one of the most powerful men in the world, but he never outgrew his friends. One night, a friend’s daughter passed away. Early the next morning the man heard a knock on his door, and when he opened it, Mr. Rayburn stood outside. “I just came by to see what I could do to help,” said Rayburn. The man said nothing could be done.

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“Well,” Mr. Rayburn said, “have you had your coffee this morning?” While Rayburn was working in the kitchen, the man came in and said, “Mr. Speaker, I thought you were supposed to be having breakfast at the White House this morning.”

“Well, I was,” Rayburn said, “but I called the President and told him I had a friend who was in trouble, and I couldn’t come.”

Sometime during this fall season someone will need your support and fellowship. A friend in trouble is the most important person in the world; and fellowship is the funnel through which our love flows to others. Do you have a friend in need today?

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.
John Fawcett

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By David Jeremiah.

Newt Gingrich: Attack on Syria ‘Will Prove Nothing’.

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By Newsmax Wires

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says an American attack on Syria now “will prove nothing” and is urging President Barack Obama to reconsider a possible strike against Bashar al-Assad that could end up embroiling the U.S. in another war.

“A brief bombing campaign in Syria might make the United States and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing,” the Georgia Republican wrote in an opinion piece Tuesday carried on CNN’s website.

“We have already abstained from getting involved in the civil war for two years and have chosen not to respond to evidence (albeit less clear) of another chemical attack this year,” he continued. “We have already concluded that as terrible as the civil war is, it cannot be our war. The bombing will not change this — and then what?”

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Gingrich, a presidential candidate in 2012 and now the host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” called the reports last week of Assad’s suspected use of chemical weapons against his own citizens “deplorable and inhumane.” But as bad as the reports are, he said the administration must think twice about injecting any military force in Syria, where both sides in the civil war are “bad.”

“One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance,” he said, warning that the U.S. should not “spend the time, money and blood to create a desirable side in Syria.
“There is no victory to be had there,” he declared.

Besides, Gingrich noted, “Syria is not the greatest threat in the Middle East to U.S. or world security.” That distinction, he stressed, belongs to the Iranian regime, which he said “is working every day to get a nuclear weapon” that poses “a direct threat to Israel’s survival and a long-term threat to America.”

“The conflicts in Syria, Egypt and Libya are small threats compared with the disaster that could ensue and the lives that would be endangered if Iran succeeds in its drive for nuclear weapons,” the former congressman said. “We should focus more on the truly big threat ahead of the headlines of the day — or we will be reading much worse headlines in the future.

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Trump Defends Boehner: Speaker Has ‘Toughest Job’ in America.

Donald Trump expressed sympathy for Speaker of the House John Boehner Wednesday, saying people don’t understand that the Ohio Republican has the “toughest job” in America.

“I think the speaker probably has the toughest job in the country. He’s got different groups of people within his own party that feel different ways about everything. So I think he’s [in] a very difficult position,” the real estate and entertainment billionaire told Fox News’s Neil Cavuto Wednesday.

According to Politico, Trump cited the current divisions among Republicans in the House over how to deal with Obamacare and the upcoming budget negotiations as an example of the difficulties Boehner faces every day in trying to bridge the differences between the various conservative tea party and moderate factions of his conference.

“There is a problem, and part of the problem for the Republicans is you have two very divergent groups,” Trump said. “You have people that are hard-liners that want very much to see [the government] shut down; you have others that are not so hard-line but they want Obamacare ended because they know how destructive it’ll be.

“And actually, the Republicans are going to have to get together and choose one or the other. They can’t be divided on the issue,” he added.

Trump also fired back at Democrats and other critics of Boehner who have accused him of failing to take a stand on key issues, such as immigration and the push by some in his party to shut the government down over Obamacare.

“I don’t think he’s dragging his feet, and I think there are a lot of things going to happen,” Trump said. “And we’ll see what happens, but I don’t think he’s dragging his feet at all,” Trump added.

Trump golfed with Boehner on Tuesday along with talent agent Ari Emanuel, the brother of Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Politico noted that in addition to golfing with Trump, Boehner has been raising money for House Republicans in recent days in upstate New York and Pennsylvania.

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By Courtney Coren

Gingrich: I’m Rethinking My Neoconservative Views.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich says he’s reconsidering his neoconservative views regarding the benefits gained from U.S. military interventions as a way to promote democracy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

Gingrich believes the methods he has long been a supporter of have backfired and require re-evaluation, the Washington Times reports.

“I am a neoconservative,” Gingrich told the Times. “But at some point, even if you are a neoconservative, you need to take a deep breath to ask if our strategies in the Middle East have succeeded.”

Gingrich, who backed the U.S. invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, said he has become increasingly skeptical about the strategy of attempting to export democracy by force to countries where religion and culture clash with Western values.

“It may be that our capacity to export democracy is a lot more limited than we thought,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich said that while he has expressed his doubts concerning the ability of the U.S. for nation building before, he has only recently reached conclusions about their failures in light of the experiences of the past decade.

“My worry about all this is not new,” Gingrich said.

“But my willingness to reach a conclusion is new.”

Gingrich recommended Republicans put more weight on the anti-interventionist ideas offered by the libertarian-minded Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a tea party favorite and foreign policy skeptic.

“I think it would be healthy to go back and war-game what alternative strategies would have been better, and I like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul because they are talking about this,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich, who less than two years ago was a staunch believer that President Obama should have “quietly tried to push” Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak out of office, now wonders whether the move to back the overthrow of the longtime Egyptian leader and U.S. ally might have been misguided.

“Here’s a simple question: ‘Is Egypt really better off than going back to Mubarak since it’s hard to argue that the Muslim Brotherhood’s dictatorship is better than Mubarak?’,” Gingrich said.

Gingrich warned against U.S. military action in Syria.

“I explicitly would not go into Syria,” Gingrich said.

“I would look at the whole question of how we think of the governments in other countries.”

Gingrich said the U.S. “should begin to focus narrowly on American interests” rather than on attempting to change systems of governance abroad to suit our worldview.

“I think we really need a discussion on what is an effective policy against radical Islam, since it’s hard to argue that our policies of the last 12 years have effective,” Gingrich said.

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By Matthew Auerbach

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