The Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum and Chief Nwodo discuss the reasons behind “Nigeria’s dysfunction” at the 17th Gani Fawehinmi’s lecture in Lagos earlier today.
Professor Zulum was one of the two guest speakers at the 17th Gani Fawehinmi’s lecture organized by the Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association, which held on Friday in Lagos.
Zulum, who reminded audience that he was not a constitutional lawyer but an engineer, was in Lagos in honour of an invitation by the NBA, to honour late Fawahinmi, who he respects for his courage and selfless contributions as a defender of underprivileged masses.
Governor Zulum, alongside Chief John Nnia Nwodo, presented papers on the theme, “constitutional history of Nigeria’s dysfunction: Any pathway to indivisibility and common progress?”.
The two speakers analyzed historic developments and complexities of the Nigerian constitution, highlighting serious challenges facing the country and its citizens. They challenged both leaders and citizens to do their separate paths in making Nigeria great.
Governor Zulum, in his presentation, argued that the constitution has concentrated too much powers on the federal government, noting also, that the constitution needs to be amended in ways that will reflect present realities and for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Zulum also challenged journalists to remain firm In holding political leaders to the promises they make during electioneering campaigns.
Zulum, who will be using his time in Lagos to hold some developmental activities in the interest of Borno people, travelled with his chief of staff, commissioners of justice, information and local government and emirate affairs.
Speakers at the lecture made far reaching contributions all of which point to many issues with Nigerian constitution that need to be seriously addressed.
The Nigerian Army In a statement issued yesterday Approves New Postings And Appointments, where the statement reads:
“In the rekindled spirit of professionalism and enhanced productivity, the Nigerian Army has just released the postings and appointments of some affected senior officers.
The posting which was approved by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai is a routine/normal exercise intended to reinvigorate the system for greater performance and effectiveness.
The posting saw the redeployment of Major General FO Agugo from Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals Corps Apapa Lagos to Defence Headquareters Department of Communications as Chief of Defence Communications, Major General M Mohammed from Nigerian Army Resource Center Abuja to Pronto Tech Nigeria Limited and appointed Managing Director, Maj Gen AR Owolabi from Defence Headquarters Abuja (Department of Communications) to Headquarters Nigerian Army Signals Corps as Commander, Major General A Bande is to remain as General Officer Commanding 8 Division Sokoto, Major General E Akerejola from Army Headquarters Department of Logistics to Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport, Benin as Commandant, Major General UM Mohammed to remain in the Office of the Chief of Army Staff as Special Adviser Nigerian Army University Biu and Vice Chairman Nigerian Army Property Limited, Abuja, Major General CV Eze from Office of the Chief of Army Staff ( Nigerian Army Special Projects) to Army Headquarters, Department of Army Logistics and appointed Director Engineering Services, Major General OF Azinta from Defence Space Agency, Abuja to Defence Headquarters as Director Psychological Warfare, Major General AM Dauda from National Defence College, Abuja to Army Headquarters Department of Policy and Plans and appointed Director Policy, Major General AL Dusu from Army Headquarters, Department of Policy and Plans to Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Kachia appointed Commandant and Major General H Ahmed from Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police to remain as Provost Marshal (Army).
Others include, – Major General TA Gagariga from Nigerian Army School of Artillery, Kachia to Defence Space Agency, Abuja appointed as Deputy Chief of Defence Space Agency, Major General JO Iwara from Army Headquarters Department of Standard and Evaluation to Department of Army Logistics appointed Director of Logistics Planning, Major General PI Eze to remain at Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE Maiduguri and appointed Theatre Logistics Component Commander, Major General OO Oluyede to remain in Sector 2 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Damaturu as Commander, Major General BR Sinjen to remain in Army Headquarters Department of Training and Operations, Abuja as Director Operations, Major General R Abubakar to remain in Defence Headquarters as Defence Liaison Officer Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, Major General OO Soyele from Defence Hedquarters, Abuja to Nigerian Army Resource Center, Abuja as Senior Research Fellow, Major General AK Ibrahim to remain in Headquarters 7 Division/ Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri as General Officer Commanding/Commander Sector 1 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Major General SI Igbinomwanhia to remain in Sector 3 Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Monguno as Commander and Major General IM Jallo from Headquarters 63 Brigade, Asaba to Headquarters 6 Division, Port Harcourt appointed General Officer Commanding.
Similarly, Brigadier General AIM Lapai from 302 Artillery Regiment (General Support), Onitsha to Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery, Kontogora appointed Director Field Defence, Brigadier General Kawugana from Warrant Officers’ Academy, Jaji to Hedquarters 9 Brigade, Ikeja Lagos appointed Commander, Brigadier General MO Jimoh from Defence Headquarters to Defence Space Agency, Abuja and appointed Deputy Director, Launch Vehicle Systems, Brigadier General MA Bolarinwa from Nigerian Army School of Supply and Transport Benin to Defence Headquarters(Annex), Lagos and appointed Deputy Director Supply, Brigadier General SM Uba to remain in 401 Special Forces’ Brigade as Commander, Brigadier General WM Dangana from Army War College Nigeria, Abuja to 3 Division Garrison, Jos appointed Commander, Brigadier General AGL Haruna to remain in 7 Division Garrison, Maiduguri as Commander, Brigadier General AM Garba from Headquarters Theatre Command Operation LAFIYA DOLE, Maiduguri to Headquarters 23 Brigade, Yola appointed Commander, Brigade General AG Laka from Army War College Nigeria, Abuja to Nigerian Army Operations Centre, Abuja and appointed Coordinator, Brigadier General IA Ajose from Training and Doctrine Command, Minna to 4 Special Forces Command, Doma as Chief of Staff, Brigadier General DK Zirkushu from Headquarters 1 Brigade, Gusau to Headquarters 28 Task Force Brigade, Chibok and appointed Commander.
Accordingly, Brigadier General M Ibrahim from Operation SAFE CORRIDOR, Gombe to 14 Brigade Ohafia appointed Commander, Brigadier General A Idris from Army Headquarters Department of Administration Army to Headquarters 63 Brigade, Asaba appointed Commander, Brigadier General RT Utsaha from 34 Brigade Garrison, Owerri to 32 Brigade, Akure and appointed Commander, Brigadier General MA Sadiq from Headquarters Operation DELTA SAFE, Yenagoa to Headquarters 4 Brigade, Benin and appointed Commander, Brigadier General IH Daniel from 304 Artillery Regiment Maiduguri to 34 Brigade Garrison Oweri as Commander, Brigadier General EO Ojabo from Defence Headquarters, Abuja to 81 Division Garrison, Lagos and appointed Commander, Brigadier General SS Tilawan to remain in Headquarters 5 Brigade as Commander.
Others are – Colonel FD Babatunde from Headquarters 81 Division, Lagos to Headquarters Operation SAFE HAVEN Jos appointed Sector Commander, Colonel OJ Majebi from Operation SAFE HAVEN, Jos to 31 Brigade Garrison, Minna appointed Commander, Col JC Mbanefo from Headquarters Nigerian Army Corps of Artillery to 301 Artillery Regiment (General Support) and appointed Commander, Colonel MA Maaji from Depot Nigerian Army Zaria to 4 Operation DELTA SAFE and appointed Commander amongst others.
All the postings and appointments take effect from the 18 of January 2021.
While wishing all the officers well in their respective appointments, the Chief of Army Staff enjoins them to take their new responsibilities/appointments seriously and discharge all duties professionally with utmost loyalty to the Nation and the Service.”
Source: Brig. General Sagir Musa, Director Army Public Relations. 9th January, 2021.
The Bauchi Local Government Chairman of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), Malam Ibrahim Jaja in an interview with the Daily Watch Press yesterday, 8th December, 2020 has confirmed receiving the letter of expulsion of the self acclaimed State Chairman of the party, Barr Ahmed Umar Farouk (Gwadabe).
The Chairman said: “The letter of expulsion which was dated 1st December, 2020 was served on me and I wish to communicate same to the State Chapter of the party any time soon, after deliberation with the Bauchi Local Government Executives.”
The Chairman failed to make further comments on the matter, insisting that their position will be known any time soon.
The content of the letter which reads in full as follows: “
In accordance with the provisions of our constitution following the meeting of Hardo Ward Executive Committee meeting on the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee at its meeting held at No. B341 Wunti Street, Bauchi on the 29th December, 2020, in which a lot of allegations of conspiracy and creation of unnecessary tension in the party, were leveled and confirmed against Barr Ahmed Faruq Gwadabe after given him an opportunity to defend himself in line with the principles of fair hearing as enshrine in the party’s constitution but to no avail. His inability to defend himself gives Hardo Ward Executive Committee no option than to uphold the recommendation of the Disciplinary Committee as follows:
Impose Article 6(a), (b), (c) and (d) of the People’s Redemption Party Constitution (As Amended), we therefore regret to inform you that you are hereby expel from the People’s Redemption Party with immediate effect.
The letter dated 30th November, 2020 has been forwarded to you accordingly.
The general public and our teeming members should take note of this and be guided appropriately.”
The letter was duely signed by the Ward Chairman and Secretary, Muhammad Sa’adu and Buhari Musa Gar respectively.
Mr. Speaker sir, my decision to write to you at this material time is necessitated by the fact that your recent outburst and insistent on being a sectional leader using your position as the Speaker of the House of Representative is not only disgusting but a clear sign that you have lost touch with reality, especially considering how our Northern Representatives rally around you in your bid to be the leader of the House of Representatives in this 9th Assembly.
Your recent annoying insistence that you will only sign the 2021 Appropriation Bill for onward transmission to the President for assent if the End SARS Protesters are considered for compensation, despite the apparent undertone that the so called protest is targeted more at disrupting and destabilizing the popular government of President Muhammadu Buhari is another sign that you are somehow in concord with the real aim of the protest and that to me will be a betrayal trust.
Before your recent behavior which has succeeded in revealing your true colour, I used to consider you as a modern Nationalist, but not anymore, because, this your call has shown that you have no feelings for your fellow compatriots in the North, considering the number of years the people of the north, especially, that of the North East and recently the North West had suffered insurgency, banditry and senseless killings, which had led into an unquantifiable loss of means of livelihood.
Furthermore, according to amnesty international who reported that some security personnel used unnecessary and excessive force on some Shiite and IPOB members from the North West and South East geo political zones of the country in 2015 and 2016 respectively which resulted in multiple deaths and injuries. Likewise, some security challenges like banditry, kidnapping, and armed robbery which also claimed innocent lives in Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Plateau, Nassarawa and Benue states.
Sagaciously, to my greatest surprise, I thought Mr. Speaker, is a concern Nigerian and also a voice for all Nigerians regardless of region, religion, social or political background, but unfortunately, you are not, otherwise, you should have included the aforementioned incidences in your Plenary speech at the Chambers of the Honourable House of Representatives.
Since Mr. Speaker, has failed to do that. That is why I decided to give you ample time to ponder over your dummy split about the lives that End SARS claimed as you stated and apologies to each and every Nigerian for your trabalistic approach to this very sensitive issue. Therefore, I want to use this medium to draw your attention to the fact that during the time of your immediate predecessor Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, the leadership of the House of Representative had successfully shun all divisive tendencies, the people of North East will remain ever grateful and appreciative of his modest effort towards the establishment of the North East Development Commission, which has contributed in no small major in addressing their daily plight for meaningful life, but we cannot remember any time in our recent history when Dogara or anyone before him threating to jeopardize the collective interest of the people of Nigeria for the interest of some few nonentities.
Mr. Speaker, we want you to know that what you are doing at the moment is nothing but an attempt to destroy the long political investment you have made in the minds of Nigerians, especially in the North, don’t also forget that the seat you are occupying at the moment supposed to be that of the North Central if the APC political realignment is to be taken into consideration.
Mr. Speaker, my call to you at this very stage is to honorably step down from your position since you are not capable of serving as a speaker for all Nigerians, so as to give way for a more competent and capable hand, capable of leading us to the Promised Land.
It is also my call to all well-meaning members of the National Assembly, particularly, those of the House of Representatives, to start a movement for the removal of Femi Gbajabiamila from the Speakership of the House of Representatives if you did not apologies for your arrogant contempt to the nation in the next seven (7) days.
Mr. Speaker, I will also like to remind you that the followership you have being enjoying from the members of the House of Representatives, is not that of a slave-master relation, but understandably for the good of the country, so don’t mistaken that for cowardice, as we are keenly watching and it appears it is high time they begin to withdraw their support for your insensitive leadership.
Finally, should you see any reason to be a responsible leader, then refused only to do any of your obligation in solidarity with the victims of Boko Haram, who have being pounded continuously for over ten (10) years now for no good reason and not the End SARS Protesters who have cost this nation greatly. What I expected from you in all this is to take the side of the men of our hardworking security operatives who were killed in broad day light for protecting the lives and properties of your fellow citizens, but that is not to be.
At the end, I will keep praying for these security challenges to come to an end. And I also pray for peaceful coexistence in every part of the country going forward.
United we stand and divided we fall, long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Yours in humanity.
By: Alh. Umar Mohammed Maifata (Baraden Yalwa), Yalwa, Bauchi, Bauchi State. email@example.com
Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said he wants to be a martyr who will be sacrificed to achieve the much-sought Igbo presidency.
David Umahi made the declaration on Tuesday in Abakaliki while briefing newsmen, noting that only martyrs make sacrifices for the peoples’ interest in difficult times.
The governor, who confirmed that he is defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressive Congress, said he will not regret the decision no matter its outcome.
“I have to lead the protest against the marginalisation of the Igbos by the PDP and I don’t have to consult anybody to lead such a protest.
“I don’t want the PDP to collapse in the South-East but it can collapse itself in the zone if it does not heed the peoples’ advice to entrench justice, fairness, and equity.
“The PDP should be bold to declare its stand on zoning of the presidency to the South-East and if it cannot, should tell us why we are not capable of holding such a position but will come for our votes during elections,” he said.
Umahi said that the decision to leave PDP was not about leadership but about patriotism, justice, fairness and the overall interest of the people.
“I am not vying for any position in the APC so anybody who does not like me over the defection will be fighting the air.
“I will instead play the fatherly role of guiding anyone who wants to vie for any position because it is a waste of time for any governor to seek to replace himself.
“When you are looking for everybody to be loyal to you in politics, you might not get to your destination because destinations are not straight but full of obstacles,” he said.
Umahi said that he will not be disturbed if the APC fails to zone the presidency to the South-East but will depend on God to determine the matter.
“The APC, however, appears to be amenable towards working with the South-East even though the South-East never supported it the way it supported the PDP since 1999.
“We would be 24 years with the PDP by 2023 and Ebonyi, under my administration, will testify the numerous feats we have attained with the support of my friend and father, President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
He said his defection has created a political gathering and mass movement, unprecedented in Ebonyi history with both PDP and APC faithful coming together to pursue a common cause.
“I will have no regrets if our agitations are not met in APC as it will be on record that a governor was sacrificed for the betterment of his people on what is rightfully, their due.
“We will still protest if we are still unfairly treated in the APC because protest is the beauty of democracy and if it doesn’t work now, it can work in future,” he said.
The EFCC Grills The Federal Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is presently interrogating a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Babatunde Fowler, over the N100 billion tax evasion allegations levelled against a tax firm, Alpha Beta Consulting.
Fowler, who was also a former Chief Executive Officer, Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, responded to an invitation from the EFCC on Monday.
A former Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Alpha Beta Consulting, Dapo Apara, had accused the firm of tax fraud to the tune of N100bn.
In a petition to the EFCC in 2018, Apara stated that Alpha Beta, the firm given exclusive rights to monitor and collect Internally Generated Revenue on behalf of the Lagos Government, “has become an avenue for official corruption of government officials, a conduit pipe for massive money-laundering scheme, tax evasion, among other vices.”
In the petition which was written by his lawyer, Adetunji Shoyoye and Associates, the ex-CEO claimed that the fraud had been covered by powerful politicians in the state.
The petition signed by Adetunji Adegboyega on behalf of the law firm, read in part, “Over the years the company has been protected and shielded by some powerful politicians and people in the society which made them to always boast of being untouchable, but our client, feeling the need not to keep quiet again and strengthened by his belief in the fact that the government of President Muhammadu Buhari is keen on fighting corruption, which has been the bane of our country, is of the firm belief that it’s time to expose and open the can of worms called Alpha Beta Consulting.”
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, confirmed that Fowler was with the commission.
“Yes, Fowler responded to an invitation this morning. I believe he is still here,” he explained.
Uwujaren, however, did not comment on the investigation.
Gov. Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno State, shares building materials, cash to families of 25 villages in Jere.
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum on Saturday supervised the distribution of building materials and cash to 1,111 families who will reconstruct their homes across 25 villages in Jere local government area.
The distribution is one of government resettlement policies even though the government at many instances, builds and reconstruct thousands of homes on major projects.
Each of the 1,111 families empowered for resettlements, has at least six members.
They will be returning to safe communities they lived before they were displaced years ago.
At a brief ceremony which took place in Yawuri each family, called a household, received building materials and cash to renovate their houses and pick up the pieces of their lives.
Zulum assured the communities of Government’s continued assistance in ways that will boost access to livelihoods in irrigation agriculture taking advantage of potentials in the shores of Lake Alau.
The governor also promised to construct a new school and a hospital for the families.
The returning communities had been taking refuge in parts of Jere Local Government and Maiduguri Metropolitan for over 3 years.
Commissioner for Reconstruction, Resettlement and Rehabilitation, Engr. Mustapha Gubio informed the Governor that only displaced persons who indicated interest to to return were listed for the self-reconstruction empowerment.
Meanwhile, Governor Zulum was at Dalwa, a community in Konduga Local Government Area where the ministry for reconstruction already mobilised to site for construction of 500 houses.
President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja assured Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and Economy, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, that the country will explore every opportunity and deploy its entire energy to ensure that she becomes the Director-General of World Trade Organisation (WTO).
Dr Okonjo-Iweala is one of two candidates contesting for the top position of the multilateral institution.
President Buhari, who received the former Managing Director (Operations) of the World Bank at the Presidential Villa, said she deserved more support to get the top job because of her profile and diligence in serving the country, and the world.
“I assure you that we will do all that we can to ensure that you emerge as the Director-General of WTO, not only because you are a Nigerian, but because you are a hardworking Nigerian. You deserve this,’’ he added.
The President assured Dr Okonjo-Iweala that he will make more phone calls, and send letters to some world leaders for more support.
“I did the same for Dr Akinwunmi Adesina for President of the African Development Bank. Both of you served the country under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). You are both highly qualified. We will continue to support you. I will immediately make those calls,’’ the President told Dr Okonjo-Iweala.
In her remarks, Dr Okonjo-Iweala, a renowned development economist, thanked the President and his ministers, particularly the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, and Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investment for supporting her staunchly.
“I feel very proud of Nigeria. I am getting so much support from you, Mr President, Chief of Staff, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Industry, Trade and Investments. The ministers have been working around the clock to ensure that I succeed,’’ she said.
The former Minister of Finance also appreciated ECOWAS leaders for their endorsement, mentioning in particular the outstanding contributions of President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger Republic and immediate past Chairman of ECOWAS as well as President Alhassan Quattara of Cote d’Ivoire.
She asked the President to “make one final push within the week to beat the Koreans and bring this to Nigeria by sending a few letters and placing telephone calls to some world leaders, and also thank others for their support.’’
“Mr President, put a smile on my face,’’ she said, “I am very proud of the country.’’
The statement was made available today by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity.