President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd), as the New Director General (DG) of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Until this appointment, Mohammed Buba Marwa was the Chairman of the Presidential Committee on Drug Abuse.
An inside source within the anti drugs agency has since confirmed the appointment to Channels TV, that Brigadier General Mohammed Buba Marwa is the new DG, NDLEA.
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 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.
I often wonder why, when China devalue her currency, the almighty USA cries “BLUE MURDER.” And even threaten “TRADE WARS.” Or perhaps why the Japanese currency is twice as worse compared to the US Dollar vs. the Nigerian Naira. Yet the Japanese are smiling and the almighty USA doesn’t seem to like that smile.
But when Nigerian currency devalues, only Nigerians cry.
The answer, Nigeria has a different economic pattern and economic activities compared to China and Japan.
You cannot have a “Mono Economy” that’s totally dependent on crude export for external revenues and imports almost everything else for her citizen use.
Any economy in this category will definitely be hurt by Exchange Rate differentials – Yes! Foreign Exchange Rate fluctuates like wild FIRE!
But what do you make of a society that’ll travel from Lagos to Paris just to get Ice Cream. Make it trend on Social Media and sing a hit song about such useless expedition. You think you’ll not have to pay for such madness?
The exchange rate differentials will definitely come for your head and your economy too!
I don’t even want to argue about how you can have a complete meal in Nigeria for 500 Naira or $1 while a coffee at Starbucks cost $6.
To me, this comparison/argument is not worth the conversation because it only makes clever comparison without profering solutions.
THIS IS WHAT I THINK!
Nigeria is not a rich country. You can argue about this all you want! But before you write your response to my assertions, I’ll like you to pounder on the following;
Assuming Nigeria extracts 2,400,000 barrels of crude oil per day at $60pb. Now multiply the dollar figure and share it amongst 200 million people to see what that amounts to per person per day – then you’ll understand how poor we are as a country.
The above analysis doesn’t consider the cost of exploration and other biz/logistics expenses or what accountants call OPEX.
Yet you’ll see that we don’t even earn $1.5 per person per day. How poor can a country be?
Remind me again. What’s the yardstick that measures the extremely poor? $1 I think, is that correct?
Nigeria must move from being a 100% oil exporting country and begin to create value in other sectors.
We get it wrong when we keep calling for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).
Nobody will bring FDI into a country where civil servants are openly asking for pasentage share of the FDI, blatantly asking for kickbacks and even asking for stake in prospective businesses.
We need more than a call for FDI, We need a people that are engaged in economic activities that creates value – I’m talking about Economic Values that’ll directly benefit Nigerians and also attract foreign customers.
Discussing the solutions I’m considering will require a bigger space. Maybe I’ll talk about the other options Nigeria can utilize in subsequent epistles!
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.
It is evidently clear that some persons are hell bent to destroy this country and we shall resist it by all means.
We were misinformed and misled to believe that soldiers killed peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate, whose bodies are yet to be seen, family members yet to be seen crying and the hospitals they were taken to yet to be seen or shown to us. We have not heard parents or relatives of the deceased coming out to cry. The governor confirmed only one death which was not as a result bullet, and it is yet to be confirmed if the incident happend at the scene of the protest at Lekki.
The burning and destruction of Public infrastructure, media houses and attacks on the Oba of Lagos and other personalities has shown the evil intent of some anarchist. We shall not allow this, and the best way to resist this madness is by resisting to be tempted to respond to their evil act, but to allow the constituted authority to do the needful.
Our young people up here in the North must keep calm and refuse to be tempted to see the violence from a regional, tribal or religious angle because that is their intention. Those in Plateau that have subconsciously allowed themselves to be used must wake up and note that they are only playing to the gallary of some evil persons.
We shall soon mobilize young people of influence from this part of the country to have a talk and see how to prevail on other young people with tendencies not to contemplate taking laws into their hands. Violence has never defeated violence.
We urge all voices of young progressive Nigerians both those for and against SARS to speak up against this insincerity and intent to burn down our country.
The IPOB guys have proven a point and we must resist them by refusing to be violent while we note that not all Igbos are members of IPOB.
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.