EFCC Arraigns Woman For N38m Oil Scam In Kano

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The Kaduna Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Thursday, January 20, 2022, arraigned one Wasila Musa Ibrahim and her company, Najaatu Petroleum Limited, before Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa at the Federal High Court, Kano.

They were arraigned on a 10-count charge bordering on money laundering and tax evasion.

The complainant alleged that sometime in 2020 the defendant approached him with a business proposal for the supply of Diesel and Premium Motor Spirit (petrol) to a company known as Lee Group. The defendant collected a sum of Thirty-Eight Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N38, 200,000.00) from the complainant and his family members to execute the business but diverted the money for her personal use.

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When the complainant requested a refund, the defendant claimed she gave the money to one Alhaji Lawan who had absconded and could not be reached.

In the course of the investigation, it was discovered that there was no evidence to show that the defendant invested the said money.

It was also discovered that her company, Najaatu Petroleum Limited evaded tax payments from January 2013 to 2020.

Wasila Musa Ibrahim

 

One of the counts reads: “That you, Wasila Musa Ibrahim “F”, sometime in October 2020, in Kano within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a cash payment of the sum of N38,200,000.00(Thirty-Eight Million and Two Hundred Thousand Naira) only to one Alhaji Lawan for the purchase of five (5) trucks of Diesel without passing through a financial institution and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (a) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Section 16(2) (b) of the same Act”.

Another count reads: “That you, Wasila Musa Ibrahim “F”, Managing Director of Najaatu Petroleum Limited and Najaatu Petroleum Limited sometime in January 2013 in Kano, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fail to pay your company income tax for the year 2013 to the Federal Inland Revenue Service and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 9 (1) (a) of the Companies Income Tax Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 82 of the same Act”.

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty to the charges.

In view of her plea, the prosecution counsel, Y.J Matiyak, prayed the court to fix a date for the hearing and remanded the defendant in the EFCC custody. But the defence counsel, Suleiman Abdulrahim informed the court of a pending application for bail of the defendant and asked that his client be admitted to bail.

However, Matiyak opposed the application.

Justice Yunusa, after listening to the arguments, adjourned the matter till February 8, 2022, for a hearing of bail application and remanded the defendant in EFCC custody.

ICRC Commends Nigerian Army’s Collaboration, Support

A high-powered delegation from the International Committee of the Red Cross on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters (AHQ), Abuja

 

The Head of Delegation, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Nigeria, Mr. Yann Bonzon has extolled the support of the Nigerian Army towards the attainment of its humanitarian efforts.

Mr. Yann Bonzon gave the commendation today 20 January 2022 when he led a high-powered delegation of the organization on a courtesy visit to the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya at the Army Headquarters (AHQ), Abuja.

He said the visit has become necessary to discuss humanitarian challenges with a view to finding ways and means of surmounting them. He appreciated the support of the Nigerian Army and protection given to the staff of ICRC during humanitarian activities in the North East and other operational areas across the country.

Mr. Yann also acknowledged the long-existing relationship and formidable bond between the two organisations and pledged to continue the partnership. He added that ICRC will also continue to dialogue with the NA until common ground is attained.

Responding, the COAS, Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, appreciated the immense contribution of ICRC in the NA’s activities especially in the area of humanitarian assistance, training, and research packages in theatres of operations, units, colleges, and training institutions, which he said have impacted meaningfully in the handling of humanitarian activities.

General Yahaya stated that the Nigerian Army is always willing to interact and cooperate with ICRC and any other organization in the conduct of its operations. He pledged NA’s continued partnership with the ICRC and urged the organization not to relent in the support to troops in the field, unit’s formations and training institutions.

In a related development, the President of the African Bar Association (AFBA), Mr. Hannibal Uwaifo has paid a courtesy visit to the COAS. Speaking during the visit, Mr Uwaifo said the NA and the Defence Headquarters are the strongest allies to African Bar Association, adding that the Armed Forces has rendered assistance to the AFBA in several areas.

He encouraged the media to always seek clarification before going to the press, especially in this era of terrorism and asymmetric warfare.

Mr Hannibal Uwaifo used the opportunity to intimate the COAS on the upcoming Military and Security Agencies Conference of the association in Malawi and other conferences scheduled for the year 2022 and called for greater participation of the Nigerian Army especially the Human rights desk officers.

In his remarks, the COAS Lt Gen Faruk Yahaya, appreciated AFBA for its support and cooperation to the NA and the Armed Forces of Nigeria. He pledged greater participation of the NA in the forthcoming activities of the AFBA and continued partnership in areas of common interest.

Africa Needs International Partnership To Tackle Terrorism, Climate Change – Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said on Friday that there are giant strides recorded across Africa but there are still challenges to overcome for which reasons, “we need partnerships that help to tackle climate change, address security concerns, promote economic prosperity, combat disease, and improve governance”.

Prof. Osinbajo stated this in a Special Address delivered at the virtual edition of the 2022 World Economic Forum featuring leaders from across the world.

According to a statement by his special media aide, Laolu Akande, the Vice President was chosen to deliver one of the 12 Special Addresses at this year’s event.

In all, about 25 Heads of State and Government featured generally at the virtual forum since Monday.

The 2022 virtual edition of the forum features a mix of visionary “state of the world” special addresses and ambitious high-level leadership panels focusing on critical collective challenges, among others.

The VP listed some of the progress on the African continent, including the recovery from the global pandemic, economic growth by 3.7% last year, and a projected 3.8% growth in 2022.

He also noted that there is now in place an African Continental Free Trade Area agreement to fast-track economic transformation just as the continent is making giant strides in agriculture, manufacturing, and digital technology. He added that in Nigeria for instance, 6 unicorns have emerged in the past six years.

Prof. Osinbajo who spoke on a wide range of issues noted that it was time for the international community to “walk the talk” by meeting its commitments towards advancing growth in developing economies, especially climate changes obligations.

On the issue of peace and security, the Vice President said “African countries face a serious threat of terrorism arising from the encroachment of global terror groups and their franchises into Africa.

“It is imperative for the international community to make more robust interventions to clear terrorists from Africa just as it did in the Middle East and other parts of the world. The United Nations Security Council must find unanimity in working with and assisting African countries to eradicate the menace of terrorism in the continent once and for all.”

On the climate change challenge, Prof. Osinbajo acknowledged that “it is now common knowledge that Africa contributes least to climate change but has been most negatively affected by it. We must not allow this worrying situation to be compounded further by global inaction, processes and rules that make it difficult for Africa to adapt to climate change or indeed to develop.”

He then urged “the international community to meet its pledge recently re-affirmed at COP-26 of providing $100 billion annually in climate finance to support climate change efforts in developing countries.”

Continuing, the VP explained that “although we in Africa are working towards the globally accepted net-zero future, we are also conscious that our energy needs are increasing with the growth in our economies.

“We need to ramp up energy access in response to this situation which is why the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energies must be just and fair.”

“We are emphatic in our view that natural gas which Africa has in abundance must be accepted as a transition fuel. Moves in the international community especially by development finance institutions to defund gas projects will have severe implications in the medium to long-term for African economies and will slow down the process of phasing out more polluting fuels such as coal, diesel, and heavy fuel oil (HFO),” he added.

In addition to climate finance, the Vice President called for a partnership to tackle poverty, access vaccinations and achieve debt sustainability.

“Economic recovery in Africa is contingent on the containment of the pandemic including through wide-spread vaccinations. Right now, less than 10% of African countries have vaccinated 40% of their population.

“The reality is that due to resource constraints, there will be a relatively slow rollout of vaccinations in Africa and that full national rollouts may take several years.

“The international community must accordingly support Africa with the resources including vaccine doses that will assist in making vaccinations available to all,” Prof. Osinbajo emphasized.

Another point made by the VP in his special address is the call on the international community to support African countries overcome fiscal challenges arising from their limited revenues.

According to Prof. Osinbajo, “the creation of $650 billion in new Special Drawing Rights last year was a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to enable African and other developing countries access the SDRs that are not needed or being used by developed or emerging economies.”

The Vice President also urged multilateral organizations to consider the huge obligations placed on African countries and adopt debt relief initiatives such as the Debt Service Suspension Initiative and the Common Framework for Debt Treatments in a manner that will not further constrain the resumption of growth to the continent.

With regard to governance, Prof. Osinbajo called on the international community to support the efforts of West African leaders under the auspices of ECOWAS particularly, their condemnation of the incidences of coups and unconstitutional changes in government.

Mali Bids Farewell To Ex-President Keita

Malian Military guards wheel in the coffin of the late ousted President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during his funeral ceremony in Bamako on January 21, 2022. Mali held a state ceremony on January 21, 2022, for former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted in a 2020 coup and died last week.

 

Mali held a state ceremony on Friday for former president Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who was ousted in a 2020 coup and died last week.

Interim Prime Minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga attended the ceremony in a military camp in the Sahel state’s capital Bamako, where the ex-leader’s coffin was draped in the Malian flag.

Keita’s relatives attended too, as well as former Malian Prime Minister Moussa Mara, Guinea’s foreign minister, and foreign diplomats in Bamako.

Thousands of people also gathered at the former president’s residence in Bamako to pay their respects.

Keita, who was elected in a landslide in 2013 and won re-election five years later, died aged 76 on Sunday. He is due to be buried at his Bamako residence later on Friday.

A Malian Military guard hold up a portrait of the late ousted President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita during his funeral ceremony in Bamako on January 21, 2022.

 

Mali’s brutal jihadist conflict overshadowed Keita’s presidency, which along with a flagging economy and perceived government corruption, contributed to mass protests against him in 2020.

Young army officers led by Colonel Assimi Goita forced him out of office on August 18, 2020, detaining Keita and other leaders.

Under pressure from the West African bloc ECOWAS, the junta that emerged from the rebellion released Keita on August 27 and returned him to his residence in Bamako, under surveillance.

He suffered a mini-stroke the following month, and was sent to the United Arab Emirates for treatment.

The ruling junta would stage went on to stage another coup in May 2021.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in December agreed to sanction Mali after the junta proposed staying in power for up to five years before staging elections — despite international demands to respect a promise to hold the vote in February.

Goita, the head of the ruling junta, has declared a three-day national holiday in Keita’s honour, starting from Friday.

World Bank Loans South Africa $750m To Fight COVID-19

This file photo was taken on May 20, 2021, at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. The World Bank said on October 21, 2021,

 

 

The World Bank has approved a $750-million (660-million-euro) loan to support South Africa’s Covid response and to bolster the economic recovery from the pandemic, the Treasury said Friday.

In a statement, the Treasury said the loan aims at “protecting the poor and vulnerable from the adverse socio-economic impacts of the pandemic and supporting a resilient and sustainable economic recovery.”

South Africa has the continent’s second-largest economy. The pandemic has left nearly 94,000 people dead, from 3.5 million cases — the highest toll in Africa.

A series of lockdowns and health regulations hobbled the economy, pushing unemployment to a record 34.9 percent in the third quarter of last year.

Since the start of the pandemic, the World Bank has deployed over $157 billion across more than 100 countries to try to mitigate the economic fallout.

Armed Forces To Partner NPHCDA On Healthcare Delivery

NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Faisal Shuaib and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor

 

 

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor, has expressed the readiness of the Armed Forces of Nigeria (AFN) in sustaining the collaborative healthcare arrangement with the National Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

This, he said is in order to further improve healthcare services for members of the AFN and the nation in general.

The CDS, who made the disclosure during the visit of the management staff of the agency, said the AFN would continue the partnership given its commitment to ensuring a good healthcare system for personnel and their families.

He commended NPHCDA for championing the eradication of poliovirus and other childhood diseases in the country.

NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr Faisal Shuaib

 

The NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, said he was at the Defence Headquarters to solicit the support of the military towards ensuring that children in the various areas affected by insecurity are vaccinated against any form of the disease, especially the circulating Mutating Polio Virus.

The Executive Director indicated that the NPHCDA and its partners are working to reach security compromised locations in the country so as to halt the scourge.

He applauded the CDS for his pragmatic leadership and commended the resilience and gallantry of the members of the AFN, particularly troops in the theatres of operation.

Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), General Lucky Irabor and NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faisal Shuaib exchange pleasantries

We Will Continue To Invest In Road Transport Infrastructure – Gbajabiamila

File Photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the Green Chamber will continue to help the transport industry to thrive and invest in its infrastructure. 

He stated this on Thursday during the Commissioning the national headquarters of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Abuja, where he noted the critical role played by the transport industry in the country.

“Government is not unaware of these realities. We will continue to do what we can to help your industry thrive,” he added.

“We will also continue investing significantly in road transport infrastructure, which will expand your routes and ensure that you can cover more ground quickly, safely, and at substantially less cost.”

He said the men and women who make up RTEAN play an essential role in facilitating trade and commerce in the country,

“Every day, you move millions of people and transport cargo worth billions across the towns, cities, and states of our federation.

“In this manner, you contribute immensely to the operation of the Nigerian economy,” the lawmaker said.

Gbajabiamila noted that he accepted to commission the RTEAN national headquarters to acknowledge the vital role of the association and assure them that their value to Nigeria’s economy and the country as a whole is recognised by governments at all levels.

The lawmaker stated that he looked forward to supporting RTEAN and working with them to achieve national development goals.

“As you are all aware, the world is still amid a global pandemic that has significantly upset the balance of our world. Here in Nigeria, we are still grappling with the effects of this pandemic on our economy,” Gbajabiamila noted.

“The road transport sector, like other sectors, has not been spared from the consequences of the economic contraction.

“At the same time, you are grappling with regulatory, technological, and policy changes that have adversely impacted your businesses and your business model”.

Gbajabiamila encouraged the RTEAN members to understand that they are operating at a time of rapid social and economic change due to technological advancement, changing public tastes, and policy and regulatory responses to both.

“You cannot standstill. You must be ready to adapt to new realities, modify your practices, and make sure that you thrive in whatever circumstances,” the Lagos lawmaker explained.

“This new RTEAN House stands today as a tribute to your ability as a union to mobilise people and resources to serve noble objectives. It is only through unity and dedication of purpose that you will achieve the best objectives for the men and women who make up your union. Therefore, I encourage you to continue in this regard.”

World Bank’s $750m Support Will Create Jobs, Reduce Poverty, Says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has said the $750m loan from the World Bank will create jobs, complement the Federal Government’s social investment and reduce poverty in the country.

He said this is part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s plan to take 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.

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The Vice President disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja at the national launch of the NG-CARES programme implementation with the World Bank’s $750 million loan.

NG-CARES- is a multi-sectoral programme, which in addition to the ongoing implementation of the Economic Sustainability Plan (ESP), is a furtherance of the Federal Government’s response to the socio-economic fallouts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assuring stakeholders that the programme will build on diverse and extensive interventions by the Federal Government, Prof. Osinbajo stated that the “NG-CARES programme is designed to support vulnerable and poor Nigerians, provide immediate emergency relief to smallholder farmers and SMEs that were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

He also disclosed that the World Bank loan “will be over a period of 2 years (2021-2023), and the intervention allocation to each State is $20 million ex-ante and $15 million to FCT, and $15 million for the NG CARES Support Unit. The programme is to be driven by States using the Programme for Results-PforR-delivery mechanism.”

According to him,  the programme will further complement the Federal Government’s plan to scale up the number of beneficiaries of its social schemes, subsidy and grants to support individuals, households and MSMEs in the multi-year Development Plan for 2021 – 2024.

He added that the plan “was developed within the context of our response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Economic Sustainability Plan serving as the bridge.”

Explaining further, Prof. Osinbajo said “in order to ensure successful programme implementation, the Federal Government will provide quality assurance, monitoring, capacity building and technical assistance to States and FCT on project activities and results.

“Consequently, the Federal Government has inaugurated the Federal CARES Steering Committee (FCSC), the Federal CARES Technical Committee (FCTC) and the Federal CARES Support Unit (FCSU) to provide overall policy direction, technical support to all the States and FCT and advise Mr President appropriately.”

He added that he looked forward to the “prompt and effective implementation of the programme, both at the Federal and States levels,” even as he urged implementing agencies to “fully deploy their wealth of experience and expertise to ensure the successful take-off and implementation of the NG-CARES programme.”

The national launch of the NG-CARES was held ahead of the first National Economic Council meeting and was attended by State Governors, members of the Federal Executive Council, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, and development partners including the World Bank Country Director Mr Shubham Chaudhuri who made a presentation on State Eligibility for the Programme.

The World Bank-supported COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus, also known as NG-CARES, will leverage existing job creation, wealth creation and poverty reduction programmes at the community level.

These include programmes such as State Cash Transfer Units, Agriculture Development Agencies, Job Creation Unit/MSE Support Units supported by the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP) of the Administration.

Be Fair In Your Assessment, Buhari Tells Nigerians

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked Nigerians to be fair in their assessment of his government and what it has achieved from 2015 to date.

The President stated this on Thursday in Kafanchan, Kaduna where he resolved to consolidate the country’s political system to improve the quality of the people’s lives because “the people matter.”

Giving the assurances of the determination of his administration “to hand over a better Nigeria than the one we inherited,” he urged Nigerians to be fair in their assessment of what his government has achieved especially on the campaign promises he made ahead of the 2015 elections.

In an address at the palace of Alhaji Muhammadu Isa 11, the Emir of Jama’a, President Buhari said “we are doing our efforts to consolidate the system for the good of the people because they matter.”

To this end, he spoke about the use of the police and the military, in dealing with security situations but urged Nigerians to develop confidence in civil authority to build a system “free of chaos.”

“Nobody,” he warned emphatically, “should be allowed to raise an army of thugs to force himself on the people.“must be very clear”, he added.

The President commended Governor Nasir El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State for his accomplishments in the provision of infrastructure.

“I’m very impressed by the rehabilitation of the town (Kafanchan) I have seen,” he said, after commissioning the newly constructed Dan Haya road, Katsina road, and the Emir’s Palace road in Kafanchan.

President Buhari, who asked residents of the area to show appreciation for the projects, also commended Alhaji Muhammed Isa, the Emir, for his consolidation of peace among the diverse ethnic and religious communities of the Emirate.

In his remarks, Governor El-Rufa’i acknowledged the President’s investments insecurity in the area, noting in particular that the establishment of security outfits had paved the way for reduced attacks on people, stating categorically that Kafanchan is much safer today than it used to be.

In acknowledging the improvements in security in the area, the Emir requested permanent bases for the Air Force and the Mobile Police, as well as the restoration of the rail services for which Kafanchan had achieved renown.

The President was welcomed to the community by the Senator and members of the House of Representatives from the zone, and a large number of enthusiastic citizens who thronged the streets.

Reps To Investigate Alleged Missing Firearms, Ammunition

A file photo of the House of Reps.

 

The House of Representatives has said it will investigate alleged missing firearms and ammunition belonging to the Nigeria police force in excess of 178 thousand since in 2019.

This is sequel to the report of the Auditor-General to the public accounts committee of the house.

The report suggests that the arms and ammunition which the police claim to have purchased, cannot be accounted for.

The matter was raised by the Deputy Minority Leader of the House on Thursday as a motion of urgent public importance, owing to the state of insecurity in the country.

Court Jails Oil Thief Two Years In Port Harcourt

Logo of a court gavel

 

Justice E. A. Obile of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced an oil thief, Francis Ezeakolam to two years’ imprisonment for illegally dealing in petroleum products without an appropriate license.

Ezeakolam was convicted on Tuesday, January 18, 2022, after pleading “guilty” to a one count charge, for alleged illegal oil dealing.

The charge reads, “that you Francis Ezeakolam on or about the 9th of May 2021 at Port Harcourt, Rivers State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did deal in petroleum product, to wit: 1,600 litres Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) conveyed in a Volkswagen bus with registration number WER 473 ZZ which is not of good quality contrary to Section 1 (18) (ii) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, Cap M17, of the Revised Edition (Laws of the Federation of Nigeria) 2007 and punishable under Section 18 (1) (ii) of the same Act”.

He pleaded “guilty” when the charge was read to him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel Ebiriukwu Deborah, led prosecution witness 1, Assistant Superintendent of the EFCC, Olawuyi Ridwan, to review the facts of the case.

Ridwan told the court that, the defendant was arrested on May 9, 2021, through verified intelligence by operatives of the EFCC in an anti- bunkering operation around Borikiri/Aggrey Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State for illegal dealing in petroleum products without an appropriate license.

He explained further that: “the defendant was also arrested alongside a Volkswagen bus with registration number WER 473 ZZ and Nissan Bus with registration number AE 974 BND while transloading products suspected to be illegally refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) packed in cellophane bags”.

Counsel to the defendant, Francis Echiane prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, stressing that the defendant “is a first-time offender and does not have previous criminal records. In addition, he has learned his lessons. He is married with children. His wife and children will have no one to provide for them”.

Justice Obile convicted and sentenced the defendants to two years imprisonment with an option of a fine of Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N200, 000.00).

He ordered that the 1,600 litres of illegally- refined Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) be forfeited to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and subsequently destroyed.

He also ordered that the evidence of destruction of the forfeited products be filed in court. This is in addition to an undertaking of good behaviour to be signed by the convict.

NASS’ Process Of Deciding On Direct Primary Not Painstaking Enough – Sen Na’Allah

The lawmaker representing Kebbi South Senatorial District, Senator Bala Na’Allah is of the opinion that the National Assembly’s process of earlier deciding on Direct Primaries, was not painstaking enough.

According to Senator Na’Allah, it is the failure to be very meticulous on the matter, that warranted the parliament to rescind its decision in such a very short period of time.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the lawmaker argued that if honestly, the lawmakers were very thorough as regards the decision they made, it would not take an individual to make over 400 parliamentarians change their minds so quickly.

“If we have 109 senators and we have 360 members of the House of Representatives painstakingly going through a process to arrive at a decision and we have the executive where there is only one person elected, declining assent to that decision, two things will show here.

Kebbi South Senatorial District, Senator Bala Na’Allah

 

“One, that maybe the National Assembly did not painstakingly go through the process because if they did honestly, they may not have arrived at the decision where one head became better than almost 500 and something people,” he contended.

He further explained “It is astonishing that 109 senators and 360 members will sit down and make a decision and within no time come back and say we’re reversing ourselves. It means the process that led us to arrive at that decision was not painstaking enough.

“Yeah, it wasn’t painstaking enough. If it were, I’m absolutely sure there’s no how all of us can reverse ourselves in a very dramatic manner.

“The point I am trying to make is that in whatever position you find yourself, you must be extremely careful when you are making a decision that is going to affect the Nigerian nation, and in doing so, that’s why our oath of office has always insisted never ever allow personal interests to affect your official decision and conduct, it’s in the oath of office”.

Senator Na’Allah advised that in the future, in order to develop the nation’s democracy, those who have been elected and who have sworn to an oath of office should try as much as they can to live within the confines of the oath which they have taken.

He urged lawmakers and those at the helm of affairs to avoid situations that are dramatic and as embarrassing as the situation that the current Assembly has found itself.

Buttressing his earlier position, the lawmaker argued that “if the process had been painstaking enough and there was commitment and honesty in the process that led to the decision made, then, I am absolutely sure it will provide a corresponding commitment to override Mr. president on that matter”.

He maintained that the National Assembly is not being tele-guided, and debunked claims suggesting that the parliament is a rubber stamp Assembly.

Adding that on the electoral bill issue, what was missing was a robust debate and a democratic opinion collation process.