The Wicked People In Nigeria Do Not Die – Senator Abaribe

 

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, says the wicked people in Nigeria have refused to die while the nation continues to lose good citizens. 

The Senate minority leader said this on Wednesday at a valedictory session held in honour of the late Senator Ignatius Longjan.

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“Yet again we are losing another good man. The question we always ask is why are we losing the good ones? The wicked people in this country do not die, it is the good ones that go,” Abaribe stated.

Abaribe after describing Longjan as a very good person commiserated with the lawmaker’s wife and children and the people that he represented.

The Statesman also commiserated with the diplomatic community from where Longjan came and Nigerians in general.

Senator Longjan who represented Plateau South, died on February 10 in Abuja.

We Are In Danger, Buhari Should Resign – Secondus

 

 

The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for ‘failing to secure the nation’ and ‘putting her democracy under threat’.  

Speaking after submitting protest letters to the embassies of the United Kingdom and the United States in Abuja, the PDP’s national chairman, Uche Secondus explained that there is an urgent need to seek international intervention to help improve security and the country’s judicial system.

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He said the party is in full support of its Senate minority leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe who asked President Buhari to resign his office for “failing to solve the security challenges in the country”, years after Nigerians voted the APC.

In line with Senator Abaribe’s thought, the PDP Chairman told newsmen on Friday that at the moment, “Mr President has lost control of security” adding that the nation is “in danger and we are in trouble”.

“Today we back our minority leader asking that Mr President should resign because he has lost control,” Secondus told newsmen in Abuja.

Insecurity: Buhari’s ‘Surprised’ Comment Shows He Has No Solutions – PDP

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the comments by President Muhammadu Buhari expressing surprise at the heightened insecurity across the country as defeatist, demoralizing and traumatizing.

The PDP stated that by this comment, President Buhari has displayed a disheartening dereliction of duty, directly admitted that he is overwhelmed and lacks the required capacity to articulate and implement any solutions to the escalated insurgency, banditry, kidnapping, bloodletting and the increased wave of violence under his administration.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party held that such a statement from a Commander-in-Chief, who promised to lead from the front, is distressing as it further exposes an abdication of duty and shows that Mr. President is not even abreast of his major task in governance which is the security of lives and property.

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The PDP said it is particularly worried over the apparent display of “leadership failure” as Mr. President ought to be receiving a daily brief from his service Chiefs on the actual situation on the ground.

According to the PDP’s statement, the President’s comment speaks volumes on the manner with which the security of the nation is being handled at the highest levels despite the huge resources reportedly committed to security issues by the Buhari administration.

The PDP noted that such development has further “eroded the confidence Nigerians repose on the Buhari Presidency for solutions, especially given his failures to rejig his security high command in the face of failures and demands by well-meaning Nigerians”.

The party, therefore, backed the call by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, asking President Buhari to resign.

Senator Abaribe’s Call On President Buhari To Resign Is Foolish – Garba Shehu

 

Presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, has described as foolish, the call by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe asking President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

Senator Abaribe on Wednesday, January 29, asked President Buhari to resign over the security situation in the country.

During plenary, the lawmaker asked the President to resign, arguing that the APC-led government has failed on its promise to secure the nation.

 

Reacting to Abaribe’s comments, Mr Garba Shehu said the call does not represent the opinion of the country, stressing that the lawmaker’s take on the matter is the opinion of an armchair critic, known for making stray comments.

As far as Mr Shehu is concerned, if a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.

“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.

“This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility,” Garba Shehu said.

The Presidential Spokesman was of the opinion that Abaribe’s party ‘raped’ the nation and left it collapsing in 2015, adding that President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he has been in office.

According to Mr Shehu, President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and her foreign friends.

“He is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it,” Mr Shehu assured.

Senate Asks Buhari To Declare Emergency On National Security

 

The Nigerian Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a national security emergency.

This was part of resolutions reached during plenary on Wednesday, January 29.

During the session, the Upper House deliberated extensively on Nigerian security challenges with some lawmakers considering a restructuring of the current security architecture.

While considering the matter, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe said the hard work that was supposed to be done in Nigeria is not done.

Senator Abaribe asked the present government to resign, arguing that the government can no longer do anything in the country.


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Still speaking on the security issues, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was of the opinion that the security architecture is overstretched and not as effective as it is.

According to Senator Omo-Agege, there is a consensus that the nation should be looking into the direction of community policing but there remains the uncertainty of what the structure and component will be like.

Taking the subject to a different angle, Senator Mathew Urhoghide opined that there is no coordination among security agencies in Nigeria.

He stressed that the NSA advises the President on security and should be able to coordinate the security agencies.

Lending her voice to the deliberations, Senator Oluremi Tinubu was of the opinion that if Nigeria really wants to tackle its insecurity correctly, then the nation should look at state police.

She was of the opinion that states which are ready to venture into State Policing should be given the go-ahead.

After hours of deliberation on the matter, the House resolved to “urge Mr. President C-in-C to declare a national security emergency and set up an ad-hoc committee to engage the security agencies and report to the Senate, as well as engage the national security institution to discuss their operational structures, funding, equipment, and staff in position with a view to reviewing the national security architecture to make it more responsive in tackling the myriad security challenges facing the nations and the people,”.

Other resolutions include to have the committee produce a draft implementation modality/ blueprint on the ways and means of tackling the current security challenges for the consideration of the Senate and to invite the Inspector General of Police to appear before the plenary and brief the Senate on the concept and the practical implementation of state policing and policies on Wednesday 5th February 2020.

Senator Abaribe Asks President Buhari To Resign Over Security Challenges

 

The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over the security situation in the country.

Senator Abaribe made the call while lawmakers were discussing a motion on national security challenges and calls for restructuring in plenary on Wednesday.

He explained that his call for the President to resign was because he had failed to solve the security challenges in the country, years after Nigerians voted the APC government into power to address it along with the power challenges in the country.

Meanwhile, some other senators have called for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and urged President Buhari to remove the service chiefs as they do not have any new ideas in fighting insecurity in the country.

They also condemned the abduction and killings of Nigerians in Plateau State and warned against diving the people along ethnic-religious lines.

 

Senator Istifanus Gyang, who moved a motion earlier while relying on order 42 and 52 of Senate Standing Rules, revealed that a total of 27 people were killed on Tuesday in renewed attacks on Kwattas, Ruboi and Marish communities in the state.

He said, “The consequential effects of this defective anti-Plateau narrative have led to the abduction of over six persons – four males and two females.

“Three boys including an undergraduate of the University of Maiduguri were brutally murdered by Boko Haram at close-range gunshots.”

The lawmaker added that the killings by Boko Haram were attempts by the fanatical sect to whip up religious and ethnic sentiments of unsuspecting Nigerians.

He, however, told the Senate that Nigerians were looking up to it to not only show concern but raise a strong voice in condemning the terror unleashed against them by the activities of Boko Haram and bandits.

Thereafter, the upper chamber resolved to urge the Federal Government to take additional steps to secure Nigerians.

This Is A Budget Of Taxation, It Is Not Sustainable – Abaribe

 

The Senator representing Abia-South Senatorial District in the Senate, Enyinnaya Abaribe, says the 2020 budget is “nothing but a budget of taxation”, one that is not “sustainable.”

Speaking at the Senate plenary on Wednesday, Senator Abaribe argued before other lawmakers that the budget is not sustainable because debt servicing is higher than capital expenditure.

He urged the parliamentarians to look into the budget, stressing that the nation is still struggling.

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In reaction to Abaribe’s comment a former Governor of Benue State who now represents Benue North-East Senatorial District at the Senate, said the lawmakers need to address the nation’s borrowing methodologies.

“I commend Mr. President for bringing an ambitious budget; the deficit worries me, there is a correspondence borrowing increase; we need to do something in this Chamber by way of legislation to address borrowing,”Suswam said.

Taking a rather divergent view on the matter, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (Niger North), argued that the budget rightly addressed the economic issues besetting the nation.

He said: “This is a budget of continued change. This government is on the right trajectory.

“This budget has addressed how the micro and medium small enterprises will play a key role in building the Nigerian economy.”

Still speaking on the issue, Abdullahi said, “This budget will continue the change and ensure our citizens see a better economy.”

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday presented the 2020 Appropriation Bill to the joint sitting of the National Assembly.

The budget which the President had termed a ‘Budget of Sustaining Growth and Job Creation,’was proposed based on a 7.5% tax rate.

Produce Kanu Or Forfeit Bail Bond, Court Tells Senator Abaribe

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, up till June 26, 2018, to show cause why they should not forfeit the bail bond of N300m due to Kanu’s continued absence in court.

At the resumed court hearing on Wednesday on the senator’s bail bond, lawyer to Senator Abaribe, Chukwuma Umeh, opposed the hearing of the suit on the ground that his client has not been served with the order of the court to that effect.

He said that until Senator Abaribe is served with the order, he cannot be asked to show why he should forfeit the bail bond.

The prosecutor however insists that the defence team is attempting to frustrate the progress of the case as Mr Kanu has absconded from his trial but the lawyer to Mr Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor disagrees with the prosecutor claiming that his client must have been abducted by agents of the state.

After the hearing of the suit, the ruling Judge, Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the case to June 26, 2018.

She also instructed the prosecutor to ensure service of the court order on the Senator who is expectoed to explain why he should not forfeit his bail bond for his inability to produce Nnamdi Kanu or he will face jail.

 

Abaribe Applies To Be Discharged As Nnamdi Kanu’s Surety

The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial District, Enyinaya Abaribe, has applied to the court to be discharged from the suretyship, bond and recognizance of the bail of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In an application filed against the Federal Government, Nnamdi Kanu, and his co-defendants, Senator Abaribe is asking the court to make an order discharging him as surety to Kanu.

The Senator prayed the court to discharge him entirely from the incidence of Kanu’s bail.

He is also asking for a discharge of the bond used for Kanu’s bail and a refund of N100 million or any other bond paid to the court sequel to the bail.

The grounds upon which Senator Abaribe sought the reliefs include that the Nigerian army during a raid at the residence of the IPOB leader engaged in a fracas with members of the group which has been proscribed by the federal government.

Abaribe said since the raid by the Nigerian Army, the first defendant has not been seen or reached.

He also said Kanu is yet to make any public appearance or any statement since the raid.

Abaribe said: “Since the aforestated visit of the Nigerian Army to the residence of the first defendant from September 11, 2017, the second respondent in this suit has not been seen again nor reached on phone the applicant neither is he reported in any news media as seen by any person nor made any statement on any issue.”

The Senator said since September 20, the report in the media is that the first respondent (Federal Government) has proscribed IPOB an organization led by Kanu and declared the organization a terrorist organization.

He said security agencies of the Federal Government are interested in the second respondent.

“The activities of the Nigerian Army as affecting the first respondent are matters of state secret incapable of being unraveled by the applicant which activities have put the second respondent out of the reach of the applicant such that the applicant cannot reasonably be expected to produce the second respondent before this court at any subsequent date.

The applicant lacks the capacity to produce a person stated by the first respondent to be a member of a terrorist organization or any person who the first respondent is reported to be interested in his whereabouts in the aftermath of the military operation in Abia state,” Abaribe said in his application.

Senator Abaribe, a Jewish Rabbi and traditional ruler stood as surety for the IPOB leader in August when he was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court.

The surety and bond of N100 million each which was made available by Senator Abaribe and the two others helped in the release of Kanu from the Kuje Prison in Abuja where he was being held for over a year.

Kanu and his co-defendants, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe are facing a criminal trial of treasonable felony, conspiracy, and concealing of good imported into the country.

As at the filing of this report the application though before justice Binta Nyako is yet to be heard.

But the Federal Government has asked for the revocation of the bail granted to Nnamdi Kanu the self-styled leader of the indegenous people of Biafra.

The government is also asking them to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of Mr. Kanu and also order Senator Enyinaya Abaribe, Immanuel Shalum, Kosisochukwu Uchenna to show because why the bail bond of 100 million naira each shall not be forfeited or in the alternative commit the three of them to prison.

On the ground that Mr. Kanu has voided his bail and did not show up in court.

Justice Nyako has asked Mr. Ejiofor, the counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, for the whereabouts of his client.

He replied that his client was willing and ready to appear before this court.

According to Mr Ejifor, “Since the invasion of his house by the Nigerian Army on the orders of the Federal Government, I don’t know where my client is.
“I cannot tell you if he is dead or alive, “What I am saying is that the soldiers that went in his house will be in a position to tell you”

Justice Binta replied by asking for the sureties.

Counsel to the surety had informed the court that his client does not also know where Kanu is following the invasion by the Army.

But Justice Binta said Abaribe cannot rescue himself as a surety except he produces him or in the alternative, he will have to forefoot the bail bond.

She then asked the lawyer what his client will choose and has also given him a third alternative to ask for time to produce him.

Counsel to Senator Abaribe then asked the court for time to consult with the Lawmaker.

The case has been adjourned to November 20, 2017.