The President Needs To Rejig His Kitchen Cabinet – Oyebode

The President Needs To Rejig His Kitchen Cabinet Oyebode

 

A professor of law, Akin Oyebode, says there is the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to reorganise his cabinet.

He recalled that it took the President six months to appoint ministers in his first term, stressing that such a delay should be avoided this time around.

Professor Oyebode, who was a guest on The Inauguration on Channels Television, believes that without any change, there won’t be any significant difference between the President’s second term and the last four years of his administration.

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He said, “It seems we are in for more of the same. There’s not going to be any dramatic shift in the way we carry on or the way the President runs his government.

“I think the President needs to rejig his kitchen cabinet. His advisers have to advise him on the propriety of action. This doesn’t take the people into account.”

The professor also faulted the absence of a speech by the President after he took the oath of office for a second.

He, however, said he understood the Presidents decision for a low-key inauguration on the grounds that there may not be a need to over-celebrate when his victory was being challenged at the Election Petitions Tribunal.

Professor Oyebode said, “Maybe he is still suffering from the problem of the judicial because the matter of his presidency is hanging in the air and so, he might not want to overdo it because the court still has to decide.”

Talking about electoral jurisprudence, Professor Oyebode condemned the trend where, according to him, the court now takes ‘very interesting drastic position’ on electoral matters.

“The judges are now replacing themselves from the electorate. It seems the judges now decide who holds political office; it’s not a good day for Nigerian democracy,” he said.

The professor made the comments shortly after the Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office on President Buhari.

The President was inaugurated shortly after Justice Tanko swore in the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Inauguration: Oyebode Faults Absence Of Presidential Speech

Inauguration: Oyebode Faults Absence Of Presidential Speech
Professor Akin Oyebode

 

A professor of law, Akin Oyebode, has faulted the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to give a speech after he took the oath of office for a second term.

Professor Oyebode stated this on Wednesday during a special programme on Channels Television, The Inauguration.

He said, “We have to separate issues; the ceremonial event of 12th of June is different from the inauguration of the President. The President has from today; begin a new term of office.”

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“If his speechwriters were properly guided, he would have spoken about the need to change the architecture of security, the new ministers,” the don added.

“He had four years to prepare for this transition; this is motion without movement. The yearnings, aspirations, goals, dreams of people would seem to have been dashed.”

Professor Oyebode said the failure of the President to give a speech was almost contemptuous.

According to him, an address would have given some inspirational statements that would give the people some succour.

The professor also condemned the failure of the organisers to promote the culture of the Nigerian people at the event to mark the beginning of another four years for the President.

He said, “This military parade with Scottish back pipes introducing the President reminds me of the fact that we don’t even have a culture; a political culture so to speak.

“We have to lean very heavily on the militarist culture to give the whole ceremony some semblance of ceremony.”

“For me, I am grossly disappointed at those who are behind the planning and organisation, they are taking Nigerians for granted”, Professor Oyebode added.

The Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office on President Buhari at about 10:42 am.

 

The President was inaugurated shortly after Justice Tanko swore in the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

Police, Power Sector Top SERAP’s List of ‘Most Corrupt Institutions’ In Nigeria

SERAP Threatens To Sue UI, AAUA Over Increased Fees

 

A survey conducted by the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has revealed that the Nigeria Police and the Power Sector are the most corrupt public institutions in Nigeria.

The survey which was launched by Professor Akin Oyebode on Tuesday in Lagos said the exercise captured responses of Nigerians and 70 percent placed the Judiciary, Education and Health ministries next, to complete a top five list.

Oyebode noted that; “Nigeria is looked upon as a giant of Africa. Yet Nigeria could not conduct free, fair and credible elections. It is a smear on the image of Nigeria. If we do away with selective enforcement and condonation of corruption, we will build and live in a better society. Corruption is a refined form of stealing. The politicians are stealing our common patrimony. Development of the people is almost inversely proportional to the level of corruption.”

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However, the survey highlighted that the high levels of corruption in public institutions in Nigeria had not changed in the last five years.

According to the survey, “a bribe is paid in 54% of interactions with the police. In fact, there is a 63% probability that an average Nigerian would be asked to pay a bribe each time he or she interacted with the police. That is almost two out of three.”

“Corruption remains a significant impediment to law enforcement, access to justice and basic public services such as affordable healthcare, education, and electricity supply. Several Nigerians have to pay a bribe to access police, judiciary, power, education and health services. Corruption is still a key concern in the country with 70% of Nigerians describing the level of corruption as high and in the same measure, stating that corruption levels either increased or remained the same in the last five years.”

“The police were the most adversely ranked on this indicator. For every 100 police interactions reported by the respondents, there was a bribe paid in 54 interactions. The prevalence levels stood at 37% in the power sector and 18% in education, 17.7% in the judiciary and 14% in the health sector.”

The survey urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, The Chief Justice of Nigeria and the National Judicial Council should investigate complaints of bribery and corruption against police officers and review all outstanding cases of judicial corruption.

“The Inspector General of Police should receive and investigate complaints of bribery and corruption against police officers filed by members of the public. The police should liaise with community leaders and civil society organisations in regard to incidents of police bribery and corruption within the community.”

“The Chief Justice of Nigeria and the National Judicial Council should identify and review all outstanding cases of judicial corruption and refer such cases to appropriate anti-corruption agencies. They should apply the Code of Conduct for Judicial Officers in a consistent and transparent manner, with full respect for the fundamental guarantees of fair trial and due process.”

According to SERAP, the survey targeted a total of 2,655 respondents selected from seven states spread across the six geo-political zones of Nigeria and the capital city of Abuja.

Nigeria’s Constitution Is An Illegitimate Instrument, Says Oyebode

 

Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, Mr Akin Oyebode, has described the Nigerian Constitution as an illegitimate instrument.

The professor said this on Monday, during a special programme on Channels Television to mark the country’s 58th Independence day anniversary.

He stated that the Constitution is outdated and needs to reflect the spirit of the current age.

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“The problem I think the Patriots pointed out some time ago is that that constitution, decree 24 of 1999 is a military dictat. It tells a lie against itself.

“What you are brandishing as the Constitution of Nigeria is an illegitimate instrument. The Patriots have said it and Ben Nwabueze continues to say it. I attend meetings on the black table where Ben Nwabueze presides, and he will tell you that the constitution is a fraud, that we have to jettison it and do an autochthonous constitution for ourselves.

“So, let us recognise the limitations of the 1999 so-called constitution. We need a constitution which reflects the spirit of the age,” he said.

Oyebode further stated that a lot of the problems that have persisted in the country were a result of the attitude of the people.

He said, “A people get the government that they deserve.

“If Nigerians are complacent and they will not stand up to immoral conduct, then we justify that particular conduct and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy and quite sincerely the judges too, they have part of the blame but they don’t have all the blame”.

Nigerians Have Been Poorly Served By Successive Leaders – Oyebode

 

Professor of International Law and Jurisprudence, Mr Akin Oyebode, has stressed the need for restructuring, saying that Nigerians have been poorly served by past leaders.

Mr Oyebode said this on Monday during a special programme on Channels Television to mark Nigeria’s 58th anniversary.

He said, “Well, in 1960, I was just 12 years old and we had dreams. 58 years later, we’ve been poorly served by the succession of leaders that we’ve had”.

When asked what form the restructuring should take, the professor stated that there have been various suggestions. He, however, stated that a major aspect would be reducing the power at the center.

“People have different attitudes to restructuring.

“There were two suggestions, one by the late Alex Ekwueme to reconstitute the Nigerian Federation into eight geographical zones and the other by General Abacha who wanted six geopolitical zones in terms of constituting the federation.

“The jury is still out on whether we should be six geographical zones or eight.

“We want to Federal Government to shed weight,” Mr Oyebode said.

It’s Not A Hyperbole To Say This Govt Is Clueless – Oyebode

It’s Not A Hyperbole To Say This Govt Is Clueless – Oyebode
File photo: Professor Akin Oyebode appeared as a guest on Sunrise Daily on February 14, 2017.

 

A professor of law, Mr Akin Oyebode, has criticised the present administration as a clueless government.

The don said this on Friday in Lagos when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily.

He was reacting to the comments made by the Founder of Microsoft Corporation, Bill Gates, who faulted part of the Federal Government’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP).

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The ERGP is a medium-term plan for 2017-2020 launched by President Buhari in 2017, which sets out an ambitious roadmap to achieve a seven per cent growth rate for Nigeria by 2020.

Going by Gates’ evaluation of the ERGP at the expanded National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, Professor Oyebode said it was not an overstatement to describe the present government as clueless.

“There was a time we used to call the Jonathan government clueless and today, it’s not a hyperbole to say this is a clueless administration, in many respects,” he said. “And it doesn’t need a Bill Gates to tell us that we are not doing what we need to do.”

 

Despite the release of the Dapchi schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram terrorists on February 19, the academic believes much is still expected from the government.

He pointed out the gap between the government and its citizens and took a swipe at the National Orientation Agency (NOA) for not being efficient in discharging its duties.

Oyebode added that although the defenders will not agree that “the government is on the ropes”, Nigerians are tired of the routine style of administration.

According to him, there seems to be a “tremendous rapport if not support” for the antics of Boko Haram.

The professor decried that such situation is worrisome because the government has yet to convince and win the hearts and minds of the people.

“We should be able to convince the people to have faith and confidence in their government; but when you see the people celebrating and joyfully hailing those who did them ill, who kidnapped schoolgirls; then something is amiss,” he said.

Professor Oyebode, however, advised the government to put in more effort in sensitising the ordinary people in the troubled North East, saying the amnesty granted repentant Boko Haram members is not enough.

 

APC Yet To Get Its Grip On Governance – Akin Oyebode

Akin Oyebode

 

A professor of law at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to get its grip on Nigeria’s governance.

He said this on Sunday during his appearance on a special programme on Channels Television, to review the political events in the country since the beginning of 2017.

Despite the fact that it has been more than two years since the APC took over power at the centre from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the political expert said the ruling party is yet to acknowledge that it won the election.

“The APC has not demonstrated the requisite panache for governance,” he said. “I think they are still yet to come to terms with the fact that they won an election.”

According to the don, the seemingly unstable condition of both leading parties has led Nigerians to a situation he described as a “terrible conjuncture” in the nation’s politics.

“You have the bus of the APC with a knocked engine and you have the bus of the PDP verging us for a second ‘one chance’ (you know what Nigerians mean by one chance); we have … a really no choice and people are talking of a third force,” he added.

The professor further stressed the need for the ruling party and other political parties to be up and doing to ensure adequate checks and balances in the nation’s governance.

He was worried that the PDP was unable to deliver as much as possible to the people during its 61-year reign, while the APC is yet to take a stand as the ruling party.

Oyebode said: “PDP lost the presidential election but by default, APC is in power but in the last two and a half years, we’ve not seen that grip on the nation stay – including the last few days, what we have seen.

“So what I am saying really is that the PDP was in power for 16 years and with all the thieving, stealing which I understand was not the same thing as corruption, and then you have the APC government unable to establish a firm grip on the political system.”

Buhari Should At Least Speak To Nigerians – Akin Oyebode

oyebodeA Professor of International law and Jurisprudence at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to speak to Nigerians from his vacation base in London.

According to the professor, this move has become even more necessary after President Buhari’s phone conversation with the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump.

Mr Oyebode added that Nigerians have a right to know the whereabouts of their president and it would only be fair for him to address citizens in order to dispel rumors in the country about his health.

“I have seen pictures in the papers and he looks okay, and the wife says pray for him and all that, to assure us that everything is okay

“If the president can find the time to talk o Donald Trump, then he should be able to talk to us.

“He believes that it is not enough to hear that everything is okay with the president”.

The professor made this known while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show Sunrise Daily.

This is coming days after President Buhari wrote to the National Assembly on February 5, 2017, stating his desire to extend his leave in order to complete and receive the results of series of tests recommended by his doctors.

He was billed to return from the 10-day vacation on Monday February 6, 2017.

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has since been performing his duties as Acting President.

Oyebode Debunks Claim Of Crude Oil Ownership By Northern Elders

Akin-Oyebode-Professor-of-Intl-LawA renowned Professor of International Law, Akin Oyebode, has debunked a claim by some northern elders that the oil resources of the Niger Delta should be controlled by them because of their vast land.

The Professor described the argument as mischievous and provocative.

He went on state that the principle of burden and benefit, provides that when a people suffer degradation and pollution as a result of oil exploration activities, they should also have the privilege of enjoying the benefits from such activities.

As a way of resolving this dispute, Oyebode has therefore called for the adoption of the 2014 National Conference Resolution on Derivation Formula.

Argument On Voting Pattern Is An Attempt To Rig National Confab – Odekunle

Femi OdekunleA Public Affairs Analyst, Professor Femi Odekunle, on Thursday said that the disagreement between delegates at the National Conference on the voting pattern to adopt is born of an agenda to rig the outcome of the meeting.

“As far as I’m concerned, the argument about the voting pattern is an attempt to rig the outcome later or either to make certain things possible or certain thing impossible and that arises from the matter of composition that was being raised”

He made his view known while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, insisting that primordial sentiments, and not the desire for a New Nigeria, had become the basis for the delegate’s actions.

According to him, “majority of the delegates are those who have actually ruined this society by their antecedents” and “a snake is a snake, anyday and the son of a snake is also a snake.”

He supported arguments that the age bracket of majority of the delegates was inappropriate considering the fact that the purpose of the Conference was to set an agenda for the nation’s future.

“Considering the population of this country and that we are looking for the future, the modal age of those in that conference should be between 35 and 45, not the past because we are looking for our future. Not those who have brought us to our sorry state.”

On the Conference’s consideration of seeking memoranda from the public, Odekunle said “I really don’t think this is the way to go”, maintaining that, “we have enough documents in this country as to the problems we are facing and why we are facing them.”

He further said that the documents may be obtained from social scientists and activists present at the Conference or from those used for Vision 2020 and information obtained by the Okurounmu Committee. He concluded that the new memoranda-seeking exercise would be a waste of time.

While berating the overall composition of the Conference, Odekunle expressed confidence in certain individuals, Akin Oyebode, Yinka Odumakin, Tunde Bakare, who he believed would stir the agenda in the right course.

He, however, advocated that a good number of the traditional rulers and former governors, senators should be withdrawn from the Conference and fresh minds from the younger generation be injected to ensure success.

Odekunle also advocated that a Truth and Restitution Commission be established as part of the outcomes of the Conference. The Commission, he explained, would comprise Nigerians of integrity who would “ensure that they give six months’ notice to all Nigerians (particularly from the Babangida era), who have looted our country, to come and return the amount of money they have stolen and then they can be forgiven.”

He added that “if they return the loot within a period of six months then you may forgive but if not, you send them to jail, if not death penalty”.

“Those are the kinds of things I’m expecting from this Conference,” he said.

Military Intervention Saved Egypt From Collapse – Prof Oyebode

A Professor of International Law at the University of Lagos, Akin Oyebode on Friday averred that the intervention by the Egyptian military in the nation’s democracy saved the country from total shut down.

Prof Oyebode, a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said that the ousted President, Mohamed Mursi displayed political ‘naivety’ by ignoring the citizen’s demands for better governance.

He added that Mursi has been playing with power even though he ‘merely’ won the election.

Speaking about the over 20 million Egyptians who signed a petition against the Mursi led government, Prof Oyebode described the Egyptian Army’s moves as ‘calculated’.

He warned that all African countries should be weary because nothing invites the military more than bad governance.

Although ex-president Mursi was educated in America and had a doctorate degree from the University of Southern California where he was made assistant Professor, Prof Oyebode said “he ought to have demonstrated greater political savvy”.

He added that the exit of Mursi signals the collapse of religious politics in Egypt, ‘the epicenter of Arab civilization,’ which was the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda.

Mursi “did not do enough to bring all the groups together” even though “he inherited a divided country,” he said.

Prof Oyebode was of the opinion that the situation in Egypt is an unfolding scenario and the international community needs to wait for the outcome of the ‘debacle’.

At 52 Nigeria is experiencing more motion than movement, says University don

A Professor of International law and former Vice Chancellor, University of Ado-Ekiti, Akin Oyebode, on Monday said little else apart from the replacement of the Union Jack with the Nigeria flag has changed since 1960.

Mr Oyebode, who was discussing the level of development in Nigeria since independence on Channels Television’s news at 10, said he thought that by now Nigeria should have experienced economic independence to ‘wrestle the firm hold imperialism’.

“But we’ve not succeeded in doing that. Nigeria has remained a neo-colonial economy. In fact, we’ve had more motion than movements in terms of progress in this country,” he said.

Watch the full interview with Mr Oyebode below as he proffers solutions to Nigeria’s leadership problems.