Activist Accuses FG Of Being Insincere In Tackling Boko Haram

Shehu SaniThe President of the Civil Rights Congress, Shehu Sani, has accused the Federal Government of being insincere in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgency.

Following Monday’s early morning bomb attack at Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, where 71 persons were killed and many others critically injured, the human right activist, Sani, in a press release, alleged that “the Federal Government was never sincere in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east despite all the noise and resources wasted on security in the 2014 and previous budgets.”

At a Press conference in Kaduna where his group also distributed several volumes of the report of the 2005 National Political Reforms Conference to butchers, market women and bean cake sellers, Sani traced the series of attacks in some parts of the north to the problem of governance, stating that the currents spate of bombing by the sect had vindicated him for not being part of the Federal Government Dialogue Committee on Boko Haram, which he noted was a waste of time and resources.

He also predicted that the on-going national conference may not achieve the desired goals, as other successive governments in the country failed to implement reports of similar conferences despite several billions of Naira spent for the conference by government.

He explained that reports of the ongoing conference would also be used by hawkers and food vendors to sell their products because it would not be implemented just like others.

He further stressed that conferences had always been an avenue for wasting public funds, and insisted that the ongoing national conference would not yield any result at the end of the day.

 

FG Not Sincere In Tackling Boko Haram – Shehu Sani

Shehu SaniA human  rights activist and President of Civil Rights Congress,  Shehu Sani, has said that the Federal Government was never sincere in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-eastern part of the country, despite all the noise and resources wasted on security in the 2014 and previous budgets.

This is following Monday’s early morning bomb attack at Nyanya area of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja, where many people were killed and many others critically injured.

At a press conference in Kaduna where his group also distributed several volumes of the report of the 2005 National Political Reforms Conference to butchers, market women and bean cake sellers, Sani traced the series of attacks in some parts of the North to the problem of governance.

He stated that the current spate of bombing by the sect had vindicated him for not being part of the Federal Government Dialogue Committee on Boko Haram, which he noted was a waste of time and resources.

The leader of the Northern Civil Society Coalition also predicted that the on-going National Conference may not achieve the desired goals as other successive governments in the country failed to implement reports of similar conferences, despite several billions of Naira spent for the conference by Government.

He explained that reports of the ongoing conference would also be used by hawkers and food vendors to sell their products because it would not be implemented just like others.

He stressed that conferences had always been an avenue for wasting public funds, and insisted that the ongoing National Conference would not yield any result at the end of the day.

Groups Fault National Dialogue Advisory Committee’s Tour

a former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa.A coalition of civil society groups has faulted the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue’s tour of the six geo-political zones of Nigeria to collate memos from citizens.

The groups, led by a former governor of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa and the President of the Civil Rights Congress, Shehu Sani, insisted that the collation of memos from Nigerians was against the committee’s mandate of only working out modalities for the proposed National Conference.

‘Unnecessary And Unconstitutional’

Addressing a coalition of civil society groups at his residence in Kaduna, Balarabe Musa described the inauguration of a 13-man National committee by President Goodluck Jonathan as ‘unnecessary and unconstitutional’.

“There would have been no need to convoke such conference if all  the arms of government had performed their constitutional responsibilities creditably,” he stressed.

He said that for the conference to work, both the Executive, Legislature and the Judiciary should collectively decide the composition of the confab, rather than allowing only the president to nominate members of the committee.

Also commenting on the 255 million Naira (about 1.6million dollars) armoured car scandal rocking the aviation ministry, Mr Musa criticised President Goodluck Jonathan for taking along with him, the minister in charge of the ministry, Stella Oduah and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo  Dasuki  to the holy pilgrimage in Israel, even when the minister was indicted in the scandal and Dasuki appointed to investigate the allegation.

Poor State Of Governance
 Shehu Sani's picture.
Sani emphasized that what the larger ordinary citizens needed was a revolutionary change that would be championed by the masses and not a ‘government initiated sponsored conference’.

Opposition political leaders, human rights community and representatives of the Nigerian Labour Congress were present at the residence of the former Kaduna State Governor, in commemoration of his 77th birthday.

Explaining that the radical Musa’s virtues are worthy of emulation, particularly in a country bedevilled by high socio-economic political problems, Sani pointed out that it was high time good leaders were recognised when they were still alive.

What was supposed to be a celebration, however, turned into lamentation as speakers decried the poor state of governance in Nigeria.

The civil societies also faulted the handing over of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria to private investors, stressing that the sale will not improve electricity generation.

Since the Nigerian president constituted the committee, some Nigerians have emphasised that only well managed citizens’ participation would guarantee the success of the National Dialogue.

Presidential Pardon to Alamieyeseigha Sparks Outrage

Granting pardon to the former governor of Bayelsa state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha is an indication that President Goodluck Jonathan is not serious about the fight against corruption. This condemnation is coming from some lawyers, politicians and activists.

Former governor of Bayelsa state, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha

The former Kaduna state governor, Balarabe Musa believes the pardon has shown that President Jonathan has abandoned the fight against corruption.

“What is the justification for the pardon? Are they too old to stay in the prison where they belong? This is unfortunate particularly at this period when the government is talking about the fight against corruption,” he said.

“This simply means that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has abandoned his anti-corruption crusade. It has a political manoeuvring.”

President of the Civil Rights Congress, Shehu Sani, said he was in support of the pardon for Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and the others but that it appeared they were on the list as a smokescreen to re-launch Mr Alamieyeseigha into politics.

“I’m in support of pardon for Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, Oladipo Diya and co but I know they were simply used as a smokescreen. They were given pardon in order to give credibility to the pardon but the exercise was done because of Alamieyeseigha,” he said.

Lawyer Festus Keyamo, in a statement on Tuesday night, said the pardon for Mr Alamieyeseigha “typifies the height of insensitivity of this government to the feelings of Nigerians about the war against corruption.”

He added: “This pardon by the President teaches no bitter lesson to thieving and corrupt public officers. It encourages corruption at the highest and the lowest levels of public office and the decision itself is corruption per excellence.”

Another lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, said if the pardon is truly granted, it “will signal the end of the existing phony war against corruption.”

Former president of the Nigerian Bar Association Rotimi Akeredolu said the pardon does not rule out the fact that Alamieyeseigha has committed a crime which would still hold against him.

But lawyer Mike Ozekhome said the pardon “cleansed” the ex-convict of any “sin.”

He said, “The stigma of being an ex-convict has just been totally washed away and such a person can contest elections. He is taken in the eye of the law that he has never committed any offence.

“Anyone who will blame President Jonathan for giving Presidential pardon to his former boss, who brought him out of the classroom, such will be living in a dream world of unreality. It is only natural that the President will want to pardon his former boss who has always been there for him.”

In its reaction, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Tuesday night said the presidential pardon for Mr Alamieyeseigha was “laughable and tribalistic.”

The CPC spokesman, Rotimi Fashakin said the decision was akin to granting posthumous pardon to the likes of notorious armed robber Lawrence Anini.

“There is a better way to show solidarity with one’s boss than this utterly reprehensible action…. This is another proof that the Jonathan regime is not averse to corruption,” Fashakin said.

Secretary General of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), Willy Ezugwu, said, “This is saddening…. This has also confirmed that the president is hobnobbing with corruption and that Nigerians should not put their hope on him to move the nation forward.”