Onnoghen’s Suspension: We Must Not Bow Our Knees To Dictatorship, Says Dogara

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has reacted to the suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen and also the swearing-in of a new one Mohammed Tanko.

Dogara in a statement warned Nigerians not to bow their knees to the dictatorship of anyone.

He noted that the constitution does not support a situation whereby the judiciary will have a suspended CJN and an acting CJN at the same time.

Read Full Statement Below: 

With the unconstitutional suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) by President Muhammadu Buhari, the world has been served with notice that Nigeria is now a full-blown dictatorship. This did not come as a rude shock except to those that have been blind to the gradual but progressive erosion of democratic values in the polity as President Buhari’s Government has never hidden its disdain for the rule of law.

We have watched in disbelief as the Government recklessly deploys institutional prerogatives; routinely flouts the rule of law; subverts and assaults democratic Institutions; refuses to accept opponents as legitimate; suppresses citizens civil liberties(especially those of opponents) and trample underfoot the media. In short, the Government’s tyrannical and authoritarian credentials are loathsomely legendary.

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No provision in Sections 157 and 292 of the 1999 Constitution as amended supports the President in purporting to suspend the CJN or swearing in an acting CJN.  The whole idea of a limited government is that the President’s powers are limited by law and it is ultra vires his powers to act in the absence of explicit legislative authorization. That is representative democracy at its best which our 1999 Constitution as amended guarantees.

It is instructive to note that our Constitution does not contemplate or presupposes a situation whereby the Judiciary will have a suspended CJN and an acting CJN at the same time. Therefore, it is right to posit, as some have done that the President now has his own Chief Judge to do his bidding while Nigeria has a sitting CJN until he is removed in line with the provisions of the Constitution.

The awfully crude annexation of the judiciary by the President in violation of his oath of office and the Constitution cannot be for any other reason except, as alleged by so many, to prepare the judiciary ahead of time for the purpose of conferring some aura of legitimacy to the contraption that the 2019 general elections may after all become.

I, therefore, call on the President to remember that he has no better legacy to bequeath other than a good name: which cannot be achieved without honour, character, and integrity. Honour and integrity demand that he upholds his oath of office by reversing this assault on our Constitution and following the manifestly clear and unambiguous constitutional procedure for the removal of the CJN if he must be removed. Anything short of this demeans all of us.

To our citizens, we must now head the warning of the Irish lawyer cum orator, John Philpot Curran who said, “the condition upon which God had given liberty to man is eternal vigilance: which condition if he breaks, servitude is at once the consequences of his crime, and the punishment of his guilt”. Despotism can only prosper in Nigeria if good men and women do nothing.

I also call on all lovers of freedom and democracy all over the world to rise to the occasion and demand of this Government and the President to halt the march to anarchy and bedlam: which dictatorship promotes. The world has experience in this and it must not allow this unmitigated disaster on Nigeria before it acts to restore sanity.

As of today, Nigeria is now Germany in the wake of the 1933 Reichstag fire. Our democracy is on fire; ignited by the very people who swore to protect and defend it. That this fire must not convert the Chancellor to Fuhrer as it happened in Germany in 1933 depends on our collective response and that of the international community. We must not bow our knees to dictatorship: not now, not ever again.

Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!

Rt Hon Yakubu Dogara

Speaker, House of Representatives

The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dogara Cautions FG On Charges Against CJN

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon Yakubu Dogara, has cautioned the Federal Government on the charges filed against the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) Hon Justice Walter Onnoghen.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Hon Dogara said that while the House awaits further briefing from relevant agencies, nevertheless, it is important that due process is followed because Nigeria is a country governed by laws and not dictates of men.

He noted that the House is not less zealous in the fight against corruption but said to commence a matter of that grave magnitude with a media trial is pregnant with innuendos least needed by the polity at this sensitive time.

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The Speaker added that Nigeria is a country governed by laws with clearly spelt out procedures and processes for their activation and not the dictates of men.

“It is important that people in authority should exercise power with decorum and not plunge the nation to needless crises as Nigeria is not a banana republic.

“This is a matter that affects another arm of government and its head which should be treated with caution so as not to send the wrong signal that there is a political undertone or other ulterior motives to the issue”.

“As we raised our voice when the National Assembly was invaded by hooded security men last year, it is incumbent on us as the legislature to voice our concerns because we operate under a system where three arms of government are co – equal branches and enjoy a measure of independence guaranteed by the Constitution.”

“As we approach the general elections, it is incumbent on the prosecutorial authorities to exercise caution and treat matters of this nature with utmost circumspection.”

Saraki, Dogara Mourn Shagari, Say Nigeria Has Lost A Father

 

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have mourned the death of Nigeria’s first executive President, Shehu Shagari, saying Nigeria has lost a father.

Bukola Saraki has expressed sadness over the death of the first elected President of Nigeria, Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari who he described as the last of the First and Second Republic titans.

Saraki in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Ilorin, described the late Shagari as a man of peace who dedicated the greater part of his life to the service of the fatherland.

He noted that Shagari would be remembered for his immense contributions to the political and socio-economic development of the country as well as his peaceful disposition.

He also commiserated with the immediate and larger family of the deceased, the government and people of Sokoto State, and the entire country over the loss of the former President as he stated that: “let’s be consoled by the fact that Shagari lived his life in the service of God and country.”

“My family and I join the entire nation to mourn the passing of former President, Shehu Shagari, who led our nation during the Second Republic. He was a quintessential public servant; having served in seven cabinet positions and as a legislator. He was the first elected President who was Chief Executive of the country. He dedicated his best years in the service of our nation and its people and will be dearly missed”.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara, in his statement, said, the former President was a true democrat and an icon of transparency.

“We have lost a father, man of peace, a true democrat, patriot and a nationalist.

“He led an exemplary life of service to God and country worthy of emulation, he was a president for all Nigerians irrespective of tribe, religion or region.

“President Shagari led Nigeria with dignity and honour and respected the independence of the legislature and judiciary in the second republic under the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN).

He was a bridge builder and one of the major highlights of his presidency was the alliance he formed between the NPN and the Nigerian Peoples Party (NPP) in accordance with his politics of give and take.

“His demise is a big loss to Nigeria and all lovers of democracy on the African continent.

“When anti-democratic forces truncated his government, President Shagari took it in good faith and continued to play the role of an elder statesman and father without grudge or bitterness.

“He was a man who worked for the unity of Nigeria and stabilized the country during the 50 months of the Second Republic despite the challenges of the then new presidential system of government operated by the country. Since his exit from power, he has remained a silent beacon of strength for the country”, the Senate President stated.

The both leaders prayed Allah to grant the soul of the late former President a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus and his family, loved ones and the entire country the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Saraki, Dogara, Others React To Murder Of Alex Badeh

Ex-Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh was shot dead by unknown gunmen.

 

Reactions are beginning to trail the death of former Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Alex Badeh.

Badeh was shot dead by some unknown gunmen along the Abuja-Keffi Road.

The ex-service chief was on his way back from his farm when his car was attacked.

Many Nigerians have taken to social media to air their views regarding the rather unfortunate event.

One of those who have decried the murder of Badeh Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Taking to his twitter page, Senator Saraki said the death of Badeh is a great loss to the nation.

He prayed that the family and the army be granted the fortitude to bear the loss.

Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara in addressing the death of Badeh said the news is both saddening and alarming.

He also extended his thoughts and prayers to the family, hoping that the perpetrators of the killing will be apprehended soon.

Below are some other reactions regarding the killing of Alex Badeh.

Atiku, Dogara Extol Saraki As Senate President Turns 56

 

Former Vice President of Nigeria and Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has saluted the selflessness, courage, and statesmanship of Senate President, Sen. (Dr) Abubakar Bukola Saraki, who clocks 56 years tomorrow (19th December 2018).

The Waziri of Adamawa said in a congratulatory message, signed by his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, that the Senate President who also doubles as Director General of his Presidential Campaign Council, has carved a niche for himself in the annals of Nigeria’s politics and good governance.

According to him, Saraki is an embodiment of finesse, a fusion of intellectual fecundity and leadership competence; a brave defender of democracy and symbol of courage; and an adherent to the rule of law and selfless stewardship.

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“I rejoice with a compatriot and political ally as he walks the stage of his golden age. Bukola is a man of great past, commendable present and promising future. I pray that Almighty Allah will continue to grant him greater vision, robust vitality and a wealth of good health, in the service of our nation and humanity at large”, Atiku said.

Similarly, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, congratulated Dr. Bukola Saraki, President on the occasion of his 56th birthday anniversary.

Dogara felicitated with Saraki in a statement made available to newsmen by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, in Abuja.

He commended the Senate president for his constant promotion of the independence of the legislature and his outstanding contributions to the nation building, describing him as a courageous and patriotic leader.

Dogara Emerges PDP House Of Rep Candidate In Bauchi

2017 Will Bring Succour To Nigerians- Dogara

 

Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has emerged as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Candidate of Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency in Bauchi State.

325 delegates through a voice vote unanimously affirmed the Speaker as the 2019 candidate during the party’s primary in Zwall town of Tafawa Balewa Local Government of the state.

Returning officer, Mrs Esther Ahmed-Kadala, who conducted the exercise, declared Dogara as the winner after confirmation by the delegates.

Dogara was a sole candidate at the primary.

Dogara Submits PDP Expression Of Interest, Nomination Forms

image @PDP Twitter handle..Dogara submitting his nomination forms

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has summited his Expression of Interest and Nomination Form to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) office in Abuja.

The PDP made the announcement on Thursday through their Twitter handle.

Dogara who is seeking a re-election is running under the platform of the opposition party.

He was accompanied by his supporters to the party’s National Secretariat.

Dogara accompanied by his supporters

Eid-El-Kabir: Promote Peace, Tolerance Dogara Tells Religious Leaders

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File photo: Yakubu Dogara

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has asked religious leaders to promote peace and tolerance, as the nation celebrates Eid-el-Kabir.

He urged  Muslims and Nigerians in general to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, love and tolerance for the peace, unity, and progress of the country.

“While rejoicing with our Muslim brothers on this auspicious occasion of Eid-el-Kabir Sallah celebration, which symbolises sacrifice and obedience, I wish to enjoin all people of goodwill to be steadfast in love for one another,” Dogara said in a statement.

He also urged Nigerians to demonstrate a renewed commitment to the Nigerian project “in order to make our society ideal for all and towards the fulfilment of the country’s great potentials”.

He added, “I also urge our religious leaders to take advantage of the season and preach peace, unity and tolerance among the diverse people, especially now that the country is at critical political crossroads, with the electioneering process gaining momentum as the 2019 general elections draw nearer.

“On our part as lawmakers, we will continue to pursue people-oriented legislation and initiate reforms and legislative interventions that will guarantee peace and stability in the polity and the nation as a whole as well as improve the living conditions of the citizens.”

New PDP Pulls Out Of Talks With Osinbajo

Yemi Osinbajo

 

The New PDP has withdrawn from its scheduled talks with the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, today.

Leaders of the group attributions the decision to, among other things, the treatment of the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives by security agencies.

The group is also accusing the presidency of lack of interest in the talks, claiming negotiations may have been done in bad faith.

According to a statement signed by the spokesperson of the New PDP, Mr Abubakar Baraje, there have been ongoing talks between the New PDP, the APC and the Presidency in recent days.

He, however, accused the Presidency of misrepresenting what transpired at last week’s meeting by trying to blackmail some of the principal actors in a national daily.

“The persecution of our members using state security apparatus has continued unabated,” the statement read in part.

“We recognise the powers of the Police to conduct criminal investigations, but by rushing to the public with the issue even when they have unfettered access to the leadership of the National Assembly suggests an attempt to undermine, caricature and humiliate the institution of the legislature.”

According to the New PDP, the alleged attempt by the police to rope the Senate President into the Offa bank robbery and the Department of State Security’s withdrawal of half of speaker Yakubu Dogara’s security detail are enough incentive to pull out of the talks.

The nPDP leadership says it will brief its members and get a fresh mandate if good faith returns to the discussions.

Court Nullifies Jibrin’s Suspension, Orders Payment Of His Salaries

Abdulmumin Jibrin

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has nullified the suspension of a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The House of Representatives had suspended Mr Jibrin for 180 legislative days on September 28, 2016. Mr Jibrin, who has served the suspension and rejoined his colleagues, had challenged the decision after his suspension.

But it wasn’t until Thursday that the court delivered judgement.

Delivering judgment in the suit, Justice John Tsoho, ruled that the suspension of the lawmaker is unconstitutional and ordered the House of Representatives to pay him all the salary due to him for the period he was unjustly suspended.

“The suspension was an interruption of his earning which will be automatically restored especially when it has been decided that the action was a nullity by virtue of granting prayers 1 and 3 of the originating summons,” he said.

“When an action is declared nullity it is deemed that it never happened.”
Jibrin had been suspended after he repeatedly accused the Speaker, Yakubu

Dogara, and other principal officers of the House of padding the 2016 budget with billions of naira, a claim they all denied.

Starting from July 2016, Jibrin had called for the removal of the principal officers and sent petitions against them to law enforcement agencies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

Justice Tsoho, however, saw things differently and agreed with Mr Jibrin’s lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) that his suspension was an attempt to gag him.

The judge said, “There is no better conclusion that the plaintiff was carrying out the mandate imposed on members by Chapter 7 (7.5) of the Code of Conduct for Honourable Members adopted on November 4, 2004.”

NASS Leaders Meet Buhari

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara over the arrest of the Senator representing Kogi West Constituency, Dino Melaye.

Today’s meeting comes after Senator Melaye was arrested by immigration officials at the airport on his way for an official assignment, he was later released but was arrested the next day by the police.

Senator Melaye while in police custody on his way to Lokoja jumped out of the police vehicle thereby injuring himself.

He was rushed to the National Hospital in Abuja.

The meeting between the Presidency and the legislature was held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The Senate President described the meeting as fruitful.

Other issues focused on were the President’s visit to the United States and the non-appearance of the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris.

However, there may be an end in sight to the strained relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, if the meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the leaders of both legislative chambers pulls through.

Consider Dino Melaye’s Health, Dogara Tells Police

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has asked the police to consider the health and safety of Senator Dino Melaye first before prosecution.

The Speaker was reacting to a point of order raised by a lawmaker Sunday Karimi.

During plenary on Wednesday, the lawmaker accused the Kogi State government of persecuting the Senator.

The Speaker questioned the arraignment of Senator Melaye in court on a stretcher, adding that the police must act in accordance with the law.

Senator Melaye is being arraigned in the Kogi State High Court for an alleged criminal conspiracy, as accused by two suspects who alleged that the senator is their financier and supplier of guns to commit various crimes in the state.

The arraignment today follows his discharge from the National Hospital after he was confirmed fit for trial.

Melaye landed in the National Hospital after he jumped out of a moving police vehicle on April 24 while being conveyed to Kogi State.

He was also said to have resisted a further attempt by the police to re-arrest him with the help of some persons who allegedly threatened to injure the police officers if they tried to arrest him.

He is also being tried for causing damage to government property, attempted suicide and escape from lawful custody for which he was granted bail by an Abuja magistrate court.