APC, PDP Chieftains Laud IBB’s Leadership Qualities

APC, PDP Chieftains Laud IBB's Leadership QualitiesSome leaders of the All Progressives Congress and those of the Peoples Democratic Party have applauded the leadership quality of former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd).

The politicians made the commendation at the wedding ceremony of General Babangida’s daughter in Minna, the Niger State capital.

Some dignitaries at the event include former President Goodluck Jonathan; the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Assembly, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, and a former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, among others.

The leaders described the former president as a bridge builder who did everything possible to unite the country during his regime.

They asked political leaders in the country to emulate his leadership style and selfless service to the nation.

Other dignitaries at the ceremony include the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II; Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, and a former Governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel.

Babangida: Two Party System Best For Nigerian Politics

Babangida: Two Party System Best For Nigerian PoliticsFormer Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), has said that the two party system remains the best option for Nigerian politics.

General Babangida said his long time suggestion about the practice of a two party system was gradually coming to fore in the nation’s politics.

He made the remarks when he received the Strategy and Inter-Party Affairs Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chaired by Professor Jerry Gana at his residence in Minna, the Niger State capital.

“In 1999 when I was advocating for a two party system, some of my colleagues came to me asking why I am for a two party system and I told them the good thing about a two party system is that it provides a choice, which is the first essence of democracy,” the former Military President stated.

According to him, the PDP can rule for 60 years if they put their house in order, and it is the only political party whose presence has been felt, known and accepted by Nigerians.

“PDP’s presence is felt not only in Abuja or Lagos, but down to the lowest level, if you go to the grassroots, the ordinary man will talk about PDP.

“That is the asset the party has and can use to come back on board. Already it is accepted and known and all you have to do is to work on this,” he said.

In his remarks, Professor Gana described General Babangida as a leader who sees ahead of the politics of Nigeria by advocating for a two party system.

“If only Nigerians had accepted your move for a two party system, we would have gone far now because gradually the nation is moving towards a two party system,” he said.

The PDP chieftain challenged the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government on the need to allow a healthy opposition.

“In democracy, it is healthy to allow political parties to develop. PDP is not a nuisance to the people, we are not a threat, we are very essential partner to government.

“We offer alternatives that will allow the people the right to choose. We want to be allowed to play a formidable opposition,” he stated, adding that the PDP was ready and willing to take over government.

Professor Gana was accompanied by Ambassador Aminu Wali, Dr. Raymond Dopesi, Mr Tom Ikimi, Mr Jide Adeniji and Mr Mohammed Imam.

Others are Honorable Emeka Ihedioha, Professor Rufai Alkali, Mr Abubakar Tanko, former Governor Babangida Aliyu and members of the Niger State PDP Executives.

The delegation presented a report of its recommendations of the committee to the former Military President.

Governor Bello, Mourners Offer Prayers For Late Kure

Abdulkadir Kure, Governor Bello, Mourners Offer Prayers For Late KureNiger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, on Monday led a group of mourners in prayers at the residence of late Mr Abdulkadir Kure.

Mr Kure, who died on Sunday at a hospital in Germany, was a former governor of Niger State in north-central Nigeria.

Multitude of sympathisers stormed the deceased’s residence for series of prayers at the Government Reserved Area (GRA) in Minna, the state’s capital.

The prayers were kick started by a league of Islamic leaders led by the Chief Imam of Minna, Sheikh Ibrahim Abu Fari.

Governor Sani Bello led the entire State Executive Council while officers of the 31 Artillery Brigade and Training Doctrine Command (TRADOC) of the Nigerian Army in Minna were also there to pay tribute to the departed former governor.

The event was witnessed by former military president, General Abdulsalami Abubakar and Niger State Deputy Governor, Mr Ahmed Ketso, as well as some lawmakers including Senator Philip Aduda, Senator Bala Ibn Na Allah and Honourable Abdullahi Mahmud.

Members of the State Executive Council during the eight-year administration of late Kure were also in attendance.

Governor Bello Asks Judiciary To Embrace Zero Tolerance For Corruption

Niger-governor bello on JudiciaryThe Governor of Niger State, Sani Bello, has emphasised the need for the judiciary to embrace the change philosophy and zero tolerance for corruption mantra endorsed by the present administration.

Governor Bello made the call on Wednesday in Minna, the capital of Niger State, during a dinner and launch of a book entitled “Triennium of Chief Judgeship: Policies, Milestones and Legacies of Honourable Justice Fati Lami Abubakar, CON” and written in honour of the eminent Jurist on her retirement as the Chief Judge of Niger State.

Governor Bello maintained that the “judiciary cannot afford to be in the back seat in this new partnership for good governance”.

“It is essential at this point to re-emphasise the dire need for our Judges and all accompaniments of the judiciary to embrace the change philosophy and the zero tolerance for corruption drive that this administration endorsed.

“As custodians of judicial system, you all have the most moral obligation to steer the state from a society bedevilled by the incessant injustice,” he stressed.

The Governor then urged officers in the temple of justice to strive to bridge the gap between accusations and corresponding prosecution.

He also counselled the judiciary to consciously do everything possible to continuously gain the confidence for members of the public.

Governor Bello commended the retiring Chief Judge for her achievements and described her as a peculiar person with high sense of passion for human development; one who has a story with good ending and has lived an exemplary life in service.

A former Chief Justice of the country, Hon Justice Alfa Belgore, who chaired the occasion, recalled the landmark achievements of Justice Abubakar both in the bar and bench.

He said: “She is a role model, a faithful wife, compassionate mother and an exemplary public servant”.

Justice Fai Lami Abubakar, who was so elated by the volume of encomium showered on her, attributed her achievements to God and to the implicit confidence people had in her.

Also at the occasion were a former military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, the husband of the honouree and a former military head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, former governor of Kaduna State, Mr Abbah Rimi, former Niger State Governor, Dr. Babangida Aliyu and Senator Zaynab Kure.

Babangida Declines To Comment On Amnesty For Boko Haram

Before the rejection of the offer of amnesty, by the Islamism sect, former military Head of State and General Ibrahim Babangida told journalists in Minna that pardon for the group, as proposed by the federal government is part of measures at ensuring that peace returns to the northern region.

General Babangida, however declared further comments on the proposal, but, promised to talk more on it, when the President inaugurates the committee.

Mr. Babangida, who hosted journalists at his residence in Minna, Niger State, on Thursday, said setting up such a committee “is part of measures at ensuring that peace stability was returned to the Northern region.”

According to him ‘’I do not know the terms of reference of the committee, therefore I cannot speak about the plan until the terms of reference are released.’’

“Every Nigerian has a role to play in tackling the security challenges facing us as a nation,” because “the government could not possibly tackle such problem alone.”

“If we all come together, the elite, the media, the ordinary people and the government by taking a common stand just as the people of Azare in Bauchi did to tackle their security challenges,” he said.

As much as he declined to speak on the Boko Haram issue, General Babangida urged the nation to trace the root of the problem.

“The problem did not start in one day … it was gradual thing before it came to this level … owing to our negligence by the government, the elite and the people; but I cannot blame anyone.”

“Some 20 years ago, we did not have this problem, what was the state of things then, what have we forgotten …that we have not done that led to the present challenges, this we have look at.”

“It is something that everyone has a hand in solving …to ensure peace stability in the country, therefore we should not leave this to government alone,” Babangida said.

The former Head of State also asked all Nigerians to join hands with the President and governments at all levels to tackle the problem of insecurity in the country.

Judge postpones ruling on oil windfall

A presiding judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Justice Gabriel Kolawole, has fixed November 29, 2012 for a ruling on whether six non-governmental organisations, led by the Socio-Economic and Accountability Project (SERAP) have the right to know how $12.4 billion gulf oil windfall was spent by the Federal Government under former Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida.

In announcing the new date, the judge apologised for the adjournment, which is one of many adjournments of the suit in the past.

The six civil society groups filed the suit against the Attorney- General of the Federation (AGF) and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the oil revenue recorded between 1988 and 1992.

The plaintiffs are asking the court, among other things to make an order compelling the CBN and the AGF to publish detailed accounts relating to the spending of the sum of money between 1988 and 1994, and the release of the official copy of a probe into the spendings by a committee set up by the government and headed by the late economist, Pius Okigbo.