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.

Agric Minister Blames Nigeria’s Poor Economy On SAP

Audu-Ogbeh--Agric-Minister-economyThe Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Audu Ogbeh, has blamed the poor run of Nigeria’s economy on the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) introduced by former Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida.

Mr Ogbe disclosed this during an exclusive interview with Channels Television in Otukpo, Benue State, at the flag off of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Benue South Senatorial re-run election campaign for its candidate, Mr Daniel Onjeh.

The Agric and Rural Development Minister, who blamed Nigeria’s over-reliance on crude oil, claimed that the Structural Adjustment Programme pointed Nigerians in the wrong direction.

He advised Nigerian youths to take advantage of the oil crisis in other to diversify into Agriculture and non-oil sectors.

Ogbeh also expressed concern over the high rate of unemployment among Nigerian youths with the advice that they take up opportunities being created in the agric-sector, in other to earn themselves legitimate sources of livelihood.

Babangida, Gowon Call For Peace, Seek Support For Buhari

Babangida, Gowon Call For Peace In NigeriaFormer Head of States, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) has called on Nigerians to support the effort of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the insurgents in the north-east region.

General Babangida made the call on Saturday after attending the Eid prayer in Minna, the capital city of Niger State.

The former military President also called for patience as the administration of President Buhari works to stabilise the nation’s economy.

In another development, a former Head of States, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) advised all Nigerians to seek peace and national development.

General Gowon made the appeal on Saturday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, while addressing Christian pilgrims. He urged them to always remember to pray for the nation whenever they embark on the holy exercise.

He noted that prayer was necessary, as Nigeria fights the Boko Haram sect insurgents in the north-east.

“Peace in the country will lead to prosperity,” General Gowon said.

The President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, also appealed to churches to start teaching Christians how to contribute their quota to the development of the nation.

Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs Condemn Nigeria’s Stand On Palestine Issue

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Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III

Following the failed attempt of Palestine to be recognized as a sovereign country at the security council of the united nation, the Nigerian Supreme Council On Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has condemned the stand of Nigeria to abstain from voting thereby truncating the effort to resolve the 66 year old crisis.

Addressing a press conference on the issue, the Secretary General of NSCIA, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, wondered why Nigeria who was known for supporting justice, freedom and independence of the nations could deliberately abstain from voting for the emancipation of palestine when it matters most and described the act as mischievous.

He wondered how the country could be involved in transmitting its local crisis of religious divide to the outside world, recalling that General Ibrahim Babangida, a Muslim, restored Nigeria’s relationship with Israel severed by General Yakubu Gowon, who is a Christian, having known that the issue at stake was not religious, why should the present government not do the right thing.

He added that people would understand why USA and Britain voted against Palestine freedom but Nigeria has no excuse.

Pro. Oloyede said the action of Federal Government would not degenerate crisis  Nigeria stressing that it has duty to explained toentire Nigerians why it took such inhuman action against Palestine people who need freedom.

Babangida Solicits Support For Jonathan

Ibrahim-BabangidaFormer Nigerian Military President, General Ibrahim Babangida, has said that anyone who means well for Nigeria should support President Goodluck Jonathan to make Nigeria survive as a united nation.

General Babangida was speaking in his country home in Minna, Niger State, when President Goodluck Jonathan paid him a visit in the spirit of the season.

President Goodluck Jonathan had identified General Babangida as a national leader whose counsel is very much needed at the end of the year such as this, especially bearing in mind the insecurity in the land.

According to the President, the country is passing through some challenges and the experience of the former military Head of State would be needed if some of these challenges must be adequately tackled.

 

Council Of State Partners With Jonathan To End Insurgency By December

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The National Council of State, on Thursday, took a unanimous decision to support President Goodluck Jonathan in the fight against insurgency and ultimately bring it to an end by December 2014.

At the meeting in the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, members of the Council noted that the insurgency could lead to Nigeria’s disintegration if not resolved, noting that the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised.

They condemned in strong terms, the attempt by some state governments to register non-indigenes residing in their states.

To demonstrate their resolve to stop any attempt to cause disharmony in the country, the council set up a committee to identify all discriminatory practices across Nigeria.

This is with a view to asking the National Assembly to enact a law to end all such practices wherever they exist in the country.

Present at the meeting, which was presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, were five former Nigerian leaders: General Yakubu Gowon, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Babangida, General Abdusalami Abubakar and Chief Ernest Shonekan among others.

Eid Il Fitr: Babangida, Abdulsalam Sue For Peace

babangida_suitFormer Military Presidents, General Ibrahim Babangida and General  Abdulsalami Abubakar have  sued for peace across the country in the spirit of the Eid- Fitr celebrations.

The former leaders made this call after the prayers to mark the end of Ramadan fasting in Minna the capital of Niger state.

They appealed to Nigerians to keep faith and be steadfast in the face of the security challenges across the country. They also asked Nigerians to support the Federal Government in the fight against the insurgency  in some parts of the North.

General Babangida, who ruled Nigeria from 1985-1993, said “we will continue to pray for everybody in the country and the country to remain steadfast and to be able to work with government to make sure that everybody plays his part; everybody cooperates to make sure that we succeed in overcoming this problem” .

On his part, General Abdulsalam, who returned Nigeria to civilian rule in 1999, emphasised the “need to keep peace in this country” adding that “if there is no peace, there is no country”.

General Abdulsalam also congratulated Nigerians on the successful completion of the Ramadan fast “regardless of the religion” noting that “they should still keep faith, for there is a verse in a Quran which says, for everything that has a beginning will come to an end” praying that “this insurgency will soon come to pass”.

June 12: South West States Observe Holiday In Honour Of M.K.O Abiola

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After 21 years, the June 12, 1993 Presidential Election is still being referred to as the best ever conducted in Nigeria’s history.

On that day, millions of Nigerians trooped out to perform their civic duty, looking beyond ethno-religious bias to participate in the electoral process.

The controversy here is that the election, believed to have been won by late Chief Moshood Abiola on the platform of the defunct Social Democratic Party, was annulled by the military regime under General Ibrahim Babangida.

After waiting for over a year with his mandate nowhere in sight, Abiola   declared himself the lawful President of Nigeria on June 11, 1994.

His address, delivered in Epetedo, Lagos, included an announcement that he has formed a government of national unity which he was to head.

He died on July 7, 1998 in Abuja fighting for his mandate.

South West states have declared today a work-free day while many civil society organizations have lined up different events to mark the day.

 

 

Nigeria Holds Council Of State Meeting

The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, is presiding over a Council of State meeting holding in the presidential villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Some of Nigeria’s past leaders at the Tuesday meeting are; General Yakubu Gowon, Mr Ernest Shonekan, Mr Shehu Shagari, General Ibrahim Babangida, and General Abdulsalami Abubakar.

State governors, Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and former Chief Justices of the Federation are also attending the meeting, which is holding 11 months after the last session was held.

The meeting started at about 10.45am, with the governors of Jigawa and Ekiti States saying the opening prayer.

The Vice President of Nigeria, Namadi Sambo, is the deputy chairman, of the council.

There are indications that the meeting, usually held to discuss pressing national issues, will look at the modalities of the proposed national conference, the 2015 general elections and the celebration of Nigeria’s centenary.

At the last meeting of the council held on March 12, 2013, a former Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Diepreye Alamieyesegha, and some others were granted state pardon.

Speak Up, Atiku Challenges Elders On Obasanjo’s Letter

A former Nigerian vice-president, Atiku Abubakar has asked General Ibrahim Babangida, Abdulsalami Abubakar, Theophilus Danjuma, Dr Alex Ekwueme, and others whom Chief Obasanjo copied in his letter to President Jonathan to speak up.

According to the former vice president, although he was not competent to speak on the letter because he was not privy to the communication, he believes that General Theophilus Danjuma and other leaders who were consulted by the former president before the publication of the letter should intervene and reduce what he sees as, the tension created by Chief Obasanjo’s weighty allegations.

In a statement issued by his media office in Abuja, Abubakar said that, like every other Nigerian, he was nervous about the allegations made by the former president and that those elders mentioned by Obasanjo had a moral duty to add their voices to the issue.

The former vice president adds that the allegations were too disturbing to be treated with apathy by any political stakeholder and that at a moment of national anxiety or uncertainty, leaders across the country should rise to the occasion and reassure fellow Nigerians of the future.

Atiku said: “Our priorities for Nigeria are forging lasting solutions to our chronic unemployment, providing safety and security for all, and vastly improving our failing education systems. President Jonathan’s government has consistently failed to address these critical concerns.”

“That said, it is on record that I have firmly fought for a democracy where the voters choose their future leaders, not political party bosses. If the incumbent President insists on continuing to destroy his own party with vindictive internal wars and thinks his record of rising youth unemployment, never-ending violence, corruption and scandals is worthy of another term, then he is welcome to run. We are confident Nigerians will exercise their democratic right to choose new leadership in 2015.”

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.

Edwin Clark challenges IBB to take a stand on Boko Haram

Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has challenged former military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida to a public debate on national issues free from interference or aides.

He also demanded that as a prominent leader in the north, the former president should make his stand clear on the Boko Haram menace ravaging the north.

Chief Clark posed the challenge in Abuja on Wednesday following a statement released by General Babangida on Monday, the 6th of August, describing him as “senile and senseless” in his reaction to Mr Clark’s clamour that Babaginda should come out and condemn Boko Haram.

The former Minister of Information observed that the former Head of State was yet to openly condemn the killings by the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, which has claimed over a thousand lives.

The Ijaw leader noted that General Babangida is yet to take a stand on the matter, quipping that he (Babanginda) should instead redirect his outburst towards finding a permanent solution to the Boko Haram menace in the north.

Chief Clark recalled the role he played as an Ijaw leader, in the struggle to ensure that the Amnesty programme for the militants is brought to fruition in the Niger-Delta.

In his statement presented by lawyer Kayode Ajulo, Chief Clark emphasized his commitment to the unity of Nigeria and peace within its borders and therefore would refuse to join issues with general Babangida.