Former presiding officers of the House of Representatives in Nigeria have congratulated the new Speaker of the House, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, saying his emergence was a continuation of a tradition of revolutions by the parliament against a culture of imposition.
The group of former lawmakers, including Honourable Aminu Tambuwal and Honourable Ghali Na’Abba, on Wednesday, commended the members of the 8th House of Representatives for upholding the tradition of independence which the legislature world over was known for.
They further advised the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress to work with the new leadership of the House of Representatives.
Honourable Yakubu Dogara thanked the group and promised that the 8th House of Representatives would not let them down.
The new Speaker, who was not the choice candidate of the party’s leadership, was elected on Tuesday, defeating Honourable Femi Gabajabiamila, who had been chosen as the party’s candidate in a straw poll held over the weekend.
A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned, indefinitely, the suit filed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, against the Federal Government over the withdrawal of his security aides and an alleged attempt to declare his seat vacant
The adjournment is a fall out of a motion of stay of proceeding filed by three members of , Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency of Sokoto State challenging the ruling of the court which disallowed them to be joined as defendants in the suit.
In his ruling, Justice Ahmed Mohammed held that with an appeal before the appellate court, the lower court lacked the jurisdiction to look into the matter as such “the court has no other option than to bow to the superiority of the court above”.
There have been several adjournments since the Speaker of the House of Representatives filed the suit, leading to unanticipated delays.
An appeal filed by some members of the Kebbe/Tambuwal Federal Constituency who were refused to be joined in the suit is pending before the Appeal Court
This has made it impossible for the lower court to continue with the case .
In his submission, lawyer to Mr Tambuwal agreed with the aggrieved parties that going on with the case would not bring about justice, but a disobedient to the rule of law and the superiority of the upper court.
But the counsel to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Inspector-General of Police feels otherwise.
According to the defendants, the appeal is just a delay tactics by Mr Tambuwal to exhaust his tenure as the speaker of the House of Representatives.
Having listened to both parties, Justice Ahmed Mohammed adjourned the case indefinitely until the appeal channels are exhausted by the plaintiff.
In another development, the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal filed by a chieftain of PDP, Mr Umar Ardo, challenging the decision of the Court of Appeal which stopped him from joining in the lawsuit challenging President Goodluck Jonathan’s eligibility to re-contest in 2015.
The dismissal was sequel to an oral application moved by counsel to Ardo, Dr Amuda Kannike seeking to withdraw the appeal.
In dismissing the appeal, the panel of seven justices led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Mohammed Mahmud said the appellant had no business joining in the appeal challenging Jonathan’s eligibility, as no law stopped him from participating in the just concluded convention of the party.
A litigant, Cyriacus Njoku, had earlier approached an Abuja high court to stop President Jonathan from re-contesting in 2015 but Had his suit dismissed on ground that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain it.
Unsatisfied, Njoku approached the Court of Appeal to challenge the decision of the lower court.
Attempts by Mr Umar Ardo to join in the suit were denied on the ground that he did not show a reasonable interest that could have warranted his joinder.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal has restated that the House is working on a legislation to check the rising network of oil thieves in the country.
To deal decisively with the matter, the speaker called for collaboration between African, Caribbean, Pacific and European Union (ACP-EU) at the conclusion of the tenth regional parliamentary meeting in Abuja, to help checkmate the country’s shortfall in revenue.
Tambuwal said the economic challenges, oil theft and bunkering posed a serious threat not only to Nigeria, but for Africa and the globe, stressing that the menace has led to a proliferation of violence and terrorist acts across the country.
The national assembly had earlier revealed that the country loses about 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day, which translates to a loss of one billion dollars every month.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal has directed the House Committee on Justice to liaise with the Institute of Legislative Studies and the Law Reform Commission to ensure that all outdated laws in the the Sales of Goods Act 1893, that are still being practised in the country are updated.
The Speaker gave the directive during the consideration of a bill seeking to repeal and re-enact a 120 year old law; sales of Goods Act 1893.
The bill for an Act to repeal the sales of Goods Act 1893 and re-enact the sales of Goods Bill 2013 is to provide for regulation of sales of Goods in Nigeria.
Leading debate on the general principles of the bill, the Chairman of the House Committee on Justice, Representative Ali Ahmed informed the House that the law was outdated, having been enacted in Britain in 1893.
He argued that the amendment would remove all reference to British authority and incorporate the powers of the Nigeria Import Export Corporation while making the ambiguous law simpler for judges to interpret.
The bill was referred to the committees on Commerce and Justice.
Hundreds of people had assembled at the Ilorin International Airport ahead of the arrival of his corpse.
Dignitaries present at the prayer for his burial were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Also present were members of his grieving family, which included former Senator Gbemisola Saraki and former Governor of Kwara state, Dr Bukola Saraki.
The Minister for Interior, Abba Moro, Minister of National Planning, Usman Shamusideen, and the former Minister of Defence, Alhaji Haliru Bello,were also present.
The late strongman of Kwara politics had been battling with an undisclosed ailment for months and had sought treatment in a series of foreign hospitals.
The late politician fondly called ‘Oloye’ was the Waziri of the Ilorin Emirate.
Mourning on Facebook
Meanwhile, the former Governor of Kwara State and son of the late politician, Dr. Bukola Saraki, posted on social media that his late father would be “sorely missed.”
The former governor, who is now the chairman Senate Committee on Environment wrote the following on his Facebook page:
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un ; “Truly! To Allah we belong and truly, to Him we shall return.” (al-Baqarah:156) With gratitude to Almighty Allah, we announce the passage to eternity of our beloved father and grandfather, His Eminence, Oloye (Dr.) Abubakar Olusola Saraki, Waziri of Ilorin, former Senate Leader, Second Republic, Federal Republic of Nigeria who answered the call to the great beyond, in the early hours of today in Lagos (17 May 1933 – 14 Nov 2012).”
“We take solace in knowing that our father lived an exemplary life of service, and selfless devotion to development of his people and nation. Baba will be sorely missed. We pray for the repose of his soul that Almighty Allah grant him Al-Jannah Firdaus. Amin.”
The Saudi Arabian ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Khaled Abdrabuh has given the assurance that the controversy over the detention of 908 female Nigerian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia and the deportation of some will be resolved later today.
The Federal Government on Wednesday gave the Saudi Arabian government 24 hours to resolve the issue as instructed by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, after he summoned the Arabian envoy to his office.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, who is the head of federal government delegation to Saudi Arabia to resolve the impasse, met with the Saudi Arabia envoy behind closed doors on Thursday.
Honourable Tambuwal in his address to journalists stated that the Nigerian mission in Riyadh is meeting with Saudi authorities to resolve the situation.
However, the chairman of the House Committee on Foreign affairs, Representative Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje, has warned that Nigeria will not hesitate to bring back her people if the issue is not resolved today.
According to the National Hajj Commission, 908 female Nigerian pilgrims were refused entry into Saudi Arabia, alleging that they breached the escort rules for female pilgrims under Saudi law.
The law of the Islamic nation stipulates that any female pilgrim that is not over 40years old must be accompanied by a male who should either be her husband, brother or father.