Obasanjo Calls On Nigerians To Serve, Protect Human Dignity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo addresses participants at the 14th National convention of the Lions Club in Abeokuta on May 9, 2019.

 

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on Nigerians to serve and protect human dignity for the development of the nation.

While addressing participants at the 14th National convention of the Lions Club in Abeokuta on Thursday, Obasanjo challenged leaders at all levels to step up in their efforts at ensuring better quality service delivery.

“As citizens of this nation, we are called to serve. We are called to protect and assist people, advocate for human rights and ensure that the dignity of every man and woman is protected,” he said.

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While stressing that the nation faces developmental challenges, the former president, therefore, charged the Federal Government and the masses to be alive to their responsibilities of advancing the country’s growth and development.

“For decades, the answer to solving these challenges would have been the government. While the leadership at all level carries a huge part of providing a solution through better and quality service, this answer must change.

“We all have responsibilities when it comes to rendering service to those who need service. We should all be part of the solution to the challenge facing us,” he stated.

9th Assembly: I Don’t Think APC Has Learnt Its Mistake From 2015, Says Sani

 

The lawmaker representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Mr Shehu Sani, says the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not have learnt its lessons from the 2015 incident that saw Senator Bukola Saraki and Honourable Yakubu Dogara emerge as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

While appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Sani said that the interest of other APC lawmakers in the leadership positions for the 9th Assembly could result in a repeat of what happened four years ago.

“With what I have seen, there are a lot of statements coming from the APC making positions that they have learnt their mistakes and this time around, they are going to make some corrections and achieve what they want to achieve.

“But in the real sense, I don’t think lessons were learnt from what I can see on the ground. If lessons were learnt, there would be only one candidate from the APC. As long as we have three contenders from the APC, there is a likelihood of a repeat of what happened in 2015,” he stated.

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Sani’s comments come a month after APC Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said the party will not allow lawmakers of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to be appointed as chairmen of committees in the next parliament.

Oshiomhole explained that the party’s decision was to avoid a repeat of 2015, stressing that it had learnt from its mistakes.

Reacting to Oshiomhole’s statement, Sani noted that to be elected Senate President “is a game of numbers.”

Sani who defected to the People’s Redemption Party (PRP) shortly before the 2019 general elections from the ruling party, stated that for the APC’s preferred candidate to win the position, he has to reach out to the opposition lawmakers and strike a deal with them.

Recall that in 2015, the APC had anointed Senator Ahmed Lawan for Senate President and Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila for House Speaker, but that was not to be, as some scheming within the parliament saw to the emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara as leaders of the National Assembly.

Ninth Assembly: Femi Gbajabiamila Will Be The Next Speaker, Says Jibrin

Honourable Abdulmuminin Jibrin

 

The lawmaker representing Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives, Honourable Abdulmuminin Jibrin says Femi Gbajabiamila will emerge as the next Speaker of the House. 

He stated this on Monday while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today, ahead of the inauguration of the ninth Assembly in June.

“I am not afraid. I have said it repeatedly and you can take this to the bank inshallah (God willing) Femi (Gbajabiamila) is going to be the Speaker. It is as good as that.”

Jibrin, who was elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC)  said he is also confident that other APC lawmakers contesting for leadership position would win.

He, however, criticised members of the party who are against APC’s zoning of National Assembly positions to geo-political zones.

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While noting that when the positions of the President and Vice President were zoned to the North-West and South West respectively, party members were in support of it, he accused them of pursuing selfish interests.

“Just a few months ago, both the APC and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) zoned the presidential slot to the northern part of the country and of course the vice-presidential slot to the southern part of the country.

“They all supported it. We all applauded. Everybody supported it, all of them one after the other. Now a few months after, they are saying we don’t want to zone. So what does that tell you? Is it all about self?” he stated.

According to Lawan, the six positions shared within the two chambers of the National Assembly will be shared among the six geopolitical zones.

His remarks follow a question posed to the lawmaker by the Channels Television’s Seun Okinbaloye, regarding the possibility of what happened in 2015 repeating itself in the coming days.

The ruling party had adopted Gbajabiamila who represents Surulere I Federal Constituency of Lagos State as Speaker and Senator Ahmed Lawan as Senate President respectively.

The duo, however, lost to the incumber, Yakubu Dogara and Bukola Saraki in what appeared as a shock to the APC leadership four years ago.

But the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, has said the APC has learnt from its mistakes and would prevent the reoccurrence of the incident.

Leadership Responsible For Nigeria’s Woes, Says Sule Lamido

A former Governor of Jigawa State and member of the Peoples Democratic Party, Sule Lamido has blamed the numerous challenges facing Nigeria on leadership.

Lamido stated this in Umuahia, the Abia State capital when he visited the state Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.

He said the non-inclusion governance is what has given rise to various agitations and urged the leadership of the country to confront issues and stop manipulating and monopolising the entire system.

“Things are wrong because amateurs are in charge, we are in the problem because people who are able to promote hate are in charge, hate speeches are now common in Nigeria.

“We need to look at our humanity, the human essence and common love that binds us together as a people, irrespective of tribe and religion.

“We can begin to look at the issues that confront Nigeria and together we will begin to find solutions to them, so tribes, regions or zone should build in the same way,” he said.

Lamido is of the view that freedom, being one of the core ingredients of democracy, should engage the people.

A situation where the environment has been manipulated and also monopolized, he noted, people cannot say their mind or their contribution to nation’s building.

The former Jigawa leader also said that the current calls made by some groups to secede from the country could have been avoided if the government reaches out to every Nigerian.

NLC Calls For Selfless Leadership, Unity

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NLC President, Ayuba Wabba

Leadership that is selfless and committed to improved living conditions for workers may be what is needed for Nigerian to live in peace and harmony.

The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Mr Ayuba Waba, said this at a workshop in Abuja organised as part of activities to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence Anniversary.

At the event, Mr Waba attributed recent agitations for self-determination to corruption and selfishness of some political leaders.

He said, “In almost six decades of national independence, we are not where we ought to be as a country. As we celebrate 57 years of Political Independence, those qualities of selfless service are very much needed in today’s contemporary Nigeria.

“As Nigerians, we must continue to have confidence in ourselves. As citizens, build bridges of peace and unity instead of indulging in hatred and constant promotion of separatism agitation.”

While criticising those who promote separatists agitations, the labour leader, alongside other speakers asked the government to address the cause of those agitations.

Nigeria Is Suffering From Cumulative Effect Of Leadership Failure – Peter Obi

Former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has attributed the problems of Nigeria to the failure of its leadership over the years.

Obi, who was a guest on Channels Television’s political programme, however, said both the leaders and the citizens should be blamed for the nation’s challenges.

“What we are suffering is a cumulative effect of leadership failure,” he said during his appearance on a special edition of Sunday Politics.

“The leaders are uncaring, the Nigerian followers have also abandoned the good governance of their country to this clique of uncaring people, and maybe our involvement in Christianity and religion now has even worsened and weakened our energy to confront this oppressive and weak leadership.”

The former governor also denied having said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has failed but said the people failed as a nation.

He said, “I didn’t say this government has failed, I was categorical. I said if you look at it – we are celebrating 57 years of independence and if you actually reflect properly – we have failed as a country, including myself.”

“As a country, we need to come up with the truth. What makes a difference in a human being is the ability to accept when you are not doing well; we have failed as a country,” he reiterated.

On how to have prevented the country from going into an economic recession, Obi said, “If we have a reserve today of $100bn, we won’t be in recession.”

“Let me even go to the 80s, can you compare us with countries that we were a par in terms of development? From 2000 – 2015 was Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), did we achieve any? he questioned.

“Between 1980 and today, Nigeria has actually become poorer as a country when compared to other nations.

“So, I was here and I did mention to you that in 1980, one of the most critical issues affecting our economy today is the issue of our low reserve,” said Obi.

Amosun Commits To Purposeful Leadership In Ogun State

Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State, Leadership, Olusola AdeyemiOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has reassured residents of the state of his administration’s resolve to pursue purposeful leadership and good governance.

Governor Amosun said the resolution also included rebuilding the socio-economic fortunes of the state in order to bring to fruition the dreams of the state’s founding fathers.

He made the remarks on Wednesday in Abeokuta, at the sendforth ceremony for the Ogun State Head of Service, Mr Olusola Adeyemi.

Mr Adeyemi, who was bowing out after 35 years in service of the state, was celebrated with 16 other permanent secretaries in the state in southwest Nigeria.

The governor used the occasion to urge the support, cooperation and understanding of the state workforce in the discharge of government programmes and policies.

The outgoing Head of Service, in his remarks, thanked Governor Amosun for giving him the opportunity to serve the state.

He commended the development strides of the governor and asked those in service to remain loyal to the government.

I Can’t Use All State Resources To Pay Salaries – Aregbesola

Rauf Aregbesola on workers' salariesThe Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on Tuesday said he cannot use all of the state’s federal allocation to pay workers and pensioners.

Governor Aregbesola speaking at the commissioning of the Osun Job Centre in Osogbo, the State capital, stressed that the development of any state depended on the ingenuity of the leadership to ensure even distribution ‎of resources available.

He added that with a population of over four million people in the state, it is only logical for the civil servants and pensioners to show some understanding with the government.

The Governor made it clear that the inability of the State government to meet its obligation to public servants and pensioners was because the government wanted to meet the development need of the state.

He said that the state’s resources could not sustain the payment of workers’ salaries.

“Some people keep on harping on the fact that we are not paying salaries and I ask them; ‘if we are to use every kobo we have to pay salaries, how horrible will this state be?

“Salary earners and pension earners are 60,000. Osun at the last count has four million people. So, if all we do is pay salary and disregard the needs of over three million people, where are we going to be? It will be a horrible state indeed. It will be a state where life will be difficult and tough,” the Governor stated.

Spread The Revenue

According to him, the only way out would be to spread the revenue of the state affect as many people as possible.

“That is what is known as development.

“So when they tell you that he is not paying salaries, tell them to mind their business. Should we leave it to their very very limited and myopic view, we will have an obnoxious state where life will be brutish and unliveable,”

On his plans for the workers, Governor Aregbesola said: “To make life ‎liveable, we must do what we are doing and that is why we keep on encouraging our workers that we know it is tough with you, but it is not only you. We are all affected. If we can mobilise our citizens, this will be history and by the grace of God, it will be history very very soon”.

Senate Leadership: Buhari, APC Governors Intervene

 senateThe All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, have resolved that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and other APC members in the Senate, should henceforth respect the views of the party that brought them into power.

The decision of the governors, which  is aimed at bringing to an end the leadership tussle which has torn the Senators apart, was taken at a late night meeting which held in the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.

Speaking to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the APC Governorship Forum and the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, said the party’s views should be respected.

Also speaking, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole,  said that every one of them, including the Senators, were elected on the APC platform not as individuals, stating that the party’s position must be supported by the Senators at all times.

Nigeria Has A New Opportunity To Be Great Under Buhari – Obasanjo

-A former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo, says the oil-rich nation has a new opportunity to be great again under the leadership of the President elect, General Mohammadu Buhari.

He expressed this hope in a meeting with Women Leaders from the south-west states of Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Lagos at his hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

Mr Obasanjo, however, urged Nigerians to be patient with the administration, as it finds solution to those challenges facing the country.

The former President also asked all Nigerians to continue to pray and support the administration in its onerous task of rebuilding the nation’s socio-economic and political life.

The leader of the delegation of the Women, Mrs Alaba Lawson, asked the former President to continue to offer the leadership that would ensure the success of the new administration, especially in the task of ensuring growth and development in the face of the challenges facing Nigeria.

Addressing the delegation, Obasanjo asked Nigerians to be patient with the incoming administration and also urged General Buhari to take the right steps in the right direction, especially in his first three months in office, as Nigerians’ expectations are high.

While asking Nigerians to play their path in the development of the country, he, however, expressed his willingness to continue to offer support until his service is no longer needed.

He also asked the president-elect to leverage on his acceptability both at home and abroad by providing the much needed leadership and direction for Nigeria.

Amosun Preaches Harmony At Easter

amosunThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, joined millions of Christians around the world to observe the Easter season, stressing the need for harmony among Nigerians.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs Olufunmilayo Wakama, Governor Amosun stressed the need for harmony in the quest for a new Nigeria, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious affiliations.

He said that “the period is symbolic for us as a nation, having recently elected a new President”.

“As we commemorate the resurrection of Christ, I see a new Nigeria under the leadership of the President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari and I urge all well meaning Nigerians to join hands with him to bring about accelerated socio-economic progress,” he said.

The governor urged all Christians and Nigerians to ponder over the supreme sacrifice of Jesus Christ, and take a cue from His selflessness, by eschewing all forms of political, social and religious vices.

Governor Amosun prayed for God’s guidance and blessings for the leadership of Buhari and continuity in Ogun State, as Nigerians go to the polls to choose their representatives in the forthcoming Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections.

Amosun also wished everyone a blessed celebration.

LASU Protest, A Fight For Survival – Analyst

Achike ChudeA public affairs analyst and representative of the Joint Action Front, Achike Chude, on Monday, described the on-going protest by students of the Lagos State University (LASU) – over the hike in school fees as a fight for survival.

Appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Chude said the policy was “most irresponsible” of the Lagos government, insisting that education is “about a service that is crucial and important for the well-being of the State”.

He also argued that the controversy over the development of the school and the increase in fees, required will-power on the part of the government to ensure that the citizens got education, no matter what.

“Our leadership, in as much as some of them have been educated within and outside the country, they do not seem to understand the virtue of education. You pay a price if you do not educate your people,” he said, noting that although “education is not enough, it is a way forward”.

Referring to the recent ASUU strike, he stressed that the government had become comfortable based on the inaction of the people for many years and bad governance was helping to radicalise those considered docile.

He made mention of the recommendation of UNESCO which urged governments to set aside 26% of its budget for education, asking that “how much is Lagos State spending on education?”

Chude disclosed that the position of JAF on the matter was for government to reverse the fee to what it was before the protests, as it was the duty of government to inject funds into the system.

“Education should be free in this country, because of where we are and the government capacity.”

Asked why students usually protest any change made in the education system, particularly, any increase in fees, Chude explained that “there is a nexus between the average student and the government institution because he is aware his parents contributed to building that infrastructure”” .

He noted that as long as it was a public institution, people had the right to ask questions.

He further said that the fact that people were sending their children abroad to be educated does not make it a LASU issue. It is a Nigerian one.

“There’s nothing wrong if LASU is a school for the poor,” he said.