The Transition Monitoring Group, an indigenous elections observer group that participated in the 2015 general elections, is asking President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on unemployment.
According to the Chairman of the Group, Ibrahim Zikirullahi, President Buhari should work at providing jobs for the unemployed youths many of whom contributed to the victory of the President during the 2015 general elections.
The group also asked the executive and legislative arm of government to consolidate on the gains made in the 2015 general elections by embarking on a comprehensive reforms of the electoral process.
The outcome of elections held in different states after the general election, with a few of them declared inconclusive, may have triggered their request for a reform of the process.
The ruling All Progressives Congress has said it would through its education reform programme that would see the employment of a large number of teachers provide jobs for Nigeria’s youths whom are willing to take up teaching jobs. A report by the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics had put Nigeria’s unemployment rate at 9.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2015, representing a fourth consecutive rise in the unemployment rate since the third quarter of 2014.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the review of the appointments of the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) Mrs Amina Zakari, and that of the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr Lawal Daura.
The acting National Chairman of the PDP, Mr Uche Secondus, told Journalists at a press conference on Wednesday that the party was uncomfortable with the treatment of its members in the hands of the DSS in Rivers and Akwa Ibom States where elections results are being contested in the tribunals.
Aside from the DSS boss, the PDP also insist that the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the acting Chairman of INEC should be reviewed by the Nigerian President, Muhamadu Buhari, ahead of the elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States.
Meanwhile, the electoral commission has assured Nigerians that the scheduled governorship elections holding in Kogi and Bayelsa states would be free and fair.
The candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in next month’s presidential election, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, has cleared the air on the controversy surrounding his primary and secondary school qualification.
Speaking to journalists at the Africa House, beside the Kano State Government House in the State capital, the Katsina-born politician named late Gen Shehu Musa Yar’adua and a former President of the Court of Appeal, Mr Umar Abdullahi, as his classmates.
He, however, failed to tender his certificate but noted that the school he attended, the Provincial Secondary School, now known as Government College, Katsina, will make available a copy of the Cambridge West African School Certificate, which would be made available to the press.
General Buhari said he wrote the examination with number 8200002 in the Second Division.
He, however, said: “Although the ruling party may want to wish this away, the issue in this campaign cannot be my certificate which I obtained 53 years ago. The issues are the scandalous level of unemployment of our young people, the state of insecurity, the pervasive official corruption which has impoverished our people and the lack of concern of the government of anything other than the retention of power at all costs”.
The Nigerian military had yesterday denied being in possession of the WASC certificate of the retired army officer, who rose to the rank of Major General before becoming Nigeria’s military ruler after the coup plot on Mr Shehu Shagari’s regime in 1983.
Despite the military’s denial of having the former Head of State’s WASC certificate, the APC defended the academic qualification of its presidential candidate, citing new legal details.
The party quoted part IV, Section 318 of the Constitution which interprets “School Certificate level or its equivalent” as follows:
(a) A Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent, Grade II Teacher’s Certificate, the City and Guilds Certificate; or
(b) Education up to Secondary School Certificate Level; or
(c) Primary Six School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent and –
(i) service in the public or private sector in the Federation in any capacity acceptable to the Independent National Electoral Commission for a minimum of ten years, and
(ii) attendance at courses and training in such institutions as may be acceptable to the Independent National Electoral Commission for periods totalling up to a minimum of one year, and
(iii) The ability to read, write, understand and communicate in the English language to the satisfaction of the Independent National Electoral Commission, and
(d) Any other qualification acceptable by the Independent National Electoral Commission; The Constitution requires a minimum of secondary school certificate or its equivalent for election to the office of the president.
All Progressives Congress chieftain, Audu Ogbeh, has apologized to the leadership of ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners over his comments about the group which has continued to generate reactions.
In a personal letter sent to the group in Abuja, the former National Chairman of the PDP said that his statement at an APC function was not intended to paint the group as an APC sub-group, especially because less than 2% of the group are members of the APC.
A portion of the apology letter from the former Minister of Communications reads: “If my statement caused you discomfort, I do apologize, but reiterate that I have nothing but respect and admiration for you for keeping a six month vigil and telling the world that the Nigerian conscience is not entirely dead.
“This world is watching us and making judgements. I wish you God’s blessings and protection.”
Reactions have trailed Audu Ogbeh’s statement that Nigeria’s major opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, was behind the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign group.
The APC chieftain had made the claim in Abuja while addressing party faithful during the official declaration of General Muhamadu Buhari as the party’s presidential aspirant.
According to Audu Ogbeh, the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaign group is led by members of the APC.
Activities of the ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners has long been discredited by some as politically motivated, even though they have kept the issue of the abducted schoolgirls burning locally and internationally.