Why FG’s Investigative Panel Should Continue Behind Closed Doors

Policy analyst, Tokunbo Adedeji, has stated reasons why the investigative process of the committee set up by the  Presidency, over the suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Lawal Babachir and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ayo Oke, should be kept behind closed doors.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, he also raised concerns that it is not enough to accuse and probe but rather, claims of wrong doing must be proven.

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“It’s a step in the right direction that the general public is getting to know a number of the rot that we have had in the system – It is good and it is salutary that these issues be pursued.

“However, we must all remind ourselves that it is not just a question of doing wrong or accusing someone of doing wrong, you must be able to prove that the person has done wrong. Therefore, there is the course of the law that must be followed.

“Under the present circumstance, we have seen a number of cases go to court and lost in court by the Federal Government and therefore, I would imagine that the Federal Government wouldn’t want to make the same mistakes again,” Mr Adedeji stated.

Hands Are Tied

Speaking further on the intentions of the Government, he said: “What they have done in this instance of the NIA DG, is to ensure that they follow the due process.

“I think where their hands are tied with regards to the NIA DG is simply because he came up to own that the money found in Ikoyi, belongs to his organisation and it was meant for a covert operation. Once you hear that, then you have to be a little bit careful. It may be true, it may not be true.

“That’s why there is need to find out internally – That’s why they set up that committee internally to be able to go through that process.”

He, therefore agreed that the investigative process should continue behind closed doors because of the nature of the issue of the DG.

“These are people who in other climes are faceless – You don’t even know who they are – That particular organisation, they remain faceless. Therefore, it is left for us to understand without emotion, the direction these things are going.”

According to Mr Adedeji, there are certain things that are said there that are meant for internal consumption only and eventually the outcome of the investigations would be presented to Nigerian.

“I would want to believe that the position of the Vice President is in line with the position of the President with regards to corruption and therefore, he would follow through with that determination that if it is true that this is a corrupt practice, it will be exposed and the person would be made to go through the process of investigation before they even go to court.”

Osun Election: Analysts Say APC Should Learn From Fayose’s Ekiti Tactics

Pol TodayNigerian politics and its democracy are beginning to favour the people as recent happenings have shown that the masses’ views were beginning to matter in the scheme of things.

This was a view shared by a Political Science lecturer at the University of Lagos, Dr. Kayode Eesuola on the Sunday edition of Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He made reference to the outcome of the governorship election in Ekiti and the friendly reactions that trailed the victory of Ayo Fayose over the incumbent, Governor Kayode Fayemi.

A political analyst, Chima Nnaji, who was also on the programme, referred to the move by Governor Fayemi as a good sign for the future of Nigerian politics. He noted particularly the timing of Fayemi’s concession as one that was crucial, as he was able to prevent a possible breakdown of law and order by aggrieved supporters.

With the Osun State governorship election approaching, it is expected that the opposition would be doing all possible to prevent another shocking defeat at the polls.

The APC National Vice Chairman, South, Segun Oni, had said earlier in the week that the Ekiti election was “a new dimension to rigging” and the party was not going to allow a repeat of the same outcome in Osun State.

Dr. Eesuola referred to Oni’s comments as proof that the All Progressives Congress lacked ideologies as the difference in his position with that of the defeated Governor Fayemi showed that there was no synergy of ideologies and there could be crises within the party.

On the claim that the election was rigged, he said it was a case of “the kettle calling the cooking pot black” as all the parties rely on the same strategy.

Mr Nnaji also referred to the statement as a wrong signal. He opined that at the moment “strategy should drive action”, adding that the party’s communication should have focused on moving on, and accepting what has happened in Ekiti as a way to learn lessons and prevent making same mistakes they made, as this would have been the dignified way of reacting.

“Give dignity to the electorates in Ekiti”, he said.

He cited the campaign approaches of the Ekiti State Governor-elect, Ayo Fayose, who rode very much on voter education by constantly appealing to his supporters to collect their voters’ cards and asking them to show same at his rallies. He said that he expected the APC to ask among themselves what Fayose did right that they could also do right in Osun.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) held a rally in Lagos with thousands of supporters and party leaders, including the Ekiti victor, Fayose, during the week and the party emphasized its resolve to go ahead, spurred by the Ekiti episode, to capture the entire South-West.

Another political analyst, Dr Idoko, however, noted that while the euphoria was understandable, it did not reflect the reality of things, as the Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was a different politician to Kayode Fayemi and therefore represents a different kind of opponent for the PDP.

He went down the history lane to relate the current situation to that of the South-West politics in the days of late MKO Abiola up till the emergence of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, as a political bigwig. He maintained that the people had a good idea of what they want.

While he agreed that Ekiti was a good victory, he stated that Osun State would be very dicey for the PDP, adding that their quest to take over the South-West region might not come easy in those states except Oyo State.

He posited that Fayemi’s error in Ekiti State was that he did not play the politics of poverty but rather focused on the politics of development which according to him was not a bad thing but only did not mean much to the people. “You must meet the immediate needs of the people to be able to collect something from them”, he said.

He blamed Fayemi for losing the Ekiti State, and that the PDP should not assume that there was a major shift already as Fayose’s victory did not mean that the Ekiti people had made the right choice.

Nigeria Would Break Up Without Corruption – Oscar Onwudiwe

Oscar OnwudiweA Social commentator, Oscar Onwudiwe, on Saturday opined that corruption is what binds Nigeria together, and without it, the country would disintegrate.

He made the controversial statement while speaking on ‘15 Years of Interrupted Democracy’ In Nigeria, on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise.

Onwudiwe said that Nigerians should be grateful as the country was evolving through democracy, noting that some individuals, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, should be thanked for the transition to democratic rule.

“Things have changed whether we want to accept it or not,” he said.

On holding Government accountable, Onwudiwe blamed Nigerians for not rising up to demand change and ensuring that leaders do what they were elected to do.

He also argued that the value system obtainable in the country was encouraging corruption.

The concern for many Nigerians at the moment is that there is little to celebrate about the Nigerian democracy, especially with the insurgency rocking some parts of the county.

The S.A to the Borno State Governor on Media; Isa Gusau, was also on the programme along with Onwudiwe, and he shared the view that democracy has been great in the country even though there had been challenges. He expects the nation to rise out of its current problems.

Speaking on the forthcoming 2015 elections, Gusau also said that the Government would be bowing to the pressure from the Boko Haram sect if it refused to hold elections in crisis prone-areas, as one of the missions of the terrorist group was to suspend liberal rule.

Gusau, whose state is at the centre of the crisis, stated that the Government must ensure that elections are conducted in all parts of the country, if for nothing else than to prove to the terrorists that they cannot succeed.

He also revealed that that there was a mass movement against the terrorist group in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, giving assurances that there was no resident member of the sect in the State capital.

Making his contribution to the discussion, political analyst, Babatunde Gbadamosi, spoke about the National Conference, amidst concerns about insecurity, and the fact that the growth rates usually published as evidence of performance remain mere statistics that have failed to reflect in the general quality of living.

Gbadamosi was of the view that there is need for the Government to re-negotiate the basis of the nation’s existence, as this would be the best way to achieve peace and true development.

We Need To Crash Nigeria’s System Of Governance – Nweze

Politics Today - Austin NwezePolitical Analyst, Dr Austin Nweze believes that the All Progressives Congress, APC, has not shown anything new or different in the manifesto it presented to Nigerians.

Although the APC has promised change, he said that what Nigeria needs is new ideas for that change and he had not seen any fresh idea that could bring about change in Nigeria in the APC road map.

Nweze, who was the guest of Politics Today on Channels Television, called on Nigerians to be careful about the kind of change they demand as it was important to know what the alternatives were before demanding change.

Citing the example of Nigeria’s independence, Nweze explained that Nigerians only insisted that they wanted a change in the form of independence from the British without bothering to ask what the new government would be like, a situation he saw as the genesis of the country’s problems.

He stated that the structure of government being run in Nigeria was faulty and was a mistake. He said that it was too expensive and creates an atmosphere where some people feel marginalised, and fixing that situation was the kind of change he had expected from the APC and not maintaining the same system.

Dr. Nweze further explained that one of the major problems facing Nigeria was the fear of the people of being dominated by other ethnic groups. On this basis of this and the size of the country, he posited that Nigeria was too big for one person to lead.

He insisted that the only way for Nigeria to truly experience change was for the system of government to be totally restructured. He said, “This system of governance should be crashed” adding that the National Conference has offered an opportunity for that change to be achieved.

He also revealed a planned proposition of “6 College of Presidents” who would represent the 6 Geo-political zones of the country. They would jointly have a 6-year tenure as President, during which they would take turns to lead the country for 1 year each. He said that this would eliminate the issue of marginalization and create a more united people, and then can the country try to fight corruption as promised by the APC.

Speaking on about the speech delivered by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili at the APC summit, Nweze commended the courage and the depth of the speech but regretted that there was still a possibility that the politicians present at the event would sweep her words aside and revert to “business as usual”. According to him, “this people don’t care.”

Issues In PDP, Result Of Democratic Exercise – Pearse

A Political Analyst, Adetokunbo Pearse, on Thursday accused the media and the public of blowing the issues in the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), out of proportion as the fall out between high ranking members of the ruling party is but “Exercise in Democratic Development.”

“PDP allows for expression of individual opinion, there would be “this type of back and forth” going on in the party, he said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Pearse said “the concern with the going-on in PDP is overblown,” pointing out that “there’s a difference between government and political parties.”

The PDP, which is regarded as the largest political party in Africa, had been in the news in recent times as a result of internal wranglings among members whose demands and agitations led to court battles, the cross carpeting of five governors, 37 lawmakers and many others.

While commenting on the severity of the crisis, Mr Pearse opined that the issues were not of national importance. “We should not concern ourselves so much with what is going on within the structure of a political party,” he said adding that citizens should rather focus “more on governance. What affects us as a people in the different areas of the economy.”

The development in the PDP “is an exercise in democratic development,” he added.

He also said that: “In the PDP you are allowed to voice your opinion. Nobody is a god in the PDP. Nobody has all the answers. There are no sacred cows in the PDP… We challenge the National Chairman, we challenge the President. That is an exercise in democracy and this is the only democratic party you have in the country.”

He went further to say that the activities and political structure of the opposition party, All Progressives Congress, should be probed.

“By the way, what do you make of a party like the APC that has had one national chairman throughout the life of the party,” he asked, adding that “no PDP Chairman has stayed in office more than two years.”

On whether the embattled National Chairman, Bamanga Tukuru, will resign from his position, Mr Pearse said the decision should be left to him (Tukur).

Nigeria Needs A Conference Of National Ethnicity – Political Analyst

A Political  Analyst, Hakeem Alobo-Bakare, has said that in 2014, the Nigerian government should set up a conference of national ethnicity that sill enable citizens fashion out a way of living together.

He said that the kind of national dialogue the the government planned to hold was not the type Nigerians need.

“We need an ethnicity whereby anybody that lives in any particular state can aspire to contest at any point in time,” he said.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Bakare stated that there were fundamental issues between ethnic groups that could only be resolved by having an “ethnicity conference”.

Mr Bakare insisted, that the  kind of conference he was suggesting would help Nigeria identify ways citizens could live together.

Birth Right To Rule

“We need to sit down and fashion out a way we can tolerate one another”.

Mr. Bakare stated that most ethnic problems in Nigeria were because “most people believe  it’s their birth right to rule this country and that  if you don’t allow them to rule there will be problem”.

He explained that about 30 years ago, before globalization, Christians and Muslims were living together.  “Now people believe that they are short-changed and everybody wants to claim rights,” he added.

He cited the June 12 election in 1993 which the late M.K.O Abiola was one of the presidential candidates and stressed that Abiola was a man that was beyond ethnicity and loved by everybody even the Hausa’s.

Mr. Bakare also emphasised that Nigerians should be given a chance to pick their leader to avoid further ethnic problems.

 

Jonathan’s Mid 2014 Stable Power Promise Is realistic – Analyst

A Political Analyst, Adetokunbo Pearse, has adjudged President Goodluck Jonathan’s promise of stable power supply by mid-2014 as sensible and opined that the promise should be “viewed in proper context.”

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Mr Pearse said the President’s “optimism is based on the investments and the policies that have been put in place in 2013 and before.” So “as far as energy is concerned I believe the President. I agree with that and expect that we should be optimistic.”

He posited that improvements have been made in the delivery of power to citizens as “we’re already seeing a difference in supply. It used to be less than 10 hours. People say (now) we have about 10 hours in many parts of the country.” He counted this as “a reason to be optimistic” that the privatisation policy will pay off, judging by its success in other sectors including telecommunications.

He regarded investments which didn’t yield results in the past as “mistakes” but encouraged Nigerians to be patient.

He however advised citizens to be more watchful of government as the President makes efforts at bringing better system of governance through the proposed national conference.

“There’s too much centralisation in the country now,” he said and added that there is “too much power in the centre (and) not enough in the states and trickling down to the community leadership (that is local government).”

 

 

Analyst Says Rise Of New Parties A Sign Of ‘Heated’ 2015

A political analyst, Anthony Onyeoghane, has said that the rise of new political parties in the country is a sure sign of ‘heated’ general elections in 2015.

This he said while speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

The recent addition to Nigeria’s existing 63 political parties shows that “a lot of people want to get into the political space to see what they can do to help the country”.

However, he stated that their manifestos, agendas and what they stand for is not clear-cut. “They are still trying to find out where they stand”.

He also described the proliferation of political groups as a recycling of individuals who have been in the system.

“If you look at where we want to be and we are, you begin to ask yourself: aren’t these the same persons that we have always known all our lives; who are now going by different names?

The reshuffling going on in the political scene is a sign that 2015 is going to be ‘heated’, he said.

He attributed politicians’ acts of jumping ship as a ‘restructuring of opportunities’ when a particular political structure is no longer favourable.

“There’s so much with government coffers that everybody wants to get in the show”.

NULGE Plateau out to discredit Jang’s administration — Political Analyst

As the face off between National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the state government of Plateau state linger on, it’s rippled effect is being felt by the  children in the state as schools have been closed due to the striking local government employees in the state and on the part of the Plateau state government the neglect of  ways to resolve the issue.

And seven months running, the State governor  Jonah Jang according to the State planning commissioner Plateau state; Pamson Dagyat signed an agreement with the local government employees to give them 50% of the current minimum wage being paid to the State government employees which is N18,000.00 but also stated that an increment can occur for the local government employees only when there is an increase in the revenues generated by the local government and this the local government body latched upon to foment trouble with the state government by going on strike.

Governor Jonah Jang on seeing that there was resolution in sight, decided to offer the union a 1 per-cent increment to the 50 per-cent allotted them but it was turned down by the union and this was by the fourth month according to the testimony of the planning commissioner.

Political analyst; Nelson Shey said the NULGE plateau is an example of people trying to pull down the government of the day despite efforts by the ruling government to satisfy them, while the Director Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights; Gad Peter said although his agency has decided to step into the crisis rocking the state so as to put things in place in the state again but he feels the missing link is the lack of communication.