House Yet To Receive Executive Bill On Emergency Powers

House, Emergency Powers, Executive BillThe House of Representatives says it has not received the much talked about executive bill, seeking to give President Muhammadu Buhari emergency powers to tackle the economy.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business, Representative Emmanuel Orker-Jev, said the House was yet to get the bill.

He was speaking on Tuesday at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, upon resumption of the House after its annual recess.

Some lawmakers, Yusuf Tajudeen, Chris Azubogu and Obinna Chidoka told Channels Television on Tuesday that the bill, if presented, would be subjected to proper scrutiny.

They agreed that Nigeria needed to take active steps to revive the economy from its present stage of recession.

However, some Nigerians expressed doubt if the bill would be sent to the National Assembly or if sent, weather it would be passed by the legislative.

Legislative Bottlenecks

Giving his opinion on the yet to be presented bill, a member of the House, Rima Shawulu, had disagreed with the idea during an interview on Sunrise Daily.

Shawulu claimed that passing such a bill could enable the President to make decisions at will regarding projects, insisting that the Nigerian economy does not call for emergency powers.

On the contrary, a lawyer, Sanusi Musa, said the idea of seeking emergency powers was a good one, as the government must have seen the need to act faster in fixing the economy.

Musa agreed with the belief that legislative bottlenecks must be put aside if the economy must advance and added that seeking the help of the National Assembly would not prevent it from performing its roles of checking the executive and over-sighting all their activities.

Nigeria Does Not Need Emergency Powers – Lawmaker

Economic Recession, Buhari, Emergency PowersSome experts have given their opinions on the reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has considered seeking emergency powers from the National Assembly in a bid to resolve the current economic problems in Nigeria.

While on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, a member of the House of Representatives, Rima Shawulu, disagreed with the idea.

He claimed that passing such a bill could enable the President to make decisions at will regarding projects.

He was also of the opinion that the Nigerian economy does not call for emergency powers.

According to him, “there is no example of emergency powers anywhere in the world that has led anyone out of economic problems, instead it has led to even more problems”.

He expressed surprise at the idea purportedly pushed by the President and warned that passing the bill would mean that there is no need for the existence of the National Assembly.

Economic Recession, Buhari, Emergency PowersA lawyer, Sanusi Musa, however, said the idea of seeking emergency powers is a good one, as the government must have seen the need to act faster in fixing the nation’s economy.

He agreed with the belief that legislative bottle necks must be put aside if the economy must advance.

He added that seeking the help of the National Assembly would not prevent it from performing its roles of checking the executive and over-sighting all their activities.

APC Is Winning The Anti-Corruption War, Says Sanusi Musa

Sanusi-Musa-APCA member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sanusi Musa, has expressed delight in what he described as success being recorded in the anti-corruption war by the present administration.

Speaking to Channels Television, Mr Musa disclosed that the party was fulfilling the campaign promise that it would fight corruption in the nation.

He said that it was a thing of joy that the promise of change made to Nigerians during the party’s campaign had started manifesting.

The APC member also said that “from the revelation so far, every right thinking Nigerian, irrespective of his political party should be happy with and support this administration and pray for the President and his team to succeed in this fight against corruption”.

Mr Musa further pointed out that international communities have started supporting President Buhari in the anti-corruption fight, apparently referring to Nigeria’s signing of an agreement on Tuesday with the United Arab Emirate to aid recovery of stolen funds.

“We can see that not only from Nigeria, all international community, everywhere; they are supporting the President to make sure that he rids this country of this endemic corruption that has really taken us back far from where we are supposed to be.”

Speaking on the allegation of selective anti-corruption fight, Mr Musa said that those criticising the method of the administration were indirectly admitting that those arrested actually committed the offence.

He said: “What we suppose to hear from people is to say that somebody did not commit that particular offence because by saying that it is selective, indirectly you are admitting that the people that are being arrested have committed the offence”.

Mr Musa added that “the fact that they are in the opposition or the fact that some people suspect that some people who are members of the APC have committed the same offence, is not an excuse for those people to be allowed to go scot-free.”

He also disclosed that the President had called on anyone with valid information about corrupt practices of his cabinet member to make it known.

“The President has said it. If you have any cogent and verifiable fact that shows that any member of his cabinet or any member of his party is involved in any case of corruption, bring it forth. He is going to deal with it,” Mr Musa said

Giving his view on why the Peoples Democratic Party Spokesman, Olisa Metuh, was brought before the court handcuffed, he expressed beliefs that such will not repeat itself.

“I want to believe that the Attorney General of the Federation will take that up and am sure that subsequently, anyone coming to court, not only Mr Metuh,  will not be seen with a handcuff,” he said.

Suspected Boko Haram Members Kill Police In Kaduna

BokoHaram-WIT-GUNS 1Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terrorist group have killed a policeman at his home in Rigasa area of Kaduna metropolis.

The late Police  sergeant, Sanusi Musa who was until his death the driver of the Borno State Commissioner of Police,  was said to be in  Kaduna over the weekend to see his family when the gunmen trailed him to his house and shot him.

According to an eyewitness the gunmen numbering about four stormed the residence of the late Police officer about 9:00pm local time on Sunday and shot him three times on the chest.

After shooting him they  immediately took-off in their Honda Concerto Saloon car. The sound of gunshots sent residents scampering for safety.

The spokesman for Kaduna Police Command,  Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident, saying that the command is on the trail of the killers.

The Boko Haram sect has carried out series of attacks on villages, schools, churches, mosques and public places in the north-east, but have carried out few of this kind of killings in kaduna State.