June 12 Is Really A Democracy Day – Senator Mamora

A former lawmaker in the sixth Assembly, Senator Oloruninbe Mamora

 

A former lawmaker who served in the Sixth Assembly, Senator Oloruninbe Mamora, says June 12 is the ideal day for the celebration of democracy in Nigeria.

He stated this on Wednesday during an interview on The Inauguration, which aired live on Channels Television.

“June 12 in terms of democracy is a reflection of a point at a time in history. So it will be separated now, the celebration will still come on June 12 as democracy day.

“Hitherto, this time May 29 has been regarded as Democracy Day from 1999. So there’s a change now to accord the true importance to that day which is June 12.

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“It’s not even right to say no celebration (on May 29). It is just a low-key one to separate it from June 12 which is really a day of celebration of democracy, he stated.

When asked if the declaration of June 12 as democracy day part of a political bargain was, Mamora replied saying: ‘It is not an issue of compensation, its an issue of addressing reality’.

Speaking on the rejection of the Electoral Amendment Bill, Mamora explained that the President has his best reasons for doing so.

According to the former lawmaker, the timing for the bill was wrong considering the closeness to the general elections.

“Mr President must have had his own reservations somehow along the line. To the best of my knowledge, the timing of the amendment in the Electoral Act was one of the issues Mr President mentioned.

Mamora argued that having been a signatory to the ECOWAS position on electoral reforms, the President knew that 6 months or less than 6 months should not be the time for introducing amendments into electoral acts of any member state.

Buhari, Osinbajo Sworn In For Second Term

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has been sworn in for his second term as Nigeria’s president in a ceremony at the Eagle Square in the nation’s capital, Abuja.

Acting Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Tanko, administered the oath of office to the President at 10:42 am, shortly after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo took his oath of office.

Based on the Constitution, the President swore that as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria he would discharge his duties to the best of his ability, faithfully and in accordance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the law, and always in the interest of the sovereignty, integrity, solidarity, well-being and prosperity of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also swore that he would preserve the Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that he would not allow his personal interest to influence his official conduct or official decisions.

Wednesdays ceremony was witnessed by members of the first families including the wives of the President Buhari and Osinbajo, Aisha and Dolapo respectively, along with prominent Nigerians, diplomats, top government officials, and politicians.

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Security: As Long As There Are Attacks, No One Can Be Satisfied – Adesina

Adesina

 

Continued attacks and the loss of innocent lives in the country, means no one can be satisfied with the state of security.

Special Adviser to the President, Mr Femi Adesina, said this on Tuesday during an appearance on a special town hall organised by Channels Television ahead of the inauguration.

Asked if he was satisfied with the efforts made to check arms proliferation and security, Mr Adesina said, “You can only be satisfied when you see a de-escalation in the rate of these attacks; As long as the attacks are there, you can’t be satisfied, no one can be; the President is not, I can’t be”.

He added, “The President himself has said it. He said it even yesterday in a meeting with the Northern Governors Forum. He is not happy with the security situation in the country.”

Adesina who admitted that there are security challenges in the country, however, maintained that the current administration has made significant progress, especially in fighting Boko Haram.

He said, “Security is a challenge for the country, it was a challenge in 2015 when the administration came; it is still a challenge today, but I think to a lesser extent in certain areas. In 2015, the most prevalent challenge was the insurgency but today, the insurgency is not at the same intensity like in 2015.”

According to Adesina, in 2015 the Boko Haram insurgency was more prevalent and bombs were going off frequently in several parts of the country.

He also insisted that the Buhari administration took the battle to the insurgents and got it to a point where it could confidently say Boko Haram has been degraded and technically defeated.

“It is not eradicated; it is not wiped out, but the intensity is not as it was in 2015,” he added.

Channels TV’s Town Hall On The Inauguration

 

Channels Television has organised a town hall to assess the performance of the Muhammadu Buhari administration in the last four years.

The programme, which came barely one day before the inauguration of the President for a second term, held at Channels TV’s amphitheatre in Lagos.

Those who featured as guests include the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina; an economist, Bismark Rewane, and John Bassa, one of the parents of the Chibok schoolgirls among others.

The programme focuses on security and economy among other critical national issues.

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John Oyegun, Balarabe Musa Disagree On Success Of New Government

john oyegun, alhaji musa disagree on success of new governmentThe former Governor of old Kaduna State and Elder Statesman, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun, have disagreed on the ability of the new government to take Nigeria to the next level.

While Alhaji Musa is asking Nigerians not to expect anything different from the new government because, according to him, it is the same old people in a new club or party, so nothing different should be expected.

The National Chairman of the party, Chief Oyegun, disagrees totally with Alhaji Musa’s claim,  saying Nigerians should expect good result from the APC led government.

Both men spoke to Channels Television on Telephone on our programme, ‘’The Inauguration’’.

Chief Oyegun explains further that the APC believes in uplifting the lives of the ordinary Nigerian and would not deviate from that and that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, is a tested leader who is incorruptible, adding that there is hope for a better Nigeria.

On his part, Alhaji Musa said his assessment of the character of the leaders in APC brings him to the conclusion that nothing has changed.