BMO Hails Senate President For Committing To A Partnership With The Executive

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for his sense of patriotism, dedication and commitment, particularly over his recent promise that the ninth National Assembly would not fail President Muhammadu Buhari in his efforts to bring succour to Nigerians, and finding lasting solution to some of the numerous challenges confronting the country.

The Pro-Buhari group was reacting to the recent statement made by the Senate President at a town hall meeting in Yobe State during which he promised Nigerians that the ninth National Assembly would have a good working relationship with the administration of President Muhhammadu Buhari, unlike the previous eighth National Assembly.

BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, said the Senate President, since assumption of office has left no one in doubt of his readiness, and the commitment of the ninth National Assembly to work with Buhari administration to deliver on his Next Level agenda for the benefit of the people.

“It is gratifying to note that we now have a Senate President who is ready to mobilise his colleagues in both chambers of the National Assembly to work harmoniously with the executive arm of government and other agencies of government for the benefit of Nigeria.  For us, this is a welcome development which every well-meaning Nigerian should applaud.

“The purpose of the legislative arm of government is to work in partnership with the executive arm of government to ensure the dividends of democracy reach all and sundry. It is with great hope that the second coming of President Buhari and the new leadership of the Senate and House of Representatives provide the landscape for all Nigerians to thrive and move to the Next Level.

“This singular act of patriotism which the Senate President has repeatedly demonstrated over time has not only shown that Senator Lawan acknowledges and appreciates the enormity of the problems confronting the country, he also believes that through collective efforts of various government agencies, departments and Nigerians, we stand a better chance of resolving our problems”, added the BMO.

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Senate President Condoles With Channels Tv, Police On Loss Of Staff, Officer

The President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has expressed profound sadness over the avoidable loss of lives in the violent clash of members of Islamic Movement in Nigeria with security agents deployed to maintain law and order in Abuja on Monday July 22, 2019.

Senator Lawan expresses his condolences to the management of Channels Television on the tragic death of their reporter, Precious Owolabi, in the incident.

The President of the Senate says it is tragic that a brilliant life and professional prospect was abruptly cut short in a manner that diminishes us as citizens of a democratic nation.

Lawan extends his condolences to the family of Mr Owolabi, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on the painful loss of their son, member and colleague.

He also sends his condolences to the family of Usman Umar and the Nigeria Police over the death of their son and Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations) during the incident.

Lawan sympathises with the families of other victims of the tragic incident.

The President of the Senate strongly condemns the habitual resort to violence by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria under the guise of the exercise of their rights to freedom of association and expression.

Senator Lawan also deplores the excessive use of force by the security agents on the protesters.

He calls on the security agencies to evolve a new approach for peaceful enforcement of law and order, even in the face of provocations.

Finally, the President of the Senate urges the Federal Government to find a speedy resolution to the agitation by members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, within the context of the rule of law and national peace and security. All lawful options need to be considered towards avoiding carnage from needless confrontations of citizens with the security forces.

Signed.
Ola Awoniyi.
Special Adviser on Media
to the President of the Senate.

July 23, 2019

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Xenophobic Attack On Nigerians: Lawan Condemns Surge

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan on Monday condemned continuous killings of Nigerians by South Africans saying any further attack on Nigerians may be resisted.

Lawan said about 118 Nigerians have lost their lives in different attacks while South African Police were responsible for 13 out of the death.

Am emotions laden Senate President, lamented the spate of the killings when he hosted the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Bobby Moroe, who led a South African delegation to brief the Senate on his government’s enquires to unravel the cause of the xenophobic attack on Nigerians and further provide lasting solution to the menace.

Lawan said that the meeting became pertinent considering the incessant nature of attacks on foreigners who reside in South Africa, “this meeting gives us a better opportunity to speak on the killings of Nigerians by South African.

“We in the Parliament must speak and prevent any further killings. This killing must stop. This is the era of social media where corpse of the victims may spark violence that may go beyond any governmental control.
“The South African government must as a matter of urgency do whatever it take to protect lives and property of Nigerians living in the country.

“Nigeria government remain committed to safety of South Africans residing here, so also their investments. I believe we have faced enough, we will no longer take it anymore. We want to write the names of Nigerians killed and the South African parliament must act fast to put a stop to this menace.
“Over the years, 118 Nigerians have been killed, while 13 out of these were killed by South African Police. This country and its people provided every shelter and resources to South African during the apartheid, we worked with South Africa,

“We must establish events leading into these killings. Of recent, Mrs.Elizabeth Chukwu was killed in her hotel room. Any more killing of Nigerian, I am not sure what may happen. I am a parliamentarian, and this must stop, why can our citizens be protected.” He queried.

The President of the Senate, thanked the High Commissioner for the update provided saying, such move is encouraging and heart warming.
His words, “The update on the cause of late Mrs. Chukwu’s death is heartwarming. It is a sign that something has been done in this regards. We should go beyond the Mrs. Chukwu’s case, with this, we can put this ugly incident behind us.

“We are brothers , we love South Africans so much, we don’t want this incident to occur again. Let’s see how far we can work together to fix this. The two countries, Nigeria and South Africa are leading lights in African continent, we thank your government for the update, it shows we are facing the right direction.

Earlier, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Bobby Moroe, regretted killings of Nigerians just as he condoled families of the deceased adding that, inquest has been instituted to investigate cases of xenophobic attack in the country. Moroe stated that the inquest will reveal the causes, the death and best way to stop the menace across board.

He reiterated the commitment of South African government and the law enforcement agencies to get to the root of the matter and bring to book perpetrators of the attacks.

“Our government will continue to be committed to the good relationship with Nigeria. We will continue to protect our shared history. Your sentiment have gone deep into our heart, and you will be happy that he same sentiment has been our concern in South Africa. On behalf of the government of South Africa, we express our sincere condolences to Nigeria government for this unfortunate incident.

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Senate Leader Urges National Assembly To Reconvene

Nigeria’s Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan has again appealed to the leadership of the two chambers of the National Assembly to reconvene, in order to pass the supplementary budget thus provide funds for the country’s electoral body to conduct the 2019 general election.

Lawan, who spoke to State House Correspondents on Monday, soon after a closed door meeting with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo, said activities of government are almost coming to a standstill, due to the non passage of the supplementary budget.

“I have come to brief the Acting President on the situation in the Senate and the discussions also touched on the need for the National Assembly to reconvene immediately to pass the virement and supplementary budget request of the President.”

“You know that the budget for 2018 especially the capital will be largely funded by foreign loans. Now we need to approve that, we also need to approve other important and essential requests especially that of INEC and other security agencies so that our national security will be improved.”

“Therefore, it is very essential that we reconvene immediately because our government is almost stalled and I believe that if we are able to pass the supplementary request of the President, this will enable our administration to provide the various infrastructure that we have planned to provide for Nigerians,” he said.

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Osinbajo, Senate Leader In Closed Door Meeting

Acting President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), and the Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, are currently in a closed door at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Lawan, accompanied by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters (Senate), Ita Enang, at the State House, arrived at few minutes to 2:00pm.

The meeting immediately the duo stepped into Professor Osinbajo’s office.

Recall that Enang, at the weekend, had appealed for the reconvening of the senate.

According to him, “It is not a good time for lawmakers to go on break as there are pending matters that require urgent attention.”

Enang added that if the Senate did not reconvene immediately, it might adversely affect the country.

“We are appealing to senate leadership and all caucuses of the national,” he said.

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Senate Leader Ahmed Lawan Appeals To Lawmakers To Reconvene

Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan, has appealed to his colleagues in the National Assembly to reconvene so as to pass the supplementary budget,

This is coming after Senators elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), held a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock, in Abuj.

to enable the country’s electoral body INEC have the necessary funds for the conduct of the 2019 election.

“As the President leaves for his vacation I believe that we are supposed to continue to be very responsible as legislators; those issues that are so important to this country that we haven’t dealt with, we should be able to come back and deal with them. Here I have in mind the consideration of the budget of the INEC for 2019 elections that is supplementary budget submitted by the President. I believe that we are going to do a lot of justice to the people of this country if we work hard to pass those requests so I am calling on all my colleagues in the Senate and indeed in the House of Reps that we come back and work on the request to enable INEC have its funds for the 2019 elections.

They have already announced the election time table and I am sure they will be constrained if there are no funds approved by the National Assembly,” he said.

He said the APC still has the majority in the Senate as he pledged the full support of the APC Senators to the President and the administration he leads.

“The APC remains the majority party in the Senate with 53 Senators and we have given their names and States. I know the other side is claiming it has 55, 60 or 70 but they have never given any name. In fact I challenge them to publish the names of their Senators, the PDP Senators.”

“We have published ours and among the 53, none has come out to deny that he/she is APC; they remain 48 Senators in PDP. And by the grace of God, when they by-elections in Bauchi and Katsina will hold, we will get two Senators and that will boost our number.”

“We have placed our total commitment and loyalty to our party and Mr. President, we remain true and genuine representatives of our people, we will not want to do anything that is not in the interest of our people and this administration,” Lawan stated.

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Only One ‘APC’ Exists In Yobe – Senate Leader

The Senate leader, Ahmad Lawan, on Friday dispelled insinuations that there were  two factions in Yobe All Progressives Party with divided loyalty to Federal Legislators and Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.

In a statement issued on his behalf by Alhaji Habu Kaku, Executive Director, Senator Ahmed Lawan Foundation, the Senate Leader said the insinuations spread by an online publication, were misleading and without any iota of truth.

He said the party in the state emerged more united after the Ward, Local Government and State congresses; as such “there is no existing faction in the party in Yobe”.

Lawan said he participated fully in the election of the party leadership and had congratulated Governor Gaidam, along with the party leadership, over the peaceful and successful conduct of the congresses.

He also said that he sponsored a full page advertisement in a national daily, congratulating the governor, the party leaders and the entire APC family in the state for the success of the exercise, signifying his allegiance and approval of the congresses.

He said: “There is therefore no cause whatsoever to suggest disagreement with the purposeful leadership of Governor Gaidam and the party structure in Yobe.”

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