President Buhari Approves Board For NPA, NIMASA

?His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, has approved the composition of the Governing Boards of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) as follows:

A. NIGERIAN PORTS AUTHORITY (NPA)

(i) Emmanuel Olajide Adesoye – Chairman

(ii) Supo Shasore -Member

(iii) Suleiman Ibrahim Halilu -Member

(iiii) Constance Harry Mashal -Member

(v) Umar Shu’aibu-Member

(vi) Charles Efe Emukowhate Sylvester -Member

(vii) Hadiza Bala Usman -Member

(viii) Mohammed Bello Koko -Member
(ix) Dr. Sekonte Davis -Member

(x) Professor Idris Abubakar -Member
(xi) Mrs. I. J. Uche-Okoro-Member

B. NIGERIAN MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY
(NIMASA)

(i) Major General Jonathan India Garba -Chairman

(ii) Asekomhe Oaakhia Kenneth-Member

(iii) Mohammed Gidado Muazu -Member

(iiii) Hon. Barrister Ebele Obi -Member

(v) S. U. Galadanchi -Member

(vi) Ms Nene Betty Dike -Member

(vii) Dakuku Peterside-Member

(viii) Rear Admiral Adeniyi Osinowo -Member

(ix) Bashir Yusuf Jamoh -Member

(x) Joseph Oluwarotimi Fashakin -Member

(xi) Gambo Ahmed -Member

(Signed)

Bolaji Adebiyi,
Director (Press),
Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

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Why President Buhari Is Linked To Chinakwe’s Case: A Rejoinder To Garba Shehu, By Inibehe Effiong

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‘Buhari Has Not Given Up On Chibok Girls’ – Presidency

The Presidency on Thursday said the Federal Government has not given up on the Chibok girls.

It said Buhari’s heart was with the girls and their parents.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said this in an interview with one of our correspondents.

He said efforts to find the abducted girls would continue.

The presidential spokesman said, “The President’s heart is with the Chibok girls and their parents. He understands their feelings.

“The government has not given up on the missing girls. Efforts to find them will continue.

“So far, the country’s gallant and re-energised military has taken back more than 20,000 citizens held hostage by the terrorists.

“In the last couple of days, the Nigerian Air Force carried out a successful raid in which 300 terrorists were killed. The leader of the terrorists, Shekau, was injured.

“Boko Haram, which killed above 20,000 citizens is on the retreat. Government’s efforts to end terrorism and brigandage all over the country will continue.”

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Soludo To Buhari: We’re Only Fighting The Symptoms Of Corruption

Charles Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), says the Muhammadu Buhari administration is only fighting the symptoms of corruption.

Soludo, who spoke at the fourth “Progressive Governance Lecture Series” in Kaduna on Thursday, said for the current war against corruption to be successful and enduring, it must be tackled from the systemic level rather than just dealing with the symptoms.

He added that the Nigerian economy is stuck on a slippery muddy length and would need to be totally reset.

Speaking at the lecture, which was organised by the 23 governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Soludo said the fight against corruption should be targeted at fixing the system.

“I feel we are fighting corruption at the symptomatic manifestation level, at the transaction level. For the fight against corruption to become enduring and to achieve a purpose, we need to get to the systemic level,” he said.

“The way we are going about it is fantastic. You finish, you close here, the other place is leaking. The system, as currently structured, you can only fight the symptoms.”

Speaking on the topic ‘Fragile state with a failing economy, making progressive change work for Nigeria’, Soludo said the APC needs to move from a coalition of political parties that won election to a coalition for governance.

“There seems to be a potential conflict with what the people want and what the country needs to survive sustainably. The economy is stuck on a slippery muddy length today with a fragile state,” he said.

“What will be the seven pillars or three pillars that the APC will show to Nigerians and say, we came and we put these pillars there and in the next 20 years it will take you out of the woods?

“Where are the out-of-box ideas for use?  The challenge for APC, as I see it, is moving the coalition to grab power to a governing team. I commiserate with you because this will be the first time that a government, under a democracy, will be required to structurally transform but without external anchor in terms of IMF conditionality etc.”

However, Soludo expressed hope in Nigeria’s ability to find greatness in a new beginning.

“Let me say that despite all the odds that Nigeria is passing through today, I still see hope, I still see greatness that awaits Nigeria. The collapse in oil prices is a blessing and an opportunity for Nigeria for a new beginning.

“This is predicated on fact that I believe that the trajectory that we had gone through before was not sustainable one and therefore, with the collapse of oil prices, it is a clarion for us to press the reset button and start a fresh on a more sustainable ground. So I see that as a blessing.”

He added that politicians and elected officials are under pressure to deliver quick results within a short term, as the economy needs long-term solutions.

Giving an insight on the global economy, Soludo warned that the current burst might be there for a while. He recommended the restructuring of the economy from being consumption-driven to producing with consistent micro economic policies.

The visiting professor of economics at Oxford University also called for fiscal federalism, which would allow states have greater control of their resources.

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Emir Sanusi Cautions Buhari Against Jonathan’s Economic Policies

The Emir of Kano, HRH Muhammad Sanusi II, has cautioned the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari against behaving like that of immediate past president, Goodluck Jonathan, or risk ending up like that administration.

Sanusi made the call yesterday, while delivering a lecture titled “Nigeria in search of new growth model,” at the ongoing 15th meeting of the Joint Planning Board and National Council on Development Planning in Kano State.

He attributed the current economic recession in the country to the failure of past administrations to diversify the economy.

The traditional ruler also spoke about the urgent need for the country to return to the drawing board and expand the economy through wise investments capable of yielding economic growth and development.

He said the current economic policy and its inconsistency does not favour business and investment in the country.

Sanusi also advised President Buhari to be wary of the activities of “voodoo economists at the corridors of power,” even as he implored the federal government to copy from Lagos State in formulating policies that can boost trade, business and attract investors.

He said, “If we do not expand the economy through wise investment, we can end up in classical Malthusian situation. If this government continues to behave the way the past government behaved, we will end up where Jonathan ended,” Sanusi said.

“We are always blaming the past administration, but we have also made mistakes in this administration. The problem is that there is nothing we are facing today that we did not know what happened. That is the truth.

“We made mistakes, many of them deliberate. We ignored every single warning. Not building roads, not building power and other necessary infrastructure that can boost the economy and development of the country.”

He added that a system where someone sits down and with a telephone call and make N1 billion without investing a single Kobo is wrong and unsustainable.

“We are spending 30 to 40 percent of every Naira we earn servicing debt. The new borrowings were simply recycled into much higher recurrent expenditure. The GDP was growing largely due to consumers items”.

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Buhari Promises To Institutionalise The Fight Against Corruption

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged that the anti-corruption crusade in the country will be deepened and institutionalized to last beyond the life of the current administration.

Receiving American Secretary of State, Mr John Kerry, at an audience in State House, Abuja, Tuesday, the President declared: “We will insist on the standards we’re establishing. We are laying down administrative and financial instructions in the public service that must be obeyed. Any breach will no longer be acceptable.”

“We will retrain our staff, so that they understand the new orientation. And those who run foul of these rules will be prosecuted, no matter who is involved. But we will be fair, just and act according to the rule of law. Anyone perceived corrupt is innocent till we can prove it. We will work very hard to establish documentation for successful prosecution, and those in positions of trust will sit up.”

President Buhari appreciated the intervention of the U.S before the 2015 polls, demanding free and fair elections in Nigeria, saying, “America did not do it because of what it stands to benefit from us. You did it for the Nigerian people. It tells so much what the U.S stands for in the world.”

On the Boko Haram insurgency, President Buhari thanked the U.S for both hard and soft military help. “The training and intelligence that we could not muster ourselves, we received. The training has made Boko Haram less of a threat to Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin region, while the military hardware has given our troops added confidence.”

President Buhari said though Militancy in the Niger Delta has impacted negatively on the economy and affected the positive intentions of international and local investors, government was showing restraint not to use real force, “except when constrained to do so.”

On the economy, the President assured that the focus of his administration is on the diversification of the economy having learnt our lessons from years of over dependence on oil.

In his remarks, Mr Kerry commended the courage of President Buhari in fighting corruption, saying: “We applaud what you are doing. Corruption creates a ready-made playing field for recruiting extremists.  You inherited a big problem, and we will support you in any way we can. We will work with you very closely. We don’t want to interfere, but will offer opportunities as you require.”

The American Secretary of State also pledged to assist in tackling the humanitarian challenges in the North-east, adding that his country would get the UK, France, and others “to augment the support.”

“Nigeria is priority for us. We won’t miss the opportunity to work together, because you are making significant progress,” Mr Kerry said.

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Negotiate With Boko Haram For Release Of Chibok Girls, BBOG Tells Buhari

The Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) group has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to hasten the trial ?of those indicted by the arms procurement probe panel, even as it urged him to negotiate with Boko Haram terrorists for the release of the kidnapped Chibok secondary schoolgirls.

The group, which spoke in Abuja monday while embarking on a protest to press the president to double his efforts in rescuing the girls, also asked the president ?to set up a “special desk” to fast track the trial of the suspects in the diversion of arms procurement funds.

BBOG spokesperson, Aisha Yesufu, while addressing protesters at the main access road to the Three Arms Zone in Abuja? called on the president to direct the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and anti-graft agencies to set up the desk.

She said the desk would among other things provide regular updates on the trials of those indicted in the arms probe so that Nigerians would understand the progress made so far.

She said: “There are two other issues of deep concern to our movement. First, what we consider a slow, ineffectual response to the tragedy in the internally displaced persons’ camps in the North-east and the prosecution of corrupt cases associated with the counter-insurgency war of government.?“In the light of the revelation of diversion of funds, which should have early in the crises helped to avert this disaster, we call for a deliberate hastening of the trials and conviction of guilty persons within the legal provisions. This is the only way we can bring justice to our fellow citizens whose human and materials loses cannot even begin to be estimated.?“We reject any suspension of the trials without reaching a logical conclusion.”?The group also called on the president, to as a matter of urgency, take decisions for the immediate rescue of the remaining 218 girls, using the following options: military operations, negotiations with the terrorists, and a combination of both.

“With all the information available, the president must pursue the lowest risk option of the three,” the group said.

It called for an address by the president on the rescue plan for the Chibok girls, not later than today.

The BBOG also demanded that government sets up a Chibok rescue operation monitoring team made up of representatives of the federal government, parents of the Chibok girls, KADA community where Chibok village is located and#BringBackOurGirls group.

It said it was necessary for the government to immediately preside over a national emergency on the North-east conference to articulate a cohesive response plan to the humanitarian crisis and designate a special envoy responsible for the inter-agency collaborative work required.

The group also called on government to mobilise the private and public sectors, as well as the international community towards addressing the humanitarian crisis caused by the Boko Haram menace in the North-east.

“It is unacceptable that continuous calls for the humanitarian community and relief organisations for a deliberate and urgent response to the catastrophic humanitarian crisis in the North-east have so far met utter silence.?“Mr. President, no leader in the 21st century should be silent in the face of imminent death for what has been estimated at about 500,000 of our citizens, especially with the images and abundance of evidence of this possibility,” the group said.

Esther Yakubu, the mother of Maida Yakubu, the young lady who was recently seen speaking in the proof-of-life video released by Boko Haram, said the family of the abducted girls were tired of seeing videos of their daughters in the hands of terrorists.

She called for an end to what she described as the denial of their fundamental rights by government and the media.

However, security operatives drawn from the Nigeria Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) barred the group from gaining access to the Three Arms Zone where the Presidential Villa is located.

As part of the group’s 14-day campaign to pressurise the government to intensify efforts to rescue the girls taken away from their school on April 14, 2014, the group had planned a protest to the Presidential Villa.

However, a massive blockade of the road to the Three Arms zone ensured that the protesters could not get to the villa.

The protest was jointly led by Oby Ezekwesili and Yesufu while the police detachment was led by a chief superintendent of police (CPS), Mr. Chuks Obasi.

Ezekwesili and Obasi got involved in a shouting match when the police officer insisted that the protesters would not be allowed to cross the human barricade created by the security operatives.

In the course of the confrontation, Ezekwesili told the security operatives that the group was on a peaceful protest.

She said: “For many years, we have been advocating, we have never engaged in anarchy.”

She also warned the leader of the police team to stop pointing his fingers at her while addressing her.

Replying, Obasi said: “Well, I have my mandate and my mandate is to ensure that the protest match does not assume a violent dimension.”

Some members of the group who spoke expressed dissatisfaction with the way the Buhari-led administration was handling the kidnapped Chibok girls’ case.

A member of the group who is also from ?Chibok community, Hoses Tsambido, said the BBOG group had voted for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2015, as against its previous votes for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011.

He said: “We were promised that the president would visit Sambisa after becoming president. We were also told that within two weeks our girls would be rescued.

“But over one year now, there is no tangible statement about our girls. The presidency has stated, instead, that it is confused.

“They told us that our girls seen in the latest video was merely an arrangement. No one has spoken to the family of any of the Chibok girls since the last video was released by the terrorists. We regret our votes. We regret it.”

The BBOG group said the Buhari administration no longer had any valid excuse for not rescuing the girls.

“No more excuses,” they shouted.

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Former PDP Secretary Asks Buhari To Intervene In Party Crisis

A former National Secretary of the PDP, Oladipo, has asked Buhari and the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Mahmud Mohammed, to wade into the judicial wrangling trailing the court actions instituted by the party’s warring factions.
Oladipo said Buhari should step in to save the judiciary from the imminent danger of being infiltrated and controlled by politicians.

He spoke against the backdrop of the many conflicting orders and judgments emanating from different divisions of the Federal High Court and the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as they relate to the leadership crisis in the PDP.

In a statement in Abuja yesterday, the former PDP secretary said it was worrisome that after parties had been served court processes and had joined issues, they rushed to another court where they got pliable judges to grant them exparte orders and conflicting orders and judgments within days.

“This ugly trend began with the Hon. Justice Mohammed Liman of the Port Harcourt Division of the Federal High Court. He granted an exparte order in respect of the same issues and parties on the 23rd of May, 2016, twelve (12) days after the Federal High Court, Lagos, had become seized of the matter and made orders which forbids the PDP from ‘conducting any election into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st (Sheriff), 2nd (Prof. Wale Oladipo) and 3rd Plaintiffs (Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju) respectively pending the determination of the substantive suit’.

“The same court granted an order restraining the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from ‘monitoring and/or recognising the conduct of any election by the 2nd Defendant/Respondent (PDP) into the offices of the National Chairman, National Secretary and National Auditor occupied by the 1st (Sheriff), 2nd (Prof. Wale Oladipo) and 3rd Plaintiffs (Alhaji Fatai Adeyanju) respectively pending the determination of the substantive suit’,” he said.

Oladipo noted that while Justice Buba decided to return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court for administrative action upon being aware of the multiplicity of suits, Justice Liman of the Port Harcourt Federal High Court proceeded to hear the matter and went on to deliver a judgment that further reaffirmed the exparte orders within 40 days.
He said: “Although the undercurrents of the matter have been chronicled in a petition sent to the CJN and the National Judicial Council (NJC) for appropriate disciplinary action, it is disturbing that the same Justice Liman, who is the most senior and the Administrative Judge in the Port Harcourt Division of the court, has not relented in his questionable actions.

“While in the background, he is now using Justice Ibrahim Watila, one of his brother judges in the Port Harcourt Division, to perpetrate some dastardly acts. Just like it was before and after the botched 21st of May, 2016 National Convention, the same parties and issues that are already before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court are being taken to the Port Harcourt Division for adjudication.

“The court, as presided over by Justice Watila, granted an exparte order, converted it to a Motion on Notice through substituted service, heard the matter within 72 hours and delivered judgment within a week without affording those who wished to be joined as parties the opportunity to do so.

“Having successfully done that without being called to order, the same Justice Watila, is said to be ready to grant another exparte order and curious judgment in the coming days and week.”

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State Of The Economy: Buhari Has Failed In All Aspect, By Kabir Usman

Since assuming the reins of power, President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress have not only failed to meet their various campaign promises, but are also presiding over a Nigeria that many have come to see as least economically viable since 1999. Looking at poverty, unemployment, inequality, insecurity, inflation, decay in infrastructures, suffocating symptoms of under development, judicial rascality, electoral inadequacies, market failure, etc it appears Nigerians are in for a long haul with president Buhari and his APC led administration.

The inflation rate rose from 8% in May 2015 to 16.50% in June 2016, as reflected in the high cost of goods and services. Unemployment rate that has risen to a whopping 12.8%.

Nigeria only few days ago lost her place as the biggest economy in Africa to South Africa due to poor leadership on the part of Mr President and his team. Even the early euphoria that greeted Buhari’s coming has turned sour in the mouth of all Nigerians.

Insecurity situation has gone from bad to worse, with Boko Haram transmuting to herdsmen terrorizing peaceful Nigerians in Benue, Kogi, Kaduna, and some other states in the south.

Indeed, this is the most trying period for our country and it’s citizens. The President has hugely disappointed everyone, the only thing left for him is to desist from continuing blame of the past administration, identify technocrats that can help him salvage a sagging economy, and save the country from further shame.

My heartfelt sympathy is with Nigerians that are further put into misery by this administration. Everybody is aware of the reality that since the inception of the APC Government every elections has ended inconclusive. From Kogi state Assembly and Senate elections to Bayelsa state gubernatorial election which was like war, so many innocent lives were lost , Abuja Area Council elections also exposed the unpreparedness and unreadiness of the APC and Buhari administration. Now we are hearing of the APC supporters been recruited as Ad-hoc staff ahead of the Edo Gubernatorial election.

War against corruption is selective. We have a situation where petitions against some people within Buhari administration have not been investigated by the EFCC. War against corruption is very good one and a welcome development in Nigeria but it must be holistic and all inclusive and it must be within the ambit of our laws and fundamental human rights.The situation where people are condemned even before trials by the court of law is questionable and amount to arbitrariness and impunity.

PDP has learned from its shortcomings and Nigerians from all walks of life can attest to the fact that the decision to elect APC was a costly mistake.

There is a limit to what propaganda, mischief and deceit can accomplish, therefore the President and his team must brace up for leadership challenges instead of their usual name calling and blame game.

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The Planned Arraignment Of Chinakwe For Naming His Pet Dog “Buhari” Is Oppressive, Illegal By Inibehe Effiong

The Nigeria Police Force, Ogun State Command has rearrested a 41-year-old trader who named his pet dog “Buhari”, Mr. Joe Chinakwe and will arraign him before the Sango Magistrate Court in Ogun State on Monday. It is likely that the powers that be in Abuja have instructed the police to deal with the man for an act that is not a criminal offence.

Confirming his second arrest to the Punch, Mr Chinakwe said:

“I had to leave for Eleweran very early on Friday after receiving a letter on Thursday evening inviting me to the Command. I thought I was being called over for a peace talk, I never knew it was for the purpose of detaining me again.

“I am a law-abiding citizen of this country, I have never deliberately committed any offence before, I don’t know why I am being treated like this.

“I only called the dog that name for the love I have for President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria, I didn’t mean to taunt or hurt anybody with it. I don’t know what next could follow this, I am afraid for my life, I am in danger, please help me.”

Narrating how the whole matter started to the Punch, Obinna Obasi, a relative of the detained man stated thus:

“Kalilu, the main accuser, said Buhari was the name of his father and that Joe deliberately gave his dog that name to taunt him and the rest of the Hausa residents in the area. But we are still wondering if it is now an offence to give your pet animal the name of your choice. Even if you say it is an offence, at least we have all sat together to resolve the whole issue and the man himself has shown some sense of responsibility by saying he was sorry if his action offended anybody. So, why is he still being harassed till now? This is not fair. His persecution is affecting his pregnant wife and little daughter who have both been very sick as a result of the problem,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chinakwe and his relatives according to the Punch have “vehemently” denied the allegation by the police that he inscribed “Buhari” on both sides of his dog’s body and walked around with it.

This development has made it imperative for me to once again intervene in this matter by drawing the attention of the authorities to the unconstitutionality of their actions against Mr. Chinakwe.

This government has proven once again that it has no respect for human rights. Chinakwe’s conduct may be morally questionable, but certainly not a criminal offence under our extant laws. There is no sanctity or special protection for the name ‘Buhari’ under the law. If what Chinakwe did is a crime, it means that any Nigerian, including political office holders and policemen, that has given his or her pet dog a human name is liable to be arrested, detained and prosecuted.

The feeling of the so-called “average Northerner” as ridiculously stated by the police is legally inconsequential. Offences are not created by human feelings. They are created by the express provisions of the statute. The courts cannot rely on Section 249 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code to begin to define or itemise “conducts” that are “likely to cause a breach of the peace”. That is the exclusive power of the legislature under Section 4 of the Constitution.

Crimes must enjoy precision under the law. It is not within the judicial powers of the courts to create offences by probing into the feelings of people. That will amount to setting fire on our constitutional freedoms and democracy. It will also be a rape on the principle of separation of powers.

Nigerians should know that the Criminal Code Cap. C38 LFN 2004 is a colonial legacy that was handed down to the country upon independence. The anachronistic law actually came into force on the 1st day of June, 1916 (100 years ago).

Most of the provisions in the law were made to meet the oppressive and undemocratic aspirations of the colonialists. Most states in the federation, including Ogun State (See Criminal Code Cap. 29 Vol. 11 Laws of Ogun State 2006) have merely reproduced the archaic law word for word without substantial amendments.

I submit that a “conduct” that is itself lawful (such as giving a dog a human name) cannot become unlawful overnight because of the peculiarities of the environment or the feelings of members of a given community, tribe and religion. If it were not so, the National Assembly would not have bothered to enact the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act 2013 since homosexuality and lesbianism were repulsive and offensive to the feelings of most Nigerians before the intervention of the National Assembly.

The need for the National Assembly to enact the anti-gay law arose partly because except a conduct is specifically made a criminal offence, there can be no tenable argument about its likelihood of causing a breach of the peace under Section 249 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code.

This is very elementary.

The letters and spirit of Section 36 (12) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) forbids the arrest, detention or prosecution of a person for a conduct that is not a criminal offence under a written law. The Supreme Court in the celebrated case of Aoko v Fagbemi (1961) 1 All NLR 400 said so clearly.

Under our criminal law and jurisprudence, offences are principally constituted by two indispensable elements: The physical element – act or omission (actus reus) and the mental element – criminal intent (mens rea). The offence that the police is erroneously alluding to is a simple offence with a punishment of one month imprisonment.

Giving a dog a human name, irrespective of the status of the human beings bearing that name, as at today is not a criminal offence in Nigeria. Both the actus reus and mens rea are absent and neither the police nor “the average Northerner” can arbitrarily manufacture them. If the police and the Government of Ogun State intend to criminalise giving pet dogs human names they should sponsor a bill to the parliament to that effect.

Until such an absurd law is enacted and tested to be consistent with the Nigerian Constitution, the offensive and illegal efforts to punish Chinakwe in the guise of enforcing Section 249 (1) (a) of the Criminal Code or any other provision thereof remains an exercise in futility.

This is the height of impunity.

This is one case that the police will not be able to prove and secure conviction. On a personal note, I would have willingly represented and enforced Mr. Chinakwe’s fundamental rights pro bono (free of charge) but for my current national assignment which is really holding me down from helping the oppressed. Fortunately my service period will be over in about six weeks time.

In the light of the foregoing, the Nigeria Police Force and those instigating them should immediately release Mr. Chinakwe and stop embarrassing Nigeria before the international community. The Police and the government should concentrate on pressing security challenges facing the nation and stop chasing shadows and dissipating scarce resources on frivolity.

May a day never come in this country when offences will be created based on the feelings of members of a particular community, tribe or religion and not by statute.

Thank you.

Inibehe Effiong is a Legal Practitioner and Convener of the Coalition of Human Rights Defenders (COHRD) and can be reached at:

inibehe.effiong@gmail.com

 

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Okupe Blames PDP For Failed Party Convention, Absolves APC, Buhari

Doyin Okupe, aide of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has advised the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to put its house in order, and not to blame President Muhammadu Buhari for its botched convention in Port Harcourt.

In a statement on his Facebook page, entitled ‘Failed PDP convention: APC, Buhari not to blame”, Okupe traced the crisis in the party to the impunity of its leadership over the years.

“The failed PDP convention cannot and should not be blamed on our political adversaries. Rather, the blame should rest squarely on the failure of internal conflict resolution machinery of the PDP, the surprising naivety and desperation of many to seize power and control the party, and the gullibility of majority of the followership, who have become entrenched in the cesspool of pervasive impunity of our leadership over the years,” he said.

“However, it is commendable that the NEC threw sentiments aside and extended the tenure of the controversial caretaker committee by one year and allowed for future expansion of the membership of the committee.

“The import of this is that the party has now officially jettisoned the ‘microwave strategy’, hitherto employed by the leadership, and allowed for ample time to address all issues.

“By allowing for new inclusions into the members of the caretaker committee, the leadership obviously has made room for possible reasonable negotiation with Senator Amodu Sheriff ‘s group, which is inevitable and a political imperative, if the party must remain united.

“Again, this is neither the time for victory songs nor a season for political vendetta. This is time for seeking lasting and honest peace, time to rebuild from the current ashes of flames of the inferno of political opportunism, greed, selfishness and blatant brigandage and impunity.

“There may just be another chance to do it again especially now that our adversaries are burning their political access card.”

On Wednesday, the PDP convention was cancelled after the police sealed off the venue of the event.

However, the tenure of the caretaker committee of the party led by Ahmed Makarfi was extended by 12 months, after which a fresh convention will be held.

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We’re Ready For Investments From All Quarters To Improve The Lives Of Our People- President Buhari

Nigeria as a country recognized her problems early enough, but remained potential for too long, and so did not achieve much results, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared.

The President spoke Tuesday at State House, Abuja, while receiving Executive Members of Association of Africa Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM), led by the chairman, Mr Jeff Nemeth.

President Buhari said that to reverse the trend, “We must avoid the mistakes made in the past by both government and manufacturers, and we are ready to get investment from all quarters, so that we can improve the lives of our people.”

The President lamented that Nigeria failed to develop on automobile initiatives started in Bauchi, Kaduna and Ibadan, and depended too much on oil as mainstay of her economy.

“We are making efforts to start our steel industry all over again. I see vast opportunities for both the country and those who invest here,” the President said.

Nemeth said the Association comprised potential investors who were ready to unlock investment potentials on the African continent.

“We are ready to offer strategic partnership with Nigeria. We want to promote investor-friendly regulatory frameworks and sustainable manufacturing.

“We will equally promote infrastructure development, job creation, and skills transfer,” he said.

The AAAM chairman sought the support of the Presidency in the realization of the vision and mission of the association.

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