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Abaribe: The only S/East in Aso Villa is a photographer

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There are however nine presidential aides who are from the south-east zone.

Senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe has stated that the only person from south-east in Aso Villa is a photographer.

Abaribe said this when he featured on NoRM‘s known Media TV programme. The Senator who described Governor David Umahi’s defection as a mere occurrence which will be evaluated properly during the next presidential election, stressed the need for back channels in government which according to him is the reason for the relevance of Mamman Daura, Buhari’s nephew in the present administration.

He said;

“Before, every part of this country was represented in the Aso Villa, so when you want to do government business because sometimes government business is done from back channels, so if you have a problem or they want to do some consultations, you make a call into the Villa, you call to your countryman and say please, can you tell oga this or that so that we can have this talk, there is none today inside the villa. There’s one guy, his name is Sunny, I think he’s a photographer.

“So, Umahi is going to talk to who? Ok, because he is governor, he can talk to chief of staff, he can go to see the president but what about others?”


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Feb’14: Nnamdi Kanu parent’s body awaits funeral

abaribe, obi storm abia state


A large crowd has arrived the home of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu waiting for the arrival of the bodies of Eze Israel Okwu Kanu and Ugoeze Sally Kanu. The bodies left the mortuary at about 10am and were taken to the headquarters of Umuahia North council.


The bodies were being awaited at the St. Andrew’s Anglican Church, Afaraukwu for commendation service.
The PDP vice presidential candidate in the last election, Mr. Peter Obi and Senator Enyinnya Abaribe are already in the church.

Some of the mourners including Uchenna Madu who spoke to our correspond said they came to the parents of one of their own to pay them their last respect.
Some of the mourners said they came to Afaraukwu since Wednesday.
Banks in Umuahia were closed for business as well as shops in Afaraukwu. Schools in the area were also closed perhaps for the fear of the unknown.


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Update: Abaribe puts Buhari on the line


Has the euphoria, which greeted the Muhammadu Buhari administration after 16 years of unbroken rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), waned? This is the question on the lips of most Nigerians given the belief in some quarters that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government is yet to turn things around close to five years in power.


The APC had made several promises, which revolved around three key issues – fight against corruption, insecurity and job creation – during the campaigns for the 2015 general election. The party then said that it will bring positive changes in the lives of Nigerians within two years if voted into power. But after four years of its first term in office and seven months into its second term, not much seems to have changed.

While the ruling party had persistently claimed that it has taken Nigeria out of the woods that successive PDP administrations plunged it into, there is no doubt that the discontent that compelled most Nigerians to vote the PDP out of power in 2015, is yet to be addressed and the peoples’ patience seems to be running out, particularly due to rising insecurity and soaring cost of living.


Abaribe’s bombshell

These, perhaps, explains why the main opposition party – PDP – has never failed seize any opportunity to insist that Nigeria is now worse than the APC met it. The party’s criticism of the APC administration got to a height last week, when the Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, called on President Buhari to resign if he has no solution to the security problems bedeviling the country.

Abaribe who was contributing to a motion on “Nigeria’s security challenges: Urgent need to restructure, review and reorganise the current security architecture,” sponsored by 105 out of the 109 senators, said it was surprising that the President was quoted as saying that he was surprised at the rising security failure in parts of the country.


The senator, who recalled that members of the APC leadership had during the campaigns asked Nigerians to stone them if they failed to fulfill their promises, said the time has come for Nigerians to revisit that statement and act accordingly.

He chided the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr. Femi Adesina, for berating the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for protesting the killing of the group’s chairman in Adamawa State by Boko Haram insurgents.


His words: “When I was coming to work this morning (Tuesday), I saw a newspaper headline with the caption: ‘Mr. President, commander-in-chief expresses shock at the level of violent crimes.’ In other words, Mr. President was expressing surprise. But in accordance with our Rule 53(13), I would say in pidgin English, ‘Mr. President (Senate President, Ahmed Lawan) this surprise surprised me.’

“You have told us that we should not be partisan in discussing this issue, if you didn’t insist that we will not be partisan, I would have called on the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, who when the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) leaders complained about the killing of a priest, turned around and said that CAN was acting like a political party.


“Now that we are talking about it here, let me hear him say that all of us are acting like a political party, when somebody is complaining of these incessant deaths in this country. Those who live by propaganda will die by propaganda.

“Boko Haram has been defeated, life is now safe, everything was being done to make sure that the hard work that was supposed to have been done in securing Nigeria was not done because certain people did not do their work and preferred to cover the eyes of Nigerians with propaganda.


“That was why I said that, but let me go on… Mr. President, all the time that was wasted trying to find excuses for wrong performance have now come to stare us in the face. Reality is no respecter of persons and it is the reality that we are facing now.

“Mr. President, we have heard from newspapers today (Tuesday), where you have suggested that we are going to call the Inspector-General of Police, Security Chiefs etc. The fact is that Nigerians will say that we did not elect the service chiefs, the National Security Adviser etc. We elected the present government under the APC in 2015 and the reason why we elected them was that they continued to tell us that they have the key to security and the whole Nigeria elected them in 2015.


“All I am saying, Mr. President, is that we should go to the government and ask this government to resign because you can no longer do anything.”

Though Lawan interjected and defended the APC government, advising Abaribe not to go partisan, the former deputy governor of Abia State added: “Mr. President, in conclusion, yes Nigerians voted APC government into power and that government even said, if we don’t perform, throw stones on us, we are going with stones to stone them for non-performance.”


Presidency fires back

While the Senate Minority Leader’s stand is not unexpected given the fact that the job of the opposition is to put the government on its toes, his position did not go down well with the President’s camp, and as expected, it swiftly fired back.


Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, who spoke on behalf of the presidency, not only dismissed Abaribe’s call for his principal’s resignation, but described it as lacking any basis or logic.

He insisted that Buhari is tackling the security problems facing the nation as much as possible, adding that the challenges confronting the nation at moment were part of the mess left by Abaribe and his party – PDP.


His words: “Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit. That call does not represent the opinion of the country. This is the opinion of an armchair critic, known for making stray comments.

“If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe, who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.


“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.

This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility. “Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015 and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office. President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it.”


Lauretta Onochie, the Special Assistant on Social Media to the President, also attacked Abaribe for urging her principal to throw in the towel. Like Shehu, she accused the Senate Minority Leader of colluding with the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Kanu, to divide Nigeria.

Though the presidential aide acknowledged that security issues are sad concerns around the world, she however noted that instigating Nigerians to pick stones and chase Buhari out of office is a call for anarchy.


“Security issues are sad concerns around the world including Nigeria. Buffoon Enyinnaya Abaribe, telling Nigerians to ‘pick stones to stone them’ is out of order! It’s a call for anarchy. To those who listen to him, Nigeria is not Senator Ike Ekwerenmadu. Dont even try it. Don’t! “Abaribe has tried with Nnamdi Kanu to rip this nation apart and failed. When Atiku said there will be more herdsmen killing if Buhari was reelected, who said anything?

How many stones did Abaribe throw? Please throw the first stone. We are waiting,” Onochie wrote on her Tweeter handle. Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, equally faulted Abaribe’s call, saying it was unnecessary and uncalled for. Keyamo, who served as the spokesman of the APC Presidential Campaign Council during the 2019 polls, also said that the uproar that greeted the senator’s comment needed not to have arisen.


According to him, it is usual in any democratic setting for the opposition to find something to discredit the party in power. He, however, said the PDP and those calling on the President to resign know that such will not happen in Nigeria.

“The hullabaloo over the call by the opposition for the resignation of the President is unnecessary. It’s the usual singsong of opposition all over the world. They know it’s not going to happen. It’s just a way of telling government to do more and we in government should see it in that light,” he said. PDP rises in defence of Abaribe Expectedly, the PDP, which took exception to the Presidency’s attack on Abaribe, said the call for Buhari to resign in the face of growing insecurity in the country transcends ethnic, political and religious boundaries.


The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the call for the President to resign was because of his failure to guarantee security of lives and property in the country and warned against trivializing the call.

The statement read in part: “The fact that the presidency resorted to hauling insults, hate language and threats against patriotic Nigerians, including senators, instead of addressing issues of security before the parliament shows that indeed, the Buhari presidency has no answer to the litany of insecurity issues under its administration.


“It is instructive for the Buhari presidency to note that the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, whose voice resonated in the chamber of the Senate, spoke the mind of majority of Nigerians who had become bullied, harassed and despondent in the face of escalated insurgency, bloodletting, killings and other acts of violence that have pervaded our nation.

“Senator Abaribe spoke on behalf of millions of Nigerians, who have been killed, orphaned, widowed, maimed, rendered childless and homeless, as well as others who daily live in anguish, pain and fear in the face of worsening insecurity under the failed Buhari administration. “On account of this, the PDP counsels agents of the Buhari presidency to perish any thoughts of harassment, setup, frame-up or victimization of Senator Abaribe, who rose to the occasion through the constitutionally guaranteed privilege of the parliament to speak on behalf of ordinary Nigerians.” Flashback 2013


Whereas criticisms have trailed the backlash by the presidential aides over Abaribe’s call, however, some analysts were of the view that they only did a job for which absolutely loyalty is required. But, there are members of a political school, who insisted that they went overboard. Those who hold the latter view, were quick to point out that aides of former President Goodluck Jonathan never resorted to insults and threats, when Buhari made a similar call in 2013.

Buhari, who was the National Leader of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) at the time, had on May 23, 2013, asked Jonathan to resign over his inability to tackle security challenges facing the country. He maintained that the issue of security was a fundamental duty of any responsible government and that Jonathan had failed to protect the lives and property of Nigerians since he assumed power. “Jonathan should vacate and give way to a competent hand to govern the country,” he said.


Resignation of president: How feasible?

Like Keyamo aptly noted, calling for resignation is unlikely to ruffle Buhari, but a Nigerian president could be removed from office through impeachment. The question against this backdrop is: Will members of the National Assembly, who are dissatisfied with President Buhari’s performance, explore the option? As a containment device, the exercise of this constitutional right by the legislative arm of government is to ensure that the executive – a president or governor – functions within the realm of the constitution and the 1999 Constitution (as amended), in Section 143, provides for a detailed procedure to be followed before a president can be impeached. This procedure is sequential and must be duly followed.


It is a chain of events, which must not be broken at any stage. The sections states: “The President or Vice President may be removed from office whenever a notice of any allegation in writing signed by not less than one-third of the members of the National Assembly is presented to the president of the Senate; stating that the holder of the office of President or Vice President is guilty of gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office.”

This provision, notwithstanding, no Nigerian president has been impeached. Perhaps, the reason is the ambiguity of the provisions of the constitution on impeachment. If the president is to be impeached, the process will approximately take five months.


While many, have over time, questioned this, the answer is not farfetched as Section 143(1) of the constitution provides that the process of the impeachment of the president can only commence whenever a notice of any allegation in writing signed by not less than one-third of members of the National Assembly is presented to the President of the Senate; stating that the holder of the office of president or vice president is guilty of gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office.

It is after this notice that the Senate President, can within seven days, cause a copy of the notice to be served on the president and on each member of the National Assembly as well as also cause any statement made in reply to the allegation to be served on the legislators.


The next step is that the National Assembly, must within 14 days of the presentation of the notice, resolve by motion without any debate whether or not the allegation should be investigated.

A motion that the allegation be investigated would not be declared as having been passed, unless it was supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of all the members of each House of the National Assembly.


After this, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) will at the request of the Senate president appoint a panel of seven persons, who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation and within three months of its appointment, report its findings to each House of the National Assembly.

Where the panel reports that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings will be taken in respect of the matter.

However, should the report has is that the allegation against the president has been proved, the National Assembly will then within 14 days of its receipt, consider it, and if by a resolution supported by not less than two-thirds majority of all its members, the report is adopted, the president stands removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report.

No doubt, it would be herculean for the opposition to get President Buhari to quit, but it is pertinent that his administration be reminded that the deterioration of every government begins with the decay of the principle on which it was founded.


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Abaribe speaks for terrorised Nigerians – Segun Sowunmi ..


Mr Segun Sowunmi, a spokesman for the Presidential Campaign Council of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, on Thursday supported the Senate Minority Leader, Eyinanya Abaribe, over his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.

Speaking, Sowunmi explained that Senator Abaribe was speaking on behalf of slain Nigerians, their families, and others who were victims of the security challenges in the country.


He said, “I think Senator Abaribe’s comments must be situated properly.

“He is speaking on behalf of the people of the North-west; he is speaking on behalf of the North-central, he is speaking on behalf of the families of slain Nigerians, the dead and their loved ones.”


The PDP member added, “He (Abaribe) is speaking on behalf of apolitical Nigerians, he is speaking on behalf of friends of Nigerians, he is speaking on behalf of the Minority Leader in the House (of Representatives) and he is making a very frank call that there is no reason for human lives to be lost under the All Progressives Congress (APC) led administration.”

Reiterating the call, Sowunmi also asked President Buhari to resign, stressing that his government has failed to address the security challenges plaguing the nation since he assumed office in 2015.


According to him, it has gotten out of the President’s capacity to manage the problem of security.

“There is nothing wrong in honourably resigning and allowing competent hands to take over,” the PDP member stated.

He said, “That is the reaction from all of those that are friends of this government. They are reacting as it were, spitting on the graves of the dead. We are not talking about the loss of income which is also a problem for them, we are not talking about the loss of jobs, we are not talking about lack of harmony in the country, we are talking about the loss of human lives,” he said.

Senator Ababribe had while addressing lawmakers during a motion on national security challenges on Wednesday, asked the President to quit over the security situation in the country.


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PDP raped Nigeria – Presidency says Abaribe deserves to have replaced Kanu in prision ..


The Presidency has reacted to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe’s call for President Muhammadu Buhari’s resignation over the spate on insecurity in the country.

Speaking at plenary on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, Ababribe said the Buhari-led government had employed the use of propaganda in tackling the Boko Haram insurgency and other security threats rather than addressing the matter head-on.

In a swift reaction, Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu described Abaribe’s call as baseless adding that it only represented the view of an “arm chair critic”.


He accused Abaribe of failure of failing to produce the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in court.

Abaribe stood surety for Kanu prior to his release and mysterious disappearance in September 2017.


According to Shehu, Abaribe should have replaced Kanu at the correctional facility.

“President Buhari to resign on what basis?,” Shehu wondered.


“Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit. That call does not represent the opinion of the country. This is the opinion of an arm chair critic, known for making stray comments.

“If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.


“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air. Senator Abaribe has failed repeated deadlines to return Kanu to the court for trial, yet he has the effrontery with which to accuse someone of failing to the bidding of the law.

“This is a man who should have replaced the suspects he failed to produce in the correctional facility.


“Abaribe’s party raped the nation and left it collapsing in 2015 and President Buhari is fixing things up all the years he is in office.

“President Buhari is working hard to keep Nigeria and Nigerians out of the harm terrorists have unleashed in the entire Sahel and Sub-Saharan Africa with the support of Nigerians and our foreign friends, he is going to finish off these terrorists. He alone can do it,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, President Buhari has described the insecurity surge as surprising.

He has, however, vowed that harder times await bandits and terrorists in the country.


#Newsworthy…

If we don’t perform, stone us – What Buhari govt said in 2015 – Abaribe emphasize ..

…Perform or resign, sack service chiefs, lawmakers tell President


There was uproar on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday when the Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, called for the immediate resignation of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Abaribe made the call at the plenary, where he was reacting to a statement by the President, who on Tuesday said he was taken aback by the increasing insecurity in the country.


The Senate minority leader said the resignation became imperative in view of the Buhari regime inability to curtail the alarming security challenges confronting the country.

Abaribe spoke after the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, presented his motion on rising security challenges in the country.

Although the Senate was divided on Abaribe’s demand for President’s resignation, senators, who commented on the insecurity in the country, were unanimous in berating Buhari for failing to sack the service chiefs despite their dwindling performances.


Also, there was outrage in the country over the President’s statement as groups including the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, backed the call on the President to sack the service chiefs.

But the calls by Abaribe and other prominent Nigerians elicited an angry reaction from the Presidency, which described the Senate minority leader as an arm chair critic.

A President and his ‘tired’ service chiefs
Buhari, while addressing eminent indigenes of Niger State at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday, had said he was taken aback by banditry and other forms of insecurity in the North-West and other parts of the country.


The President’s position was in sharp contrast with that of his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, who, on Sunday, said insecurity was not as bad as it was being reported by the media.

In the last three months, bandits and insurgents have been attacking residents and troops in Zamfara, Niger, Katsina, Borno and many other states.

At the Senate plenary on Wednesday, Abaribe said the attitude of the President to insecurity in the country surprised him.


Abaribe said, “When I was coming this morning, I saw the newspaper headlines; ‘Mr president, Commander- in- Chief expresses shock at the level of violent crime.’

“In other words, Mr President was expressing surprise. But in accordance to our Rule 53(13), I will not go into that, but I will only say, Mr President (of the Senate), in pidgin English, this surprise, surprised me.

“You have told us that on this solemn day that we are discussing this matter; that we may not at any point be partisan and I want to tell you Mr President, if you didn’t insist that we should not be partisan, I would have called out the presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina.


“Adesina, who, when the Christian Association of Nigeria leaders complained about the killing of a priest, turned around and said CAN was acting like a political party.

“Now that we are talking about it here, let me hear him say that all of us are acting like a political party; when somebody is complaining about these incessant deaths in this country.

“We have to get to the root of this matter. I can only say one thing, those who live on propaganda will die by propaganda. It is a matter of life and death.


“Everything was being done to make sure that the hard work that was supposed to be done in securing Nigeria was not done because certain people did not do their work and preferred to cover the eyes of Nigerians with propaganda.

“All the time that we wasted in Nigeria trying to find all these excuses for non- performance has now come to stare us in the face.

“Reality is no respecter of persons. It is that reality we are facing now. Senator Sani Musa is shouting every day his people are being killed in Niger. We just took one (a motion) from Jos; a student who was murdered in the full view of everybody with a pistol. Yet, we are being told that they (Boko Haram terrorists) have been defeated.


“Nigerians did not elect the Inspector General of Police. We did not elect the Chief of Staff. We did not elect the service chiefs. We did not elect the National Security Adviser.

“We elected the government of the APC in 2015 and reelected them in 2019. The reason we reelected them was that they continued to tell us they had a key to security.

“When you want to deal with a matter, you go with the head, so we will go with the government and ask this government to resign because they can no longer do anything.


“Yes, the Nigerians voted a government into power and that government even said, ‘if we don’t perform, stone us, we are going with the stones to stone them now because they are no longer performing.”

There was an instant noise in the camps of the majority and minority caucuses of the red chamber which lasted for a while before the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, brought the rowdy session under control.

Some senators hailed the submission of Abaribe while others described it as unnecessary.


However, when the uproar subsided, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, said Abaribe’s submission was unnecessary.

He wondered why Lawan had not stopped Abaribe earlier because senators should be seen as statesmen. He urged the Senate President to demand an apology from the minority leader.

Adamu, an APC member from Nasarawa West, however admitted that Abaribe had legislative immunity to express his views.


He said, “There is no doubting the fact that we do face security challenges in the country, anybody who says otherwise is only pretending.”

The President of the Senate appealed to his colleagues to approach the security issue with caution. He, however, did not ask Abaribe to apologise.

Senators divided over state police creation


The chamber was, however, thrown into another rowdy session when the senators protested the rejection of the state police creation by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege.

Omo-Agege’s predecessor, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and many lawmakers are currently championing the reintroduction of the State Police Bill in the 9th National Assembly.

The bill suffered a setback in the 8th Senate, but the federal lawmakers alarmed by the rising crime rate across the country believe that it is the right way to go.


Omo-Agege, in his contribution, vehemently opposed the creation of state police on accounts of paucity of funds crippling the states and possible abuse by the state governors.

A former governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, supported the creation of state police and attempts by regions to set up security outfits.

He said releasing adequate equipment to the regional and state security personnel would solve the insecurity challenges.


Senator Oluremi Tinubu also expressed support for the creation of state police. She described the fears being expressed in some quarters, as unnecessary.

Senator Adamu Bukachuwa from Bauchi State sought the recognition of the traditional institution in crime prevention.

He said they were supposed to be given the task of monitoring their people and organisng local security men to protect them.


Senator Opeyemi Bamidele noted that the unity of Nigeria was threatened. He supported the idea of restructuring the security architecture. He also said state police should be established to tackle all forms of insecurity.

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha from Taraba State supported the creation of the South-West security outfit, Operation Amotekun, because the police had failed to protect Nigerians.

Senator Sam Egwu, who also supported state police, said governors should be empowered to protect their people, saying no foreigner would come in if states were in charge.


Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano) also threw his weight behind the creation of state police.

He said, “When I was the governor of Kano State, Hisbah guards were established. He called for the recruitment of more police personnel and adequate funding.

He said the Federal Government was recruiting 10, 000 policemen every year but that 6, 000 policemen were retiring every year.


Others who supported state police were Abubakar Yusuf and Olubunmi Adetunmbi and Sunday Omor.

However, Senator Gabriel Suswan said the creation of state police would solve no problem.

He demanded the restructuring of the police with a view to empowering them for effective performance.


Senator Danjuma Goje from Gombe State disagreed with the proponents of state police, claiming that governors would take advantage of it to perpetuate themselves in power.

He said, “The creation of jobs and setting up empowerment strategies would solve the problem of insecurity in the country.”

Senators ask Buhari to sack service chiefs


Meanwhile, Senator Betty Apiafi from Rivers State, led the call for the sack of the security chiefs, saying that they had outlived their usefulness. The service chiefs were appointed by Buhari in 2015.

Senator Rochas Okorocha from Imo State also called for the immediate sacking of the service chiefs, claiming that they had outlived their usefulness.

Senator Matthew Urhoghide said findings by the 8th Senate indicated that there was no inter-agency cooperation among the security agencies in the country. He said approving huge sums of money for them would continue to be wasteful.


Senators Opeyemi Bamidele, Elisha Abbo, Adeola Olamilekan, Urhoghide, Sani Musa, Gabriel Suswan and Emmanuel Bwacha also said the service chiefs should go.

Senator Tolu Odebiyi called for the mopping up of arms and checking of the nation’s borders.

He said proper identification of most Nigerians and foreigners would also check activities of the criminals.


Senator Aisha Dahiru-Ahmed (Adamawa) said poor leadership and unemployment contributed to insecurity.

Senate sets up ad hoc panel, summons IGP

The red chamber which extended its sitting hours to 4:25pm to enable members to engage in robust debate, resolved to set up a 17-member panel to collate the views and come up with a report within two weeks.

Lawan asked the panel headed by the Senate Leader to hold talks with heads of military and other security agencies and come up with realistic and effective solutions to the worsening security situation in the country.


The Senate also asked the Inspector-General of Police, Abdullahi Adamu, to appear before it at plenary on Wednesday next week.

Meanwhile, Abaribe’s call for Buhari’s resignation attracted diverse reactions on Wednesday.

Resign or be sacked, Reps tell service chiefs

The House of Representatives debated the killings by Boko Haram in the North-East based on a motion moved by the Chief Whip, Mohammed Monguno.


The lawmaker representing Chibok/Damboa/Gwoza Federal Constituency of Borno State, Ahmadu Jaha, called for the sacking of the service chiefs, saying their efforts had failed to stop insurgency in the North-East.

Jaha said, “I know what I am saying; I know that tomorrow people can come for me. I am calling for the immediate removal of all the service chiefs and their immediate replacement with competent ones. The truth of the matter is that they have overstayed and the officers under them are not stimulated (motivated) to work, perform and to end this war. This is my position.”

The lawmakers, who were initially divided over whether the service chiefs should resign or be sacked, later resolved to “call on all the service chiefs to resign immediately, failing which the President should remove them.”


Buhari’s comment distressing – PDP

The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, described the statement by Buhari that he was surprised by the heightened insecurity across the country as defeatist and demoralising.

The PDP, in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said by the comment, the President displayed a disheartening dereliction of duty.


He said, “Such a statement from a Commander-in-Chief, who promised to lead from the front, is distressing as it further exposes an abdication of duty and shows that Mr President is not even abreast of his major task in governance which is the security of lives and property.

“The PDP is particularly worried about this apparent display of leadership failure as Mr President ought to be receiving a daily brief from his service chiefs on the actual situation on the ground.

“His comment therefore speaks volumes about the manner with which the security of our nation is being handled at the highest level despite the huge resources reportedly committed to security issues by the Buhari administration.”


He also said the party would want Buhari to resign. Ologbondiyan said, “The party (PDP) therefore backs the call by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, asking President Buhari to resign.”

Buhari was expressing an honest opinion, says ACF secretary

But the Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, Mr. Anthony Sani, said it was not enough for the President to resign simply because he shared his honest view on the security situation in the country.


Sani, in an interview learnt by NobleReporters, said, “While I appreciate the concerns about the recent surge of attacks leading to the killing of some innocent people – thereby hyping insecurity – I do not share the views of those who call for the resignation of President Buhari for expressing his honest view of surprise at the recent surge.

Buhari’s statement deceptive – Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, dismissed Buhari’s claims that he was surprised by the murderous activities of bandits in parts of the country, saying he was playing games with the sensibilities of Nigerians.


Afenifere’s spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, accused the President of duplicity, adding that his statement showed that he was engaging in Taqqiya (deception).

He catalogued the various attacks by terrorists and bandits across the country, noting that the Presidency had always acknowledged the bloodshed and rising insecurity in the country without providing any solution.

He stated, “We see his statement as playing games with our sensibilities. When Fulani herdsmen killed over 21 people in Benue State on January 1, 2018, did he not invite Governor Samuel Ortom to the Presidential Villa, where they advised him to tell his people to learn how to live with their killers? We want to say that Taqqiya (deception) should have a limit.”


On its part, the Ohanaeze Youth Council said it supported the call for Buhari’s resignation.

OYC National President, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka, explained that Ndigbo had lost confidence in the security architecture and the leaders of the country.

Igboayaka pointed out that Buhari’s body language indicated that he lacked the political will and capacity to tackle the security challenges affecting Nigeria.


Admission of insecurity shows failure of security chiefs – Ohanaeze

The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, said that the President’s admission showed that his security chiefs had failed and he should do the needful, adding that their retirement was overdue.

President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, who spoke to one of our correspondents in Enugu, said, “His admission implies his commanding officers have failed. He should do the needful and should stop promoting people on the basis of where they come from but on the bases of their performances. He should stop retiring people on the basis of where they come from but on the bases of their inefficiency.”


The Deputy Executive Director, Civil Empowerment and Rule of Law Support Initiative, Majirioghene Etemiku, in an interview, condemned the President’s statement. NobleReporters culled

He said, “This is not what anyone would expect from a Commander-in-Chief; a man getting daily or monthly briefings from the Army, Navy, Air force, the Police, and the Department of State Services.”

Abaribe, an arm chair critic – Presidency

But the Presidency hit back at Buhari’s critics, particularly Abaribe, saying the Senate Minority leader should resign.


It said the lawmaker should resign for failing to honour the bail bond he secured for the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a statement by Buhari’s media aide, Mr Garba Shehu, the Presidency called Abaribe an arm chair critic.

It said, “President Buhari to resign on what basis? Just because some characters think that President Buhari should resign, then they expect him to quit? That call does not represent the opinion of the country. This is the opinion of an armchair critic, known for making strange comments.


“If a leader like President Buhari needs to resign, there are millions of other Nigerians who need to resign, including Senator Abaribe, who unlocked the door to enable the escape of traitorous and treasonable suspects.

“He signed the bond for the court to release Nnamdi Kanu on bail, from which moment the suspect disappeared into the thin air.”

Reacting, the Buhari Media Organisation accused the PDP of taking the president’s statement out of context.

The Chairman of BMO, Niyi Akinsiju, said Abaribe’s statement was typical of a desperate opposition lacking morality and with “ennobling precedent, to take issues out of context.”

“The truth is in black and white as reported by the media. President Muhammadu Buhari while hosting a delegation of eminent people from Niger State explained the variant of violence that had recently erupted in northwest Nigeria and other parts of the country, describing it as an evil plan against the country because, unlike the BokoHaram insurgency which he confronted in 2015, this new threat to the peace of the country has no ethnic or religious underpinnings, even as he observed the likely consequences of banditry on the nation’s agricultural sector.”


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We made mistake re-electing APC in 2019 – Abaribe blasts Buhari over insecurity


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We made mistake re-electing APC in 2019 – Abaribe blast Buhari over insecurity ..


Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over the failure of his government to tackle the insecurity challenges confronting the country.

Nigeria has witnessed a rise in the level of insecurity in recent times.

Boko Haram insurgency, herdsmen/farmers clashes, banditry and kidnapping have given rise to the creation of regional security outfits in the country.


President Buhari had admitted that he was surprised with the rising insecurity in the country.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate while contributing yo a debate on the security challenges in Nigeria, Abaribe noted that Buhari-led Federal Government has failed to protect the lives of Nigerians.


He said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) depended more on propaganda rather than address the problem.

“Because we have to get to the root of this matter I can only say one thing; those who live by propaganda will die by propaganda,” Abaribe said on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.


“Boko Haram has been defeated; Nigeria is now safer; everything that was being done to make sure that the hard work that was supposed to be done in securing Nigeria was not done because certain people did not do their work but preferred to cover the eyes of Nigerians with propaganda and trying to find all these excuses for non-performance have now come to stare us in the face.

“Nigeria did not elect the IGP; we did not elect the chief of staff, we did not elect the joint-chiefs or national security adviser, we elected the government of APC in 2015 and re-elected them in 2019. The reason we re-elected them is that they continued to tell us that they had the key to security.

“When you want to deal with a matter, you go to the head. So, we will go to government and ask this government to resign because they can no longer do anything,” the lawmaker declared.

The Abia State lawmaker was interrupted by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, who cautioned him against hate speech and inciting comments.


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