Chief Francis Meshioye, leader of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) dispelled claims of them being evil at the flag off of 2019 Founders’ Day Celebration in Lagos state.
Chief Francis Meshioye, leader of the Reformed Ogboni Fraternity (ROF) dispelled claims of them being evil at the flag off of 2019 Founders’ Day Celebration in Lagos state.
Voice of Reason, a group of Yoruba professionals, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to turn a new leaf from his current anti-democracy dispositions.
Chairman of the group, Olufemi Adegoke, said this during a press briefing on Thursday.
He also condemned the President on the handling of Omoyele Sowore’s case, advising Buhari to take his government back from “many unelected characters currently ruling the country by proxy”.
He said, “As keen observers of the goings-on in the polity, we state without any equivocation that the President needs to act urgently not only to restore his integrity and align his lofty rhetoric with his actions but to regenerate in Nigerians faith that it is possible to have leaders that can serve all without discrimination.
“The “born again democrat” garb lent to the President on the eve of 2015 election needs a lot of stitches to hang well on the wearer.
“Democracy does not end with multi-party elections. It includes fairness, transparency and integrity of the electoral process; absolute respect for the rule of law; protection of the independence of the institutions of democracy (parliament and the judiciary).
“We urge the President to borrow a leaf from General Gowon and do that which will strengthen the unity of Nigeria by leading the fight to restructure Nigeria, renew citizens’ commitment to Nigeria, galvanise everybody’s energy to build a nation where no one is oppressed, show by example the need to reduce cost of governance, restore the rule of law, rededicate himself to defending democracy, protect all citizens’ human rights and deepen the fight against corruption.
“President Buhari needs deep reflection and his genuine friends need to help him focus on leaving an enviable legacy.
“It is not too late. He has three years to go. We pray for the sake of Nigeria and his place in history he takes our admonition in good faith and acts.”
… operation positive identification (OPI)
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has concluded plans to report the Nigeria Army to the United Nations (UN) Amnesty International and other world bodies over its proposed Operation Positive Identification (OPI).
…says they easily betray their own
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has warned some Igbo renegades who make defeatist comments on the chances of Ndigbo to produce the next Nigeria President in 2023 to shut their mouths or face dire consequences.
The apex Igbo sociocultural organization said some cowardly disposed Igbo elements, against all sense of decorum, have been making comments that depict them as cowards and agents of anti -Igbo political integrity in Nigeria “and we can no longer tolerate that.”
A statement by its deputy publicity secretary, Chuks Ibegbu remarked: “No Northerner or Westerner and Niger Deltan will come out openly and express doubt over the chances of their people to get their legitimate rights in Nigeria, it’s only few Igbo renegades that do so.”
“They are the ones easily used to betray their people,” Ibegbu regretted.
It recalled that maverick politician “Arthur Nzeribe did it, Daniel Kanu did it, and now Charles Enya and Chinedu Ogah in Ebonyi are doing it. Are they the only ones that need money in Igbo land? Why should they not use their brain and keep their mouths shut if they are frustrated or lack what to say.”
The group threatened them with the consequences of ostracising by their communities if they continue embarrassing Ndigbo.
The Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on Wednesday held that the arrest and detention of leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, by the Nigerian government was not unlawful and arbitrary.
In its judgment, the court consequently dismissed the suit by Kanu alleging torture, assault, inhuman treatment and the violation of his property rights by the Federal Republic of Nigeria for lacking in merit.
Delivering judgment in the suit, Hon Justice Dupe Atoki who read the judgment of the court also held that Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and detention were not unlawful and arbitrary as claimed by the plaintiff.
The three member panel of the court equally dismissed the request of Kanu for monetary compensation to the tune of $800 million US Dollars.
While the court acknowledged that the plaintiff had the locus standi (legal capacity) to approach the court for the alleged violation of his human rights, it adjudged that without a mandate, he lacked the legal personality to represent the IPOB before the court.
On the issue of proper parties before the court, the names of the second and third defendants (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and Director-General, State Security Service) who are not signatories to the ECOWAS Revised Treaty, were struck out of the suit as improper parties, leaving the 1st defendant, the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the sole defendant in the case.
In the suit no ECW/CCJ/APP/06/16 filed before the court on March 3, 2016 by his counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the plaintiff claimed that his rights to life, personal integrity, privacy, fair trial, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, personal liberty, freedom of association, private property, right to existence and right to self-determination were violated following his arrest and detention by agents of the defendant state.
The plaintiff also alleged that he was a victim of arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, inhuman and degrading treatment while in detention and that his personal belongings were confiscated by the defendant through its agent.
Mr. Kanu, who is also the Director of Radio Biafra, registered under the regulatory laws of the United Kingdom and the United Nations, demanded monetary compensation in the sum of $800 million US dollars.
But counsel to the government of Nigeria, Mr. Abdullahi Abubakar, averred in his defence that the country was obliged to enforce the rule of law as stipulated in its Constitution, Treaties and Protocol which included defending the sovereignty of an undivided Nigeria.
The counsel added that the activities of IPOB were secessionist in nature as it instigated a separationist agenda among the people of the country’s South-East and South-South using its Biafra Radio.
Mr. Abubakar further averred that the acts of the plaintiff were intended to garner support for war against the defendant and carve out a geo-political area to be declared “Republic of Biafra.” Consequently, he said the defendant initiated an investigation into the allegations against the plaintiff which led to his arrest and discovery of illegal firearms and radio transmitters in his possession, items that posed security risk to the country.
The defendant also submitted that the plaintiff was investigated while in detention for offences of criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an illegal society and that though granted bail whose conditions he could not meet, he was detained on fresh charges of treasonable felony instituted at the Federal High Court against the plaintiff.
Counsel to the defendant avowed that although the plaintiff and some members of IPOB had severally threatened the peace of the nation with their demands, the defendant gave no orders to its agencies to kill members of IPOB nor did any such killings occur but that the defendant had remained committed to upholding the rule of law while recognizing and protecting the fundamental rights of its citizens and all groups including the IPOB.
The defendant, therefore, urged the court to dismiss the case.
Also on the panel were Justices Edward Amoako Asante and Keikura Bangura.
…Both recall how VP as Ag. President acted in similar case when DSS invaded National Assembly
..Buck stops squarely on Mr. President’s desk, not lawyers in FEC
Veteran journalist and lawyer, Richard Akinola and a political group have faulted Femi Falana, SAN over comments that the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) should discipline all lawyers in the Buhari administration because of the desecration of the law courts by officers of the DSS yesterday at a Federal High Court in Abuja.
In his reaction on Saturday, Mr Akinola said, “With the greatest respect to my good friend, Femi Falana, SAN, l beg to disagree with him in respect of his statement in respect of the Vice president on the Sowore saga.
Falana was indicting the Vice President and other Learned Silks in the cabinet for not speaking up on the saga. “It’s necessary to put things in proper perspective. There is only ONE presidency. By my understanding, the VP cannot be issuing statements on an issue when there is a sitting president.
He added that, “Recall that when Osinbajo was acting as president and similar incident happened at the National Assembly, he took action. The invasion of NASS started at about 7am and by 10.30 am, Lawal Daura had been fired as the DG of DSS.
“So, it would be unfair to attack the VP on this matter because he is just the VP. The buck stops at the president’s table. If in the president’s wisdom, he refused to take action, he must have his reason. Ours is to speak out for him to take action,” he said.
Similarly, a political group in Nigeria has described as mischievous the comments credited to Mr. Falana.
Falana reportedly made the statement following the re-arrest of Omoyele Sowore, convener, #RevolutionNow protest, and his co-defendant, Olawale Bakare by the Department of State Services (DSS).
In a press statement signed by Peter Oladele, Publicity Secretary of the Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) the group said the lawyers in the Buhari administration have not acted in any unprofessional capacity to warrant any disciplinary action.
Besides, the group noted that regarding the Vice President in particular it is an unrealistic expectation to require him to respond officially on the misconduct of the DSS agents because the executive powers of the Federal Government are vested only in the person of the President not the Vice President or the lawyers in the Cabinet.
“Besides the President who has the Executive powers in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as Amended, the only person who has responsibility on this matter is the Attorney-General of the Federation,” the group explained, adding “this facts are well known to Mr. Falana.”
The Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) also recalled that while the VP was acting for President Buhari and the DSS invaded the National Assembly, Prof Osinbajo acted in defense of rule of law and democracy in the country by removing the head of the organization and condemning the invasion. ISD then asked “why does Mr. Falana now think the VP or the lawyers in the cabinet could not advise the President to act in a similar way, afterall it is the same Buhari Presidency?
“Mr Falana is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and he should know that Section 11 of the NBA’s Legal Practitioners Act has specific penalties for unprofessional conduct and there is no provision for disciplining lawyers for the actions of other people,” the group said.
“So how do you call for disciplinary actions against colleagues who have not acted in any unprofessional capacity or have not breached the rules of professional conduct,” the group quizzed.
The group then advised Mr Falana to rid himself of any emotional outbursts that could overshadow what is otherwise a noble work he is doing on the Sowore matter, stressing that, as a senior lawyer he should know who has what powers and where the buck stops in a Presidential system of government such as Nigeria is currently practising.
“As a group we have condemned the actions of the DSS and have called for the immediate release of Mr Sowore because the court has ordered his release. We also condemn the re-arrest of Mr Sowore by the DSS it only puts Nigeria in bad light. And we should not use this unfortunate incidents to dent the image of lawyers in the Buhari cabinet.”
A group of protesters under the aegis of Guardian of Democracy Initiative on Friday, stormed the premises of the Federal High Court, venue of the ongoing trial of #RevolutionNow convener Omoyele Sowore.
…Groups make case for real solutions to climate change, reject carbon markets
Civil society and grassroots groups have challenged Parties negotiating at the 25TH Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change taking place Madrid the Spanish capital to heed the demands of climate-impacted people around the world to advance real and just solutions to address the climate crisis.
The groups that made the call include Friends of the Earth International, Corporate Accountability and the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), representing a broad spectrum of grassroots and climate justice movements.
ERA in a statement made available to Daily Sun said in previous negotiations, countries of the Global North led by the United States (US) ensured that no meaningful advancements towards the real solutions were reached.
“They ensured that policy recommendations to insulate the negotiations from Big Polluters’ interference were shut down while discussions to place carbon markets at the center of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement threatened to derail real solutions including non-market mechanisms.
“While discussions at COP25 will focus on finalizing guidelines for Article 6, climate justice groups believe that Big Polluters are pulling out all the stops to embed dangerous and ineffective carbon markets that will unleash decades more of soaring emissions. They insist that this dangerous corporate agenda is backed by industry groups like the International Emissions Trading Association – one of the most influential trade associations pushing markets at the UNFCCC – representing BP, Shell, and other Big Polluters”.
Also, Dipti Bhatnagar, Climate Justice, and Energy Programme Coordinator for Friends of the Earth International, from Mozambique, noted that “Big polluters must be rubbing their hands in glee that carbon market mechanisms, which further dilute the already weak and inadequate Paris emissions targets, are back on the agenda. We will fight them tooth and nail. The climate crisis is already devastating lives. Emissions are still rising. Now is not the time to offer an escape route to polluting Northern country governments and big oil.”
She insisted that carbon markets fail to deliver emissions reductions or adequate climate action and impact horrifically on Indigenous Peoples and local communities.
…appointment must be confirmed by the Senate
The Abuja division of the Federal High Court, on Wednesday, dismissed a suit seeking to declare the continued stay of Mr Ibrahim Magu as the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as illegal and unconstitutional.
Although the court held that by the provisions of section 2(3) of the EFCC Act, it was a mandatory requirement of the law that Magu’s appointment must be confirmed by the Senate to be validated, there was a lacuna in the law as there was no limitation to the powers of the president to re-appoint him.
Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that the EFCC is not an extra-Ministerial department of the Federal Government, and as such, the law provided that anyone nominated as its Chairman by the President must pass through necessary “checks and balances” by the Senate.
The court held that whereas section 171 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, granted the President powers to appoint heads of extra-Ministerial departments at his pleasure, section 2(3) of the EFCC Act, 2004, made it mandatory that any nomination to EFCC Chairmanship position must be screened by the Senate to satisfy the interest of the public.
“Public interest is very paramount in the appointment of any person to head to the EFCC”, Justice Ojukwu held, saying there was a lacuna in the law since section 2(3) of the EFCC Act did not put a limitation to President Muhammadu Buhari’s powers to re-appoint Magu, subject to confirmation by the Senate.
“The lacuna has given the the President the proverbial knife and the yam”, Justice Ojukwu noted, saying there was need for a renewed consciousness that laws must be implemented in accordance with public interest.”
…Police teargas protesters.
Following the controversy surrounding the payment of pension to former governors and their deputies, Niger government has said it did not owe pension to its former governors.
The government said it paid what it called severance allowance to the departing political heads.
According to a statement by the Director General of the state pension board, Alhaji Ahmed Tinau Mohammed, beneficiaries of severance allowance are political heads at state and local government levels, which also include former governors and their deputies, local government chairmen, deputies and state legislators and councillors
“The severance allowance is not a recurring perpetual payouts but a one-time payment authorised under extant state law. These payments (severance allowance) are supported by an extant law to provide special grants/severance allowances to all political office holders in the state, including governors and their deputies, 2013.”
He said the clarification became necessary following the inclusion of Niger State in the list of states owing ex-governors’ pension.
Tinau asserted that “to the best of my knowledge, there was no state law, past or present, that awards a regular pension to be paid to former Niger State governors as pension. The gospel truth is that the state does not pay a dime to our former governors as pension.”
Meanwhile, the local government elections in the state has taken a different dimension as police teargassed several Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) supporters who were protesting the cancellation of the results for the chairmanship election in Tafa Local Government Area.
Several supporters of the party had taken to the streets and attempted to block the Kaduna-Abuja expressway when policemen exploded several canisters of teargas to disperse them.
The state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) on Monday announced the cancellation of the chairmanship election in Tafa, saying the results could not be collated due to the disappearance of the returning officer.
The commission Chairman, Alhaji Aminu Bala, told journalists that the whereabouts of the returning was unknown.
However our correspondent gathered that the policemen also shot live bullets into the air but injury was recorded.
A television reporter, Emperor Simon and the cameraman, Abdul Egba who were on the scene were said to have been manhandled by policemen and their camera seized.
Simon confirmed that his cameraman was whisked away along with the camera.
Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Mr Aideloje Ojo, said an official report had been made to the Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adamu Usman, who promised to “look into the matter.”
Ojo described the action of the police as unwarranted and unprovoked attack on journalists who were performing their legitimate duties.
…over oraifite killings
President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has condemned the recent police attack and alleged burning down of the residence of counsel to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
The apex Igbo cultural organization in a statement in Enugu, yesterday, called for a judicial inquiry into the matter describing it as a case of unprovoked attack on a law-abiding citizen of the country whose only crime was that he peacefully objected to the maltreatment of his people.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo observed that the spurious claim by the police that Ejiofor was “involved in a case of abduction, assault occasioning harm and malicious damage to property” was baseless because nobody was mentioned as the victim of the allegations.
It said that assuming without conceding that Ejiofor was culpable on a charge of abduction, the only option in law available to the police was arrest and prosecution under the laws of Nigeria and not deliberate arson and wanton destruction of his family home.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo further stated that even before, its wrongful proscription, IPOB had never been a violent group and could not have summoned enough force to attack and kill any policemen to warrant drafting in reinforcement. The release frowned at the situation where any mild expression of dissent against the manifest injustice being perpetrated against a particular ethnic group in the country will be met with maximum force by the Federal Government.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo further called for a halt to the apparent and incessant physical, economic and political harassment of Ndigbo in a country watered with their blood, noting that they had striven to keep and grow the country with their presence in all nooks and crannies of Nigeria.
The Department of State Services (DSS) says they have uncovered syndicated plots by some undesirable groups to cause a breakdown of law and order in various parts of the country including Abuja.
According to a statement by the Public Relations Officer, DSS National Headquarters, Abuja, Dr Peter Afunanya, the arrangement is to instigate protests, mass action and violence with a view to causing anarchy and destabilizing the country.
“These predetermined actions have been designed to take place simultaneously in the major cities across the geopolitical zones in the coming weeks. This is more so that the plotters are also targeting the yuletide seasons to accomplish their sinister motives.
“Considering the implications of these on public safety and national security, the Service wishes to warn the anti-democratic elements responsible for these heinous plots to desist forthwith from their inglorious acts.
“Consequently, parents are advised to rein in their wards and enjoin them not to allow themselves to be used to foment trouble. Similarly, Heads of academic and public institutions are to warn their students and employees respectively from engaging in any untoward activity against public order.
“The Service and other sister agencies are at alert and will ensure that peace and security are maintained in all parts of the country before, during and after the festive periods. Law abiding citizens are equally encouraged to go about their normal businesses without fear but report any suspected persons or breach of peace to the nearest security office to them,” the statement read.
…Criticise Zamfara governor for tagging them insincere & unserious
Two of the socio-political groups at the forefront of the calls for restructuring, Afenifere and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), have criticised Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, for labeling proponents of true federalism as insincere and unserious.
Spokesman of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin and the Publicity Secretary of MBF, Isuwa Dogo, lashed out at the governor describing his statement as unfortunate. They maintained that restructuring of Nigeria was inevitable.
Odumakin said restructuring will enable every section of the country control their resources and cause economic growth and stability while Dogo said those who make peaceful restructuring impossible were inviting violence.
“The reason why his party got so much support and even won in Oyo and Ondo State was just because of one agenda and that is because their presidential candidate promised restructuring. The call for restructuring will benefit every section of the country. In Zamfara State, who are the people mining the gold there? Is it the state government? If we have restructuring, it means that the gold in Zamfara will be mined by the state government and will then pay some proceeds to the Federal Government. In the 2014 national conference, we discovered that there were more solid minerals in the north than in the south. If we have restructuring, is it Oyo or Ogun that would go and mine the gold in Zamfara? I think our leaders should try as much as possible to be informed about issues in discuss before abusing people. He is my good friend and brother and I will encourage him to read the report of the 2014 National Conference and he will see why we advocate for every section of the country to be allowed to control their resources, we also advocated that we do a transition period of 10 years of what we are doing now and take five percent of the national budget to go and look for all these resources in every city in Nigeria so that every state will survive,” Odumakin said.
Dogo said: “Anyone that says what was decided during the 2014 national conference is not in order is a political hypocrite. Nobody who knows what is happening in Nigeria today would claim that the issue of restructuring is not in order. Whether we like it or not, there would be restructuring some day and if we do not want a peaceful restructuring, we are inviting a violent one. Those who make a peaceful transition impossible make a violent transition inevitable.
“Those who say peaceful restructuring is not possible, will put Nigeria in a situation whereby violence will take over. These are realities of life. Those against restructuring are political illiterates. Our vision for restructuring is a peaceful rearrangement of the political system that will bring equity, stability and economic growth in every part of the country.”
In an exclusive interview published in Daily Sun, Governor Mattawale criticised those calling for restructuring, describing them as ‘insincere’ and ‘unserious’.
The indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has waved asside the threat by the Nigeria police, issued recently by the Abia State Commissioner of Police, Ene Okon to stop the leader it’s leader, Nnamdi Kanu from attending his mother’s burial.
According to a press statement by the media and publicity secretary of the Igbo separatist group, comrade Emma Powerful and made exclusively available to Sunday Sun yesterday, it reassures it’s members that nobody can stop Kanu from attending his mother’s funeral.
He described the threat by the police as an empty threat that does not hold waters ,maintaining that such threats would only make the group more defiant.
Powerful sated “An inconsequential and roundly incompetent local police operative blabbing away from a poorly maintained office in a delapidated building in Umuahia is not worthy of an intelligent response from the great IPOB.
“However it is important we inform the Fulani masters of this Okon that Biafra is resonating all over the world today thanks to IPOB. All the years of threats and brutal crackdowns have all resulted in making IPOB more defiant, determined and ruthless in our pursuit of the noble goal of Biafra liberation. Powerful said.
He continued “If the military might of the Alimajiri Nigerian north, grand conspiracy of the judiciary and mind-numbing treachery of Okezie Ikpeazu, other Igbo governors and Ohaneze could not stop IPOB, how much less an unknown Fulani boy-boy in police uniform in Umuahia.
“It seems this caliphate servant in police uniform named CP Okon wants to use the name of our most reverred leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to be noticed as the slave he is in order to advance his career, the same way another slave called “Justice” John Tsoho used the privilege of presiding over the sham trial of our leader to become the Chief Judge of Federal High Court of Nigeria.
“Before this Okon came, there were other loud mouthed southern police commissioners in Abia that sought to impress their Alimajiri masters by making unedifying and unguarded utterances against our leader and the indomitable IPOB family. The same way they sunk into oblivion is exactly the same way this talkertative imp will be quickly consigned to the scrapheap of used and discarded unthinking caliphate servants from the south.
“He is not the first and neither will he be the last.
“IPOB is not in the business of responding to incompetent lowly ranked officers of a failed, shameless, uncivilised and discredited colonial disgrace like Nigeria. IPOB is an international movement currently engaged in international diplomacy to drive home the need to put the long suffering ethnic nationalities the British herded together into their failed experiment in Nigeria out of the primitive stranglehold of the eternally backward Arewa core north” Powerful explained.
Members of the National Assembly have been urged to urgently review the 2020 budget in the education sector upward to meet the standard of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Two Youth groups, Nigerian Youth Leaders Council (NYLC) and National Youth Progressive Council (NYPC) stated this yesterday in Lafia, Nasarawa state.
According to a statement they jointly signed and a copy made avaialable to our correspondent, Comrade Abba Abba of NYLC and Comrade Adakole Ochai of NYPC said the current allocation of N48 billion to the education sector is not close to 20% of the UNESCO standard and urged the education committees of the two chambers to jerk it up.
According to the statement, the 6 percent of the national budget allocated to education is grossly inadequate compared to the 20 percent recommended by UNESCO hence the call to the national assembly to upwardly review the budget proposal in its possession with specific focus on education.
“The Federal Ministry of Education declared that the funding of education at all levels in the country is below the benchmark of 20 percent of national budget recommended by UNESCO.
“Nigeria is indeed at a cross road considering the fact that its budget allocation to the educational sector is nothing to write home about. Therefore, an urgent need to stimulate the process is required and the onus on this step lies with the national assembly,” says the statement.
The statement adds that the call for upwardly review of the allocation to education sector in the 2020 budget proposal is backed by the fact that education is the driving force to innovation and industrialization of every nation, most especially that the world has gradually turned to a global village of technological hubs.
“There must be a deliberate attempt by the Senate and House of Representatives to review upward the budget allocation to Education as doing this will allow rooms for more researches and advance studies in our tertiary Institutions,” The statement adds.
The group then frowned at the position of the senate resolutions to clamp down on tertiary institutions who fall prey to the dwindling and poor allocation to the sector.
“Should we throw blames at tertiary institutions management who are left at the mercies of generating the revenue to aid in researches and other related issues as regards to tuition increment? It is unfortunate to say the least.
“We must say without fear or favor that members of the national assembly should channels their energy and intellectual debate prowess to ensure upward review of tertiary education funds in tandem with UNESCO provision.
“In putting our peg to the right hole, tertiary institutions like University of Maiduguri which despite tuition increment for purposes aforementioned, still pay below most higher institutions in Northern and Nigeria at large should be supported to actualize their goals,” says the statement.
The statement adds “The Federal Government and the National Assembly must note that every developed and developing countries today were able to reach their peak as a result of premium given to educational institutions of their country and Nigeria must not be an exception.
“We hereby call on the Senate and the House of Representatives to as a matter of public interest reach a resolution to review upwardly the budget allocation to the Education Ministry of 2020.
“It is only on this note that Nigerians will truly appreciate the workings of the Senate, House of Representatives and the federal government of Nigeria on Education.
In another development, The National Association of University Students (NAUS) also issued a statement urging the students of the University of Maiduguri to remain calm and law abiding in spite of the decision of the University governing council concerning increment of tuition fees.
The statement signed by Comrade Ibrahim Muhammed Lawal, President of the Senate of the association and available to newsmen admonished students to be patient as discussions on the tuition increment is ongoing and added that hopefully, positive agreement that suits all parties will reached.
The group also called on the federal government as a matter of urgency to increase more budget on education and also increase funding for Universities to avoid such occurrence that is targeting and affecting academics excellence.
“If the federal government want to give us full support on education, they should fund our Tertiary Institutions,” the statement adds.
As a result of the threat by the police in Abia State to arrest the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu if he comes home for his mother’s burial, the family spokesman, Emma Kanu has appealed to the state Commissioner of police, Ene Okon to leave his elder brother alone.
In this interview with OKEY SAMPSON in Umuahia, the younger Kanu said the IPOB leader has not done anything wrong that could warrant his arrest, claiming that he (Nnamdi) has embarked on a voyage that will even liberate CP Okon himself.
Abia State Commissioner of Police said your brother, Nnamdi Kanu would be arrested if he comes home for your mother’s burial, what’s your reaction?
Arrest my brother for what offence? He should leave Nnamdi Kanu alone and go after the Fulani herdsmen who have been killing people in Abia State and elsewhere. What has he (CP) done about the Fulani herdsmen and the rest of it? And what is Nnamdi Kanu’s crime to him?
If one may ask, is the IPOB leader actually coming home for the burial?
We’ve not finalized on that.
The CP said Kanu’s crime is that he was declared wanted by the court.What’s your take on that?
Please ask the commissioner of police how many Fulani herdsmen he arrested and taken to court. Also ask him, how many people who have killed people in this country in the name of Islam has he arrested and taken to court; how much more a man who has done nothing wrong. If CP Okon does not know, inform him that Nnamdi Kanu’s agitation is for his own good, short and simple, IPOB has come to liberate him because he is a Biafran too. Forget about his open denials we know why it is so, but deep down inside him, he knows that what I’m saying is the truth, that he is a Biafran inside out.
Police say it would not entertain any group in the name of IPOB during your mother’s burial because it is a proscribed organization. Do you have anything to say on this?
Proscribed by who, by a Kangaroo court? Proscribed by Kangaroo court, yes, rubber stamp court, yes. I was expecting the CP to stand firm and make sure the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram and the rest of them are proscribed and not IPOB because we do not carry gun nor do we carry any weapon.
The CP should know that my mother’s body does not belong to IPOB alone, but to humanity around the world. I will like to know what exactly Nnamdi Kanu has done to Abia State commissioner of police as a person. If the proscription of IPOB was sensible enough, tell him that I said Nnamdi Kanu has come to liberate him from the shackles of the Hausa/Fulani oligarchy.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has disowned the move by a member of the All Progressives Congress in Ebonyi State, Charles Enya, who is seeking an amendment of the Constitution to allow President Muhammadu Buhari get another term in office.
The youth wing of the pan Igbo group, in collaboration with its parent body Ohanaeze Ndigbo, commended President Buhari for outrightly denouncing the third term agenda.
In a statement on Friday by the President-General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group said the move was unconstitutional and parochial.
He said, “We dismiss the report credited to Charles Enya, an Igbo APC chieftain, seeking for the third term for the President and governors through constitutional amendment as idiotic, unconstitutional and parochial. As Igbos, we disown such immature moves as un-Igbo and huge joke.
“As it stands now with support from Middle belt youths and Niger Delta youths leaders championing the zoning of the presidency to South-East in 2023, the coast is clear for any Igbo to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.”
He said that the youth wing of the pan Igbo group was in support of politicians in the region defecting to the ruling APC to achieve the 2023 aspiration.
“We still insist that Igbo politicians should massively defect to the APC to have a political balance in Igbo land, APC holds the key for the future of the Igbo people in 2023. We urge the governors of the old eastern region to see the handwriting on the wall and collapse PDP in the region.
“For President Muhammadu Buhari to reject the third term bid openly demonstrates that power is coming to the South, and we believe that at the appropriate time he will support an Igbo presidency project as a democrat,” he added.