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Terrorism: Move by senators to impeach Buhari gains more backing as Nigerians react

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The move by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Senators to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari is currently gaining more backing from concerned Nigerians.

Recall that the PDP Senators caucus on Wednesday staged a walkout from the upper Chamber in protest of the heightening insecurity in the country.

The minority leader, Senator Philip Aduda said the PDP senators issued President Muhammadu Buhari six weeks to resolve terrorist attacks in the country or risk impeachment.

Reacting, the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom lauded the lawmakers over the move to force the president to tackle the security crisis.

The Governor who spoke in Abuja yesterday described the decision of the Senate to impeach the President as “patriotic” and commended some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC who have also opted to do the ‘right thing’.

Similarly, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, head of New Media, Anthony Ehilabo who spoke with DAILY POST on Friday, said the only solution to the current security crisis rocking the nation was to impeach the president.

He asked Buhari to hand over to the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, stating that the VP can halt the activities of terrorists in the country.

Ehilabo said, “solution right now is to impeach Buhari and allow Osinbajo to work, even if it’s for one day, you will notice improvement.

“Osinbajo has the capacity to rejig. He knows what to do. I’m afraid if Buhari continues to remain in power with the way things are right now, we will all be doomed.

“God forbid. They have annexed FCT already and if you are a strategist, you won’t even allow terrorists in states like Kaduna, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa.

“Because taking over those states means an invasion of the FCT. Which of these states I mentioned earlier does not have a contingency of ISWAP, Boko Haram and bandits?

“The president has not thought about getting Private Military Contractors, PMC, immediately. The military cannot handle it anymore.

“Push them back to the fringes. And look, the president left our borders open and porous. Why not put the same checks you have up south here? And why are the service chiefs still in power?

“What is the justification? Issue out riot orders. What are the formations in Jaji? All those formations in Kaduna. Clean up the northwest first. Put these guys on their toes.

“Unfortunately, these guys are the ones advancing. Now, since the Kuje incident, no affirmative action. Who and who was sacked”?

However, the Presidency while reacting to the impeachment move, in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the action of the opposition senators as babyish, advising them to put their time to better use.

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Why NLC, TUC Must Protect Nigeria’s Democracy – Obasa

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The survival of Nigeria’s democracy should be a key focus of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and its affiliates, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said.

Dr. Obasa gave the charge Thursday at the 2022 Independence Day Anniversary Lecture with the theme ‘Nigeria in search for an enduring political structure: imperative of structural reform’ held at the NLC Ogun State headquarters.

According to him, Nigeria can only advance positively if the various unions and individuals play roles to keep the country’s democracy thriving.

The Speaker, who was chairman of the event, said that the country is seen as practising democracy because there are legislative arms of government in place both at the national and sub-national levels.

He, however, lamented the attempts by some individuals in position of authority to ‘pocket’ these lawmaking arms of States citing how, in some instances, principal officers of Houses of Assembly are removed at the whims and caprices of single individuals in authority.

“It is hightime we all rose to protect Nigeria’s political institution, the parliament. We have seen cases where the civil society looked away while democracy faces danger from some individuals.

“We have seen cases where the parliament was closed and where a governor carried inauguration of legislature by midnight.

“When you have a legislature that is answerable to a single person, you can’t progress or meet collective goals or say we are practising democracy. We have heard of a state that already has four Speakers in less than four years.

“It is also surprising that even among the elite, you find that there are some people who do not know their representatives at the parliament. Yet, these parliamentarians make the laws that guide their activities and actions.

“As a union, our concern should not be about where we work, our salaries and welfare alone; we should also protect our institutions. I am not saying you should be partisan, but at least, play a role in guiding our democracy.

“In that way, it would be difficult for individuals to determine how the parliament, which is the true symbol of democracy, should operate,” Obasa said.

In his short remark, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, noted that Nigeria simply practises civil rule and not democracy.

“If you have a vibrant legislature, you have democracy,” he said.

In his address, Comrade Abinbola Bankole, chairman of the NLC in Ogun State, said though Nigeria faces many challenges, “as a labour movement, it is our considered opinion that blame-game shall take us nowhere as a people.”

He said if Nigeria must work, citizens must be interested in how their country is governed.

Guest lecturer at the event, Chief Mike Ozekhomhe (SAN), noted that the problems with Nigeria are fundamental and systemic. He suggested a new constitution for the country.

“No president who rules Nigeria will do well. Until we do serious structural adjustment or realignments, none of those who would rule Nigeria can make any spectacular difference,” Ozekhomhe said while expressing optimism that Nigeria will be successful again.

On his part, Nafiu Aiyedun, Ogun State Head of Service, who represented Governor Dapo Abiodun, promised that the government would continue to focus on the welfare of workers.

 

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Soludo reacts to killing of soldiers in Anambra, assures arrest of perpetrators

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Anambra State Governor, Prof. Charles Soludo has decried Wednesday’s deadly attack on personnel of the Nigerian Army.

JOMOGNEWS NIGERIA had reported how the so-called ‘Unknown Gunmen’ terrorising Anambra State and major parts of Nigeria’s southeast region attacked and killed five soldiers in Orumba South Local Government Area (LGA).

Among the causalities is a civilian.

According to the governor, from this point on, “these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack”.

“We condemn this wicked and cruel attack in the strongest terms. The perpetrators of this act must pay,” Prof. Soludo said, as quoted in a statement signed by Christian Aburime, his spokesman.

“We are not going to rest on our oars, including those people that attacked Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and the rest. There will be absolutely no hiding place for them,” Soludo added.

“Going forward, our actions will show, as these people must surely pay for this heinous and repulsive attack.”

 

 

 

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Over 20 Persons Burnt To Death As Explosion Rocks Kogi

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No fewer than 20 persons were burnt to death on a bridge at Maboro River, in Ankpa Local Government Area of Kogi State, on Wednesday in an explosion of a petrol-laden tanker.

The incident occurred when the tanker lost control and fell on the bridge at about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

Kogi State FRSC Sector Commander, Stephen Dawulung, who confirmed the incident, said the casualty could not be ascertained as at press time.

“‘My boys are there, putting the pieces together. We don’t know the number of dead yet. A tanker, two buses and two motorcycles were involved”, he said.

A resident of the area, Usman Ahmed, who witnessed the unfortunate incident, told Daily Trust that several persons were in the river when the tanker exploded.

He said, “Nobody knows the number of dead people now. Many People were in the river doing one thing or the other when the tanker lost control, fell and exploded on the bridge”.

 

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