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2023: I have no favourite successor – President Buhari

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Budget: ‘Smuggled’ N37bn worth of projects won’t cause crisis between Executive, NASS – Buhari

… As Jigawa govt spends N160m to end open defecation***

President Muhammadu Buhari says he does not care about his successor in 2023, saying he has no favourite in the forthcoming general elections.

The president stated this in an interview he granted to Channels television which was televised on Wednesday evening.

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According to him, “I am not interested in who becomes the presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) as I am open to the emergence of anyone.

“No. Let him come, whoever it is.

“The only important thing (is) I made sure that on record, nobody should ask me to come and give any evidence in any court. Otherwise, whoever it is, he will be in trouble. Because all the important things are on record.

I made sure about that.

Important issues are all on record.”

Pressed on whether he has any favourite in the APC, he added: “No. I wouldn’t because the person could be eliminated if I mention it. I better keep it secret.”

President Buhari, who also spoke on other national issues including the detained self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, ruled out the possibility of his release, saying that he would not interfere with the judiciary.

The president frowned at the way and manner Kanu and IPOB had been damaging the image of Nigeria abroad.

When reminded that some Igbo elders had requested for the release of the secessionist agitator, President Buhari insisted never to interfere with the judiciary as Kanu will have the opportunity to defend himself.

He, however, did not rule out a political solution to the matter, saying that it would depend on if Kanu behaves himself.

He said: “There is one institution that I wouldn’t dare interfere with.

That’s the judiciary.

Kanu’s case is with the judiciary.

“But what I wonder is when Kanu was simply in Europe, abusing this administration and mentioning too many things, I never thought really he wants to voluntarily come and defend himself on the accusations he has.

“So, we are giving him an opportunity to defend himself in our system and not to be abusing us from Europe as if he is not a Nigerian.

“Let him come here with us and then criticize us here in Nigeria, let him be listened to.

“But people who are saying he should be released, no, we cannot release him.”

On his refusal to assent the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the president said that it did not provide options for political parties to choose their candidates, saying the options of direct, indirect and consensus should be exploited by the parties.

He said: “Personally, I don’t support direct primaries because I want people to be given a choice.

You can’t give them one option and think that you are being democratic.

”Let them have the three options.”

”I don’t think I told them what I don’t like.

All I said (is) there should be options.

We must not insist that it has to be direct.

It should be consensus and indirect.”

The president, who also reacted to the issue of State Police, expressed reservations over it, expressing the fear that state police may be abused by state governors.

”State police is not an option.

Find out the relationship between local government and the governors.

Are the third tier of government getting what they are supposed to get constitutionally? Are they getting it?

”Let the people in local government tell you the truth on the fight between local governments and the Governors,” he added.

The president also responded to answers bordering on Boko Haram insurgency, banditry, farmer/herder conflicts and socio-economic conditions of citizens.

He said he is aware of the poor economic conditions being experienced by Nigerians, adding that he is aware of the pains they are going through.

“I’m absolutely aware of it.

But as I said, look at the vastness of Nigeria, only 2.4 per cent of the arable land is being used.

We realized it rather too late. We have to go back to the land,” he said.

In the meantime, Jigawa Government says it has spent N160 million on sensitisation activities to promote behavioural change to curb open defecation in the state.

Mr. Labaran Adamu, Managing Director, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (RUWASSA), disclosed this in an interview with the newsmen on Wednesday in Dutse.

Adamu said the amount was expended in 2021, to mobilise and encourage change in community perceptions regarding use of latrines, especially in households without access to latrines.

The managing director spoke on the background of the government’s drive to become the first state to be certified Open Defecation Free (ODF) in the country.

“As you are aware, Jigawa has been involved in the efforts to prohibit open defecation throughout the state.

“Over N160 million have been committed to the war against open defecation in the state.

“The amount was spent on consultants who are experts in mobilizing local communities to make sure that all households have constructed a latrine with cover and handwashing facilities.

“A contract has been awarded to supply latrine’s cover and handwashing facilities in all the households in our rural communities,” he said.

Adamu said it was not an easy task for the agency and others to successfully convince the rural dwellers to embrace the practice of using latrine in their homes.

“You know one thing with the behavioural change is a difficult task.

“In one of the communities, somebody stood up and told you that since I got married about 50 years ago I have never used latrine, all my wives, children and grandchildren are going to the bush to defecate.

“So even if we have been achieving success in that respect, we are suggesting to local government authorities to enact bylaws with penalty to discourage people from defecating in the open.

“Most of the local councils have enacted bylaws, however, enforcement is the problem, as they are reluctant about it.

“If the local councils are enforcing the law, this bad attitude of open defecation in rural communities will be address,” he said.

According to him, the state government is working on a bill to enforce compliance with the law against open defecation.

Adamu said that 18 of the 27 LGAs had achieved ODF status, adding that proactive measures were necessary to ensure total eradication of the menace.

He lauded Gov. Badaru Abubakar’s commitment towards addressing the open defecation problem in the state.

“The target is to see that Jigawa becomes the first state to be declared ODF.

“In this regard, we have 18 LGA that have been certified ODF by the National Task Group on Sanitation (NTGS).

“NTGS is an independent body assigned with the responsibility by the Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, to certify and declare any local government that has achieved the ODF status,”

He listed the councils to include Birnin Kudu; Buji, Roni, Gwiwa, Kiyawa, Gagarawa, Dutse, Sule-Tankarkar, Kafin Hausa, Auyo and Birniwa.

Others were Jahun; Taura, Guri, Hadejia, Malam-Madori, Kirikasama and Ringim.

The managing director said that four other local councils including Gumel, Maigatari, Babura and Kazaure were being verified by the NTGS, adding that it envisaged to achieve ODF status by June 2022.

He said that the NTGS was also expected to conclude its verification exercise before the end of the year in Miga, Yan Kwashi, Gwaram and Garki LGAs.

According to statistics of the Federal Ministery of Water Resources about 46 million Nigerians lack access to latrines and toilets.

It showed that the country needed to achieve ODF status in 143 LGAs per annum to meet the 2025 target, and 72 LGAs per annum to end open defecation by 2030.

 

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Edo Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor, Shauibu

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Edo Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor, Shauibu

The impeachment followed the adoption of the recommendation of a seven-man judicial panel led by retired Justice Stephen Omonua.

At plenary in Benin, the Majority leader of the house, Charity Aiguobarueghian said the report of the 7-man panel presented to the house found Shauibu culpable of disclosure of government secrets.

Aiguobarueghian further disclosed that though the panel was unable to establish the case of perjury against the deputy governor, it made two findings and one recommendation upon which the decision to impeach the deputy governor was anchored.

According to him, “the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry recommended that the deputy governor be impeached on the ground of disclosure of government secrets.’’

During voting on the motion, 18 out of 19 members present at plenary voted for the impeachment of the deputy governor while one abstained from the headcount and voting process.

The Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai conducted a head count of the lawmakers who voted for and against the impeachment of Shaibu.

The clerk said with the figure, the house stated that it met 2/3 (16 members of the House was needed to carry out the impeachment).

The assembly thereafter upheld and approved the recommendation of the seven-man panel and thereafter impeached the deputy governor.

The speaker, Blessing Agbebaku directed the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai to forward copies of the impeachment to Gov. Godwin Obaseki for assent.

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday impeached the Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu.

The impeachment followed the adoption of the recommendation of a seven-man judicial panel led by retired Justice Stephen Omonua.

At plenary in Benin, the Majority leader of the house, Charity Aiguobarueghian said the report of the 7-man panel presented to the house found Shauibu culpable of disclosure of government secrets.

Aiguobarueghian further disclosed that though the panel was unable to establish the case of perjury against the deputy governor, it made two findings and one recommendation upon which the decision to impeach the deputy governor was anchored.

According to him, “the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry recommended that the deputy governor be impeached on ground of disclosure of government secrets.’’

During voting on the motion, 18 out of 19 members present at plenary voted for the impeachment of the deputy governor while one abstained from the headcount and voting process.

The Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai conducted a head count of the lawmakers who voted for and against the impeachment of Shaibu.

The clerk said with the figure, the house stated that it met 2/3 (16 members of the House was needed to carry out the impeachment).

The assembly thereafter upheld and approved the recommendation of the seven-man panel and thereafter impeached the deputy governor.

The speaker, Blessing Agbebaku directed the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai to forward copies of the impeachment to Gov. Godwin Obaseki for assent.

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Court Remands Emefiele In EFCC Custody As Trial Begins April 11

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday remanded the embattled former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for alleged abuse of office and fraud to the tune of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion.
It was reported that Justice Rahman Oshodi remanded Emefiele in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody while his co-defendant, Henry  Isioma-Omoile, was remanded in the Ikoyi custodial centre.
Oshodi remanded the defendants pending the determination of their bail applications on April 11.
The judge adjourned the case until April 11 for the determination of bail application and commencement of trial.
Earlier, EFCC arraigned Emefiele on a 23-count charge bordering on abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demand, receiving property fraudulently obtained and conferring corrupt advantage, while his co-defendant was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on acceptance of gift by agents.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN) had asked the court for a trial date following the defendants’ not guilty pleas.
Oyedepo also informed the court that the prosecution would be asking for a closed section for some of its witnesses who were willing to come to court to testify but scared for their lives.

Counsel to the two defendants, Mr Abdulakeem Labi-Lawal, had in their bail applications, urged the court to grant them bail on self-recognizance and liberal terms pending the determination of the case.
Labi-Lawal, in a 35-paragraph affidavit, said that the first defendant (Emefiele) complied with the bail application given to him by Justice Hamza Muazu in his ongoing fraud trial in Abuja.
He added that the charges against the first defendant were bailable.
“Though the first defendant was granted administrative bail by the prosecuting authority, he is seeking bail based on self-recognizance, and he is ready to attend trial.
“The court should also take into consideration the status of the first defendant as he was the former CBN governor of the country,” the counsel said.
The defence counsel further said that Emefiele religiously presented himself before Justice Hamza Muazu in Abuja to answer allegations before him.
According to the counsel, the first defendant was not at flight risk as he was the first person to arrive in court.
He also prayed the court to grant bail to  Emefiele on liberal terms
Labi-Lawal also moved a bail application for the second defendant and urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
Prosecution counsel, Oyedepo, did not oppose the bail applications.
Oyedepo, however, urged the court to exercise its discretion judiciously in granting bail to the defendants.
In one of the charges, EFCC  alleged that Emefiele abused the authority of his office as CBN  governor by allocating foreign exchange in the aggregate sum of $2.2 billion without bids, the act which was prejudiced to the rights of Nigerians.
It also alleged that the ex-CBN governor corruptly accepted an aggregate sum of  $26.5 million from NIPCO Plc through Donatone Ltd.
The commission also accused Emefiele of receiving the sum of $400,000 from Source Computer Ltd. on account of the approval of a “contract” in favour of the said company by CBN.
The anti-graft also alleged that Emefiele used his position as the governor of CBN  to confer corrupt advance on his associate, Limelight Multidimensional Services Ltd. by approving payment of an aggregate sum of N900 million to the company.
Emefiele was also alleged to have used his position as the CBN governor to confer a corrupt advantage on Comec Support Services  Ltd. by approving the sum of N149 million to the company.
EFCC also alleged that the former CBN governor used his position to confer a corrupt advantage on  Andswin Resources and Solutions Ltd. by approving payment of the sum of N398 million to the company.
EFCC also accused Emefiele’s co-defendant (Isioma-Omoile) of giving the sum of $100,000 to the governor as a gift reward for allocation of foreign exchange.
According to the prosecution, the alleged offences violate Sections 8, 10, and 19 of the Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Act of 2000, Sections 65, 73, and 328 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.

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NAGAFF Vows to Stop Kwankwaso from Taking Over NNPP

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NNPP inaugurates 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, Aniebonam remains BoT Chairman

…Votes N150m take off professional fees for lawyers to begin litigation warfare!

Members of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) will vehemently resist the taking over of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) by the group noted to be loyal to Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

It would be recalled that the NNPP was originally founded by the National Association of Government-Approved Freight Forwarders NAGAFF, largely to provide a credible platform for maritime industry stakeholders to make a national impact within the nation’s political space.

It. would also be recalled that the former Governor of Kano, Senator Kwankwaso latched on the NNPP, after his effort to run as the flag bearer of another political party was dimmed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who emerged as the PDP presidential candidate.

NNPP inaugurates 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, Aniebonam remains BoT Chairman

Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Presently, a statement issued by the NNPP National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Clement Iwegbuna, lamented that what started as a child’s play is becoming a reality with the body language and actions of Senator Kwankwaso to highjack NNPP from the original owners, the members of  NAGAFF.

In a swift move, the president of NAGAFF, leading the pack of resourceful young freight forwarders said the original are poised to match money for money and contact for contact to retrieve NNPP from the people tagged ungrateful.

The statement revealed that the sum of N150,000,000 has been contributed as a take-off professional fee for the lawyers to take on the serial litigations upcoming.

NAGAFF accused Kwankwaso of court abuse with the institution of a court case involving INEC at Kano State High Court. “And so what does it take someone who held the position of minister of defence and member of the national assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to know that it is out of jurisdiction to do so.

NNPP is a national party and INEC is a federal commission. “Let Nigerians be told that there is a new order in Nigeria judiciary at the moment. If Senator Kwankwaso likes let him, Elder Buba Galadima and all of them who are the former members of the National Working Committee led by Alhaji Abbah Kawu who was alleged not to be able to write a statement at the state police command, Abuja when he reported a case against Mr Phillip Oyana the Zonal Secretary North Central of New Nigeria Peoples Party.

“Our young, vibrant and informed lawyers shall meet him and his cohorts in court. Once again we hold no malice against any person. All members of NNPP and NAGAFF are children of God and always ready to show love to all manner of people who may come our way,” the statement further said.

The statement directed and appealed to all members of NAGAFF and NNPP to keep the peace of the society and be law abiding and respectful to the constitution of Nigeria.

“Regret to note that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso had avoidably prided himself to have brought NNPP to relevance and recognition. Tell the American marine that trash for the fact that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso forgot to note that NNPP is as old as People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria spanning over 24 years in existence. He joined less than 2yrs ago.

“We consider Senator Kwankwaso as someone who is avoidably arrogant and proud for no good reasons. This is because NNPP provided him the opportunity to contest the Presidency of Nigeria 2023 with great men like the current president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP) and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party

“Let it be on record that if NNPP were not winning elections for the period under review it would have been deregistered like the one he facilitated which was called Alliance National Party. As a matter of fact, the current headquarters of NNPP in Abuja is the same office used by the defunct Alliance National  Party whose chairman was one Moshood.

“We also know that the current executive Gov of Kano Alhaji Abbah Kabir who was shortchanged in the previous elections took advantage of us as children of God to be protected and today those evil men could not stop him from becoming the Gov of Kano State.

“Therefore senator RABIU MUSA Kwankwaso should be taught the principles of humility and gratefulness to people who have been nice to him.

“In all of these, he may wish to distance himself from elder Buba Galadima if he wants to make headway in politics. The former President, Gen. Buhari did realise and distanced himself to combine with Asiwaju B. A. Tinubu, the grand master to become the President of Nigeria.,” advised.

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