TUKUR Buratai, chief of army staff, on Monday, stated that the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, did not declare the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB a terrorist organization in the country. The Army Chief made the denial in Abakaliki during the official launch of Operation Python Dance II, he argued that what the Defence Headquarters did was a pronouncement on IPOB added that the statement of the military gave room for the right steps to be taken on the matter. According to Buratai, the action of the Federal government concerning IPOB was right and that the military did not over step its bound towards the protection of lives and properties in the country. “You have to get it very clear. First of all, what the Defence Headquarters did was to make pronouncement. It wasn’t a declaration per se. But this has given room for the right step to be taken. I think the government is doing the right thing. “It is not that we are overstepping our bounds. We are still within the limits. And I ensure you that what the military said was to set the ball rolling and to bring the awareness to the public that this is what this organization is all about. I’m happy that the government has done the right thing right now. The Chief of Army staff, General Tukur Buratai further assured the people of the Southeast that the Army will abide by the rule of law and rules of engagement in carrying out the Exercise Egwu Eke II which kicked off on Saturday in the region. Also in a courtesy to Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Kelechi Igwe, the Chief of Army Staff noted that the exercise was targeted at improving the security situation of the zone which according to him, was very strategic to the security of the country. According to him the exercise will help to bring about the much needed peace and security and also be used to train the Military in basic internal security. “They army have taken into cognizance the security of the people in deployment of it’s personnel for the operation”. He said the army in carrying out the operation will liaise and work with other security agencies in the region. “The army is very sensitive to the cultural norms of the people and will abide by all the rules of engagement and code of conduct that have been laid down which is quite in tandem with the Constitution”. According to him, some of the activities of the exercise will include Patrols, indoor battle exercises, Civil-Military cooperation activities like medical outreach, sanitation, donation of books to schools etc. He therefore appealed for understanding.View items...
The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has won the four remaining local governments in Saturday’s Anambra governorship election released by INEC on Sunday in Awka. With the declaration of results from the remaining 4 LGAs, APGA, whose candidate in the elction is incumbent governor, Willie Obiano, has swept the entire 21 LGAs in the state according to results declared at the collation centre. The last local government areas won by the party are: Anambra West APGA 8,152 APC 4,261 PDP 1,578 Nnewi South APGA 10,465 APC 2,765 PDP 3,255 Nnewi North APGA 10,845 APC 3,616 PDP 4,157 Idemili South APGA 12,180 APC 4,632 PDP 2,767 Earlier results declared are as follows: Awka South Local Government APGA 18,957 APC 6,167 PDP 5,354. Njikoka Local Government APGA 16,944 APC 5,756 PDP 3,477 Dunukofia Local Government APGA 8,575 APC 7,016 PDP 1,530 Anyamelum Local Government APGA 14,593 APC 5,413 PDP 2,323 Anaocha Local Government APGA 11,237 APC 5,297 PDP 6,544. Orumba South Local Government APGA 8,125 APC 3,802 PDP 2,412 Ekwusigo Local Government APGA 8,595 APC 5, 412 PDP 3,856 Aguata Local Government APGA 13,167 APC 5,807 PDP 4,073 Omitsha North Local Government APGA 10,138 APC 3,802 PDP 4,143 Ogbaru: APGA 6,615 APC 3,415 PDP 4,416 Idemili South: APGA 5,742 APC 4,063 PDP 2,629 Orumba North: APGA 8,766 APC 3,551 PDP 3,865 Awka North: APGA 7,164 APC 3,727 PDP 3,347 Onitsha South: APGA 7,082 APC 2,012 PDP 3,423 Oyi: APGA 11,840 APC 5,085 PDP 1,296 Ihiala: APGA 14,379 APC 7,894 PDP 4,706 Anambra East,(Home of incumbent governor: APGA 20,510 APC 5,248 PDP 1,132 The result sheet shows a landslide victory by governor Willie Obiano who defeated all his contenders in their Local Government Areas. However, the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is yet to officially announce the winner as at the time of this report.
A new book on the 2015 General Election has revealed how former President, Goodluck Jonathan plotted his own defeat during the presidential poll. The book, “The Nigerian General Election of 2015,” has a number of frontline researchers and political analysts contributing to the book. Three leading professors of political science, namely John A.A. Ayoade, Adeoye A. Akinsanya and Olatunde J.B. Ojo conceived the idea under a Programme for Presidential Studies. Basically, the contributors to the new book, The Nigerian General Elections of 2015, were drawn from academics, the media, civil society organisations, public institutions and research institutes with direct electoral duties during the 2015 elections. In the last six years the erudite scholars initiated the programme five priceless books have been turned out. The books are: Nigeria’s Critical Election: 2011; The Jonathan Presidency; Nigeria: Descent into Anarchy and Collapse and The Jonathan Presidency: The Sophomore Year. Among others, the new book empirically analysed voters’ turnout, voting behaviour, the roles of political parties, the defeat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the dilemma of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and factors that defined the victory of the All Progressives Congress (PDP). The book x-rayed the strategic errors of the administration of Jonathan, which it argued, cost the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and its presidential candidate fatal defeat that could have been avoided if some concessions were made. The book explained that the presidential election was a particularly interesting one in which the former president was self-assured that he had done enough to deserve a renewal of his electoral contract with the Federal Republic of Nigeria. According to the book, “Jonathan was challenged by Buhari, a veteran political war-horse. That was the fourth time Buhari presented himself for election to Nigeria. Some saw him as a habitual electoral failure or a serial loser while other saw him as a possible comeback kid.” The book faulted the Jonathan’s presidential campaign, which it described as a manual for aborting victory even though the former president had a political headstart being an incumbent against a serial loser that was widely perceived perpetually unelectable. It observed that the incumbency advantage was neutralised by specks of electoral authoritarianism like the certificate crises and the postponement of election on spurious security grounds. “The postponement of the election was perceived by a good percentage of the electorate as biased. It was meant to demoralize the opponents; overstretch their resources and get Goodluck Jonathan to outspend General Buhari,” the book said. However, the book said Buhari led a team of unrepentant unbelievers in his anti-corruption crusade, while explaining the problem with Buhari’s anti-corruption syllabus and the failure of his administration to meet people’s aspiration and yearning, noting that even if Buhari had selected the anti-corruption crusade as the programme for four years, he could not have been able to complete the task. The book also identified three main challenges with Buhari’s anti-graft crusade, first citing the pervasiveness of corruption in the Nigerian public space and the failure of the Nigerian public to recognise various forms of corrupt ion in the country.” It explained the depth of the social ill that had undermined the country’s human development index in the last five decades, noting that corruption “has engulfed all facets of public life such that Buhari, the focal anti-graft crusader is a deviant, who is not even sure that his closet associate is with him.” The book, also, observed that the citizens “has not been sufficiently socialized to recognise various forms of corruption, although experience shows that, given the opportunity, a large percentage of them would be corrupted. The critical ingredient of patriotism is lacking.” It equally pointed out that Buhari “is leading a team of unrepentant unbelievers in a crusade. A senator once complained that he could identify many criminal senators whose files he had treated when he was in the Nigeria Police. “It is just logical that no institution can be better than the people that make it up. The reality of the Nigerian situation is that it is dangerous to trust politics to politicians because they are the problem that causes the problems in the first place.” “Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade is almost a battle led by a general without troops or at best with potential deserters. A large part of the Nigerian population cannot understand the implications of looting the public treasury; otherwise there would have been public outcry against some people still in high places dictating the shots. “Unfortunately, the same public is in search of quick change to the economy. The crusade should not just be a government project, but a citizen project. If this present exercise fails, then corruption would have been indirectly written into the Nigerian Constitution,” it said.
The wife of the Governor, Chief Mrs. Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) has called on ndi Anambra especially Christians and Moslems in the state to pray for peaceful elections. The wife of the governor made the plea in a brief chat with newsmen on Friday at Governors’ Lodge, Amawbia. Osodieme said that it is important that Moslem commit the state in prayers today and likewise Christians of various denominations on to commit the state in the hands of God. Said she: “Anambra state has been a haven of peace and tranquility in the last three and half years and we want that sustained. I also know that we cannot ignore the hand of God in the progress our state has made so far. Hence, this call for prayers by all and sundry. As mother of the state, I am equally concerned like all mothers about the well-being of my children and we do not want anything that will put anyone in harm’s way.” Speaking further Osodieme stated; “As you all know, we are all precious in the sight of God. Therefore, it is important for all of us to promote peaceful conduct by all our sons and daughters to ensure peaceful elections on 18thNovember 2017. “
Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to contest the presidential election in 2019 just as he has indicated interest for Ebonyi governorship election. The governor told State House correspondents in Abuja on Thursday, that Buhari was very qualified to seek a second term in office. Umahi, a first term governor, who was elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was at the Presidential Villa ahead of Buhari’s planned visit to Ebonyi, Anambra and Imo states. “Well, any first term governor would want to go for second term and if what you wish yourself, you should be honest enough to wish another person the same. “Since, Mr President is doing his first term and I am doing my first term, it’s my wish to re-contest and I will as well wish the president the same to re-contest,’’ he said. On the President’s planned visit to Ebonyi, Umahi said the state was fully prepared for the visit. He said: “We pleaded with Mr President for the visit and before then we have been preparing, we are fully prepared.’’ The governor revealed that several projects had been lined up for inauguration by the President during the visit. According to the governor, the twin flyovers that is built across the African trans-atlantic road running from Enugu to Cameroun passing through Ebonyi State will be among the projects to be inaugurated by the president. “We have quite a lot of projects that we have executed within the past two and the half years. “We have three twin flyovers that are built across the African trans-atlantic road running from Enugu to Cameroun passing through Ebonyi State. “So we have to build three twin flyover to decongest traffic on that road, each of the twin flyover is 700 metre length. “We have completed two and the third one is 80 per cent done, Mr President will commission the two. “We also have a mall what we call Ebonyi mall that is modelled after the famous Dubai mall.’’ He stated that the president would lay a foundation stone for the mall during the visit. Umahi expressed the hope that Buhari would inaugurate the Mall project when he returned to the state for re-election campaign in the next 12 months. “Also we are building a tunnel that dovetails into a flyover that is parallel to the existing flyover, that particular junction that is called Akanu Ibiam junction. “We want Mr President to lay the foundation stone and that flyover bridge will be named after Mr President and we are sure to finish that project in the next 12 months. “Mr President will also come back, he will be commissioning it when he comes back for his campaigns.’’
The head of Zimbabwe’s influential war veterans association, Chris Mutsvangwa,said the plan of President Robert Mugabe to instal his wife, Grace as vice president, will be resisted. “This is a coup by marriage certificate ….and it will be resisted,” he told Reuters. Grace, who was a typist in Mugabe’s office before she became Mugabe’s wife, is likely to be installed the country’s vice-president when the ruling ZANU-PF holds its national convention next month. Mutsvangwa ruled out trying to remove Mugabe by force and said war veterans, who had publicly backed the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and broke ranks with the president last year, would form a broad front with the opposition in elections next year. “We don’t want to abuse the military to resolve a political problem. We don’t want them to become the arbiter of political power,” Mutsvangwa said. Mnangagwa has not been seen in public since his dismissal from government but his ally Mutsvangwa said he was “safe and beyond the reach of the assassins”. Mugabe himself said on Wednesday the route to leadership was long and full of “pitfalls and death”, as he accused his fired deputy and former protege of showing impatience in his bid to succeed him. Addressing supporters at the headquarters of his ZANU-PF party in Harare, 93-year-old Mugabe accused Emmerson Mnangagwa of consulting witchdoctors and prophets as part of a campaign to secure the presidency. Mnangagwa, who was sacked by Mugabe on Monday and expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party on Wednesday, said he had fled Zimbabwe because of death threats and was safe. “My sudden departure was caused by incessant threats on my person, life and family by those who have attempted before through various forms of elimination including poisoning,” he said in a statement on Wednesday. Mutsvangwa, said that Mnangagwa, 75, would travel to Johannesburg in neighbouring South Africa “very soon”. Mugabe said Mnangagwa, nicknamed “Crocodile”, had made the same mistakes as Joice Mujuru, who was the president’s deputy for 10 years until she was fired in 2014. “You should not try to say because the journey is long, then I should take a short cut to arrive quickly. The road has lions. There are pitfalls. There is death, beware,” he said. “There is no short cut to being the leader of the people. Just as there was no short cut to our independence.” ZANU-PF would move to discipline Mnangagwa’s “co-conspirators”, Mugabe added.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has swept the 14 chairmanship election results released by the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) in Saturday’s local government election. Enugu state has 17 local governments and 261 political wards in the state. The party also swept all ward councillorship positions in 11 Local Government Areas also announced by the commission. The Chairman of ENSIEC, Dr Mike Ajogwu, announced the results at ENSIEC headquarters in Enugu on Sunday. Ajogwu, who is also the Chief Returning Officer for the poll, said that the results of three council areas had not been collated because they arrived late. He noted that the council areas the results of which were yet to be concluded were: Enugu North, Awgu and Udi Local Government Areas, adding that the results of six local government areas councilorship had not arrived. “So far, so good, the election had been credible, free and fair from ENSIEC assessment. “I want to thank the media, security agencies and Enugu State residents for making it a huge success,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and terminated the appointment of the suspended SGF, Babachir Lawal. Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, confirmed this development in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday. Adesina said the president also approved the termination of the appointment of the suspended Director-General National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. The statement read: “President Muhammadu Buhari has studied the report of the panel headed by the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, which investigated allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Babachir David Lawal, and the Director General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ayo Oke. “The President accepted the recommendation of the panel to terminate the appointment of Mr Lawal, and has appointed Mr Boss Mustapha as the new Secretary to the Government of the Federation. The appointment takes immediate effect. “President Buhari also approved the recommendation to terminate the appointment of Ambassador Oke, and has further approved the setting up of a three-member panel to, among other things, look into the operational, technical and administrative structure of the Agency and make appropriate recommendations.’’ Mr Boss Gida Mustapha is a lawyer, management consultant, politician, businessman and boardroom guru of considerable repute. His was the former Managing Director/CEO of the National inland waterways Authority (NIWA). He was born in Adamawa and attended Hong Secondary School, in Hong Adamawa and North East College of Arts and Sciences Maiduguri Borno state, crowning it with WASC and HSC in 1976. He earned his Bachelor of Law (LL.B) from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1979 and was called to bar in 1980. Mustapha did the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) – Directorate of Legal of legal Services at the Army Headquarters and was in charge of review of Court Marshall Proceedings from 1980 to 1981.After the NYSC, Boss joined Sotesa Nigeria Limited, an Italian consultancy firm, as an Executive Director in charge of Administration, leaving in 1983 to join the law firm Messrs Onagoruwa & Co in Lagos. He later established his own practice as Principal Counsel in the firm Messrs Mustapha & Associates. In 2000, the Obasanjo administration appointed him a member of Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the defunct Petroleum (Special) Trust Fund (PTF). He served till 2007. He returned to legal practice in 2007 as Principal Partner of the law firm, Adroit Lex. As a politician, he was a member Federal Republic of Nigeria Constituent Assembly (1988-1989), Chairman People’s Solidarity Party-Gongola State (1989-1990), state chairman, Social Democratic Party-Gongola State (1990-1991); he was even a gubernatorial candidate for SDP in Adamawa state in 1991. He was also the Deputy National Chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria from 2010 to 2013. In 2007, he again played a prominent role, serving as the Deputy Director General of the party’s Presidential campaign Organization. His services remained in high demand after the fusing of ACN with other parties to form the All Progressives Congress (APC). He was Secretary APC Presidential Campaign Organization Mobilization (2015) and member, APC Transition Committee (2015). He is also a member, APC Board of Trustees. Until his new appointment, the man called Boss, was the Managing Director/CEO of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA). Like Babachir Lawal, Boss is a Christian and he is the National Vice President, Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International Nigeria.
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Leadership Team of the Directorate of State (DOS) hereby inform all Biafrans to distance themselves from the information contained in a recent press release by an Igbo-centric organization that goes by the acronym “MOBIN.” According to this group of Igbo folks, the full name of their “Igbo-only” organization is Movement of Biafrans in Nigeria (MOBIN). These Igbo folks initially launched this Igbo-centric MOBIN as a political wing of a faction of IPOB led by another group of aged Igbo men collectively called Supreme Council of Elders of IPOB. At the point of their public unveiling, this Igbo-centric MOBIN announced that they have signed a memorandum of understanding with another Igbo-only political party called United Progressive Party (UPP). However, in the recent press release of 28th of October 2017 and signed by Mr. Emeka Emekesiri Esq, MOBIN has now changed their allegiance to yet another Igbo-only party called All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA). The DOS would have simply ignored this press release issued by what looks like a group of political hacks and opportunists from Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland but three reasons compelled the DOS to make a response. First, the DOS wants to continually emphasize that Biafra is not about the Igbos only. The nation of Biafra comprises the entire South-East and South-South geo-political regions plus Idoma in Benue state and Igala in Kogi state. It is shameful and disgusting for MOBIN to identify Biafra as having a population of 70 million (referring to Southeast/Southsouth/Idoma/Igala) in bullet-point #2 of their press release, only to pigeon-hole Biafra into an “Igbo Nation” as stated in bullet-point #4 of the same press release. What message is MOBIN trying to convey to Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, the Alabo Edi Abali of Kalabari Kingdom, who has littered his Facebook Page with messages affirming his Biafranism? By making Biafra an Igbo-only affair, what impression is MOBIN creating in the minds of family members of General Phillip Effiong, Brigadier Willie Archibong, Col. Nsudoh, Lt. Col. Frank Okilo, Mr. N. U. Akpan, Mr. Okon-Okon Ndem, HRH Frank Opigo, Mr. Ekukinam Bassey, Mr. Ignatius Kogbara, Dr. S. J. Cookey, and many other notable Biafrans who are not from the Igbo-speaking area of Biafraland? Second, the entire Biafrans, through the authority invested in the DOS, have determined that they will no longer participate in the Nigerian political process but will rather welcome a process that will lead to a United Nations-mandated and supervised Referendum on Biafra. By participating in Nigerian political process, MOBIN is unwittingly endorsing the Nigerian fraudulent constitution which lied that Nigerian citizens enacted, made, and gave the said constitution unto themselves. How can MOBIN reconcile their claim to restore Biafra with Section-185(1), Schedule-7, and Section-2(1) of that very fraudulent constitution? Is MOBIN aware that Nigeria’s unity is not negotiable as long as they recognize and obey all the provisions of Nigerian Constitution, especially Section-2(1)? It appears that MOBIN is unaware that Section-188(2b) of that fraudulent constitution shall be activated if any Governor ventures into Biafra restoration process because doing so will be a violation of Schedule-7, Section-1(2) and Section-2(1) of the same fraudulent constitution. The third reason for responding is because MOBIN lied in their assessment of the current alcoholic governor of Anambra state who has reversed all the gains made in the state prior to the coming of his Administration. The DOS strongly advise everyone to access and read an open letter to the current governor of Anambra state written by a Southeast-based Human Rights Organization called INTERSOCIETY. The open letter can be accessed through any of the following links: http://www.intersociety-ng.org/component/k2/item/298-anambra-electorates-demand-for-governance-scorecard-of-your-excellency%E2%80%99s-1st-term-government http://www.allnewsandreports.com/intersociety-writes-open-letter-to-obiano-demands-performance-score-card/ While the DOS and entire Biafrans are not interested in the Nigerian political process, we must make sure that lies, innuendos, and propaganda by groups such as MOBIN are exposed, deconstructed, and destroyed. The socioeconomic lives of Biafrans can never be improved as long as the fraudulent constitution of Nigeria exists. Section-4(2) and Schedule-2 (Part-1) of that fraudulent constitution alone are enough to bring Biafrans to lives of servitude and destitution. Do we need to remind MOBIN that it is an impossible task to insert clauses in the constitution that would allow Biafra to exit Nigeria considering Section-9 of that fraudulent constitution which gives undue advantage to the Arewa region of Nigeria when amending the constitution? This is why the DOS-led IPOB became a member of a coalition platform called Lower Niger Independence Movement (LONIM) which has a roadmap that includes UN-mandated and supervised Referendum that will lead to the restoration of the nation of Biafra where a constitution shall be generated and approved by the ordinary citizens. The Biafran constitution will be a contrast with the Nigerian scenario in which General Abdulsalami Abubakar single-handedly wrote the fraudulent constitution and forced it down the throats of Nigerians and groups like MOBIN. In conclusion, the DOS reiterates that Biafra is not an Igbo-only affair as being postulated by the Igbo-centric MOBIN. Also, Biafrans are not interested in the political process of Nigeria because doing so will give credence to the fraudulent constitution. Finally, Biafrans are enjoined to give their maximum support to LONIM as the coalition platform working steadily and steadfastly for the restoration of the nation of Biafra through a UN-mandated and supervised Referendum. MOBIN can mobilize as much Igbo political hacks as they can muster but that is not the concern of real patriotic Biafrans because all Biafrans have determined that the restoration of the nation of Biafra is a divine project whose time has come and is, therefore, unstoppable, unquenchable, irreversible, and irrevocable. Long live IPOB, long live LONIM, and long live the nation of Biafra!!! Signed Barrister Emma Nmezu Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya Spokesperson for IPOB Spokesperson for IPOB
The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has described the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government as one that is rotten and covered with scandalous corruption. The governor alleged that there was a grand plot to release another set of Chibok girls to shift the attention of Nigerians from the various scandals rocking the government. He added that the claimed recovery of $85m as part of funds allegedly looted from the Malabu oil deal and conclusion of negotiation with Switzerland on the return of $321m recovered from the late Military Head of State, Gen. Muhammad Abacha family were a diversionary tactic. According to a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose stated this while addressing journalists in Ado Ekiti on Friday. He said, “When was this $85m recovered? Has the money been paid into the Federation Account? Didn’t Buhari claim that Abacha did not steal a penny? They are just trying to divert the attention of Nigerians as they have always done. “While the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government is still being confronted with the ‘Mainagate’ global shame, the Senator representing the Bauchi Central Senatorial District, Isa Misau, yesterday, came with yet another bombshell that the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, gave two Sports Utility Vehicles to the wife of the President, Aisha Buhari. “Even though the police have said the vehicles in question were meant for the police personnel in the convoy of the wife of the President, Nigerians will like to see records of such vehicles provided for the security personnel of previous First Ladies. Most importantly, what happened to the promise made by the President not to operate the Office of the First Lady? “In the last one month, Nigerians have been confronted with messy revelations like the fraudulent reinstatement of Abdullahi Maina, who was declared wanted for corrupt practices by the International Police Organisation after he was dismissed from office by the Civil Service Commission in 2013 for allegedly committing N2.1bn pension fraud while in office.” Fayose also pointed to the reinstatement of the former Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde, who was accused of corruption by the Senate, unceremoniously removed from office and declared wanted as the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos. He also pointed to the appointment of Ahmed Gambo Saleh; the Supreme Court Registrar, who was indicted for fraud as the Secretary of the National Judicial Council and Secretary of the Corruption and Financial Crime Cases Trial Monitoring Committee. He said, “Today, the President’s claim to integrity is under serious question, with his men dancing naked in the market square. “While I await yet another scandal in what has become a government of one week, one scandal, I ask our President what has happened to the report of the committee that investigated the $43m discovered in an apartment at Osbourne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos? “What happened to the DSS indictment for corruption of the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Investigative Panel set up by the President? “Who is the owner of the LEGICO Shopping Plaza, Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island, Lagos, inside which the EFCC claimed that it found the N448.8m cash? “Who brought the five sacks in which the EFCC claimed it found N49m cash to the Kaduna Airport? “What happened to the probe panel on the alleged N500m bribery said to have been paid to the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, by officials of the South African-owned telecommunications company, MTN, with the intent to influence government to discontinue its heavy stance on the $5bn fine imposed on the company?”
The Joint Committee of the National Assembly on Aviation on Thursday expressed worry over the deplorable facilities of some airports in the country and declared the Akanu Ibiam Airport unsafe. Sen. Muhammad Adamu (APC), representing Kebbi Central, expressed displeasure during a tour of facility of the Port Harcourt International Airport. Adamu said that the Senate had between 2015 and 2017 appropriated funds for completion of the remodeling of airports across the country. In a report on the state of the Enugu Airport, Adamu said the situation was worrisome and needed urgent remedial measures to protect the airport users. Discribing the airport as unsafe for airline operations, the lawmaker urged FAAN to summon the contractors to fill the existing potholes on the runway for safety of passengers. “What we saw in Enugu airport was a very serious infrastructure decay, we saw potholes on the runway and this is very unsafe for aircraft to land. “We are surprised that international flights are operating at that airport where there is no running water and the toilets are in bad shapes,’’ he said. Adamu disclosed that some international airlines like the Emirate Airlines had wanted to begin operations in Enugu but couldn’t because after inspection of the facilities, they found there was no water or operational light on the runway. According to him, it was impossible for aircraft to land at night in Enugu airport. The senator also revealed that despite the payment of over 40 per cent of the contract sum for the new terminal that was being funded by a Chinese Bank (Exim bank), the terminal had remained in a state of decay. He said that so far, record had shown that over N9 billion had been spent on the said terminal. He added that as part of their constitutional responsibility on oversight function, the committee had embarked on the tour to ascertain the project so far executed with the appropriated funds. The lawmaker assured that the committee would not hesitate to appropriately bring any organisation found guilty of funds diversion to book. In the same vain, Mr Nkiruka Onyejeocha, (PDP), representing Isuikwato/Umunneochi (Abia State), said that delayed job performance on the ongoing International Wing of the Port Harcourt Airport was equally worrisome. She said that going by the contract schedule, the job would have been delivered in March 2016. On the local wing of the Port Harcourt Airport, she said though the airport was safe for light operations, it was below the standard of an international airport. “It is unfortunate that at this time when other nations are moving forward, Nigeria is rather destroying her national assets.