An Abuja based rights group, One Nigeria Movement (ONM)has predicted that Speaker of the House Of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila’s dictatorship over his peers will cost his political god father, Bola Ahmed Tinubu his Presidential ambition.
The group reported that Tinubu’s unpardonable silence over Gbajabiamila’s shameful act on the floor of the House over the appointment of Minority leader wouldn’t have passed without the approval of his godfather.
The ONM, thus berated the House
of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila over his handling of the
House Minority Principal Officers case, accusing him of turning himself to
an emperor by arrogating to himself, the powers to appoint minority
leaders in the House as against the position of the leading minority
In a statement made available to Thepage and signed by its Convener General, Alhaji Ahmed
Sodiq-Mugoro, the ONM said it was unfortunate that Gbajabiamila could
resort to threatening his colleagues, who disagreed with his decision
to appropriate to himself, the power of majority of the minority
political party to appoint Minority Principal Officers as it has
happened in the past, which he (Gbajabiamila) benefitted from.
The group said Gbajabiamila must have to tell Nigerians how he emerged
as Minority Leader of the House of Representatives in 2007 and 2011
under Action Congress (AC) and Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)
respectively as well as 2015 under APC. If it was through letters from
his parties to the Speaker nominating him to lead the minority
parties or if AC and ACN were the only minority parties in 2007 and 2011
that Gbajabiamila was nominated as Minority Leader.
The ONM recalled that as it was the usual practice in the House, the
PDP forwarded names of Minority Leadership of the House in a letter
dated June 21, 2019 to the Speaker. The letter was duly received on
June 26, 2019 and contrary to the House rule that all correspondence
must be read at the plenary, the Speaker refused to read this letter.
Warning that the House of Representatives under Gbajabiamila was
already showing the signs of dictatorship and flagrant disregard for
rules and laid down procedures, the ONM said apart from speaker and deputy
speaker, no other principal officer of the House is picked through
The group described the Speaker’s action as continuation of the APC affront
on the constitution of the country, pointing out that those sought to
conquer the judiciary was now out to put the National Assembly under
Inquiring if it has become the duty of the Speaker to appoint
principal officers be it Majority or Minority, the group which submitted that it’s interest is strict adherence to the rule of law and
respect for rights of political parties said ,it was further miffed that
the Speaker has a leader and that leader is in Lagos, watching his
political son turning himself to an emperor less than one month of his
assumption of office.
“This leader that is watching and encouraging Gbajabiamila to arrogate
to himself the powers to appoint minority principal officers will
tomorrow say he wants to contest the Presidency of Nigeria.
“We will seat back and watch how Nigerians will allow such a leader
that is encouraging his political son to disobey the law will succeed
in his ambition to become the President of Nigeria.
“As for us as a group, at the appropriate time, we will again remind
Nigerians of this leader, who kicked against zoning in Nigeria when it
suited him and canvassed support for same when he knew that zoning
won’t protect his interests.”
Economy: Buhari Sad, Admits Failure, Pushes Restructuring To Legislators.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed displeasure at the tumbling economy of the country, even as he confessed that the development is giving him a serious concern.
The President made the confession Friday night during an interview session with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) in Abuja.
He said the low performance of the economy has been a thing of concern to him, adding that his administration was doing everything possible to improve the economy.
According to him, one of the steps taken so far is reaching out to the international community to allow their multinational firms to come to Nigeria and establish their presence by employing Nigerians through which the economy will pick up.
On corruption, President Buhari said it was high time special courts were established to try several corruption cases currently stuck in conventional courts.
“You have instances of cases lasting for as long as 10 years before they are determined and in some cases judges handling the cases may die. But if there are special courts, there will be a time frame to conclude the corruption cases and not dragging on unnecessarily,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari has said only the National Assembly can deal with the contentious issue of restructuring, true federalism or devolution of powers.
Buhari said this on Friday while receiving members of the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) led by Co-Chairmen, Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Supo Ayokunle, at the State House, Abuja.
The President restated his position on devolving more power to the people.
“On the contentious issue of restructuring or true federalism or devolution of powers, like you all know, this is a constitutional matter with which only the National Assembly can deal.
“I remain an unapologetic believer in devolving power to the people and that is why I signed the Executive Order granting autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary.
“Unfortunately, this was met with some resistance at the state level and led to a more than two months strike action that has caused the country a lot of pain.
“Luckily, the National Assembly has nearly completed the constitutional review process, which I hope would address some of the burning issues agitating the minds of our people.’’
Buhari assured that efforts were already on to create a more conducive environment to address both direct and indirect causes of challenges including areas of job creation and employment generation, while appreciating religious leaders for their significant role in national development, particularly in shaping perspectives.
“Your role is critical in putting the correct perspective out to Nigerians,’’ he said.
Afe Babalola Canvases Strong Legal Framework For Tourism In Nigeria
A legal legend and founder, Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti, ABUAD, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, has called for the drafting of a robust and strong legal framework for the enhancement of the tourism sector in Nigeria.
Aare Afe Babalola made this call while receiving the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti _ State on Tourism Development, Mr Wale Ojo – Lanre and Team Ekiti Tourism Development, in his White Rock Office , Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti on Wednesday 26 May 2021, after a tour of the Afe Babalola University campus, the Multi-System Hospital, the Planetarium and ABUAD Farms all within the ambit of Afe Babalola University, Ado – Ekiti.
Aare Afe Babalola who commended Dr Kayode Fayemi ‘s tourism vision exposed why Nigeria has not been reaping bountifully from tourism “We have a country which is overwhelmingly blessed with viable and humongous tourism wonders most in their pristine form.
We have intelligent, resourceful and vibrant tourism practitioners and stakeholders who are frenetically strengthening them delved out to eke something from the tourism offerings.
We have a world that is ready to explore Nigeria. But regrettably, we have a set of weak legislation and laws which were crafted when the tourism sector was in an analogue era “
He disclosed that “ One of the impediments truncating the phenomenal transition of Nigeria into a viable tourism economy is the lack of a robust and strong legal framework which is the necessary jelly for the lubrication of a vibrant tourism economy and business in Nigeria “
He called on the public and private sectors tourism practitioners in Nigeria to synergize efforts at ensuring the enactment of a purposeful and vision driven legal framework pointing out that the tourism sector is at present an unregulated and uncoordinated sector that revels in archaic and obsolete legal contents which bear no relevance of appropriateness in the face of contemporary developments.
Ambassador Ojo –Lanre in his remark disclosed that his mission to ABUAD was in furtherance of Dr John Kayode Fayemi’s tourism policy of enhancement of tourism potentialities of Ekiti State.
He described Aare Afe Babalola as an asset of inestimable value to Ekiti State not just only because he planted an international trans-generational academic enclave in Ado Ekiti, but has also created in Ado – Ekiti a global tourism destination capable of attracting millions of tourists to Ekiti State.
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre pointed out that “Here within the canopy of Afe Babalola University one can enjoy the luxury of an Educ-tour by feeding one’s eyes with the beauty of a truly conducive academic environment, embarking on agro-tourism sightseeing of a large expanse of well-mechanized farmland of varieties of crops, poultry and animal husbandry with allied industries processing them to finish products, take an expedition on medical tourism to one of the most equipped medical complex in Africa and finally take a trip from the Earth and explore the space at the biggest and largest Planetarium in West – Africa.
He pointed out that the totality of Aare Afe Babalola as a person and accomplishments is tourism itself for those who want to take a tour of a life which survived in the middle of hopeless deprivation and rose from grass to grace of fortune and opulence .
Rumours Of Fresh War Between Ife And Modakeke Hit The Internet
Thepagenews reports that there is a rumour going round about war going on between Ife and Modakeke in Osun state on the social media.
Ife and Modakeke have always been rivals from the time past, and as a result of this, a border had to come between them to demarcate each land space.
Many years ago when the crisis between them happened, it led to the death of many, until some Yoruba leaders intervened.
However, the report of a fresh war between them has not been confirmed or denied but it’s not something that should happen especially at a time like this.
Read the rumours making rounds below
Even if this Ife and Modakeke fight thing is a rumour. Please, still stay safe regardless.
Close your gate and lock your door. Stay awake if you can, especially if you can hear gunshots.
May God protect us all🙏
— I’m Dammy (@AyamDamiee) May 16, 2021
I can confirm this. And I hope the government intervene as fast as possible. Because ife and modakeke crises is not always a good thing to behold
— official aybaba (@timboswik) May 17, 2021
What am I hearing about IFE and Modakeke? Is that another war?
Please if you stay in modakeke area, some part of (Asherifa, Omole Estate, lagere and the likes ). Avoid late night walks and stay safe. pic.twitter.com/5W3GQBFEUd
— Black Zinari👧 (@microbialawyer) May 16, 2021
I don’t know precisely but there has been news about some clash between Ife and Modakeke communities over the death of a Mother and Child……. I think Alapata or Alapete area…… something like that
— dre! 💡✨ (@dre_daada) May 16, 2021
This Ife and modakeke self is one Israeli and second is Palatine? because I don’t know how same tribe will be fighting themselves within one state, if na North and East dey fight still dey reasonable, with this situations of this country we are still killing ourselves. God!!
— akinade olamilekan afeez (@fezco1) May 17, 2021
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