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Arrest El-rufai Over Treasonable Comments On Naira Notes-Kaduna Rep

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“The obvious desperation of Malam El-Rufai on this saga of course, says the expected, the well hatched plan of Mallam El-Rufai and his cronies to use illicit old naira notes amassed over the years to buy votes for his children and cronies in order to continue reaping Kaduna state of its resources, has hit the Kufena rock”.

By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

A Member representing Kaduna North Federal constituency in the House of Representatives (HoRs), Rt. Hon. Samaila Suleiman, has lambasted Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna state over his state wide broadcast on currency redesigned policy, calling for his arrest and prosecution over Treasonable Comments On the Naira redesign fiasco in the country

Hon. Suleiman who was elected as member on platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), and later decamped to People’s Democratic Party (PDP),
described El-rufai’s broadcast on new naira policy, on 16th February, 2023, as illegal, unwarranted and outright treasonable counter- order.

The serving federal lawmaker disclosed this in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen on Sunday in Kaduna, entitled: “illegal counter order on currency redesign: an act of treason. Urgent call for the arrest and prosecution of mallam Nasir El-rufai”.

He said the El-rufai’s state wide broadcast in which he attacked with disdain, the person and gave a counter- order, undermining the office of the President, regarding the legal tender status of the old 500 and 1000 Naira notes, did not occur to him as a surprise.

“It could be recalled that the same Malam Nasir El-Rufai disdainfully countered the valid orders of the Nigeria’s current president on whose popularity Malam EL-Rufai and his cohorts rode to their current positions.” Samaila noted

Continuing in the release, he said “No wonder, the former President of Nigeria under whose regime El-Rufai was lifted from oblivion to become the F.C.T Minister was once quoted to have said ‘‘Elrufai is not a man of loyalty because biting the fingers that fed him is his trademark”.

He argued that , it was an attempt by El-Rufai to be clever by half by portraying that his outburst was done in the interest of the downtrodden ‘‘talakawas’’ and the rule of law, which he disdains so much by most of his anti-People policies as Governor of Kaduna state.

“This is indeed funny, coming from EL-Rufai who the people of Kaduna state and Nigeria at large have come to know as a public officer who lacks compassion for the masses” he noted.

According to the lawmaker, “We, the People of Kaduna State and Nigeria at large do not and will never suffer collective amnesia.

He explained that, it is, “The same El-Rufai whose second name is ‘’Disobedience to court orders’’, running to the same courts he demeans, maligns and holds in extreme contempt.

“I do not have doubt in the ability of our judiciary to prove its worth not only to Nigerian citizens but to the entire world by restating the famous principle that ‘‘He who comes to equity must come with clean hands”.

“Both hands of El-Rufai are not only soiled and dirty but are filthy as far as the naira redesign issue is concerned, vis-à-vis his track record of disobeying validly obtained court orders.”, he stated

Hon Suleiman further noted that the man El-Rufai, in fact, does not have the moral right to approach our courts for any remedy as he has shamelessly done in this case by approaching the apex court, invoking its original jurisdiction over a currency issue.

“If the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria cannot guide Malam El-Rufai that currency redesign is an issue under the exclusive Legislative List and well within the powers of Mr. President to enforce, I thought his apparent albeit fake loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari should have guided him not to scornfully dare the President’s orders on the naira redesign as he did.

What is even more worrisome is the fact that El-Rufai’s flammable order to the people of Kaduna State could incite the public against a democratically elected government. It was an affront to the office of the president, unconstitutional and could amount to sedition and treason against the Nigerian state, the former APC lawmaker who has defected to the opposition PDP, said

According to him, “The obvious desperation of Malam El-Rufai on this saga of course, says the expected, the well hatched plan of Mallam El-Rufai and his cronies to use illicit old naira notes amassed over the years to buy votes for his children and cronies in order to continue reaping Kaduna state of its resources, has hit the Kufena rock.

“Same El-Rufai, his sons and godsons have been deploying all undemocratic means against my supporters and political opponents by using all forms of intimidation and cowardly antics and tactics by ordering for unjustifiable arrests by security agencies and persecution of my supporters in order to bring down my political tides against his son in the forthcoming general elections for the Kaduna North Federal Constituency.

“I make bold to say that I refuse to be intimidated as my bond with the masses of Kaduna North Federal Constituency has only grown stronger as the election approaches. Victory is my portion by God Grace”, he bragged.

He also prayed that the security agencies are mobilized to be on high red alert and move in to defend and protect our democracy, the sanctity and integrity of the Nigerian state as one indivisible and indissoluble entity by arresting and prosecuting Nasir el-Rufai for his treasonable conduct which constitutes serious threat not only to democracy but the entire entity called the federal Republic of Nigeria.

“As a serving Legislator, I am not unmindful of the immunity accorded to sitting Governors and their Deputies , but of course no person or authority, including Malam Nasir El-Rufai should be allowed to threaten the territorial integrity of Nigeria without any consequence on the altar of immunity clause.

“My least expectation of our security agencies is for them to take cognizance of the treasonable conduct of El-Rufai and to swing into action as soon as his term of office expires on 29th May, 2023.

While I sympathise with all compatriots over the difficulties and the economic challenges we are all going through at the moment, I call on all citizens of Kaduna state and the Kaduna North Local Government in particular to remain vigilant, steadfast, calm and law abiding before, during and after the general elections and to come out and use their PVC to vote enmasse for me on the election day as in my quest to continue to give you positive, compassionate and people oriented representation at the National Assembly”, he stated.

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EDSG Trains Batch- 9 Vigilantes, Hunters.

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….. As Gov Obaseki Signs Edo Security Corps Bill into law

By Sim Omo- Benin City

As part of efforts to combat crimes, criminalities, cultism and other social vices bedeviling the state, the governor Obaseki led administration has commenced training of batch Nine hunters and operatives of Vigilantes, bringing a total of over ten thousand Vigilantes and hunters so far trained by the state to tighten security in every nook and cranny

Similarly Governor Godwin Obaseki has signed the State security Corps Bill into law

Speaking at the commencement of the batch- nine training exercise at the Police Training School in Ogida, the State Co-ordinator of the Edo security and Vigilantes network , Col. Kole Omomia( Rtd) commended Governor Obaseki and the state government for prioritizing security in the state and its continuous commitment to providing the necessary logistics for the state’s security apparatus to function

He noted that the training of the corps operatives which included the hunters, as in the instance of the batch- 9 who are currently here today, are concerted effort and determination of the state government to put her citizens at the fore front to enjoy peace, tranquility and have an enabling environment that would promote growth, development and investments.

Col. Omomia reiterated that the trainees would undergo series of exercises such as medical fitness, bio-data, teekwando, Judo, Drills, Parades and mental fitness and other activities ancillary to the job

According to the State Cord, the training would cut across the three senatorial districts in the state , with about One thousand, three hundred,(1300) Vigilantes and hunters expected to be trained in Batch- 9

He, however,urged the trainees to key into the program with keen interest and participate fully.

Recall that only recently, the state governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, singed the Bill establishing the State security Corps, formerly known as the Edo State Security Vigilante Network,ESSVN, into law

By the establishing Act, the Corps is now a statutory body recognised by law and would perform its roles as provided by the Act

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HAILING THE SUPREME COURT ON LG ALLOCATION JUDGMENT

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Prof Mike Ozekhome, SAN,CON, OFR

The supreme court judgement on

July 11, 2024, directing the Federal Government to pay allocations due to Local Government Areas directly to their account thereby abolishing the old practices of State-Local Government Joint Account,is timely and courageous.

What the judgement has done is more like interpreting section 162 of the Constitution, which provides for a joint State-Local Government Account. In which case, money is normally paid to state governors’ accounts and then for them to disburse to the local governments for them to share. But what has been happening is that, as I noted in 2020,over three years ago, the state governors, have been behaving like ”bandits”, waylaing local governments funds along the way and thus impoverishing them leaving them with nothing to work, just a little for salary. And nothing to actually work for the people whom they represent.
I agree totally with the judgement of the supreme court to grant full financial autonomy so that money is released and paid directly to the 774 local government councils which constitute the third-tier of government,to develop their places because the LGAs are grassrooted and nearest to the people. Rather than allow overbearing state governors throw their weight around and muzzle the local governments and seize their purse,they will now allow LGs breath some air of freedom.

If you take a look at our situation, Nigeria is operating a very lopsided federation,more like a unitary system of government. Where the federal government is supposed to be a small government,it is controlling 67 items on the exclusive legislative list. That is why the federal government gets the lion share of the federation account , the lion share of the money that comes to the federation account to the tune of 52.68%. The states get 26.72% while the entire 774 local government councils in Nigeria get just 20.60% of the monthly allocation by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RLASMC.

The question is, what is the federal government doing with almost 53% of the national income? That is because it is a government that is behemoth.That is elephantine. A government that intrudes and intervenes in areas that should not concern it at all. What is the federal government’s business with licensing cars and trucks for states? What is its business with the Marriage Act, dealing with how people marry and wed in Nigeria and how they live together as husband and wife and separate or divorce? What is the federal government’s business with unity schools? A whole FG operating secondary schools? What is their business? Why is the FG not allowing states generate their own power, operate their own railway stations, if they have the capacity? Why should the federal government not allow states have their own police force? Even for the local governments to have their own police force as we have in the United States and other advanced countries of the world where even tertiary institutions have their own police?

The truth is that the federal government is overbloated and overpampered. That is why it is using too much money and make the centre become too attractive,eating deep into funds that ought to be meant for the states and local government areas. The states take not only that which belongs to the states, but also waylays at source that which is meant for the local government areas. No Nation grows that way.

So, I see this judgment as epochal,having

far-reaching effect because money will now be made available directly to the local government areas who will no longer be subservient, like fawning slaves to state governors. In fact, the judgement even went further to say that no state government has the power henceforth to dissolve local government areas. This is because we have been seeing cases where inspite of the provisions of section 7 of the 1999 constitution that give autonomy to local government areas, states normally go ahead and dissolve local government areas ND appoint caretaker committees for them.This is whimsical and capricious.The Supreme Court has said this can no longer go on and that henceforth, no state government should ever be able to dissolve any local government area in Nigeria for any reason whatsoever and howsoever.

The judgement is salutary, timely and regenerative. It should be upheld by all governments and people in Nigeria for better democratic dividends.I see this as victory for our wobbling democracy, even if we are far removed from true fiscal federalism where the federating units control and utilize their God-given resources while paying royalty or tax to the central government. This case is one big plus for tested court room gladiator, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, the Attorney General of the Federation, who initiated the case at the apex court, invoking its original jurisdiction.Surely,to jaw-jaw is better than to war-war. God bless Nigeria.

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Ex+Abia gov, Senator Kalu backs part-time legislature

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Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu has backed calls for part-time legislature at both federal and state levels.

Senator Kalu (APC Abia North) said this would help the nation cut costs and enhance the citizenry’s trust in the polity.

The former Abia governor said this in an interview published on his verified Facebook page over the weekend.

On calls for part-time legislature, Senator Kalu said, “I think it will be a very good idea if my colleagues and other members of the Houses of Assembly will agree that we can sit for three months and do constitutional amendment first.

“So we can sit four times a year and if there’s any emergency, there will be emergency sitting. We can come to do a presidential bid on that basis and go back instead of sitting on a full-time basis.

“Not only the Senate and the House of Representatives, but all the legislative houses in Nigeria will be part-time.”

Senator Kalu maintained that this would be part of austerity measures to reduce cost of governance, arguing that regional government is another viable alternative.

“If we’re going for regional government, it also means that the ministers, the legislators, will be the same. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of how we can save money to run Nigeria because the country needs money.

“I will encourage the President, the National Assembly to make these kind of laws. This will help him, and this will help the system, and this will help everybody,” he said.

The ex-governor explained that contrary to misconceptions among Nigerians, senators are not paid enough.
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“But I want Nigerians and my colleagues to do a quick constitutional amendment so we can go and be a part-time sitting Senate and part-time sitting House of Representatives, and other 36 state houses of assembly in Nigeria.

“That will bring trust and bring relief to the Nigerian people,” the ex-governor said.

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