Chief Reuben Fasoranti is the National Leader of the Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere.In this interview with Vanguard, Fasoranti said the ongoing national conference is a welcome opportunity to adjust the Nigerian federation, that the Yoruba sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo would have backed it and faults northern leaders on the Boko Haram insurgency. Excerpts:Nigeria has held many constitutional conferences without result. Do you have hopes in the ongoing conference?
On Wednesday, 26th day of March, 2014, the leadership of Intersociety released the first part of this public statement, detailing with strong condemnation “how Nigeria borrows to squander” with specific reference to borrowing and squandering of a whopping sum of N7 Billion at the ongoing National Conference on “ delegates’ allowances and related logistics”. The legal source of the money has also become a national concern as it could not be traced to the un-passed federal budget of 2014. The huge sum is believed to have been borrowed and squandered without considering the fact that the country’s teachers at the public colleges of education and polytechnics have been on indefinite strike since October and late December 2013 respectively over a twenty-point of disagreement with the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Herdsmen resident in seven villages of Ladduga district in Kaura Local Government, Southern Kaduna, North-West Nigeria, have cried foul over the raid and arrests carried out last night and early this morning by men of the Nigerian Army.Secretary of Mobgal Fulbe Development Association, Ahmad Yandeh, said: “Soldiers have invaded the villages in Ladduga District of Kachia LGA, in the night and have denied worshipers getting out of various mosques from the morning prayers located in the district and have ransacked houses and arrested several youths. They came in military vehicles numbering over 20 and we cannot ascertain if they are real soldiers.”
The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) has faulted a report in a national daily (not Daily Sun) that the country losses $8 billion yearly to Crude Oil Swap Arrangement, insisting that the report was not only wrong but misleading.According to NEITI’s Director of Communication, Mr. Orji Ogbonnaya Orji, that the news item attributed to NEITI’s presentation at a recent hearing was indeed grossly misinterpreted.The NEITI boss explained that What NEITI presented and explained at that hearing was that there is no cost efficiency in the transactions with the offshore processing organizations. Indeed, a firm involved in the crude swap agreement; Taleveras Petroleum, also faulted the report by the national daily, which listed 152,308,878 litres against the firm instead of $152,308,878 as released by NEITI.
The Amnesty International (AI) yesterday said more than 1,500 people were killed in first three months of this year in the Northeast as a result of Boko Haram insurgency.It said more than half of the killings were carried out by members of Boko Haram, including scores of school children.The organisation said the situation has escalated into a non-international armed conflict with all parties allegedly violating international humanitarian law.It asked international community to ensure independent investigations of acts that may constitute war crimes and crimes against
There was pandemonium in Abuja yesterday following a claim that Boko Haram insurgents had attacked the head-quarters of the
By Ameh Comrade Godwin Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of spending more time inside the church than leading the country. Fashola made this observation while speaking at the sixth Bola Tinubu Colloquium in Lagos, tagged ‘The Summit of the Common man’, According to Fashola, “You must pay critical attention to…
By Saharareporters, New York President Goodluck Jonathan today indicted governors from Nigeria’s North-Eastern states of inaction in the face of growing attacks by Boko Haram, an extremist Islamist group. Mr. Jonathan added that he should not be blamed for the insecurity ravaging the geo-political zone. Mr. Jonathan made the comments during a political rally held…
The Military Joint Task Force patrolling the streets in search of Boko Haram extremists There have been heavy gunfire exchanges around the vicinity of Nigeria’s presidential palace and the headquarters of the Department of State Services in the Asokoro District of Abuja in the past one hour, security sources and residents of the area said.…
We are in the process of another constitution making. If you agree, what’s your take on the arrangement?Let me correct the impression that we are in the process of another constitution making. The National Conference, as constituted by the President, lacks the capacity to draft a constitution to be submitted to the people for approval through a referendum. It doesn’t have the capacity, so it does not entail a constitution making at all. That is something we have to realise, arising from the nature and type of the conference as constituted or established by the President.The reason for this is that the conference is not established by virtue of any law enacted by the National