The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, has threatened to take President Goodluck Jonathan to court over
An Islamic cleric and a group under the aegis of Religious Equity Promotion Council… (REPC) have accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of championing an Islamic agenda in Nigeria just like the Egypt Muslim Brotherhood, explaining that that is why all the members of the Interim Executive Committee of the party are Muslims.In two separate a statements by the REPC’s Secretary General, Tanko Garba and Muslim cleric, Ambassador Yusuf Garba, they queried the rationale why almost all the members of the National Interim Executive Committee of APC and their presidential aspirants were mainly Muslims, “if not with the intention of Islamising Nigeria like the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.”According to the statement, “It is not out of the ordinary that the executive Interim committee of APC are Muslims. Does it mean that the APC would be the Nigeria version of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Party? Check out this, party leader for the North is General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) is a Muslim; the party leader for the South, Senator Bola Tinubu is also a Muslim. “The National Chairman of APC, Bisi Akande, is a Muslim; the Deputy National Chairman, Aminu Bello Masari, is a Muslim; the National Secretary of APC, Tijani Musa Tumsah; the Deputy National Secretary, Nasir el-Rufai and the National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, are all Muslims. “The National Treasurer of APC, Sadiya Umar Faruq; the National Financial Secretary, Shaibu Musa; the National Youth Leader, Abubakar Lado; the National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire the Deputy National Auditor, Bala Jubrin and the National Woman Leader, Sharia Ikeazor (Muslim Convert), are all Muslims.”Also, the members of the ex- officio members, the statement said, are mostly all Muslims, citing for instance that ex officio members, Muiru Muse and Yemi Sanusi, are all Muslims.
NEWS EXPRESS – The lid was this morning lifted on one of Nigeria’s best kept secrets: How the country’s successive presidents spend crude oil revenues at will and without accounting to anyone. A former insider at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja said that all it takes for a sitting President to get any amount he wants from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is to summon the corporation’s Group Managing Director (GMD) and ask him to go and bring the needed sum.According to Olusegun Adeniyi, who functioned as Special Adviser on Communications to late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, “If there is crisis in any state of the federation and there is need to mobilize resources for security agencies, the next thing you hear from whoever is the president of Nigeria is ‘call me the GMD’. If a leader of one of the ECOWAS countries visited and was genuflecting before our president about how rough things were for his country (and may be later behind closed doors, for himself), the instant instruction would be, ‘call me the GMD’. And I am aware that for several years (may be even now), the activities of the military Joint Task Force (JTF) were solely funded by the NNPC.”Mr. Adeniyi, who made the disclosure in ‘The Verdict’, his weekly column in ThisDay newspaper, said that “the problem of the NNPC predates President Jonathan though most critical observers believe that things have in recent time gone haywire.”As he sees it, “Given such a situation, how would the Federation Account that is essentially dependent on oil revenues but is jointly owned by the federal government, states and local governments balance?”
LEADERSHIP – Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has cleared the air on allegation that the Presidency may have forced him to commence pre-retirement leave from April 1, 2014, two months before his tenure is expected to expire.Sanusi who spoke during a meeting with staff of the apex bank…
Jonathan chronically incompetent to lead Nigeria – KwankwasoTHE PUNCH – Kano State Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso has said President Goodluck Jonathan is leading Nigeria towards disaster because he lacks courage and the competence to properly manage Nigeria’s affairs.The governor said this during a meeting with the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum, at the Government House in Kano, on Tuesday night.This was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Press and Public Affairs, Baba Dantiye, which was made available to The PUNCH on Wednesday.He quoted Kwankwaso as saying that despite advice and observations made by respected leaders from within and outside the country on how to put Nigeria on the right track, the Presidency had remained insensitive.Kwankwaso said, “When we met with the President, as Northern governors, he told us that the former US Secretary of State, Lady Clinton, told him that as President he had to look at the issue of the North very critically.“She noted that there was an imbalance in terms of patronage, appointments and sharing of resources.“He assured that he was looking at those comments and that was why he was delaying appointments into boards and so on.“Since that meeting, we have not seen anything or changes so it is my conclusion that the President lacks the capacity and courage to do the right thing.”The governor also accused the Jonathan administration of injustice for proposing N2bn for projects in the North-East as against the N111bn proposed for projects in the South-South and the South-East geo-political zones.He said it was sad that the federal budget was heavily tilted in favour of one section of the country while the other parts were wallowing in illiteracy, underdevelopment and misery.Kwankwaso noted that “We have had enough crises in this country and it is not right to plant seeds of crisis in the future.“Look at the North-East that was allocated N2bn in the current budget, N2bn is what Mr. President allocated to non-APC states for supporting him, while N111bn was allocated to the South-East and South-South. This is not close to fairness.”He explained that his position on current national issues was not premised on religion, ethnicity or sectionalism but stemmed from the desire to see that every Nigerian was treated without discrimination.
Bayelsa State Government has accused the Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi of being economical with the truth about the ownership of Soku oil wells.Amaechi had at several fora claimed that President Goodluck Jonathan used his position to secure the oil wells for his home state, Bayelsa State.But Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State faulted Amaechi, saying he was only using the oil wells issue to blackmail President Goodluck Jonathan.He warned that the oil wells should not be used to incite the Kalabaris in Rivers State against their Nembe kinsmen in Bayelsa.Dickson’s position was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, on Wednesday.Dickson added that the conflict on Soku had been settled by the Supreme Court, the National Boundary Commission and different presidential committees.He said, “The crux of the matter is whether the said oil wells which bear the name given by Shell are within Bayelsa or Rivers states according to the administrative map of Nigeria and other instruments for purposes of derivation.“Incidentally, Soku village in Rivers State is about 10km, as the crow flies from the flow station while the Oluasiri / Soku oil wells/ field is completely surrounded by various Oluasiri communities such as Etukekiri, Ijawkiri, Fredkiri, Adokonikiri etc all in Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.”He argued that Amaechi was aware that Soku was merely a name adopted by Shell, being its nearest operations base at the time, and not necessarily the location of the oil wells.He quoted chapter three of a report of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission dated August 2006, saying, “The Bayelsa/Imo/Abia state Governments complained that the naming of oil fields was often done arbitrarily without any regard to the culture and particular environment of the people where the wells or fields are located. This has given rise to wrong attribution by relevant agencies.”He referred Amaechi to a report of the General Mamman – Committee on the Soku oil field, which, according to him, recommended that the production from Soku Oil Field be attributed to Bayelsa State.
Renowned constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, on Wednesday reiterated his earlier call on President Goodluck Jonathan to be a hero by dropping presidential interest to enable him mobilize Nigerians for a proper national conference. Nwabueze, who is also the Head of Igbo Leaders of Thought said that his views on Jonathan shelving his 2015 presidential ambition has not changed. He stressed that the national conference will make more success if the president pays more attention to bringing about new Nigeria through the conference than pursing his troubled presidential ambition. He further disclosed that Igbo leaders have concluded plans to write President Goodluck Jonathan on their worries in the framework for the proposed National
The Peoples Democratic Party yesterday said that the revelations by some Islamic clerics indicate that the All Progressives Congress plans to impose Islamic agenda on Nigeria. The party therefore called on Nigerians to stand up and defend the unity of the nation and resist attempts by the opposition to destroy the nation’s common heritage as a people. The PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said that an Islamic cleric, Ambassador Yusuf Garba and the Religious Equity Promotion Council REPC, had exposed the plot by the APC to balkanise Nigeria along religious lines. It alleged that the party is planning to impose an Islamic agenda like the Egypt Muslim Brotherhood.
THE Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Wednesday, said Nigeria’s existence as an entity no longer legal, adding that it has expired. According to its national director of information, Uchenna Mmadu, in a document issued to newsmen on Wednesday, the group said the expiration of Nigeria as an entity was based on the expiration of the amalgamation of Southern and Northern protectorate by the then British colonial masters in 1914. Mmadu said the amalgamation by the British was to be experimented for 100 years, to know if it was going to work or not, adding that now, people of Southern and Northern Nigeria must come together to enter a new agreement under their own terms.
The chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, Senator Femi Okurounmu, yesterday, blasted the Professor Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo leaders of thought for criticising his committee’s report, accusing the group of pursuing personal agenda. Okunrounmu, who also stated that Nwabueze group clearly went beyond the bounds of decency and decorum by fabricating a report purely from their own imagination, describing the allegations against his committee as “wild, mendacious, obfuscatory and ill intentioned.” Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, Okurounmu said attempts to discredit the committee would not succeed because majority of Nigerians are enthusiastic about the proposed national dialogue.The Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought, led by Nwabueze, on Monday, in Enugu, expressed disapproval of the recommendations in the report of Presidential