The controversial letter by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, to President Goodluck Jonathan is causing a sharp division in the House of Representatives. Vanguard learnt that while lawmakers sympathetic to Jonathan wanted the letter to be formally tabled and discussed in plenary and to caution Obasanjo for disparaging the President, legislators opposed to Jonathan do not want the matter brought up.Findings showed that the letter by Obasanjo had rekindled the bitter feud between loyalists of Jonathan and those opposed to him in the House.A source told Vanguard that when the anti-Jonathan lawmakers heard that the letter might be discussed at plenary, they quickly mobilised to forestall the move, arguing that since the missive was from a former president to an incumbent, there was no need to dissipate energy on it since it was not officially addressed to them.
ABEOKUTA — Men of Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 45-year-old man, Pastor Daniel Samuel, for stabbing his wife over the later’s refusal to attend church activities. Daniel, an ApostolicChurch pastor, was reported to have used a cutlass to inflict a deep cut on his wife, Patience’s, neck in Owode-Egba in Ibafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State. Vanguard gathered that the offence of the 42-year-old Pastor’s wife was because she gave preference to her work over the church programmes. It was further gathered that shortly after the man attacked his wife with cutlass, he alerted the neighbours that his wife was matcheted by some unknown men, urging the people to help him take her to the hospital. But when the victim was taken to Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba in Abeokuta, because of the level of the injury, the doctor, insisted that the case should be reported to the Police as she commenced the treatment.
Seven more governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will join the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the first quarter of 2014,
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President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, warned those opposed to his administration, including former political allies trading allegations of his sponsorship of a terror squad that they were treading the path of treason. The strong word of caution from the President followed the call for his impeachment by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in which he also debunked the allegation of training a sniper squad raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. President Jonathan rebuked the APC for allegedly ganging up with Obasanjo against him. The demand for the president’s impeachment also drew mixed reactions. The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a sharp reaction flayed the APC, saying the opposition party’s real intention was to derail the country’s democracy, having
Nelson Mandela’s coffin has arrived in his childhood home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa, the final leg of its journey. Large numbers of people lined the roads in the rural region to pay their respects as the cortege passed by.
The former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has said that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has no moral right under the sun to criticize President Goodluck Jonathan . Speaking after receiving an award for Exemplary Leadership and Selfless Service by Greenfield Estate Community Development Area, Ago Palace Way, Okota, Lagos last Thursday, Ezeife said that Olusegun Obasanjo was guilty of every thing he accused Jonathan of in his controversial letter.Ezife who was Special Adviser to Obasanjo while in office said that he had read the letter and wondered why the former president should write such a missive to the president, saying whoever is going to equity must go with clean hands.He said that Obasanjo should be the last person to speak of honour saying he lacked same, as he himself promised General Ibrahim Babangida that he would do only one term and hand over to him, but reneged on it.He also said that because he did not support former president Obasanjo’s third term ambition, his house at Asokoro, Abuja was demolished.His words, “There must be something that Obasanjo wants Nigerians to know or to do for him, as everybody was surprised by the letter. I have spoken with a lot of people and they were all surprised. Obasanjo wanted third term .Why is he telling somebody not to go for a second term. Obasanjo said that one thousand people have been marked for elimination and that snipers are being trained.“Remember the high profile assassinations that happened while he was in power. He promised us electricity and the money earmarked for it went down the drain. So his talk on corruption and insecurity is neither here nor there because they did not start under Jonathan. It is a fact that nobody can defend the present administration against corruption.
Senator Chris Ngige, who was the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the November 16 Anambra State governorship election, has alleged that the federal government gave Governor Peter Obi of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) N8billion to prosecute the election won by the APGA candidate Chief Willie Obiano .Ngige claimed that the money…
Nigeria (zoo) belongs to the Northerners: Less than 24 hrs their Leaders called for probe, NSA demands Jonathan’s response
The National Assembly has said President Goodluck Jonathan must “comprehensively” address issues raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter to him (the President).The two chambers said this on Friday in their separate reactions to the controversial letter written by Obasanjo to Jonathan.But while there are indications that the House of Representatives would, this week, raise a motion on the letter, the Senate stated that it would wait for Jonathan’s response before taking any action.Obasanjo had in the 18-page letter accused Jonathan of condoning corruption and engaging in acts that were capable of destroying the country.The Chairman, Senate Committee on Rules and Business, Senator Ita Enang, in an interview with one of our correspondents on Friday in Abuja, said Jonathan should address the issues raised by Obasanjo in the letter in due time to avoid tension.He said, “The letter by Obasanjo touches on national security and all the issues raised therein cannot be ignored. President Jonathan has a duty of taking the issues raised in the letter, one after the other and explaining his side of the story to Nigerians”Enang was of the view that the legislature cannot take action on the letter until an appropriate response from the Presidency had been made.He said, “As it is, no legislative action can be taken unless the issue had been raised as a motion after appropriate responses had been made by the presidency in reaction to the allegation.”Also, the Minority Whip, who is also a prominent leader of the opposition in the Senate, Senator Ganiyu Solomon, admitted that the issues raised by Obasanjo were capable of heating up the polity and causing serious tension.He said, “All issues raised are very sensitive and germane. The Presidency cannot just dismiss the letter just like that. They should give full explanation. It is not a beer parlour talk.“Asking us to investigate it at the National Assembly level may not achieve the desired result. Any responsible government owes the citizenry the responsibility of letting the world know the true position of things.“The sensitive issues raised by Obasanjo are enough to make us to shiver as a nation.
In the buck passing in regard to the public concern about the growing spate of corruption in the country and failure of the dispensation to battle the scourge, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, blame the Jonathan administration for the irredeemable turn corruption has taken. He thinks that the fight against official graft has lost momentum due largely to the fact that President Goodluck Jonathan would rather set up committees to investigate corruption cases than refer them to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission—EFCC— for prompt action.He forgets to mention that there are several cases of corruption allegations referred to the Lamorde-led EFCC that have not seen the light of day. He forgets also to mention that the EFCC lawyers were whacking up cases referred to the commission, until some of them were found out and sacked. All the corruption cases investigated by the House Committees including those involving Hon. Farouk Lawan and Herman Hembe, to mention a few, that are yet to be satisfactorily and effectively disposed off are presumed to be Jonathan’s fault. Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole, was chased about like a common criminal right from the day he left office by the EFCC. What has become of the corruption case involving him? Perhaps, President Jonathan prevailed on the EFCC and the courts to drop all charges against Mr. Bankole. What about the rot in the judiciary—about allegations that some multi-million naira assets and fat bank accounts have been traced to some judges of the courts? What about allegations that members of the House do collect bribes from agencies of state to pass legislations, such as police budget and the Securities Exchange Commission’s Act, for instance? Are all these episodes of unresolved corruption issues to be blamed on the Executive arm of government headed by the Presidency?What about issues of criminal legislations initiated by the House of Reps under the leadership of Hon. Tambuwal, such as the ongoing attempt by the House to pass a bill authorizing members to operate foreign bank accounts; a move that has been described as a legislative strategy to legitimize money laundering? Is this also the fault of President Jonathan? Where and to whom will Aminu Tambuwal pass the buck of the corruption episodes in the legislature?What discerning minds have come to appreciate is not that Jonathan as President should usurp the powers and functions of agencies and organs of government in the bid to stamp out corruption from the body politic, but that incremental wrong doings overtime with an entrenched culture of impunity nurtured and nourished by the military has made corruption, in our time, to spiral out of control.
Terrified that Nigeria exits in fews days Baba OBJ Cries Out to Jonathan, Save Nigeria, Keep your Reply
As the Presidency prepares a reply to the 18-page letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to President Goodluck Jonathan on the state of the nation, indications emerged, yesterday, that the former leader was not expecting any reply but action from Jonathan.A competent source told Sunday Vanguard that Obasanjo was more interested in Jonathan addressing the core issues he raised in his letter rather than getting a reply to his damning missive, entitled, ‘Before it is too late’.The source, which also denied any breakfast meeting between Obasanjo and Jonathan in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, said the story was made up by those who tried to play down the importance of the former leader’s letter.The source said,”The truth of the matter is that former President Obasanjo is not expecting President Jonathan to reply him. Absolutely no. The President did not consider it needful to respond to previous letters privately written to him by the former head of state and he does not expect any reply to this one.“I can tell you that Obasanjo wrote the letter with the best intentions for Jonathan and Nigeria and what he wants from the President is courageous and timely actions to save Nigeria from the brink. That’s all.“Obasanjo will be a happy Nigerian if appropriate steps are taken by President Jonathan to address the burning issues of corruption and other challenges that threaten to bring this country down.“There is absolutely no reason to expect a reply from the Presidency when previous letters written to him were not even acknowledged.”It was however learnt, at the weekend, that presidential aides have drafted a response to Obasanjo’s letter.The response was said to be awaiting Jonathan’s approval.Asked to justify the breakfast parley between the former President and Jonathan in Kenya on the day the bromide of Obasanjo’s letter was feasted on by the media, the source said there was no meeting between the two leaders.