Following the envisaged mass defection by federal lawmakers to the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), as a fallout of last week’s dumping of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by four governors, the battle for the control of the House of Representatives may have begun.Daily Sun gathered that Speaker Aminu Tambuwal is under pressure to resign over fears that some of his colleagues, especially members of the PDP, who are not interested in defecting to APC, may pass a vote of no confidence in him as well as frustrate his leadership of the House.It was gathered that the lawmakers after Tambuwal would, among other reasons, accuse him of masterminding the insistence of $79 oil benchmark for 2014 budget projection.Sources revealed that some legislators who have enlisted in anti-Tambuwal project have been meeting and trying to enlist as many supporters as possible. It was gathered that they are working with some chieftains of the PDP.Daily Sun gathered that his supporters are also preparing to defend him, especially over the oil benchmark, since they have the support of governors of their states.The lawmakers are backed by their governors, who also encouraged and influenced them to support a $79 benchmark because of the cash crunch that lesser benchmark would cause the states. Many of the states are having financial problem owing to a drop in revenue allocation, which has made it impossible for them to pay salaries and meet other obligations.Meanwhile,
INDICATIONS emerged on Tuesday that all is not well within the leadership of the House of Representatives as some members are reportedly spoiling for war over an alleged largesse from the presidency to all members of the House, but was reportedly cornered by some members of the House leadership.Nigerian Tribune learnt that the largesse was meant to douse the tension in the House over the issue of crude oil benchmark for 2014 but some members of the House leadership reportedly cornered the largesse by allegedly shortchanging some members, while others did not even benefit at all.
YORUBA traditional rulers and leaders of thought, on Tuesday, in Ile-Ife, tasked President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the proposed national conference gives Nigeria and its people the much needed stability and peace.The Yoruba leaders, leaders of thought and other socio-cultural groups, including Afenifere, Afenifere Renewal Group, Yoruba World Assembly, Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Yoruba Council of Elders, Yoruba Unity Forum, among others, who converged on the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, submitted that the forthcoming national conference must provide strong platform which could guarantee peace and stability of the nation.After a closed door meeting, which lasted for almost five hours, the Yoruba obas in a 4-point communique signed by Yinka Odumakin, also appointed former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae and General Alani Akinrinade respectively as the chairman and secretary of the Yoruba Obas and Leaders of Thought.According to the communique, “the meeting encouraged President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that he midwifes a proper conference that would give Nigeria a structure conducive to stability, peace, unity and progress of all sections of the country.”It reads in part: “We commend the President for initiating the process towards the convocation of a national conference to address various
THE Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr Labaran Maku, has said that the ongoing armed confrontation between security forces and Boko Haram insurgents, was not a civil war.Maku, who is also the Minister of Information, said this in Abuja on Tuesday while fielding questions from journalists at a news conference to herald the Armed Forces Remembrance Day, 2014.The minister was reacting to the opinion of the International Criminal Court (ICC) that the ongoing armed confrontation between Nigeria and the Boko Haram was a civil war.“Nigeria is fighting a terror group,” Maku stressed.It is recalled that the ICC at The Hague, Netherlands, on Sunday said the conflict between the Boko Haram insurgents and Nigerian security forces was no less than a declaration of civil war.
by: Yusuf Alli, Air chief in BornoAPC governors to President: reassess your strategyMore fighter jets were deployed in Maiduguri, the troubled Borno State capital, yesterday as troops battled fleeing Boko Haram insurgents.As at press time last night, many insurgents had been killed in air raids but the casualty figure was unknown.The Defence Headquarters said ground troops were counting the dead.The Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Sabundu Badeh, relocated yesterday to Maiduguri to co-ordinate the assault against the insurgents, who stormed the city on Monday to attack the Air Force Base and the airport.Besides, a team raised by the Chief of Defence Staff, Admiral Ibrahim Ola Sa’ad, went on a stock-taking mission to Maiduguri.The team, which was led by the Director of Operations at the Defence Headquarters, Air Vice Marshal Psakr, also included the Director of
President Goodluck Jonathan left Abuja yesterday night for Germany enroute Paris, France, to
Umbrella body of Nigeria’s Islamic groups, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has demanded the release of Dr. Muhammad Nazif Yunus, a lecturer of Islamic Studies at Kogi State University, currently detained by Nigeria’s secret police for alleged membership of the Boko Haram terrorist sect. “JNI finds it imperative to call on the authorities concerned to revisit their position on that apparently innocent person and grant him his fundamental freedom,” Secretary General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, said today in a statement in Kaduna, a copy of which was made available to News Express. Belowis the text of the statement: “It came to us as both shocking and astonishing that Dr. Muhammad Nazif Yunus, the Director of Al-Bayan School and a lecturer of Islamic Studies with Kogi State University, was arrested in connection to Boko Haram allegations. On 29th October, 2013, operatives of the SSS raided and ransacked Sheikh Nazif’s house and took him away, and since then his where about was not known until after 22 consecutive days when the SSS paraded him, charging him of being ‘the spiritual leader and recruitment coordinator of a terrorist cell in Kogi State.’
The special adviser to the president on political affairs, Alhaji AhmedAliyu Gulak has declared that there is no alternative to President Goodluck Jonathan, threatening to resign his appointment if his boss refuses to make himself available for the presidential race. Gulak who spoke at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Unity Rally for President Jonathan…
After about nine months of investigation, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has cleared the impeached deputy governor of Imo State, Sir Jude Agbaso, of any wrong-doings and involvement in the N1.3 billion contract scam that rocked the state earlier in the year. Twenty three members of the 27-member Imo State House of Assembly impeached him on March 28, 2013 over his alleged indictment in the contract saga. Agbaso has been in court challenging the impeachment as well as his alleged indictment in the contract scandal. He was accused of demanding and receiving a bribe of N458 million from a firm, JPROS International Ltd., which was awarded the said controversial construction contract by the Imo State government. A letter signed by the commission’s Director of Operations, Olaolu Adegbite, dated November 27, 2013 with reference no CR: 3000/EFCC/ABJ/E.G/T4/VOL.14/252, which has been seen by Nigerian Tribune, showed that the investigation was at the instance of the impeached deputy governor.
FOLLOWING the Boko Haram attack on the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) base in Borno State, it has been revealed that military ambulance made seven trips taking corpses to undisclosed hospitals within Maiduguri. Fighting had erupted in the early hours of Monday at about 2.45 a.m between suspected members of Boko Haram insurgents and troops when the gunmen attacked the NAF base, also known as 79 Composite Group and burnt down three military helicopters. Although the media was denied entrance, when the state governor, Kashim Shettima, visited the base, credible sources told newsmen that the attack was the worst in recent times. It was also gathered that over 20 military men were killed at Pompomari outpost, NAF headquarters gate, Staff Quarters outpost, 333 Artillery regiment, 707/Airport while four innocent civilians on Kofa outskirts were also shot dead by insurgents.