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​Cows, dogs have more value than humans under Buhari – say’s Senator Mao Ohuabunwa



Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, representing Abia North District, has cried out over the destructive activities of herdsmen.
He said with the way the security threat was being treated, the APC Federal Government seemed to value the life of animals more than that of human beings.

Ohuabunwa spoke while commissioning a project at Nneato community of Umunneochi Local Government Area.

The lawmaker lamented the manner human beings were killed on daily basis by Fulani militia in Nigeria under the watch of APC government.

“Nigeria is so insecure today that we no longer talk of killings, but the number killed. We have lost value for human lives. In Nigeria under APC, cows and dogs have more value than human beings,” Senator Ohuabunwa said.

According to him, there was never a time in the history of Nigeria when “insecurity had gone as bad as it is today”.

He challenged the APC-led Federal Government to stop passing the bulk and take responsibility for its failure to secure lives and property of Nigerians.

To this end, he hinted that majority of APC senators had perfected plans to dump the party and defect to PDP, which he claimed would provide a better leadership to the country.

“I can tell you that APC senators are now playing more opposition than their PDP counterparts because they have lost faith in their party,” he noted.

“Very soon they will defect en-masse to PDP. They are only waiting for the right time to strike.

“They are ashamed of what to tell their constituents during campaign. Is it to tell them that their party brought hunger and allowed killings of innocent Nigerians? No, they are tired of the lies”, the Senator said.

Source: dailypost.ng

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​Ekweremadu, Dep Senate President petitions EU, US Congress over forgery allegations


Nigerian Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu » , has petitioned the European Union, US Congress and other foreign missions over his trial for allegedly forging Senate standing rules.

In a recent report by Nation Newspaper, the Deputy Senate President wrote the foreign missions on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

Other foreign missions copied in the petition include the United Nations, European Union Parliament, Governments of United States and United Kingdom.

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The report further revealed that Ekweremadu was moved to petition the foreign missions over what he described as attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy and “silence him as the leader and highest ranking member of the opposition in the country, all in the name of prosecuting an alleged forgery case.”

Ekweremadu pointed out that he wrote the international community, to decide whether or not the trial was justified, or just an act of political vendetta after it might have been perused.

The two-page petition, entitled: “Re: Trumped up charges against the presiding officers of the 8th Senate: Nigerian Democracy is in Grave Danger,” also had the PDP Senator attaching copies of the court summons and other relevant documents relating to the matter to his letter.

The Deputy Senate President also insisted that neither his name nor that of the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, featured in the petition filed by the aggrieved members of the Senate Unity Forum (SUF) or during the investigation of the petition by the police.

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Buhari “Call Attorney General to order or face our wrath,’ Senate warns President


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This is coming following the forgery allegation levelled against some of the principal officers of the Nigerian Senate led by Senator Bukola Saraki.

The 8th Nigerian Senate has warned ‘President Muhammadu Buhari » to call his Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, » to order’ or face its wrath.
This is coming following the forgery allegation levelled against some of the principal officers of the Nigerian Senate led by Senator Bukola Saraki » .

In a recent report by Daily Independent Newspaper, the upper legislative chamber stated emphatically that it was aware that the latest attempt to drag its presiding officers into another round of court case is an attempt at forcing a leadership change in the parliament.
In a statement by the Senate, the legislative arm insisted that the fresh charges are instigated by party leaders and the Attorney General.
“The Senate of the Federal Republic voted freely to elect its leadership into office and continuing attempts to change that leadership through the wanton abuse of judicial processes cannot stand in the eyes of the world.
“It is clear that the Attorney General and party leaders behind this action either lack the understanding of the underlining principles of constitutional democracy, the concept of Separation of Powers, checks and balances and parliamentary convention or they just simply do not care if the present democracy in the country survives or collapses in their blinded determination to get Saraki and Ekweremadu by all means necessary, including abuse of office and sacking the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Nigerian people have enough economic hardship at this time requiring the full attention and cooperation of the three arms of government, instead of these attempts to distract and politicise governance, ” the statement reads in part.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government slammed fresh forgery charges on the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu.
The two were accused of forging the 2015 Senate Standing Rules used in electing them to office.
The immediate past Clerk to the National Assembly, Salisu Maikasuwa, and his deputy Benedict Efeturi were also charged alongside Saraki and Ekweremadu.

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#NIGERIA CAN NOT PROGRESS UNLESS THOSE HOLDING #BIAFRANS DOWN RELINQUISH THEIR GRIP – EKWEREMADU


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The #DeputySenatePresident, Chief Ike Ekweremadu on Tuesday lamented that individuals in some parts of the country have over the years created some advantages for themselves to the detriment of other parts of the country, adding that this has made some people to be held down. Speaking while being interviewed in a programme on RayPower FM monitored by DAILY POST in Abuja, Ekweremadu warned that when somebody is held down; neither he nor the person holding him down will be able to make any progress.
He, therefore, called on those who have created advantages for themselves to shelve such and support the creation of an advantage that is all encompassing and would benefit every segment of the country, stressing that that is when the country will be able to make progress.

His words: “Over the years, some parts of the country, individuals have had some advantages which they created for themselves and they are keeping those advantages to the detriment of the country and to the detriment of others.
“What that means is that some people are being kept down but you see, as they say, if you are keeping someone down, you are not going to move. That is what is happening to our country.

“Some people are keeping us down and they are remaining there, all of us are remaining there. So, the earlier we realize that we need to stand up so all of us can move, both the man you are holding down and you that is holding him down, everybody can make progress. Unless we do that, we are not going to make progress.
“So, those advantages we think we have, we need to shelve them, let us have an advantage that is all encompassing; that involves every segment of this country; all part of this country. When that advantage is entrenched in the system, I think we would make a better progress.”
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Nigerian Senate to launch Transparency and Delivery Commission


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In line with the Legislative Agenda approved by the Senate, the President of the Senate today has announced the intention of the Senate to inaugurate an independent Transparency and Delivery Commission to review and improve the oversight systems and tools of the Senate.
The Commission will be led by a working group consisting of a world leading research institution and a partner institute in Nigeria and will be advised by an internationally acclaimed anti-corruption expert.
The independent Commission will work closely with the Senateand the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption & Financial Crimes to draw up a robust oversight scheme and strengthen the internal structuring and capacity of the National Assembly to fulfil its role as an anti-corruption institution.
The Commission’s work will be two-fold. Initially it willconcentrate on analysing the processes and tools by which the Senate and the National Assembly in general can, using its legislative remit, assist the anti-corruption agenda of President Buhari and more specifically strengthen the institutions through legislative reforms.
The following medium-term goal is to then deliver recommendations for better ways of working within the Senate and to ensure that it meets the highest global standards includingthe newly announced Commonwealth Secretariat anti-corruption ‘kitemark’ system.
Specifically, the group will:
1. Map out how the Senate could use its oversight tools to actas a catalyst for greater transparency and anti-corruption in other parts of the Nigerian state both at the Federal and State Levels.
2. Assess how the Nigerian Senate functions as a scrutiny and policy making body and how it can improve in this role
3. Undertake a review of the mechanisms of the Nigerian senate and identify areas for improvement in senate efficiency in implementing its legislative agenda and itsanti-corruption capacity.
4. Look at international and regional examples of best practice – such as the Commonwealth Secretariat ‘kitemark’ – and suggest tangible reforms the Nigeria Senate could implement to improve transparency and the policy delivery process internally and across government.
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