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The Senate summons Nigerian President, Buhari Muhammadu


President Muhammadu Buhari is to testify on his administration’s response to clashes between herdsmen and farmers in the central states of the country. Nigerian Senate’s lower house invited the president to discuss the clashes between semi-nomadic herdsmen and settled farmers in central states, which have resulted in hundreds of deaths.

On Thursday, the Senate summoned the president to testify in front of the entire parliamentary body, especially in view of his intention to run for the presidency in the next election, set to take place in less than a year. President Buhari is also dealing with the backlash from Nigerians concerning an alleged spend without the senate’s appropriation. Speculations across the local news media suggests that the president may refuse to appear before the Senate.

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​Military takeover: Millions of Igbo youths will defend Ekweremadu – Ohanaeze NEWS



The Ohanaeze Youth Council, OYC, has warned that any attempt to intimidate the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu over his recent comments on ‘military take over of government’ would be resisted by the Igbo youths.

DAILY POST recalls that Ekweremadu had at Senate plenary cautioned that Nigerians should be careful not to undermine democratic principles as it was still possible for the military to capitalize on that..

However, his comments did not go down well with the military authorities, who immediately issued a reprimand.

In a statement issued Tuesday, signed by the OYC President General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, he said Igbo youths would defend Ekweremadu against any form of intimidation.

He said, “We have followed with keen interest the controversies that have so far trailed a very honest statement made by the Distinguished President of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu on the floor of the Senate.

“Without mincing words, all honest men and women in the country cannot feign ignorance over various abuses of the country’s laws by governments at various levels.

“Suffice it to say, therefore, that Ekweremadu merely stated the obvious by cautioning Nigerians not to take our much cherished democracy for granted.

“However, it is quite shocking that some enemies of democracy, the same kind of people Ekweremadu talked about have so misinterpreted his comments to mean that he is calling for a coup. What could be farther from the truth. Some mischief makers have even gone to the extent of falling for his arrest.

“We, therefore, warn sternly that Igbo youths will not sit and watch some idle minds disparage Ekweremadu for no just cause.

“For those calling for his arrest, they should be prepared to arrest him alongside millions of Igbo youths who are ready to defend him.

“Any attempt to harass, prosecute, Ekweremadu will lead to a civil disturbance that will have no control.

“Ekweremadu is a law abiding Senator, who chooses his words very carefully; those calling for his arrest should channel such energy towards resolving the crisis in Benue and other parts of the middle belt.

“From this hour onwards, the Ohanaeze Youths in their millions will be guarding Ekweremadu; so, before they will touch him, they should first of all be prepared to take along millions of Igbo youths.”

He called on Ekweremadu to be calm, stressing “we are solidly behind him; he should remember that millions of Ohanaeze youths behind him are more than those against him.”

IPC warns Nigerian Senate against passing a bill which prescribes death sentence for hate speech


A media watch group has warned the Nigerian Senate against going ahead with the passage of a bill before it, which prescribes death sentence for ‘hate speech’, saying that it would crush the right of Nigerians to freedom of expression as guaranteed by the constitution of the country.

The bill was sponsored by the spokesman of the upper chamber, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi (APC, Niger).

In a statement signed by the Chairman of International Press Centre (IPC) in Lagos, Lanre Arogundade, advised the national assembly to convene a meeting with stakeholders to determine what could be regarded as hate speech.

He said: “A draconian law that hallmarks dictatorship cannot be the solution to hate speech in a democratic society. What the country needs today is engagement by multiple stakeholders to determine what actually constitutes hate speech and agree on effective measures for dealing with such.

“Much as we do not welcome hate speech, we do not also welcome a law that would gag citizens and deny the public the right to know.”

Arogundade, who is a veteran journalist, similarly called on the Department of State Services (DSS) to release Tony Ezimakor, a journalist, who has been in its detention since last Wednesday.

While affirming the illegality of continuous detention of Ezimakor, Arogundade asked the DSS to charge him to court if they are convinced he has acted against the law.

He said: “The DSS should immediately charge Mr. Ezimakor to court if the agency is convinced that he has committed any offence known to the law of the country.”

Source: nigerianwatch.com

​Buhari, ‘President planning to imprison Saraki, Ekweremadu,’ Senate alleges



Saraki and Ekweremadu have been accused of forging the 2015 Senate Standing Rules are set to appear before the Abuja Federal High Court today, June 20, 2016.

The Nigerian Senate has accused the Federal Government of plotting to imprison Senate President » , Bukola Saraki and his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu.

The Senate made the comment in reaction to charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery levelled against the duo.

The remarks of the upper legislative chamber were contained in a statement released by spokesman, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi on Sunday, June 19, 2016.

The statement reads in part

“… We are compelled to alert the good people of Nigeria and the international community, that our democracy is in danger.”

“We are in a state of economic emergency such that what the National Assembly needs at this time are executive bills and proposals aimed at resolving the crises of unemployment, currency depreciation, inflation, crime and insecurity.

“Instead, we are getting hostile actions aimed at destabilising the National Assembly, distracting Senators from their oversight functions and ensuring good and accountable governance.

“Or how does one interpret a move in which the two presiding officers are being set up to be remanded in Kuje Prison or incapacitated from sitting at plenary through a day-to-day trial on a matter that is purely an internal affair of the Senate.

“The Rules of the Senate and how the institution elects its leadership are internal affairs. It has always been so since 1999. After the inauguration of the Senate, if Senators have objections to any part of the Rules, they can follow the procedure for changing it.

“Senators of the Eighth Senate have no control on the rules applied in the elections of June 9, 2015 because until after their inauguration, they were only Senators-elect and therefore mere bystanders in the affairs of the Senate.”

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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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Photos: Saraki receives RescueOurGirlsNow advocates, pledges senate’s support to stop gender abuse


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As part of advocacy to protect the female
gender and young children against abuses,
discriminations, violence and other violations,
the Women Arise team led by Dr. Joe Okei-

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Odumakin on Thursday took the advocacy to
the Senate leadership.
The group on Thursday visited the National
Assembly with the campaign to rescue the
schoolgirls who were abducted by the Boko
Haram terrorists at Chibok, Borno State on April
14th, 2014.

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At the visit, the Women Arise circulated
her new document which is created to serve
as policy guidelines for prevention and handling
of cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

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The
organization created the policy guidelines with
the support of Ford Foundation to serve as
policy framework in the bid to curb the rising
spate of violence against women and young
persons
The team was received at the National
Assembly by the leaders of Nigeria’s Senate.
The President of Nigeria’s Senate, by Dr.
Bukola Saraki who led the senators promised to
work with Women Arise on the advocacy to end
gender abuse and other forms of violence a
affecting young persons in the country.

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Thursday being the 2nd year since abduction of
the Chibok Girls, the Women Arise team also
increased campaign for rescue of the Chibok
Girls. The senators joined the advocacy and
promised that the Federal Government is
increasing efforts to ensure the rescue of the
abducted schoolgirls.

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