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Senate Approves Life Allowances for Buhari, IBB, Obasanjo, Others

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Former Presidents, heads of the federal legislature, former Chief Justices, and all former military leaders are to be paid allowances for life, the Senate decided on Wednesday, in a radical amendment of the law that also puts a smile on the faces of serving public officers.

The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) was mandated to set the new package for former Heads of State Yakubu Gowon, Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Babangida, and Abdulsalami Abubakar.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo will benefit too, likewise former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Senate Presidents Anyim Pius Anyim, Adolphus Wabara, Ken Nnamani, and their former Deputies; former House of Representative Speakers, and their former Deputies.

Senate President David Mark is in, along with his Deputy, Ike Ekweremadu; Speaker Dimeji Bankole, his Deputy, Usman Nafada, and former and current Chief Justices.

And the perks are to be enjoyed by the spouses and children of the late President Nnamdi Azikiwe, the late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, the late Heads of State Murtala Mohammed and Sani Abacha, as well as by those of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

The Bill was read for the first time on September 17, 2008.

It scaled Second Reading on May 27 last year, and was referred to the Committee on National Planning, Economic Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (chaired by Zainab Kure) for further action.

In the conference report Kure presented on Wednesday, the Senate Amended Section 84 (1-5) of the Constitution to provide for annual allowances for former Presidents, Vice Presidents, Heads of Government, Prime Minister, Senate Presidents and House of Representatives Speaker and Deputy Speaker.

A proposal to include Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly was rejected.

The Bill stipulates that former Presidents and former Vice Presidents shall “be paid such amount as shall be recommended from time to time by the RMAFC and approved by the National Assembly (NASS) as upkeep allowance in addition to the pension entitlement under the Constitution. ”

They shall be “entitled to the perquisites of the office as shall be recommended by the RMAFC.”

Former Senate Presidents, former Speakers and their Deputies shall be “paid an up keep allowance from time to time as recommended by the RMAFC and approved by the NASS.”

They are also entitled to the perquisites of office as recommended from time to time by the RMAFC.

An amendment of Sub-section 2 (1) says: “The members of the families of deceased former Presidents and Vice Presidents shall be entitled to annual payments as shall be recommended by the RMAFC and approved by the (NASS) and in a manner as shall also be prescribed by the (NASS).”

The allowances specified in Sub-section 1 shall be applied for the up keep of the spouse and education of the children of deceased former Presidents and deceased former Vice Presidents up to university graduate level or its equivalent.

Sub-section 3 explains that, “For the avoidance of doubt, the allowance specified in sub-section 1 shall cease upon the death of the last spouse of the office holder.”

All the allowances shall be incorporated in the annual budget of the Federal Government which shall make provision for their remuneration.

In the initial amendment done by the Senate, Section 84 (5) restricted payment to only elected former Presidents and Vice Presidents.

During debate on the Bill, Mark (former Communications Minister and military Governor of Niger State), had backed the exclusion of his former military colleagues from benefiting from the package.

“This is to discourage other ways of getting into power through unconstitutional means; the only way recognised by the Constitution is through the ballot box and not through the barrel of the gun,” he had argued.
Source: Daily Independent – www.independentngonline.com

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  1. paul vyvan

    November 5, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    Talk of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer!!when retired employees of Nigerian Airways are yet to b paid some folks lyk OBJ wuld get paid for lyf for messing up the labour of our heroes past and the future of generations unborn..TABOO!

  2. OLA DUROJAYE

    November 6, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    A CASE OF INSENSITIVITY, OF GREED, LAZINESS AND OVER-DEPENDENCE ON THE NATION’S PURSE EVEN TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE MILLIONS OF NIGERIAN MASSES. WHILE IN OFFICE, LOOTING SPREE, OUT OF OFFICE, THEY STILL CONTINUE TO AMASS WEALTH UNDULY EVEN WHEN THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN RECYCLED OVER AND OVER. for sure a new set of selfless leaders will emerge sooner than we think that will put all this in their proper place— THE THRASH BIN.

  3. Tijjani Bilyaminu

    November 6, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    This is Good I pray that fraudlent mind should be reduce God bless Nigeria

  4. paul vyvan

    November 6, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    @tijjani.i dont intend running a battle of comments with u with regards 2 d issue in discuss bt culd u indulge me 4da about wat is gud in paying SOME inhibitors of our fatherland 4 lyf when if there is a nxt lyf these evil genuis and baba iyabos wuld stil continue 2 enjoy their loot.haba oga tijjani i dont c anyting gud about it..if they dont know wat 2 do with tax payers money let them use it 2 alleviate d poverty of d common man

  5. ADEGOKE YUSUF

    November 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm

    May Almight save and protect us in this our dear country NIGERIA,sometime i just wonder may be the mercy of ALMIGHT is with us in this our country?Cos if really we do am sure GOD would have destroyed all our so called leaders,imagine after serious looting in public office then they decided to make a big life allowance for themselves and in this same country youths that just finished tertiary institution are paid #9775.00 and they want this youths not to be corrupt and should all be prudent,well GOD that created us is watching,nemesis will descend on them all and their family,THEY CAN NEVER ESCAPE IT,IT ONLY A MATTER OF TIME,SOON SHALL THEY SEE THAT WHICH BREAKS INTO PIECES,WHAT THEN MAKE THEM KNOW THAT BREAKS INTO PIECES?IT IS THE FIRE THAT KINDLES TO BLAZE IN A FAR BOTTOMLESS PIT….SEE YOU NO MORE…….

  6. paul vyvan

    November 8, 2010 at 9:52 am

    Amen!!but Allah does’nt think lyk us dat not withstanding may d devil punish dem and if there intention is 2 make our unborn generation slaves 2 their unborn generation may their generation neva come 2 b.

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Femi Otedola Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting

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Femi Otedola Finally Reacts To Lekki Tollgate Shooting
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Nigerian businessman, Femi Otedola has finally reacted to the shooting that took place at Lekki Tollgate, Lagos on Tuesday.

Information Nigeria recalls men dressed in military wears opened fire on unarmed #EndSARS protesters, who convened at the area.

Otedola took to his Instagram page on Sunday to commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate incident.

Sharing a photo of the Nigerian flag, he wrote;

“The horrors that have been unfolding in our country have left me filled with sadness. I deeply commiserate with those who have lost their loved ones and as a father, I share the sentiment of my three daughters who protested in Lagos and London. As a young boy of 16, I participated in the ‘Ali Must Go Protest’ of 1978, so I understand the determination of our youths who rightly want our country to be better. We must all do our part to make Nigeria great! I will continue to do my own quota in providing for those who are most in need of support in our country in these tough times .…F.Ote💲”

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” – Brother Claims

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“Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet, He Was Stabbed By Thugs” - Brother Claims
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Information Nigeria recalls a graphics designer identified as Oke, was killed hours after tweeting “Nigeria will not kill me” on Wednesday.

It was reported that the young man had passed away after he was hit by a stray bullet.

The deceased’s younger brother, Daniel has come out to clear the air regarding the circumstances leading to his death.

Daniel revealed his brother was stabbed on the neck by thugs who infiltrated and ransacked their home.

In his words;

Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze @O_Okee . I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State.

Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning the police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house.

 The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing this they set their sights to the barracks and began the assault, they proceeded to destroy every car in the barracks, my mom’s 2 cars where destroyed and set on fire and then they infiltrated our house by breaking the door they then proceeded to ransack the house and carted away with everything we own. 

 my brother on trying to get them to take everything but spare us was pushed to my mom’s room and stabbed on the neck, the attacker then proceeded to attack me but missed my neck but got my chin instead, after this my mom and I carried my brothers body to the entrance of the station soliciting for help from the thugs still ravaging the barracks, we were finally able to put him in a wheelbarrow and took him to a hospital where he was rejected because “he was already dead” unfazed we moved him to another hospital where he met the same treatment this was where he bled his last drops of blood and died, his body has now been moved to a morgue

we have lost every single thing we own, as our house was completely ransacked and set on fire the only thing left is my brothers phone and at about 8 o’clock this evening the barracks was still on fire but Okechukwu has paid with the ultimate price

I and my mother are homeless with nothing now but we’re safe for now, we thank everyone that has been able to reach out to us, and were able to share consoling words with us in these trying times, God bless you

While we were holed up in the house the three of us said these words together and we say it again ” THREE OF US ARE HERE, THREE OF US ARE TOGETHER, THREE OF US ARE SAFE”

Let it be known that my brother @O_Okee  was NOT killed by a police bullet but died a hero protecting my mother and I.

If you see this please retweet, let the world know how Okechukwu died. He was NOT killed by a police bullet but thugs in his home!”

Read Also: RIP Oke: Barely 3hours After Tweeting “Nigeria Will Not End Me” #EndSARS Protester Dies From Gunshot

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Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

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Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)

Youths Burn Down Gov Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.

This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.

Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.

Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured

Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.

However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.

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