Second Republic governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa has accused President Goodluck Jonathan of undermining the nation’s anti-corruption crusade with his seeming protection of the embattled Minister of Aviation, Princess Stella Oduah, who is under the spotlight for her alleged involvement in the purchase of two bulletproof cars at the cost of N255 million.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to mark his 77th birthday at his Kaduna residence yesterday, Musa said that the President’s trip to Israel in company of Ms. Oduah and the National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), who is a member of the three-man administrative panel set-up to investigate the allegation, was a clear indication that Mr. Jonathan was not interested in unraveling the mystery behind the purchase of the vehicles.
Looking disappointed, the former governor said that despite the allegations against the minister, the President still included her on his delegation to Israel in company of the NSA.
He said “we believe that this was done to pave way for negotiations to take place so that she can be left off the hook. Why should the President travel with her and the NSA? Could he not have gone with another person? Tafawa Balewa and other past leaders would not have done that.
“Why should the President of a country fighting corruption behave in such a way to suggest a cover-up in this case involving Stella Oduah? Whoever appears to cover up a corrupt person is himself corruptible. This is suggestive of the fact that the government has practically insinuated that the fight against corruption is a hoarse”.
Musa, who was leader of the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP), a coalition of opposition parties, however, said that for the nation to get out of the woods, leaders must learn to make public interest their cardinal objective rather than personal interest which has become the order of public service in the country today.
According to him, in today’s Nigeria, “we are led by thieves, except for a few who are still honest”.
He noted that anybody who is a councillor or legislator, governor or President ends up serving self and becoming the richest person in the constituency that elected him.
“The situation today is such that we have leaders who are really thieves and if you doubt it, let me remind you that anybody who is able to become a councillor in Nigeria or a member of a state House of Assembly or Senate, governor or president ends up serving himself to the extent that he becomes the richest in his constituency”.
“A councillor in most parts of Nigeria is the richest person in his ward. The president in Nigeria, whoever he is, will be the richest in the country by the time he leaves office even if he is the son of a grass cutter hunter. This means that truly the leaders in Nigeria are thieves,” he said.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
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Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.
Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.
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