Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has berated critics of the lower chamber over numerous investigations it undertakes, saying the probes are based on petitions from the public and outcomes of routine oversight functions by members.
He, however, assured that the day the country is free of corruption, Nigerians will no longer hear of investigations and probes.
This is just as Speaker Tambuwal announced the setting up of a six-man harmonisation committee, headed by the chairman of Finance Committee, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, to liaise with the Senate to produce a uniform copy of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).
Tambuwal made this known yesterday while declaring open a public hearing organised by the House Committee on Banking and Currency to investigate allegations of unwholesome practices in Union Bank under the management of Mrs Funke Osibodu.
“I have heard comments from certain sections of the public decrying the incessant investigations and probes by the House of Representatives and indeed by the National Assembly. Let me hasten to say that we do not manufacture allegations in aid of probes and investigations; rather, these arise out of our routine oversight duties and written petitions from members of the public”, Tambuwal, who was represented by deputy leader of the House, Hon Leo Ogor said.
He added, “the day we rid the country of corruption and impunity, you will from that day, hear no more of probes and investigations”.
Facing members of the committee, Tambuwal charged them to live above board in carrying out the investigation, stating that the House “will not hesitate to take decisive measures where the need arises to protect its integrity as an institution”.
On the allegations being investigated, Tambuwal said it was of “serious public concern that in the course of corrective measures, allegations should arise regarding mismanagement on the part of persons entrusted with the mandate of a corrective regime”.
He, however, added that they remain allegations until the probe proves otherwise after fair hearing is granted to all parties involved to state their positions.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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