President Goodluck Jonathan once again in faraway Windhoek, Namibia, reiterated his position that the issue of corruption in Nigeria had been blown out of proportion and the development was already battering the country’s image.
Speaking at a meeting with the Nigerian community in Namibia held at the Country Club, Windhoek on Thursday, the Nigerian president said, “corruption is everywhere” but it is over-celebrated in the country to the extent that the nation and its people were being stigmatized.
Jonathan, who is on a two-day state visit to Namibia, stressed that while his administration would not condone corruption, wielding the big stick would also not provide a solution to the menace.
He said in fighting corruption, government had continued to strengthen the relevant institutions in nipping the menace in the bud.
President Jonathan, in lending credence to this line of argument, said despite the enactment of decrees and relevant laws stipulating capital punishment for armed robbery, the menace had not stopped.
He, therefore, called on every Nigerian to resolve to do the right thing and support the government in its efforts at building a new Nigeria.
He assured the people that if all hands were put on deck and the citizens cooperated with the government, the nation would be completely transformed in the next 10 years.
“The green passport should be a symbol of honour, respect and dignity, not humiliation”, he said.
He stressed that Nigeria was a great country and with certain definite steps the administration was taking, it would take its rightful position on the world stage.
The president also assured the gathering that with all the political tension being created by the opposition in the country, he would not play politics with the development of the nation.
Ondo Election: Jegede Files Petition Against Akeredolu’s Victory
Jegede, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, filed a petition at the election petition tribunal sitting in Akure on Friday.
The PDP candidate has also joined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the All Progressives Congress, and the deputy governor-elect, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, in the petition.
Jegede is challenging the election on four grounds including “That the election was marred by irregularities and pockets of violence and intimidation”.
He also faulted the emergence of Governor Akeredolu as the candidate of the APC during its governorship primary election held on the 20th of July 2020.
AlphaBeta’s Collection Of $19m Monthly Revenue In Lagos Sacrilegious, Says Bode George
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Bode George has described the collection of internally generated revenue in Lagos state by a private firm called AlphaBeta, which earns around N7.5bn ($19 million) monthly as sacrilegious.
The former National Port Authority (NPA) called on the state government to block all forms of revenue leakages.
He made this known while speaking on Arise TV on Friday morning.
“There are so many leakages in the Lagos State Government purse. Take this AlphaBeta; who owns this AlphaBeta? What is the essence of the AlphaBeta? Where else in the world would you have an Inland Revenue Service, who have their own staff who are supposed to go out and collect the fees, but you have an independent company to be supposedly collecting the internally generated revenue from our state?
“It grosses around N50bn (about $130m) a month and you know how much that company (AlphaBeta) is paid 15% of it, that’s N7.5bn in thirty days going to the company, that is a leakage, that is sacrilegious.”
Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.
Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.
The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.
Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.
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