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$1bn Loan For Counter-Insurgency Operation May Be Diverted For Elections – Falana

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Femi FalanaLagos lawyer and rights activist, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has expressed fear that the $1bn loan the Federal Government requested the National Assembly to approve so that it can purchase military hardware to effectively tackle the Boko Haram insurgency, may be diverted for the 2015 elections.

He said this at the weekend during a national symposium to commemorate the first memorial anniversary of late Pro-National Conference co-founder, Baba Omojola.

Falana said the nation’s military had been incapacitated by massive corruption and internal fraud within the system that saw trillions of naira meant for procurement of arms looted for lack of accountability.

He said, “The money that has been voted for defence of our dear country in the last five years is N4tn. This year alone, it is N968bn. The president has come back for a loan of $1bn which is about N177bn added to N968bn in one year. That is over a trillion naira. At the end of the day, our soldiers are being sent to the war front having no weapon to fight.

“As of yesterday, the $1bn has not been processed, so if we are not careful the money is going to be diverted to fund the forthcoming general elections”.

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who is the defence lawyer of some of the soldiers standing trial for acts of mutiny, said his interaction with the officers showed they were too ill equipped to face the superior firepower of the insurgents.

According to Falana, the Nigeria military, as presently constituted, could not liberate the country from the grip of the terrorists.

“As for the boys they accused of mutiny, when I spoke with them, they said, ‘oga, we are not guilty of mutiny. We want to fight and die for this country, but there is no equipment. They are asking us to face the Boko Haram sect that has sophisticated weapons. We are simply being asked to commit suicide and that is why we say we have the right to life. We don’t want to die cheaply’,” he added.

In his contribution to discussions at the forum, an activist, Dr Amos Akingba, noted that people kept asking the national question because Nigeria was not working.

Akingba blamed ethnicity and tribalism as the major destabilizing factor and called on Nigerians to come together to save the country.

The event was chaired by the Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition, Rear Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu (rtd).

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Saraki Leads PDP’s Nati youonal Reconciliation Panel

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 Saraki Leads PDP’s National Reconciliation Panel

Bukola Saraki

Former Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has been appointed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the chairman of its National Reconciliation Committee.

The committee made up of five other members is expected to work to resolve grievances and disagreements among party members across the country.

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This development was confirmed in a tweet late on Monday night by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Other members of the committee are former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Ayim; former Governors Liyel Imoke (Cross River), Ibrahim Dankwambo (Gombe), and Ibrahim Shema (Katsina); as well as former House Minority Leader, Mulikat Akande.

 

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Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023

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    Fashola: If We Keep Our Promises, APC Will Retain Power In 2023Babatunde Fashola

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has expressed optimism that Nigerians will still vote the All Progressives Congress (APC) back to power in 2023.

Fashola, however, added that the only thing that can make Nigerians not to vote for the APC is if the party fails to fulfill its campaign promises to them.

The Minister made this remark while speaking with journalists on Monday in Abuja.

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He noted that even if the promises are not 100% fulfilled but the citizens see signs of commitment and progress, other parties should forget about displacing APC in 2023.

The former Lagos State Governor added that opposition parties are not doing better than the APC, hence should not expect Nigerians to vote for them come 2023.

He said: “Some governors have joined us, from where we think we could not get voters before. To retain power in 2023, certainly if we keep our promises, people will vote for us. It is that simple, that is politics,” the former Lagos governor said.

“If you do what you say you will do, even if you don’t do hundred percent and they see that you are making progress, they will even want you to finish what you started.”

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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