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Shettima Led Northern Delegation To Seek Loan From Saudi Without FG Permission – El-Rufai

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Kashim Shettima

Following condemnations of a trip by northern governors to Saudi Arabia to ask for loans, Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El Rufai, yesterday said he did not lead the delegation of the governors to Saudi Arabia as alleged.

The delegation, according to reports, negotiated for a multi-billion dollar loan with the Islamic Development Bank of Jedda this month without seeking the approval of the federal government in line with the constitution.

Speaking through his spokesman, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, Gov. el-Rufai, in response to Vanguard’s inquiry on the matter said: “Your best contact on this matter is the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shetima. He is the Chairman of Northern State’s Governors’ Forum who also led the delegation.”

Senator representing Kaduna central Shehu Sani had recently condemned the governors’ action, saying it was unconstitutional.

“The action of the governors runs contrary to the relevant provisions of the act that clearly and unambiguously rest the exclusive right to borrow externally on the federal government,” Sani said.

“The Debt management office act 2003, section 21 and external borrowing guidelines, 2008-2012, paragraph 2.1 clearly states that any government or its agencies can only obtain external loan through the federal government and such loans must be supported by federal government guarantee. The act is explicitly clear that no state, local government or federal agency shall on its own borrow externally.

“Governors of the northern states cannot just jet out to Saudi Arabia to solicit or collect loans without following the due process of law. The law further states that state governments and their agencies wishing to obtain external loans shall obtain federal government approval in principle from the federal Ministry 11of Finance. This is the provisions of paragraph 2:2 (II) of the external borrowing guidelines

“In addition to the above, paragraph 2.2 (v) of the same guideline succinctly declares that all external borrowing proposals of the governments and their agencies for the next fiscal year must be submitted not later than 90 days preceding the year to the minister of finance for incorporation into the public sector external borrowing program for the coming year.

“Paragraph 2:2 (vii) demands that borrowing proposal must be submitted to the federal ministry of finance and the Debt Management office for consideration,” Sani pointed out.

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  1. Okoro akalu

    February 14, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Yes Nigeria is their property, after all Brother is our President,Mr Buhari. Hausa meeon, Nigeria is you in your hands we know what your come for when finish you will go, but don’t bring rest of Alkidah to join Bokoharam to finish the remaining of us Governors money borrowers.

  2. Okoro akalu

    February 14, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Yes Nigeria is their property, after all their Brother is our President,Mr Buhari. Hausa meeon!, Nigeria is in your hands we know what your come for when you finish you will go, but don’t bring the rest of Alkidah to join Bokoharam to finish the remaining of us Governors money borrowers. Hungry wolves!

  3. Okoro akalu

    February 14, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Yes Nigeria is their property, after all their Brother is our President,Mr Buhari. Hausa meeon!, Nigeria is in your hands we know what you come for when you finish you will go, but don’t bring the rest of Alkidah to join Bokoharam to finish the remaining of us Governors money borrowers. Hungry wolves!

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

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.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

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.

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

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.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“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.

 

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

Governor Bello

The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

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.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

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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