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Recession: PDP Senator, Sam Egwu Backs Buhari’s Request For Emergency Powers



Sam EgwuA former governor of Ebonyi State, Sam Egwu, has supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for emergency economic powers.

Mr. Egwu, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senator representing Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone, said such powers should however be temporary to enable the National Assembly come up with a permanent solution through a bill that would remove the “bottlenecks” that may delay executive policies.

He made this known while speaking to reporters at his Umuebe home in Ohaukwu Local Government, Area of Ebonyi state on Monday.

“In the National Assembly, I have set up a proposal and I think I don’t know much about the president’s proposal; the little I read about it is power on virement on the issue of procurement and as former Minister of Education, I am aware that the process of procurement takes lot of time”, he said.

“There is no reason why in trying to embark on project, you spent three months trying to process it, you must go through a number of processes and at the end of the day the project is suffering. So, that aspect has to be fixed and when the president approaches the National Assembly on the emergency powers to tackle this, I will support him because I like to look at things objectively.

“We have come up with a bill in the house aimed at removing these bottlenecks and I think it should be a more permanent solution while the powers being sought by the president should be a temporary one until the bill has been passed. So I will support that aspect”.

The former governor blamed the economic recession being experienced in the country on the recklessness of past leaders on economic matters, with the populace also being culpable.

“The country imported virtually every item without paying attention to production with the populace having the wrong notion that all locally-made goods are inferior”, he said.

On the “budget padding” scandal rocking the House of Representatives, Senator Egwu described the former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumini Jibrin, as an “attention-seeker”.

According to the senator, Jibrin chose the wrong time to complain about the irregularities surrounding the 2016 budget.

He wondered why the Kano federal lawmaker spoke out only after he had been booted out of office as chairman of the appropriations committee.

“Jibrin could have made the allegation long ago, as I’m aware that many legislators wanted to belong to the appropriations committees of both arms of the National Assembly”, Mr. Egwu said.

“We all heard of issues of budget padding which among other things, gave rise to the controversies surrounding the 2016 budget”, he said.

It would be recalled that Mr. Jibrin accused the Speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara, and other leaders, of inserting fake projects worth billions of naira into the 2016 budget.

But Mr. Egwu said before Mr. Jibrin’s allegation came up, legislators who belonged to the appropriation committees had alleged that the former chairman was the cause of the problems experienced in passing the budget.

“The legislators even alleged that Jibrin hijacked the budget appropriation process and handled the whole process and executed its activities alone.

“One can then ask why he is shouting now as he should be among those that should be investigated having been part of the process from the beginning”, he said.


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



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


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



Gov Yahaya Bello
#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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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina



Why Buhari has travelled to the UK again - Femi Adesina
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

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.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

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.

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