The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami has debunked the reports making the rounds that he disowned acting president Yemi Osinbajo over his statement that the Senate has no powers to confirm some nominees appointed by the presidency.
Malami in a statement said the president, and in this case, the acting president, is the presidency and therefore cannot be disowned by the presidency.
He said all matters relating to presidential appointments and nominations were strictly matters for the presidency to handle. ”They are not for the Federal Executive Council,” he added.
The AGF appealed to the media to take seriously its responsibility to inform the public honestly and accurately and refrain from distorting or sensationalizing the news, and to seek clarification when in doubt.
Read Malami’s full statement below:
RESPONSE TO DISTORTED REPORTING BY SOME MEDIA ORGANISATIONS ON PROCEEDINGS OF FEDERAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (FEC) PRESS BRIEFING
It has come to my notice that a number of media organisations have been distorting and misreporting the proceedings of yesterday’s (July 5, 2017) Federal Executive Council (FEC) press briefing, and suggesting that the Presidency ‘disowned’ the Acting President on a matter relating to a presidential nomination.
As the Chief Law Officer of the Federation, I would like to make it categorically clear that:
1.The President – and in this case the Acting President – is the Presidency, and therefore cannot be disowned by the Presidency.
2.All matters relating to Presidential Appointments and Nominations are strictly a matter for the Presidency to handle. They are not for the Federal Executive Council, and are therefore not discussed at FEC level. This was the point I made yesterday at the press briefing, and which was unfortunately distorted by the media.
I would like to appeal to the media to take seriously its responsibility to inform the public honestly and accurately, to refrain from distorting or sensationalizing the news, and to seek clarification when in doubt.
Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
July 6, 2017
Source: ( PM News )
We Deliberately Shut Down Refineries – NNPC GMD
The Group Managing Director of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mele Kyari, has expressed that the corporation deliberately shut down the nation’s refineries because they became unsustainable.
The GMD disclosed this when he appeared before the House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum Upstream in Abuja.
He pointed out that the NNPC was unable to supply crude oil to the refineries, adding that the Excravos pipeline is the only one the NNPC managed to sustain through the contracting process.
He went on to express that it is practically impossible to run pipelines at their optimum capacity.
“For instance, to run Kaduna and Warri refinery, you need to deliver 170,000 barrel of oil per day so that both will operate at 70 percent capacity,” he said.
Kyari said that at the moment, it only had over 5,000 kilometers of pipelines with 13 fuel depots, which according to him must be protected to forestall the activities of vandals.
“And I can tell you today that except the Atlas cove to Ibadan line and also the Portharcourt to Aba line, none of these pipelines is serviced.
“We cannot flow product into these lines, the cheap one is to say they are aged but the real reason is that the level of activities of vandals on these lines is gross, monumental, and profound.
“At every point within a month we fix 80 vandal points, the option is to shut them down and the result of having one depot is what we have seen in Lagos,” he said.
Lai Mohammed Denies Announcing N5m Hate Speech Fine
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed has denied that he announced the increment of the speech fine from N500,000 to N5 million.
He made this known in a counter-affidavit in response to a suit filed against him at a federal high court in Lagos.
Recall that some months ago, the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) announced an amendment to the broadcasting code, where the increment of the new fine was announced.
Recall that weeks after the announcement, NBC fined Nigeria Info FM for alleged hate speech after interviewing Obadiah Mailafia, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who alleged that a northern governor is one of the leaders of Boko Haram.
However, Human Rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong proceeded to the court to challenge the fine.
However, in the affidavit deposed by Sunday Ojobo, an official of the Information ministry, the minister said he never announced the increase of the hate speech fine.
“Paragraph 19 is denied. The 2nd defendant (Mohammed) did not announce an increment in any fine for hate speech from N500,000 to N5,000,000 or any other because there is a governmental body or institution mandated to regulate and enforce the Nigerian Broadcasting Code,” an affidavit deposed to by a Litigation Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Sunday Ojobo, reads.
The minister further stated that the constitution allows for human rights to be suspended for the sake of national interest.
He wrote, “The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for derogation from fundamental rights in the interest of public safety, public order and for the purpose of protecting the rights and freedom of other persons.”
‘Nothing To Forgive:’ Soyinka Speaks About Relationship With Gowon
Soyinka was in August 1967 arrested and placed in solitary confinement just as the Civil War started under Gowon’s regime.
Speaking about their relationship, Soyinka explained that there is no bad blood between him and Gowon and he does not think there is anything to forgive him (Gowon) about.
“We communicate whenever possible, he came for my birthday in Abeokuta here. And when he started to apologise – he made a public apology – I said, ‘There is no need for it,’” the playwright who was detained by the Gowon government for two years, in the wake of the Nigerian Civil War, told Channels Television.
Soyinka also revealed that General Gowon had on various occasions made efforts to meet him so they could talk.
He added; “He even asked the former ambassador to locate me so that anytime he was passing – I was in Europe and America then – so we could meet and talk. And I said, ‘any time’ but there is really nothing much to talk about.”
The playwright further disclosed that they later met at a conference and they talked about the Nigerian Civil War.
He said; “We hit it on very well and we joked. The ice was broken and since then, we have been friends.”
“The war, for me, is over.’ The ones I find difficult to forgive are those who lied against me. I don’t like liars; I just cannot stand liars.”
The former Head of State has been in the news in recent days over allegations that he embezzled half of the money in the Central Bank of Nigeria during his regime.
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