Pakistan national airline chairman resigns following crash

Pakistan’s International Airlines (PIA) chairman, Azam Saigol, has resigned in the wake of a crash last week that killed all 48 people on board, officials said on Tuesday.

Saigol resigned late Monday, PIA spokesman, Danyal Gilani, said.

“The PIA chairman resigned due to personal reasons,” Gilani said.

The chairman had worked on a pro bono basis, without salary or perks, since his appointment in May, he added.

On December 7, a PIA flight to Islamabad from the tourist resort of Chitral crashed, killing everyone on board the small ATR-42 plane.

Three foreign nationals, two from Austria and one from China, were among the dead.

PIA faced tough questions about adopting international safety standards and procedures after the crash, which came after financial losses and accusations of mismanagement, according to media reports.

Earlier this year, the Pakistani government tried to sell 25 per cent of PIA’s shares to offset financial losses that had piled up over the years, according to reports.

The plan was abandoned after a strong protest by the company’s employees and opposition political parties.

On Monday, PIA grounded its ATR fleet and started the process of so-called “shakedown” tests of all 10 planes, Gilani said.

The decision to ground the fleet came after another ATR-42 airplane encountered technical issues at take-off Sunday night.

Pakistan aviation experts have begun a probe into the crash of the ATR-42 plane with the help of a French team, officials said.

JUST IN: South Korean President offers to resign

Embattled South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Tuesday said she was prepared to resign, but would let the parliament decide on her exact political fate.


Speaking in a televised address in Seoul, Ms. Park added that she would be prepared to let the lawmakers decide how long she should remain in office, if necessary.


“I will leave it up to the National Assembly to determine my fate, including the reduction of my term in office,’’ Ms. Park said.


The president made the statement days after hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets demanding her impeachment.


Ms. Park, whose approval rating dropped to 4 per cent last week, is accused of having allowed close friend Choi Soon Sil to meddle in state affairs and giving her access to official state documents.


Choi has also been indicted on a string of charges including abuse of authority and attempted fraud.


South Korea’s largest opposition party, the Democratic Party, along with two smaller parties is taking steps to begin impeachment proceedings against Park over the scandal.

Reps Want Adeosun, Emefiele To Resign

A House of Representatives panel yesterday called on Nigerians to demand for the resignation of the minister of finance, Kemi Adeosun, and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, for mismanaging the country’s economy.
Chairman of the ad-hoc committee set up to investigate the N700 billion bail-out funds given to some state governments by the federal government, Rep Sadiq Ibrahim (APC, Adamawa) made the call yesterday following failure of the duo to personally appear at the committee’s session.

The committee also called for the resignation of the Director General of the Debt Management Office (DMO), Abraham Nwankwo.
Adeosun did not send any representative, but Emefiele delegated an executive director in the apex bank, Umar Abubakar, to represent him, while the DG of DMO was represented by Oladele Afolabi. But the lawmakers rejected the representatives.
“The attitudes of these top government officials show who is mismanaging the economy of the country. Nigerians should rise up and call for their resignation immediately,” the lawmaker said.
The lawmaker added that “If it is to bring virement, they would rush down, but now that they are to come and explain to Nigerians how the bail-out fund running into over N700bn was disbursed, they are sending representatives; they are only interested in borrowing. This has to stop.”
Other members of the committee who spoke at the session lamented the absence of the trio, describing it as unacceptable in view of the quantum of money given out to states as bail-out.
The committee therefore directed the three officials to physically appear before it and provide all relevant documents on the bailout funds.

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Bring Back Our Girls Or Resign, Chibok Families Tell Buhari

Relatives of the abducted Chibok girls have accused the federal government of abandoning their daughters to suffer in captivity, and have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to resign if he cannot rescue the girls.

The relatives spoke yesterday in Abuja after they were stopped by security operatives from reaching the Aso Rock presidential villa to see the president.

The protest march, the second in a week, was organised by the BringBackOurGirls group.
The relatives of the missing girls said the president neglected them after repeated unfulfilled promises.
The girls were abducted by the extremist sect, Boko Haram, since April 14, 2014.

Enoch Mark, father of two of the girls, said Buhari had failed the Chibok people who voted for him in 2015 with the hope that he would ensure the return of the girls.

“Many Chibok parents voted for you because we believed that you would ensure the return of our daughters. You promised us that you were a military man and that you cannot lie. You said the war will not be over until the girls are back,” Mark said.

“Now we hear shouts of victory. And you turn around and say you do not know how to get our daughters. Former President Sani Abacha told us that no country can fight war for up to 24 hours without its government knowing about it. If the president lacks intelligence to bring back the girls let him resign.

“We have men who can do the job. There is nothing that Nigeria does not have. What is stopping the president from giving the orders?” he queried.

The mother of Dorcas Yakubu, the girl who spoke in the recent Boko Haram video, said the federal government should exchange the detained terrorists for her daughter if the government had no better option.

“Because it is obvious that no serious effort has been made to ensure the rescue of our daughters, otherwise we would have heard some good news,” she said.

Yakubu said the security operatives preventing her and the other members of the #BringBackOurGirls group from reaching the president were stopping her from fulfilling the request of her daughter.

“My daughter pleaded with me to try and see the president personally and talk to him regarding the rescue of the Chibok girls. They named her Maida. I named my daughter Dorcas, but they changed her name,” she said.
Yakubu called on the first lady, Aisha Buhari, to do her best to assist mothers like her.
Hauwa Abama, another mother of one of the abducted children, said the government was responsible for her ordeal.

“Government is the one that has taken my daughter from me,” she said.
Other relatives, Rhoda Ishaku, whose only sister, Zara, has been with her captors for over two years, and Martha Enoch, wife of Enoch Mark, called on the government to put an end to the silence and return their children.

Mrs. Enoch said her husband suffered a heart attack as a result of the trauma they have been through.
The co-convener of the #BringBackOurGirls group, Oby Ezekwesili, expressed disappointment over the government’s inability to rescue the girls.

She said she was more disappointed that after seven months of the group’s engagement with the president, he was still saying that there was no credible intelligence to lead the government to the whereabouts of the girls.

She said the group would repeat their march to the Villa every 72 working hours until the president made a decisive decision on the Chibok girls’ rescue.

She said: “Mr President, we are tired of being told that there is no credible intelligence. When Gowon visited, the president said the same thing. Credible intelligence will not fall from the sky. It doesn’t fall from the sky. The president should make decisions. We can’t take it and go home.

Nigerians voted for you to solve this problem. Your excuses will not work. We are so disappointed because there is low energy in the issue of our girls. Close your eyes and imagine that any of them are your granddaughters. They would not still be in captivity.

“When you campaigned you said you will bring them back; you would do everything possible. Have you done everything possible?”

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Apologize Or Resign, Senate Tells Amaechi Over Lagos-Calabar Rail Controversy

The Senate has asked the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, to apologise if he fails to prove that the Lagos-Calabar road project was included in the 2016 budget.

Otherwise, Mr. Amaechi should resign forthwith, the senate said in a statement Monday.

The Senate advised the Presidency to come clean with Nigerians on the 2016 Budget and stop engaging in surreptitious campaigns of calumny against the upper legislative chamber, to cover up its serial errors.

Reacting to reports in the media credited to the executive arm of government, Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, said in a statement that the National Assembly had bent backwards to wring a coherent document out of the excessively flawed and chaotic versions of the budget proposal submitted to the National Assembly.

“While the executive is mandated to prepare and lay before the National Assembly a proposed budget detailing projects to be executed, it should be made clear that the responsibility and power of appropriation lies with the National Assembly. If the presidency expects us to return the budget proposal to them without any adjustments, then some people must be living in a different era and probably have not come to terms with democracy,” the statement said.

“We make bold to say however, that the said Lagos-Calabar rail project was not included in the budget proposal presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari and we challenge anyone who has any evidence to the contrary to present such to Nigerians.”

“Since the beginning of the 2016 budget process, it is clear that the National Assembly has suffered all manners of falsehood, deliberate distortion of facts, and outright blackmail, deliberately aimed at poisoning the minds of the people against the institution of the National Assembly.

“We have endured this with equanimity in the overall interest of Nigerians. Even when the original submission was surreptitiously swapped and we ended up having two versions of the budget, which was almost incomprehensible and heavily padded in a manner that betrays lack of coordination and gross incompetence, we refused to play to the gallery and instead helped the Executive to manage the hugely embarrassing situation it has brought upon itself; but enough is enough.”

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I Won’t Resign – Kachikwu

The Minister of State for Petroleum, Mr Ibe Kachikwu, said on Tuesday in Abuja that he would not resign as he still had a lot of work to do.


The minister said this as part of his closing remarks while briefing the Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream) on the lingering scarcity of petroleum products across the country.


Different groups including the South South APC, NANS and some Civil Society Organisations have called for the minister’s resignation.


Kachikwu said: “All those planning to come to Abuja for a protest should save their fuel, I am not going to resign, I have a lot of work to do.’’


According to him, he did not accept to be minister of petroleum in order to create scarcity.


The minister assured that he would work hard to find lasting solutions to the problems in the industry.


Kachikwu said that he was pained as much as many Nigerians were that the country still suffered petroleum scarcity in spite of being one of the largest producers of crude oil in the world.



PDP Rescue Group Calls On Ali Modu-Sheriff To Resign

A group of concerned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) stakeholders and elders have called on the new National Chairman of the party, Sen. Ali Modu-Sheriff, to resign.


The group, under the aegis of PDP Rescue Group led by Amb. Wilberforce Juta, who also contested for PDP chairmanship, made the call during a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.


Juta said that the party leaders were upset about Modu-Sheriff’s appointment as PDP national chairman.


He said “most PDP members did not see in Sheriff a model of impeccable integrity that the party badly needed to lead it at this critical moment.

“We are upset by the decision of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party in appointing Ali Modu-Sherrif as national chairman.

“We are convinced that this decision is against the will and wish of the generality of members.

“We know for a fact the North-East Zonal wing, having been directed by the National Caucus of the party to forward nominees from the zone, did not nominate Modu-Sheriff for the position of national chairman.

“Consequently, Modu-Sheriff should do the needful by stepping down honourably as it is evident that party members nationwide have overwhelmingly rejected him.’’


He said that the current leadership crisis in PDP was a challenge to every Nigerian.


He emphasised that “having the PDP destroyed by acts of error of judgment as being witnessed now is denying Nigeria of a strong opposition party that is badly needed if Nigeria’s democracy is to be strengthened and all tendencies toward civilian dictatorship checked.


“The crisis must challenge all party members to action to halt the party from further drift. The plan of PDP Rescue Group is to mobilise party members and leaders to help attain this noble goal.

“It is, therefore, critical if the PDP must come back to national reckoning, that we remodel its leadership on the platform of honesty as required by the party manifesto.’’


He then urged all party organs to rise to the challenge by insisting on the removal of Modu-Sheriff.

Juta also urged the different organs, as well as past and present leaders to commence the search for persons with high integrity, strategic insight and fear of God Almighty to lead the party.

“It is our considered view that we endeavour to elect only those with discernible traits,” he said.

He called for early Congresses and National Convention of the party to elect new leaders as the term of the current leadership was due to end in March 2016.

He said “under no guise should the tenure of the current leadership of the party be extended, if we must make the needed fresh beginning.”


While answering questions, former President of the Senate, Adolphus Wabara, who is the Deputy Chairman of the group, said Modu-Sheriff’s appointment was imposed on the party.


A former Deputy Governor of Sokoto Sate and Secretary of the group, Alhaji Mukhtari Shagari also called on Modu-Sheriff to resign.
Shagari added that leaders of the party could not sit down and allow the party to die.


Others at the briefing include John Odey, Alhaji Kabiru Mohammed, Dr Akilu Indabawa, Dr Umar Ardo, Mr Bashir Maidugu, Hon. Mohammed Kabir, Dr Pogu Bitrus, Lancelot Anyanya, Hon. Muyiwa Oladimeji.




Resign If You Cannot Pay Minimum Wage, NLC Tells Governors

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has asked any state governor in the country who cannot pay the N18,000 minimum wage to resign from office without delay.

The NLC insisted that the N18,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers was not fixed but was negotiated through a tripartite system.
The National President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, made this declaration in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, at the weekend while speaking with journalists shortly after attending the Janazah prayers organised for the late wife of the former Vice-President of NLC, Mr. Issa Aremu, Hamdalah.

He also warned that any governor reneging on that agreement was breaking the law of the land, adding that such governor should resign from his position.
Wabba also  hailed the ongoing war against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying corruption had killed more people in the country than auto accidents.

“They have been misinforming the people about the N18,000 minimum wage. Minimum wage is not fixed, it was negotiated through a tripartite system; 10 state governors represented the governors, federal government and organised private sector were also represented. It was a tripartite process of collective bargaining.

“We had looked at all the indices of ability to pay. It is a law and anybody who refuses to pay is breaking the law of Nigeria and we advise such governor to resign.

“Why is it that the salary of councillors to the highest political office all over the country despite their inability to pay is the same? If there is economic challenge, why should it be the workers that will bear the burden? Councillors in least economic viable to the most economic viable states in the country earn the same salaries. So who are they fooling?

“Can they continue to fool us? When the resources were there workers were not enjoying. Now that there is a challenge in the system why should the burden be shifted only to the workers? That is not acceptable to us. This is like a battle for us as we must continue to insist that workers should work in dignity and there must be dignity in labour,” he posited.

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PDP Tells Buhari To Resign For Admitting Nigeria Is Broke

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to resign as the country’s President for admitting that the nation is broke.

The party said the comment was a clear manifestation of inability to lead the country.

PDP described Buhari’s lamentation as “annoying”, wondering why he was looking for excuses after boasting to the whole world that he will fix Nigeria.

At a press conference yesterday by PDP publicity secretary in Edo state, Chris Nehikhareto, the party challenged Buhari to publish account balances of all transactions by previous PDP led government under former President Goodluck Jonathan and the APC led government under him since assumption of office.

“President Buhari should show Nigerians the account balances and how much money he met in the coffers of the federal government since he came in,” he said.

“He has not shown anybody the accounts balance as at today. If he says the government is broke and he cannot manage it he should resign and handover power to someone who has responsibility and can manage the economy better.

“The lamentation of Mr. President and his APC government is becoming annoying and I don’t think we should tolerate any more lamentation. They fought tooth and nail to take over government and now they have government, let them deal with it”, he stated.

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APC Lambasts Group Asking Buhari To Resign

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as a product of poor thinking and deliberate mischief the statement credited to a group, called the PDP Media Watchdog, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to resign because of his comments over his age.

The PDP has denied any link to the group.

But in a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said if the authors of the statement had understood simple English, taken the pains to engage in deep thinking and contextualized the comments, they would not have rushed to the press to ask the President to resign.

”What President Buhari was saying, which was lost on those who issued that jejune statement, is that only his love and passion for the country could have made him, at his age, to come out of retirement to seek the office of President, over 30 years after he presided over the affairs of the country.

”For 16 years, Nigerians gave the PDP the benefit of the doubt to move the country forward, but instead, the party put Nigeria in reverse gear at a high speed, spinning it towards a doomsday that was only averted when Nigerians showed the PDP the red card. This is what necessitated President Buhari to continuously seek the country’s highest political office, so he can help put the country on a forward march again. Nothing else matters, not for him the excitement of an office he previously held and the quest for personal accomplishment.

If the country had been well managed, President Buhari will not at 72 be crisscrossing the whole world seeking solution to Nigeria’s problems, it said.

APC said within three weeks of his inauguration, President Buhari has succeeded in returning Nigeria to the comity of nations, to such an extent that world leaders are now so eager to engage him on how to assist his country in key areas, including security and the fight against corruption.

”Within three weeks of President Buhari’s inauguration, he had done what the PDP government could not do in six years: Invigorate the fight against Boko Haram by rallying a regional and global front against the terror group. Today, the US has pledged to give $5 million for the fight against Boko Haram, in addition to other material support. This is apart from the support that has been pledged by the G-7 for Nigeria’s efforts to quell the insurgency.

”Thanks to President Buhari’s shuttle diplomacy, the Multi-National Joint Task Force (MNJTF) that the PDP government could not bring together for all of six years is ready to deploy next month, while the President has ordered the release of $21 million to facilitate the establishment of the headquarters of the force in N’Djamena, Chad.

”Since assuming office about three weeks ago, President Buhari has visited Chad, Niger, Germany and South Africa, winning support and friends for Nigeria all over again and returning the country to the comity of respected nations. Those who were put off by the PDP government’s resort to politicizing the fight against Boko Haram – even as the insurgents grew stronger – are now joining President Buhari to battle the terrorists. In no distant future, the results of his tireless efforts will begin to show.

”On the domestic front, President Buhari has been handling pressing issues far away from the klieg light, and his efforts to assemble a first class team to implement his change mantra, which he is personally driving, are continuing apace. We in the APC, and we are sure most unbiased Nigerians, are very proud of President Buhari and the vigour he has shown in governance, the kind of vigour we did not see in the immediate past administration that was presided over by a far younger man,” the party said.

It said only anarchists and non-democrats will ask a President who has not spent one month in office to resign, adding: ”It rankles when those making these calls are from the ranks of the party that failed to avail itself creditably in 16 years.”

APC said it has deliberately refused to join issues with the PDP, which has been issuing a series of insipid press statements that showed clearly that the party is not ready to provide a robust opposition to the APC-led federal government.

”For the umpteenth time, we say that the PDP and its satellite bodies must realize that in order to be relevant, credible and to make the necessary impact, they must pick on real issues and articulate them intelligently, rather than latching on to trite matters. This very amateurish display won’t get them anywhere,” the party said.


I Won’t Resign For Gbajabiamila, Lasun Vows

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yusuf Lasun, said on Tuesday that he would not resign for Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila having been duly elected by members to occupy the position.

He spoke in Abuja amid speculation that he had come under pressure from some forces in the All Progressives Congress in the South-West, asking him to step down for a former Minority Leader of the House, Gbajabiamila.

But Lasun, who was accosted by journalists at the National Assembly as he stepped out of a committee room, reacted, “That is a speculation; why will I resign?

“I went through an election on the mandate of the Speaker (Mr. Yakubu Dogara).”


PDP Urges Aregbesola To Resign

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State to resign. The party noted that Aregbesola has no moral right to continue as governor since he has been unable to pay workers’ salaries in the past seven months.

The PDP, which spoke through its Publicity Secretary in Ekiti State, Jackson Adebayo, noted that Aregbesola lacks the capacity to lead the state and should not, therefore, hold the people of the state to ransom.

He stated that Aregbesola’s admittance that the situation in the state is beyond his control is an admittance of failure.

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PDP Chief Asks Mu’azu To Resign

Chieftans of the Peoples Democratic Party have continued in their quest to ask for the resignation of the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, after the party’s loss in the presidential elections. The latest to join in on the calls for his resignation are Alhaji Yinka Ajia who is a chieftan of the party. He called on Mu’azu to resign with immediate effect.

He accused Mu’azu of failing to mobilise the party in the recently concluded general elections. He added that President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeats in the North-Western states and North-Eastern states proved Mu’azu’s alleged incompetence.

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Yemen’s US-backed president quits; country could split apart

Yemen’s U.S.-backed president quit Thursday under pressure from rebels holding him captive in his home, severely complicating American efforts to combat al-Qaida’s powerful local franchise and raising fears that the Arab world’s poorest country will fracture into mini-states.

Presidential officials said Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi submitted his resignation to parliament rather than make further concessions to Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, who control the capital and are widely believed to be backed by Iran.

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President Blaise Compaore Resigns

Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

Mr Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant.An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou.

Following the protests, Mr Compaore said he had agreed not to seek another term, but that he would remain in power until a transitional government had completed its work in 2015.

However, the opposition continued to demand that he resign. Its leader, Zephirin Diabre, urged protesters to occupy public spaces.

There were cheers when the army spokesman told the crowd gathered in front of army headquarters on Friday that Mr Compaore had left office, AFP news agency reports.

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PDP tells Tambuwal to Resign

The Nation’s Leadership to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, are advising Aminu Tambuwal to resign as speaker since he has defected from being a member of the ruling party to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Responding to Tambuwal’s defection, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement said  “The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party has met with PDP leaders in the House of Representatives concerning the defection of the Speaker. After a thorough consideration of the matter, the NWC came to a conclusion that the Honourable Speaker, as a responsible elected officer, knows full well what is needful and honourable of him since his new party is in the minority. We are not unmindful of the fact that Honourable Tambuwal became Speaker on the platform of the PDP as the political party with the majority of seats in the House of Representatives and that this incontrovertible fact has not changed.”