Sheriff Sues Borno State Over Boko Haram Comments

Senator Ali Modu Sheriff has sued the Borno state government after being recently accused of having knowledge about Boko Haram.
Addressing newmen on Monday, on Sheriff’s behalf in Abuja, the deputy national chairman for his People Democratic Party-led faction, Dr. Cairo Ojougboh announced that Sheriff has sued the Borno State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, ?Barrister Kaka Shehu Lawan?.
He said in Suit No. FCT/HC/CU/2494/2016, Barrister Lawan and three other persons are the defendants.
?”It is on record that when Sheriff was Governor of Borno State, he suppressed and completely routed the Boko Haram like Buhari did in 1993. ?Boko Haram Killed 5 members of his family in the process of his fight against them.
“But when the current Governor of Borno State, Shetima took over office Boko Haram became emboldened, virulent and malignant.
“Note also that Shetima became Governor because Boko Haram killed the man who was to be Governor. His death paved way for the emergence of Shetima who willingly and deliberately encouraged Boko Haram,” he said.
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North-East Youths Berate Fayose Over Comments On Chibok Girls

North-East youths under the umbrella of North-East Youth Peace and Development Empowerment Initiative, NEYPDI, have berated Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state over comments credited to him that over 300 Chibok girls abducted by Boko Haram sect were never abducted.

Alhaji Kyari Abubakar, President of the group, expressed surprise that somebody like Fayose who regarded himself as a democrat could make such statement to score a cheap political point. He said, “We are surprised that this statement is coming from someone who regards himself as a democrat, that statement suggest that he has no sympathy for the parents of the abducted girls and the pains they are currently passing through.”

Abubakar who advised Fayose to stop misleading Nigerians by his unsubstantiated comments urged him to take a trip to states like Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and see the extent of damages done by Boko Haram insurgency before reeling out information to the public.

He said, “He (Fayose) should not mislead the Nigerian public about the truth. The people of North-East cannot afford to tell lies on the abduction of their daughters, that incident is always fresh in our memory.

“His utterance is short of what we expect from an elder statesman like him. We advise him to concentrate on his poor governance of Ekiti state with his flamboyant city life and wastage of peoples’ resources.”

The youth leader urged civil society organizations campaigning for the release of Chibok girls to disregard Fayose’s statement and continue with their good works.

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PDP Blasts Buhari Over Comments On Judiciary

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has come down hard on President Muhammadu Buhari over his comments on the nation’s judiciary.

Mr. Buhari had on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, said his ongoing fight against corruption in Nigeria could be effectively tackled with the strong support of the judiciary.

A statement by Mr. Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, quoted the president as saying that far-reaching reforms of the judiciary remained a key priority for his administration.

“On the fight against corruption vis-à-vis the judiciary, Nigerians will be right to say that is my main headache for now,” he said.

The president, who recalled all his past attempts to get elected, said if not for God and the use of technology, he would not have emerged as president in the 2015 elections.

He also recalled how his cases before the judiciary were resolved unfavourably.

The PDP on Monday called on the judiciary, “as the last hope of the common man”, to continue to assert its independence and not allow itself to be deterred from upholding justice and the rule of law, no matter the pressure.

The acting national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, who spoke during the inauguration of the Imo State caretaker committee, said the “judicial community and in fact, all discerning Nigerians, were shocked by the release by the presidency on Sunday wherein President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted to have described the judiciary as the “major headache” of his administration.

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Read Saraki’s Comments On 2016 Appropriation Bill At Senate Plenary Today

Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, shares his comments on the 2016 Appropriation Bill today at the Senate Plenary on his facebook page. Read his comments below:

My comments on the 2016 Appropriation Bill today at the @NGRSenate Plenary:

On Oil:
“For the first time in the history of our great nation, 77% of our expected revenue is non-oil based. This represents a great foundation for the future.”

On Borrowing:
“In general summary, we were all leaning towards the fact that it is not the amount that we borrow that matters, but the projects that the money is used for. Right now – as a percentage of GDP – we are still within the limits and parameters of fiscal responsibility.”

On Economic Diversification:
“A lot of Senators raised observations on the fact that in the allocations to the agricultural and mineral resources sectors, the message of economic diversification was not particularly reflected. Those are the areas that we should look into.”

On Wastage:
“Based on our experiences in the past, we have talked about not playing the blame game. However, the issue of blocking all loopholes and leakages is key. Hence, we must pay attention to the present, to address the potential for leakages in the future.”

On the Role of the Legislature:
“The Executive has played its role; it is time that we as the legislature do our part.”

On Revenue Benchmarks:
“The issue of revenue estimates must be gotten right particularly by the Finance and Petroleum Committees. The committees must particularly scrutinize this budget so that at the end of the day we can all be proud of it.”

On Zero-Based Budgeting:
“The Zero Budgeting means that projects will be critically assessed to go across all zones.”

On Legislative Malpractice in the Budgeting Process:
“Let me make this categorically clear: there will be no room for money-for-budget in the 2016 appropriations process as sanctions will be taken. We will ensure to report all inconsistencies to the relevant agencies of the executive branch.”

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Trump’s Comments Disqualify Him From Presidency- White House

The White House on Tuesday challenged Republicans to denounce their party’s presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, claiming his proposal to ban Muslims from travelling to the US should disqualify him from being commander-in-chief.

Painting Trump as a “carnival barker” with “fake hair” whose campaign has a “dustbin of history” quality, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Trump’s proposals were unconstitutional.

“What Donald Trump said yesterday disqualifies him from serving as president,” said Earnest, describing his comments variously as “offensive” and “toxic.”

The unusually strident language from the White House reflects a concern about the impact of Trump’s comments on US Muslims and the fight against the Islamic State group, but it also indicates the White House spies a political opportunity ahead of the 2016 election.

Earnest was quick to pounce on leading Republicans who condemned Trump’s remarks, but said they would still support him if he were the party nominee.

“What he said is disqualifying and any Republican who’s too fearful of the Republican base to admit it has no business serving as president either,” he said.

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Your Comments Are Unbecoming Of A President-Elect- Group Tells Buhari

A group, National Peace Building and Conflict Reconciliation Organisation (NPBCTO), has advised President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, to exercise restraint in making comments.

NPBTCO said the counsel became necessary as Buhari’s recent utterances and those of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) were capable of creating fear and disharmony among Nigerians who voted for him.

Bishop Greatman Nmalagu, Bishop of God Worshippers Assembly Worldwide and the National Presiding Bishop of Ecumenical Apostolic Church, Nigeria, spoke on behalf of the group to newsmen shortly after their meeting at Obiaruku in the Ukwuani Local Government area of Delta State.

Nmalagu observed that the APC and Buhari seem to have thrown caution to the wind after their victory by making all kinds of comments.

He said such attitude will not move the country forward and will make Nigerians come to the conclusion that the incoming government was bent on witch-hunting political opponents.

NPBTCO particularly frowned at the statement credited to the Buhari and the APC that the economic and social development of Nigeria for 16 years of democracy were 16 years of waste.

Insisting that such statement was “unbecoming of President–elect of Nigeria”, the group urged Buhari “to be selective in his statements, most especially in criticising the outgoing government and the ruling party”.

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APC Blasts Lamido, Mu’azu Over Comments On Buhari

Governors Babangida Aliyu of Niger State and the his counterpart in Jigawa State, Sule Lamido have come under severe attacks from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The party slammed the governors for their comments on how the President-elect, Muhammau Buhari and the party should  the run the country as from May 29.

The party said the two governors were not in a position to offer the incoming government any piece of advice. The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed described the advice as ill-intentioned.

The party noted that the duo were part of those who tried to resist change during the March 28 and April 11 general elections. The governors had, last week, told Buhari to stop making excuses, but be ready to fulfill his campaign promises to Nigerians.

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