Bill for good life for Bokoharam repentants is weakness to tackle insecurity -senator Alex Kadiri
Senator Alex Usman Kadiri an APC stalwart, was a senator who represented Kogi East from 1999 to 2003, he expressed sadness over the level of insecurity, blaming security agencies for their failure.
What is your view of the bill seeking for repentant Bokoharam to be rehabilitated, sponsored for further studies abroad, after the destruction they have caused?
Well there are two ways of looking at this subject. I feel sad that my country cannot control the activities of this insurgency, whether Bokoharam, pure straightforward, terrorists, cattle rustlers, kidnappers, thugs and so on. It shows the weakness of Government. Giving them amnesty and scholarship to travel abroad for studies is bribery. It shows that the Government methods have failed they are looking for scapegoats but who tells you that after they return and there is no job waiting for them, they will not resume their act of terrorism? We went into amnesty in the south south because 95% of our income was coming from oil and these fellows were busy blowing up pipelines. Why is it impossible for the Nigerian Army, Nigerian police and the Nigerian Airforce to control insecurity. Every State is now affected, you cannot drive from Lokoja to Ayangba now before 10am or After 4pm, you can not go from here to Kaduna at any hour of the day. Most of the incidences are unreported.
Can we say the FG is overwhelmed?
The security situation has overpowered the Nigerian Government, we cannot pretend. That is why they are talking about amnesty, promoting a bill in the national assembly to make sure you give them blanket amnesty, send them for studies. All these things will not work on the long run. Let me ask this question, the people they sent for studies in Europe, how many of them completed the programs. A good number of them refused to come back and they did not enroll for any study and they are stranded there causing havoc. Those that returned did they come back to meet any work. Has insurgency or banditry ceased in Niger Delta because of the amnesty? No. We just need a good Government with good policies that will affect the majority of Nigerians. If the chaps in Bokoharam which we don’t even know whether they are Al-Qaeda, or ISIS or whatever, nobody knows who they are, we don’t even know who we are fighting, we don’t know who and who enter this country every hour from our northern borders or from the or from the West through Cotonou, we don’t know how many we are in this country our borders are porous, they are not guarded, not manned and those that are there manning them close the other eye collect bribe and allow them in. They come in with their arms and ammunitions, nobody is checking anybody.
What would say about Dr. Obadaih Mailafia’s disclosure?
When I listened to Dr. Obadaih Mailafia former deputy Governor of Tue CBN yesterday I shed tears for my country because he is a man who has a stake in this country, he was deputy Governor of CBN so he is a stakeholder in the Nigerian project and for him to say some of the things he said I feel sad for my country
How comes our service chiefs, Inspector general of police, director of DSS, director NIA, director Military intelligence, all of them are from the Northern part of the country where this problem is high, some of them are don’t have any idea as to his the problem can be solved. May be the president has more information than you and I have, that if he removes these persons the people he is likely to appear will not even measure up to the present people but at least it is better to try somebody else. It is a shame what we are passing through
Restructuring: Doctrine of necessity not applicable, says senator Alex Kadiri
Restructuring: Doctrine of necessity not applicable, says senator Alex Kadiri
Senator Alex Usman Kadiri an APC stalwart was a senator who represented Kogi East from 1999 to 2003, in this interview with the NationalUpdate in Abuja said the Doctrine of necessity can only be invoked when there is a serious issue like the death of Yaradua and the near death experienced by APC recently
The recent adoption of Doctrine of Necessity by the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) to address the intractable crisis within the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has opened up discussions about the possibility that the nation could use such intervention to solve the problems of constitutional impediments, do you agree with that?
What the President did in sending the Adams Oshiomhole National Working Committee packing was the only option left for the party that was dying in Oshimhole’s we have cried, people like me have written, we have spoken, I have led delegations of Kogi people to meet with everybody that matters except the President, we met the Vice President twice. The party set up a reconciliation committee, the first was headed by Tony Momoh and the second one headed by General Garba, with Etteh, Etiebet as members, we cried, Adams Oshiomhole felt too powerful, too big, too insensitive and he was running the party as his personal property. No regular meetings were called and the few that were called when he speaks that would be the end. He was sending people to States as individuals to conduct primaries for the party, crooks, people who are known to be devils, criminals. They are sent to Kogi, Edo, Ondo and so in to go and conduct primary to elect Governor for the State on the platform of the party and people were wandering what that could mean, has the party gone to the dogs. The chairman and his deputy were not in talking terms that is Lawal Shaibu the deputy National chairman North, the secretary has gone to become Governor of Yobe State. When you go to the party office people would be waiting for whoever enters that office to give them money. That is why a man Like Governor Yahaya Bello is a king in that place. You can commit any blunder and come to the national secretariat to distribute cash, that is all they were waiting for. There is no structure, the staff were not catered for, no payment of salary everybody was grumbling so whoever enters there, no matter who he is even if he a a devil in human skin provided he is able to give them something to survive, the chairman of the party was feeding fat on the party. The President I am sure heard all these reports and he must have been fed up. Something had to give way, the other deputy national chairman Adebayo became minister, so the party was bereft of leadership. Oshiomhole was running the party from his house. If he says Alex Kadiri should go and be chairman of the panel to pick a candidate for us in Edo or Ondo, that is it, he makes criminals richer by that process. The public was watching us and the party was going down the drain. The party was at the point of death when the President intervened. So it was the doctrine of necessity that brought out the president into taking the action that he took and that has been able to save the party. The party is now moving ahead to stand on its own feet. So it was almost lying comatose.
How can, that model of the doctrine of necessity be brought to bare in other constitutional crises in the country?
I will not want to encourage it to be used anyhow. Let me take the tangential to another problem, look at the American President, Donald Trump, because he is not sure of winning the election he is now thinking of tinkering with the American election which has never been done, coming back home, if we think that we can solve all our problems through the doctrine of necessity, then we will end up killing the country. Supposed Buhari tomorrow feels that he wants to continue and have a third term just like Obasanjo tried and he gets people to start singing the chorus of the doctrine of necessity that is necessary for him to do another three years or fours to complete whatever he must have started then we are not practicing democracy. The doctrine of necessity can only be applied to very daring situations like the death of somebody like Yaradua, like the death of APC like Oshiomhole. Those are extreme circumstances under which this doctrine can be applied it shouldn’t be used anyhow.
The doctrine of necessity is like setting aside the constitution, what of the implication legally speaking, after the election in Edo if an aggrieved member decides to go to court?
That was what those of us leaders of this party are afraid of. Would you allow the party to die with Adams Oshiomhole sitting on the rot or we remove him and his cohorts from the leadership of the party so that the party can grow.
The elections in Edo and Ondo happen to have come at a period that these events were taking place. Any good party man, any honest party man who wants APC to grow, anybody who means well for this country would not go to court because of what has happened to this national working committee of the party because the decision of the President to dissolve the working committee hard wide acclamation, I sat down in my room here and I was very happy that the President cane out boldly to take that decision but you see he was very careful also. The primaries in Edo had been conducted just before he took that decision and he did not tamper with it. In his right senses he would have tampered with it, because here is Oshiomhole bringing a man as candidate of APC, unless you put Edo people at gun point, it is almost impossible or difficult for them to vote for him. Spoken words can not be swallowed after you have vomited it out. What Oshiomhole said about Eze Iyamu in 2016 they were so bad that EzeIyamu himself who never took Oshiomhole to court should be ashamed of coming out to ask for votes not to talk of the party whose chairman said so much about Ezeiyamu in 2016 now going around campaigning for him. We are just naked in this country, we play naked politics.
Can this doctrine of necessity, be applied in terms of the constitutional hurdle of restructuring and evolution of powers?
No, those are long drawn issues. Restructuring cannot be done on the table, you are not sharing food. These are issues that come out of discussions and if you continue to restructure because the situation is bad now, any time the situation goes bad the way it is today, then we restructure, then we keep restructuring that is not how to go. All we need are competent hands handling the affairs of our country. Competent and honest hands to run the affairs of this country. If we have honesty and competence at the helm of affairs at all levels from Local Government to state and Federal level nobody will complain.
Again I will go back to America since we are copying them, Nobody cares where Donald Trump actually came from or Hillary Clinton or the Husband, or Obama. They saw competence in them at the time they were elected.
Somebody can come from the smallest State in the US, Rhode Island and run for President, somebody can also come from the largest State California and run for election and lose. Nobody is looking at the size of where you come from, they are looking for somebody who can pull the country together, who can gather competent hands to run the country. Nigeria needs competent hands to run this country not friends. Honesty and competence is what we need. So I don’t believe that we can apply the doctrine of necessity to restructuring or to any other thing, no. When specific issues arise like the APC was dying or was almost dead under Oshiomhole or when Yaradua died as President of Nigeria, we evoked these doctrines because they were necessary at that point in time. We cannot apply to restructuring or anything like that, No.
Muhammed: SIP a fraud, conduit pipe for handlers
Muhammed: SIP a fraud, conduit pipe for handlers
Second Republic lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, in this interview with JOHN AKUBO, decried the modus operandi adopted for the National Social Investment Programmes (NSIPSs) saying it was fraught with irregularities. He also carpeted the National Assembly for meddling in an affair that is exclusively that of the executive branch to implement.
Given the controversy that the National Social Investment Programme has attracted lately, don’t you think the scheme is beginning to look like another failed project?
STRAIGHT away, what I will say is that I am not surprised that the latest adventure into the so-called social investment programme is failing. It is failing not because people do not know what made the previous ones to fail; it is failing because the ones that failed were deliberately compromised, and far from being transparent, and just a conduit for corruption.
When it was operated directly from the Office of the Vice President, people like I raised issues on the way and manner that it was being run; the benchmarks that were being used to dish out the money; the elitists creations involving computers and other stuff. So, most of the people qualified to benefit from the programme did not, and the whole thing was just dark, and lies were coming out of it because there were quite a number of people with media background in the Vice President team.
Second, the lady who was supposed to be running the programme knows nothing about the programme because she never ran one. So, anytime there is a criticism, somebody would be asked to draft a statement, and of course she could not deny because she knows nothing about it.
As a former policy adviser on poverty alleviation to President Olusegun Obasanjo, I am in a position to comment on the SIP and no one can accuse me of not knowing what I am talking about because I helped to design an anti-poverty initiative with the help of Ford Foundation, the UNDP and the World Bank.
I recall that as an adviser, the President asked me to get in touch with some ministers regarding what we were putting in place, but all the ministers that I was asked to reach never bothered to reply me till today. But in spite of that, it was when I left the Presidency that I decided to speak about some of those issues. However, I have noticed that this time around, an anti-poverty initiative is being run with so much fanfare and so much lying beyond anything that President Obasanjo could have imagined, and of course, nobody cares to respond, and now we are going through it all over again.
For instance, in my reaction to TraderMoni and others such schemes, I pointed out that the beneficiaries of the system were highly skewed. On what basis were the number of beneficiaries from Rivers and Lagos states (one of the wealthiest states in the country) picked, or were entitled to benefit from TraderMoni in comparison with poor states like Zamfara, or Jigawa or Bauchi, or so many other poor states in the North Central?
So, for me, the whole SIP thing is opaque, and is being run in a manner that is not accountable and transparent. I have no doubt in my mind that if it is still left in the hands of those that managed it in the Office of the Vice President, it would surely fail despite being taken away to the new Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
So, whatever happens, we must first of all find out what happened to the previous money allocated and how they were disbursed for us to arrive at where we are today. But I must also warn that the managers have to be careful because they cannot cheat all the people, all the time.
Before the 2019 election, TraderMoni was being used as campaign tool, and many saw it as a variant of corruption. Could it have been administered the way it was without transparency concerns?
First and foremost, the idea, and the principle behind interventions like TraderMoni are not indigenous to Nigeria as they are also carried out in other parts of the world. However, in those climes, they are carefully designed, manned and implemented by honest people, who also make use of reliable statistics to evaluate income level, and come to the conclusion of how each person should have his/her income augmented. You can see clearly that nothing of this sort is being done here. The entire thing is fraud from top to bottom. What was done in the past was fraudulent, and what is being done now is equally fraudulent. Of cause, if we are determined, we can track those who are manipulating the system and benefitting from it, as well as using their media connections to abuse those that dare to pick holes in their activities.
Having said that, let me add that it is shocking for the Special Adviser to the President on Social Investments, Mrs. Maryam Uwais, to say that everything is okay. From the start, this woman had nothing to do with Buhari. In fact her husband was abusive of Buhari even in court when he was the Chief Justice of the Federation. For her to now land this kind of plum job shows that there is something fishy. Even in the All Progressives Congress (APC), some stakeholders were shouting that they have not been fairly treated, when an opponent, who openly abused the President when he contested election in the past is now one of the major beneficiaries of the government. This clearly shows that it was not party loyalty that gave her the job, neither was it rational consideration.
But you know that at a point, crisis engulfed this programme when it was still in the VP’s office, could that have led to its being unable to deliver on its objectives
Those who ran this programme before failed. And after the programme was transferred out of the Office of the Vice President, they nearly created another crisis that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was being sidelined; that it was only his people that were somehow being hounded. But I ask, what did those surrounding Osinbajo do when they were in charge of the SIP? Mind you, we have not all forgotten what happened before. However, what has happened shows you that they have no regard for accountability, and no respect for transparency. They believe that they can blackmail the government of Buhari, or anybody else to continue running things as they like.
But Uwais recently accused some members of the National Assembly of attempting to compromise the SIP register. What do you make of that allegation?
What ever is said about the current National Assembly is not my cup of tea; I can’t stand them. Nobody has conclusively and comprehensively put up any defense on how the National Assembly was trying to involve itself with the implementation of the SIP. It is an executive prerogative. Yes, they can ask questions; they can make observations, but they have no right to query the national social register, or the names, which they give for money to be shared to most of which are fake. But whatever embarrassment that the National Assembly earns for itself is deserving because this thing is not the job of the National Assembly, but that of the executive, whom it assigns it to is another matter.
When similar observations were made about the SIP earlier, some members of the national Assembly were summoned by the VP and were given sheets of paper to go and make announcements and abuse those, who criticised the SIP. If this time around they are the ones that are criticising SIP, it shows that something has happened. However, let me state here that some of the people either in the House of Representatives, or in the senate don’t know what they are talking about; they are only prepared to acknowledge good or bad based on their interests. I also need to stress that the current SIP is a failure, and that the issue of members of the National Assembly being accommodated is another matter completely.
In all of these what is the way forward?
I wish I knew. If I knew, perhaps, I would not be lying down in my house in Kano. May be I would be the President, but because I am not, I can only pass comments, and the comment is by and large what has been commented upon by other well-meaning Nigerians; not members of the National Assembly. Those ones have no moral right because when it happened before they kept their mouths shut.
The Wife of the President also condemned the programme. What would you say to that?
Well, if the first lady passes comment the way I am passing, it is well and good, but I will certainly be more concerned if people that are recognised by the constitution come out and make some of these statements because it is within their rights to do so. The position of the First Lady is still a controversial one until it is properly recognised by the constitution… if a comment is right, it must be deemed to be right, if it is wrong it is deemed to be wrong. On the current issue, I believe the first lady has every right to pass a comment like any other Nigerian. I don’t know if the minister or members of the National Assembly, or the former implementers, who were guilty of working with Prof. Osinbajo admit, or refuse to admit or respect the comments of the first lady.
Culled from The Guardian
Its a shame Nigeria celebrates bad elections – Idris Wada
Its a shame Nigeria celebrates bad elections – Idris Wada
***Says the country is doomed if electoral reforms are not carried out immediately
Immediate past Governor of Kogi State Captain Idris Wada in this interview said Nigeria is doomed if amendment of the electoral act is not effected immediately
What manner of reform is required in the electoral system to bring us close to the success of the Option A4 of the June12, 1993 election, to put in place a system that will be a check onto itself?
I don’t think we should continue in the same circle, I think the solution is for the national assembly to pursue the amendment of the electoral act, yes there was a bill before the president to sign, he did not sign, he had his reasons, but that has been overtaken by a new national assembly, so the 9th National Assembly should rework it and send back to him for assent. They should find a way of moving forward with those necessary amendments. We need continuous improvements, life is not static, you were talking of the 1993 June 12th election Option A4, in the 21st century it would be ridiculous for Nigerians to start queuing up behind candidates. In 1993 it was appropriate because it was an improvement but we are in the age of sophistication, we have the internet now, we have advanced technology, your mobile phone is personal to you, mine is personal to me. All my details are in their database of the service providers server. We have done this voters card, every voter in Nigeria now must have the PVC that is the foundation of our electoral system. So we need to bring our laws up to date to accommodate that then learn from each election. So, the president’s refusal to sign, he has his reasons. The National assembly if they are desirous of an improvement in our electoral law they should communicate to the Presidency and see what are the areas the president is not happy about, reach a compromise that is what democracy is all about, it is about compromises. If we stay like this for another three years without reforming our electoral law then the next election would be worst, all this statements by INEC that it would be better will be mere statements. On the day of the election INEC would have no control. INEC is bringing strange people to conduct election, they are not full time staff of INEC very few of them are permanent staff. A temporary staff if he commits an offence the worst you can do to him is you will not use him the next time but if he is a permanent staff you can punish the person. For me I don’t blame the president because he has many issues to look at and if he decides he is not going to sign it you and I may not know from what angle he is seeing it. The best thing to do is communication between the national Assembly and the Presidency. The Non Governmental Organizations (NGO) should look at these thing and make it top of discussion, get the two parties to talk and come up with a common stand that we really need a new electoral law. There is no doubt from the experiences so far, it is getting worse. A situation where we are patronising violence as a way of conducting election what ever votes you pack once you succeed in dumping them on INEC and is written out you are declared. Nigeria is beyond that, we are the beacon of Africa, people look on to us to do things the right way so all of us should not be comfortable with the quality of elections that we have now. So I fully support a review of the electoral act but whatever the differences are between the Presidency and the national assembly it is time for communication to resolve those issues so that the nation can move forward electorally. I think INEC is limited as to what they can do. What they can do are suggestions but it is between the National Assembly and the presidency to actualise it.
The judiciary has been playing significant role in our democracy and sometimes that role becomes antithetical to development as they become culpable in derailing the democracy what is your take?
For me remember the law is an ass, it is a statement and is subject to interpretations, well any English sentence is subject to interpretations as it can be viewed differently by two or more people. So I don’t blame the judiciary, we are the ones that are taking cases to them when we have internal mechanisms within our political parties to resolve issues, some bypass those mechanisms or the issues are mishandled by the leaders of the political parties involved, so the judiciary is put on the spot to interprete what the law says on each of those issues brought to them. So I don’t blame the judiciary but the organizational set up of our political parties where membership is not driven by ideological directions but by other motivations, hence, all kinds of people come together who are not ready to compromise or reach understanding on the issues but run to the courts. If you empower the courts by running to them for internal family matters of a political party you can not blame the judiciary, they will give you judgements, and different judges can read the law differently, that is not corruption but interpretation of the law and so if we want to avoid that, what to do is to ensure elections must be free and fair both internal election within the political party and internal elections that allow people to reach public office so that people can be accountable knowing that if you go for election, the true feelings of the electorate will be reflected in the kind of people who are elected and when those elected know that their fate is in the hands of the people, they will behave better than what we are seeing today where godfathers impose people or Godfathers disorganise people’s carriers, it doesn’t work well. Advanced democracies that we are copying don’t do that, anybody can emerge from anywhere. Look at what is happening in the US this week, one 24 year old boy is destabilising somebody who has been in the senate for 30 years, a young boy of 24 years because of the issues of the moment. This racism matter, the black life matter and the injustices, insecurity. All these are affecting peoples lives and they are reflecting that in the kind of leaders they elect. Suddenly they now found that the man that has been there for 30 years has not protected their interests so they want to try the young man. The young man has no money, in Nigeria here you cannot go anywhere without money. So these are the issues that are affecting our democracy. However, I believe that over time we will mature and come to a point where truth will prevail and we will start making progress, so these are my own views.
You Governed Kogi for four years and that State today is enmeshed in high level of insecurity as if the authority is helpless, what is your take?
You can’t compare what is going on now with what happened when I was Governor. Nigeria has changed drastically over the last five years. Security issues are becoming more complex. This issue of travelling from Abuja to Lokoja, in those days you don’t think about it, you just enter your car and drive but now at every point you are afraid of being kidnapped, somebody can just emerge from the bush, block the road and you are kidnapped and they will be asking for millions before you are released if you are lucky, because they kill anyhow, it wasn’t like that in those days. So I don’t believe in comparing, the Governor must be doing his best. But how do you address a situation whereby at any point on the road between Lokoja and Abuja or between Lokoja and Okene or Lokoja and Itobe to Anyigba people can just jump on to the road, stop you, kidnap you, kill you and carry your properties. How, it requires sophisticated security architecture which we don’t have, we need drones, satellite imaging, we need sophisticated security architecture to do it. Or you put in place dedicated patrols which is expensive, because it is like having patrol cars running up and down, well equipped with modern security gadgets, with more sophisticated guns than the AK47 that these bandits are using. Our country has been infiltrated by all kinds of bandits including Bokoharam, herdsmen, criminals with reckless abandoned. During our time we had clear synergy of the security and the range of crimes were manageable, the current security situation now is sporadic, they come from anywhere in many directions; its Abuja road today, Okene road tomorrow, Itobe the next day after, how do you cope? What can the Governor do? So I think this idea of community policing is very important, we need to get the police emanating from each community where everybody is his brother’s keeper and information flows for the bigger security agencies to plan better and be able to predict these people and attack and eliminate them, that is the way I see it. We need to go back to the drawing board.
In a situation where the politicians are complicit in giving out guns to criminals especially during election?
It is sad, and what are we doing about it? We are not doing any thing, are you seeing any meaningful approach to addressing those kinds of things, we have been crying about thuggery talking about election violence and all that, who has been jailed for perpetrating violence in an election? Who has been arrested and prosecuted? Why are we not doing so? Elections improve from lessons we learn from occurrences. We need to identify that in a particular election these are the problems that came out, you address them, you arrest and you punish, it acts as a deterrent so the next election would definitely be better, but in our case these things happen, when people acquire power the people who help them come into power are forgiven. We wait, another four years we start the whole circle again. I think this is what is happening. We are not really addressing the issues. Look at what happened during the PDP primary in 2019 at the tail end of a long primary exercise, people came with guns and shot into the stadium, killed people, wounded some people, scattered the ballot papers, that is what brought about litigation and the supreme Court ruling you were asking about. Who has been arrested? who has been prosecuted? So would you be surprised if it happens in another primary tomorrow? There is nothing to stop anybody from not disrupting and people who sponsored that probably they have benefited, so next time they see it as a viable way of conducting primary so why do you waste your time going round local Governments and talking to people and party leaders and delegates and all that, when you can wait on the night and by 1.30am you come out with guns and scatter the whole thing and make sure your candidate wins, that is the situation we are in. Yet we are not sincerely addressing these things. So until there is that sincerity of purpose in addressing national security issues, pockets like primary elections, general elections, all those conventions and things like that where people gather. We should have an architecture and have a way of doing this thing in such a manner that there is dignity and there is respect and there is a meaning to it and there is purpose that we are doing it. It is not just an exercise and these things cost a lot of money. The political parties gather money to prosecute conventions, primary, elections and all that and if it is disrupted, all that money is lost, they are not achieving the purpose. So, it is something we need to take seriously, examine it, address it and learn lessons from it. The lesson we learnt from Kogi should apply in Ekiti, Edo, Oyo, Kaduna, Sokoto, Borno and wherever. We should be improving these things. It doesn’t matter which political party. We are a nation, a country that gave birth to these political parties. If we don’t learn, we don’t synergize with the various lessons we are learning then we cannot make progress, we would just continue in the circle. In Nigeria we find it easy to blame leaders; its the fault of so and so, it is not necessarily the fault of the leaders, in some cases, we the citizens are complicit, we are contributing to these things. We allow ourselves to be used and at the end we are the losers at the end of the day.
Kogi PDP internal litigation just ended with Musa Wada being declared as the authentic candidate how do feel?
My own view of all these litigation is that it is a fight within the family and there is a limit to which one should go at the end of the day only one person will be the candidate. A primary election where 13 aspirants participated and 11 of them say look Musa Wada is the winner we should all rally around that person and let him represent us. These positions are tenured, four years and maximum eight years so it will come to pass if we are lucky to be alive. Therefore I do not believe in acrimonious dragging of cases up and down, I don’t believe in do or die politics. You try, if it works fine and good if it does not thank God and move on. The problem I see disorganizing Nigerian politics is that people take politics as a profession, it is not supposed to be a profession it is more like a vocation. It is something you do outside your profession. Therefore if it doesn’t work you go back to your profession, if it works you contribute to improving lives of people. The motivation is helping to improve peoples lives, to improve the living and economic standards of our people. That should be the motivation in coming into politics but some take it as a profession, their only source of income and I think that is why we get into this sad issues of acrimonious litigation and instead of our politics to be determined by ideology and motivation to help improve the lives of our people it has become driven by material desires. The ambition to get into position and acquire inordinate wealth and all that. I think that is what is crowding the direction of our politics. So for me with regards to litigation the supreme court has spoken that is the end of the matter and I will appeal to all parties to come together and move forward. There will be another opportunity in three and half years time they can all try again. That is my advise to all the parties involved in the litigations.
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