‘Buhari, lieutenants know that he has not done much’
Prof Idegu who is head of department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, University of Calabar, speaking in Abuja with the NationalUpdate recently, expressed disappointment with President Muhammadu Buhari whom he said has not done much to justify the goodwill of Nigerians towards his election in 2015.
“If you ask for my personal appraisal of the President, he has not done much. What are we talking about? He knows himself that he has not done much. Those who surround him they know that he has not done much.”However, on whether he deserves a second term, he said he does not know saying that the result they pasted alludes to the fact that he should have a second term, since the result on ground is saying that the man won election.”Who am I to say that he didn’t win? Whoever is dissatisfied by the result should go to court. I know right now the validity of his victory is being challenged at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal but that notwithstanding personally I do not think he has done enough.””I don’t know whether my appraisal will add or minus anything because in the first place I could not vote as I was disenfranchised by INEC, so for me that alone is a minus. “I relocated from Ahmodu Bello University (ABU) to University of Calabar and I went through the process of revalidating my voters card through transfer with that of my wife. “My wife had hers transfered but for me I kept on checking till a few days to the election even the Sunday before the election, I went there and I was told I have to wait for the next election. So what should I do? The card I came with from Zaria was not valid for me to cast my vote in Calabar and I could not start jumping to Zaria to go and cast my vote.”Look at the issue of security, “we have a president who is an ex-military Head of State, a retired General and we are having these type of security challenge that is looking so elastic, so elusive.”Take the Fulani herdsmen, they have become spirits that cannot be apprehended. I do not sanction violence but I will never support injustice. Juxtapose the matter of the Fulani herdsmen with that of IPOB that were designated as terrorists.”He argued that the IPOB of South East Nigeria never killed people before they were branded terrorists, wondering why Fulani attackers were treated with kid gloves.
Fulani herdsmen have been causing nightmare in Nigeria throughout his first tenure without President Buhari taking drastic action.
According to him, Muhammadu Buhari, a Fulani man understands the culture of Fulani herders who are daily wrecking havoc, but refused to call them to other.
The University Don explained that it was unfathomable to see the level of insecurity in the last four years, given President Buhari’s background as a retired Military General, adding that he made insecurity elusive in the country.
Professor Idegu urged President Buhari to borrow a leaf from how late President Umar Musa Yar’adua handled Niger Delta militants, saying that no criminals deserves special treatment in Nigeria.
“Do you know how many people Fulani herdsmen have annihilated and rendered many children orphans and widows? Yet Buhari’s government could not classify those people as terrorists.”
“During late President Musa Yardua’s days, there was heavy agitation by the Niger Delta militants who were blowing pipes.”
“They were not killing people and Yar’dua asked his deputy then, Goodluck Jonathan to go and talk to his people. Jonathan discussed with his people and they downed their guns and Amnesty was struck.”
“What is wrong if Mr. President who is of Fulani extraction called his people to say, enough is enough? Even if they would not listen to him, let it be on record that he called them for a round table discussion.”
He insisted that criminals causing wanton destruction of lives across the country were Fulani herdsmen.
“Right now, they said Fulani herdsmen have become more terrible than Boko Haram. Then, we have Fulani herdsmen, we have Boko Haram and they are also saying, they should not call them Fulani herdsmen; are they Igala herdsmen? Are Igbo herdsmen? Are they Tiv herdsmen or who are they?”
“I love Fulani that are peace loving. They are wonderful set of people, but there is a group among them that is making life unbearable for quite a number of people in the country and they are of Fulani extraction.”He said the insecurity alone is enough for the President to resign in advanced countries esoecially the fact that the president has not been able to handle security issues as it is supposed to be..On the issue of the Kidnap of an Emir in Daura, he said the live of an Emir is one just like that of any other Nigerian.Professor Idegu said a traditional ruler was also kidnapped in Kaduna South and later he was killed and nothing has become of the case.”The failure of this Government to handle security issues is enough in developed countries for the President to down tools and go back to his Village.”What they do now is comparing how many were killed during the last administration withe the present Government.”So we are now trading with the number of lives that have been lost, what is happening?He said he was expressing his views as an individual adding that he is not talking for the department in the University but as a person and as a Nigerian.”If you go to the education sector, what have we added so far for the past four years. I am talking as a professor. You will be Alarmed if I tell you how much my salary is, you will be alarmed if I tell the condition under which we are working. “People outside hardly understand. We keep talking of the need to fund education they would say they are tired of ASUU. The moment they begin to fund education ASUU would have no excuse. Go to the economy what have we achieved so far. “Where are we now, where were we four years ago? How much is a bag of rice now? How much did we buy it four years ago? I am not saying the price should be static. How much is Naira going now for One Dollar and how much was it four years ago?”How much was a liter of fuel four years ago and how much are we buying it now? Has my salary increased since the past four years? But I jump from N95 per liter to N146 per liter.The University Don indicated that the moment the price of petrol is increased it affects virtually everything.”The market situation is determined by this mono economy that we are running.”On whether Buhari will do better in his second term, he said if Buhari has said tougher times are ahead Nigerians who voted him should expect tougher times. “I thought we were going to hear better days are coming but since he has said tougher days awaits us we will wait as all of cannot die at the same time. Those of us who will survive will tell the Story as four years is not four is not for ever.”
APC caucus tackles opposition for tagging Buhari an absentee President
The All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus of the National Assembly (Senate) yesterday berated its counterparts in the opposition for describing President Muhammadu Buhari as an absentee president.
The Opposition Minority Caucus had converged from both chambers to register their grievances against the ruling party over the derailing ship of State.
The caucus said it had also taken note of the fact that the president has been absent from duty.
They said, “We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
Addressing the Senate press Corps after their own meeting the Senate leader who is also Chairman Senate APC Caucus, Senator Yahaya Abubakar Abdullahi said they in the APC Caucus totally reject the many incorrect statement contained in the said press release.
“Furthermore, we take exception to the unfortunate charge that our President has not been seen. This is false and cheap politics.
“The President and service – chiefs are meticulously busy every day and every night in deliberations with a view to addressing the security challenges across the entire country.
“Similarly, Mr. President had always made statement to Nigerians on all major security incidences and assuring Nigerians and indeed the international community that he would continue to do his best in making sure that the security challenges are tackled head-on.”
He assured Nigerians that the President is in charge of government and is discharging his duties conscientiously and patriotically.
“It is a well-known fact that the Federal Government under the PDP refused to invest in the security infrastructure of the country while President under the APC led Government had massively invested in this regard more than any past governments and we are confident that the nation will surmount its current security challenges.
The APC Caucus expressed strong and unreserved supports the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as he continues to work in addressing the economic, health, social, security and other challenges that beset the nation.
“Indeed, we are quite aware of the role of the opposition in any democracy. However, the statement by the PDP Caucus has gone too far given the good working relationship in the 9th Assembly and especially with the Minority Caucus. “
He said, in any democracy, the rights to present criticisms and concerns on the state of the nation’s affairs are unassailable.
However, he said while they respect such rights that come with obligation and responsibility, they are concerned that the statement issued by the Minority Cuscus is capable of over- heating an already charged polity in which men of good conscience and patriotism are expected to act as leaders and Statesmen.
“While we acknowledge the natural disposition of playing politics, we are worried and disturbed that our colleagues are playing with lives.
“The unfortunate state of insecurity; for which the Senate has continuously debated and issued resolutions to support the actions of the executive under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari in the overriding interest of the public, is too delicate to play with.
Unlike the minority Caucus meeting which carried along the House of Representatives members in their fold, only majority caucus of the Senate attended the meeting
Like their Minority Caucus the majority also refused to field questions from the media after their press briefing.
The Minority Caucus had indicated that it was taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that are happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
We are keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari-NASS Minority caucus
We keeping records of constitutional breaches by absentee Buhari–NASS Minority Caucus
The Minority Caucus of the National Assembly has indicated that it is taking note and will continue to take note of the constitutional breaches that is happening at this time by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The caucus, after a closed-door emergency meeting on Tuesday, declared President Muhammadu Buhari absent from duty despite the killings and kidnappings across the country.
It said at the appropriate time, it utilize all constitutional methods and measures available after consultations with other colleagues to do the needful to safe the country from collapse.
“The caucus has also taken note of the fact that the president is absent from duty. We have not seen our president. We have not heard from our president despite the daily killings that have turned Nigeria into a killing field of unimaginable proportions.”
It condemned what it called the “ineptitude and inability” of the APC-led federal government to prevent the country from drifting apart.
It said rather than solving the security problems he met on ground as promised, the situation has grown worse under the APC to the extent that every section of the country is now beset with one security challenge or the other.
The caucus leader and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who briefed newsmen after the meeting said,
“We, therefore as a caucus, suggest that immediate steps should be taken by governments at all levels to set up proper security infrastructure whether in the mode of state police and other constitutional reforms to arrest the drift of the nation,” he said.
He urged President Buhari to take charge of his government and take the country out of the current security situation.
Abaribe also urged Nigerians not lose hope in the country, but do everything possible to get rid of APC in 2023.
He said: “The caucus also expresses strong reservations about the economic strategy of the government which has culminated into what is called quantitative easing, which the ordinary man knows as printing money.
“We feel that this strategy has led us to the very high inflation that we have today, devaluation of our Naira to the height that we never expected and has also concomitantly brought out unemployment and has led the government to contemplate, as we see today, to raise the price of fuel, electricity tariff and all manners of charges on the helpless Nigerians.
“We think that the government should reverse itself and should not continue in its mindless borrowing without seeing any benefits that are coming from it.
“We also, as a caucus, want to put on notice to all Nigerians and the international community about the threats to the lives of our members, to those who come out to say things that are true about the state of Nigeria today, and this threats have come in various forms, including threat to life.
“So, we condemn this attempt at holding everybody down and trying to shut us up and make sure that nobody says because they think by doing so, problems of the country will disappear. We say that problems of the country will not disappear.
“This is a time that needs the president to come out and take charge of his government and take us all away from problems we are seeing today.”
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
Insecurity; There will be no election In 2023- Niger APC Chieftain
*** Says The Country Is Under siege
Former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa has said that unless the current security situation in the country is addressed, Nigerians should not expected any election in 2023
He however pointed out that if the government decides to go ahead with elections despite the worsening security challenges across the country, such elections can never be credible.
Vatsa in a statement in Minna on Sunday titled “As the nation bleeds, can Nigerians have a credible elections in 2023” expressed worries that the entire country is overwhelmed by one form of insecurity or the other with the attendant lose of lives and the government seems to be without idea.
“No part of this country today is safe, people are being killed like flies. They have abandoned their ancestral home for fear and have no hope of returning soon”.
Vatsa, a former publicity secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state believed that until the security problem is addressed and peace returned to towns and villages, any attempt to conduct election in 2023 under the present situation will amount to deceit.
According to him, “Nigerians will know that such elections will never be credible. It will amount to sitting in one place and writing results and the people will definitely resist such manipulations.
“But the truth is that this government can not afford not to conduct credible elections in 2023 because without free, fair and credible elections APC wouldn’t have been in power today. If for nothing, we must give Nigerians credible election devoid of any deceit and foul play”.
Vatsa who is the Coordinator public affairs to governor Sani Bello, maintained that Niger state is one state that no credible election can be conducted without addressing the issue of Banditry which has brought the state to its kneel, stressing that “right now six or seven out of the 25 local government areas of the state are under siege from bandits.
“So which credible election will you conduct in such local government areas without addressing the security challenges there, it is not possible. Today there are over 20,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP) across these local government areas.
“The state is overwhelmed with this situation and nobody is listening to the governor. So if you want to conduct election in these affected communities where are the voters”, he queried.
He therefore urged President Buhari to act fast “because the masses who voted for him in 2015 and 2019 can no longer sleep in their houses, they can no longer go to their farms. The country is bleeding and the poor people are most affected”, he submitted
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