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INEC chair: Lawan denies taking N2b bribe to confirm Yakubu

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INEC chair: Lawan denies taking N2b bribe to confirm Yakubu

By James Ojochegbe

The president of the senate Ahmad Lawan has denied collecting any gratification of N2b to facilitate the confirmation of the INEC chairman as alleged by an online publication.

This contained in a Statement issued in Abuja by his special Adviser on media Ola Awoniyi.
The statement reads, “The attention of the Office of the Senate President has been drawn to a report by SaharaReporters alleging that a group led by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, collected N2billion from Professor Mahmood Yakubu to facilitate the confirmation of his appointment by President Muhammadu Buhari to a fresh five-year tenure as chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“It is noteworthy that the publication, as always with its ridiculous fabricated reports, could not even expand the entertainment of its readers by providing the names of members of the fictitious group and where the group operates from.
“To be sure, that group exists only in the mischievious imagination of the writer of the fiction.”
The Statement enjoined Nigerians to ignore the report as yet another incident of hallucination by the comical characters operating the fabricated news platform.

“The online medium has long earmed its notoriety as a purveyor of fake news with high profile public officials as its targets. 
“It is well known that only the President can nominate a candidate for appointment or reappointment as Chairman of INEC.
And only the Senate as a body can confirm or reject the appointment, after due screening of the candidate.
“The parliamentary process for the confirmation of nominations by the President is open and involves all distinguished senators.
“The Senate President is only a presiding officer of the Senate and does not lead any group in or outside the august chamber that acts in any way to circumvent the processes of the Senate. “We reassure Nigerians that the Senate President did not receive any gratification, in his or behalf of others, to help Professor Yakubu get a second term as chairman of INEC.”

He challenged SaharaReporters and the sponsors of the false publication to provide whatever evidence that they can in support of their glib claims, failing which Nigerians should dismiss the report as another cheap blackmail from a platform that has no reputation for credible reportage and ethical journalism practise.”

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

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The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked Nigerians to watch and guard their statements so as to prevent any form of religious war in the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of inflammatory and inciting statements after the Christmas day sermon by fiery Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese leading to the issuance of a quit notice on the revered Bishop to leave Sokoto State.

NEF in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that Nigeria should not be subjected to further difficult circumstances capable of imposing fear in the mind of citizens.

Baba-Ahmed who expressed worries about certain disturbing comments in the polity, therefore, warned those spreading explosive and inciting statements to check their ways and desist from such acts.

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‘Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts paying off with $2bn earnings annually’

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‘Deep Offshore Production Sharing Contracts paying off with $2bn earnings annually’

The amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act has increased remittances from the sharing contracts into the federation account from $260 million to $2billion annually, senate President Ahmad Lawan has said

He also vowed that the 9th National Assembly this year will conquer the “demons” frustrating the passage of Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in the last fourteen years.

Lawan stated this yesterday while speaking with journalists on his 62 birthday celebration in Abuja.  

He said the patriotic zeal used by the National Assembly in October 2019 to pass an amendment to the Deep Offshore and Inland Basin Production Sharing Contracts Act would be deployed for expeditious consideration and passage of the PIB already before it, latest by the end of first quarter of this year.

“PIB is like a demon. People both within and outside the country are ready to work against it as they have been doing for the past fourteen years but the 9th Senate and by extension, 9th National Assembly will defeat the demon with the current bill before both Chambers.

“The patriotic zeal, sheer determination and unity of purpose by all serving senators across party lines to do this latest by the end of first quarter of this year will be deployed on the bill immediately the Senate resumes on 26th of this month the way it did with Deep Offshore Oil Production Sharing Contracts,” he said.

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Enough of the unwarranted attack on Kukah -Northern Christian group

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Apparently piqued by the dangerous dimension in misinterpretation of the Christmas message by Bishop Hassan Kukah to fan the embers of disunity, the Congress of Northern Nigeria Christians (CNNC) has warned Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) to think about the consequences of their utterances.

They also warned other groups and individuals hiding under the Christmas homily of the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah, to stop the incitment before the danger starts manifesting beyond what they can imagine.

The National youth leader of CNNC, David Kadzai, who spoke in Yola said that it was unfortunate that some agents of violence were turning the Christmas homily of Kukah upside down to serve their selfish purposes.

“If criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s government is an attack on Islam, it means that Buhari, JNI and other Muslim faithful were attacking Christianity when they were criticising former President Goodluck Jonathan,” he said.

According to the youth leader, Kukah raised issues of nepotism, insecurity and lopsided appointments by Buhari’s administration, but his critics are not defending those allegations, since they have no defence.

“I want those behaving as if they are landlords and other Nigerians are tenants to know that the country belongs to all of us and nobody has monopoly of demeaning other Nigerians hiding under religion,” he maintained.

The group called on other religious leaders in the country to come out and speak on the challenges facing Nigeria as a result of bad governance.

It noted that the country was drifting to dangerous course due to unfocused leadership dominated by people without direction.

“I advise people to stop behaving like King Pharaoh of Egypt that was disrespecting the servants of God that were speaking to him to change from maltreatment of Israelites, but he refused to listen and was disgraced,” Kadzai added.






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