What Buhari Discussed With Saraki and Dogara at the Villa Today

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday in Abuja met separately, behind closed doors, with the Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara and the Senate President Bukola Saraki.

The president first met with the Speaker before meeting the Senate President for about 40 minutes each.

It was gathered that the two meetings were part of efforts to address the seeming strain relationship between the Presidency and the National Assembly. The meetings also discussed the progress reports on the 2017 budget proposal, Senate’s amendment of the Electoral Act and other national issues.

The two Presidential Aides for National Assembly Matters for the Senate and House of Representatives, Sen. Ita Enang and Kawu Sumaila, respectively, were earlier sighted going into the president’s office.

The Senate President and the Speaker, who both spoke to State House correspondents after the meetings, said they had “routine consultation’’ with the president. Saraki said the relationship between the two arms of government was cordial.

He said, “The relationship is very cordial, you cannot examine (the National Assembly) by one or two issues. That is the point I’m making. You cannot examine (the relationship) based on NDDC or examine it based on EFCC.

“We have other issues like the Ministerial (names) we are going to work on and the amnesty we will soon work on. We have the budget that is more important, we have INEC, we have PIB, we have so many things and I think it is a mixture of all that that should guide us.

“So, don’t let us overheat the polity.’’

On the six months suspension of Sen. Ali Ndume by the Senate, Saraki said he had no power to recall him as being advocated by some individuals and groups.

Also speaking on the outcome of his meeting with the president, Dogara dismissed the assertion that he was in the Villa over crisis between the executive and the legislature.

He said, “It baffles me when people see you visit Mr President, the assumption out there is that something is going wrong. Nothing is wrong, it is just a routine consultation.

“You might look at it as crisis but I don’t look at it as crisis. You know I have always said this that as a government our value will be the problems we have solved.

“We can’t be remembered for avoiding or running away from problems. It is only when‎ we provide solution to some of the things you refer to as crises and we look at them as opportunities to begin anew that people will now remember us for putting down enduring legacies.”

On the proposed protest against the recent activities at the National Assembly, Dogara said Nigerians were free to express their views peacefully

He said: “This is a democracy we are running and we have to open the space to civil society, to everyone who feels aggrieved to be able to air his grievances.

“So, if they have grievances against the institution of the legislature we will take it.’’

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President Buhari May Be Impeached Over Magu’s Issue – Senator Okurounmu

Senator Femi Okurounmu has revealed that the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to do the bidding of the Senate concerning the rejection of the Acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu might result in his impeachment.

Okurounmu stated this during an interview with Daily Sun. The notable leader in the South-west and a die-hard ‘Awoist’, insists that the Senate has the final say on the appointment of the Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu.

He also added that it is the constitutional right of the President to nominate and it is the constitutional responsibility of the Senate to accept or reject the nomination.

He further added; “There are two issues involved here. If the Senate rejects him and the president allows him to act, that is an impeachable offence.

“If our legislature is up to the task, if our lawmakers know their rights and they are men of honour, that is enough to impeach the president. Even an American president cannot do that against the wish of the people.

“Once the president nominates and the Senate refuses to confirm, that is the end of the matter. If the president insists that he must continue to act, the president himself can be removed.

“The president is insisting on his appointment because he has his own agenda. And it is not for the president to come and implement a personal agenda.

“The president is not a dictator, he is not an autocrat. He was elected by the people. He is a constitutional president. As a constitutional president, there are constitutional limits to his powers. And if he exceeds those constitutional limits, he should be removed.”

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Full List of All Appointments President Buhari Made on Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday made a huge number of appointments into government parastatals and agencies nationwide.

 

President Buhari Makes Massive Appointments Into Government Agencies

Here’s a full list of all the appointments he made:

NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY (NEMA)

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo — Chairman

Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja — Director-General

David Babachir Lawal (Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF) – Board Member

Talba Alkali, Board Member, representing Ministry of Transport and Aviation;

Rabiu Dagari, Board Member, representing Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ngozi Azadoh, Board Member, representing Ministry of Health

Muhammadu Maccido, Board Member, representing Ministry of Interior

Ajisegiri Benson Akinloye, Board Member, representing Ministry of Water Resources

Emmanuel Anebi (air vice marshall); Board Member, representing Nigerian Armed Forces

Salisu Fagge Abdullahi (assistant inspector-general of police), Board Member, representing Nigerian Police Force.

NIGERIAN TELEVISION AUTHORITY (NTA)

Duro Onabule (former newspaper editor and ex-presidential spokesman) – Chairman

Steve Egbo, Executive Director, Administration and Training

Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Executive Director, Marketing

Mohammed Labbo, Executive Director News

Fatima M. Barda, Executive Director, Finance

Stephen Okoanachi, Executive Director, Engineering

Wole Coker, Executive Director, Programmes.

FEDERAL RADIO CORPORATION OF NIGERIA (FRCN)

Aliyu Hayatu – Chairman

Buhari Auwalu, Zonal Director, Kaduna

Yinka Amosun, Zonal Directors, Lagos

MINISTRY OF INFORMATION AND CULTURE

Nigerian Film Corporation — Chika Maduekwe, General Manager

National Theatre and National Troupe of Nigeria — Tar Ukoh, Artistic Director

National Council for Arts and Culture — Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General;

National Film and Video Censors Board — Folorunsho Coker, Director-General.

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Gets New Appointment Under Buhari

Femi Adesina, spokesman of the president, reveals that President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as the board chairman of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

Adesina said Mustapha Maihaja hade been appointed as the new director-general of the agency, and that other members of the NEMA board are: Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Talba Alkali representing the transport ministry, Rabiu Dagari, representing foreign affairs and Ngozi Azadoh representing health ministry.

Adesina also said new appointments had been made in the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN).

“Duro Onabule is the new board chairman of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA),” the statement read.

“Other executive directors of NTA include Dr Steve Egbo, Administration and Training; Abdul Hamid Salihu Dembos, Marketing; Mohammed Labbo, News; Fatima M. Barda, Finance; Stephen Okoanachi, Engineering; and Wole Coker, Programmes.

“At the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN), Aliyu Hayatu is new chairman, while Buhari Auwalu and Yinka Amosun, are Zonal Directors, Kaduna and Lagos, respectively.”

He said in the ministry of information and culture, Chika Maduekwe is the head of the Nigerian Film Corporation, while Folorunsho Coker is the new director-general of National Film and Video Censors Board, and Olusegun Runsewe is the new artistic director; National Council for Arts and Culture.

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Buhari’s Police Guards in Massive Protest

Men of Nigerian Police Force numbering up to 127, who are attached to the presidency in Abuja and the South-West, are reportedly protest over unpaid allowances.

According The Guardian reports, the police officers are alleging that their bosses have been denying them more than two years Risk Caution Allowances (RSA) approved by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The yet-to-be-paid allowances run into millions of naira. The peeved policemen received this money during the administration of former presidents Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan.

In a disclosure to the publication, a reliable source revealed that those affected are mostly corporals and inspectors while officers from the rank of assistant superintendent of police (ASP) to deputy superintendent of police (DCP) receive their allowances fully and regularly.

The corporals are said to be entitled to RSA of N75,000 monthly while inspectors are to receive N92,000. After several appeals to National Security Adviser (NSA), Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) to intervene allegedly went unheeded, the aggrieved security officers approached a non-governmental organisation, Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN).

NOPRIN, through its National Co-ordinator, Okechukwu Nwagunma, wrote a petition to the NSA on December 5, 2016. The organisation said it was drawing the attention of the NSA to grumblings and complaints by police officers attached to the State House and Dodan Barracks in Lagos over unpaid risk caution allowances which may have been diverted, resulting in its non-payment.

NOPRIN requested the NSA to intervene to ensure a just resolution of the complaint.The angry policemen also want three of their top officers investigated in connection with the elusive allowances.

They are DCP Abdulahi Dauda, Chief Principal Staff Officer to the President (CPSO), DCP Sikiru Akande in charge of Presidential Vehicle Movement (PVM) and CSP Abdulahi Ibrahim, Commander, MOPOL 24.

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President Buhari Approves $500m Eurobond

President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal executive council has approved the $500 million Eurobond from the international capital market to fund the 2016 budget.‎

 

Kemi Adeosun, minister of finance, made this known on Wednesday, saying the next steps about the issuance will be released later in the day.

Last week, the senate approved the request of Buhari to raise additional $500 million Eurobond to fund the 2016 budget.

Adeosun said FEC had also given a directive to contractors and those doing business with the government to ensure that names of company directors and registered offices are listed on their letter headed papers.

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She said this is to enable tax authorities to be able trace and collect revenue.

Adeosun said the accountant general of the federation had been told not to pay companies that did not comply with the directive.

“FEC gave a directive to the SGF to remind companies that there is an existing provision in the law that companies are supposed to have on their letter headed papers the names of their directors and their registered offices but what we have seen is that many bodies that are transacting business with government simply have the names of the company and no details of who the directors are,” she said.

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Senate Gives Five Conditions for Peace with President Buhari

The Senate has reacted to the setting up of a committee by the Federal Executive Council to settle the rift between it and the National Assembly with five conditions that must be met for peace to reign.
Accroding to DailyTrust reports, The Senate through a ranking senator (name withheld) who is close to the leadership of the senate identified five conditions for peace to reign between the executive and the legislative arm of government.

He said for peace to prevail between the presidency and the senate, the trial of the senate president, Bukola Saraki should be discontinued forthwith.

“The trial of Saraki is central to the crisis because it is believed that they came up with it because he ‘violated’ the interest of the presidency and the party (APC) to emerge the senate president. If his trial is stopped, there would be peace,” he said.

He added that irrespective of the peace moves by the executive, the camps within the presidency must be united, otherwise they will continue to use the senate against each other.

“A camp in the presidency is using the senate against another. This is the second issue that must be addressed for peace to reign. Buhari should dissolve the camp, otherwise no serious progress would be made,” he added.

He also said, the head of government agencies including ministers must be made to respect senate resolutions. “If a resolution is passed, the executive doesn’t respect it, there is general contempt against us. This must stop,” he said.

He said there was urgent need for the president to engage the leadership of the APC for proper coordination of the party’s caucus at the senate.

“The president must be talking to the party for it to be talking to caucus. If the president is bringing anything to the senate, the party should be involved. The fifth one is that there is no personal communication between the senators and the president. There is need for this,” he said.

When DailyTrust contacted the spokesperson of the senate, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, he said: “You are just telling me now. I’m not aware of such committee and I don’t know its terms of reference.”

Another source disclosed that there are issues between the presidency and the two chambers of the National Assembly, not only the Senate.

“Frankly speaking, there are issues with both chambers. Yes, that of the Senate may be pronounced, but there are issues with the House as well. How can you increase the budget of the judiciary by N30bn without increasing that of the legislature? The lawmakers are not happy with this.

“Again, the president doesn’t see them as anything. He treats them with disdain, and it’s the fault of his aides. He doesn’t meet lawmakers privately to discuss issues, which wasn’t the case in the past. They’re only managing to work with him.

“There were instances that the president would travel to a place with the Senate President and the Speaker, but he would be distanced from meeting the National Assembly leaders. All these things may be small, but they’re important as far as their relationship is concerned. The House is only managing the relationship, while that of the Senate seems to go out of hand.

“As I speak with you, there are lawmakers that are not principal officers, but they have unfettered access to the Villa, while principal officers don’t. If anything comes up, those lawmakers that are just committee chairmen can’t do anything to defend the president.

“For me, the way out is for the president to open up and make himself accessible to the lawmakers. He should know that it’s not a one-man show. He should respect them the way they respect him,” the source said.

Another lawmaker said there are no serious issues between the House and the presidency but that the attitude of some heads of government agencies toward the lower chamber was unbecoming.

“There are no real issues that one can say are pronounced. The issues we have mostly have to do with heads of agencies. Sometime when we invite them, they don’t want to appear until we now summon them.

“As a parliament, we have powers to invite anybody to appear before us on an issue, but they give flimsy excuses here and there. That notwithstanding, we don’t have issues with the presidency currently.

“The real issues are in the Senate. In fact, at some point, the speaker was trying to mediate between the Senate and the presidency, that’s to tell you we don’t have issues with them. May be the presidency sensed that the suspension of Ndume may lead to other things, that is why they quickly swung into action,” the lawmaker said.

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President Buhari Cancels Weekend’s Medical Trip to London

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, changed a plan by which he was due to return to London this weekend for another round of medical treatment, barely two weeks after his return from a hospital there.

Instead, his doctors will be arriving on Friday to carry out further medical examination on him.

Sources at the Presidency informed SaharaReporters that the president’s advance party had already left Abuja earlier in the day by Ethiopian Airlines before they were recalled to Abuja.

Sources say the hawks within the presidency advised against taking the president abroad so soon after his seven weeks away, as that would begin to feed the rumor mill all over again about his ailment.

The latest developments come as pressure is mounting on the presidency to disclose how much was spent on his 49-day “medical vacation” in the United Kingdom, with Nigerians saying they have a right to know.

Activists, including well-known lawyer Femi Falana, and civil society groups such as the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, the Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, and the Campaign for Democracy, among others, argue that the medical bill is of public interest because Buhari touted transparency and change in public affairs when he ran for the presidency.

Meanwhile, the minister of information, Lai Mohammed said that the federal government’s decision to release the medical expenses of President Buhari was on the basis of national security.

He said: “This matter (the President’s medical bill) has come several times and our position on the matter is quite straight forward.

“What are the President’s conditions of service? What are his entitlements in terms of his well-being and health care? The state is supposed to take responsibility for these.

“We believe that asking for how much has been spent on the health of the President is an issue that we should weigh very well both for national security and also for moral issues. I don’t know why we must divulge such very sensitive information”

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Saraki Reveals Names of Two Ministerial Nominees Buhari Sent to Senate

The names of the two ministerial nominees sent to the Senate for confirmation by President Muhammadu Buhari has now been revealed by Senate President, Bukola Saraki.

The two ministerial nominees are – Suleiman Hassan from Gombe State and Stephen Ocheni from Kogi state. They are expected to take over the ministerial slots of former Minister of the Environment, Amina Mohammed who is now the new UN Deputy Secretary-General and James Ocholi, former Minister of state for Labour, who died in a fatal accident in March 2016.

The list of ministerial nominees is coming at a time when the Senate stood down for two weeks, consideration of the request of President Buhari for the appointment of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).
The Senate based its decision on what it termed disregard for its resolutions.

The upper legislative chamber specifically berated the President for appearing to be doing nothing about the rejection of Ibrahim Magu a the Chairman of the EFCC but allowing him to function in acting capacity.

The Senate stressed that it was wrong to leave any appointee in acting capacity even after he had been rejected twice by the senate.

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President Buhari Names New Ministerial Nominees

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent names of two new ministerial nominees to the Senate for confirmation.

A source close to the Senate told News Agency of Nigeria correspondent that the letter arrived the Senate late Tuesday.

The source revealed that the two nominees are from Kogi and Gombe state.

It was gathered that the Kogi nominee will be replacing the late Minister of State for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi while the nominee from Gombe would be replacing former Minister for Environment Ms Amina Mohammed who had gone to serve in the United Nations as a deputy Secretary General.

The list of ministerial nominees is coming at a time when the Senate stood down for two weeks consideration of the request of President Buhari for the appointment of Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs).

The Senate based its decision on what it termed disregard for its resolutions.

The upper legislative chamber specifically berated the President for appearing to be doing nothing about the rejection of Ibrahim Magu a the Chairman of the EFCC but allowing him to function in acting capacity.

The senate stressed that it was wrong to leave any appointee in acting capacity even after he had been rejected twice by the senate.

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