- Jibrin Asks President Buhari to Resign
A former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, on Friday, asked President Muhammadu Buhari to resign.
Jibrin’s call is coming a day after he questioned President Buhari’s “inaction” following recent face-off between the Senate and the executive, and hours after the presidency announced he [Buhari] would be travelling abroad for further medical treatment.
In series of tweets, the controversial lawmaker, said the president should resign because of his health, which has left many of his supporters worried.
His tweets, ” PMB, TIME TO LET GO: So many issues are left unattended even small issues that a presidential cough can deal with are left hanging.
“Supporters are worried, understandably resorting to grumbling in hush voices while keeping bold faces and holding on to hope and prayers.
“The govt has so many soft target for internal and external opposition to feast. We must tell ourselves the truth rather than live in denial
“At PMB’s age, working actively for over 50 years, even without his present health condition, his capacity will be greatly challenged.
“Mr president himself admitted that he has never been this sick in his entire life which makes the entire scenario really worrisome.
“Then we are reminded everyday that PMB will travel abroad again to attend to his health as if it is just normal and we should celebrate?
“I believe that the combination of these two factors of his age and health situation has slowed down the pace of PMB and the APC govt.
“This has become clearly noticeable because it is a time that the country is expected to be on auto cruise in dealing with its challenges, bearing in mind that the present APC government is fast running out of time yet things continue to go even slower, slower and slower!
“The more PMB appears on camera, the more the narrative of his health situation takes the centre stage and the uncertainty it creates.
“The president I see on camera needs full home care not office, moderately quiet life, enough rest and quality time with his family
“It is a narrative that has overpowered whatever official function Mr President is discharging since his return from medical vacation.
“PMB gave his all to Nigeria. He is a great man, an enigma like Mandela. If we truly love him, We must not allow him to be rubbished.
“Life and health belong to God but the more I see pictures of Mr President, the more I am convinced he needs to go and rest. He needs it!
“Sometimes there is no harm in been driven in a car you labour to buy and who knows? You might even enjoy the ride better on owners’ seat.
“PMB should opt for or encourage to accept a negotiated exit. The country can not afford a sort of part-time president at this time.
“This is not as easy but it is doable. I do not think PMB is obsessed with power, I only think the practical way to go about things is to key in the interest of those who are or can be an obstacle around the president for fear of losing their positions or relevance.
“The interest of PMB himself, his family and friends, some officials and regional sentiments are interest that should be addressed.
“If we truly love PMB, we must apply some urgent diplomacy, resolve these issues quickly, move on and save the country valuable time.
“Mr President can be giving a special concession to nominate a new VP. We should expect that he nominates a very competent northerner.
“A nominee that can get things done and have the capacity to unite the north and assuage it feelings for losing the presidency again.
“We the northerners should accept it as destiny, may be Almighty God is so disappointed with the present generation of northern leaders.
“And may be God wants to reserve the northern presidential slot for the younger and vibrant northern generation that will come after us.
“I also believe Mrs Buhari is competent enough and can be considered for a cabinet position. She has paid her dues in APC, anyway.
“The incoming President will have to do some diplomatic shuttle to few powerful officials to address whatever their fears may be.
“A committee of all former heads of states, APC leaders and DSS can work together to push through this agenda in our collective interest.
“I apologise to anybody who might misunderstand my tweets or feel offended. I have to love PMB even more and have nothing against him.
“But this is my candid opinion and advice. It may not be the case or perfect but it has conviction of my conscience and I will sleep well.
“I have listened to many arguments, none is worth the life of PMB. He has done his best. I believe it is time he let go.”
Boko Haram Kills Rice Farmers in Borno State, Northeast Nigeria
Rice farmers were killed on Saturday morning in the Northeast Nigeria by suspected Islamist militants, Boko Haram, according to a Reuters Report.
The report also noted that 30 of the people killed were beheaded while over a dozen others were still missing.
However, resident of the Zambarmari Village where the attacks took place said a total of 70 people were feared dead.
Another resident and Amnesty International were quoted as saying at least 10 women were among those missing.
In another statement by Edward Kallon, the United Nations’ humanitarian coordinator in Nigeria, it was armed men on motorcycles that led the brutal attack on civilians harvesting their fields.
“Armed men on motorcycles led a brutal attack on civilian men and women who were harvesting their fields,” Edward Kallon stated.
“At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack,” he added, noting that several women are believed to have been kidnapped.
“The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year. I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice,” Kallon said.
On Sunday, Governor Babaganan Umara Zulum of Borno State, who was at the burial told journalists that at least 70 farmers were killed on Saturday.
The Governor, therefore, called on the Federal Government to recruit more Civilian Joint Task Force members, Soldiers and civil defence fighters to protect farmers in the region.
He added that people are facing desperate choices.
“In one side, they stay at home they may be killed by hunger and starvation, on the other, they go out to their farmlands and risk getting killed by the insurgents,” he said.
In The Fight Against Corruption, No Individual is Bigger Than The State – Buhari
In response to the suspended acting EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, President Muhammed Buhari, lamented that the anti-corruption war becomes endangered “when persons entrusted with the responsibility of that magnitude become suspects themselves.”
Buhari, whose vision is to put an end to corruption in Nigeria, believed that every aspect of the nation’s life is enshrined in corruption and it’s of major concern when leaders of institutions saddled with the mandate to fight the menace are found in the waves of the corruption they claimed to be fighting.
This act is a great abomination not only because it strikes at the root but it also trivialises and undermines the anti-corruption crusade itself, the President explained.
He further said that in a bid to put an end to this great abomination, he had set up Ayo Salami Panel to unravel the mystery behind the mystique of Magu’s alleged involvement in corruption that his administration is fighting.
Buhari said that his administration is ready and willing to go all out in the fight against corruption, and no one is too big nor above the law to become a victim of anti-graft’s sledgehammer.
The president said, “However, the stark reality of widespread corruption becomes poignant when allegations of corruption touch on the leadership of an institution set up by law to coordinate and enforce all economic and financial crimes.
“It is an abomination that strikes at the root and undermines the government’s anti-corruption programme.
“It was in response to the serious allegations against the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission that I set up a panel headed by the Honourable Justice Isa Ayo Salami, retired President of the Court of Appeal, via an Instrument dated 3rd July 2020 pursuant to the Tribunals of Inquiry Act (Cap T21, LFN, 2004).
“We recognise that there are more grounds to cover in the war against corruption, and we are prepared to go out to possess those lands by cutting off any stream that nourishes the seed of corruption and supports its growth.
“Let it be known that in the fight against corruption, no one is too big to tackle, as no individual is bigger than the Nigerian State!”
In Search For The New EFCC Chairman, Justice Ayo Salami Panel Advises Buhari to Look Outside The Police Force
Justice Ayo Salami’s panel advised President Muhammadu Buhari to look outside the Nigerian Police Force for the new Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
A credible source confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari may have decided to follow the panel recommendation to avoid a similar fate to that of Magu, the former chairman.
The source also confirmed that the panel recommendation was a result of sleaze allegations against suspended acting Chairman, Ibrahim Magu. Also, that search team would be constituted in the next few days to slim down the possibilities of finding the right candidate to bring into reality the President’s vision of a corrupt-free anti-graft agency.
The source further confirmed that “the sleaze and abuse of office allegations against Magu, a commissioner of police, were overwhelming,” and that he may be put on trial.
As advised by the panel, the new EFCC chairman should be in interim position for two years.
It was suggested that the recommendation from the Justice Ayo Salami panel might have pinned Magu, according to Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, he advised president Buhari to consider looking into other law enforcement or security agencies, as well as considering important and diligent staff of EFCC in his plans to appoint the next EFCC chairman, as s provided in the EFCC Establishment Act of 2004.
Following the Justice Ayo Salami panel recommendation, Salami said “Your Excellency, permit me to say that four successive chairmen of the EFCC from inception have been drawn from the police. Therefore, in appointing a new chairman of EFCC, consideration should be given to candidates from other law enforcement or security agencies and qualified core staff of EFCC as provided in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment Act 2004).
“It is also important to point out that at the moment, 970 policemen (114 drivers, 641 mobile policemen and 215 operations), are on secondment in the EFCC.
“Therefore, an exit plan for the disengagement of the police and other personnel within two years from now should be considered. This will address the issue of non-promotion of core staff for over nine years.
“Your Excellency, our thinking here is that whoever you are appointing other than a core EFCC staff, should be in transitional capacity of two years during which period, the arrangement would be made for the appointment of any of the core staff who has been commended by National Crime Agency, UK and other international law enforcement for their professionalism”.
Justice Ayo Salami appreciated the president for giving members of the panel an avenue to serve the country.
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