A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has accused the leadership of the Minority Caucus of the National Assembly of unnecessary silence and indifference amid allegations of corruption against top government officials and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government.
Frank specifically said that the recent allegations of corruption against the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the suspended acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu and stolen crude worth $2.5billion from the nation’s oil giant ought to have caught the attention of the minority caucus if nothing was fishing.
He noted that Magu now suspended and being investigated, had levelled multiple accusations of alleged corruption against the AGF, Malami, over recovered assets and called on the presidential panel and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate the AGF.
One of Magu’s lawyers, Tosin Ojaomo, had reportedly referred to a media report linking Malami to the alleged illegal sale of recovered assets, the sale of vessels, among others for which he (Malami) had threatened legal action against the news medium that reported his alleged complicity.
In a statement made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja, Fank revealed that a motion expected to be read before the Eid-el-Kabir festivities was submitted to the minority caucus of the National Assembly but no action was taken by the members.
Frank said he is in possession of reliable intelligence that the AGF had prevailed on the leadership of the National Assembly minority caucus, especially in the House of Representatives, to drop a motion ought to have been moved on the need to probe his (Malami) activities since 2015.
The Bayelsa-born political activist, however demanded that the minority caucus under Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, should break its silence and quickly act like a vibrant opposition voice in the National Assembly.
Frank said: “We have watched keenly the performances of the opposition caucus in the National Assembly and it has been nothing to write home about.
“Opposition lawmakers are the voice of the voiceless but the supposed voices in the National Assembly appear to have lost their voice to intimidation, fear and personal gains.
“I hereby call on the Hon. Elumelu not to compromise the trust reposed in him as the leader of opposition in the House of Representatives.
“Now that Ndudi’s party (PDP) has pardoned him and recognized his minority leadership of the House, it is a responsibility he must justify.
“Opposition lawmakers in the National Assembly should know that Nigerians are watching them on how they will distinguish themselves among the rubber stamp members of the hallowed chamber.
“The emerging corruption allegations especially as they affect the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, must be brought to the limelight by the opposition lawmakers, the stolen fund in the NNPC should not also be swept under the carpet, among other allegations of corruption rocking the APC’s administration.”
The outspoken activist asked the Elumelu minority caucus’ leadership to immediately call for a Public Hearing and propel the National Assembly to embark on thorough investigation of all the allegations against some top members of the President, General Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He also called on reputable Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), known human rights activists, Labour unions and student bodies not to keep quiet any longer on the malfeasance of the present administration.
He added that posterity will not forgive those who are deliberately keeping quiet and refuse to speak out for the betterment of Nigeria at this critical juncture in the nation’s history.
NDA Release Official Statement Following Attack by Bandits
The security architecture of the Nigerian Defence Academy was compromised early this morning by unknown gunmen who gained access into the residential area within the Academy in Afaka. During the unfortunate incident, we lost two personnel and one was abducted.
The Academy in collaboration with the 1Division Nigerian Army and Air Training Command as well as other security agencies in Kaduna state has since commenced pursuit of the unknown gunmen within the general area with a view to tracking them and rescue the abducted personnel.
The NDA community and Cadets are safe in the Academy. We assure the general public that this unknown gunmen would soon be apprehended and the abducted personnel rescued.
Bashir Muhd Jajira
Academy Public Relations Officer
24 August 2021
2023 , IBB Youth O’Clock and the Call for Forthrightness
Ngozi Alaegbu was the star of that Arise Tv interview for two reasons, the first was the razor sharp and fearless questions she threw at the General.
And the second, the incisive manner and poise that got the General talking, infact the General spoke albeit frankly on several issues ranging from the banality of partisan politics in Nigeria to the failure of his generation, from the prevalence of corruption in his time to the Olympic status of corruption in the present, and from the absence of Justice in this clime to the imperativeness of resource control and true fiscal federalism, call it restructuring, if you like.
But one subject the General parried like he always does was Youth O’Clock and the call for a new republic come 2023. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida IBB was clear in ruling out citizens Atiku Abubakar and Ahmed Tinubu as worthy candidates in the 2023 power contestation. But IBB maradonically threw up a twist, he called for a new generation of leaders and yet muddled the waters by talking about a leader in his 60s. Still the Maradona, the Evil Genius you may say.
One tread ran through that interesting interview, and that is the call for a new Republic, for a new generation of leaders and thinkers, and for a Pan Nigerian President come 2023. But IBB owes the polity the debt of forthrightness and the duty of care as he clocks 80years in a few days. He should right the past through some forthrightness.
At 4 score years we expect less dribbles. At 80 IBB’s most important deft touch should be a clear validation of the season, the moment and the movement. IBB knows that the time is Youth O’Clock, he knows that Nigerian youths have the capacity and the competency to salvage this Enterprise from the precipice. And he knows that the fire of patriotism remains largely in the Youths.
We know and have seen young men and women in their mid 30s, 40s and early 50s who have genuinely bestrode the Nigerian space with a breath of fresh air. We have seen the energy and electricity of the 46years old Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello whose stride across the nation fits the description of IBB, we have seen Governor Yahaya Bello’s understanding of economics, finance and commerce, and have observed his love and friendship across the Nigerian geography, and would ask the General for some forthrightness. Call his name, IBB call his name, he is ready, willing and able to right the wrongs you all left behind, and he is ready to give a definite closure to the lost years of Nigeria.
Together with him we are building endearing and enduring blocks of oneness, purpose and patriotism across Nigeria, and together we shall berth a new and vibrant Nigeria come 2023. Say his name, be forthright and redeem the past, IBB.
And the time without an ounce of equivocation is Youth O’Clock.
Chris Mustapha Nwaokobia Jnr.
Got Your Back Nigeria.
Igbo Delegates Expell Eze Ibe Nwosu From the Association of Ndieze
IGBO DELEGATES ASSEMBLY(IDA)COMMUNIQUE REACHED AT THE EMERGENCY JOINT MEETING OF THE IGBO DELEGATES ASSEMBLY (IDA) AND THE ASSOCIATION OF
THE EZE NDIGBO IN THE NINETEEN NORTHERN STATES OF NIGERIA AND THE FCT ABUJA HELD ON THE 12TH DAY OF JUNE, 2021, IN ABUJA
All protocols duly observed.
Preamble: After a thorough deliberation on the State of the Nation, our country Nigeria and the secession activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by a joint meeting of the Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA) and the Association of Eze Ndigbo in the nineteen northern states of Nigeria and the FCT, the following resolutions were reached:
- We stand for one Nigeria in its entirety, condemn the secessionist activities of IPOB and therefore dissociate ourselves from same.
- We urge the Federal Government and all the relevant authorities in Nigeria to use lawful measures towards securing the unity, security and development of all parts of our great country, Nigeria.
- We condemn and denounce in its entirety, the various on-going insecurity activities of killings, banditry, kidnappings, destruction of government property, robbery, unlawful herdsman-ship, etc.
- All Nigerians are free to live and engage in all or any lawful business, acquire and develop property in any part of Nigeria and maintain that nobody or group of persons should act against the exercise of such rights.
- We urge all our people in the Eastern part of Nigeria to desist from all acts and or omissions that would endanger the lives of our people in the North and other parts of Nigeria.
- We support the current government of Nigeria and urge her to ensure Nigeria is led with unity, peace, equity and justice for the development of our great country, Nigeria.
- We support the rightful demands of the Igbos for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction come 2023, no matter the political party.
- We condemn and disassociate ourselves from all killings and destruction of property in Eastern Nigeria and urge that no Nigerian should associate us with same.
- We pass a complete vote of confidence on the Igbo Delegates Assembly (Igbos in the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja) and Association of Eze Ndigbo in the North and FCT Abuja; and as affiliates of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, we disassociate ourselves from individuals or group of persons who parade themselves as Ohaneze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja.
- We recognize and maintain that Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide is our apex body and there should be no proliferation of the body in any part of the North.
- Further to the earlier decision taken by the Ndieze of the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja over the suspension of Eze Ibe Nwosu, he has now been finally expelled from the Association of Ndieze in 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja.
• Long live the Igbo Delegates Association (IDA);
• Long live the Association of Eze Ndigbo in 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja;
• Long live Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide;
• Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Chief Chi Nwogu
His Majesty Eze Pampas Ngozi Wahiwe
(Chairman, Eze Ndigbo in the 19 Northern States and the FCT Abuja).
His Majesty Eze Bonifact Ibekwe
(Eze Igbo Kano and President-General of Eze Ndigbo in Diaspora).
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