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Absolute Disgrace…As NBA-SPIDEL Sues Minister, Hannatu Musawa Over Youth Service Violations

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Absolute Disgrace…As NBA-SPIDEL Sues Minister, Hannatu Musawa Over Youth Service Violations

Absolute Disgrace…As NBA-SPIDEL Sues Minister, Hannatu Musawa Over Youth Service Violations

 

In the grand theater of Nigerian politics, where the acts and scenes unfold with Shakespearean complexity, the latest drama casts the Minister of Art, Culture and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musawa, in a role she never auditioned for.

 

 

 

 

 

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), an entity more accustomed to the hallowed halls of justice than the dramatic arts, has filed a suit against Musawa, alleging a violation of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act. This legal tussle, set against the backdrop of Nigeria’s intricate legal system, is more than just a lawsuit; it’s a narrative steeped in irony and symbolism.

 

 

Absolute Disgrace…As NBA-SPIDEL Sues Minister, Hannatu Musawa Over Youth Service Violations

 

 

Musawa, a figure who straddles the worlds of law and culture, finds herself in a peculiar predicament. As a lawyer, her understanding of the law is expected to be impeccable, her adherence to its tenets unquestionable. Yet, here she is, embroiled in a controversy that hinges on the very laws she is sworn to uphold. This situation mirrors the age-old adage: “No one is above the law,” yet it unfolds with a twist that is uniquely Nigerian.

The stage for this legal drama is the Federal High Court in Abuja, where the NBA, through its public interest and development law arm (NBA-SPIDEL), has leveled serious allegations against the Culture Minister. The plaintiffs, John Aikpokpo-Martins and Funmi Adeogun of the NBA-SPIDEL, contend that Musawa’s mobilization for the mandatory one-year national youth service after exceeding the age of 30 contravenes the NYSC Act. The national service, a rite of passage for many Nigerian youths, symbolizes a commitment to the nation’s development and the ethos of service. Musawa’s alleged circumvention of this rite raises questions about the sanctity of these national values.

The plaintiffs’ call for Musawa’s removal from her ministerial position is akin to a dramatic denouement, where the consequences of one’s actions are laid bare for all to see. They argue that by flouting the NYSC Act, Musawa has not only violated legal statutes but has also breached the unwritten code of public service ethics. This legal entanglement is more than just a case; it’s a mirror reflecting the sometimes-blurred lines between legality, morality, and public responsibility.

In this unfolding drama, the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria has also played its part, accusing the minister of serving concurrently as a minister and a youth corps member. This allegation, if true, paints a picture of a dual role that is as conflicting as it is controversial.

With the way the wind is blowing, Minister Musawa has more than HRWAN to contend with. Whispers within the eminent sanctum suggest she is in a world of trouble and might be used as a sacrificial lamb. As the NBA begins a campaign to sanitize the profession, one wonders if the powers that be might succumb to the pressure to make a move before the court does.
-Bolaji Ekundayo

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PRESIDENT TINUBU CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SANCTIONS ON GUINEA, MALI, NIGER, AND BURKINA FASO

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Primate Ayodele’s Warnings Fulfilled As Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso Exit ECOWAS

 

PRESIDENT TINUBU CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SANCTIONS ON GUINEA, MALI, NIGER, AND BURKINA FASO

 

 

President Bola Tinubu has called for the suspension of economic sanctions imposed on Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea by ECOWAS.

 

 

 

 

Speaking at the Extra-ordinary Summit of ECOWAS in Abuja on Saturday, President Tinubu, who is the Chairman of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the organization, stated that: “Everything we did was in hopes of persuading our brothers that there existed a better path, a path that would lead to genuine improvement of their people’s welfare through democratic good governance. And this was a path each of our nations had solemnly agreed with one another pursuant to formal regional treaty and protocol.

 

 

 

PRESIDENT TINUBU CALLS FOR SUSPENSION OF SANCTIONS ON GUINEA, MALI, NIGER, AND BURKINA FASO

 

 

“However, the sanctions that we contemplated might help lead our brothers to the negotiating table have become a harsh stumbling block. In my mind and heart, that which is hurtful yet ineffective serves no good purpose and should be abandoned.

“ECOWAS was established for the unassailable objective of improving the lives of the people of this region through fraternal cooperation among all member states. This edifice was cemented on the strong foundation and apt conviction that, united as one, we can be the true masters of our destiny.”

The President further explained that ECOWAS took the steps it did based on the regional ideals of security, social stability; democratic governance, political freedom, broad-based prosperity, and sustainable economic development through fair opportunity for each and every one in West Africa.

He said neither hatred nor hidden motive influenced the steps taken and that there was never any intention to douse or undermine the legitimate political aspirations of any member state or to advance the interests of any outside party.

In calling for the suspension of sanctions, President Tinubu stressed that: “We must take note of the approach of the holy month of Ramadan and of Lent. Whether you pray in the mosque or in the church, this represents a time for compassion, hope, and harmony. It is a time that we must not only seek God but also a closer relationship with brother and neighbour.

“In the Spirit of the holy month and of the Lenten period, and with hearts bestirred by goodwill towards all our people, let us extend a hand as brothers and friends to those in Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Guinea.

“What I suggest in real and practical terms is that we, my colleagues and fellow heads of state in ECOWAS, indefinitely suspend economic sanctions against Niger, Mali, Guinea and Burkina Faso and against the leadership of the military authorities in those nations.”

The President asked that ECOWAS facilitate the unfettered flow of foodstuffs, medicines and other humanitarian items to the people of these nations, especially to the most vulnerable, adding that for Nigeria, this will also mean the prompt resumption of export of electric power to Niger.

“In this vein, suspension of sanctions is an important but initial step. What we seek is more than the breaking of the diplomatic logjam. We must use this very moment when things seem tense and progress unavailing, to forge greater cooperation within our community.

“We not only reach out to our brothers. Today, we say unto them — let us begin to work more earnestly together for the economic development of our people and towards confronting those modern challenges that respect no borders or boundaries. Challenges ranging from climate change to violent extremism to illegal pilfering of our precious natural resources require that we join together in progress or we fail separately.

“As leaders of ECOWAS, we have accepted the honour and duty to draft the history of the region and its people during our tenure in office. We have also accepted the honour and duty to reach out to our brothers, letting them know this regional home belongs to us all. I shall do my utmost in this regard. I humbly beseech that you do the same.

“For these reasons, we must suspend sanctions and return to brotherly dialogue. I call on the leadership in Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali, and Niger to embrace the hand extended,” the President stated.

Chief Ajuri Ngelale

Special Adviser to the President

(Media & Publicity)

February 24, 2024

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PBAT is Working, No growth without Pain ! By Sen. Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi

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PBAT is Working, No growth without Pain ! By Sen. Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sahara Weekly Reports That It must be emphasized that the PBAT met a cancerous like Treasury and multidimensional problems. A courageous, dedicated and purposely determined administration of PBAT tackles all the problems gradually and head-on

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PBAT is Working, No growth without Pain ! By Sen. Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The part payment of our foreign loans which shall raise our financial rating in the international capital market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The much advertised release of food grains from the strategic national silo into our food chain shows that PBAT cares and is showing much concern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Policy formulation of PBAT is working indeed considering the above-mentioned parameters. Although it may not be possible for a quick approach and turnaround,there will surely be light at the end of the dark tunnel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrying the State Governors in a synergy improves and capable of reducing the widespread impoverishment. Some Governors must be mentioned for the good work : Kwara State Governor who doubles as Chairman Governors forum , Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Prof Zulum of Borno, Kano State Governor and few others are doing their best although more need to be done to put smile on the faces of the citizens and some other Governors need to step up their actions.Our Governors should role out more palliatives programs to cushion effect on the present hardship.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ongoing regulation of our financial institutions shows the ability of our current leadership.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is worthy to mention the head-on tackle by the present administration on the insurgency and kidnapping that is becoming rampant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this juncture, we citizens must remember the fight back of political and economic saboteurs who wants instability and old order of feeding fat. We must not play into their hands, we must control our anger although, a hungry man is an angry man. We have no other country, we must watch our utterances and be guided. Support and Prayers for the administration success must be our priority. May the Lord Almighty continue to strengthen PBAT for the task ahead.

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Ogun To Begin Sales Of 100 Trucks Load Of Rice At Cheaper Rate-Abiodun …the poor, elderly, vulnerable to get free allocation

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Ogun To Begin Sales Of 100 Trucks Load Of Rice At Cheaper Rate-Abiodun
…the poor, elderly, vulnerable to get free allocation

 

 

 

Ogun State has purchased 100 trucks load of rice to be sold at cheaper rates to residents of the state to cushion the effect of the rise in the prices of goods in the country.

The state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun stated this on Wednesday while speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting in Abeokuta, the state capital.

Prince Abiodun disclosed that the rice would be subsidized and made available at the rate it was before the recent astronomical rise in the prices of the commodities.

He, however, said the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable would enjoy free allocation.

“We have decided to give our people foodstuffs like rice, garri, beans. I have ordered almost 100 trailers of rice, they will start offloading them tomorrow (today).

“We have decided that the poor, the elderly, and the vulnerable will be given the rice free of charge, while others will have to buy the rice at the price we formally bought it before the dollar rose very high so that it won’t be a one-off and we can continue till the issue of the dollar is settled,” he said.

Governor Abiodun assured the people of Ogun State that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge and knows what he is doing.

According to him, the President is on top of the situation, adding that Nigerians will soon start seeing the manifestation of the several policies put in place to curtail the rising inflation

He added that the Central Bank Governor, Mr. Yemi Cardoso, at a meeting he had with him, has assured that the dollar would soon fall.

“Everything we are experiencing at the moment is very transient, it will soon pass away. Let me assure you, the meeting we had yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday) after I left that meeting this evening, I am convinced that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is fully in charge. He knows what he is doing.

“With the plan that he has begun to implement, you will soon begin to see the change. We must remain very hopeful.

“The last meeting I had was with the CBN Governor. He said I should quote him and tell you that, very soon, the dollar will crash,” he said.

Abiodun noted that his administration in realization of the present hardship facing the country took some steps to cushion the effect, even as he recalled that an intervention worth more than N5 billion was announced by his administration last week.

Tertiary students of Ogun State origin across the country will receive N50,000 each, the governor said.

The secondary and primary school category with about 800,000 students, Prince Abiodun noted, will be done in phases, with the first phase, comprising 100,000 students getting N10,000 each.

Those not captured now would get five exercise books while waiting for the next phase.

The governor said women and the elderly would benefit from free medical care with insurance cards worth N18,000.

Abiodun further noted that his administration would set aside about N500 million monthly to offset the payment of deductions for civil servants in the state public service.

Governor Abiodun urged Nigerians, especially the youths not to allow themselves to be used by unscrupulous elements to disrupt the peace of the country.

“It is now so bad that they have planned to use our youths, give them money to disrupt the peace of the country by staging protests.

“What we going through isn’t what other countries around the world haven’t also experienced. But they were very patriotic, calm because they know the solution is on the way,” he said.

 

Ogun To Begin Sales Of 100 Trucks Load Of Rice At Cheaper Rate-Abiodun ...the poor, elderly, vulnerable to get free allocation

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