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Buhari won’t assent to Social Media Bill – Garba Shehu
President Muhammadu Buhari has reiterated the commitment of his administration to the protection of free speech in keeping with democratic tradition.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said this while reacting to the public hostility towards the social media bill being debated by the Senate.
He said that President Buhari has sworn to defend the constitution of Nigeria and would not lend his hand to anything that is inconsistent with the constitution, “but he is not averse to lawful regulation, so long as that is done within the ambit of the constitution which he swore to uphold.”
The President said free speech is central to democratic societies anywhere in the world. The President explained that without free speech, elected representatives will not be able to gauge public feelings and moods about governance issues.
“As a key component of democratic principles,” the President acknowledged that people in democratic societies “are so emotionally attached to free speech that they would defend it with all their might”.
Mr Garba Shehu explained that President Buhari is fully aware of the public reservations about the proposed legislation but assured that there is no cause for alarm “because the Senate is a democratic senate. The President won’t assent to any legislation that may be inconsistent with the constitution of Nigeria.”
December deadline to military to crush Boko Haram can be shifted – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday that the deadline given to the military to end terrorism in parts of the country especially in the northeast was open to modification and can therefor be shifted.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Gabriel Olonishakin, stated this in Dutse at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Annual Conference of the Chief of Army Staff.
“Let me emphasise that the time frame given should serve as a guide and if exigencies of multiple operations across the country requires modification, the Federal Government will not hesitate to do so in order to address the flash points that are emerging in parts of the country.
The Nigerian Army must, therefore, develop strategies to address the current challenges facing the country and ensure total elimination of the insurgents.
Despite the achievements of the military in combating terrorism in the North East, the challenges of terrorism in other parts of the country remains an issue of serious national concern with the potential to impede our change drive.
The President reiterated the support of his administration to the armed forces in ensuring that they delivered on their mandates”
– Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, President of Nigeria
KOGI APC Guber win: I won’t be available for inauguration – Faleke
The All Progressives Congress (APC) deputy governorship candidate in Kogi State, Hon. Abiodun Faleke, has said he would not make himself available for swearing in with the governor-elect, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, on January 27, 2016.
Faleke, who stated this on Monday in Kabba during a meeting of APC stakeholders from Kogi West Senatorial District, said this statement followed his resolve not to work with Bello, a decision he communicated to the national leadership of the party some days ago.
The politician, who was reacting to resolutions reached at the meeting that he should pursue the legal option to its end, said the Audu/Faleke ticket remained intact and unchanged.
He said: “I will not disappoint Prince Abubakar Audu. I, James Abiodun Faleke will not be there for the swearing in if we don’t finish the case before the January 27, 2016.
“Nobody consulted me before making me a deputy to Bello. Bello too did not consult me. I have made my position known to the party leadership on this. I am not ready to betray and disappoint Prince Abubakar Audu.”
The tenure of the present administration ends on January 27, 2016.
He also exonerated President Muhammadu Buhari from the crisis, saying the President he knows cannot be a party to injustice and outright violation of rule of law.
INEC declares Bayelsa governorship election inconclusive
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has cancelled the election in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area in the Saturday’s Bayelsa State governorship election and consequently declared the election inconclusive.
INEC said the decision was taken because of violence, the abduction of electoral officials and ballot box snatching.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, said going by the reports of substantial violence and irregularities received from officials and observers, “the commission has decided in the interest of the process’ integrity to cancel the governorship election in Southern Ijaw Local Government.”
He said a new date would be announced for the election in the local government, which has 120,827 registered voters and is the largest in the state.
Widespread violence had prevented the conduct of election in the local government on Saturday when the governorship election was held in other local governments.
Consequently, INEC held the election on Sunday, but despite the deployment of more security personnel to the LGA, the violence persisted – disrupting the process once again.
Nigerian military begins invasion of Sambisa Forest
As President Muhammadu Buhari’s December 2015 deadline approaches in earnest, the Nigerian military commenced a major invasion of terrorist camps deep into the Sambisa Forest.
The Acting Director, Army public relations, Col. Sani Usman, said in a statement on Sunday that the invasion was a combined operation between ground troops and the fighter pilots of the Nigerian Air Force.
He said that various units of the Army had advanced into the forest and had cleared many of the terrorists’ camps.
He stated further that the troops rescued some people held captive by the Boko Haram, arrested some of the insurgents and destroyed most of their weapons and equipment.
According to him, some women and children recovered were being treated while 2000 rustled cows were on their way to Kanwuri.
Usman said that the terrorist camps destroyed in the combined operation were located at
Shuari, Adembe, Yerimari Kura, Yerimari Gana, Gonin Kurmi, Kore, Mainya Kore, and Lopere.
He added that the Multi-barrel Rocket Launcher Regiment also destroyed some terrorists’ camps at Dure, Dure Kore, Jokwa, and others.
Usman said that the troops also destroyed Boko Haram camps at ‘Bulagaije and Disa, Gwoza Local Government Area, Borno State and recovered motorcycles, Dane guns and ammunition apart from those destroyed in the Sambisa operation
The Acting Army Spokesman said that the troops also made serious discoveries including tunnels of the terrorists, weapons and equipment.
He said that while several of the insurgents were killed in the massive operation three soldiers were killed with two others injured.
He said that the advancing troops also cleared some Improvised Explosive Devices planted along their route by the insurgents.
SaharaReporters hits at Sen. Dino Melaye
Dino Melaye dares SaharaReporters, says Sowore will go to jail
Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West has dared online news platform, SaharaReporters to register with the Corporate Affairs Commission in Nigeria, threatening that its founder, Omoyele Sowore will go to jail.
Melaye’s unprofessional reaction follows an exposé by SaharaReporters that the former House of Representatives member opened a ban account with the Bank of America in the United States.
“I dare Sahara to register with corporate Affairs commission. Sowore’s jail term will be longer than that of a monkey in the zoo,” Melaye wrote on Twitter.
Melaye’s operation of the foreign account while he is an elected public officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is a violation of the Nigerian law. The breach could cost him his seat at the Nigerian Senate if he is successfully prosecuted by the Code of Conduct Tribunal which is currently trying Senate President Bukola Saraki, a close associate of Mr. Melaye’s.
According to SaharaReporters, Melaye, who once styled himself an anti-corruption activist, opened two accounts–one a current account, the other a savings account–in the name of “Daniel Din Melaye,” posing as a student.
SaharaReporters learnt that, by leaving the impression of himself as a student, Senator Melaye was able to open a “CampusEdge” current account with account number 4460 1649 8396 and a regular savings account with account number 4460 1647 5966 with Bank of America in the state of Maryland.
Senator Melaye obtained a bank debit card with account number ending with #8873. It is the senator’s transactions with the debit card that gave away him away as the owner of the accounts.
One of Melaye’s last transactions on the account took place on December 4th as he approved payment for a transaction relating to the purchase of cosmetics from a Kremlin-based MagnitKosmetik store. Also, on September 1, Melaye approved payment to a New York-based Schweiger Dermatology.