Femi Makinde, Osogbo
A Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo has granted an order of mandamus to compel the National Assembly to begin impeachment process against President Muhammadu Buhari, based on some alleged constitutional breaches.
The activists had, about three months ago, written to the Senate and the House of Representatives to begin impeachment process against the President, based on the continuous killings and spending without lawmakers’ approval.
However, the duo approached the court seeking an order to compel the National Assembly to begin the process following their refusal to impeach Buhari based on the activists’ letters.
They alleged that the President did not possess a certificate to be qualified as a President and should be impeached based on this and other alleged impeachable offences.
The judge, in her ruling, granted the leave to compel the National Assembly to commence impeachment process against the President. (Punch)
Abba Kyari is the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari. He was appointed on 27/8/ 2015. In his career, Abba Kyari held many high profile jobs. He was Secretary to the Board of African International Bank Limited between 1990 to 1995. He worked as the Executive Director, Management Services, at United Bank for Africa (UBA). He was later appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive of the Bank. He was also appointed a Director of Unilever Nigeria Plc. And in 2002 he was appointed as a Director of Exxon Mobil Nigeria.
As a graduate of Warwick University, Cambridge University and Harvard University, who had the privilege to hold the aforementioned portfolios and work experience, you expect this man to do his very best for the betterment of Nigeria while working as the President’s Chief of Staff. Unfortunately, that has never been the case. From the very moment this guy walked into the Presidency, it has been a disaster for the President and the Nigerian state.
The corrupt and unpatriotic Abba Kyari has a frightening influence at the Presidency, to the extent that most people in the know view him as the second “most powerful” man at the Presidency, after the President himself. He is believed to be the head of the cabal that has hijacked Buhari’s government, at the detriment of Nigerians.
Abba Kyari’s crimes against the Nigerian state are too numerous to mention in this short article. The latest one being denying the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachukwu, from seeing the President. Regardless of the wrongs or rights of his spat with Dr. Maikanti Baru, as a Minister of the Federal Republic, Dr. Kachukwu has the right to have audience with his boss and Commander in Chief of the Federal Republic. It is therefore very embarrassing and demeaning to the office of the President and image of Nigeria at home and around the world, for Buhari to learn about the Kachukwu/Maikanti saga through the media!
It is this dangerous monopoly over access to the President that empowers Abba Kyari to have a corrupt influence over every major appointment or contract that the Presidency awards. This is very unhealthy to our democracy and significantly undermines the ethos of integrity, transparency and accountability that the President himself is fighting to instil in the hearts and minds of Nigerians.
Despite the colossal evidence against him, we understand that the Nigerian media are afraid of exposing Abba Kyari, for fear of reprisals. We at CUPS are NOT. We are ferociously independent and fearless in our reporting. We will always tell the truth, no matter whose ox is being gored! For the avoidance of doubt, we do not work for any government, political party or religious group on the planet. We are self funded. We are a formidable group of patriotic Nigerians around the globe, who put our knowledge, energy, time, money, and most importantly, our lives on the line, to save Nigeria and Nigerians from peril.
To this end, we call on all well meaning Nigerians at home and around the world to pray for the President; whatever Black Magic spell that Abba Kyara is alleged to have done over him, may the Almighty God destroy it. We also pray that may the Almighty God give the President the fortitude to expel Abba Kyarai from the Presidency, as the man means no any good for the President and the rest of us. Amen.
Dr. Idris Ahmed.
The Nigerian Senate Committee report, on Wednesday, has revealed how the suspended SGF, Babachir Lawal, racked in billions of Naira through shady deals, in the Presidential Initiative for the North-East, PINE.
The Committee report revealed that after receiving payments from PINE, at least five companies separately paid about N450 million to the Eco Bank account (182001809) of Rholavision Engineering Limited, owned by Mr. Lawal, according to CAC and self-admission, as well as his private account (0003004417) with Diamond Bank, bank statements showed.
According to a Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, confirmation attached to the report, Lawal was still the signatory to the account of Rholavision, until February 15, 2017, which shares the same Bank Verification Number with his personal account, and 13 other accounts in commercial banks.
Here are the companies and transactions details:
1. Between March 29, 2016 and April 20, 2016, Josmon Technologies Limited transferred N317 million to Rholavision after receiving two “grass-cutting” contracts worth N530.6 million for the removal of invasive plant species in Yobe State.
The transfers were made in tranches, mostly N10 million per transaction, and N47 million on the last day.
2. For the “grass-cutting” contract, Lawal’s Rholavision was awarded the consultancy contract on March 8, 2016, while the owner was in the service of the government as federal cabinet secretary, in breach of Nigeria’s code of conduct for public officers and the Public Procurement Act.
But apart from that contract which formed the basis of the call by the Senate that Lawal be removed and prosecuted by President Muhammadu Buhari last December, the suspended SGF was also into other fraudulent deals with companies using PINE as conduit pipe.
3. For instance, on August 8, 2016, JMT Global Technologies Ltd transferred N30 million from its Zenith Bank account 114357188 to Rholavision. Then, JMT had just got eight contracts for “rehabilitations/renovations in Adamawa” State for the sum of N199.4 million.
4. Also Messrs Adamawa Boreholes and Drilling Companies Ltd transferred N18 million to Mr. Lawal’s company, after clinching N54.8 million contract to renovate seven classrooms at Yeskule Girls Secondary School, Michika Adamawa State.
5. Similarly, Barde Brothers Multi-Services Limited which was also awarded seven contracts to renovate classrooms in Adamawa State for N145 million returned N71 million to Mr. Lawal’s company account on October 10, 2016, and another N13 million between July 7, 2016 and September 9, 2016 to his private account. (Post-Nigeria)