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Blocks Of Tyranny, Building Up In Nigeria -Shehu Sani

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The immediate past Senator that represented Kaduna Central in 8th Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani has warned that “blocks of tyranny” are being built in the country by people in government who are becoming increasingly intolerant of criticism and are attempting to silence Nigerians.
Senator Sani who spoke in Kaduna at the Justice Summit and Banquet called on the 9th National Assembly to as a matter of urgency throw away the Social Media and the Hate Speech Bills.
”Nowadays, people in government are becoming intolerant to criticism and there is an attempt to silence people from questioning power. And that is dangerous.
“When people are in power, it is always good to remind themselves, that power is transient. If you deny people the right to express their opinion and hold the government to account, you should understand that, by the time you are out of power that will be your only protection and guarantee.
“So, my call to the National Assembly is to throw away the Social Media Bill and the Hate Speech Bill. The two bills are inimical and dangerous to democracy. They are subversive to democracy. The bills are threatening and will end up consuming our democracy if people have no right to express their opinion” he said.
According to Senator Sani, the two bills are not only inimical and dangerous but subversive to democracy.
He warned the present government to tread with caution and not deny Nigerians right to freedom of expression, noting that, the government would not have been able to clinch power in 2015 if people were denied rights to express their opinion. while commending organisers of the summit which had the theme ‘Governance, Impunity and Accountability in an Era of Populism’, the senator said such fora were needed to destroy the blocks of ‘tyranny building up in Nigeria’.
“This programme has provided us a platform to discuss issues of governance, democracy and rule of law and vigilance in defence of our freedom. We need platforms to continue to destroy the blocks of tyranny building up in Nigeria.
“I also call on the judiciary to be courageous and understand that, politicians will always coward them and manipulate them. Governments will come and go, but there will always be the law. And the danger of having a parliament and judiciary that cannot stand up for the constitution and the rule of law is that the nation will gradually slip into tyranny and that is a very dangerous thing to do.
“The democracy we are having today is a product of struggle and sacrifice of Nigerians. And there could not have been a change in 2015 if people were denied rights to express their opinion.
“So, I call on the ruling party and the people in power not to destroy the ladder that brought them to the throne of power. When they are out of power, it is going to be the only shield to protect them against persecution from whoever is going to come after them” e said.
Earlier in her address, Convener of the Summit and Chief Executive of House of Justice, Ballanson Gloria Mabeiam said the summit was aimed at breaking Nigeria and Africa from the gag of free press and speech, because the facts and the truth need to emerge, no matter whose ox is gored.
“More than five decades ago, freedom was conceived at a seminal period in the Nigerian-African journey to independence. Civil rights movement moved for the kind of freedom that allowed people the right to self-determination and the entrenchment of fundamental freedoms.
“Fifty-nine years after, we have a profile of a democracy that wrestles with its own identity. The weaponization of laws, the reality of insecurity, the attack on the free speech and the press and the increasingly constricted accountability forum demand that people across nations and continents galvanize to impeach impunity and entrench accountability and good governance” she said.

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Banigo Felicitates With Justice Wike On Her Birthday

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has felicitated with the wife of the State Chief Executive Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike as she celebrates her birthday on Saturday, 23rd May, 2020.

 

In a statement from the Government House in Port Harcourt on Friday, 23rd May 2020, Dr. Banigo described Hon. Justice Wike as a humane and God fearing woman who is a great pillar of strength to our amiable Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.

 

While wishing her many happy returns the Deputy Governor prayed the Almighty God to continue to protect and bless Hon. Justice Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom Wike.

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Former Nigeria President Jonathan Loses Foster Dad.

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The family of former Nigerian President,Goodluck Jonathan and the Otuoke community of Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa state has been thrown into mourning as the News of the sudden demise of Chief Nitabai Inegite,the former president’s foster father reached them.

Though no official reports have reached us as to the cause of his death,The Tide learnt that the septuagenerian has been briefly ill shortly before his demise.
The former President, who visited the residence of his late foster father the early hours of Wednesday has not made any official statement regarding funeral arrangement.
Chief Inegite,popularly called ‘holy’ by his admirers and friends was initially reported to have been responding to treatment in an undisclosed health facility where his health later deteriorated before finally giving up  the ghost  at about 11:00 pm,Tuesday 19th day of May,2020.
You would recall that the late Chief Nitabai Inegite was twice reported to have been kidnapped some time between 2014 and 2016 respectively.
The late former president’s foster father was survived by his wife,biological children,grand children and numerous relatives.
By Ariwera Ibibo-Howells, Yenagoa.
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Nigerian Senate Considers Bill For Ensure Food Security

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…seeks establishment of Food Reserve Agency
The Nigerian Senate, in a seemingly proactive stop to forestall anticipated food shortfall  in the country ,  on Tuesday, commenced legislative work on a critical bill to ensure food security in Nigeria through  the establishment of  Food Reserve Agency to plan and implement policies for adequate food production and storage.
The bill  sponsored  by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Nasarawa West), scaled second reading at plenary , on Tuesday.
Leading debate on the bill, Senator Adamu noted that Nigeria as a nation needs to develop its Agricultural sector to ensure not only alternate economy but also food security .
He further emphasised that this requires  an vibral  agency to drive all attending policies for the growth and sustainability of the sector.
According to the lawmaker, the Food Reserve agency when established, would be responsible for storing food grains and other food commodities for strategic purposes.
His words “Agriculture plays a pivotal role in the development and growth of every nation. Any country seeking to diversify its economy, alleviate poverty, create jobs and ensure food security should prioritize agriculture.
“Nigeria recognizing the important role Agriculture plays has made efforts to place the sector at the fore by introducing different intervention programmes and policies backed by enabling laws.
“A further step to be taken to ensure food security in our country at all times is to formulate enabling laws that will address food insecurity,”
“The agency will implement the overall National Food Reserve Policy to ensure a reliable supply of designated commodities in the country.”
The lawmaker recalled that, “the recent mandate of the President during the COVID-19 pandemic to distribute 70,000 metric tons of grains from the Grains Reserves shows clearly how important it is for a country to have a Food Reserve Agency.”
 Stressing the importance of food security ,he linked the current Covid 19 situation and its Nigeria’s readiness to  ensure the nation don’t wind up in food crises as well.
According to Senator Adamu, with the Agency in place, Nigeria will be taking the right step in the right direction as replicated in other African countries such as Zambia and Tanzania.
“With the existence of the Agency, emergency food crises will be taken care of especially in the period of a pandemic.
“There will also be a reduction in post-harvest losses as silos, warehouses, equipment, ancillary facilities and other suitable storage facilities will be installed and maintained.”  the Senator explained.
After the debate, the President of  the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan referred the bill to the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development chaired by the sponsor of the bill Adsmu Abdullahi.
The Committee  is given four weeks  to report back to the Senate.
Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi.
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