Saraki, Dogara meet Buhari to celebrate fallen heroes

Nigerian leaders and Service Chiefs are currently at the arcade in Abuja to commemorate 2019 Armed Forces Remembrance Day. President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to review a presidential parade and participate in the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the event.

He is to be joined by the service chiefs, the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, who are currently at the event, in wreath-laying to honour the fallen heroes.

Others present at the event include Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Defence, Mansur Muhammed Dan Ali; Inspector General Of Police, Ibrahim Idris; Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen among others.

The Nigerian Armed Forces Remembrance Day is a day set aside for sober reflections on the significance of the armed forces to the country.

 

Globally, the Armed Forces Remembrance Day is celebrated on November 11 every year and it is known as the armistice day, commemorating the end of the first World War. But, with the formal end of the Nigerian Civil War following the surrender of the Biafran secessionists on January 15 1970, the date was changed to mark the restoration of Nigeria’s unity.

TENSION in The North: Yakubu Dogara Blasts Northern Elders For Being Biased

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has accused the elders in northern Nigeria of bias as they have refused to raise their voices against insecurity as they did during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

He made the call while addressing supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a rally on Thursday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Dogara said, “On the issue of insecurity, all of us know what is happening in Borno and, unfortunately too, between Abuja and Kaduna, as well as in Zamfara, Katsina, Nassarawa, Benue, Plateau, and even Sokoto states.”

“Now, I cannot even mention all because it is a general problem in the county, but I was highlighting the states where the problem is more endemic as of now. The issue is this when this thing was going on under Jonathan, we had Borno elders always speaking. Where are the Borno elders now?” he questioned.

He added, “Where are the leaders of Northern Nigeria now that this problem has become endemic? What are they saying now? Are we not guilty of what we allow?

“The truth is that if we don’t rise up to the endemic challenges now, sooner than later if things continue this way, we are not going to have a country. So it is our responsibility to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insecurity. Without security; we would not have a meaningful democracy.”

The Speaker said the alleged silence of the leaders on insecurity in the region could be taken as enabling the poor management of security in the country.

He condemned the purported elevation of some public office holders, saying those praising them were bringing destruction upon the country.

“Just like my last speech to Nigerians that were gathered in a rally like this in Gombe, I said that the 2019 general elections are not about President Muhammadu Buhari, it’s not about Atiku Abubakar; but I said it is about you who are gathered here and it will be a referendum on insecurity and hunger in this land,” Dogara recalled.
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“The sad reality in Nigeria is that by our silence we have condoned those who have been unable to effectively tackle the insecurity in the nation. We have wittingly become enablers of evil.”

The lawmaker stated further, “You know what enablers do? Enablers don’t build a country, only courageous people do. What enablers do is that they instigate the worship of individuals and the office they occupy; they will confuse such an individual with accolades.

“You know none of us was built to receive worship, anyone who attempts to receive worship will meet destruction in his wake. So that is why we are witnessing destruction in Nigeria because we have elevated some human beings to the status of God.”

EXPOSED!! How Northern elders conspired against Jonathan in 2015- “Speak the truth”- Dogara insists

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have accused Northern elders of not speaking out against President Buhari like they did against President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has challenged northern elders to raise their voices against insecurity in the region “just as they did during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan”. Mr Jonathan hails from Bayelsa, South-south Nigeria, while the current president, Muhammadu Buhari is from the north-west. The speaker, who stated this in Lafia, Nasarawa State at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday, noted that the elders’ silence on insecurity in the region could be taken as enabling the poor management of security in the country, especially in the north.

He condemned “sycophants” who elevate some public office holders to the status of “god”, saying such attitude brings destruction upon the country. He called on all Nigerians to rise up and rescue the country from the clutches of insecurity. “Just like my last speech to Nigerians that were gathered in a rally like this in Gombe, I said that the 2019 general elections is not about President Muhammadu Buhari, it’s not about Atiku Abubakar, but I said it is about you who are gathered here and it will be a referendum on insecurity and hunger in this land,” he said. “On the issue of insecurity, all of us know what is happening in Borno and, unfortunately too, between Abuja and Kaduna, as well as in Zamfara, Katsina, Nassarawa, Benue, Plateau and even Sokoto States.

“Now, I cannot even mention all because it is a general problem in the county, but I was highlighting the states where the problem is more endemic as of now. “The issue is this, when this thing was going on under Jonathan, we had Borno elders always speaking. Where are the Borno elders now?” he asked.

“Where are the leaders of Northern Nigeria now that this problem has become endemic? What are they saying now? Are we not guilty of what we allow? Are we not responsible for the killings?” he added. He said it was sad that Nigerians have condoned evil for so long while they elevate certain political office holders higher than the welfare of the nation. The speaker said the forthcoming 2019 election will be a referendum on many issues, including education which he said has not been given the attention it deserves. He said by allowing schools to shut down under the name of strike, “the government has thrown teeming Nigerian youth into idleness and slowed down their progress”.

“It’s been said that if you want to destroy a community, state or nation, don’t even fire shots or bring the crisis that is being perpetrated by Boko Haram, don’t even bring nuclear bomb, all you need to do is to lower the standard of education in that community, state, or nation. Once you succeed in doing that, you’ve killed the nation. “So many of us may not understand what I’m implying, but right now in Nigeria, the university lecturers are on strike. If it was a decent government that is committed to the future of this country, it wouldn’t take one week to resolve this problem, but unfortunately, through ineptitude the strike is allowed to fester.”

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Dogara Finally Tells Buhari What the President Does Not want To Hear

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to vacate the office if he can not fix the insecurity challenges facing the country.
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Dogara also accused northern Nigerian elders over their ‘silence’ on insecurity in the region in contrast to what they did during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Dogara spoke in Lafia, Nasarawa state at the campaign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday where he also accused the President of being indifferent to the plight of University teachers and their demands for better working environment.
He said President Buhari is not sincere in the resolution of the crisis.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan on Thursday, Dogara noted that the silence of the northern elders on insecurity in the region could be taken as enabling the poor management of security in the country, especially in the north, a situation that continues to threaten the nation’s democracy and its very foundations.
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Dogara was quoted as saying, “Just like my last speech to Nigerians that were gathered in a rally like this in Gombe, I said that the 2019 general elections is not about President Muhammadu Buhari, it’s not about Atiku Abubakar, but I said it is about you who are gathered here and it will be a referendum on insecurity and hunger in this land.
“On the issue of insecurity, all of us know what is happening in Borno and, unfortunately too, between Abuja and Kaduna, as well as in Zamfara, Katsina, Nassarawa, Benue, Plateau and even Sokoto States.
“Now, I cannot even mention all because it is a general problem in the county, but I was highlighting the states where the problem is more endemic as of now. The issue is this, when this thing was going on under Jonathan, we had Borno elders always speaking.
“Where are the Borno elders now? Where are the leaders of Northern Nigeria now that this problem has become endemic? What are they saying now? Are we not guilty of what we allow? Are we not responsible for the killings to say that enough is enough and demand as a matter of right that President Buhari puts an end to this or leave if he can’t?
“The truth is that if we don’t rise up to the endemic challenges now, sooner than later, if things continue this way, we are not going to have a country. So it is our responsibility to rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insecurity.
“Without security; we would not have a meaningful democracy.
“The sad reality in Nigeria is that by our silence we have condoned those who have been unable to effectively tackle the insecurity in the nation. We have have wittingly become enablers of evil. You know what enablers do? Enablers don’t build a country only courageous people do.
“What enablers do is that they instigate the worship of individuals and the office they occupy, they will confuse such an individual with accolades. You know none of us was built to receive worship, anyone who attempts to receive worship will meet destruction in his wake.
Dogara also said that the 2019 election would be a referendum on many issues, including education.
According to him, President Buhari has failed to give enough attention it deserves considering the lackluster way he (Buhari) is handling the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“It’s been said that if you want to destroy a community, state or nation, don’t even fire shots or bring the crisis that is being perpetrated by Boko Haram, don’t even bring nuclear bomb, all you need to do is to lower the standard of education in that Community state, or nation. Once you succeed in doing that, you’ve killed the nation.
“So many of us may not understand what I’m implying, but right now in Nigeria, the university lecturers are on strike. If it was a decent government that is committed to the future of this country, it wouldn’t take one week to resolve this problem, but unfortunately, through ineptitude, the strike is allowed to fester.
“If we shut down education, we shut down progress, we shut down the future of our teeming youth who have gathered here, we shut down the advancement of this great country called Nigeria.
“So the 2019 election will be a referendum on education also,” the Speaker was quoted as saying.

New Year: 2019, Opportunity To Renew Faith and Hope in God and The Country – Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has urged Nigerians not to despair, but look to the future with optimism and absolute faith in the Almighty God as the country moves into 2019.

In a new year message, Speaker Dogara acknowledged that 2018 was characterised by unprecedented spate of needless killings, decline in the nation’s economy, unemployment, general insecurity and other acts of lawlessness due to poor governance but is persuaded that 2019 offers Nigerians a unique opportunity to renew their faith and hope in God and the country, as well as take full control of their destiny.

Noting the importance of the next few weeks preceding the general elections, Hon Dogara challenged Nigerians to be patriotic and committed to their civic responsibility by turning out enmasse to elect leaders that will be sensitive to their yearnings and aspirations, provide the requisite security for their lives and properties.

The speaker said, “The year 2019 presents a unique opportunity for us to take full control of our nation and our destiny. It is also time for us to take responsibility for our own lives, rekindle the spirit of community and strive towards making Nigeria work again in all its ramifications.

“A democratic government should always depend on its citizens to whom power belongs as the reverse will only amount to slavery. Hence, we must continue to demonstrate patriotism, cooperation, dedication and resilience in order to overcome our challenges and triumph over the forces of retrogression.

” As the 2019 general elections draw close, I enjoin us all to remain vigilant against anti democratic forces and remain committed to enthroning a government that is sensitive to our yearnings and aspirations.

“On our part as lawmakers, we shall continue to work as the central institution of democracy through which the will of the people is expressed, especially as the nation approaches very trying times yet.

“On behalf of the leadership and the entire members of the House of Representatives, I wish all Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year even as I pray that God Almighty will lift our nation to greater heights in the New Year.”

Showing True Democracy: President Buhari’s Aide Praises Dogara

Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on National Assembly Matters, Kawu Sumaila, has expressed solidarity with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara.

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This happened when Sumaila appeared at a thanksgiving ceremony organised by Dogara’s constituents under the umbrella of Gobbiya Area Development Association, GADA, held at Gobbiya community, Bogoro Local Government.

Sumaila said his presence at that event which was held to appreciate Dogara for the numerous projects he attracted to the area demonstrated that democracy is at work in Nigeria.

Dogara and the Senate President, Bukola Saraki and some other members of the National Assembly recently dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The presidential aide told reporters: “My presence here shows true democracy. I am in APC and I am working in the office of President Buhari but l’m with Dogara.

“I came to celebrate with him because he is our friend, he is our colleague. I’m the liaison between the executive and the parliament and I enjoy the contributions of Speaker Dogara who works for the unity and development of Nigeria.
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“He joined us in 2007 and from there, we identified him as one of the emerging leaders of our time because he is respecting the border between the origin and tribe of the House of Reps we belonged to.

“Therefore, Dogara came, embraced this bridge between religious and tribal diversity and state and other differences.”

Booing of Buhari shows Saraki, Dogara ‘have lost grip’ of the national assembly

Kayode Ojo, a governorship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last election in Ekiti state, says heckling of President Muhammadu Buhari during the budget presentation is a signal that the leadership of both chambers have lost grip of the national assembly.

 

 

Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti, capital of Ekiti, on Thursday, Ojo said such scenario was not witnessed under former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan despite the row between the executive and legislative arms of government.

 

Ojo said Nigerians were disappointed that the federal lawmakers, who were to be role models to the youth, “threw caution to the winds” because of partisan interest.

 

 

Ojo said the action is a strong indication that there are some “hooligans” in the hallowed chambers who seek positions for personal aggrandizement and not for the well-being of Nigerians.

 

“What we saw on Wednesday at the hallowed chambers was a show of shame. Our leaders must know that Nigerians are becoming more enlightened by the day and their democratic awareness has gone up and putting up such ignominious conduct could dissuade our people from participating in electoral system,” he said.

 

“Most worrisome was the fact that Senator Saraki and Hon Dogara watched helplessly as the PDP lawmakers began their interruption by singing against the president in a derisive manner before the ruling APC lawmakers joined to cheer him, thereby making the place uncontrollable.

 

 

“It is sad that rather than raising the stake of our democratic credentials, we are descending to the abyss through morbid politicking and hate speeches from our leaders. After 19 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria, we are having the most divided and politicized National Assembly in Nigeria’s history under Senator Saraki and Hon. Dogara and posterity shall judge them.

 

“By way of configuration of National Assembly, it wasn’t that the federal lawmakers were not divided as we are witnessing under the administrations of Obasanjo and Jonathan, but they did it with caution, credibility and respect for national unity.

 

“Saraki must learn from how Senator David Mark piloted the Senate for eight years. He allowed politics when lawmakers were lobbying for passage of bills and taking of positions on issues of interest to parties, but never allowed politicking when decisions were to be taken on issue of national interest like budget presentation.

 

“No matter what anybody does on the floor of the National Assembly, it has no pernicious effect on President Buhari, because only the Nigerian electorate have the capacity to decide his political fate.”

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Strike: Saraki Sues Workers of National Assembly For Insubordination

Nigeria’s Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki has sued workers of the National Assembly for embarking on an industrial action over unpaid allowances.

In a an ex-parte motion issued by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja, and which was signed by the Assistant Chief Registrar, Hauwa Yakubu, Esq., the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara sought a restraining order stopping the workers under the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASAN) from proceeding on strike.

The “order of interim injunction”, issued through suit No. NICN/ABJ/360/2018 dated 18th December, 2018, directed the leadership of PASAN and their agents to refrain from proceeding on strike.

It states inter alia:

“An order of interim injunction restraining all the defendants /respondents, particularly their agents, provides, servants, however called from taking steps to proceed or proceeding on strike, pending the determination of the motion. ”

“An interim injunction restraining PASAN, their agents, privies, servants from giving directives to their members to proceed or proceeding on strike.”

The Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria in the National Assembly on Monday embarked on a four-day warning strike over unpaid allowances to the tune of N2.7 billion.

Also there are reports that PASAN members were stopped from gaining access to the National Assembly on Wednesday when President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2019 appropriation bill.

The National Assembly chapter of  (PASAN) had called off its four-day warning strike action aimed at pressing home its demands.

PASAN’s chairman, Comrade Musa Bature Muhammed told reporters that the decision to call off the strike was based on assurances from the management of the National Assembly to meet their demands, which includes 28% increment in the Consolidated Legislative Salary Structure (CONLESS).

He disclosed that the National Assembly management has okayed the implementation of the increase will commence from January 2019, promising to source for the arrears and pay in installments.

He said both chambers of the National Assembly have made significant progress aimed at passing the document and the process of harmonization of the Conditions of Service in line with the demand for a review in the condition of service.

On the release of promotions letters, he said it was agreed that the outstanding letters will be released as soon as work resumes.

He, however, hinted that the union would return to the trenches in January if the National Assembly leadership renege on its promises to live meet their demands.

You Are Weak, Resign Peacefully Now, Senator Akpabio Derides Saraki, Dogara

Former minority leader of the Senate, Sen. Godswill Akpabio (APC-Akwa Ibom) has blasted the dup of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, saying they are both weak and should therefore resign peacefully for their own sake.

Senator Akpabio noted that the duo’s inability to deliver speeches during President Buhari’s budget presentation is a sign of their weakness.

says Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki and Speaker Mr Yakubu Dogara’s inability to deliver speech during President Muhammadu Buhari’s budget presentation is a sign of weakness urging them to resign peacefully.


News men report that Saraki and Dogara were expected to make opening and closing remarks respectively before and after the presentation. However, the rowdy session at the presentation made it impossible for the two presiding officers to deliver their speech. Reacting to the development, Akpabio, a former governor of Akwa Ibom state, said Saraki and Dogara could not speak because they were no longer qualified to do so.

“They really couldn’t talk because they shouldn’t be sitting on those seats since they now belong to a minority party. “When I was in the minority party, I was the minority leader; I wasn’t the Senate President. “So I will expect that what has happened today should be a wake up call on the Speaker and the Senate President to resign peacefully,” he said. On the rowdy session, he said such action was a characteristic of a parliament all over the world. “But you could also notice that the majority party, the APC, showed its strength. There was a lot of quietness; there was a lot of silence whenever the President was making key points. “The rest was just normal nuances of politics,” he said.

 

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AKPABIO VS SARAKI Part II: You have lost control, resign!!

Senator Godswill Akpabio has continued his verbal jibe with Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has he again asked the leader of the senate to resign.

Senator Godswill Akpabio has described the inability of Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara to deliver their speeches during President Muhammadu Buhari’s budget presentation as a sign of weakness. He urged them to resign peacefully. Akpabio, in an interview with reporters shortly after Buhari presented the 2019 Appropriation Bill at the National Assembly in Abuja, said: “They really couldn’t talk because they shouldn’t be sitting on those seats since they now belong to a minority party.

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“When I was in the minority party, I was the minority leader; I wasn’t the Senate President. “So I will expect that what has happened today should be a wake up call on the Speaker and the Senate President to resign peacefully,” he said.

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On the rowdy session, he said such action was a characteristic of a parliament all over the world. “But you could also notice that the majority party, the APC, showed its strength. There was a lot of quietness; there was a lot of silence whenever the President was making key points. “The rest were just normal nuances of politics,” he said.

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