THE Minister of Defence of Nigeria is a senior cabinet official in the Federal Executive Council in charge of the Ministry of Defence. The defence minister’s main responsibility is to manage all branches of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to maintain a modern, competent and professional military force for the protection of the national territory, maritime interests, airspace and constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
•It is bad enough that she has touched off a scandal; it is even more outrageous that she should defy a probe
Separation of powers, a time-honoured principle in decent political systems, may count for little or nothing among major players in the country’s central administration, and the evidence is increasingly evident. The chartered jets’ scandal involving the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, and the related defiance of the legislature by specific officials connected with the affair, must rank among contemptuous violations of this rational political arrangement that is ultimately intended as a check on absolutism.
News that Alison-Madueke and others are apparently frustrating investigation of the controversial issue by the House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts is a sad commentary on the understanding of members of the executive arm of government in respect of their limits in the context of political checks and balances. The decision of the lawmakers to probe the allegation that Alison-Madueke blew N10billion in the last three years flying in a chartered Challenger 850 in her official capacity was decidedly proper; and subsequent findings that she allegedly chartered other jets, including a Global Express XRS, validated putting the spotlight on insensitive wastefulness in the country’s oil and gas sector.
OUR politicians never cease to amaze. Their trip to a Washington policy forum on Nigeria’s plans and preparations for the 2015 elections leaves many wondering what America has to do with how Nigerians are governed.
The affinity for rushing abroad to ventilate feelings about Nigeria must have more motives than the patriotism that people tend to wrap round it. Why do the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, believe Americans are the best audience about their concerns over the 2015 elections? Will Americans vote in the elections? Will they be the ones to live under the cruel conditions politicians have subjected Nigerians to since 1999 when they began the new round of unfulfilled promising to improve the country? Have we not seen the country degenerate to increasing poverty and collapse of infrastructure that should support employment generation?
NATIONAL President of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, yesterday, expressed disgust over the unabating orgy of violent terrorist attacks across the country.
He said whenever the perpetrators of such heinous crimes die, their corpses should be fed to pigs because they are on the same level with pigs.
Responding in a statement, he said: “I completely condemned the bomb attack on a motor park in Nyanya, a satellite community on the outskirts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. This is very inhuman, ungodly and barbaric.
Renowned literary icon and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, on Monday, shoved aside whatever criticism that might have come the way of some aspects of the reforms of the Osun State education sector, calling on all states in Nigeria to adopt it for their schools.
Soyinka, who is also the chairman, Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, while delivering an address to open a three-day All-comers colloquium tagged: “Fundamental Imperatives of Cohabitation: Faith and Secularism, at the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo, said it was an innovation that should be adopted throughout the country.
An indigenous opinion research firm working in partnership with The Gallup Poll (USA), NOI Polls, recently confirmed that electricity supply has worsened since November 2013 when the power sector was handed over to new investors. It goes without saying that no value has been added to the assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, in the intervening period.
Silvio Berlusconi was ordered today to perform 12 months of community service helping Alzheimer’s patients and disabled pensioners one day a week at an old people’s home outside Milan.
The former Italian prime minister was also placed under an 11 pm curfew at his villa on the outskirts of Milan.
He will be allowed to travel to his magnificent Palazzo Grazioli in Rome only between Tuesday and Thursday.
Berlusconi will however be able to campaign for next month’s European election, though he cannot stand himself because he is barred from public office.
Toyota Nigeria Limited, franchise holder of Toyota brand in Nigeria has started recalling the Hilux, RAV4 and Yaris models in the Nigerian market.
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) last week said some 3.5 million vehicles were being recalled globally to replace a spiral cable that could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned.
The fault could cause the air bag to fail in the event of a crash, while the Yaris were recalled to check for a fault in the seat rails that could cause the seat to slide forward in a crash, risking injury for the driver or passengers.
The models recalled are Hilux 2005 to 2010 models; RAV4 2006 to 2008 models, while the Yaris are 2006 to 2008 model.
Mr. Jonathan said the Kano government under Mr. Kwakwanso has received over N255 billion as local government funds since 2011.
The president made the accusation during the rally to officially welcome Ibrahim Shekarau, a former Kano governor, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Mr. Shekarau decamped to the PDP from the All Progressives Congress, APC, in January after the incumbent joined the latter from the PDP late last year.
Speaking at the rally, Mr. Jonathan said the Kano government under Mr. Kwakwanso has received over N255 billion as local government funds since 2011. He asked the 44 council chairmen in Kano to challenge the governor on what he has done with the funds.
At least 4m Android smartphones in the US, and tens of millions worldwide, could be exploited by a version of the “Heartbleed” security flaw, data provided to the Guardian shows.
Worldwide, the figure could be 50m devices, based on Google’s own announcement that any device running a specific variant of its “Jelly Bean” software – Android 4.1.1, released in July 2012 – is vulnerable.
The figure, calculated using data provided exclusively by the analytics firm Chitika, is the first time an accurate estimate has been put on the number of vulnerable devices. Other estimates have suggested it is hundreds of millions, based on the number of devices running versions of Android 4.1. But most of those run 4.1.2, which is not at risk.
On Monday, April 14, 2014, at about 3a.m, armed men stormed my house, at Plots 1-3, Ebun-Olu Adegbouruwa Lane, Itedo, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos. They were about eight of them in number. They were well armed with short guns. They scaled through my fence, tied my security man and my driver, at my gatehouse. They asked if the compound belonged to Adegboruwa, if Adegboruwa had a mobile police guard, if Adegboruwa lived alone or had tenants, and whether my neighbour had policemen on patrol.
They then started to demolish my window burglaries, they scaled upstairs to my terrace, to break into my living room upstairs, by which time I had already called for help, from the neighbours and from the police. They then tried to gain entrance into my kitchen downstairs, without success. They then descended upon my security man and driver, beat them up mercilessly and started uprooting my burglary with the heavy instruments that they brought. It was at this point that the police arrived, but the police could not gain entrance into my compound, because my security man had been tied. I saw the armed men myself from my location upstairs. They looked very mean and determined, possibly not the usual armed robbers after material things.
Some Jehovah’s Witnesses have decried the restriction on them not to marry Christians of other denominations. Members of the church are barred from marrying Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists and members of all Pentecostal churches, among others.
According to the Witnesses, marrying non-members is seen as immoral and contrary to the teaching of their church. Thus, such union is strongly discouraged and attract religious sanctions. Any defaulting member who marries outside the congregation is excommunicated and treated as a non member.
The Peoples Democratic Party has condemned as barbaric, monstrous and extremely wicked, the bomb attack which claimed the lives of innocent Nigerians in Nyanya, Abuja on Monday.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Monday said the party was shocked and has remained grief- stricken since
it received the news of the gruesome attack and killing of Nigerians pursuing their legitimate endeavors.
“The PDP weeps. We are indeed grief-stricken. Our hearts go out to the bereaved, especially those who have been orphaned and widowed and those
now deprived of their bread winners by this evil act. We share in their pain, their anguish and their loss and pray that those behind their grief must not escape justice,” the party said.
Stating that the attacks cannot be justified under any guise, the PDP maintained that they are politically motivated and can be traced to the utterances and comments of desperate persons who seek to undermine and discredit the present administration and make the nation ungovernable for President Goodluck Jonathan by instituting a reign of terror against the people.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has announced the appointment of Mr Ohi Alegbe as Group General Manager, Public Affairs Division. The appointment takes immediate effect.
Mr Bernard Otti, Group Executive Director, Finance and Account announced the appointment today.
Alegbe, an alumnus of the University of Benin, is taking to the NNPC three decades of experience traversing the broadcast, print, public relations and advertising genres of public communication.
He takes over from Dr Farouk Ibrahim, who has been holding forte in acting capacity.