Nigerian armed groups must stop attacking civilians, Amnesty International said today, after as many as 30 people were killed in a bomb attack blamed on the religious sect Boko Haram.
Motorcyclists hurled bombs into a beer garden killing up to 30 people in Maiduguri, Borno State, in the northeast of the country on Sunday, before shooting into the crowd. Several people were injured in a fresh bombing on Monday, also believed to have been carried out by Boko Haram. (more…)
Members of the House of Representative today defiled the wish of the ruling People’s Democratic Party to elect Aminu Tambuwal as its speaker. He was elected alongside Emeka Ihedioha, his deputy.
Mr Tambuwal was elected by a simple majority vote 252 members on Monday amidst cheers during the inauguration of the seventh session of the House of Representatives. His election brought an end to a long draw battle for the position occasioned by a controversial zoning of the Speakership to Nigeria’s South West by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
FAREWELL SPEECH BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE, HIS EXCELLENCY, DAVID MARK, ON THE VALEDICTORY SESSION TO MARK THE END OF THE 6TH SENATE AT SENATE CHAMBER ON THURSDAY, 2ND JUNE, 2011.
It is my pleasure and privilege to address you my bosses and colleagues,
distinguished Senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on this auspicious
occasion of the winding up of the 6th Senate. There is time for everything under
I thank the Almighty God Who has made it possible for us to witness this great
day. It is most unfortunate that conspicuously absent from this gathering, are
two of our colleagues, who were snatched away by the cold hands of death. Two
very illustrious Senators from Gombe State are not here to share in the joy of
this day with us, Late Senators Tawar Umbi Wada and Peto Dukku. May their gentle
souls rest in peace. Amen. (more…)
The defeated governorship candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Benue State, Steve Ugbah, formally filed his petition Tuesday at the state election petition tribunal challenging the re-election of the incumbent Gabriel Suswam.
Accompanied by his running mate, Usman Abubakar, a team of lawyers and a throng of supporters, the ACN governorship candidate was received by the tribunal secretary, Mohammed Bello. At the head of the team of lawyers was a former attorney general of the state, Joe Abaagu.
Last October I picked up membership of the Action Congress of Nigeria, and with that move, started an important journey, along with fellow compatriots, to help renew our dreams and our country. It was a journey and a challenge to correct what we diagnosed to be wrong and ill about governance in our country.
I think I need not bore Your Excellency with details of the conduct and outcome of the just concluded governorship election in Imo state, since that is already well known to the President.
What I think I ought to restate is my commitment to ensuring a lasting legacy of peace and true democracy in Imo. I have already demonstrated this by quickly moving in to douse the political temperature in the state by accepting the result of the election as it is and announcing that I will not go to court.
A chieftain of the ACN in Benue Charles Ayede was this evening gunned down by suspected assassins. Ayeded and the Benue ACN governorship candidate in the just concluded elections, Professor Steve Ugbah were on their way to Makurdi. The shooting also injured one of Professor Ugbah’s strong supporter, Mr Adaa Maagbe.
Assailants opened fire on the team near Kadarko in Nasawara state, 25 minutes away from Makurdi the Benue state capital.
Eyewitness reports said Ayede and Mr Maagbe were riding ahead of Prof. Ugbah when the assassins accosted and killed Ayede. Mr Ayede died on the spot, while Maagbe got shot in the hand. Mr Maagbe ran into the bush when their car came to a stop and immediately told Prof Ugbah to make a detour back to Lafia, the capital of Nasarawa State. From the nature of the attack, it was clear the assailants were out to kill Prof. Ugbah.
A proposed addition to the senate’s standing rules, which will give the incumbent senate president an edge in the contest for next session’s senate presidency, does not preclude any other aspirant, the senate spokesman, Ayogu Eze has said.
Mr. Eze, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja during a press briefing at the national assembly, said the new addition is meant to fine-tune the existing rules which passively precluded neophyte senators from aspiring to office of presiding offices in the senate.
The proposed rule, which will be adopted by the senate Tuesday next week, will replace rule 97[f] of the current standing order of the senate. The section states that nomination of senators to serve as principal officers and chairmen of committees shall be in accordance with ranking of senators in which returning senators will take precedence, but did not categorize the ranks.
The Presidential candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, today begins a three-week country governance audit of Afghanistan as part of a six-man international monitoring team set up by the United Nations under the “Afghanistan Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.”
Mr. Ribadu left Nigeria for Afghanistan last Tuesday, May 3; joined five other team members in Dubai; and traveled into Kabul at the weekend where they are expected to fine-tune the strategy of curbing corruption in the troubled country.