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ARMS PROBE—From right: Former National Security Adviser, NSA, to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd); former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; former Director of Finance, Office of the NSA, Mr. Salisu Shuaibu; former Director at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Aminu Baba Kusa and former Minister of State for Finance, Ambassador Bashir Yuguda, after their arraignment at an Abuja High Court by the Economc and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC,  yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

The other side of the Dasuki probe

With the judiciary already handling allegations by the present Federal Government that a huge portion of the funds for fighting insurgency was diverted by its predecessor, the subject is hardly ripe for comments by columnists who appreciate the rule of law. In the meantime however, there are a number of instructive statements in the public domain which we cannot ignore. A good example of such statements is the one credited to Dr. Peter Odili, a former governor of Rivers State.

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Who are Vehicle Inspection Officers?

In one of his town hall meetings with the people of Kaduna State, the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai stated among other things that he was set to tackle youth unemployment. To this end, he announced that every year, ten people would be recruited from each of the 255 wards in the state to work as vehicle inspection officers, traffic warders, and environmental inspectors adding that the first set will be initiated before the end of this year.

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NEW APPEAL COURT JUDGES: Cross section of the newly appointed Justices of the Court of Appeal, during their swearing-in ceremony by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, at the Supreme Court in Abuja, yesterday. Photo: Gbemiga Olamikan.

Politicians who abuse judges are unwise!

Nigerian politicians are probably the freest in the world as they now and again do whatever pleases them with no one able to call them to order. Anytime a judge is assaulted or being abused in the country, it is always the handiwork of a politician or someone acting on his behalf. The only politician that does not abuse a judge is the one who secures a favourable court judgment.

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It is time to support the Nigerian Military

In January 2014, former President Goodluck Jonathan in his own wisdom, decided to appoint Air Marshal Alex S. Badeh as the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS). Almost immediately, a United States-based Nigerian journalist Abiodun Ladepo circulated an opinion on the web suggesting that Badeh was too fat to head our military. I thought my colleague’s opinion particularly his assertion that Badeh was “the most out of shape officer” he had ever seen was rather harsh and uncharitable. When Badeh assumed office, he spent ample time pointing accusing fingers at a section of the press for being anti-government.

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Are our legislators the opposite of Buhari?

At the opening of a 2-day retreat for our 36 incoming ministers last Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari made the point again that his administration would run a lean government at all levels, to avoid wastage of public funds. The president therefore charged the participants to key into the change agenda of government, as they constitute the main vehicle that would administer the change to Nigerians adding that the administration would be assessed based on the number of Nigerians it is able to lift out of poverty. The President could not have put it better.

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Culture of secrecy in governance is stale

During colonial rule, the British evolved a convention that Nigerian public servants were expected to be seen but not heard. The convention facilitated the inclusion in the General Orders and later the Public Service Rules (PSR), the requirement for public servants to take oaths of secrecy not to disclose any information obtained in the course of their duties. The pioneer civil servants imbibed the convention and handed down to posterity, the culture of secrecy for official business in Nigeria.

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Workers’ strikes: The annoying posture of Ondo State

Many of Nigeria’s 36 states are still in turmoil over unpaid workers’ salaries. Although the fall in oil revenue which drastically reduced government income accounts for the present situation, those who are unable to appreciate the dilemma of the states cannot be blamed, considering the pattern of recklessness of some governors in the nation. If the affected states had made salaries their priority as soon as they observed falling incomes, the situation would not have been this bad.

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