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Social critic describes constitution amendment as unpatriotic



Adewale Adebisi, a social commentator, has said referendum, rather than constitution review, is the way to go in settling agitations for secession in Nigeria.

He said this in a radio current affairs programme in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, on Monday, adding that constitution review is not practicable anymore.

Adebisi, who claimed that the 1999 Constitution was a product of the military era, stated that it created a unitary federalism which empowered the centre in detriment to the states.

He revealed that the 1963 Republican Constitution was the best so far even as he lambasted the political elite and accused them of being beneficiaries of the 1999 Constitution.

The social crusader stated that the 1999 constitution stood condemned because it was handed over to Nigerians by the military, adding that nothing can be imposed on the people since under a democracy, they were allowed to decide for themselves.

While maintaining that the constitution amendment is not the first thing, he described the current exercise as unpatriotic adding that the politicians have to be patriotic and nationalistic in their approach to the present Nigerian problem.

“There is nothing stopping this present government from conducting a plebiscite to determine whether this present constitution is useful or not. If truly democracy is the government of the people, by the people and for the people, as such the people must be allowed to have a say. They must be part of the decision over their own destiny.

Let there be a referendum. I don’t see a sovereign national conference coming into reality now but if we want a constitutional reform, let us conduct a plebiscite and decide how we want to be run. It will bring down tensions and the agitations of secessionists will be reduced,” he said.

On the June 12 Democracy Day celebration, he explained that it was a procession and not a protest.

Adebisi regretted that security agencies and the government were confused as to distinguish between a rally and a protest.

According to him, “the situation on Saturday, June 12 was a reminder of the military era. Regrettably, the government too is living in fear. They did not encourage the people to come out. People only came out when they observed how peaceful the procession was.”

While differentiating between June 12 and EndSARS protests, Adebisi noted that the former is for the attainment of democracy and the presidential recognition given to M. K. O. Abiola.

He was quick to add that the resultant effects of the June 12th, 1993 election annulment is yet to be healed.

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“We will dialogue with IPOB, others”___Tinubu



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that if elected, his government will meet with all agitating groups to address their grievances and seek a peaceful resolution.

We’ll talk with IPOB and others. Tinubu guarantees



Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that if elected, his government will meet with all agitating groups to address their grievances and seek a peaceful resolution.

Tinubu, who was in Owerri, the capital of Imo State, on Thursday to meet with trade associations and the private sector, said his government will also establish industrial hubs across the country and modernize existing ones to put the country on the path of industrial growth.



He stated that only peace can ensure a return on investment, and that his government would be made up of people from all walks of life who would discuss grievances with all groups in order to find a peaceful solution.



I guarantee you that my government, our government, will be made up of people from all over the country who are eager to discuss their grievances with any group in search of a peaceful solution.






READ ALSO:Obi leads Atiku,Tinubu in a recent pre-election poll.





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Festus Keyamo: Federal Government Cannot Borrow N1.1 Trillion to End ASUU Strike



Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, said on Friday that borrowing money to end the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ months-long strike was unrealistic.

He made the remark during an appearance on one the television channels.

“Should we borrow to pay N1.2 trillion a year?”

“You cannot allow one sector of the economy to hold you hostage and then blackmail you into borrowing N1.2 trillion for overheads when our total income would be around N6.1 trillion.” And you have to build roads, health centers, and other sectors.”
The Minister urged parents throughout the country to petition ASUU.

“Those who know them, like the President said the other time, appeal to their sense of patriotism,” he said.

“Let them go back to school.” They are not alone in Nigeria. They are not the only ones who benefit from federal funds. The nation cannot come to a halt because we want to meet ASUU’s demands.”

ASUU’s Demands

On February 14, ASUU began a four-week warning strike.

On March 14, the union extended the strike for another two months in order to allow the government to meet all of its demands. On May 9, a 12-week extension was announced.

The union has been on strike since May 9, vowing to continue until its demands are met.

Academics want better working conditions, the revitalization of public universities, and academic autonomy, among other things.

One point of contention for academics is the non-payment of N1.1 trillion in university revitalisation funds.

However, the Federal Government has stated that it does not have the funds to pay such a sum, citing low oil prices during the administration of Muhammadu Buhari.

According to reports, the agreement was reached in 2009.

Another issue is the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The University Transparency and Accountability Solution was proposed by academics as an alternative payroll system (UTAS).

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VP Yemi Osibanjo Thanks everyone after a successful surgery



Following his recent successful surgery, vice president Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Nigerians and everyone.

Prof. Osinbajo had surgery on Saturday, July 16, at the Duchess International Hospital in Ikeja, Lagos.

In a statement issued on Sunday, the Vice president thanked Everyone for their well wishes and prayers on his behalf during his surgery.

He also expressed gratitude to the doctors, and nurses who cared for him, stating that their services were exceptional.

The Vice President’s full statement is included below.
“I am deeply grateful to everyone for your well-wishes and prayers in the aftermath of my surgery.”
And a special thanks to the incredible team of surgeons, doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, and management at the duchess of international hospital in Lagos for providing such excellent care.
“God bless you all”

Osibanjo’s remarks come just days after  wished the vice president a speedy recovery
The President thanked God for such successful surgery and prayed for Professor Osinbajo’s quick recovery in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina
He also praised the medical staff at the Duchess international hospital in Ikeja, Lagos for “competence and a job well done”

SEE ALSO : Osibanjo: Poverty Will Skyrocket Should the Country Breaks-up


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