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Be calm with policies you hate – Buhari warns Nigerians

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On Monday, President Muhammadu Buhari advised Nigerians to be patient with any law of the land they had misgivings about, Themoneymetrics reports.

He asked that such aggrieved Nigerians should “engage the process in line with democratic practices.”

Buhari made his position known in his remarks at the opening of the two-day joint executive-legislative leadership retreat with the theme, ‘Promoting effective executive-legislative partnership, finding a middle ground’, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said the process of law making and governance was dynamic and evolving.

He said, “Let me also remind our common patriots, gentlemen and women, that the process of law making and governance is dynamic and ever evolving.

“I will seek their indulgence to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about and engage the process in line with democratic practices.

“Our interest is sincere promotion of our collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace, and progress are the norm.”

Buhari said the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution was designed to enable all arms of government to work together in cooperative and collaborative manner, through executive and legislative engagements.

He said the collaboration had made it easier for the government to set and realise development goals, and respond to changes in the economy faster like the coronavirus pandemic that necessitated the review of the 2020 budget.

Earlier, the President of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, faulted those describing the 9th National Assembly as a ‘rubber stamp’ Assembly because of the lawmakers’ decision to work harmoniously with the executive arm for the benefits of Nigerians. Lawan said those who made such comments were either doing so out of mischief or misunderstanding.

He said, “This National Assembly decided quite early to work with the executive very harmoniously for the benefits of Nigerians. I am glad that Mr President has expressed similar commitment.

“In fact, this relationship is misunderstood by many. Some, out of mischief, described the National Assembly as a rubber stamp; some, out of misunderstanding.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, blamed the frequent rifts between the executive and the legislature on misunderstanding of the responsibilities of the parliament.

He stated that lawmakers were there to only sponsor and pass bills.

Gbajabiamila, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said, “The primary role of the legislator is to participate in the process of policy development and implementation as a representative of the people on whose behalf he serves. It does not fall to the legislature to implement projects that have been appropriated for through the appropriation process. That is an exclusive responsibility of the executive.”

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Governor Obaseki extends ultimatum to fleeing prisoners in Edo state

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Governor Godwin Obaseki has extended the ultimatum he gave to prisoners who escaped in the recent jail breaks recorded in two prison facilities in Edo state he governs.

Obaseki who had initially given the fleeing inmates until Friday October 23 to return, extended the ultimatum by one week.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy Crusoe Osagie, it was was gathered that the decision was taken after a security meeting held with heads of security agencies in the state yesterday October 23.

It read;

“The extension of the ultimatum is as a result of the positive response from the prisoners, as a good number of them have since returned to the two correctional facilities. The new window is to allow more prisoners to return to the centres willingly.

“The governor has reviewed the curfew time in the state to commence from 6pm to 6am daily, as against 4pm to 6am. The adjustment will take effect from Saturday, October 24, 2020. The security situation in the state is seen to be improving and we appreciate Edo people for adhering to government’s directives.”

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FFK slams President Buhari over speech on #EndSARS protest

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Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has slammed President Muhammadu Buhari over his speech on the widespread #EndSARS protest.

FFK described the President as a ”dictator, a disgrace to humanity and a stench in the nostrils of God for allegedly issuing threats and serving warnings in his speech.”

He added that it is left for the Nigerian peope to either stand down, bow their heads in shame, tuck their tail between their legs and run away or either stand up, hold their heads up high, knuckle down, dig deep and insist on their rights.

The PDP Chieftain tweeted;

Buhari’s speech was an insult to our people, a disgrace to humanity & a stench in the nostrils of God. He is not warm, he is cold. He is not kind, he is cruel. He is not empathetic, he is sociopathic. He is not a President,he is a dictator. He is not a man, he is a monster.

He has issued his threat &served his warning. It is left to the Nig. people to either stand down, bow their heads in shame, tuck their tail between their legs & run away or stand up, hold their heads up high, knuckle down, dig deep, insist on their rights & refuse to budge

The next few days will reveal which choice they have made.

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FG and ASUU disagree on payment platform for N30bn allowances

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have again disagreed on the payment platform which will be used in disbursing the salary arrears and the N30 billion earned allowance of university lecturers.

While the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige offered to pay the salary arrears and the N30 billion Earned Allowances of the university lecturers through the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System platform at the meeting which ended in a deadlock on Wednesday October 22, ASUU delegation led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi reportedly insisted that lecturers would not enrol on the government salary platform.

It is expected that both parties will reconvene on Monday October 26, to decide on the platform for the disbursement of the funds pledged by the FG.

Recall that the federal government had agreed to pay N40 billion, being the pending Earned Academic Allowance of the university teachers overdue since November 2019. N30 billion would be paid on or before November 6, while the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022.

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