The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended) has made adequate provisions for the removal of the President, Vice President, Governors or Deputy Governors from office and until we begin to give effect to this very important part of the Constitution, the our democracy will remain in limbo or comatose and abuse of power especially from the chief executives will remain fashionable and the people will only wait for four (4) years or election to change ineffective leadership no matter how bad it is.
For this aims, we need to have a quick look at provisions of section 143 and 188 of the 1999 Constitution. Which deals with the removal of President and Vice President and of Governors and Deputy Governors respectively, in my opinion, it is very clear that both sections provide for the same procedures. Therefore, we need to look at them one after another as follows :-
Step One (1)
Notice of removal of the office holder signed by not less than one-third 1/3 of members sent to the President of Senate or Speaker, stating that the holder of such office is guilty of gross misconduct. (Sec. 143 (2) or 188 (2) of the Constitution).
Step Two (2)
The President of Senate or Speaker shall within seven (7) days caused the allegation in specified details to be served on the office holder and on each member along with any reply from the said holder of office. (Sec. 143 (2) 188 (2) of the Constitution).
Step Three (3)
The President of Senate or Speaker shall within fourteen (14) Days of receipt of the Notice of Removal, whether replied by the office holder or not, by way of motion without debate from each House of the National Assembly or House of Assembly resolved if the Allegations shall be investigated or not. Passed by not less than two-third 2/3 majority of members. (Sec. 143 (3) (4) or 188 (3) (4) of the Constitution).
Step Four (4)
The President of the Senate or Speaker shall within seven (7) days of Passing the motion to investigate, request the Chief Justice of Nigeria or Chief Judge of the State, to appoint a Panel of seven (7) persons who in his opinion are of unquestionable integrity, not being members of any public service, legislative house or political party, to investigate the allegation. (Sec. 143 (5) or 188 (5) of the Constitution).
Step Five (5)
The holder of an office whose conduct is being investigated, shall have the right to defend himself in person and be represented before the Panel by legal practitioners of his own choice. (Sec. 143 (6) or 188 (6) of the Constitution).
Step Six (6)
The Panel shall have such powers and shall exercise its functions in accordance with such procedure as may be prescribed by the National Assembly or House of Assembly and shall report its findings to the each House of the National Assembly or House of Assembly within three (3) months of its appointment. (Sec. 143 (7) or 188 (7) of the Constitution).
Step Seven (7)
Where the Panel reports to each House of the National Assembly or the House of Assembly that the allegation has not been proved, no further proceedings shall be taken in respect of the matter. That’s the end. (Sec. 143 (8) or 188 (8) of the Constitution)
Step Eight (8)
Where the report of the Panel is that the allegation against the holder of the office has been proved, then within fourteen (14) days of the receipt of the report at the House the National Assembly or House of Assembly shall consider the report, and if by a resolution of each House of the National Assembly or of the House of Assembly supported by not less than two-third 2/3 majority of all its members, the report of the Panel is adopted, then the holder of the office shall stand removed from office as from the date of the adoption of the report.
No proceedings or determination of the Panel or of the National Assembly or any matter relating thereto shall be entertained or questioned in any court.
Gross Misconduct, means a grave violation or breach of the provisions of this Constitution or a misconduct of such nature as amounts in the opinion of the National Assembly or House of Assembly to gross misconduct.
I believe with this simplified steps for_ the removal of the occupants of the offices of the President, Vice President, Governors or Deputy Governors the Legislative arm will begin to see how easy it is to remove those executives who commit Gross Misconduct, as it is left within their discretion to determine what amount to Gross Misconduct.
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Buhari: A General That Takes His Nation to Waterloo! By Comrade Bello Ishaq
In 2006, while perusing the writings of some classical Greek philosophers, I came across a quote by Plato which says, ‘one of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”. This quote motivated me to not only broaden my research on politics but pick a deliberate interest in it. Prior to that time, particularly when Buhari began contesting in 2003, I had nothing to do with politics due to callowness in age and political apathy I suppose.
So, I had been an ardent supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari from 2007 to 2015. During elections, I and other devotees risked our lives to keep vigil at INEC office just to protect the votes cast in favour of Buhari in compliance with his usual directive of ‘A kasa, a tsare (which could be connotatively be translated to English as ‘cast your vote and stay to protect it’). Anytime Buhari was to visit Bauchi, I trekked numerous kilometers to welcome and accompany him to all the major places he was visiting such as Emir’s Palace, among others, even though I was a nonentity but the vehement belief in what he politically preached was the only thing that had been intoxicating me to do such a voluntary herculean task. I kept following him through ANPP, CPC and APC. In my mind’s eye, I was regarding him as the Nigerian Mao Zedong and a living version of Napoleon Bonaparte.
In 2015, I authored and published two books about Buhari and translated one of them to Hausa – all in my quest to promote messiah Buhari that we were hero worshipping. I can’t recall the number of essays I drafted in support of Buhari.
A year after his ascension to the presidential throne, I realized that the General could not take us to the promised land as he had been vowing. I came to that conclusion after observing many of his actions and inactions because I was expecting him to start taking boldly developmental steps the way his counterpart in Tanzania – late John Pombe Magafuli was doing. Buhari and Magafuli came to power almost the same time as both were elected in 2015.
In 2016, my instinct revealed to me that Buhari might take us to where life will be horribly ‘solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short’, using Thomas Hobbes’ phraseology. For that, my conscience pricked me to make a decision. Consequent upon that, I totally withdrew my support for him and resigned my membership of the APC despite having a cordial relationship with some of the party leaders at some levels. I independently started pointing out the felonies and misdemeanors of the administration using the social media tools and occasionally making use of the mainstream media channels whenever the opportunities sprang up as they did from time to time.
Casting criticism on Buhari’s administration had attracted numerous antagonists to me, within and outside. Receiving insults from close ones and strangers was normal and became like a daily dose. Some ethno-religious zealots started labelling me as an enemy of the North or Islam just because I was pointing out the direction Buhari was taking us to. Some people that venerably called me ‘teacher’, as they used to come and take lessons from me, started openly challenging me and distrusting the veracity of my knowledge to the extent that some of them stopped consulting me just because I was pointing out maladies in saint Buhari’s administration. Many Buhari’s diehards doubted my sanity and they deployed unprintably insultive and pejorative terms against me. Those that were extremely kind and generous doubted my IQ and the schools I attended. At times, the insults came from people that I couldn’t reply to because I held them in high esteem. Numerous ad hominem propositions were developed against me including the one which proclaimed that I was being sponsored by the West or the enemies of Nigeria.
What kept me going then were three factors: my love for Nigeria is unquenchable and I regards it as necessary. Whenever I contemplated leaving the shores of Nigeria for safer and greener pastures, my mind would remind me that my parents, siblings and relatives are still in here. In addition, I have no any country that I could proudly call mine except this. Therefore, I could leave the country physically but I can’t leave it mentally, emotionally and psychologically. Thus, I considered it necessary to see things turn right. The second factor was that I am naturally averse to ‘herd mentality’. Just the fact that a multitude of persons do something or support something doesn’t move me to do the same as I always try my best to be moved by logic. The third factor was the letter I started reading since my secondary school days written by former U.S. President Abraham Lincoln to his son’s teacher. In the letter, Lincoln wrote, “Try to give my son the strength not to follow the crowd when everyone is getting on the band wagon. Teach him to listen to all men but teach him also to filter all he hears on a screen of truth, and take only the good that comes through. Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob and to stand and fight if he thinks he is right. Teach him to have faith in his own ideas, even if everyone tells him they are wrong.” The aforementioned factors had enabled me to sustain the tempo in the face of massive hostility, insults and threats.
Honestly, I am writing this piece to express regret for two things: first for the fact that Buhari has been proving my prognostication right even though I wanted him to prove it wrong for our collective safety and well-being. Secondly, with all the symptomatic harbingers of dangers that appeared in the Buhari’s first tenure, some Nigerians couldn’t foresee what was to come as they reelected him to carry the mediocrity-infested mess to the next level based on reasons best known to them. So sad that the region that shelters most of the voters of the next level is now the one bearing the worst brunt of the same Next Level (may God intervene).
Though Buhari has succeeded in lowering the bar and standard of leadership in Nigeria, I know I can hardly perform like him if I were to be in his shoes due to my personal shortcomings but Nigeria is adequately endowed with great men and women whom if given the opportunity can make a tremendous difference. For that, I most respectfully exhort my compatriots to always learn from the past to live in the present in order to forecast the future by not reprising the same terrible flub that we collectively did or some of us did on our behalf. We should stop recruiting leaders on the basis of primordial sentiments such as religion, region or tribe. Competence, capacity and integrity should be our yardstick.
While it remains few months for General Buhari to go and it is irrefutable that he had taken us to waterloo on all fronts, I pray another Buhari will not happen to Nigeria. May God help us elect leaders that will take us out of the woods and restore us to victory, prosperity, security, safety and peace.🙏
Propaganda is a weapon of itself by Aliyu Bashir Limanci
The situation in Ukraine has reminded me of how Bauchi Radio Corporation, in the early days of the Iraq War in 2002, flooded us with a smorgasbord of propaganda, telling us America was losing the war just because a handful of American soldiers were being killed. Our support for the Taliban, Osama Bn Laden skyrocketed, and Duniya Ina Labari became one of the most listened-to programs in Bauchi. We hated America so much we were always eager to listen to news that smoothened our emotions even if it was fake. America went on to not only install a pliant government but also continue to control the country even after its withdrawal.
But this time in Ukraine, the role of spreading disinformation and made-up analyses to mislead the gullible is being taken over by the likes of BBC, CNN, The Guardian, and the New York Times. The rationality is lost and emotion has taken over.
Don’t forget Russia is so powerful that America, the UK, France, Germany, and other NATO members are trying to avoid a conflict with it because the war cannot be won. Russia is ravaging Ukraine mercilessly, seizing large swaths of Ukrainian territories and placing major cities such as Mariupol, Kharkiv, Sumy, and Kyiv, the nation’s capital under total siege. But they are telling us Russia has lost over 9000 soldiers but Ukraine has lost just 1300. They are telling us Russia will be defeated because the Ukrainians have vowed to resist the Russian invaders. They are telling you the Russian military advances are stalled because the Ukrainians have surprised Russia with their resolve. Let me tell you if you don’t know, Ukraine is bigger than Germany and France put together, and three times the size of Iraq. Ukraine has a population of 42 million people, and Iraq has 20 million. The Number of active Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine is around 190,000 according to the CIA’s intelligence, but America and its allies had deployed over 500,000 troops and it took them 6 weeks to take Baghdad. Russia is in its week three in Ukraine, and it is encircling Kyiv, the country that has twice the population of Iraq. But according to the West, Russia is facing losing the war. Despite vowing to resist, Zelensky is now willing to make concessions to the Kremlin and, as conditions for peace, agree to recognize Russia’s annexation of Crimea, and the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. It is even highly likely that Zelensky would drop his NATO ambition.
Propaganda is a weapon of itself.
Pantami’s FUTO Professorial Fraud and Odious Comparisons By Farooq Kperogi
Pantami’s fraudfessorial propaganda minions have gone into an absurd rhetorical overdrive with ridiculously odious comparisons in their bid to justify the manifest fraud of his appointment as a FUTO “professor.”
But all the names of people they are bandying about who got promoted to the rank of professor while serving in government were EMPLOYED by their universities and were on SECONDMENT from their universities. That means they were technically still employees of their universities and their promotional clocks were still running.
Pantami was never employed by FUTO. Even FUTO itself was forced to clarify that he wasn’t “promoted” but “appointed” because you can’t promote someone who is not in your employ.
But let’s for now forget the fact that Pantami isn’t even minimally qualified to be a professor by FUTO’ own standards, you also can’t “appoint” a serving government minister for work he doesn’t perform. Professorship isn’t a chieftaincy title. It’s a job you actually perform.
By Nigerian federal laws, a government minister can’t take another appointment while in service. So appointing Pantami is a violation of the law for which both he and the crooked VC who appointed him should be fired if Nigeria were a functional country.