A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has asked the Senate to withhold the confirmation of Mr. Godwin Emefiele for second term as the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) over the leaked audio exposing missing N500 billion under his watch.
Frank said it will amount to disservice to the Nation if the red chamber go ahead on Emefiele’s confirmation without the public know how such a huge of amount of money disappeared from the treasury.
The Bayelsa born activist was reacting on Monday to an audio published on Sunday by an online medium, Sahara Reporters.
Frank said in recent times, the media has been been awashed with so many revelations concerning the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele, ranging from the role he payed in the money ‘illegally‘ approved for a former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki to the recent revelation by Dr George Uboh-led Whistleblowers Network, where it was alleged that $2.5billion dissapered under his watch.
He said: “Emefiele must come clean on this audio as well as other issues as it bothers on alleged corrupt practices under his watch.
I am happy with the dispatch with which the CBN responded to the leaked audio conversation. However, I did not expect anything less than the denial. It is trite that ‘one can not be a judge in his own case’. Therefore, Let the relevant agencies of government as well as the National Assembly investigate these allegations with great in-depth.
“If the CBN is saying the beginning part of the conversation was omitted, can they provide Nigerians with the full and authentic audio conversation in the interest of transparency and good governance.
“I implore the CBN governor to defend these allegations by himself as he remains a public servant and therefore answerable to the Nigerian people. Anything short of this will amount to covering up.
“I hereby call on the Senate to stand for Nigeria as they have always done. The Senate must not play with the mandate of Nigerians by attempting to confirm Emefiele in the face of this damning allegations. Any attempt to do that will amount to the Senate being complicit on the matter.
“However, having stood firm in the non-confirmation of Ibrahim Magu of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), based on the report from a security agency, I have no doubt that the Senate will do the right thing in this instance.
“I also call on the EFCC to quickly act on these revelations as they have done in the case of Saraki, the president of the Senate by inviting Emefiele to explain his role in the leaked audio as well as other allegations against him that are now in public domain. If all these figures and amount is confirmed, it will be the mother of all corruption in recent times.
“I implore the EFCC to approach this particular case the same way they are approaching Saraki’s case. Where ,properties that were subject of litigation upto the Supreme Court level ( where Saraki was discharged and acquitted)is being investigated all over again.True to their words’Nobody is above the law as stated in Saraki’s case’. Please ,apply the same principle here.
Par-adventure, the EFCC fails to investigate the case at hand , it will become clear that the anti corruption war is merely a witch hunt on the opposition.
“Let me use this medium to call on the President and the Vice President in particular who is the habit of accusing the previous government of massive corruption to act swiftly on all these allegations and show that he is a true vanguard of anti corruption drive.
“II hope the President on his part,will not defend Emefiele as he did in the case of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State?
“I implore the President to withdraw Emefiele’s nomination to allow for an in-depth investigation of the allegations against the CBN boss.
“Nigerians and members of the international community are watching how this classical case of alleged corrupt practices will be handled.
“The Presidency, the Senate and all other relevant agencies must not play politics with this as it is capable of negatively affecting the economy and investors confidence,” Frank declared.
Tagging Me Rubber Stamp Laughable, Says Lawan
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan has described insinuations that he would be a rubber stamp to the Executive as “sentimental and laughable”.
Lawan, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, made this known while addressing a group, Women Parliamentarians, led by Senator Joy Emordi on Thursday in Abuja.
He noted that, believing in President Muhammadu Buhari’ s vision and that of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and his personality should not be misconstrued to mean that he is not independent mind.
According to him, “during my campaign, I was called a potential rubber stamp Senate President to the executive; may be because I am close to the President, or because I believe in his cause.
“There is no time that I will ever be a rubber stamp. Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems. They are neither APC nor PDP problems, they are Nigerian problems, that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.”
“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward .
“We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive. As a Minister, you have to do your ministerial job well. We will make government appointees to do what is required of them.
“We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that have mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable,” Lawan noted.
“We are not here for self serving. We came here with a lot of experiences to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focus to make this government work”.
The Senate President seized the occasion to charged women to be more involved in politics, saying, “the political space in the country is wide enough to accommodate our women, but the ball is in their court to take the advantages”.
In her remarks, Senator Joy Emordi congratulated the Presiding Officers and the leadership of the 9th Senate for what she described as smooth transition, urging them to use their expertise to better the lots of Nigerians.
Emordi said the group was formed to give support where necessary to serving women in the parliament, adding that, “it is our objective to promote cordial relationship between the executive and legislature, and remove the boundaries on women participation in politics for good governance”.
Funeral Rites For The Mother Of Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye – Late Mama Deaconess Comfort Melaye
The funeral rites for the late mother of Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the National Assembly – Mama Deaconess Comfort Melaye – will take place between Friday 12 and Saturday 13, July, 2019 at the Aiyetoro Gbede country home of the Melayes in Kogi State.
Mama Melaye died at age of 70 on Thursday, May 2, 2019 after a brief illness in Aiyetoro Gbede in the presence of her family members.
The details of the events are as follows:
Friday, July 12, 2019 – Wake Keep at the residence of the patriach of the Melaye family, Elder Jonah E. Melaye, Jesus Street, Iluafon Quarters, Aiyetoro Gbede by 5:00pm prompt.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – Lying In State at Elder J.E. Melaye’s residence on Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00am afterwhich her body will be committed to mother earth at the Melayes’ Family Compound immediately.
Later on the same day, Saturday, July 13, 2019 – A Funeral Service will hold in her honour at the The Apostolic Church, Iluafon Assembly in Aiyetoro Gbede by 11:00am prompt.
Thereafter, guests will be entertained at the Girls Secondary School playground, Aiyetoro Gbede, from 1:00pm.
Prominent Nigerians from all walks of life, constituents of Senator Melaye, his colleagues and other members of the National Assembly (past and present), friends and associates, among other well-meaning Nigerians, who had earlier commiserated with him over the death of his dear mother, are expected as guests at the occasion.
Late Mama Deaconess Comfort Melaye is survived by her husband, Elder J.E. Melaye and children including Senator Dino Melaye, among other relations.
Media and Publicity Sub-committee of the Central Planning Committee
Specially/ Newly Promoted Lieutenant General LO Adeosun Is Still the Chief of Training & Operations Nigeria Army
Contrary to fake news going round insinuating or suggesting appointment of Lieutenant General LO Adeosun as Chief of Army Staff of the Nigerian Army, members of the public are hereby once again informed that Lieutenant General LO Adeosun has just been given special/accelerated promotion from Major General to Lieutenant General and formally communicated to him by the Chief of Army Staff Lt Gen TY Buratai.
Lt Gen LO Adeosun is only granted special promotion by the President, Commander -in – Chief, of the Armed Forced of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari for his extra ordinary feats, exemplary leadership, loyalty and uncommon commitment in the counter insurgency operation in the North Eastern part of Nigeria. He still retains his appointment/position as Chief of Training and Operations of the Nigerian Army.
Any contrary information is baseless, fake news and should be disregarded.
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