NLC spits fire, says ‘Nothing should happen to Tambuwal’

Mr. Tambuwal's security vehicles parked Thursday afternoon at his residence after President Jonathan ordered him stripped of state protection.

The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, on Sunday warned the federal government and security agencies that they must ensure nothing happens to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal.

The NLC gave the warning in a statement by its president, Abdulwahid Omar.

Mr. Omar described the withdrawal of Mr. Tambuwal’s security details as “shameful, distasteful, unconstitutional and demonstrates our parochial sense of power and very little knowledge of history.”

The Speaker’s security details were withdrawn by the police because he left Nigeria’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC.

Since that decision by the police, ostensibly under the instruction of President Goodluck Jonathan to whom the police chief reports, the government has come under attack by political, labour, and human rights groups including the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, and now the NLC.

Read Mr. Omar’s full statement below:

We at the Nigeria Labour Congress are appalled by the withdrawal of security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, ostensibly because he had decamped to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The act is shameful, distasteful, unconstitutional and demonstrates our parochial sense of power and very little knowledge of history.

No part of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria says the Speaker of the House of Representatives should come from the majority party. Section 50(1)(b) only says, ” There shall be …a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves…”

In the Second Republic, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, was elected from the ranks of NPP, not just an opposition party but the third strong , after UPN and NPN. We have other precedents across the world.

We find it appropriate to cite the examples of Mimiko and Ali Modu-Sheriff, governor of Ondo State and former governor of Borno State respectively. Their security details were not withdrawn when they decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

It gives us concern that our political leaders are determined to learn very little about democracy and always seem too keen to overheat the polity over things that count for little.

The police and other security agencies complicit in this disgusting conduct should hold their heads in shame. Herein lies the essence of strong institutions which we have always advocated.

For those who take pleasure in converting to personal use, public/state institutions, today’s men soon become yesterday’s men. What goes around, comes around.

In light of the foregoing, we demand immediate restoration of Tambuwal’s security detail and all the rights and privileges that accrue to the Office of the Speaker. It is not about Tambuwal, it is about the office which he holds.

And in any case, only few, arguably will contest that he has not discharged and acquitted himself as speaker.

We would like to be on record that we will not fold our hands while little minds threaten our hard-earned democracy. Nothing should happen to Tambuwal.

Signed
Comrade Abdulwahid Omar
President


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  • Segun

    As you lay your bed, so you shall sleep on it. The moment we start worshiping mediocrity it’s highest order we have given up decorum, morality and fairness by the government in the handling of issues.

    • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

      Long and short, Segun.

      We brought this calamitous government on our own head!

      Then, unburden ourselves, we must, come 2015!!

  • RICO

    THIS NORTHERN ELEMENTS @ THE HEAD OF NLC THINK WE ARE FOOLS. THIS IS NOT AN INDUSTRIAL DISPUTE BUT A CONSTITUTIONAL DISPUTE. PLS I WILL ADVICE NLC TO WASH THEIR HAND OF THIS MATTER.

    .

    • Jika

      The president of the Nigerian Bar Association equally said the same thing as the NLC president said.The NBA President is known as Mr Augustine Alegeh and,he is not a Northerner.Since you said this is a constitutional matter,since when has the Nigerian police force become a court of law to interpret the provisions of the constitution?Must we always be sentimental and,view things along tribal,religious and regional lines?

      • Jamal

        And has NLC become a court of law to also interpret the provisions of the constitution???????

        • Jika

          Who is this?????????

    • Wähala

      Lagos lawyer, SAN Femi Falana, also said the same thing…
      Professor of Constitutional Law, Itsay Sagay has also said so…
      Likewise the President of NBA. All of whom happen to be Southerners…
      Try again, your bigoted fling fell short of the real issue, it’s about the Constitution… Stoopid!

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Okoko Parrot….Notin go happen,if na court all of us go use law !! no yahwahh…we dey kamkpe !!

  • Tonnero

    THE SECOND COMING
    W.B Yeats

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    Surely some revelation is at hand;
    Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
    The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
    When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
    Troubles my sight: a waste of desert sand;
    A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
    A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
    Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
    Wind shadows of the indignant desert birds.

    The darkness drops again but now I know
    That twenty centuries of stony sleep
    Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
    And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
    Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

    • Olusegun Olawonyi

      Very clearly, “the falcon cannot hear the falconer”!

  • Wähala

    Touch Tambuwal, Touch Nigerians…
    A sensitive Government would realize from the outpouring of support for Tambuwal that should any harm come to the Speaker due to childish partisan pandering, it could bring down Dumbo’s Govt. Legal luminaries, elders from across party/country lines have condemned the IGP; but in deference to his predicament, Dumbo appointed him as “Acting IGP” so as to compel the poor man into doing his dirty laundry politically. The IGP’s hands are tied, the buck & blame fall on Dumbo… the wicked ijaw green snake with a sheepish smile. Meanwhile, not to worry! House Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal is being escorted about his daily business by 300-strong APC Legislators determined to guarantee his safety. The more Dumbo and the PDP-cabal drag on this vindictive show of force, the higher Tambuwal’s popularity kite flies. He is smarter than ph.d Dumbo! Like I said, “he timed his defection for maximum damage to the PDP with lowest risk for himself”
    Hahaha chei… na laffu for kalabari!

    • Baba Messi

      ‘maximum damage to PDP ‘?? Hahaha! Chei Chei chei..na laff for Kalabari be that o!
      Wahala, wahala, i really don’t know why lying to yurself makes you feel good?
      Tambuwal only ‘timed’ his defection at the tale end of his term because he feared the backlash from PDP. He knew he would be chucked out if he tried it earlier. Even now, don’t you see how he quickly adjourned till the 3rd/4th of Dec??
      This cannot be seen as ‘damage’ to PDP..not even by the stretch of your hashish enabled imagination..but a case of GOOD RIDDANCE TO BAD…..!!
      A man who PDP knew from day one was just the ‘arm of Tambuwal BUT The voice of the oligarchs’??
      This is by far your DUMBEST comment thus far wahala! Please wait for the effect of that substance to wear out.. then re-write your comment again!

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        If only you know!

      • Wähala

        Start “up-voting” for yourself and see if you will catch up with me… Mumu Messi!

      • tundemash

        Baba D@ft, you claim “Even now, don’t you see how he quickly adjourned till the 3rd/4th of Dec?? ”

        Olodo … go and read the press release by the Spokesperson of the House of Rep. ” the motion (for the adjournment) was moved by Mulikat- Adeola Akande, the Majority Leader ” If the PDP are sure of their “majority”, why not attempt an impeachment of Tambuwal, then you would realise most so called PDp Reps are APC members in heart.

        Below is the Press Release:

        The House of Representatives adjourned sitting of its plenary on 28th of October to 3rd December 2014 to allow members of the House carry out pre Pre- Budget oversight activities in preparation for the 2015 Budget and also to meet the political calendar of all the political parties.

        This adjournment was unanimously approved by all the Principal Officers of the House without dissent and the motion was moved by Mulikat- Adeola Akande, the Majority Leader .The Speaker, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, approved with the Gavel.

        There has been intense media focus on this adjournment and media inquiries on the appropriate procedure for re- convening of the House of Representatives from its Recess, if it becomes necessary. The following clarification has become imperative.

        The procedure for reconvening or Re-Assembly of the House is contained in the House Standing Orders made pursuant to Section 60 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which empowers the House to regulate its own procedure, including the procedure for Summoning and Recess of the House.

        Order V , Rule 18(2) of the Standing Orders of the House of Representatives provides as follows;

        “ Whenever the House stands adjourned either to a date fixed by Resolution or the Rules of the House, and it is represented by the Leaders of the Political Parties in the House to the Speaker that the public interest requires that the House should meet on an earlier or a later date or time than that on which it stands adjourned, the Speaker MAY give notice accordingly, and the House shall meet on the date and at the time stated in the notice.”

        This means that the Leaders of all the political parties in the House especially the Majority and Minority Leaders respectively MUST consent before the representation is made to the Speaker who has a discretion to agree or not.

        This briefing is for the information and guidance of all Nigerians.

        Zakari Mohammed

    • Baba Messi

      ‘Touch Tambuwal touch Nigerians’??
      Hmm..sounds like what u said about Sanusi.
      Now he’s back groveling before the ‘clueless’ GEJ, and condemned to a monthly pilgrimage to the villa!!
      I still dey laff for kalabari ooo!!

      • Wähala

        Mumu Messi,
        That’s right! It was what I said about Sanusi before he became Emir and it was prophetic. After blockading his Palace and the cat-n-mouse race to arrest him on spurious charges of “financial recklessness” as CBN Governor, did Dumbo touch him? Is Sansui not Emir of Kano today? To a daft and stale mind like yours it’s impossible to articulate why he went to the Villa recently… I will let your mind marinate on that while I gulp odeku. Today, the cat-n-mouse chase is with Speaker Tambuwal, ask yourself, why is Dumbo the only President to have succeeded in offending everyone… High & Low? The man is simply an evil jinx, shikena! Still laffing in kalabari

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      All na raking…u no fit do notin !!

      • Wähala

        Is that all you can come up with? Disappointing is credit to you. You’re a bit late on the action, how far? Reno no wann drop? I can see he has given you nothing to paste at me, you’re on forced fasting, ba? No Shaking! With my comment the other day I said, “APC should provide Tambuwal with Vigilante Escort Services (VES)” and today, I can confidently tell you that Speaker Tambuwal is roaming about with a phalanx of 300 Legislators watching his back, providing him with “Collateral Security” from their own assigned security details. Ask your Mugu@theTop to order his temporary IGP to withdraw their security make I see with my eyeballs. Olosi. Tambuwal is running to the court tomorrow, Alhaji Lai ati APC are not far behind… by the time either case is settled, it will be time to reconvene the House when all the raking is done and forgotten. So, you’re right! Clueless Dumbo, “no no fit do notin!!” indeed. Dumbo no no wetin hit am. Me-ma dey call’m, “Tambu Tornado” wey go soon blow your mega-mugu back to his riverine enclave of Otuoke… if he doesn’t leave House of Reps Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal alone!

        Hahahahaa chei… na laffu for kalabri. Odeku?

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          300 APC mai guards….ha ha ha……why the guy de fear?…….wetin dey pursue am ?
          Why not rent more from their reserve force at Sambisa ?

          • Wähala

            Mumu,
            Each of the 300 Legislator has at least 2police, 2DSS, 2Natl Guard and drivers cum hangers-on…
            Add the Legislator himself and tell us the total number of henchmen behind House of Reps Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal… Then tell me when was the last time your Coward-in-Chief bravely celebrated our Independence Day at the Eagles Square during his years as Jaja of Abuja. Has he visited Chibok or any war frontline as C-in-C so far? A clown who hid under Turai’s bed during cabal days in tears. Tambuwal has outfoxed him nah. Hahaha chei… na laff for kalabari.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Too many mai guards means too many avenues for selling him out……the mallam should calm down and enjoy his defection…….him for jus resign dat speaker post and escape with him loot but now e go hard for am !

          • Wähala

            “Touch Tambuwal, Touch Nigerians” – Höly Wähala

            300 Legislators with 10man/avg. security = 3battalion of goons. Does Dumbo move with 3000 henchmen? Again, No Shaking! I’m on my 3rd. bottle of odeku, time dey… stay tuned. Today, na court day but I can guarantee that it’s absolutely impossible for the Presidency ati PDP to remove Aminu Tambuwal as Speaker of House of Reps. They need 240 votes and can never get it lai-lai… Bookmark this comment!

          • Screw-em

            Tawanda, …wetin happen to the over 60Billion dollars OBJ saved into our foreign reserves from the sale of your oil now?. You will agree Humpty Dumbo GEJ, Mrs Head Scarf, and slutty Diezani all have some serious explanation to the “republic of Niger delta” before 2015…..eh?

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            1 The Agricultural sector is the most vibrant since the 1960s.
            2 The aviation sector has seen infrastructural and operative revival .
            3 The railways has been revived from death.
            4 The Nigerian economy is the biggest in Africa
            5 Federal roads which were abandoned for ages are aggressively being constructed.
            6 More new universities and hospitals projects have been undertaken by this administration than any regime.
            7 Electricity generation is on the increase and the privatisation of the power sector will soon start yielding dividends.
            8 Agricultural dams and irrigation projects are under construction up north.
            9 Almajeri urchins have free schools.
            10 Nigeria is producing home made cars and buses and will soon start exporting.
            11 Nigeria FDI is highest in Africa ! (foreign direct investment).
            OBJ was a mess !!please stop that silly comparism !

          • Screw-em

            UTOPIA in the imagination of a true sycophant. By the above response, you will agree the 60 Billion dollars was either stolen or frittered away on frivolities. By your counter argument ..NO monies was derived from the sale of oil in the last five years of Dumbo’s misgovernance.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Utopia is better than your hallucinatory condition ! By your estimate Nigeria will not run her democracy and pay her bills…all are supposed to come free,same goes for all the capital projects within the said period….What about the excess crude account ? that is by no means part of your myopic economic world-view abi ?

          • Screw-em

            Gullibility is a disease, cured only if you wear rose colored glasses designed by Dumbo. How much do we have left in the ECA? and how did OBJ manage to run his regime in 8 years and still manage to save 60billion dollars? Dumbo for your info, runs a bush Lantern economy, powered by subsidized adulterated kerosene and the abracadabra economic “policies” of Madam head Scarf.-Okonjo

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            OBJ stopped all projects in the SE,he abandoned federal roads in the whole of Igbo-land for almost a decade,he infested the aviation sector with rogue operators,he disabled the army…that is how he kept the 60 billion meant for his fateful 3rd term !

          • Screw-em

            Who was the Minister of Works then?-Answer- Anenih-Dumbo’s current right hand man . Who replaced him?’….Slutty Diezani…..3billion dollars suddenly developed invisible “wings” still unaccounted for…well…Well …well ..Tawanda!!!…after 2015 SS/SE will be crowing…MARGINALIZATION once again.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            We have been marginalized for more than 40 years,we are equal to the task and we have never depended on stolen oil money….we have no beggars on our streets !

          • Wähala

            Ole, ole! ole! ole! …ole e! ole e!
            Tief. Look at your nr. 7 claim and cover your face with soot. ph.d Dumbo met 4000MW’s of power supply, promised to increase it to 16,000MW’s in four years… today, we’re down to 2,500MW’s after his “Transformation Agenda” privatized our power sector into corrupt/unprepared hands of his PDP goons. Today, Nigerians are paying more for more darkness. The rest is a plethora of lies I don’t want to waste my time addressing but, just one question: Do you have a used train ticket to prove to me you’ve actually been conveyed by Baba Tukur from Kafanchan-to-Umuahia, or Ido-to-Otukpo? Olosi!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Go back to your crack-pipe and do your business……Usain Bolt !!

          • Wähala

            Hahahahaaaaa… chei!
            Caught in a lie and cornered like a wounded chicken, ba? Can’t think of a way out of that frivolous claim, ko? To me you’re KFC… fried chicken! Wallahi, no running from the truth. I’m here to stick my foot into your ahnus for every lie. Repent and I will welcome you like the prodigal son, keep mouthing-off and run a risk of heart attack. Your life is worthless to me… olosi. Mugu with a badge!

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            My 3-square meal is guaranteed for life……I don’t need crazy people like you around. I will stick to my corner and defend my turf whilst exposing your propaganda machine from Burdillon to Sambisa…and back again !

          • Truthometer

            If 3-square meal for life is what Dumbo promised you to propagate lies and half-truth online, while he is busy laundering billion of dollars on a regular basis, it shows how hopelessly cheap you are to sell your conscience and future for such a ridiculous enticement. I got a news for you, 2015 election will surely neutralized your wishful thought, when you paymaster will finally be packaged back to Otuoke, where he rightly belongs to.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Which paymaster ?I have been paying myself for almost 15 years…..I am a proper hardened Igbo man, the ultimate survival machine !!

        • Bigzy

          You sound more and more desperate and unintelligible by the post. I have to give it to you though, you are persistent and relentless in your singular objective. Unfortunately for you, you need truth on your side to sell your ideas and they are scant on the ground.

    • Agha

      Your posts are getting childish and unnecessarily partisan by day for no good reason. I may stop reading you post soon. kindly faces substance and let go all these show. this is Nigeria and we need to build her.

      • Wähala

        I don’t care what you read but please, stop responding to my comments. After all, you can’t point to a response to yours from me… anu ohia.

  • Captain Haddock

    The mere fact that this Arab wannabe- Wahid Omar, cited only section 50(1)(c) without mentioning the more critical section68(1)(g), gives him away.
    Has he finished tackling major labour issues killing the poor in that country?? For instance, WHAT HAS HE DONE ABOUT THE WAY SOME CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES ARE TREATING GRADUATES LIKE SLAVES..i.e Julius Berger and others?? What about some civil servants who haven’t been paid backlog of their entitlements? What about our aged pensioners dying without there pensions??
    Yet he raises his croaking voice to ‘fight’ for someone who BREAKS THE CONSTITUTION BY PAYING HIMSELF AND THE ROGUES IN THE HOUSE MILLIONS OF NAIRA NOT APPROVED BY THE RMFAC!!
    A man who while the Senate adjourned till Nov 4, he shutdown the house like a chicken house and adjourned till Dec 4 without sparing a thot for the budget meant for 200million Naijas????
    RUUUBISH!!!

  • Maria

    Ogogoro government…. those running this government have no sense of civilization… they still think they are living in the creeks… what a disgrace this government has brought to our country. This government has constituted itself to be the most embarrassing government in our history.

    • Wähala

      …the most divisive Govt.
      …the most corrupt Govt.
      …the most insecure Govt.
      …Highest murder rate of Nigerians in peacetime
      …Highest number of Nigerian refugees in/outside Nigeria
      …Highest number of unemployed university graduates, youth in Nigerian history
      …The most wasteful Govt. in Ng. history with Foreign Reserves/ECA accounts depleted
      …World Bank/AfDB rated Nigeria lowest in poverty reduction/job creation even after rebasing of economy
      …African Insurers Associated rated Nigeria 1st in sea piracy/kidnapping and oil bunkering 300bpd/crude in ND
      …WHO rated Nigeria the worst place to be born/die in the world. Nigeria one of only 3 countries with polio cases.
      As you can see, it’s not only, “the most embarrassing government in our history”…
      Nigeria under Dr. Dumbo is, “a crime scene” – cr. @Dare

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        Rubbish list from a certified cyber lunatic !

        • Wähala

          Again, nothing to display?
          Mean Reno Omokri put you on “forced fasting” and I’m loving it.
          Don’t see it negatively, he’s preparing your mind for life after kitchen crumbs. Clown!

      • Agha

        At what point was Nigeria better, we should find ways of forcing politicians to do better. when you see them take your public fund you should stand up regardless of party otherwise this is total nonsense.

  • Guguru

    I doubt Jonathan is interested in democracy. Other than his contrived speeches, there is nothing in his behavior or attitude to suggest that he has a desire for democracy or a respect for democracy. He is more interested in the pomp and pageantry of power more than he is interested in what that power can do for Nigerians. In essence, there is a certain degree of vanity and desperation behind Jonathan’s desire and use of power. Such vanity and desperation may portend a level of inferiority complex and psychological inadequacy which I think is not well appreciated by those who are closest to Jonathan.

    In summation, Jonathan lacks confidence as an individual. People who lack confidence are more likely to exert signs of tyranny only because it is the only way for them to compensate for their inadequacies. When such persons act on their inadequacies, they expose their instability. Jonathan’s smiles are actually smiles to hide his lack of confidence.

    What Tambuwal and Sanusi have done is prod Jonathan’s level of confidence to see how high or how low his confidence really is. In both cases, Jonathan responded with acts of tyranny, typical of those who lack confidence. As a result, the outcomes have been signs of instability. Thus, if we want to push Jonathan out of power, we should do all we can to keep attacking his sense of confidence so that he continues to respond tyrannically. He will increasingly act in a tyrannical fashion which will eventually push him overboard and thus end his administration.

    You do not need a protest to push Jonathan out of power. You only need to keep attacking his sense of confidence at every opportunity that can be found. Jonathan is likely to respond tyrannically every time.

    • Sankara

      If ethnicity/religion is not mixed up in this whole ‘prodding’ idea of yours, why are the two people you mentioned doing the ‘prodding’ from one part of the country and of the same religion?
      And tell me honestly, WHAT LEVEL OF CONFIDENCE WILL YOU HAVE FOR YOUR BANK ACCOUNTING OFFICER WHO GIVES YOU FOUR DIFFERENT FIGURES WHEN YOU ASK HIM FOR A STATEMENT OF YOUR ACCOUNT?
      Keep fooling yourselves!

      • Guguru

        Fashola has prodded Jonathan a couple of times too. Wole Soyinka has prodded Jonathan a couple of times. Amaechi has been prodding Jonathan just about every month. Amaechi’s proddings has perhaps been the most intense. APC members have been doing the prodding. It just so happens that the prodding of northerners in the APC has generally been of a greater intensity than the prodding of southerners in the APC, except for those of Amaechi.

        • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

          So has Amaechi!

          Don’t mind Mr. Sankara who has his ethnic-tinted glasses on.

          Mr. Jonathan’s response, has predictably, been the same on every occassion.

      • Olutola

        Stop been childish. Gowon was head of state for 9yrs the north or moslems did not react this way. OBJ was there for 3yrs in the 70s, they cooperated with him. He returned for a further 8yrs recently and he didnt change his religion (he is still a Baptist) and the north and moslems cooperated. Why is it that when it is the time of your boy president heaven is about to fall?

        • Musty

          Not only Gowon was there, but his 2nd incommand was Christian also. Beside that, only Muslim at one time in Gowon’s cabinet was General Hassan Usman Katsina, no body rised eyes. Please, let us always ask for good persons that can take us out of this quagmire. Period.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Gowon was a full-time Hausa-Fulani stooge,they kept him there and when they got tired of him,they removed him. The only people to ask are the northern sponsors of Boko-haram….they should call their boys in the Sambisa to order……as simple as that !!

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          ….Because the Fulani had a hand in OBJ and Gowon’s “APPOINTMENTS AS HEAD OF STATE”.
          They just did not expect any Nigerian from a minority tribe to become President without their “permission”.
          You keep deceiving your self in thinking that these guys love you Yoruba…dem go still show una pepper as usual……make una ask MKO for him grave,ask DIYA,even ask Baba Iyabo who narrowly escape hang-man !!

      • Wähala

        Aborigine Sankara…
        The BBC recently described Jona Dumbo as “Naïve and Manipulative”. US Sen. John McCain, dismissed him entirely as “some guy named (Dumbo) running a non-existent Government in Nigeria”. Are they also from the same part of the country and of the same religion you abhor? Gejito!

        • Bigzy

          Is the word aborigine the word of the year for you? You have repeated it severally, and it is getting really boring. You have also repeated the content of this post on quite a few occasions. Much as I see the arrogance in John McCain’s outburst, it has to be read in context of the fact that he was making excuses for not acting earlier to rescue the Chibok Girls and the lawlessness in the Far North.

          Full quote: “We should have utilized every asset that we have, satellite, drones, any capabilities that we had to go after them. We didn’t have to wait until a practically non-existent government of Nigeria gave us the go-ahead before mounting a humanitarian effort to rescue those 276 abducted girls.” – US Senator John McCain speaking to CNN. A bit different from your version of the quote, won’t you say?

          Even to date, the American involvement in the rescue effort has yielded zero result.

      • dudu

        What will you say about his actions towards Amaechi and the 16 is greater than 19 debacle? O please….spare us, no amount of mudslinging against the north and your obvious bias against Muslims can change the fact that Mr President is incompetent in his actions and therefore, not worthy of that exalted office. Period.

    • Screw-em

      @Guguru, you no doubt nailed it. A Noble prize psychoanalyst could not have done any better. Dumbo glows in the pageantry of the office with agreeably no meaningful actionable constructive agenda to speak of…..Kudo’s!!!!

    • Agha

      what are writing? do you thing your audience is Americans? have you not heard about stomach infrastructure – and do you know that election had been won on this basis.
      pls tell us something important!

      • Guguru

        I could hardly understand the syntax and semantics of your comment. Can you help me out here?

  • Smith Scott

    He doesn’t need any security more than Agbo seller in Oga market

  • Sometimes I wonder if GEJ is serious about seeking re-election because he seems to be putting every foot wrong.

  • Nicol

    NIGERIAN LABOUR CONGRESS (NLC) FIDDLES AS NIGERIA BURNS

    The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is looking for much to do. It can be re-directed to its abandoned duty. As at today, between 35 to 50 million Nigerians are rendered un-employed and jobless by President Jonathan and Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; both of whom do not know what to do, as more companies fold up in Nigeria, with a job freeze in the public sector set to continue, with crude oil export cascading to $83 dollars from a recent high of $110 per barrel.

    Nigeria is virtually being led by a blindfolded government negligent to have aided the theft of $6.7 billion two years ago
    [representing 25% of Nigeria’s annual budget] by 48 persons – and some entities amongst them – using photocopiers to forge bills of lading and wangle a whopping $6.7 billion from the federal treasury, after securing the approvals of the Finance Minister (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala), the accountant-general of the federation, and lastly the Central Bank Governor (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi).

    Till today and despite the NLC’s self-aborted protest marches for two weeks in January 2012, the $6.7billion remains stolen, less 5% of it compassionately returned to the people of Nigeria by a few contrite ones amongst the criminals involved in this oil subsidy reimbursement scam. Till today also, nobody is behind bars for this heist. It is a disgrace that the NLC has not said a word after its huffing and puffing has had no impact on this financial hemorrhage now fuelling the 50 million un-employment figure in Nigeria today.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    The NLC must not be hired as mercenaries to fight for selfish political prostitutes like Mallam Tambuwal.

    • Olu Ade

      What goes around, comes around. If you forget or if you were too young, when Yaradua became sick and the cabal in Aso Rock prevented Jonathan, the Vice President from becoming the acting president, it was the same NLC with other activist (mostly in Lagos/South West) that rose to fight for the truth, that the VP automatically becomes Acting President when the President was too sick to perform.
      It was not about Jonathan then and same goes for now, it is not about Tambulwa but standing up for the right thing, respect to a Nigerian democratic office.

      • Mani_Kay

        You are a congenital liar ………. throughout the Yar’Adua crisis the NLC never ever said anything ….. the records are there.

        I challenge you to produce a word said by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani buffooon Omar during the Yar’Adua crisis …… let’s have the link if you find any !

        • Guest

          If you don’t know anything please keep your mouth mute, and for your information a northerner was the one that raised the motion in the national assembly chambers to make goodluck head of state

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Please keep quiet ! it took the bravery of the late Igbo warrior princess madam Akunyili to lead the charge on the Katsina cabal……..and the APC are planning another Buhari katsina cabal !

          • Guest

            DEMOCRACY IS ALL ABOUT MAJORITY

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            Before nkor ?

          • Okemute1

            And how did GEJ and PDP reward her?

          • Bala

            Sen Bala Mohammed, that’s why he was rewarded with a ministrail appointment.

        • Yemzonatiq

          mani Kay the NLC were very involved in making Jonathan a substantive president

        • Okemute1

          When it comes to truth, you and other PDP e-rat suffers memory failure. I will get you links.

  • Mani_Kay

    Aminu Tambuwaal and the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani including their APC and their NLC will never again be allowed to have their cake and eat it ……… whatever Tambuwaal and the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani want …. they will get it this time.

    The best they can get is that there shall be a Nigeria for all ……… not one reserved for the so called born-to-rule leeches.

    It is not enough for NLC to spit fire ……. they should go all out to set Nigeria on fire or the shame will be theirs.

    Where was the buffoon NLC when Tambuwaal starting engaging in acts of gross misconduct from day 1 of Jonathan’s Presidency simply because President Jonathan in Tambuwaals warped and idioootic thinking is not a supposedly born to rule.

    The shameful, lawless and disrespectful actions of Tambuwaal ought to be condemned by the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani if they have any ounce of human wisdom.

    The end is near !!!

    Enough is enough !!!

    • Guguru

      The daily kidnappings, the sea pirates, and the oil thieves, all in the south and all very shameful. Are they the products of any northern Muslim Hausa Fulani?

    • GEJ the devisive and unfit

      That is an old story, nigerians are more smarter now than your paymaster, no more religion bigotry, ethnicity, north south dichotomy, no more rigging, stand by the truth even though is bitter, say no to devide and rule the political theory of your paymaster. Secure your future and your generation unborn from this cabals, If you cannot do it the rest of nigerians will do it and send them packing from Asorock come 2015 election.

      • Enough_is_Enough

        Taqqiya is the devilish copyright of Mohammed the prophet of islam

        • concernedcitizen2014

          Ask our conscious brothers in the Caribbean, in South America, and the United States, what over 500 years of the transatlantic slave trade. A trade financed and orchestrated by western democracies with christian background did to us. The Jews are collecting reparations for the holocaust. We sit down here and celebrate carrying the “ID card” of Christianity with our colonized minds. If we were practicing the Christianity it will have been even better, we would not be in the mess we are now

          • Bigzy

            This is pretencious and unedifying. The Arabs began trading in African lives long before the Europeans. This continued until it became unviable, again partly due to the abolition of the trade by the Europeans. I hold no brief for them, but you must learn to call a spade a spade.

    • Aboki

      Tanbuwal is from Sokoto born to rule. Blame Tinubu for selling Yoruba’s slot to Fulani because he wants to be a political emperor of South West. Tinubu has committed a grievous sin and he is will continue to pay.

    • bala

      Manyk please go back to school, you argue like a stak illiterate. Your sense of history is so amiss

    • concernedcitizen2014

      Oga South South and South East Republic/It is our ooil. Please enough is enough of mediocrity from anywhere and with the ID card of any religion. What is unconstitutional is unconstitutional. Things must be done in order.

  • King Carlos

    I’m happy that the NLC and other professional bodies like the NBA have been vocal in light of the threat to our hard earned democracy.

  • Olu Ade

    LETTER TO INSPECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE FROM FEMI FALANA (SAN)

    Suleiman Abba Esq.

    Acting Inspector-General of Police,

    Police Headquarters,

    Louis Edet House,

    Abuja, FCT.

    Since you were appointed the Acting Inspector-General of Police by the President of the Republic on July 31, 2014 the Nigeria Police Force has been involved in partisan politics to the detriment of law and order in the country. Permit me to draw your attention to three glaring cases of political bias recently displayed by the Police under your leadership.

    Firstly, the Osun State governorship election which took place on August 9, 2014 was almost marred by the Police and other security forces which arrested and detained over 700 leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC). Indeed, some electoral officers who were assumed to be members of the APC were also railroaded to police custody. But for the personal intervention of Professor Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the said electoral officers would not have been released. Thus, the election would have been disrupted by the police and other security forces whose duty it was to maintain law and order during the democratic exercise. However, the detained APC leaders who were released after the election have not been charged to court for breaching the provisions of the Electoral Act or any other law whatsoever.

    Secondly, Mr. Joseph Mbu, the controversial Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 7 of the Nigeria Poilice Force announced a ban any rally demanding for #‎bringbackourgirls within the federal capital territory. The ban was designed to assuage the feelings of some officials of the Federal Government who are embarrassed by being reminded of their constitutional duty of rescuing the over 200 Chibok girls who were abducted 6 months ago by the nihilist boko haram sect. In a judgment delivered last week, the Federal Capital Territory High Court declared the ban illegal, null and void on the ground that it constituted an infringement of the fundamental rights of the patriotic campaigners to freedom of assembly and expression guaranteed by the Constitution. In spite of the judicial indictment you have not deemed it fit to call Mr. Mbu to order for the reckless abuse of police powers.

    Thirdly, you caused the security details of Honourable Aminu Tambuwal, the Speaker of the House of Representatives to be withdrawn last week on the ground that he had decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC. As if that was enough, you decided to usurp the judicial powers of the federation which are exclusively vested in the courts by section 6 of the Constitution when you claimed that the Speaker had lost his office and seat as a federal legislator having contravened section 68 (1) (g) of the Constitution. By your illegal pronouncement you disregarded section section 50 (2) (c) thereof which stipulates that the Speaker of the House of Representatives can only be removed by a resolution passed by votes on not less that two thirds majority of the members of the House.

    No doubt, your actions and utterances in the circumstance have exposed the Police to unwarranted ridicule as Nigerians are not unaware of the fact that when the Ondo State legislators elected on the platform of the Labour Party (LP) decamped to the PDP last month your office did not declare their seats vacant. In particular, you did not withdraw the security details of Honourable Jumoke Akindele, the Speaker who led her colleagues to dump the LP for the PDP. In the same vein, Honourable Ahmadu Fintiri, the Speaker of the Adamawa State House of Assembly and his colleagues who decamped from the PDP to the APC and have since returned to PDP. You did not have cause to declare their seats vacant. Neither have you withdrawn the security details of the Honourable Fintiri.

    Thus, by subjecting Honourable Aminu Tambuwal to selective persecution on ground that he decamped from the ruling party you violated his fundamental right to freedom from discrimination. As you are no doubt aware, it is a breach of section 42 (1) of the Constitution and Article 2 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights to subject any citizen of Nigeria of a political opinion to disabilities, deprivation and restrictions to which other citizens who hold alternative views or opinions are not made subject. Since the security details of other Speakers who decamped from the APC and LP to the PDP have not been withdrawn those of Honourable Tambuwal were illegally withdrawn. They ought to be restored without any further delay.

    From the information at my disposal your harassment of the Speaker was instigated by the Presidency. But having regard to section 215 (3) of the Constitution which enjoins you to carry out the “lawful directions” of the President of the Republic with respect to the maintenance and securing of public safety and public order the actions taken on the Speaker are illegal and unconstitutional in every material particular. Therefore, you should withdraw your pronouncement on the office and seat of Honourable Aminu Tambuwal and advise the ruling party to seek redress in the Federal High Court on the constitutional implications of the defection. Furthermore, unless he is removed by his colleagues in the House of Representatives or by a competent court in the land Honourable Tambuwal remains the Speaker of the House. Neither the Police nor any other agency of the Federal Government can be allowed to resort to self help on the matter.

    As law and order in the country cannot be maintained by a compromised Police institution you may want to resign your appointment if you are not prepared to discharge your onerous constitutional responsibilities without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. Before making up your mind may I remind you of the eternal injunction of the Supreme Court in the case of Attorney-General of the Federation v Atiku Abubakar (2007) 10 NWLR (pt 1041) 1 at 183. As the undisguised bias of both the INEC and the Police could not be justified over the illegal removal of the Vice-President for decamping from the ruling party to one of the opposition political parties the apex court held inter alia:

    “Having regard to the nature of the function which the Nigeria Police Force also performs, that body must also insulate itself such that impartiality and fairness may at all times be ascribed to it. A situation where both of them ( the Inspector-General of Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC) appeal in the instant case is very much in bad taste.They have both thrown the quality of impartiality and fairness which they must possess to the winds. Their acts capable of eroding the public confidence in them. Unknown tob them, they may be said, by the the public, to be biased and therefore not worthy to be regarded as impartial umpires. This trend must not repeat itself for the good of the nation.”

    Finally, if the trend of subverting the Constitution, the Police Act and the Electoral Act by your good self and other top police offices continues unabated we shall not hesitate to approach the Federal High Court to determine your competence and suitability to superintend and manage the Nigeria Police Force in the public interest.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Femi Falana SAN ‎

    • Bigzy

      This is a long epistle in self indulgience and voyeurism. Why does Mr Falana feel this overwhelming need to stick his paws in every piece of pie going? Democracy and the practitioners have to abide by certain rules. Everyone knew that it was a matter of time before Tambuwal defected to the defective aPC. It is ok for him to do this, but he must accordingly forgo the trapping of being the leader of the majority party in the House. It feels as though he is the original ambulance chaser of the Nigerian socio-political landscape. While I have applauded some of his inputs in the past, one must learn to be selective to remain relevant and maintain a certain standard.

  • Vote GEJ 2015

    NLC is now partisan. Good! What are Muslims and NLC doing to rescue Chibok girl from their brothers in Islam? NLC should give the same warning to their brothers in Islam (aka Boko-Haram) that nothing should happen to non-Muslim Chibok girls.

    • Sams

      And people think Jonathan and his supporters will use religion to try to win election..

    • Zarto Ali

      Shame on you.

    • Beeba

      Tell Oritsejafor and CAN to stop supplying them with arms.

  • blackdove

    The beauty of democracy is majority carries the vote and there is a limit to rigging. I am for change. I absolutely do not want more of the same B/S!

  • Bigzy

    The NLC is full of shiit and they know it. What is the essence of having political parties and contesting elections under their banners? For a long time now, Tambuwal has been biding his time, criticising the Government of which he is supposed to be a leading member, and flirting with the opposition. Now that he has demonstrated the courage of his conviction, he should go the whole hog. and vacate the leadership of the Reps. The position belongs to the majority party and to extrapolate otherwise is hypocratical beyond belief.

    • tundemash

      can you quote the section of the constitution to back your claim “The position belongs to the majority party ” or is this another quite from an ignoramus ?

      • Gideon Orkar

        section 68 of the 1999 Constitution

        (1) A Member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if:

        (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;

        • Bigzy

          Thanks for that. Tundemash is a regular blockhead with a penchant for telling tales.

        • tundemash

          Dundee United…. your fellow e-rat, Bigzy, wrote “The position belongs to the majority party ” and I asked him to quote the section of the consitution that stipulates that …… is this what you have quoted ? Where in this quote does it state the position of the Speaker belongs to te majority party ?
          Do you lack comprehension or you just want to type something sha ! ?

          • Bigzy

            You are the big time e-pig. If a man is not qualified to be a member of the House, how could he lead the House? In any even, where in the world does a member of a minority party lead the parliament? I know that you are clinically brain dead and if you do not start showng some activity soon, you will be consigned to the grave-yard.

          • tundemash

            If he’s not qualified to be a member of the House, is it the resonsibility of Dumbo or the police to effect that ?
            INEC gave him a certificate as a member of the House of Rep. Why not allow INEC to do its job and withdraw that certificate ?
            When Mimiko and the Speaker of the Ondo state house of Assemply defected … why were both not removed ?

            Clown …. have you heard of the name Eme-Ezeoke before ? he’s the Speaker in 1979; find out what party he belonged to .

            Creek monkey, I know you abhor truth and the rule of law. Most of you were in the bush with Tompol and othet terrorists while we fought for this democracy “little mind” Dumbo wants to crash. Same way NPN used the police to terrorise the opposition in 1983 and made the military come back is what Dumbo is doing now; Dumbo would be the first ex. President to be jailed for corruption and crimes against humanity.

          • Bigzy

            Given the provisions of the law, the Police is entitled to enforce it. You are trying to use prevarications and grandstanding to drag the matter on for as long a possible. This is rather akin to the situation where the corrupt Sanusi stayed on as the Governor of the Central Bank for longer than would be allowed in a civilised society. The right thing would have been for Tambuwal to resign on or before his announcement. But he is seeking to delay justice. As they say, justice delayed is justice denied.

            The reference point was the 1999 Constitution, so quite how you reverted to an earlier event and constitution is your bag, probably a consequence of inbreeding.

            Your type speak about the truth but would not acknowledge it, even if it is staring you in the face. You are a moron and a political sewer rat. Crawl back to your hole.

          • Gideon Orkar

            If you were any more stoopid you would have to be watered. The majority party produces the speaker and if you don’t know this then you are more than hopeless

        • Mr Igbo Sanity

          Here is the Complete Constitutional Provisions of the relevant laws: look carefully as the subsection (g) pdp always quote the first part of (g) and neglect the second part of (g)

          “Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored; or”

          68. (1) A member of the Senate or of the House of Representatives shall vacate his seat in the House of which he is a member if –

          (a) he becomes a member of another legislative house.

          (b) any other circumstances arise that, if he were not a member of the Senate or the House of Representatives, would cause him to be disqualified for election as a member;

          (c) he ceases to be a citizen of Nigeria;

          (d) he becomes President, Vice-President, Governor, Deputy Governor or a Minister of the Government of the Federation or a Commissioner of the Government of a State or a Special Adviser.

          (e) save as otherwise prescribed by this Constitution, he becomes a member of a commission or other body established by this Constitution or by any other law.

          (f) without just cause he is absent from meetings of the House of which he is a member for a period amounting in the aggregate to more than one-third of the total number of days during which the House meets in any one year;

          (g) being a person whose election to the House was sponsored by a political party, he becomes a member of another political party before the expiration of the period for which that House was elected;Provided that his membership of the latter political party is not as a result of a division in the political party of which he was previously a member or of a merger of two or more political parties or factions by one of which he was previously sponsored; or

          (h) the President of the Senate or, as the case may be, the Speaker of the House of Representatives receives a certificate under the hand of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission stating that the provisions of section 69 of this Constitution have been complied with in respect of the recall of that member.

  • Garden-City Boy

    Who should something to happening to if not to Tambuwal? Should it be me.

  • olawale

    This is a
    jungle country, what power has the president to sack the speaker of the
    house? Nigerian educated class, law professors, judges are in shamble.
    what a disgrace of a nation? The youths are a disgrace, where in the
    world would a president atempt to sack a speaker duely elected by
    members of the house not party that elected him as a speaker and
    everybody kept quiet as if nothing happens? So if an Hausa man is the
    one doing this, are we going to keep quiet just like that? I feel sorry
    for Nigeria. Because of our religious, ethnic and political party
    affiliation we are destroying thee country. What a shame. People are not
    ready to say the truth if that person belongs to their region, religion
    or party?

  • Spoken word

    As I said we have very little people leading us.unfortunately we as a people keep letting this happen.

  • Aboki

    NLC has become a political party and surely partisan. The Abdul waheed fellow did not say a word about security situation since. How does this concern NLC?

    • Bala

      The consequence of the mind set of people like you is that u give GEJ no incentive to perform. For you people performance is secondary, he knows that with a performance like his own, all he needs is to wind up the sentimental little minds of people like you and you will come to his defense. GEJ has demonstrated the attributes of a tyrant, from Sanusi Lamido, to the South African govt, any person who criticize him or his govt is seen as an enemy. I wonder what a monster he will be if reelected.

    • Mark Nsikan

      read ur comments again,den answer urslv….after dat,kneel down,raise ur hands up and close ur eyes!!….u are dumb!!

    • tundemash

      same way it concerned NLC when Turai was molesting your Dumbo in 2009 and NLC cired out .

  • TRUTH MASTER

    It is important for all good people and organizations to speak out against evil. The NLC has lived up to that dictum. The police have acted in a partisan manner. They never withdrew Mimiko’s security when he decamped from LP to PDP. Neither was the security detail of the Speaker of the Ondo legislature withdrawn when he followed Mimiko to the PDP.

    In any case, it is not for the police to interpret the constitution. That role is reserved ONLY for the court.

  • Agha

    it appears the nlc is gradually turning to a party or a political pressure group, but what i find rather funny is that this group that hardly show concern outside workers welfare has suddenly taken interest in political matters – is it because tambawul is a northerner? similar things happened in some southern states without nlc getting involve – what is the interest?
    the constitution is very weak on this matter making it very difficult for any serious objective contribution. if the court had determined the other pending matter it would has been easy for us to make a constructive contribution. let the judiciary led us. this is my take!

    • New Nigeria

      These are the same people to that fought for the southerner to become the president when the cabal were in control My question is one could not see all of you at the street of abuja during that time. But today you are attacking the same people that brought your jonathan to power. Where in the south has such things happened? In Ondo or where?

    • Maria

      Yeah if they had supported the illegality of PDP… that would be welcome… in that case they are not political pressure group…. wake up from your hypocrisy!

      • Agha

        Maria, forget about party in this case we are building a better Nigeria. APC, PDP etc are equally guilty in most of Nigerian’s problems.
        one question that has remain unanswered is what would APC have done better? this is a party that stalled approval of national budget and security chiefs due to an apparent majority in the same house without considering the effects of BK to Nigerians.

        like i contributed in other fora, this is a typical Nigerian issue one step forward two backwards resulting in too many charge and bail lawyers. the constitution lacks explicit on this matter and our courts has failed to
        provide interpretation hence this madness. the judiciary should be ashamed of itself now that Nigerians has taken their role as there can never be vacuum in nature.

        • Maria

          Burkina Faso on my mind! We shall get there soon!

          • joe

            Its difficult my dear. Nigeria is polarized and traumatized by the religion, North/south dichotomy, ethnicity etc. Look at what is happening in the north east for example: Each time troops abandoned their duty post, BH strikes in less than 24 hours later.

    • tundemash

      when NLC showed interest when Turai was molesting the coward GEJ in 2009, was NLC a political party then or was it because GEJ was’t a northerner ? Remove your ethnic glasses, maybe that will make you to be a bit reasonable.

      Even if a similar case is still pending in court, that does not give the police or GEJ the right to use the police to interpret the law.

      • Otile

        Abubakar tundemash, you definitely make a good suicide bomber, insha Allah.

    • phoenix

      So we must wait till gej destroy the hard-earn democracy?if there is any president that has made most wrong calls in the history of nigeria,it is your jonathan.he won’t get those sympathetic votes this time

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  • Proudly NigerDeltan

    How continent Nigeria discourages its Scientists, Engineers and inventors on the banal basis of fear, lack of trust, suspicion & bizarre stupidity. Read the story below. It is a mess age from one Niger Deltan scientist/Inventor c alled Titi Governor. You will find the report in some Nigerian dailies of 2nd November.

    …Governor, who invented the electric refining oven with the capacity to refine over 50, 000 litres of products in one
    trip, insisted that illegal refining cannot be stopped by the destruction of illegal refineries but the process can be improved upon.

    “This is electric method of refining introduced by me; it works using high electrical heating procedure. God gave me
    this revelation after the militancy crisis; you know that necessity is the mother of invention.

    A thought came one day that if I could construct a refinery using electric heaters, it will work and refine better than the fire wood heating employed by others. That was how I started the process. Refining has semblance to alcohol refining whereby palm wine is heated to become local gin (Ogogoro). That is the experiment and it works for me,” he stated. He continued:

    ….Now, if it were in Israel, US, UK or Germany, the minister of science & Tech will immediately invite Engnr Governor to his office for a presentation, prior to provision of funds for further research, but in continent Nigeria, the minister will call the army chief to request for “heavily” armed soldiers or useless JTF to go and burn & arrest people. No wonder Fela sang: “…Na the burn, burn…na him sweet them pass”. I need my SS Republic like yesterday. Nonsense!

    • Leslie

      Well,apparently, the GEJ you profess loyalty to appointed the minister of S&T.He leads,they follow suit.So blame no one but yourself if things are the way they are.He’s the C in C and that puts military under his command.If they prefer to burn instead of investing,why not pledge loyalty to someone else who would change that psychi once and for all.2015 is around the corner.Take advantage of it.It’s not rocket science you know.

      • _Proudly NigerDeltan

        This is why we are asking for disintegration of this useless & explosive amalgam called Nigeria…where each country will live in peace without their Generals not having to weep before Majors and where there will be no bombing of the innocent and non combatants…are we still on the same page? Nonsense!

        • Nigeriana

          Ignorance Extraordinaire

  • wode

    Every right-thinking person that has his conscience intact would know that the step taken by FGN/PDP/IGP is not only wrong and illegal, but also, portend strong danger to the precarious peace, security and the fledgling democratic system of this country.

  • joe

    The problem of human being is selfishness. NLC, HR, CIVIL SOCIETY, NBC, opposition political parties etc, knows very well that what Tambuwal did was not in the interest of anybody but his selfish ambition. Why did he wait upto this moment before shutting down the house?. What happens to 2015 budget?. Tambuwal is there to serve Nigerians and not his political ambition in his home state. Notwithstanding two wrongs cannot make right, Jonathan always come from behind when it comes to dealing with these northern politicians. Similar thing happened between Jonathan and the former CBN governor, Lamido Sanusi. Northern politicians are expert in attracting public sympathy. You cannot take it from them. Jonathan need to be very smart in dealing with the northern politicians.

    • Sani

      It is not about the north or its politicians, Jona will not take prisoners when it comes to his interest. Is Ameachi from the north? We all remember what MBU did to Ameachi on the orders of Jona, change roles and assume Jona as a southerner was the speaker and tambual as the northerner was the president. You comment would have been different. Do you guys want our votes at all? Do you know you still need other Nigeriand to return Jona.why not wait until we foolishly vote him back before you start displaying your hatred and selfishness.

      • Dahiru

        Many thanks Sani for the nice comment.

      • Nigeriana

        Well said!

    • wode

      It’s not about where anybody comes from or his/her political party. It’s about what is right and what is wrong. It’s not up to Jonathan or IGP to declare the Speaker to be out of office and as a result strip him of his official security entitlement. There is a lay down rule as to how a speaker can be impeached if need be. Is it today that GEJ and PDP know that Tanbuwal was on his way to APC. Didn’t they know that he was going to defect? What step did they take apart from sidelining him? Was it not almost the same thing that happened to GEJ when Yar’adua died and every Nigerians supported him to get to power. Now that he has power, he has decided to toll the path of illegality. He shouldn’t forget that Election is just around the corner. Public perception of his government has never been so good. With this, he and his advisers on this matter, may not be doing themselves any good.

  • Encore

    NLC FIDDLES AS NIGERIA BURNS

    The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) is looking for much to do. It can be re-directed to its abandoned duty. As at today, between 35 to 50 million Nigerians are rendered un-employed and jobless by President Jonathan and Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; both of whom do not know what to do, as more companies fold up in Nigeria, with a job freeze in the public sector set to continue, with crude oil export cascading to $83 dollars from a recent high of $110 per barrel.

    Nigeria is virtually being led by a blindfolded government negligent to have aided the theft of $6.7 billion two years ago
    [representing 25% of Nigeria’s annual budget] by 48 persons – and some entities amongst them – using photocopiers to forge bills of lading and wangle a whopping $6.7 billion from the federal treasury, after securing the approvals of the Finance Minister (Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala), the accountant-general of the federation, and lastly the Central Bank Governor (Sanusi Lamido Sanusi).

    Till today and despite the NLC’s self-aborted protest marches for two weeks in January 2012, the $6.7billion remains stolen, less 5% of it compassionately returned to the people of Nigeria by a few contrite ones amongst the criminals involved in this oil subsidy reimbursement scam. Till today also, nobody is behind bars for this heist. It is a disgrace that the NLC has not said a word after its huffing and puffing has had no impact on this financial hemorrhage now fuelling the 50 million un-employment figure in Nigeria today.

    • Roberto

      @ Encore:

      Yes O! NLC has left leprosy to treat pimples! Aminu Tambuwal’s case should be of less concern
      to a more responsible Labour Organization, like NLC, than on-going looting of Nigeria’s treasury
      by incompetent thieves inside government offices in all the 36 states and local governments; and,
      including the equally roguish and empty-headed types mis-running Nigeria’s federal government.

      • TY

        What is happening should concern all Nigerians, Omar and the union are also Nigerians, they are speaking against the action to withdraw the security of the Speaker, he is still the speaker. I don’t know why we don’t want someone in power from the opposition party to challenge this FG. The FG is scared of challenger, GEJ is terrible.

    • Lukman

      You seem to be confused in your analysis of the current situation. What concerns NOI with your argument?

  • MushinSpeaks

    When President Obasanjo said Jonathan and some officials are building a Sniper list, we felt the man was speaking out of age.

    House of Reps members now act as his security guards to halt some dangerous move by his enemies.

    IG and other agencies should not be the judge here; they should wait for the court to decide.

  • Eroli Reuben

    Nigeria must and should as a matter of urgency amend the existing labor/strike laws to conform to international prevailing and best practices. In the U .S.A, Britain and the E.U. , labor unions can only strike or greave on matters related to wages and compensation. There’s no such thing as NLC being an over reaching and overbearing amorphous alternative political party, that puts its nose on matters that has nothing to do with wages and compensation. Nowadays, NLC gets involves in economic policy, matters that are wholly judicial, matters that are wholly political and that has no bearing on labor-wages, work place conditions and compensation. The speakership and National Assembly is a political branch of the government and could and should be “grown” enough to engage in political question battles without “big labor” holding its tail” these incessant forays by labor into the political arena will cost the NLC it’s central role in the Nigerian labor stage. Collective bargaining in the West is a patch work of numerous independent labor unions organizations. The right to strike is usually allowed only if all members agree by vote conducted by a neutral agency and requires 60 days notice before the vote. The strike does not follow the vote automatically as there is a cooling of period before the strike goes into effect. During the strike the workers are never paid. Its the responsibility of the Unions to pay a stipend from worker’s contributions and dues previously collected to the striking workers.
    In Nigeria as usual the NLC does not operate as a labor union should. The NLC has no equivalent in the West and it should be unbundled.

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  • the_adviser

    Omar do you go around with security provided by government? Use your brain my friend. Look after your members interest instead of using your post for political rascality.

    • TY

      Omar has not said anything bad, I don’t know why we don’t want any opposition party to challenge this FG, a country who wants to develop needs opposition parties with power. Omar has said the right thing, a speaker of house needs security in a country like Nigeria.

      • the_adviser

        NLC is not a political party but a trade union ,my friend. If Umar wants to comment in his private capacity then that is ok but using the platform of NLC is not. Some of his NLC members don’t share his opinion. That is why he should stick to Trade Unionism and leave politics to others. If he wants to be a politician, he should resign his presidency of NLC. The welfare of NLC members should be his utmost priority. They pay his wages.

        • TY

          Well, what is going on btw Tambuwal and Presidency is more than politics, they could have battled on political grounds. I still don’t think NLC leader has said too much, at least the NBA also commented on this, not only NLC. If the presidency would not respect the rule of law, who else will do?

          • the_adviser

            Yes, you are right the constitution is at stake here and every Nigerian must respect its content. The fact NBA did the same does not make it right. My belief is Trade Unions must not comment on political events unless it concerns their members as is done in other countries.