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Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Racoon(m): 11:42pm On Dec 21, 2019
Watching the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on television on Monday, affirming that the red chamber would approve the $29.96 billion loan request of Pres
Muhammadu Buhari, left me so muddled.

Lawan persistently spoke as if he was one of the aides of Buhari.He did not sound one bit like he is heading another arm of government.Since his assumption of office, Lawan has been thinking and acting as if he is part of the Executive.

On this loan request, I was expecting him to talk about a thorough scrutiny of the request by the Senate.He did not do this.Even before senators commenced debate on the request, Lawan had already approved it. Haba! It means the views of other senators no longer matter.

This President of the Senate, who has now become an autocrat in the Red Chamber, declared, “The question of whether we will approve the loan request of the Executive arm of Government? Yes, we will pass it.” Few weeks back, this President of the Senate shot down some members who requested for copies of the amendments to the Value Added Tax, before the First reading. Senators did not see the document before it jumped the first and second reading.

Fanatical Lawan no longer understands the concept of check and balance in a democracy. He is unconscious that we are running a constitutional government and that check and balance must apply. Yes, the legislature does not exist to antagonise the Executive. However, it must effectively and efficiently check the Executive, else, there will be absolutism, as we are now experiencing in Nigeria.

The system of check and balance is an important part of our Constitution. With check and balance, each of the three branches of government can limit the powers of the others. Each branch checks the power of the other branches to make sure that the power is balanced among them. Under just six months of Lawan, power has tilted absolutely in favour of the Executive.

The principle of check and balance has been thrown into the garbage can.No wonder Lawan said he would do anything Buhari requests of him in the Senate. For him, the loan request is a done deal. He cares less if this generation, and indeed, generation yet unborn, would be plunged into stifling debt repayment.

The list of foreign borrowing by the Buhari government is growing. There is a $1 billion African Development Bank loan. There is a $1 billion Eurobond, with an additional $500 million expected from the Global Medium Term Note Programme. There is a $5.8 billion from the China Exim bank. Over 30 per cent of the 2020 budget will be funded with foreign loans. As at June 30, this year, the federal government is gasping under a debt yoke of N20.42 trillion – local and foreign. Over 30 per cent of federal revenue will go into debt servicing in 2020.

The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II was right when, two years ago, he urged the federal government to slow down on its borrowing because it was spending such a huge part of its revenues to pay interests on debts. The Emir remarked: “The Federal Government of Nigeria is spending 66 per cent of its revenues on interests on debts, which means only 34 per cent of revenues is available for capital and recurrent expenditures. That model cannot work. If you look at the 2017 budget of the Federal Government, I sometimes wonder what Nigerian economists are doing? In the 2017 budget, the amount earmarked for debt servicing is in excess of the entire non-oil revenue of the Federal Government, but that is not the problem. The problem is that it is a budget that is even going for more debts.

“Borrowing has reached its limit and government should therefore look for ways to attract investments. Growth can only come from investments. It cannot come from consumption. It cannot come from government balance sheet. It cannot come from borrowing because you cannot borrow unsustainably.”

So, what has the masses of this country gained from this massive borrowing in terms of infrastructure and poverty alleviation? Honestly, I don’t think we have gained anything; not with the hunger, disease, poverty, unemployment and decay ravaging the country. Just look around you and you will see the level of decay in virtually all sectors of our economy – health, education, water, roads, power, security and the rest of them.

The way our governments at all levels celebrate these loans often leave me dejected. They create the impression that it would be a quick fix for all our problems. Unfortunately, it does not turn out that way.

Just imagine that $1 billion Eurobond sale being turned into an achievement.The oversubscription to the tune of $ 7.8 billion at an interest rate of 7.88% was celebrated as if we are getting free money. For those who don’t know, by the time this country exits this bond, we would have conservatively paid an additional $1 billion as interest. The interest could go higher as the Naira plummets. So, they have simply pushed Nigeria to continue wallowing in more debt.

The burden on our star-crossed generation and indeed future generation is weighty. A huge part of the revenue that the federal government ought to be using for poverty alleviation and infrastructural development has been going into debt servicing.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was apt when he said President Buhari was trying to ruin the future of Nigerians with this $29.96 billion loan request: “The fact that Nigeria currently budgets more money for debt servicing (N2.7 trillion), than on capital expenditure (N2.4 trillion) is already an indicator that we have borrowed more money than we can afford to borrow. And the thing is that debt servicing is not debt repayment.

“Debt servicing just means that we are paying the barest minimum allowable by our creditors.And while spending 50% of our current revenue on debt servicing, this administration wants to take further loans of $29.6 billion! To say that this is irresponsible is itself an understatement.


President Olusegun Obasanjo and I paid off this nation’s debt, and I will not stand idly by and watch while Nigeria is plunged into second slavery by those who only know how to reap where they have not sown.”

Lawan and his cohorts care less. They want Nigeria to sustain the binge borrowing. The President of the Senate must show allegiance to Nigerians and not to Buhari. Our Senators must also show fidelity to traumatised Nigerians, snub Lawan and throw away this filthy loan request.

Boko Haram: Imperatives of Zulum, Ndume Leaks

Three deadly attacks last week by Boko Haram and ISWAP bring to the fore the painful failure of the federal government to respond appropriately to the pragmatic suggestions by Governor Babagana Zulum and Senator Ali Ndume at the recent North-east Security Summit hosted by the Borno State Government.

During the parley organised by the office of the Inspector General of Police, Zulum, declared that the whereabouts of Boko Haram were known to everyone; military, security agencies, the traditional rulers and most members of the public & all that was needed to end the killings was for the military to take the war to their doorsteps.

At the same summit, Senator Ali Ndume revealed that the commanders of the war confided in him that they could end the Boko Haram madness in just three months if given the right equipment.

“At a meeting with the Theatre Commander of Operation Lafiya Dole, lawmakers on oversight duty were made to understand that with the needed equipment, the war would end in just three months. What is stopping the government from doing this and letting us have our peace,” remarked Ndume.This Senator further lamented the poor budgetary allocation to the fight against Boko Haram in the 2020 budget.

The Buhari government has obviously failed to respond appropriately to the patriotic suggestions of Zulum and Ndume.One of the results of this letdown was the killing of the four aid workers by Boko Haram last week. It was so painful that the aid workers, who were abducted near Damasak, in Mobbar Local Government Area of Borno State, were in the dungeons of the terrorists for almost six months with little effort to secure their release, until they were executed.

In all, seven aid workers, working on a health project by Action Against Hunger, were abducted near Damasak. One of the drivers was killed during the attack and another was executed on September 24.

The aid workers could not be rescued because the Nigerian military lacks the equipment and manpower for such. This is what Ndume pointed out at the security summit and nothing happened thereafter.The Nigerian state failed these patriots who were working on a project for traumatised residents of Borno State.Their families, friends and colleagues are now enduring unspeakable pain and hardship.

As I pen this piece, the only woman in the team abducted in Damasak, Grace Taku, runs the risk of being killed by the terrorists.Alice Loksha, a nurse and a mother, who was abducted during an attack in Rann in March 2018 is also still with the terrorists.

Federal government’s failure to respond to Zulum and Ndume’s expose also resulted in the death of 19 Fulani herdsmen last week, during a gunfight with Boko Haram terrorists targeting their cattle outside Fuhe Village near Ngala, close to the border with Cameroon. The herdsmen were subdued by the better-armed Boko Haram, who returned to Fuhe village after the killings, burning homes.

Also last weekend, the terrorists inflicted pain on the residents of Gasua, Yobe State, abducting 11 persons, including a lecturer at the College of Education in the town, Bitrus Bwala.They appeared in a video shared by their abductors asking the government to come to their rescue.

The military clearly knows the whereabouts of the terrorists as indicated by Zulum but lacks the equipment and manpower (as revealed by Ndume) to destroy them. This is the truth that must be told. If this government is interested in ending Boko Haram, it should respond appropriately. As at press time, almost the entire Kukawa Local Government Area of Borno State is controlled by the terrorists. Most parts of Chibok are no go areas.

Edward Adamu is AMCON’s New Chairman?

The level of impunity under the Buhari government is frightening, unending and the government is unperturbed one bit about its lawlessness.It’s a big shame.

Suddenly, we are told that Edward Adamu, one of the deputy governors of the Central Bank of Nigeria, is the new Board Chairman of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON); that Muiz Banire had been dropped and Adamu’s name forwarded to Senate and confirmed.

The defence of the government was that the amended AMCON Act says the Chairman of the firm must be a deputy governor of the CBN.The removal of Banire and appointment of Adamu is obviously an illegality. A new law can’t take retrospective effect.

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Ebun-olu Adegboruwa, puts it fittingly: “By law, the Chairman of AMCON, once appointed, is to remain in office for five years. Dr Muiz Banire had not completed his tenure when the President purportedly appointed another Chairman for AMCON.

The amendment of the AMCON Act does not automatically dissolve the existing Board or extinguish the offices previously created or already existing prior to the amendment.

“Under and by virtue of section 6 (1) (b) of the Interpretation Act, the repeal of an enactment shall not affect any right, privilege, obligation or liability accrued or incurred under the enactment. When a law is amended or repealed, there is a presumption of preservation of all things done under the previous law. By law, Banire is stiĺll the Chairman of the Board of AMCON.”

I was not surprised that the Senate confirmed the newly nominated Chairman for AMCON, when the existing Chairman had not exhausted his tenure or removed according to law. We don’t have an independent Senate. The Upper legislative house, as presently constituted, is a mere appendage of the Executive. It is incapable of taking an independent decision. This “follow follow” Senate approved the unlawful nomination of Adamu. What a country.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Racoon(m): 11:50pm On Dec 21, 2019
A NASS being used to legalized executive impunity, rascality and lawlessness? What does one expects when there heavy involvement of the sitting government in hand-picking the current rubberstamp leadership of the NASS?

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by wingmanIII: 12:07am On Dec 22, 2019
See his very fat face. That's why they were desperate to have him as senate president. A mere rubber stamp.
Nigeria is doomed. Unfortunate

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Nobody: 12:07am On Dec 22, 2019
To rubber stamp the mediocrity of Buhari's regime is both Lawan's calling and destiny.
For this purpose he was preferred to and chosen ahead of his better colleagues.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by GamalNasser: 12:27am On Dec 22, 2019
Our constitution never intended for the legislative arm of govt to be a mere rubber stamp of the executive but an independent arm of govt with the primary aim of directly representing the interest of the people and a deterrent to deter or checkmate the excesses of the Executive ..The Senate under Saraki played that role quite well but evil zombies accused him of stopping Buhari from succeeding in governance so now we have a senate that is now a cermonial rubber stamp of not just the president but unelected members of the cabal .. Nigerias democracy has never been under greater threat than it is today

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by rusher14: 12:34am On Dec 22, 2019
Impeach him na.

Or can you explain to us how David Mark ans his co-travellers x-rayed every item for years, by so-doing leading us to the glorious nation we have become.

Wailers.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by GamalNasser: 12:45am On Dec 22, 2019
rusher14:
Impeach him na.

Or can you explain to us how David Mark ans his co-travellers x-rayed every item for years, by so-doing leading us to the glorious nation we have become.

Wailers.

Keep fooling yourself , posterity will judge U for us

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by rusher14: 12:56am On Dec 22, 2019
GamalNasser:


Keep fooling yourself , posterity will judge U for us

Keep fooling yourself.

No more padded budgets.

No more delays.

Projects being executed.

If you are home for xmas I'm sure you saw the 2nd Niger bridge coming on strong.

Those going to Ibadan saw the rail tracks.

Those going to Kaduna from Abuja got on the rail line.

This is just a little above 4 years.

Tell us what 16 years of PDP gave us.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Magicians: 1:08am On Dec 22, 2019
If posterity should judge anything in Nigeria no living soul supporting PDP should exist after the 16 locust hears of retributions we are all paying for right now. Let your entire household always remember PDP ruined Nigeria to an extent Buhari Nigeria rejected thrice became the only option. If as a PDP supporter that isn't enough for you to die of remorse n regret I doubt anything in human existence can shame u.

GamalNasser:


Keep fooling yourself , posterity will judge U for us

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by GamalNasser: 1:15am On Dec 22, 2019
Magicians:
If posterity should judge anything in Nigeria no living soul supporting PDP should exist after the 16 locust hears of retributions we are all paying for right now. Let your entire household always remember PDP ruined Nigeria to an extent Buhari Nigeria rejected thrice became the only option. If as a PDP supporter that isn't enough for you to die of remorse n regret I doubt anything in human existence can shame u.


It's money that is making u talk like this

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by rusher14: 1:18am On Dec 22, 2019
GamalNasser:


It's money that is making u talk like this

Is it poverty making you talk like this?

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by GamalNasser: 1:20am On Dec 22, 2019
rusher14:


Is it poverty making you talk like this?

I meant BMC payments not any better money

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by rusher14: 1:22am On Dec 22, 2019
GamalNasser:


I meant BMC payments not any better money

And Atiku is still paying you guys for your propaganda.

I heard its 18k these days on part time basis.

No be so?

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by GamalNasser: 1:36am On Dec 22, 2019
rusher14:


And Atiku is still paying you guys for your propaganda.

I heard its 18k these days on part time basis.

No be so?

Enjoy na una time but remember it must come to an end

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by rusher14: 1:38am On Dec 22, 2019
GamalNasser:


Enjoy na una time but remember it must come to an end

The good people of Nigeria would vote in their choice come 2023.

We've done it before and we'll do it again.

Take your L and go.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Godfullsam(m): 2:11am On Dec 22, 2019
Gracealone:
To rubber stamp Buhari's regime mediocrity is both Lawan's calling and destiny.
For this purpose he was preferred to and chosen ahead of his better colleagues.

Exactly

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Godfullsam(m): 2:16am On Dec 22, 2019
rusher14:


Keep fooling yourself.

No more padded budgets.

No more delays.

Projects being executed.

If you are home for xmas I'm sure you saw the 2nd Niger bridge coming on strong.

Those going to Ibadan saw the rail tracks.

Those going to Kaduna from Abuja got on the rail line.

This is just a little above 4 years.

Tell us what 16 years of PDP gave us.


For your mind now, you think you are talking sense

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by rusher14: 2:30am On Dec 22, 2019
Godfullsam:


For your mind now, you think you are talking sense

You actually think you make sense.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by mrvitalis(m): 3:34am On Dec 22, 2019
rusher14:


Keep fooling yourself.

No more padded budgets.

No more delays.

Projects being executed.

If you are home for xmas I'm sure you saw the 2nd Niger bridge coming on strong.

Those going to Ibadan saw the rail tracks.

Those going to Kaduna from Abuja got on the rail line.

This is just a little above 4 years.

Tell us what 16 years of PDP gave us.

U mean the second Niger bridge thats at 28% ?
Kaduna to abuja rail is PDP project and u ask what PDP did ?
Secured our bank
Lunched 3 satellite Into orbit first African nation to do that
Owerri Onitsha road
Enugu abakilika road
Abuja light rail that buhari has refused to complete for he can claim it later
PH airport ,Lagos airport ,kano airport
EFCC ,ICPC
TSA
Writing off over 40 billion dollars with of debt
Even with all these we voted them out cause we knew someone could do better
I myself campaigned for this change ( how I regret that )

Now I bet you 100 name 3 project buhari has started and completed in 5 years

If u fail to name just 3 project and still support thus government

You are either supporting based on sentiments or the crumbs u get from someone in the party

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by stonemasonn: 4:50am On Dec 22, 2019
rusher14:


Keep fooling yourself.

No more padded budgets.



37 billion naira for renovating the national assembly is a cushioned budget abi.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by stonemasonn: 4:57am On Dec 22, 2019
Magicians:
If posterity should judge anything in Nigeria no living soul supporting PDP should exist after the 16 locust hears of retributions we are all paying for right now. Let your entire household always remember PDP ruined Nigeria to an extent Buhari Nigeria rejected thrice became the only option. If as a PDP supporter that isn't enough for you to die of remorse n regret I doubt anything in human existence can shame u.

what retributions are you paying for now? Bokoharam, herdsmen banditry, kidnapping, nepotism, poverty capital of the world?? Which one was caused by PDP?
What about the retributions for the military regimes from 1983 to 1999? Who paid for it?

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by helinues: 4:58am On Dec 22, 2019
Why not cry us an ocean

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by allthingsgood: 5:01am On Dec 22, 2019
Racoon:
A NASS being used to legalized executive impunity, rascality and lawlessness? What does one expects when there heavy involvement of the sitting government in hand-picking the current rubberstamp leadership of the NASS?

Cry me a river

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by allthingsgood: 5:03am On Dec 22, 2019
Bla bla bla

That's how democracy works. It's their party in power. You expect lawan to fight his leader. Not everyone is as dumb as saraki

This is how democracy works all over the world

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by allthingsgood: 5:04am On Dec 22, 2019
stonemasonn:
what retributions are you paying for now? Bokoharam, herdsmen banditry, kidnapping, nepotism, poverty capital of the world?? Which one was caused by PDP?
What about the retributions for the military regimes from 1983 to 1999? Who paid for it?

Pdp is the source of all the negative things in Nigeria today. All the evil u listed is pdp

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Bighead9: 6:12am On Dec 22, 2019
Op, Cry me a River.

We Nigerians know that, General Buhari is working. grin grin grin grin grin grin

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Staro: 6:31am On Dec 22, 2019
This Lawan will be the worst Senate President
since independence

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by allthingsgood: 7:08am On Dec 22, 2019
Staro:
This Lawan will be the worst Senate President
since independence


Awon wailers Sha
For the first time budget has actually been passed and assented to in the preceding year like it's supposed to. All u wailers do us to cry grin

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Wazobiamax22: 7:55am On Dec 22, 2019
Rubber stamps will feel insulted

Even zombies get class

This National Assembly is very BORING

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by denko(m): 7:57am On Dec 22, 2019
If you are sincere you will agree to the fact that Buhari is a failure in many aspect I will also not deny few achievement by him but today Nigeria would have been 100yr backward if GMB were to be the one that took over in 1999.
rusher14:


Keep fooling yourself.

No more padded budgets.

No more delays.

Projects being executed.

If you are home for xmas I'm sure you saw the 2nd Niger bridge coming on strong.

Those going to Ibadan saw the rail tracks.

Those going to Kaduna from Abuja got on the rail line.

This is just a little above 4 years.

Tell us what 16 years of PDP gave us.

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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Staro: 8:04am On Dec 22, 2019
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Re: Lawan Is Just A ‘rubber’ Waiting To Stamp Anything by Staro: 8:04am On Dec 22, 2019
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