ALBEIT, the recall process of any elected legislator, though, constitutional, but, quite strange in the Nigeria’s democracy because of its cumbersome nature. The attached conditions are too stringent. Not many people could endure the strenuous nature of the procedures involved in the exercise.
Having said this, the Dino Melaye’s travails exemplifies an intra-class feud. It is not only based on ego rift, but, vindictiveness. Ordinarily, his constituents can not on their own volition initiate the recall process without being sponsored by a powerful individual or a power bloc within or outside the state.
Dino Melaye’s rush for a cover through the litigation process is in order too as nobody is too comfortable presiding over his/her funeral rites. This is ostensibly aimed at buying the time and simultaneously exploring the diplomatic means of wriggling out of the whole crisis by political intervention.
He belongs to a group that feels it can do and undo anything within this political dispensation no matter how odd and go scot free.The public shall be treated to more drama on this exercise. At the end of the day, the guy is likely to be left off the hook because of his group’s overbearing influence on governance in the country.
The party may even wade in at a critical stage. But, the culprit may have learnt his lessons from the episode if he opts to shed off his toga of arrongance and confrontational attitude as widely perceived by the discerning minds.
Furthermore, his comical ways of conducting his legislative functions and rudeness to the more senior politicians who are perceived to be on the other side of the political divide to his master has typified him as a person who has no independent mind.This has rated his personalty very low and poor in the public domain.
His servitude to the Senate President has equally attracted hatred for him among the party members who are opposed to Saraki’s style of politics and power mongering attitudes. In fact, he has many hurdles to scale in this exercise. But, the power bloc he belongs to may rescue him at last provided the members does not have a hand in his ordeal from the onset.
In actual fact, the openess of the referendum may even give either side the leverage to manipulate the voters in its favour. Of course, the Governor’s side may carry the day in that circumstance given the retinue of his appointees and security advantage in addition to his being the foremost leader of the party in the state. Pecuniary interests shall play the usual roles of tilting the voters in favour of the higher bidder.
Violence and the related acts of political brigandage can not be ruled out in the voting process as the citizens of that state are well noted for such tendency. Whatever the case is, I do not see the exercise being carried out to a logical conclusion.
It’s either that it is frustrated through litigations laced with possible endless adjournments, appeals and appeals to the supreme court or providence intervenes through any quarter -diplomatic persuasions, intrigues, among others.
By Akeem Adebiyi.
#ENDSARS: Buhari to address the Nation at 7pm on Thursday
President Muhammadu Buhari will make will make a national broadcast Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 7pm.
This was stated in a Press Statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adriana
According to him, “Following detailed briefing by security chiefs on the current situation in the country, President Muhammadu Buhari
”Television, radio and other electronic media outlets are enjoined to hook up to the network services of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) and Radio Nigeria respectively for the broadcast”.
#ENDSARS: ‘Military offensive on protesters is an abomination, Akande -Sadipe talks tough
The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has called on President Muhammed Buhari to address the killing of unarmed protesters across the nation, while condemning the killing of protesters by Armed Security operatives in the country.
Tolulope Akande Sadipe in a statement made available to journalists on Wednesday said, “I weep for my beloved country, Nigeria. This is the Darkest Moment in our Nation. The Current Action is Unacceptable”.
She wondered why men of the Nigerian Army turned on the people they were meant to Protect, firing live bullets at citizens holding the Nigerian Flag and chanting the National Anthem, describing such as an “Abomination”.
“I, as a member of the House of Representatives cannot keep quiet in the midst of this abominable action. I was duly elected to be the voice of my people and my people are weeping”, she said.
She opined that the protests were about a generation trying to end the systematic rot that pervades the society, which had eaten deep into the fabrics of the Nation.
The APC chieftain continued, “We need to be honest with one another on this matter. We need to face the truth on ground. The youths were out there because they are tired and fed up of victimization, daily oppression, injustice, unemployment, untapped talents, lack of opportunity, poor healthcare, poor education and lack of infrastructure and power across the Nation. The Youths are protesting for a better future for themselves and their children. The #EndSARS PROTEST stands for the systematic ROT in our Nation.
“This was about the realities on ground. This was about the ROT since independence. This was about genuine service to the people who elected us to represent them. This was not about the President, this was not about the current administration, this was not about North and South, this was not about Religion. This was not about party affiliation. This was about a Generation trying to end the systematic ROT that pervades our society”.
Speaking against the backdrop that there are some external forces pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency said the Federal Government should genuinely address issues.
“Those alluding, that there is a 5th Columnist within or external, there is a solution. If there is a 5th columnist or external negative force, pushing for the destruction of Nigeria, if we do the right thing, by genuinely addressing the issues that have led to the distrust between leadership and our youths, by addressing the rot that has pervaded our Nation. The 5th columnist in our midst or external negative force, would fail. But with this action, what have we said to the Youth and to the world.
“This is the time to make the wrongs right and it is not by bringing out the Army to shoot its own citizens, that we achieve this. We can still put a stop to this inferno. We must realize that no position is permanent and it is the country we make that we shall all live in”, she added.
Concluding, she empathized with all the families of fallen Youth Patriots, praying that their death would not be in vain.
Nigeria Excluded From 2022 US Visa Lottery
Nigeria has been barred from the US visa lottery application for 2022, a document obtained from the US Government website showed.
In a 19-page document published on the website, Nigeria is the only African country barred from the visa lottery.
“For DV-2022, persons born in the following countries are not eligible to apply, because more than, 50,000 natives of these countries immigrated to the United States in the previous five years: Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China (including Hong Kong SAR), Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, United Kingdom (except Northern Ireland) and its dependent territories, and Vietnam,” the document read. “Persons born in Macau SAR and Taiwan are eligible.”
Although natives of other African countries are allowed to apply, the document explained that “persons born in the areas administered prior to June 1967 by Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt are chargeable, respectively, to Israel, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt,” it said.
“Persons born in the Gaza Strip are chargeable to Egypt; persons born in the West Bank are chargeable to Jordan; persons born in the Golan Heights are chargeable to Syria.”
In the document captioned “Instructions for the 2022 diversity immigrant visa program (dv-2022),” applicants must meet certain guidelines to be eligible for the visa lottery.
“The Department of State determines selectees through a randomized computer drawing,” the statement added.
“The Department of State distributes diversity visas among six geographic regions, and no single country may receive more than seven per cent of the available DVs in any one year.”
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