There may be trouble for Atiku Abubakar ahead of the 2023 general elections as the Senate on last Thursday passed for second reading, a constitution amendment bill which prescribes the higher national diploma or its equivalent as the educational qualification required for anyone seeking to contest the office of the Nigerian president or state governor.
THE WITNESS had reported that the new bill sponsored by a member of the Peoples Democratic Party from Plateau State, Senator Isfifanus Gyang, also set that the national diploma or its equivalent as the minimum qualification for federal and state lawmakers. The bill seeks to alter the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to provide for the amendment of Sections 65 (2) (a), and 131 (d).
It will also amend Section 106 (c) and Section 177 (d) on minimum education qualification for those seeking election into the state assembly, governorship, National Assembly and office of the president.
The bill seeks the alteration of section 65 (2) (a) of the constitution which deals with the qualifications for intending members of the National Assembly
The current law, which the bill seeks to amend, reads, “A person shall be qualified for election under Subsection (1) of this section if he has been educated up to at least school certificate level or its equivalent.”
Section 65 (2) (a) has now been rephrased to read “if he has been educated to at least a national diploma level or its equivalent.”
But checks by THE WITNESS shows that the former Nigerian vice-president only has a diploma and may not be qualified to contest the 2023 presidential election if the bill is passed into law.
According to Abubakar’s educational information on Wikipedia:
“His father, Garba Abubakar, was opposed to the idea of Western education and tried to keep Atiku Abubakar out of the traditional school system. When the government discovered that Atiku was not attending mandatory schooling, his father spent a few days in jail until his mother, Aisha Kande, paid the fine. At the age of eight, Abubakar enrolled in the Jada Primary School, Adamawa.
“In 1960, he was admitted to Adamawa Provincial Secondary School in Yola where he did well in English Language and Literature, and struggled with physics and chemistry and mathematics. He graduated with a Grade Three WASSCE/GCE certificate in 1965.
“Following secondary school, Abubakar studied a short while at the Nigeria Police College in Kaduna. He left the college when he was unable to present an O-Level mathematics result. He worked briefly as a tax officer in the regional Ministry of Finance, from where he gained admission to the School of Hygiene in Kano in 1966. He graduated with a diploma in 1967, having served as Interim Student Union president at the school. In 1967 he enrolled for a law diploma at the Ahmadu Bello University Institute of Administration, on a scholarship from the regional government. After graduation in 1969, during the Nigerian Civil War, he was employed by the Nigeria Customs Service.
Embattled Lagos Speaker, Obasa recalls suspended lawmakers amid corruption allegations
The Lagos State House of Assembly led by the embattled speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday, 26th March, 2020 lifted the suspension of two lawmakers, Moshood Oshun and Raheem Kazeem, THE WITNESS learnt.
Hon. Obasa, made the announcement at the start of plenary activities on the floor of the House.
According to Obasa, the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, called a meeting earlier in the week to intervene in the matter.
The Speaker said at the meeting, it was agreed that the House should reinstate the suspended lawmakers.
Recall that aside the suspension of the two members, two other principal officers, Olumuyiwa Jimoh and Rotimi Abiru, who were the former Deputy Majority Leader and the Chief Whip, respectively, were relieved of their offices.
Recall also that the sanctions was slammed against them by their colleagues on Monday, 9 March, 2020.
Hon. Obasa has been battling allegations of fraud for weeks now.
Recall, THE WITNESS reported that a non-governmental organisation, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA), recently accused the Lagos Assembly speaker of being reckless with funds meant for development.
In a petition to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), and signed by its executive director, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, the group called on the anti-graft agency to investigate and prosecute Hon. Obasa for “gross financial misconduct and abuse of office allegedly perpetrated by the speaker so as to avert a further bleeding of the public treasury under his care and restore sanity in the functioning of the state’s legislative establishment.”
Specifically, HURMA urged the anti-graft agency to probe Hon. Obasa’s alleged financial recklessness and cornering of public funds through illegitimate means; and the alleged corruption and compromise of laid down procedures and rules deliberately foisted on the workforce of the assembly.
COVID-19: Panic over Abba Kyari’s health as more ‘critical’ details emerge
There is panic over the health of the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Abba Kyari, as sources say he has other ailments that can hamper his rate of recovery from Coronavirus.
The Punch reports that doctors attending to Kyari, have obtained his medical records from Wellington Hospital, St. John’s Wood, London. “Abba Kyari’s medical records have been sent via email from Wellington Hospital where he goes for his check-up and also gets his treatment.
“He has some other health conditions which will be kept confidential. We are hoping for the best”, the source told
The Wellington Hospital, located in North London, deals with Brain surgery, Cardiac care, Orthopaedic care, Spinal care, Women’s health, Urology care and others.
Kyari was tested positive for coronavirus Tuesday.
COVID-19 in Nigeria is political, full of lies and fraud – Kogi gov, Bello
Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, has said that the reported spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nigeria is political, full of lies and an avenue for political office holders and corrupt officials to embezzle and steal the nation’s resources, THE WITNESS reports.
The governor disclosed this in a post on his verified Facebook page on Wednesday while denying rumours that he tested positive to the virus.
“Please stay at home and stay safe. I got NO Covid. It’s fake news. People of Kogi State, I love you all. Don’t mind the political aspect of COVID-19, maximum of 21 days, COVID-19 will disappear.
“Don’t panic, if you have catarrh (fluid), take hot water with garlic, ginger, lemon, lime and steam yourself, you will be good.
“There are a lot of lies, politics about COVID-19, I will not play with that. I will not play with my people’s life or pretend and steal money because of this so-called pandemic. Please, stay safe.
“I’m good, strong, hale and hearty. If COVID-19 comes to Kogi State, you have a governor who will combat and defeat the idiot.
“I can assure you, 90 percent noise about COVID-19 is political and economic financial material thing,” the governor disclosed.
SEE LINK FOR VIDEO: KOGI GOVERNOR, YAHAYA BELLO SPEAKS ON COVID-19
Malam Abba Kyari, President Buhari’s Chief of staff, now stricken by coronavirus, had contacts with many people since his return from Germany 14 March. One of his contacts was the Kogi State governor.
Kyari visited Bello on 17 March, to deliver Buhari’s message to the governor at the prayers marking the eigh days since the death of his mum.
Lai Mohammed, Akume, Shehu were all at the event.
Kyari reportedly travelled to Munich, Germany, on Saturday, March 7th, to meet with officials of Siemens over the Nigerian electricity expansion programme.
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