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Hard time: Nigerians call for adoption of parliamentary system

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Following President Bola Tinubu’s removal of fuel subsidy, Nigerians are facing economic hardships and are calling for a change from the presidential system of government to parliamentary system of government.

The Nigerian economy has been severely strained due to the removal of the fuel subsidy, resulting in increased prices of essential commodities and transportation fares.

Some political analysts who on what they feel about the development noted that the current economic downturn has underscored the inadequacies of the presidential system in addressing pressing issues facing our nation.

According to report, the House of Representatives has also introduced a bill seeking to return Nigeria to the parliamentary system of government at the federal, state and local government levels effective from 2031.

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House of Representatives shifts resumption date to April 30

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The House of Representatives has announced the further rescheduling of the resumption date from the ongoing recess. According to a release signed by Hon Akin Rotimi Jr. the House Spokesperson, the new resumption date is now set for Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

“This adjustment, as communicated by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, Dr. Yahaya Danzaria, Esq., in an internal correspondence to Honourable Members on Wednesday, is aimed at giving Honourable Members more time for constituency outreach to secure adequate input in the constitution review process.

“The extension follows the earlier decision by the House Committee on Constitution Review to extend the deadline for submission of memoranda to April 30, 2024.

“Additionally, the extended timeline will allow for more concerted preparation for the legislative summits on State Police, as well as the one on Tax Reforms, Revenue Enhancement, and Digital Transformation coming up in the next 2 weeks.

“All inconveniences arising from this rescheduling are regretted. In line with the Legislative Agenda of the 10th Assembly, the House remains committed to being accountable and providing timely communications to all stakeholders”.

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Naira Abuse: President Tinubu spraying cash at an event?

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President Bola Tinubu has been accused of abusing the naira at an event, following the arrest of personalities by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission.

In a viral video, Tinubu was seen dancing while being serenaded by Nigerian musician, Wasiu Ayinde, popularly known as k1 the ultimate, at the 80th birthday celebration of Rasak Okoya, a billionaire industrialist and the Aare of Lagos.

Accompanied by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other notable personalities on the dancefloor, Tinubu reached out to his entourage and collected huge bundles of cash and handed it over to the singer.

The video originally captured by Ovation TV four years ago, was shared on X (formerly Twitter) by human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore on April 12, 2024, shortly after crossdresser, Idris Okuneye popularly known as Bobrisky was arrested and sentenced to 6 months in prison.

Sowore alleged that Tinubu abused the naira and called on the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) to investigate the President.

Captioning the video, he wrote, “This @officialABAT abusing the naira at a party, spraying Wasiu Ayinde @k1theultimate, I hope @officialEFCC will prosecute him for this crime someday the same way @BobriskyIdris was prosecuted.”

Recall that the EFCC arrested Bobrisky and charged him to court where he was sentenced to six months in prison without an option of a fine for spraying and tampering with the naira.

On Wednesday, April 17, the anti-graft agency also arraigned businessman and social media influencer, Pascal Chubuike popularly known as Cubana Chiefpriest on charges of abusing the naira at some events.

This comes following an announcement by the EFCC that the commission would go after celebrities who are caught flouting the law that prohibits spraying of Naira or manhandling the naira in any way.

Meanwhile, several Nigerians have dismissed Sowore’s call, saying Tinubu did not abuse the naira but handed the money over to the singer as captured in the video.

Below are some comments;

@Kakanfo_: So giving naira to someone is abuse?

@dayo0629: Sir, if you believe that naira is been abusive in this video, it implies that you are dishonest and deceptive, resembling the corrupt politicians we all criticize.

@diaspora_prince: I didn’t see any abuse of the Naira in this video or is this one a mistake? Post the real one if it exist.

@iamkissking: This isn’t abuse of Naira

Guess you as a former president candidate doesn’t know the meaning of Naira abuse or what Naira abuse means fr

I don’t like BAT but did you see him spare it in the air? Did you see him step on it in that video you posted.

@lekanhaastrup: We respect you for the struggle and personally I don’t like what they did to Bob, whereas we have seen a lot of this celebrities spraying and abusing the note, but what are you trying to gain with this
@officialABAT video, his excellency committed no abuse here.

@_sonofalkebulan: My leader I’m forced to say what he did in this video doesn’t exactly qualify as mutilation of naira , he passed a bunch of money to another respectfully, you have taught me to stand for the truth and this is my truth on the matter sir

@akballack13: You just lost my respect. Everyone knows he didn’t spray money at Okoya’s birthday he only handed over bundle of money to him. You know what you are doing and you can do better @YeleSowore.

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Peter Obi explains why Nigeria should shift from presidential system of governance to parliamentary system

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The presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, has explained why Nigeria needs to return to the parliamentary system of government.

According to Obi, Nigeria needs a parliamentary system of government, where the president can communicate with citizens at least once a month.

He said; “What happens is, because of the presidential system that has no president in Nigeria today, we have a bad leader and he stays there for four years. When we have a parliamentary system, we can move a motion of no confidence within two or three years” Obi said at a lecture at Harvard Law School in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on Tuesday, April 16.

“If we are in a parliamentary system, a president will be a member of parliament.

“Today, if you elect me as president of Nigeria or governor, I can remove myself entirely from being answerable to the people, just hire a gang of lunatics, talking rubbish every day.

“While, if it is a parliamentary system, during the president’s question time, he has to answer. He doesn’t have to hire anybody to speak for him.

“A president in Nigeria can decide not to talk to anybody for one year and nobody cares because he has hired all these people who do the talking. If you say anything, they call you names, they do this.

“So, we need a parliamentary system where the president will be a member of parliament and will at least, even if it is once a month, answer the people who elected him; because we didn’t elect all these gangsters. We elected somebody and we want the person to talk to us.”

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