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Tam David-West Shocker: Nigerians suffering, unhappy, economy not doing well
Sun, 08 Jul 2018

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A die-hard Buharist and former Minister of Petroleum and Energy, Prof Tam David-West, has disagreed with President Muhammadu Buhari over the latter’s support for the establishment of cattle ranches in some designated states in the country, saying that it was not proper for the president to do ranches in non-ranching areas.

He also pointed out that Buhari has allowed suffering to so much make Nigerians to be unhappy, saying that the president needs to do something fast to turn the trend or pay dearly for it at the polls.

David-West also took a swipe at prominent constitutional lawyer, Prof Ben Nwabueze, on his claim that the 1979 Constitution was not made by Nigerians.

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So many things have been said about the 1979 Constitution and you were a member of the committee that drafted that constitution. Is it true that the constitution was drafted in secret?

I am happy that your paper is coming for clarification on this matter. It has been going on for so many years, and I have been so disturbed for so many years, but I kept quiet. I became more concerned because some of the people that are lying are very knowledgeable people. I don’t want to mention their names. But in my paper that is coming out, I will mention their names. I have an essay, more than an article that will come out soon. The title of my essay that is coming out is: ‘1979 Constitution Draft: Misinformation, Disinformation, Distortion, Concoction.’ They are lying and it pains me. But I will mention one name that makes me feel more annoyed, Prof Ben Nwabueze. I will mention his name with due respect to him. He is a great man, especially in his field. When they are discussing the 1979 Constitution, I expected somebody like Prof Nwabueze to correct them. He was not an ordinary member of the drafters of the constitution. He was not only a member of the 50 people that drafted the constitution, but he was also a superman. He was the chairman of one of the six sub-committees. Also, he was a member of the committee that put the constitution in a legal form. So, he has said a lot of things over the years. First, he kept silent when they are discussing it. I have that against him, as much as I respect him, maybe he does not really need my respect. I respect him as a Nigerian intellectual and people in his field said he is a great constitutional lawyer. I am not a Professor of Law,

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I am a Professor of Virology. There is no question about the fact that Prof Nwabueze is one of the great speakers in this country. As a member of the Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC), that he could allow such nonsense to go on without correcting them is paining me. There are other names that I will mention in my essay. But I have at least three major things against him. The draft 1979 Constitution has been distorted over the years by many people, very knowledgeable people. I expected Prof Nwabueze to have corrected people on the distortion. Why did I say that? It is not only that Prof Nwabueze is a great thinker in Nigeria, he is acclaimed to be a topmost constitutional expert. He was a member of CDC. He was one of the 50 that drafted the constitution, including Pa Obafemi Awolowo, who declined. We had 49 floor members and Chief FRA William as chairman. Prof Nwabueze was one of them. We had six subcommittees and he was the chairman of a subcommittee on Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy. It was a new and fantastic thing that was added to the

1979 and he was the chairman of the sub-com- mittee. More importantly, he was a member of the Legal Drafting Sub-committee that drafted the 1979 Constitution you are reading, that people have been criticising. Nwabueze was one of the drafters in legal language. Chief Richard Akinjide was also a member of the Legal Draft- ing Sub-committee made up of eminent lawyers in the CDC. So, for Nwabueze to be silent when people are criticising the constitution is bad enough. It was also surprising that he too criticised the same constitution. Prof Nwabueze has no moral right to criticise the 1979 Constitution. In my essay that will come out, I have written like 30 pages, I am still writing. The essay will be published in serialized form. In that paper I mentioned the names of people. I specifically referenced what they did. In this interview, I am forced to single out Prof Ben Nwabueze, for mention. The Constitution Drafting Committee was inaugurated by General Murtala Mohammed and during the inauguration, he made a statement, that when he came into power in 1975, his military administration had five-point plan to hand over the civilian government. One of the five points was to have a new constitution for Nigeria. But before we finished, they had already assassinated him. Also, I have to quarrel with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, who received the draft constitution from us. After Murtala Mohammed was assassinated on February 13, 1976, Obasanjo became military Head of State. Obasanjo knew some people are lying about the 1979 Constitution, why can’t he correct it? They don’t have to wait for a small virologist to come and correct it. I challenge anyone to resist what I am going say. Murtala Mohammed inaugurated the CDC on October 18,

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1975, he was assassinated on February 13, 1976, and we handed over to Obasanjo on September 14, 1976. After we handed over to Obasanjo, Constituent Assembly was inaugurated to look at the draft. The Constituent Assembly was made up of 203 elected Nigerians from across the country, together with some other additions. The Constituent Assembly chaired by Justice (Dr) Udo Udoma, father of the current Nigeria’s Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo-Udoma, sat from September 1977 to June 1978. Justice Udoma was one of the first sets of Nigerians that got doctorate degree in law. He was at that time of Constituent Assembly a Justice of the Supreme Court. The deputy chairman was Justice Buba Ardo. I am saying this for you to know that the 1979 Constitution was not done in secrecy. Then the draft was put up for public debate by the Chief of Staff, Supreme headquarters, Brigadier General Shehu Yar’Adua. Another very important thing was the fact that Daily Times of Nigeria went to every state of the federation for discussion on the draft. It was only after all these that it

became constitution. So, nobody can say it was done in secret. Whoever that says it was done in secret, it is either the person is not mentally correct, or he is a supreme liar. The document passed through some stages before it became constitution. It was hotly debated. The draft done by the CDC went to the Constituent Assembly, to public debate and Supreme Military Council. Before they took final decision on it, they allowed the general public to debate it in the country.

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R-APC: APC’s loss, PDP’s gain
Sun, 08 Jul 2018

The saying by Josh Billings, an American 19th Century humourist, that “Ambition is like hunger; it obeys no law except its own appetite,” is apt in describing what played out in Abuja last Wednesday, where the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) formed a faction of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). With the springing up of the splinter group led by Alhaji Buba Galadima, a former dye-in-the- wool supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, APC may have to return to the drawing board ahead of the 2019 presidential contest.

This is so as the formal announcement of the faction, Sunday Sun gathered, was to enable all the serving lawmakers at the national and state levels to defect without losing their seats.

It was also gathered that members of the group had feared that if they defect without creating the faction, the government may come after their members, using relevant portions of the constitution to create “unnecessary” distraction for them.

Although, the group is yet to announce its next destination, Sunday Sun can authoritatively reveal that the group is headed for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

A top member of the group who spoke exclusively to Sunday Sun, but in confidence, disclosed that “recall that I told you last year that if the party does not change its way, we are going to leave. Recall also our conversation shortly before our convention last month. I told you we are moving as a group across the country out of the APC.

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“That movement is what you saw on Wednesday. We have reached a point of no return. No amount of negotiation will make us stay back.”

Asked where they are headed and why, the source, who is a serving lawmaker, said: “We are heading to the PDP for a number of reasons. One, no party has its kind of spread for now. Two, the party’s structure is solid. Three and most importantly is that those anti-democratic features they were exhibiting before, they have done away with them. And there is sincerity on their part to accommodate us through an MoU that would be signed between the two parties. They have also agreed to change their name to accommodate our interest.”

Reminded that PDP may be unwilling to change its name, the lawmaker retorted: “We are also aware that government may want to move against the party to frustrate the change of name. So, whether we achieve name change or not, that is where we are headed, principally because what we saw in the PDP for 16 years, it took the APC only two years plus to exhibit all that it took PDP 16 years to exhibit.

Moreover, Nigerian electorate have also expressed their desire to have APC dislodged, therefore, whatever and anything that can be done to send them packing, I believe most Nigerians won’t mind. What we have seen in APC is worse than what we witnessed in the PDP.”

Interestingly, apart from members of the group who have since made up their mind to leave the APC, there are other aggrieved members of the party, who may not defect to any other party, but remain in the APC, to only work for Buhari and work against the governors of their respective states.

One of such persons is the immediate past Secretary of the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal.

In a recent interview he granted barely two weeks to the party’s national convention, Lawal who insisted that the governor of his state, Senator Bindo Jibrilla would suffer the consequences of his “arrogance”, insisted that “there are no two ways about it, those states where congresses were not conducted in a free and fair manner by some powerful stakeholders and governors, will certainly pay the price of undemocratic activities. In democracy, people have different aspirations with the hope to achieve them on the platform of a particular political party. But once you are denied the opportunity to participate democratically, naturally, you must feel aggrieved and the temptation may be for you to seek your ambition on another platform.

“The immediate past congresses cannot stand the test of time from what I read in newspapers. What aggrieved members are saying is a sad development, because the governors decided in their offices to write the names of their secretaries and their family members. Adamawa State appears to be unique in this negative regard. So, you are not wrong to say these undemocratic activities may affect APC’s performances in some states.

“Even if the presidential election is secured, the lower elections will still be affected negatively. Houses of Assembly elections, where local issues are at stake will suffer losses and other elections up to the Senate and probably the governorship elections. So, for democracy to survive and thrive there must be justice in the electoral process. But when injustice takes the centre stage, the majority of democratic lovers will be disillusioned and the tendency is to migrate to other parties.

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Revealed: What Obasanjo told Afenifere in secret meeting ‘ Prof Banji Akintoye
Sun, 08 Jul 2018

The recent massacre of innocent citizens in Plateau State has elicited wild reactions from across all sections of the country with a big question mark on the basis of unity of the country as an entity. In this interview, a respected Yoruba leader of thought and member of the inner caucus of the Afenifere, Prof Stephen Adebanji Akintoye, barred his mind on the question, saying “merely stubbornly keeping together what does not have the inner logic of staying together is in my view a foolish exercise. Let us see if we can generate that inner logic.”

He also revealed the mission of former President Olusegun Obasanjo to the homes of prominent Afenifere leaders recently, saying that the visit was to look for ways to stop President Muhammadu Buhari, insisting that if does not go now on his own, the electorate will stop him in 2019.

The challenge of insecurity in the country is looming larger and the response of the government to the latest massacre in Plateau State has elicited a lot of reactions. What do you have to say about the trend of things generally?

I think we are witnessing a situation in which the people who are in charge of the country are also against a certain section of the country. It is difficult to disagree with the Amnesty International, which said that the rulers of this country are encouraging the killings. I love my country and I wish I could contradict the people who are saying so, but I can’t because the fact on the ground makes it impossible for any sensible Nigerian to contradict what this international organization is saying. It is very sad.

In the face of all of these, there is also the threat of ISIS infiltrating the country. Will that not aggravate the already bad situation?

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When you leave your door open, anything can creep in. ISIS is in trouble in Iraq, Syria and is looking for other places to put its threat. It has been doing so in Northern Africa through Libya and through the organization known as Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). And AQIM has found its way to Mali, Niger and Nigeria partly through Boko Haram and partly through the Fulani herdsmen. It is now very strongly under the influence of ISIS. So, Nigeria has become the frontier territory of a universal terrorist war. What does that portend for Nigeria? We must just pray God to save our people. What we are seeing now is just child’s play. It is scary.

Even at that, the Secretary-General of Mayetti Allah Kaurel Hore, Saleh Al-Hassan, has rejected the suggestion that herders from other countries should be prevented from grazing their cattle in Nigeria, citing ECOWAS treaty on free movement of persons within the sub-region. What’s the implication of the statement for national security?

They are just quoting the ECOWAS because ECOWAS protocol supports their intention. It supports what they want to do. I was in Benue this last January, two weeks after the killing of a large number of people in the state by the Fulani herdsmen, and the governor told us that something more serious was coming and brought out a letter written to him by Miyetti Allah. Part of the letter reads: “The land of all Nigerians belongs to the Fulani. And we have asked all Fulani living in all of West Africa to come and help us to conquer Nigeria. We have accumulated large amount of money and weapons for this war. And there is nothing the Federal Government of Nigeria can do to stop us.” In a country where the government is truly loyal to the citizens, these people ought to be immediately arrested. But nobody did anything. And so killings have continued in Benue State and even spreading to other places. We are in a very terrible time. What all these will do to Nigeria, I don’t know. But the omen is not looking good at all. They have a game plan to conquer the whole of Nigeria.

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Why local governments need to hold business summits
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Peter Ogbuokwa The quest for business and functionality of local governments has been a topical issue in recent times. This is just because citizens are not feeling the impact of governance at the grassroots. The interference of governors in the administration of local governments in the country has retarded growth and development at the grassroots….The post Why local governments need to hold business summits appeared first on The Sun News.
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Need to protect Kaduna Polytechnic female students from robbers
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Awunah Jacob Kwande The authorities of Kaduna Polytechnic need to live up to their responsibilities and address a growing menace before it is too late. Recently, a groupof criminals invaded female hostels at the main campus of Kaduna Polytechnic in Tudun Wada and robbed the students and escaped successfully. The attack was not the firsttime…The post Need to protect Kaduna Polytechnic female students from robbers appeared first on The Sun News.
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A word on ranches for killer herdsmen
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Awunah Pius Terwase Cattle rearing is a private business of individuals and an occupation for the Fulani ethnic family. It is a lucrative business in Nigeria that brings in money and is now causing horrendous number of deaths through deliberate annihilation of families. Because of the cattle rearing business, many women have been raped and…The post A word on ranches for killer herdsmen appeared first on The Sun News.
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Preparing breakfast for Catholic bishops, great blessing ‘ Ope Tejuoso
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Agatha Emeadi Ope Tejuoso’s commitment and desire to follow her instinct is the reason she became the head baker/creative director of ‘Opindos’ bakery and The Muse Academy. Tejuoso, a legal practitioner, has taken her game a notch higher by opening Opindos Ventures Limited, located on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos. She has one good promise: clients…The post Preparing breakfast for Catholic bishops, great blessing Ope Tejuoso appeared first on The Sun News.
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Home remedies for eye bags
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Do you have droopy or puffy eyes’ This is a symptom telling you that your eyes many reasons including lack of sleep and crying for a long time. The skin around our eyes is thin and sensitive and contains many blood vessels. Stress, lack of sleep and some other factors affect the skin and skin…The post Home remedies for eye bags appeared first on The Sun News.
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What you need to know about cramps
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Cramps can be perceived as mild twitches or may be excruciatingly painful. Typically, cramps cause an abrupt, intense pain in the involved muscle. Often, a muscle that is cramping feels harder than normal to the touch or may even show visible signs of twitching. What are muscle cramps’ A muscle cramp is an involuntarily…The post What you need to know about cramps appeared first on The Sun News.
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2019: We’ll use legitimate means to dislodge APC ‘ Makarfi
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Says APC’s misrule has made the campaign work of PDP easier Noah Ebije, Kaduna Former governor of KadunaThe post 2019: Well use legitimate means to dislodge APC Makarfi appeared first on The Sun News.
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My many headaches as minister (II) ‘ Fashola
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
[Continued from last week] But your critics still point at your earlier comment that any seriousThe post My many headaches as minister (II) Fashola appeared first on The Sun News.
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Enugu guber: Why Ugwuanyi’ll sweep the polls ‘ Ofordile
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Aloy Madu, Enugu Chief Kenneth Ofordile is the National President of Enugu Progressive Social Club ofThe post Enugu guber: Why Ugwuanyi’ll sweep the polls ‘ Ofordile appeared first on The Sun News.
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Buba Galadima: The courage to say no
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Chidi Obineche He is said to be dauntless. He is believed widely to work with candour and abnegation.The post Buba Galadima: The courage to say no appeared first on The Sun News.
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Python Dance: Ohanaeze to sue Nigerian Army
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Raphael Ede, Enugu Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has announced its plan toThe post Python Dance: Ohanaeze to sue Nigerian Army appeared first on The Sun News.
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Battle of Gudumbali: Army remembers 150 soldiers killed in B’Haram fiercest attack
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Timothy Olanrewaju, Maiduguri With a slow and solemn movement, the group of military officers and high-rankingThe post Battle of Gudumbali: Army remembers 150 soldiers killed in B’Haram fiercest attack appeared first on The Sun News.
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Herdsmen attacks: Government inaction may drive people into self-help ‘ Prof. Varvar, Benue State University
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Rose Ejembi, Makurdi In the wake of the murderous campaign being carried out in Benue State by armedThe post Herdsmen attacks: Government inaction may drive people into self-help Prof. Varvar, Benue State University appeared first on The Sun News.
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Saraki flags off construction of Rivers’ $3.2b fertiliser plant
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
We’ll sustain conducive environment for investments ‘ Wike Senate President Bukola Saraki has laidThe post Saraki flags off construction of Rivers’ $3.2b fertiliser plant appeared first on The Sun News.
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NYSC: PDP demands Adeosun’s sack, prosecution over alleged forgery
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday demanded the immediate sack and prosecutionThe post NYSC: PDP demands Adeosun’s sack, prosecution over alleged forgery appeared first on The Sun News.
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Executive Order: Knocks, Kudos for Buhari
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
It’s tool to injure opposition ‘ Babatope Action unknown to constitution ‘ Lawyers President actedThe post Executive Order: Knocks, Kudos for Buhari appeared first on The Sun News.
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Why many married people are lonely
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Bisi Daniels In Nigerian polygamous marriages and in those where the men seem to be licensed to engageThe post Why many married people are lonely appeared first on The Sun News.
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No darling, don’t scowl at me, I didn’t get you high last night
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Efe Anaughe ‘Going somewhere” Dennis said from the dark shadows of the night. I stopped in my track,The post ‘No darling, don’t scowl at me, I didn’t get you high last night’ appeared first on The Sun News.
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Before you commit suicide; read this
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
Dr Ojum Ekeoma Ogwo Prof Alex Lickerman in his famous treatise and didactic book, enumerated the ‘The post Before you commit suicide; read this appeared first on The Sun News.
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Withering civility
Sun, 08 Jul 2018
The world is hurting and civility is hurting even more. The contention for the soul of humanity is atThe post Withering civility appeared first on The Sun News.
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