Obasanjo’s Letter to President Buhari: Notable Excerpts.

In his characteristic nature, former Nigerian President, Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo, recently wrote a letter to President Buhari concluding that the President’s best efforts at bringing the seriously desired change in the country are not good enough. In strong terms, he urged the President not to seek a re-election come 2019.

Notwithstanding the fact that Obasanjo himself had sought a 3rd Term during his time and whether or not he had the moral standing to so admonish Buhari, Obasanjo indeed spoke the mind of many Nigerians in the same way he did during Jonathan’s tenure when he wrote the ex-President the letter titled, “Before It Is Too Late”.

Excerpts:

  • “The lice of poor performance in government – poverty, insecurity, poor economic management, nepotism, gross dereliction of duty, condonation of misdeed – if not outright encouragement of it, lack of progress and hope for the future, lack of national cohesion and poor management of internal political dynamics and widening inequality – are very much with us today. With such lice of general and specific poor performance and crying poverty with us, our fingers will not be dry of ‘blood’.”
  • “Nigeria must be good at home to be good outside.”
  • “[Jonathan] has a role to play on the side line for the good of Nigeria, Africa and humanity and I will see him as a partner in playing such a role nationally and internationally, but not as a horse rider in Nigeria again.”
  • “I knew President Buhari before he became President and said that he is weak in the knowledge and understanding of the economy… I know that you cannot give what you don’t have and that economy does not obey military order.”
  • There were serious allegations of round-tripping against some inner caucus of the Presidency which would seem to have been condoned… Culture of condonation and turning blind eye will cover up rather than clean up. And going to justice must be with clean hands.”
  • “It is no credit to the Federal Government that the herdsmen rampage continues with careless abandon and without finding an effective solution to it.”
  • “It is a sad symptom of insensitivity and callousness that some Governors, a day after 73 victims were being buried in a mass grave in Benue State without condolence, were jubilantly endorsing President Buhari for a second term!”
  • But there are three other areas where President Buhari has come out more glaringly than most of us thought we knew about him. One is nepotic deployment bordering on clannishness and inability to bring discipline to bear on errant members of his nepotic court… The second is his poor understanding of the dynamics of internal politics… The third is passing the buck.”
  • “President Buhari needs a dignified and honourable dismount from the horse.”
  • “Wherever I go, I hear Nigerians complaining, murmuring in anguish and anger. But our anger should not be like the anger of the cripple. We can collectively save ourselves from the position we find ourselves.”
  • “We must not continue to reinforce failure and hope that all will be well. It is self-deceit and self-defeat and another aspect of folly.”
  • “Democracy is sustained and measured not by leaders doing extra-ordinary things…but by citizens rising up to do ordinary things extra-ordinarily well… If leadership fails, citizens must not fail and there lies the beauty and importance of democracy.”
  • “Nothing ventured, nothing gained and we believe that our venturing will not be in vain.”
  • “We need a Coalition for Nigeria, CN. Such a Movement at this juncture needs not be a political party but one to which all well-meaning Nigerians can belong. That Movement must be a coalition for democracy, good governance, social and economic well-being and progress.”

Read the full text of the letter, THE WAY OUT: A CLARION CALL FOR COALITION FOR NIGERIA MOVEMENT, as published by Punch.

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FG Agrees to Pay N88bn as Compensation to Nigerian Civil War Victims

According to ThisDay, forty-seven years after the Nigerian Civil War ended under ‘no victor, no vanquished’ terms, the federal government Monday agreed to pay victims of the war N88 billion as compensation.

A breakdown of the compensation adopted by the ECOWAS Court of Justice as consent judgment for government and the victims showed that N50 billion would go directly to the victims of the war in 11 affected states in the South-east, South-south and parts of the North-central region, while the remaining N38 billion would be used for the evacuation of abandoned bombs and other lethal weapons, as well as the construction of schools, courts, churches and mosques, among other social amenities in the affected areas.

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Buhari Approves Pension Payment for Retired Biafra Police Officers

According to a report from ThisDay, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved the payment of pensions for retired police officers who were granted a presidential pardon in 2000 after serving in the defunct Biafran Police during the 30 months Nigeria Civil War.

The police personnel who were granted presidential pardon by former President Olusegun Obasanjo have till date not received their pensions.

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NBA Affinity Card: How to obtain

The world over, there is a push towards providing greater value for services rendered. To this end, the Nigerian Bar Association, the umbrella association of lawyers is keying into this ideology and seeks to bring forward a Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) Card to be known as the Bar Card. This card utilizes a microchip embedded in a smart card that will contain all the details relating to the bearer such as:

  • The Name of the Lawyer
  • A Passport Photograph
  • Supreme Court Enrolment Number

This Identity card will serve the multiple purpose of identifying a lawyer, as it will serve as a Debit card for ATM, POS and Online Transactions. Subsequently, the card will be used for the payment of Bar Practicing fees and all NBA conferences. Furthermore, presentation of the Card entitles a Lawyer to a variety of discount packages negotiated by NBA. This card will be issued to all lawyers who have been verified and whose data is in the NBA Data Base. The card will be is issued at no cost.

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Legal Mail: Introducing efficient communication means between lawyers and the courts.

The Nigerian judiciary has taken a giant stride in providing a simple, fast and efficient communication means between lawyers and the courts.

The Judiciary, under the auspices of National Judicial Council, initiated a campaign to design a case management software for our courts and a legal mail for all lawyers in Nigeria. The project has put in place the case management software and legal mail for Judges and Lawyers.

The project is uniquely designed to meet justice sector needs in Nigeria. It enables the Nigerian Judiciary to improve its justice system by automating court processes, effecting service of processes and supporting case/court management through the use of real-time data and analytics. It also strengthens the accessibility and integrity of the justice system by enabling lawyers to interface electronically with judicial bodies and services.

Benefits:

  • Professionalism/Credibility
  • Ease of access
  • Cost effective
  • Timely delivery anywhere in the world
  • Secured and trusted
  • Less risk of spam and other malwares
  • Collaboration between Courts and lawyers

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