Nigeria’s Security Problems, A Product Of Faulty Constitution – Dickson
…Says Secession Is No Solution
…Sponsors Motion On Developments In Chad
The Senator representing Bayelsa West in the National Assembly, Chief Henry Seriake Dickson, has said that the security problems threatening the existence of the country are a product of the faulty 1999 constitution operational in the country.
Dickson who spoke while making a presentation in the Senate on Tuesday said that the security challenges shouldn’t be blamed on one political party or government.
He said that the founding fathers of the country went for a suitable constitutional arrangement at independence in appreciation of the peculiar nature of the country.
The senator said that the military disrupted the original intention and arrangement put in place by the founding fathers and foisted on the country a system of government that is only federal in name.
He stressed that there was the need to return to the founding principles when taking critical decisions involving the country which he described as a nation of proud kingdoms.
He criticized the current arrangement where governors are refereed to as chief security officers with no control over security or powers to enforce effective security in their states.
“I watched my brother, the Governor of Niger State when he was lamenting that he has no control over security. It is not that the federal security system is deliberately refusing. I don’t think we should draw that conclusion.
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“But what has become apparent is that they are structurally incompetent and incapable. How can one man sit down in an office in Abuja and police our diverse nation of over 200 million people?” he queried.
Senator Dickson warned that the nation was not only losing lives but was also about to lose the Nigerian dream which shouldn’t be allowed to happen.
“We are about to lose the Nigerian dream and we should not let that happen. We have told everybody including those who are pushing for secession that that is not the solution.”
The senator who identified the challenge of leadership as the nation’s problem urged the president to rise to the occasion and provide leadership in the area of constitutional reforms.
The senator later moved a motion requesting the leadership of the Senate to mandate the committees on Defence and National Security to meet with the Honourable Minister òf Foreign Affairs, the National Security Adviser, and others on the regional implications of the developments in Chad.
The senator representing Bauchi North, Mohammed Adamu Bukachuwa, who seconded the motion requested the inclusion of the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency to the list of top security figures for the arranged meeting which was accepted.
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BREAKING: Abacha’s Ex-chief Of Staff Oladipo Diya Dies
Retired Lt.General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya, the former Chief of Staff in General Sani Abacha’s military government, is dead.
His death was confirmed by Prince Oyesinmilola Diya. He said the former military administrator of Ogun State passed on to glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023.
Born on the 3rd of April, 1944, Diya was military Governor of Ogun State after the Buhari-Idiagbon coup of December 31st, 1983.
Diya joined the Nigerian Defence Academy, Kaduna and fought during the Nigerian Civil War.
He later attended the US Army School of Infantry, the Command and Staff College, Jaji (1980–1981) and the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru.
While serving in the military, Diya studied law at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he obtained an LLB degree, and then at the Nigerian Law School, where he was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
He held other top military posts like GOC, 82 Division and finally the Chief of General Staff (military Vice President) to Gen Sani Abacha
The statement read: “On behalf of the entire Diya family home and abroad; we announce the passing on to Glory of our dear Husband,Father, Grandfather,brother, Lt- General Donaldson Oladipo Oyeyinka Diya (Rtd) GCON, LLB, BL, PSC, FSS, mni.
“Our dear Daddy passed onto glory in the early hours of 26th March 2023. Please keep us in your prayers as we mourn his demise in this period. Further announcements will be made public in due course.
“Barrister Prince Oyesinmilola Diya, on behalf of the family.”
Breaking: Appeal Court Retains Adeleke As Osun Governor
The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has vacated the tribunal judgement that nullified the election of Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State.
The appellate court, in a unanimous decision by a three-member panel of Justices, on Friday held that the appeal Adeleke lodged to challenge his sack by the Osun State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, was meritorious.
Aside from setting aside the judgement of the tribunal, the court, in its lead judgement that was delivered by Justice Mohammed Lawal, awarded N500, 000 cost against the All Progressive Congress, APC, and its candidate, Gboyega Oyetola
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Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose; former president of the Senate, Pius Anyim; Prof Dennis Ityavyar and Aslam Aliyu were on Thursday suspended from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
The PDP made the suspension on Thursday after an extensive review of the affairs of the party, pursuant to the provisions of the PDP Constitution (as amended in 2017).
The PDP also referred the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, to the National Disciplinary Committee over his reported involvement in anti-party activities.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
“The PDP urges all leaders, critical stakeholders and teeming members of our party across the country to remain united and focused at this critical time,” the statement added.
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