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Buhari’s comments on Turkey’s referendum stir controversy

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Women wawe Turkish national flags on March 5, 2017 in Istanbul during a pro-government women meeting. Some 12,000 women filled on March 5 an Istanbul arena in support of a “Yes” vote in an April referendum whether to boost Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers.<br />OZAN KOSE / AFP

Lawmaker insists president has lost anti-graft war
President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the people and government of Turkey on the successful conclusion of the country’s referendum on Monday.

President Buhari, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday, congratulated Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, for the foresight and maturity of leading his people to the polls to decide on the future of leadership for the country that will further deepen peace and stability.

Buhari was quoted as saying that the Turkey referendum showcases the democratic credentials of the country and reflects a willingness of the Turkish people to live together and jointly pursue a better future.

But the Lower Niger Congress (LNC) in a statement yesterday, faulted the president, saying his position depicts ‘double standards.’

Secretary-General of the LNC, Mr. Tony Nnadi, said it would be hypocritical of Nigeria’s presidency to be congratulating Turkey on a successful referendum when it is using physical and psychological force to prevent a referendum in Nigeria.

Nnadi said the LNC is an aggregation of the self-determination initiatives of the old Eastern and Midwestern regions of Nigeria, seeking a referendum to decide the future of the peoples of the territory.”

“In the face of the reluctance of the Federal Government of Nigeria to see inevitable role of a referendum in resolving the bourgeoning self-determination quest of Eastern Nigeria which had been prosecuted by its younger generation as “Biafra Agitation,” the Lower Niger Congress (LNC), views the congratulatory message of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Government and People of Turkey as a paradox of monumental proportions,’’ the group said.

Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, Mr. Mike Omogbehin, has declared that the war against corruption initiated by President Muhammadu Buhari is a total fiasco.

Omogbehin said this in reaction to several funds that were discovered by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) without any valid trace to the owners of the loots, especially the N13 billion in Osborne, Lagos State.

The lawmaker, who is a member of House Committee on National Security and Intelligence, reiterated that his committee would probe the involvement of National Intelligence Agency (NIA).

While speaking during the presenting of annual bursary and empowerment items worth millions of naira to the people of his constituency in Idepe, Okitipupa Local Government Area of the state yesterday, he decried the anti-corruption war of the present administration.

He lamented that the anti-corruption crusade has become a witch-hunt spree against members of the opposition parties in the country.
According to him, “Buhari’ s administration has lost it, it has no war in place against corruption, what we have in place is witch hunting. It is very clear from what has been happening. They have been telling us they see money planted in airport, we have another in Balogun, is money that cheap?”

Also, the Senator representing Niger East, David Umaru said the national assembly consists of highly patriotic Nigerians who cannot be intimidated into working along the path of base and primordial sentiments of religion and tribalism.



7 Comments
  • Geogrge

    negroes should learn that muslims like erdog are evil. You only can cultivate by following the European Judeo Greek Civilization.

    We pray for your development.

  • vincentumenyiora

    [But the Lower Niger Congress (LNC) in a statement yesterday, faulted the president, saying his position depicts ‘double standards.’
    Secretary-General of the LNC, Mr. Tony Nnadi, said it would be hypocritical of Nigeria’s presidency to be congratulating Turkey on a successful referendum when it is using physical and psychological force to prevent a referendum in Nigeria.

    Nnadi said the LNC is an aggregation of the self-determination initiatives of the old Eastern and Midwestern regions of Nigeria, seeking a referendum to decide the future of the peoples of the territory.”

    “In the face of the reluctance of the Federal Government of Nigeria to see inevitable role of a referendum in resolving the bourgeoning self-determination quest of Eastern Nigeria which had been prosecuted by its younger generation as “Biafra Agitation,” the Lower Niger Congress (LNC), views the congratulatory message of President Muhammadu Buhari to the Government and People of Turkey as a paradox of monumental proportions,’’ the group said.]

    The problem I notice is prevalent about Nigeria is the kind of leadership you have, which do not seem to quite comprehend what such leaderships should aim at achieving or meant to achieve for an anti-egalitarian country like Nigeria in her present setting in Africa and on the World political and economic stages! Here is a leader you hardly see him address controversial issues about the country as other leaders in the World do! He is always speaking from the lips of his aides and pressmen or secretaries in most of the statements you sometimes wonder do they all really come from him? Even in the Turkish scenario you could see and hear the man talk to his people whereas in Nigeria you do not see this kind where the Heads speak but usually through their aides suggesting like I said; “That wrong things happening administratively back stage in Nigeria!” In the United Kingdom even with the dicey critiques from the Scots and the Irish dissenters in the North – the group led under IRA, Mrs. Theresa May appears to have thrown a gauntlet (AFTER OVER 600 YEARS OF THE UNION) saying look, Ladies and gentlemen let us face the facts here and now – Lest us discuss generally in the open what happens to the United Kingdom after her current pronouncement for discussions regarding the ‘Single Market’ proposition for them irrespective of what the out come could be eventually! All that fail to register in the minds of Nigerian leadership selecting only those areas where they feel should favor them and their cronies – about their idiosyncrasies; to say that it could well be as a matter of time really as things are known to be determined by the forces of nature when the time is ripe to effect such thinking and possible changes for country like Nigeria!!

    We heard Obasanjo talked about the Confab Meeting of 2014, how he did not approve of it yet Obasanjo was handed solutions for contract procurement for Nigeria through the World accepted ‘Due Process mechanism’ and he rejected the idea and went on and entered into major Contracts almost all on his own accord about Energy power and Railway and the highway Contracts to Kaduna, which public inquiries for Nigerians to know what happened – the Inquiries Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili both attended to, Nigerians are yet to know the outcome of the findings and President M. Buhari and his Administration is talking about anti-corruption and ‘Change mantra’ in Nigeria! What is known is that Nigeria has an impending crisis, which appear to be discussed imprudently due to that cowardice disposition of the people but the time will come sooner or later when the crystals/ scales befogging your visions will start giving way to the the realities in the country – restructureing for Nigeria does not mean brake-up of the country what it connotes is to allow nature to propel properly your differing capabilities and dexterity, if you like, so that you can develop the potentials as it happened and still happening in American States creation example you copied their system – there should be no half measures about this fact as it is beyond obvious that progress of the people are stifled in some quarters due to the policies not properly thought out by the administrations in Nigeria even before the arrival at the stage we are in the country now! I therefore pray that some groups with good visions and intentions about Nigeria should be thinking about the numerous advantages and urgent need for the idea of RESTRUCTURING proposals! Thank you, folks.

  • vincentumenyiora

    Think about the rampant killings in Kaduna, Plateau and Benue States in fact all over Nigeria and nothing said or serious measures taken to arrest the trend – it is now reported on Channel TV-24 no official statements from the Presidency to demonstrate the concerns of the press aides and the advisers in the presidency!

  • Ezekiel Okeke

    Any name call Buhari etc. do not and can not prevent referendum in this territory- Igbos have held referendum on Republic Of Biafra in which majority Igbos indicated for Republic Of Biafra and will defend it with Diplomacy or War. On May 30.2017, people of the coastal states can also indicate by stay-at-home, if they want to be part of Republic Of Biafra or not. Referendum must not take place in the form it took place in Britain or Turkey, it can also take place in other forms. It is now constituting Biafran Government in which all pro-Biafra groups are represented.

  • Prince Golden

    One day there will be a referendum in Nigeria,it all about time,no body can stop that as Long as people are pushing for biafra,God time they say is the best

  • GbemigaO

    Congratulating a President for leading his country into dictatorship under the guise of democracy ! Shior

  • daviessmithy

    Go Erdogan!
    Go Turkey!