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Odinkalu, group differ on Buhari’s performance


Professor Chidi Anselm Odinkalu is the immediate past Chairman of National Human Rights Commission

Renowned professor of Law and a former Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, yesterday passed a vote of no confidence on the current administration, saying the country under President Muhammadu Buhari is not working.

Speaking as a guest yesterday on Channels Television programme, Politics Today, Odinkalu said President Buhari who promised to run a transparent government has disappointed Nigerians.

According to him, the problem of Nigeria is the failure of leadership from the government to the family level. “We have to speak the truth, whether we want to live or die, it doesn’t matter. We need to speak the truth.


“It is not much of an issue to me whether the National Assembly should disclose their salaries. What worries me more is the fact that we have a President who has refused to tell Nigerians what health issues he has. That is the bigger problem,” he said.

He similarly hit at the Senate for consistently refusing to disclose their earnings to citizens, noting that it violates the Freedom of Information (FoI) law.

Odinkalu also accused Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, of maintaining a streak of lies to Nigerians by saying that the President was hale and hearty.

Meanwhile, a group under the aegis of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu State Chapter, has disagreed with the Minister of Women Affairs, Jummia Alhassan, that President Muhammadu Buhari had promised to serve only one term in office.

It said that to lay a solid foundation for economic prosperity, Buhari needed a second term in office to enable him consolidate the achievement of revamping the decayed infrastructure and war against corruption and insecurity.

In a statement yesterday, Enugu State Chairman of the group, Chief Anike Nwoga, said: “Whereas Women Affairs Minister, Jummia Alhassan has the inalienable right to support anybody of her choice for president in 2019, they were of the candid opinion that President Muhammadu Buhari should complete his second term.

“All we in the BSO is praying to God is to guard and give President Muhammadu Buhari good health to complete the good works he is doing.”

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