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For Nigeria To Work, We Must Restructure — Orji Kalu



Orji Kalu

A former governor of Abia State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, has advised political leaders in the country to put the issues of the 2019 elections behind them and focus on the real issue of governance.

Kalu gave the advice on Thursday in Lagos while speaking at the 2nd Annual Lecture of Swaaya Limited, publishers of FreedomOnline.

The theme of the lecture was ”Fixing The Economy: Less Politics, More Substance”.

The former governor pointed out that the purpose of elections was to elect leaders to make positive changes in the society and not to play politics for eternity.

Kalu said now that elections were over, the people expected their leaders to face the real issues of governance to improve their lot.


He said it was surprising that some politicians were already talking about 2023, rather than commence earnest work to justify the mandate given to them in the last election.

Kalu said though politics and governance were almost inseparable, the latter was more important than the former.

”I want to advise our political leaders that elections are gone, we should now think about governance.

”Nigerian politicians have forgotten about governance and are still talking about politics after the elections.

”Some people are already talking about 2023 even when they have not done anything about the mandate they got in the last election.

”There is time for everything. There is time for politics and there is time for governance.

“This is the time for governance and that is what we should focus on as political leaders across parties,” he said.

Kalu said that the coming of President Muhammadu Buhari was one good thing that had happened to the country, as he was committed to service to the people .

He urged political leaders to emulate the president and dedicate themselves to the service of the people.

On the economy, the former governor said there was the need to diversify and expand it to achieve growth and sustainable development.

He said there was the need for government to allow the private sector to control most businesses, as they had the expertise to do so and create jobs.

”We need to expand the economy for growth, and I have always argued that we need to remove every business from government for better economic performance.

”It is better for Aliko Dangote to own everything than government owning a business.

”It is not possible for government to do policy formulation and do policy implementation at the same time, so businesses are better left with the private sector,” he said.

Kalu said there was an urgent need for the country to practice true fiscal restructuring to address the myriads of challenges facing the country.

He commended Swaaya Limited for organising the lecture, saying the programme was a platform for discourse on issues of development.

The former governor particularly commended the publisher of Freedomonline, Mr Gabriel Akinadewo, for what he had achieved within a few years of starting the online news medium.

Kalu said Akinadewo, with the development focus of the medium, was no doubt a shining light in journalism.

Also speaking, a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, said there was the need for the country to adopt the idea of restructuring for progress.

He said the solution to some of the development challenges of the country lay in restructuring.

”The only way for the system to work is for us to restructure. With restructuring, most of our challenges would be gone,” he said.

Daniel said there was the need for Nigerians to strengthen democracy to enhance good governance.

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, Chief Gani Adams, in his brief speech, also said restructuring was necessary for the country’s development.

He, however, said he did not believe the idea should be politicised, but that it should be adopted by leaders across political lines.

NAN reports that the Special Adviser to the President on Media, Mr Femi Adesina, was one of the dignitaries that graced the lecture.

The lecture also attracted leaders in media organisations including the President of Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode; Mr Gbenga Adefaye of the Vanguard Newspapers; as well as other Nigerians.

A Telecommunications company, Glo Nigeria, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and some other organisations were recognised for outstanding service by the online medium at the lecture.

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Kaduna Assembly Gets New Speaker, Deputy



Hon. Yusuf Ibrahim Zailani has been elected as the new Kaduna Speaker.

His election came barely an hour after Hon Aminu Abdullahi Shagali resigned as Speaker.

Hon. Zailani, who represents Igabi West Constituency in the Assembly, was the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly until his election to lead the House on Tuesday.

Zailani is a strong member of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Also, Hon Mukhtar Isa Hazo, representing Bassawa Constituency has been elected as the new Deputy Speaker.


Both of them have been sworn-in by the Clark of the Assembly.

The former Speaker, who represents Sabon-Gari Constituency in the Assembly, officially submitted his resignation letter to clerk of the House Tuesday morning.

The Nation gathered that members of the House had started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.

Chairman, House Committee on information, Honourable Tanimu Musa confirmed he submitted his resignation letter.

However, Shagali’s offence warranting the alleged plan impeachment was yet to be unraveled as the time of filing this report.

The 40-year old Aminu Abdullahi Shagali became the Assembly Speaker on the coming of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to power in 2015.

He was re-elected to preside over the House in 2019 on strong recommendation of Governor Nasir Ahmed El-Rufa’i.

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BREAKING: Kaduna Speaker Resigns



Speaker of Kaduna Assembly, Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, has resigned his position.

The resignation came amid alleged plans by some members of the assembly to impeach him.

Sources from the Assembly said Shagali tendered his resignation before commencement of Plenary session on Tuesday morning.

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2023: Presidency Should Return To South — El-Rufai



el-rufai - Kaduna State Governor

Kaduna State  Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has insisted that the North has no justification to remain in power after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure.

El-Rufai maintained that the Presidency should rightly return to the Southern part of Nigeria.

He said though the constitution of the All Progressives Congress, APC, does not make provision for rotation but in the interest of justice, equity and fair play, Presidency should go to other regions of the country.

The Kaduna governor said: “The general political consensus in Nigeria is that the Presidency should rotate between the North and the South. It is not written but everyone understands it.

“In some of the parties, like the PDP, it is even written down in their constitution but it was breached in 2015. I think that every politician of honour should understand and abide by that consensus except there is an extenuating circumstance compelling it to be set aside. What could this be?


“President Yar’Adua died in office and it was compulsory for Jonathan to continue but when 2011 election came, there were many people who insisted that Jonathan should step aside for a northerner to complete the tenure of Yar’Adua but I opposed it because I didn’t think it was proper for an incumbent that got there not by his own design should be stopped from contesting when the constitution has not barred him from running.

“In the APC, we deliberately omitted rotational Presidency in our constitution and the emergence of a presidential candidate does not take into account zoning and that was why in 2015, Rochas Okorocha from the East contested, Sam Nda-Isaiah contested, Buhari, Kwankwaso and others contested.”

El-Rufai a chieftain of APC, added that presidential candidates are chosen on the basis of merit and general acceptance.

“I can say that as distinct from the PDP, APC has no rotational Presidency but candidates are selected strictly on the basis of political merit and the general acceptability of the candidate.

“I want to say that those of us from Northern Nigeria honour agreements. We do not violate unwritten political agreements and I will be the last person to lead in violating that agreement. I may have a personal view but that should be the basis. I don’t care where you come from but I look for merit.

“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” he said.

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