Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said on Saturday that it was very important for Nigeria to remain as a nation than to split into parts.
Speaking in Osogbo while delivering the eighth convocation lecture of the Osun State University, he said, “Rather than promoting division, Nigerians should continue to promote unity and togetherness.”
He spoke on the theme “Six decades of chequered nationhood: Nigeria still holds the key to Africa’s development.” He said, “It is not true that our diversity is an impediment to our sustainability; our strength is in our size. Great nations are those that stay together despite their diversity.
“Going our separate ways will not solve our problems; staying together will be of great benefit to us. Nigeria still holds the key to Africa’s development and remains a regional champion.
“Our manifest destiny is to lead Africa and the world, so we must be united. Nigeria’s outstanding endowments are facing challenges, but the nation must follow the path that made other nations great.”
He emphasized the need for Nigeria to embrace merit over quota in appointments, and also invest in human development capital.
The Vice President said that President Muhammadu Buhari was doing everything possible to lift Nigerians out of poverty.
According to him, “The Federal Government is investing in infrastructure, agriculture, education, power, technology, innovation and social investment programmes to empower Nigerians.
“On a daily basis, the Federal Government feeds 9.5 million children under its National School Feeding Programme in 26 states in the country.
“Already, 520 Nigerians have been engaged under the N-Power programme, while tradermoni programme to empower petty traders is still ongoing,” he said.
Osinbajo also said that the Buhari led-administration would continue to fight against corruption to move Nigeria forward.
He said that the menace was fighting back, but declared that its kicks would not deter government’s resolve to flush it.
In his remarks, Gov. Gboyega Oyetola urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the university wherever they found themselves.
Prof. Labode Popoola, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, in his speech, said that 49 students made First Class, while 670 had Second Class Upper.
He said that 892 students made Second Class Lower, 194 Third Class, while nine graduated with Pass degrees.
Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola, Mr Jim Ovia, CEO Zenith Bank, Mr Wale Babalakin, Chairman, University of Lagos Governing Council, and Mrs. Nike Okundaye, CEO Nike Gallery, bagged honorary degrees at the ceremony.
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.
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.
2023: Presidency Should Return To South — El-Rufai
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.