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AGBAKOBA: Buhari is sleeping on the job

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of sleeping on his job.

Dr Agbakoba said this was apparent as he wondered why nobody has been sacked over the ‘Mainagate’ saga.

Agbakoba who stated this apparently in response to issues of corruption that have continued to trail the current administration, also asked President Buhari to sack his entire cabinet.

He noted that the government has failed, and wondered what government’s plan was for the unemployment situation in the country.

He stated this when he spoke at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday entitled, “National Intervention Movement NIM,” explaining that the movement was not a political party but a network of people committed to make a difference in Nigeria.

Agbakoba said, “Our objective is to mobilise Nigerians to hold government accountable at all levels. What is the Federal Government’s plan for power? Should the privatization process be reversed? Why is our bidding and procurement process failing? Why is government still appropriating billions of naira for turnaround maintenance of dead refineries?.”

Further noting that it was important for state governors to deploy resources in their states efficiently, the former NBA chairman wondered how Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode would be “fixing federal roads while state roads were deplorable”.

He added, “Okorocha is erecting statutes of all kinds of people when Imo State owes pensioners. Fayose is making Christmas clothes for children but has not paid Ekiti workers. Wike is using Rivers State money to buy SUVs for members of the National Assembly.”

The lawyer argued that there was no justification to why workers of oil producing states such as Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia and Delta should be owned salaries.

He also decried the situation in the country where governors accused of corruption after office got judicial immunity.

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“Politicians charged with corruption present themselves for public office in every election circle. Some are senators making laws for the country,” he said.

He therefore called on civil society and media to wrest power from the ruling political elite so that a new inclusive system that would work for all and not a few would be realised in the country.

NIM was initiated by Agbakoba and some other concerned Nigerians on November 29, 2017. Its objective according to them was to provide a functioning democracy where political office holders are accountable to the people.

 

 

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