Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama says President Muhammadu Buhari’s outing at 73rd UN General Assembly (UNGA), New York has made him an accepted and recognised global icon in the fight against corruption.
Onyeama made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) after the conclusion of UNGA 2019 in New York which NIGERIA NEWS gathered.
“The UNGA 2019 has been extremely positive for Nigeria, Mr president addressed the General Assembly on various issues; his address shows Nigeria’s engagement with global issues and portrayed Nigeria as a responsible global partner.
“His address was very straight forward and shows Nigeria as an important global player, follow up on that was the meeting with the AU and New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD).
“There, Mr President was a keynote speaker talking on corruption and the fight against corruption.
“These two events showed that Mr President is now an accepted recognised global icon in the fight against corruption and those events were well attended and his statement were well received,” he said.
Onyeama said that the president also engaged at a regional African level and showed himself to be a leader of the continent.
“On the global stage, he also made a very good presentation and cemented the Nigeria global status and that of himself. It was really a very successful outing for Mr President and Nigeria,” he said.
This, according to him, portrays Nigeria and Buhari’s government as a very responsible and projects positive image of the country and of Nigerians.
“The president also showed the world leaders that he is concerned with issues that will promote peace and prosperity in the world.
“He also talked on global fight against terrorism and issues on climate change, all those issues that we need to address to get the peaceful world that we all crave for,” he said.
Onyeama said commended Buhari’s meeting with Nigerians in the Diaspora in the U.S and described it as a great meeting that showed “the kind of respect and the affection that Nigerians abroad have for him’’.
He said that the Diasporas came out in a very large number from all works of lives and professions to show their support for Mr president’s efforts to lift Nigeria and Nigerians out of poverty.
He said that the president’s the bilateral meeting with President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo was also “very successful’’.
“It was at this meeting that Akufo-Addo announced that the foreigner shops shut in Ghana were to be reopened and that Nigerian traders were welcome in Ghana as ECOWAS citizens; that the laws passed were not targeted at Nigerians.
“It was a very important meeting because it has been a very concerned issue for the Nigerian government about the well being of Nigerians in Ghana,” he said.
Jones Abiri: How Buhari Led FG, Charges Activist And Journalist On Terrorism
The Federal Government of Nigeria under the command of President Mohammadu Buhari apprehend Jones Abiri, who happened to be a Journalist, and he is charged with three offences, namely, terrorism, fraud and economic sabotage. The Journalist was charged on the three counts on Wednesday as reported by his legal advisor, Samuel Ogala, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered the fact why Mr. Jones was charged with terrorism and it is as a result of the court reports that states that he blackmailed the officials at Agip and Shell through text message to meet his requests, otherwise he would be left with no choice to blow off their oil installations
He was also charged for ordering sets of crooks who called themselves activists to vandalize the Bayelsa state oil pipelines. The period reported for committing the offences is as of date back between the month of June to July of 2016.
Mr Jones Abiri was arrested by the Bayelsa state security service and he spent two years in their custody without charging him to the court of law. Immediately he was released, the charges were then brought against him some months later.
Mr Jones pleaded not guilty of the offences and said that he was only haunted for his journalism work that brings to the limelight the corrupt conducts of oil companies and the intervention of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta region. The media rights advocates have taken his matter up and have requested that all sort of court charges be nullified.
Police Reform Bill Has Been Rejected By NASS
The Police reform bill has been rejected by the National Assembly, NASS during a plenary session in which the legal practitioner included that it does not follow the 1999 constitution and needed an amendment if the bill is going to be implemented. The plenary session took place on Wednesday since about a month that the bill was passed by the Senate, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The bill could have repealed the Police Act 2004 if it is passed. The bill entails a lot but here are few of what the bills entail: that a sum of 100, 000 naira would be paid if any person should inflict physical harm or contact on any police officer on duty or rather be charged to six months imprisonment. The same amount of file would be paid for obstruction or resistance of a police officer to carry out its duty. The sum of 20, 000 would be paid by any police officers involving in the usage of drugs other intoxication material while on duty.
The chairman on house committee for the police affairs, Abubakar Lawal quoted the following:
“Unless we amend the constitution, we can not implement the bill. The bill also proposed the reduction of the number of DIGs, are we moving forward or backward? The bill is also referring to the Police as police force which is against the constitution,”
The Deputy speaker, Lasun Yusuf back Mr. Abubakar fact up by insinuating the following that:
“Most of the provisions of this bill are against the constitution. This bill is complicating matters. How can we talk about consultation with the governor when the commissioners of police are not answerable to the governors,”
Mr. Tobi Okechukwu state that Nigeria needs state police and back it up with a statement that, “the present structure is defective. The governors have all agreed that there is a need for state police. Judging by the crime rate, we need to consider the structure of the police. When you take an Anambra man to Borno, it will take him time to adjust.”
While Mohammed Monguno stood in favour of the bill, the Yakubu Dogara as the speaker put the police reform bill on vote and majority go against it.
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