Archive for February 20th, 2015

All Animals Are Equal, But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Even as Nigerians continue to complain about the earnings of their lawmakers and other public office holders, a recommendation to allow former National Assembly presiding officers enjoy pension for life, has been approved by the state Houses of Assembly as part of the ongoing amendment to the 1999 Constitution, earlier passed by the National Assembly.

Nigeria’s former leaders, including those who came to power through military coups are already enjoying the privilege. Past Chief Justices of the Federation are also beneficiaries.

A total of 33 out of the 36 state legislatures voted in support of the alteration of Section 84 of the Constitution to insert a new subsection 5A to read, “Any person who has held office as President of the Senate, Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, shall be admitted to pension for life at a rate equivalent to the annual salary of the incumbent President or Deputy President of the Senate, Speaker or Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives”.

The law however came with a proviso that “Provided that such a person was not removed from office by the process of impeachment or for breach of any of the provision of this Constitution”.

The law however did not exclude public officials like David Mark, the president of the Nigerian Senate, who, as a military retiree, currently enjoys pension from the government. Nigerian public service rules clearly prohibits public office holders from drawing pension from more than one government source.

Only Edo, Ondo and Osun States legislatures opposed the amendments. All 33 other states backed the proposal, effectively completing the amendment process.

Both chambers of the National Assembly, Senate and the House of Representatives, had in 2014 approved the proposal on pension, alongside those for more than a dozen other subjects, before sending them to the state Houses of Assembly for concurrence or otherwise, in line the provisions of the Constitution. At least 24 states assembly must vote in support for any clause to pass.

The current amendment to the Constitution promulgated by the military administration of Abdulsalami Abubakar in 1999 is the fourth of such exercise.

The Deputy Senate President is statutorily the chairman of the review committee.

According to the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, RMAFC, the Senate President takes an annual basic salary of N2, 484,242.00 and allowances totalling N13, 911,758.00, while the Deputy Senate President earns N2, 309,166.75 and allowances totalling N12, 931,333.55.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives earns an annual basic salary of N2, 477,110.00 and allowances running into N9, 784,384.00, while the deputy takes N2, 287,034.25 and N8, 004,280.00, as salary and allowances, respectively.

The amendment, which says the former leaders of the National Assembly will draw the “equivalent of their annual salary”, adds to a growing number of legal provisions assigning lucrative retirement packages for Nigerian public officials after they leave office.

Several Nigerian governors have in the past years voted huge perks and benefits for themselves and their family members, with provisions not just for pensions and gratuities, but for foreign medical treatment for themselves and their spouses, and provisions for state burial when they eventually die.

Other amendments

The state legislatures also adopted the proposal for independent candidacy in future elections with 32 states voting in favour and four opposing. The four states are Kano, Ondo, Rivers and Yobe.

By the voting pattern, Sections 131 and 177 of the Constitution will now be altered in paragraph C by inserting after the last of the word “party” in line 2, the word “or he is an independent candidate”.

Also, 32 state Houses of Assembly voted to split the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice. At the state level, the Commissioner of Justice will exist differently from the attorney general.

Accordingly, Sections 150 and 195 shall be altered to separate the two offices.
On citizenship, the legislative houses accepted the insertion of a new section “25A” into the Constitution for anyone born in a state other than his own to enjoy the rights and privileges as indigenes of that particular state.

The section says, (1) “A citizen of Nigeria is an indigene of a particular community of a state in Nigeria if (a) he was born in that state; (b) his parents or grandparents belong to a community indigenous to that state; (c) he has resided in that state continuously for a period of not less than ten years; or (d) being a woman, who is married to an indigene of the community of that state, unless she chooses to retain the indigeneship of her paternal community.”

(2) “A person mentioned in subsection (1) of this section shall be entitled to all the rights and privileges as indigene of that state.”

All the states except Ondo adopted the proposal for the president to deliver an annual state of the nation address at the National Assembly. The amendment says the president will “attend a joint meeting of the National Assembly once a year to deliver an address in respect of the state of the nation.”

The report further stated in Section 67 that the president “may attend any joint meeting of the National Assembly, either to deliver an address on national affairs including fiscal measures, or to make such statement on the policy of government as he considers to be of national importance.”

The state legislature also accepted a proposal for the alteration of Section 225 to empower the Independent National Electoral Commission to deregister political parties if there is a breach of any of the requirements for registration.

Such parties would only be deregistered if they fail to win presidential, governorship of at least one state, chairmanship of at least one local government/area council or a seat in the national or state assembly election.

All the 36 state legislatures adopted the proposal from the National Assembly that the assent of the president is not required to effect an alteration to the provisions of the constitution.

Thus, Section 9 (4A) of the document will now read “For the purpose of altering the provisions of this Constitution, the assent of the President shall not be required.”

“This would be the last time any sitting president would sign the Constitution as section 9 of the same Constitution has been amended to ensure that after such amendments have been assented to by two-thirds of the country’s state houses of assembly and two chambers of the national assembly, such amendments become law,” Mr. Ekweremadu said.

(Reality) How Train Crushed Rider to Death Month Before Wedding @semaotakeit


According to, a dispatch rider, said to be in his early 30s, was on Thursday crushed to death by a train in the Fagba area of Lagos State.

Our correspondent learnt that the victim, identified simply as Johnson, was working with a courier service in Ikeja.

Johnson, whose wedding was reportedly scheduled for March, was riding the firm’s motorcycle from the Abule Egba area when the incident happened.

PUNCH Metro gathered that vehicular movements had been stopped in the area because of the train which was passing.

The deceased, it was learnt, wanted to hurriedly cross the rail track when he was trapped by the train.

Eyewitnesses said he was dragged into a drain but was later brought out dead in a pool of blood.

Two men, who declined to give their names, identified themselves as colleagues of the victim to our correspondent. They also refused to name the courier company they work for.

An okada rider, Abdullahi Umar, said policemen from the Oko Oba division came to evacuate Johnson’s remains and his effects.

He said, “It happened around 12pm. It was very bloody. I could not look at his corpse twice. My colleagues rushed to take him out of the drain, but he was dead. Our chairman called the Oko Oba police station.

“One of his neigbours, who came here, said he lived in Ogba, but I did not ask where exactly in Ogba.

“While we were all lamenting the tragedy, the neighbour said he (Johnson) did an engagement at his village in December and that he was supposed to wed in March in Lagos.”

A tricycle rider, who identified himself simply as Idowu, blamed the incident on impatience on the part of the deceased.

“It was a death that could have been averted. Others were waiting for the train to pass; he should have waited too. The blaring of the train filled everywhere, so he was fully aware. He just took a risk which unfortunately cost him his life,” he said.

When our correspondent visited Oko Oba Police Station, a police officer, who wanted to be anonymous, said Johnson’s corpse was evacuated by his colleagues from the Railway Police Station and had been deposited in a mortuary. He also showed PUNCH Metro a box recovered from the scene.

He said, “Before we got there, policemen from Railway Police Division had removed the corpse and it has been deposited in a mortuary. We have not seen any of his relatives.

“But if a rail barrier has been mounted on that route, the victim would have been forced to stop. There should be one there just as it is in Pen Cinema and Ikeja rail tracks.”

The Lagos State Police spokesperson, DSP Kenneth Nwosu, said the track was not under the jurisdiction of the command.

(Sports) Goal!!!, Jay Jay Okocha Wins Delta FA Chairman @tj_shetade


okochaFormer Super Eagles captain, Austin JJ Okocha is now the new Delta State Football Association Chairman, having won today’s polls. Okocha received 26 votes while his co-contestant, Evans Agbo, only mustered a vote for himself. Okocha has been the vice-chairman before now.We learnt NFF Chairman post is the next hurdle for him to contest for.

See the Boko Haram armoured tank captured by Nigeria troops in Michika

This tank was captured from Boko Haram militants by Nigerian troops in Michika, Adamawa state after a tactical operation recently. Where do these people get these things from? Chai!

culled from linda Ikeji

See The Photos Of The FracasThat Took Place At Oshodi

Exclusive photos from the violence at Oshodi this evening

There was violence in the Oshodi area of Lagos this evening but I don’t have much details. According to an eye-witness, the fight was between two rival gangs. One person was killed and two buses burnt. The police has since brought back calmness to the area.
culled from Linda iKEJI

See How Iyanya Looks On This New Outfit

The singer who released a new single today with Diamond Platinumz called Nakupenda (I Love You) shared the photos on his instagram. Looking good!

(Politics) President Jonathan Meets Yoruba Council Of Elders, See Photos Here

 President Goodluck Jonathan has continued to work towards his re-election dispite the shift in date of the general elections by the Independent Electoral Commition, INEC. Mr President met with the Yoruba council of elders at the State House, Marina Lagos today.

(Politics) APC Covering Something On Buhari’s Health-Fayose

Ekiti state governor Ayo Fayose has insisted that all is not well regarding the health of the All Progressive Congress presidential candidate, rtd Major General Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that the secret trip made today, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd)  to the United Kingdom (UK) enroute United States of America (USA) for medical treatment has shown that the APC leaders, especially Senator Bola Tinubu were covering up his (Buhari) true health status for their selfish gains.

Buhari travelled to the UK today unannounced, fueling speculations that he was flown abroad in an air ambulance.

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