Reason why President Buhari corruption fight is faulty - Bishop Kukah

The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan-Kukah, on Tuesday said the government was fighting the symptoms of corruption and not the disease.
Mr. Hassan-Kukah made the disclosure at a programme organised by the Book Readers’ Club of Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy (ISGPP) in Ibadan on Tuesday.
According to him, government is only fighting corrupt people and not corruption because corruption can only be fought if the nation’s institutions are strengthened.
“Government should begin the fight against corruption from the institution, so that we will not continue to have the same result,’’ he said.
He said that the fight against corruption would be meaningful if it could be tied to governance, noting that corruption was the product of a malfunctioning system.
Mr. Hassan-Kukah thereafter read from his 519-page book `Witness to Justice: An Insider’s Account of Nigeria’s Truth Commission (2011).’
Revealing his memoirs of Oputa Panel, the bishop said reconciliation required probing and interrogation of the past.
He said that Nigerians have failed to understand that they were all wounded, irrespective of ethnicity, religion or political parties.
“Almost all bad things in Nigeria have validation and a lot of Nigerians have gone through several harsh treatments without charges.
“Many of those ethnic leaders are ethnic entrepreneur, who use their people to get what they want.”
Mr. Hassan-Kukah said the book also revealed the miscarriage of justice on Bagauda Kato, Dele Giwa and MKO Abiola.
He said the nation could not get reconciliation without putting in place mechanism of distributive justice.
“There is need for mechanism that will guarantee justice for victim, perpetrator and larger society, likewise seeking God.
“Nigerians like blaming the nation’s woes on some persons and are always obsessed of a messiah.
“We need to create elasticity to be able to accommodate the various agitations across the country,’’ he said.
Mr. Hassan-Kukah stressed the need for Nigerians to always respect their leaders, adding that the solution was not to denigrate President Muhammad Buhari.
The cleric called on the media to set agenda for the leaders, while also reminding them of their electoral promises.
Earlier, Tunji Olaopa, the Executive Vice-Chancellor of ISGPP, said the school was an independent think-tank that undertake research on issues of governance.
“We focus on problem-saving around issues on governance, democracy and development through executive education, seminar, conferences and policy dialogue.
“We create platform for community engagement with a view to getting government to work better and to raise bar of discourse on issues of development,’’ he said.
Prof. Akin Mabogunje, Prof Bolanle Awe, Archbishop Gabriel Abegunrina among others attended the event.
(NAN)

Reason why Senator Jibrin was removed as Committee chairman

Reason why Senator Jibrin was removed as Committee chairman

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Abdulrazak Namadas, spokesman of the house, said Jibrin was himself involved in smuggling fake projects into the budget.
Speaking on the reasons Jibrin was removed, Namadas said: “His removal was based on sundry acts of misconduct, incompetence, immaturity, total disregard for his colleagues and abuse of the budgetary process, among others.
“One of the fundamental reasons why the house leadership removed him is that he was found not to be fit and proper person to hold such a sensitive office, which exposes him to high officials of government at all levels.
“Furthermore, in the course of the performance of his duties as chairman of appropriations committee, it became evident that he does not possess the temperament and maturity required for such a high office.”
He also alleged that Jibrin has the “tendency and proclivity to blackmail colleagues and high government officials, and misuse and mishandle sensitive government information”.
“He was in the habit of collating, warehousing and manipulating sensitive information to blackmail people sometimes apparently for pecuniary purposes. And by virtue of his position as appropriation chairman, he usually met with very high and senior public officers at all levels,” Namadas continued.
“The speaker and the leadership were inundated with complaints by heads of ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) over harassment from the house appropriation chairman to engage in conduct and acts unbecoming of their offices.
“The leadership lunched an internal investigation into these allegations and was largely satisfied that action had to be taken to remove him, in the interest of the integrity of the house.
“One clear example is the insertion of funds for the so-called Muhammadu Buhari Film Village in his constituency in Kano without the consent or solicitation of Mr President. This has brought both Mr President and the government to disrepute.
“Again, it was found out that he was fond of inserting projects into prominent persons’ constituencies without their knowledge to curry favour and possibly use it as a means of blackmail against them when necessary.
“One of such is the numerous projects he claimed in a Channels TV interview in April 2016, to have cited in Mr President’s home town of Daura, Katsina state without Mr President’s solicitation or knowledge, in a desperate attempt to blackmail Mr President as an answer and justification for allocation of N4.1 billion to his constituency when confronted by the interviewer.
“He did not stop there. Hon Abdulmumin went about soliciting honourable members to nominate projects for him to help them include in the budget. When called upon to defend his actions as appropriation’s chairman, all he did was to be calling names of those members and the amount he helped include for them in the budget in an unsuccessful bid to silence them.
“Most of the affected members took serious exceptions to his despicable antics and sundry acts of blackmail and protested to the Leadership to prevail on Hon Abdulmumin to expunge from the budget what he claimed he allocated to them since they did not solicit for those projects.
“To attempt to drag the name of Mr President, honourable members and others to his new low through sundry acts of blackmail was one of the matters the house leadership found off limits and totally unacceptable."

MEND response to 'insensitive' statement from Chief of Army staff

MEND response to 'insensitive' statement from Chief of Army staff

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has described as “provocative”, Monday’s statement by Tukur Buratai, chief of army staff, that the army would resort to force should peace talks with militants fail.
Responding on Tuesday, MEND said such a statement is “insensitive, provocative, unprofessional and prejudicial to the fair outcome of the ongoing preliminary talks”.
“The attention of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been drawn to a statement made in Port Harcourt on Monday July 25, 2016 by the Chief of Army Staff Lt. General Tukur Buratai to the effect that the Nigerian military authorities will resort to the use of force if dialogue to resolve the current Niger Delta crisis fails,” read a statement by the group, signed by Jomo Gbomo.
“MEND hereby makes it clear that General Buratai’s statement is insensitive, provocative, unprofessional and prejudicial to the fair outcome of the ongoing preliminary talks regarding the Niger Delta crisis between representatives of oil companies and security agencies, on the one hand; and the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), on the other hand.
“We therefore warn the Chief of Army Staff to guard his utterances, refrain from making political and inflammatory statements
and stick to his primary responsibility.
“We use this opportunity to appeal to the good people of the Niger Delta to remain patient with the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and keep hope alive, as MEND and the Aaron Team 2 Dialogue, Peace and Development Initiative led by Mr. Odein Ajumogobia, SAN and HRH King Alfred Papapreye Diette-Spiff are working assiduously to secure sustainable concessions for the region from the Government.
“While MEND has already kick-started the dialogue process with the ongoing preliminary talks, the Aaron Team, made up of distinguished and accomplished personalities from the region, is waiting on the sidelines to conclude the dialogue process.
“Long live Niger Delta…Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!”

Kim Kardashian and Saint West On KUWTK Reality Show

Kim Kardashian showed off her handsome boy on a family outing on Tuesday which was filmed for the Keeping Up With The Kardashians show.
Joining big sister North, three, and his cousins, Mason, six, Penelope, four, and 19-month-old Reign, the smiling baby was at the center of attention on the trip to San Diego.

Rotimi Amaechi and Governor Wike reconcile

The Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, the Director General of State Service, Mr. Musa Daura, the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi and the Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Nyesome Wike, met late this night over the forthcoming elections into the Senate and House of Representatives in the State.
The crucial meeting was to chart the path to peace in Rivers State before, during and after the re-run elections in the State. And for the first time, the former Governor who is now a Minister and the present Governor were seen shaking hands.

How to learn to Live with anxiety

How to learn to Live with anxiety

A terrified young woman sits restlessly on her chair as she faces her doctor. She has the look of a frightened bird about to take flight. Her body was tensed, her head keeps turning around as she glances nervously around the room.
Her doctor asked what she was so afraid of, and the woman shrugged and told him “I really don’t know.” She was obsessed with the thoughts of dying among other things. “I seem to have this “spells” ‘, she said. I was washing the dishes one day, and out of the blue, I feel so frightened, I can’t move, I was shaking and then I can’t catch my breath and next thing I knew I wanted to faint.”
She pauses for a moment “You think I’m crazy don’t you?”. The doctor shook his head “No…but I do think your are sick…you show signs of stress and anxiety and…you are suffering an anxiety over death.”
It has been said that anxiety is being afraid of an unknown danger whereas fear is being afraid of a definite and specific harm. For the nervous woman inside the doctor’s office, thinking her death is near and was real enough causes her so much fear. Her therapy with the doctor in weekly intervals have helped her understood a lot of things. The root of her anxiety? She was having a hard time accepting her aging process. She becomes aware of her own mortality.

LEARNING TO LIVE WITH ANXIETY

Sometimes we are anxious over things that don’t exist. We imprison ourselves unconsciously when we ought to be free and try to enjoy life a lot more. Of course, there are real dangers of which we are afraid. These are genuine threats to our security and stability like emotional and physical problems. To feel anxious and in need of professional help doesn’t mean that we are “crazy”. In today’s hectic world, all of us have good reasons to react to events. Events like global warming, terrorist attacks, tsunami and add to that, situations that we have to deal with our own personal lives.
From time to time, it is alright to have legitimate feelings of depression and anxiety. And if things can really go out of hand, a psychiatrist, psychologist, and counselors well-trained enough can provide the kind of help you need. But even with professional help, you must also do your part, you need to get busy and make use of what ever talents you have and not dwell on you “melancholic” moods.
With the proper perspective you can get out of your obstacles and find the way out being trap in the cycle of anxiety. Most often, people are anxious because they are mostly stuck in the past than living in the present. It is not just plain nostalgia but it seems their “present” situation is not the way they wanted to be. Dissatisfaction and the tendency of past failures and guilt dominates us and changes our personalities. In addition, to much preoccupation of the future robs us also of our joy. We worry too much on what lies ahead.

ACCEPT AND LET GO

We deny and we don’t learn to accept our imperfections. We hated ourselves…how we looked and how others perceived us. A lot of people doesn’t even like the sound of their voice while others can be downright embarrassed if they are fat and too skinny. We let this illusion of beauty, wealth and success on which we get from magazines, TV and even the Internet be the source of our misery as we constantly compare ourselves to others. It is only through acceptance and letting go if things which is external is one way of lessening our anxiety panic attacks.
Another clue to overcoming our anxieties is to know that we are not alone in our fears and worries. Anxiety is often an introspective activity and it thrives on isolation. But we don’t have to be alone. We are not strange and inferior. The moment you learn to accept who and what you are is also the time that you will discover that you are not set apart from everybody else.
Anxiety is a normal thing and that everyone goes through with life with it. However, it also doesn’t mean our anxieties will go away and never come back.
But the bottom line is, we need to control it and not let it dominate our own lives. There would be trouble, there would be pain, there would be sorrow but we can survive. Learn to let go and try to be free.