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Crisis looms in National Assembly, APC caucus denounce anti-Buhari move
Members of the majority caucus of the National Assembly are set for a showdown with their colleagues in the minority, over threats to take legislative measures against the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), for constitutional breaches.
Senators of the governing All Progressives Congress, on Wednesday, dissociated themselves from the threat issued by their minority colleagues, led by Peoples Democratic Party. The PDP caucus had at a news conference, in Abuja, on Tuesday, listed the various constitutional breaches of the President. They asked him to sit up or be prepared to face legislative action. One of the constitutional powers of the national assembly is a provision which allows legislators to impeach a democratically elected President.
In response to this threat, APC senators who are in the majority, on Wednesday, accused their minority colleagues of heating up the polity. Speaking on behalf of the Senate APC Caucus, the Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi, said, “We reject and dissociate ourselves from all and any inflammatory statements that appear to threaten the authority of Mr. President and our party. We accordingly wish to remind them that blame game and threats of ‘constitutional measures’ are unwelcome and will not help in any form to address the challenges the nation currently faces.
Boko Haram attack plot on National Assembly, VIP locations causes scare
Lawmakers have been notified of a possible attack by Boko Haram insurgents on the National Assembly complex and other public buildings in Abuja, The PUNCH has learnt.
Several members of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday, confirmed to our correspondent that they had been notified of the imminent attack by the terrorist group.
One of them, who is from a state in the South-West, said his presence would henceforth be limited on the premises. “That is the security alert I saw today. I’m already moving out of here. I’ll only be around when there is a major reason to do so. Nowhere is safe in the country anymore,” he said.
Buhari welcomes release of Afaka students
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, welcomed the release of the 27 students of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanization, Afaka, Kaduna State.
He also congratulated their friends, families, the government and the people of Kaduna State on the development.
Buhari’s position was contained in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled “President Buhari welcomes release of Forestry School students.’ The President was quoted as saying that, “We are happy they have been released.
Boko Haram killed five soldiers, 25 others in Borno attacks – Sources
At least, five soldiers were reportedly killed by Boko Haram insurgents on Tuesday in Ajiri community, Mafa Local Government Area of Borno State.
The incident happened after the visit of the acting governor of the state, Usman Kadafur.
A reliable military source disclosed that the latest onslaught by the terrorist group was a follow-up attack to Monday’s murder of six civilians and one security personnel in the community. According to another source, 15 civilian JTF and 10 civilians were also killed in the fresh attack that took place in the morning.
Cash crunch: Labour draws battle lines, warns against salary slash
Organised labour on Wednesday cautioned the Federal Government against reduction of workers’ salaries in its attempt to cut down personnel cost in view of the cash crunch facing the country.
The Nigeria Labour Congress and the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria warned that any attempt to reduce workers’ pay would be suicidal.
According to them, if government is desirous of reducing its bloated payroll, it should slash the fat remuneration and allowances of political office holders “who do very little but collect so much.’’
Imo attacks sponsored, about 2023 elections – Uzodinma
The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, has said the rising spate of attacks and kidnappings across the country are sponsored and targeted at the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress.
Uzodinma also claimed that the attacks are to discredit the current regime to allow the sponsors to gain power in 2023.
The governor made this claim on Wednesday while featuring on Politics Today, a current affairs programme on Channels Television, which our correspondent monitored in Abuja.
Mr. Joseph Simeon is an Editor/Content Creator at Naija Buzz News. He is an experienced content creator. He currently leads a small group of talented writers at Naija Buzz News. He previously served as the Relationship Editor at 1Push.Ng. He studied Public Administration at the Federal Polytechnic Idah, Kogi State, before proceeding to Kaduna Polytechnic Kaduna for his Advance Studies in Public Administration. Simeon loves and enjoys playing football.