‘They are uneducated, not ready to work’ – Buhari berates Nigerian youths (VIDEO)

buharii - 'They are uneducated, not ready to work' - Buhari berates Nigerian youths (VIDEO)
President Muhammadu Buhari has berated Nigerian youths for being ‘uneducated’ and ‘not ready to work’.

President Buhari, while speaking during a panel discussion at the Commonwealth business forum in Westminster, London, expressed displeasure with youths in Nigeria because they were dependent on revenue from oil to survive.

He said the youths, who make up 60 percent of the population, were waiting to get social amenities free without doing anything.

“And then the economy. We have a very young population and our population is estimated conservatively to be 180 million. The 60 percent of the population is below the age of 30. A lot of them have not been to school and they are claiming that Nigeria has been an oil producing country and therefore they should sit and do nothing and get housing, healthcare and education free,”

The moderator had asked Buhari to give his final thoughts on the issues discussed. The President said he had fulfilled his campaign promises by improving on the nation’s security and the economy.

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Breaking: Senate’s Stolen Mace Recovered Under Bridge In Abuja – Police

Deputy Force Spokesman, SP Aremu Adeniran, said that the mace was abandoned under the flyover before the city gate in Abuja where a passerby saw it and alerted the police.

According to him, the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris had ordered the FCT Police Command to beef-up security at the National Assembly.

He said that investigation into the incident was still ongoing to bring the perpetrators to justice.

The deputy spokesman commended Abuja residents, especially motorists, for their cooperation during the rigorous stop and search operation for the recovery of the mace.

Adeniran said that the commitment of the police to guarantee the protection of lives and property and sustain democracy in the country remained unequivocal and unwavering.

The National Assembly had given the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris and Daura Lawal, the Director General of Department of State Services (DSS) 24 hours to recover the mace.

This resolution was made during a joint session of both chambers of National Assembly hurriedly convened at the instance of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, over the incident.

Ekweremadu was presiding over the Senate session when the symbol of authority was taken away by yet to be identified thugs.

At the joint session, he briefed lawmakers how the armed thugs stormed the Senate chamber in a commando style, beat up the Sargent At Arms who tried to stop them and even tried to kidnap two senators before they made away with the mace.

He asked the police boss, Ibrahim Idris and Director General of DSS, Lawal Daura to go after the invaders and ensure that the mace is recovered.

He described the incident as an affront to the parliament and democracy, just as he vowed to get to the root of the matter.

Ekweremadu and other senators tactically escaped through the emergency doors in order not to be caught up in the melee.

The Senate, in a statement by its spokesperson, Sabi Aliyu, said the thugs who seized the maze were led by a suspended Senate, Mr. Ovie Omo-Agege.

The Senate asserted that the seizure of the mace is an attempt to overthrow the legislative arm of government.

Senator Omo Agege was later arrested at the premises of the National Assembly by a team of police officers led by FCT Commissioner of Police, Sadiq Abubakar Bello.

But a lawyer working with Senator Ovie Omo-Agege denied reports that he was the one behind the theft of the mace at the Senate on Wednesday.

The lawyer also said the senator did not encourage anyone to remove the mace.

The lawyer who identified himself as Barrister Lucky Ajos said in a statement issued on Wednesday evening that contrary to insinuations, the suspended senator went to the National Assembly to work as required of him by the constitution.

Ajos said when Omo-Agege arrived at the National Assembly, some senators tried to send him away from the Senate while some welcomed him warmly.

He said, “A few champions of the unconstitutional, invalid and tyrannical suspension tried to stop him, but those who opposed it welcomed and protected him throughout the sitting.”

Denying reports that Omo-Agege incited some people to steal the mace, Ajos stated that the allegation was wrong and not true at all.

The lawyer also condemned the statement issued by the Senate Spokesperson, Senator Abdullahi Sabi, while promising to study the statement and take proper actions.

“Without any investigation, Senator Sabi willfully, deliberately and unfairly made very serious allegations against Senator Omo-Agege on the Mace incident. We are carefully studying Senator Sabi’s allegations to ascertain their full ramifications.”

Stressing the innocence of Omo-Agege on the mace affair, Ajos said the police only took the Senator away to hear his side of the story and he has since been released.

The Senate had resorted to the use of a ‘replacement mace’ to conclude the plenary on Wednesday after thugs took away the original mace.

Courtesy: SaharaReporters.com

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Senate President Bukola Saraki says some senators are angry they were not consulted over the $1 billion approved for the procurement of security equipment in the country.

On Wednesday, Mansur Dan-Ali, minister of defence, said President Muhammadu Buhari approved the sum of $1 billion for the purchase of equipment for the military.

Speaking in Jos, Plateau state, on Saturday, Saraki said it was wrong for the executive to take the step without broaching the matter with the national assembly.

“Just few days ago, there was the issue of providing funding for the purchase of security equipments. In a good environment, such an issue needed to have been discussed with lawmakers,” he said.

“Already, some senators are angry. They said they were not consulted by the executive before such a decision was taken. These are the issues we are talking about.

“I needed to be here to speak on these issues. It is not just about today. Posterity will be here to judge us that what I am saying is true. If we do not change the way we behave, we will remain like this for many years to come.”

Saraki, who was speaking at a retreat on ‘strengthening executive -legislature relations’, said both arms of government need each other for a smooth running of government.

“There is no the security architecture of this country that can work without a strong synergy between the executive and the legislature,” he said.

“When you see certain agencies, who by their actions and utterances frustrate the relationship between the two arms, you begin to wonder.

“What do we need to do? Do the police need more funding or more powers? Do they need new legislations to strengthen them. These are the issues where the executive and the legislature must work together.”

Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, had said a draft bill will be sent to the national assembly for consideration and approval.

“The process has begun, it’s not concluded, therefore, everyone will be involved. Mr President will not breach the constitution of this country. Approval at that level is granted, there is nothing controversial,” Shehu had said when he featured on a Channels TV programme.

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