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El-Zakzaky: How Buhari shunned travel conditions El-Rufai’s govt gave Shiites leader

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Indications emerged, Monday night, of how President Muhammadu Buhari jettisoned the stringent conditions Kaduna State government led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai asked leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky to meet before he and his wife could travel for treatment abroad.

The Kaduna government had set 7 conditions, including asking the ailing Islamic group head to present a First Class emir as surety.

But according to PRNigeria, Buhari gave the clearance for the Shiites leader to proceed to get medical attention as granted by the court after considering an intelligence report on the matter.

It quoted sources as saying the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) and Department of State Services (DSS) pointedly advised the presidency on the appropriateness of obeying the order.

They also warned that meeting the conditions might take some time and cited the security implication of El-Zakzaky’s continued detention.

Other factors considered were the concerns raised by several foreign countries which had sent appeals to the Nigerian government to properly manage the issue, especially when El-Zakzaky’s health was deteriorating with his followers going on rampage.

Eventually, diplomacy and security advice prevailed as El-Zakzaky and his wife, Zeenat, traveled out of Nigeria Monday evening.

They left Abuja to India at about 6:30 pm Nigerian time via Emirates Airline, accompanied by security personnel and close family members.

DAILY POST recalls that in reaction to the court ruling granting the IMN leader and his wife permission to travel, the El-Rufai government listed the following conditions released by Commissioner for Internal Security, Samuel Aruwan:

“The Kaduna State Government has filed at the Kaduna High Court terms for strict supervision of the medical leave, as follows:

1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall confirm the appointments of the defendants/applicants with the Medanta Hospital, India, and undertake all necessary diplomatic arrangements and protocols to ensure compliance with the conditions of the medical leave.

2. Each of the defendants/applicants shall undertake to return to Nigeria to continue their trial as soon as they are discharged from the hospital, and shall also be responsible for the cost of their travel, treatment and living expenses while on their medical leave.

3. Each of the defendants/applicants shall produce two prominent and reliable persons as sureties, one being a first class chief/emir of national repute and the other a prominent person within Kaduna State who shall undertake to produce the defendants whenever they are needed. The sureties must also produce evidence of landed property within Kaduna State.

4. The Federal Government of Nigeria shall obtain from the Government of India an irrevocable guarantee that it will not entertain any application by the defendants/applicants or any third party seeking asylum under any guise or conferring the status of political prisoners or any other status aside from being medical patients on the defendants/applicants and shall also restrain the defendants/applicants from any act inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.

5. Each of the defendants/applicants shall undertake in writing, endorsed by their Counsel, that while on medical treatment in India, they shall do nothing to jeopardize the ongoing trial, the peace and security of Nigeria and the laws of the Republic of India in whatever form.

6. Security agents of the Federal Government of Nigeria shall escort the defendants/applicants and remain with them throughout the duration of their treatment in India and thereafter shall return with them after their discharge from the hospital.

7. The Nigerian High Commission in India shall undertake prior vetting and grant consent before any visitor has access to the defendants/applicants while in the Republic of India.”

In his response, legal luminary, Femi Falana lambasted the El-Rufai administration.

The lawyer to the IMN leader, in a statement said: “I thought that the Kaduna State government had planned to appeal against the order of the Honourable Darius Khobo granting leave to the El-Zakzakys to travel to India for urgent medical treatment under the supervision of the government.

“I hope that the plan to pursue an appeal in the case has been shelved as the Court of Appeal has ruled that you cannot stay the execution of orders of this nature. That remains the position of the law as espoused in the case of Mowarin v Nigerian Army, which was decided under a military dictatorship in the country.

“The so-called agreement is totally alien to the penal code and the administration of criminal justice law of Kaduna State. Hence, the agreement is not brought under any substantive or adjectival law.

“My colleagues in the Ministry of Justice are not unaware of the position of the law that an agreement cannot vary or modify the order of a competent court. It is unfortunate that some highly placed public officers are so hell bent on abrogating the fundamental rights which have been fought for and won by Nigerians, even under the British colonial regime.

“For instance, the Prison Ordinance was amended in 1917 to allow the family members or friends of prison inmates to remove them from prison and take them out for medical treatment, if the prison facilities could not cater for any terminal illness. That provision has been incorporated in Regulation 12 made pursuant to the Prisons Act.

“In this instant case, the court did not release the El-Zakzakys to their family members but that they should be treated in a foreign hospital under the supervision of the government.

“Since the Department of Service Services (DSS), which has the custody of the El-Zakzakys, has announced on behalf of the Federal Government that the court order would be obeyed, the so-called terms of “agreements” of the Kaduna State government should be ignored because it is the height of provocative contempt.”

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Buhari signs another open defecation bill into law

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President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday signed Executive Order 009 entitled, ‘The Open Defecation-Free Nigeria by 2025 and Other Related Matters Order’ into law.

The Order declares as follows:

That by this Order, Nigeria is committed to being open defecation free by 2025.

That the National Open Defecation Free (ODF) Roadmap developed by the Federal Ministry of Water Resources with support from other key sector players across Nigeria be put into effect.

a. There is established in the Federal Ministry of Water Resources a National Secretariat called “Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.”

b. The Secretariat is authorized on behalf of the President to implement this Order by ensuring that all public places including schools, hotels, fuel stations, places of worship, market places, hospitals and offices have accessible toilets and latrines within their premises.

All Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government shall cooperate with the Clean Nigeria Campaign Secretariat.

The National Assembly and the State Houses of Assembly shall enact legislation on the practice of open defecation with appropriate sanctions and penalties.

All development projects shall include construction of sanitation facilities as an integral part of the approval and implementation process.

The Secretariat shall terminate when Nigeria is declared Open Defecation Free.

All enforcement authorities are hereby directed to diligently collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Water Resources in implementing this Order.

The Executive Order 009 came into being against the background that:

Nigeria is ranked second amongst the nations in the world with the highest number of people practising open defecation estimated at over 46 million people – a practice which has had a negative effect on the populace, and has contributed to the country’s failure to meet the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs);

President Buhari had described the statistics on open defecation and access to pipe-borne water service and sanitation as disturbing, and had declared commitment to implement the National Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Action Plan.

The President had declared a State of Emergency on Nigeria’s water supply, sanitation and hygiene sector, the action being imperative as it will reduce the high prevalence of water-borne diseases in different parts of the country which have caused preventable deaths.

Nigeria is committed to ending open defecation throughout the country by 2025 in consonance with her commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This Executive Order takes effect from Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

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Shugaba Buhari na bukatar Kafa Kotunan Musamman

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(VOA Hausa)

Wannan a cewar shugaba Buhari, zai taimaka ainun wajen magance matsalar tsaiko da ake samu a shari’o’in cin hanci da rashawa a kotunan kasar.

Buhari ya yi wannan kiran ne sa’adda ya bude wani taron kasa na kwanaki biyu a kan yaki da cin hanci da rashawa a aikin gwamnatin, wanda hukumar yaki da ayyukan cin hanci da rashawa ta ICPC, tare da ofishin Sakataren Gwamnatin Tarayya suka shirya a fadar gwamnatin da ke Abuja.

Ya ce kafa kotuna na musamman na shari’o’in cin hanci da rashawa, zai baiwa gwamnatin damar cimma burin ta na ganin an kwato dukiyoyi na haram da kadarorin da aka mallaka ba bisa ka’ida ba, da kuma uwa uba, hukunta wadanda aka kama da aikata irin wadannan laifuka.

Shugaban kasar yayi amfani da damar taron inda ya bayyana irin illoli da matsalar cin hanci da rashawa ya ke haifarwa ga tattalin arzikin Najeriya da rayuwar al’ummar ta.

Da ya ke karin haske a kan jawabin shugaban kasa a wurin taron, Kakakin Fadar Shugaban Kasa Garba Shehu, ya ce “akwai damuwa a bangaren gwamnatin da hukumar ICPC, yadda ake daukar tsawon lokaci kafin a yanke hukunci a shari’un da suka shafi cin hanci da rashawa a kotunan yau da kullum”.

Garba Shehu ya ce wannan yanayin yana shafar kudurorin gwamnatin na inganta sha’anin ilimi da yaki da ta’addanci da kalubalen tsaro da ya addabi yankuna da dama na kasar.

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Hate speech bill Buhari’s instrument to third term, Islamization agenda – PDP Legal Adviser, Enoidem

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting a third term and Islamization agenda using the hate speech bill.

Enoidem said Buhari will use the bill against those who will criticize his third term and alleged Islamization of Nigeria’s agenda.

Addressing journalists in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital over the weekend, the PDP legal Adviser said the bill was a prototype of Decree 4 enacted by Buhari when he was the Head of State, adding that the provisions of the bill will impact negatively on the nation.

He described the bill before the National Assembly as “criminal and an insult” to the image of Nigeria.

According to Enoidem: “The hate speech bill being considered by the National Assembly is the worst form of freedom of speech, freedom of conscience bill that is being proposed by any country in the world whether under military or otherwise. It is very negative in intention, it is criminal in action.

“This is akin to Decree 4. But if you look at Decree 4 and compare it to the provision of the proposed bill, you will know that it has more negative provision than the one proposed by the military.

“Who defines what is hate speech? If the press keeps quiet about it, they would become the first victim. It is better we stand up and speak against this evil that is coming. The bill is very insulting to the common conscience of the country, it is very insulting to the image of the country, and is very damaging to all of us. We need to stand up and speak against it as a people.

“This bill has two major focus in view: It is going to be a major instrument if Buhari fails to translate himself into 3rd term, because that proposal is in the mill, he will use it as a religious weapon against those who will come against the Islamization of Nigeria. You don’t have to believe it, but it will happen.

“The Ruga project that was stood down is being reactivated in a very subtle manner. They have some vendors now who go about acquiring land because the Federal Government has given Miyetti Allah N100 billion but they are still insisting on the remaining N50 billion because they demanded for N150 billion. That money is for them to buy land privately in different locations in the country, now that is a penetration strategy.

“As I talk to you, even in Akwa Ibom, the vendors are here to acquire land in the pretense that they want to build hospitals etc. Eventually, the Hausas will come and settle there, colonize the place and make the place a Northern enclave.

“This law that they have proposed was supposed to come as an executive bill but they brought in somebody to sponsor it for them as a private bill because they know that if it comes as an executive bill, the intention will be seen through.”

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