APC: Buhari addresses NEC, unveils government's new blueprints

May I warmly welcome everybody to this important meeting of our party’s executive body.
Let me on a personal note thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, which the Almighty Allah answered in the restoration of my health.
I wish to thank you all Party leaders for helping to keep the government running smoothly during my prolonged absence.

Pastor Deola Phillips: A legend; a trailblazer; a beacon of excellence

Pastor Deola Phillips
Happy birthday to highly esteemed Pastor Deola Phillips; Chief Executive Officer, Believers LoveWorld Inc.; Director, Healing School; Christ Embassy, Lagos Zone 5, among others.
You’re incontestably a role model, record-breaker and a pacesetter!
You’re manifestly a burning and shining light, above all, persistently replete of God’s Spirit by the word!
You’re a leader par excellence; a leader to leaders, exemplary, ardent, cultured and endowed with virtue and elegance. Indeed, you are complete in Him. 
As you celebrate another year of exploits and service to God and humanity, we join millions of people around the world in wishing you a more glorious, super-flourishing and fabulous new level.

The President and the portfolio of Minister of Petroleum Resources

President Muhammadu Buhari
(Published by DAILY TRUST Newspapers on 20 October, 2017 at page 43)
(Published by THE AUTHORITY Newspapers on 20 October, 2017 at page 18)
(Published by THE GUARDIAN Newspapers on 23 October, 2017)
By Carl Umegboro
WITHOUT a doubt, Section 138 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, bars the President of Nigeria from taking any paid employment or holding executive office in any capacity. In similar vein, Section 147(2) supra emphatically provides that ‘any appointment to the office of Minister of the Government of the Federation shall, if the nomination of any person to such office is confirmed by the Senate, be made by the President’.

Celebrating The Teflon Pastor

Highly Esteemed Pastor Uyi Idugboe
Happy birthday to highly esteemed Pastor Uyi Idugboe (TheTeflonPastor)
You’re indeed answers to the cry of many. Put it in another way …like father, like son.
Incontrovertibly, God’s infallible, dependable and unfailing words, and teachings and messages of the renowned man of God, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, DD, DSc, PhD; President, Believers LoveWorld Inc. have indeed produced results through you. 

You're indeed a trailblazer, record breaker, superstar and above all, an effective  product of the Word amongst many others around the world.

In Defense of New School Curriculum

(Published by NIGERIAN TIDE on 21 August, 2017)
By Carl Umegboro
With the National Council on Education’s communique after its 62nd meeting on July 28 which deflated the rumours on exclusion of Christian Religious Studies originally known as CRK in the Basic Education Curriculum, noxious fears over religious crisis is supposedly laid to rest. The buzz as impishly created sumptuously aired that CRK which teaches Christian faith was expunged from basic education curriculum by the present administration.

Buhari’s Speech and the Rodents’ Invasion

(Published by Daily SUN on 28 August, 2017 / Daily TRUST on 26 august, 2017 / ORIENT Daily on 31 August, 2017/ Vanguard Newspapers on 1 Sept, 2017)
By Carl Umegboro
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja House in London on 19 August for Nigeria after a 103-day medical vacation. On arrival, all nooks and crannies of the country were lighted up in euphoria, pirouetting and funfair particularly the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and All Progressives Congress, APC-controlled states. His arrival irrefutably changed the moods and created unusual cavalcades right from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja to the Presidential Villa akin to where Nigeria successfully dared Argentina or Brazil in a World-Cup competition. Indeed, it was a heroic welcome to the President.

NOUN, FHC and the new Judgment date

(Published by NIGERIAN Tide on 25 September, 2017)
Published by PUNCH on 26 September, 2017 at pg  20) 
By Carl Umegboro
EVERYTHING with a beginning also has an end. The law graduates of National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN were shut out since 2013 from the Nigerian Law School for vocational training by the Council of Legal Education, CLE despite National Universities Commission’s accreditation. The graduates had futilely approached all relevant authorities for succor, and lastly perched at the Federal High Court in Port Harcourt, inter alia, for writ of mandamus.

GSM and a myriad of tricking, unsolicited Value-Added Services

By Carl Umegboro
(Published by AUTHORITY on 25 September, 2017)
(Published by Nigerian TRIBUNE on 29 Sept, 2017) 
THE operators of global system for mobile (GSM) in the country especially the South African telecommunication giant, MTN-Nigeria, are either bent on compelling its value added services on their customers, or determined to be enriching themselves by them through calculated countless flash messages with subscriptions, not minding that every valid contract follows a laid down procedures. Or perhaps, the service-providers know better than their customers and therefore take decisions for them as the ultimate boss.

The implications of the lingering tussle between NOUN and CLE

By Gibson Ogbeiniama
The continued tussle between the duo may present Nigeria as a stagnant and resistant nation to new educational innovations (ICT based studies) globally practiced with huge benefits.
Since the 4th October, 2017 judgement of the Federal High Court Port-Harcourt, no progressive step has been taken by the government to address the issue to a logical conclusion. The only prominent comments on the viral and dailies have been commendations and negative criticism about the judgement which cannot proffer solution to the problem at hand.

Pandemonium over Zuma Statue in Owerri

By Sylvester Ikechukwu Onyema
GOVERNOR of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha recently unveiled one of the seven statues standing alongside each other in Owerri, and the uproar is deafening. My guess is that he unveiled the least controversial of them, which happens to be a statue of our own dear Jacob Zuma, the world renowned saint president of Imo country, who ruled the country between 1905 and 1961. It was he who brought free education..erh..emm..ehh..

Goodwill Message At EID-EL KABIR

                                                       Office of the Vice President
                     National Youth Council of Nigeria-North Central, (NYCN-NC)
As we celebrate this very important day, Eid-el Kabir, I on behalf on the National Youth Council of Nigeria-North Central, (NYCN-NC), wish all Muslim Ummah a blissful celebration and also urge the faithful to keenly observe the eleven (11) beautiful Sunnahs of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) throughout this moment as good deeds attract Allah's love and our lives will be filled with peace, happiness and freedom.

Buhari’s Vacation and the Protesting Populaces

Pres. Muhammadu Buhari
By Carl Umegboro
NIGERIA’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has spent more than 90 days in London over ill-health after transmitting notice of vacation, in compliance to Section 145 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, to the National Assembly. Accordingly, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo stepped into the shoes on acting capacity. So far, the acting President has demonstrated his intellects and capabilities with outstanding results; breaking barriers, spearheading economic policies, penetrating hitherto no go-areas especially parleying with the Niger-Delta militants, avengers, among others.

CRK Purported Exclusion and the Basic Education Curriculum

Mallam Adamu Adamu
By Carl Umegboro
NOXIOUS rumours that pointedly altered the educational system in favour of a religion have for some time held the country hostage leading to accusations, counter-accusations and rebuttals from various quarters. The buzz as impishly created by unnamed folks broadcasted on various medias that Christian Religious Knowledge (CRK) which teaches Christian faith and morals was removed from primary school education curriculum by the present administration as a plot towards ‘islamizing’ the country.

MELAYE: Let the People Decide

(Published by Daily SUN on 26 June, 2017 at page 17)
By Carl Umegboro
PURSUANT to section 69 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, Senator Dino Melaye (APC) representing Kogi West senatorial district in the National Assembly is presently on a hot seat facing recall actions from his people for allegedly failing to meet their aspirations. The people by the action are passing vote of no confidence accusing Senator Melaye of inter alia ineptitude, ungainliness and recklessness. As alleged, over 51.1percent which makes the constitutional requirement for a recall action to proceed has been attained.

Osinbajo And The Perceived ‘Coordinating’ Mandate

By Carl Umegboro
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari transmitted a letter of notice to the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for a medical vacation in the United Kingdom a moment ago. The construction of the letter which contained among other terms, ‘coordinating’ has been subjected to severe criticisms among the political class and finally down to the masses questioning the rationale behind the use of such term in place of ‘acting’ as previously used during Buhari’s earlier vacation.  The observation was raised by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP) representing Abia North senatorial district at the Senate plenary when the letter was read, and vehemently condemned the term, indicating his smell of a rat at the presidency. Since then, other politicians alongside the masses particularly from the opposition have continued to dwell on sundry insinuations pointing at gigantic skeletons in the cupboards at the presidency.

Sagay And Senate’s Scores of Summons

By Carl Umegboro
AGAIN, the red chamber of the National Assembly is at the process of extending its summon to the chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, (PACAC) Professor Itse Sagay; a senior advocate of Nigeria over remarks the distinguished senators considered as demeaning. This has added to the politically-motivated summons the senate is battling with which, without a doubt, would be dividing its concentration from performing objective legislative duties.
Earlier, the Comptroller-General (CG) of Nigerian Customs Service, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd) and the Senate sumptuously entertained the nation with free comedies episodically on official-uniform. At about three appearances of the CGC at the Senate’s chamber in honour of his summon, no vital issues was presented to him except queries for appearing on mufti instead of Customs uniform. It lingered until the appearances was eventually halted by the directives of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) following a suit filed in relation to the matter.

The Implications Of Buhari’s Vacation

By Carl Umegboro
PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari officially embarked at first instance on a ten-day official leave and on expiration, sought for extension on medical grounds. According to information from the presidency, Buhari sought for extension to enable him complete series of tests and medications as prescribed by his United Kingdom based physicians. Since then, all manner of ugly insinuations and assumptions have trailed the development with a good number calling for Buhari to address the nation to rebut sundry allegations.

DSS Meets NOUN Law Graduates Chairman, Convocation Rep Over Law School

Following the invitation by the Department of State Security (DSS), also known as State Security Service (SSS) to the chairman of Law Graduates Forum (LGF) of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to its Asokoro office in Abuja, over the notice of protest issued to the federal government and its agencies on the law school tussle between the Council of Legal Education (CLE) and National Universities Commission (NUC) alongside NOUN, the law graduates chairman, Hon Carl Umegboro accompanied by Comrade Usman Tanze Danjuma (Convocation Representative in the NOUN Board of Governing Council) reported as scheduled on Thursday 20th April, 2017.
The DSS official, Mohammed Bashiru who anchored the meeting which lasted for about three hours in the Conference Room, according to the guests displayed high level of maturity and professionalism in handling the matter particularly sympathizing with the law graduates over their plight and assured that the federal government, by issuing the invitation through DSS will inevitably address the issues without delay especially on account of the security threats in pose to the nation.

Celebrating a Legal ICON, Prof Abiodun Amuda-Kannike, SAN, Ph.D (Law), LL.M, LL.B (Hons), BL @ 53

Prof Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN)
We felicitate with our erudite Professor of Law, motivator, and facilitator, Professor Abiodun Amuda-Kannike (SAN) on your birthday today 16th April, 2017.
Prof, to be economical with words, we are proud of you, and appreciate your inspirations, selflessness to humanity and unwavering audacity to always stand for justice and equity.
Indeed, you’re a legal luminary per excellence, a great motivator, a voice to the voiceless, a pillar to the weak and above all, iron that sharpens others.
We wish you many more years, a happy and warmth celebration.

Buhari’s Change And Economic Realities

By Carl Umegboro
IN few months time, precisely, May 29, 2017, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari will step into its second half of the 4-year tenure. Indeed, Nigerians’ experiences since the inception of the administration are better imagined than described following some firm policies, and above all foreign exchange crisis due to unprecedented crash in global crude prices. To a few that superficially voted for All Progressives Congress (APC), it was a drift hence withdrew allegiances, incidentally, the deed; be it positive or negative is already done. Beyond doubt, it was tough, rough and hard-hitting that pots of soups were allegedly stolen at cooking spots and other exceptional incidents.

Senate’s Withheld Confirmation And Magu’s Fate

By Carl Umegboro
PURSUANT to Section 154 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (CFRN) as amended, the appointment of heads of federal executive bodies including the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is exclusively carried out by the President of the federation subject to confirmation by the Senate.  The senatorial confirmation absolutely validates the appointment and entitles the appointee to claim as of right all related privileges statutorily allocated to the position. Nevertheless, confirmed or not, the appointee as long as officially appointed by the President is legally empowered to discharge all duties designated for the office. 

Journalism of Conscience and National Commitment By C.Don Adinuba

Paper presented at the Media Summit of the Anambra State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists held in Awka on March 28 & 29, 2017.
I would like to start with a confession: the title of this paper is not originally mine. I borrowed it from Prince Tony Momoh, erstwhile Minister of Information and Culture, who coined it in the late 1980s when he was editor of the Daily Times, then Nigeria’s leading newspaper. By journalism of conscience and national commitment, Prince Momoh, a lawyer and one of the first persons to study journalism at the University of Nigeria at Nsukka and later at the University of Lagos because of the Nigerian Civil War, was simply advocating that Nigerian communication practitioners abide by their professional ethics and live above primordial forces threatening the foundation of the Nigerian nation.  The Momoh call is more urgent today than when it was made about three and a half decades ago. 

Uniform Drama And Senate’s Pursuit Of Shadows Amidst Economic Crisis

By Carl Umegboro
THE upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly has continuously and conscientiously been exhibiting clumsy and discomfited dramas in the midst of economic challenges adversely affecting the exploited class in the society to the extent that many that never begged in life have been forcefully bowed by pressures as beggars. The Senate, by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, is replicated after the American’s arrangement to sumptuously exist side by side the Federal House of Representatives as a bicameral legislature. 

The Confab Report, Impediments And Way Forward

By Carl Umegboro
THE Honourable Justice Idris Kutigi led-National Dialogue Conference masterminded by the erstwhile administration of Goodluck Jonathan and inaugurated on Monday 17 March, 2014 was concluded amidst high hopes from all quarters despite the huge amounts lavishly allocated to the scheme.  Most people overlooked the gigantic financial implications on account of salient issues the conference resolutely earmarked to determine. Expectedly, critical long-standing issues particularly sociopolitical and ethno-religious problems raised triggered torrid disagreements albeit afterward determined. Overall, 492 delegates auspiciously selected across the nation congregated in the seat of power to untangle the hitherto no-go areas in the system. Ridiculously, every ethnic group represented cried in turn over the same object; marginalization, perhaps, to synchronically espouse the phrase that attack is the best defensive game. Nonetheless, the confab provided opportunity at least to discuss as neighboring communities, but economically a faux pas