No President Will Say There Will Be No Banditry Next Year – Lai Mohammed
Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has stated that no president will declare no banditry next year.
This was remarked by Lai Mohammed in response to a query on whether the current security challenges would be resolved before President Muhammadu Buhari’s term ends in 2023.
At a news conference on Wednesday, December 15, Lai Mohammed responded to the question by saying:
“Nobody, I’m not sure any president will say by next year there will be no banditry. It is just like saying by next year, there will be no thief.
“But what is important is that they should judge us by our achievement. We’ve not thrown our hands in the air. There was a time they asked us to hire mercenaries, but our soldiers are doing their best in these circumstances.”
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In other news, Femi Falana, a senior lawyer and human rights activist, claims that President Muhammadu Buhari is hesitant to sign the election bill because his party’s prominent governors claim that running direct primaries will be too costly.
Falana, speaking at TheCable Colloquium on Wednesday, December 15, claimed that these governors are afraid of computerized voting because they know it will eliminate manipulation.
He pointed out that the president rejected a similar law in 2018 on the grounds that it was too near to the 2019 election, and that the same justification may be used again.
“The president is reluctant to give assent to the bill because the powerful governors in his party, the ruling party, are saying it is going to be much more expensive for them to run direct primaries.
“Therefore, throw away the baby and the bath water. But where they’re actually going is that those governors have not recovered from the shock of having electronic vote. They know manipulation will be reduced to the minimum.
“That’s why they are asking the president to throw away that bill. They aren’t saying take it back to the national assembly so that the area of direct primaries can be removed.
“The bill can be rejected only on one ground. The 2018 bill was rejected by the president on the ground that it’s too close to the 2019 election. Now, the president may also say signing this bill now may be too close to the election and might cause confusion.”