The House of Representatives on Tuesday deferred consideration on a bill proposing an increase in the educational qualification necessary for certain elective positions in Nigeria to a university degree or its equivalent. This initiative which was proposed by Deputy Whip Hon. Omowunmi Onanuga, was deferred following extensive debate regarding its advantages and drawbacks.
Titled “A Bill for an Act to Alter the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) to change the Educational Qualification for Elections into Certain Political Offices and for Related Matters,” the legislation was shelved with the House’s consent after much scrutiny.
During the discussion on the bill’s general principles, Onanuga underscored the importance of educational qualifications for political officeholders. She emphasized the strategic significance of roles such as state legislators, governors, federal legislators, and the president, advocating for a prerequisite of a university degree or its equivalent.
Contributing to the debate, Hon. Babajimi Benson expressed astonishment at the notion of aspiring to higher political offices without pursuing education beyond secondary school. He challenged opponents of the bill to justify their stance, questioning whether they advocate for educational advancement for their own children.
House Leader Hon. (Prof.) Julius Ihonvbare echoed sentiments favoring heightened qualifications for political roles in the modern era, emphasizing knowledge as a crucial asset. However, he suggested exempting local government positions from this requirement.
In contrast, Minority Whip Aliyu Madaki argued that leadership qualities surpass educational credentials, advocating for inclusivity in political participation. He cautioned against imposing restrictions based on educational background, emphasizing commitment to service as the paramount criterion.
Echoing similar sentiments, Hon. Bashir Usman Gorau and Hon. Ahmed Jaha cautioned against imposing stringent educational requirements that could disenfranchise less-privileged citizens. They stressed the importance of ensuring broad access to political participation regardless of academic qualifications.
Chief Whip Hon. Usman Bello Kumo underscored the need to uphold democratic principles of popular participation, advocating for the retention of the current constitutional provision requiring a school certificate or its equivalent for political officeholders.
Police Confirm, Speak On Assassination Of Anambra Community President General – Lifestyle Nigeria
The President General (PG) of Umuoji Community in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra, Silas Onyima, was tragically shot dead by suspected assassins at his country home on Friday night. The confirmation of his killing came from DSP Toochukwu Ikenga, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
According to Ikenga, no arrests had been made at the time of the incident. However, he assured that investigations were underway, with the police collaborating with locals to unravel the circumstances surrounding Onyima’s death and identify the perpetrators.
Emphasizing the urgency of the situation, Ikenga stated that police personnel had been deployed to Umuoji to maintain order and ensure the safety of the community members. He urged the people to remain calm while reassuring them that the police were taking all necessary measures to address the situation effectively.
The body of the deceased was recovered and subsequently deposited in the morgue following the tragic incident.
Onyima’s untimely demise adds to the grim tally of Presidents General of Communities who have met violent ends in Anambra. The list includes Chief Ike Okolo of Obosi Community, who was murdered in January 2023, and Chief Paul Chinedu of Nanka Community, who was killed in the presence of his family in October 2021.
Similarly, Francis Onwuachi, the President General of Omor Community, suffered a similar fate in March 2021, while Chief Anthony Igboka of Nimo was gruesomely murdered in April 2019. These incidents underscore the concerning trend of violence targeting community leaders in the region, raising questions about the overall security situation and the safety of those serving their communities in leadership roles.
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New Pressure For Arrest Of Islamic Cleric Who Placed Fatwa On Remi Tinubu – Lifestyle Nigeria
More pressure has emerged for the arrest of the Islamic cleric who issued a fatwa for the killing of First Lady, Remi Tinubu for being a Christian and an infidel.
In the latest development, the Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) has raised the alarm and called for urgent action against the Islamic preacher.
In a viral Update, the cleric condemned the Muslim/Muslim ticket of President Bola Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima, labeling it as a scam. Shockingly, he went further to declare that Mrs. Tinubu, as an “infidel,” should be put to death in accordance with the Quran, without providing any specific reference to support his claim.
Reacting to the cleric’s incendiary remarks and the fatwa on Remi Tinubu, YOWICAN in a communiqué following its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja at the weekend strongly condemned the cleric’s statements and called for swift action to address the situation before it escalates further.
Expressing concern over the potential impact on national security, YOWICAN emphasized the urgency of prosecuting the cleric and urged authorities to restrict him from preaching in Nigeria as a deterrent to others.
. reports that the call from the group follows earlier condemnations from several quarters including Senator Shehu Sani who rebuked the Islami Cleric over his call for the killing of the First Lady for being a Christian. Meanwhile, the security agencies have not reacted to the development.
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