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BOMBSHELL! If Nigeria Didn’t Become Failed State Under Jonathan Despite Everything, It Won’t Under Buhari- Senate President (Details below)

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said it is impossible for Nigeria to become a failed state because of its security challenges.

In December 2020, Financial Times said Nigeria was “on the brink” of becoming a failed state.

The international business newspaper cited insecurity, stalled economic growth and weak institutions as some of the country’s biggest challenges.

On Friday, Nigerian governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the country is gradually moving towards becoming a failed state if the current trend of security challenges continues.

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Lawan, however, speaking on Saturday when he launched the 2021 empowerment programme to 2000 beneficiaries of Katsina central senatorial district, said those projecting Nigeria as a failed state “are missing the point”.

He said if the country did not become a failed state during the era of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, then it was impossible for it to fail now.

“Those who were saying that in the present circumstance caused by insecurity, that Nigeria could turn a failed State, approaching a failed State or may likely end up a failed State, are missing the point because Nigeria can never be a failed State,” Lawan said.

“Again they forget that when a state of emergency was declared in some parts of the North-East during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Nigeria did not turn a failed state, let alone the present.”

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The number three citizen called on all stakeholders to join hands with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to overcome the present challenges facing the nation.

DRAMA In Senate As Lawan Forces Abaribe To Withdraw Bill To Make Appointment Of Service Chiefs Independent

Edujandon.com had meanwhile, reported how the Senate recently erupted in a heated debate over a bill seeking the estabilshement of Armed Forces Service Commission.

Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who sponsored the bill, said the Commission would ensure that the composition and appointment of the service chiefs of the armed forces reflect federal character in a manner prescribed in section 217 (3) of the 1999 constitution.

Lawmakers, who backed the bill, argued that the bill stands on a very strong constitutional ground and also invited the Senate to exercise its constitutional rights.

Others, who opposed it, said the establishment of the Commission would politicise the armed forces, which, they argued, was dangerous for the peace and unity of the country.

After the debate, the bill were put to a voice vote by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

“The nays had it” Lawan banged the gavel.

Quickly, Abaribe stood up and cited order 73, which says that any Senator can challenge the ruling of the presiding officer. He therefore called for voting on the bill.

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But Lawan interjected and said the ruling was not his personal opinion. He said, “It is not my opinion that the nays had it. I didn’t rule inappropriately.”

But Abaribe insisted that it is his right to call for voting on the bill, saying, “I’m only saying give me my right and my right is that all our members should get up and vote.”

At this point, Senator James Manager (PDP, Delta) advised the Senate President to allow voting to take place.

After about seven minutes in limbo, the Senate went into a closed door session.

When the Senate reconvened, Lawan asked Abaribe to withdraw the bill and he did, saying he would review it and present it at a more appropriate time.

Appointment of service chiefs has come under critical scrutiny, especially since the assumption of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

Mr. Buhari is perceived as a highly sectional leader whose appointment does not ordinarily reflect the diversity of the Nigerian multi-ethnic and multi- religious standing.

There are also complaints that the composition of the National Security Council has over the years been heavily skewed to favour Mr. Buhari’s North.

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