Minister Fashola’s (Un)diplomatic writing By MARTINS OLOJA

BRF must concentrate on his portfolio and talk or write to the people on his responsibility. -- 
Before we are carried away by the profound article the Minister of Works, Housing & Power, Babatunde Raji Fashola wrote in most serious newspapers this week on “Buhari is building a global network of friendships for Nigeria”, it is pertinent to draw the super minister’s attention to an ancient saying that all things that are lawful and possible are not expedient, after all. In fact, a particular ancient guru, a prolific one for that matter had written in this context: “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are expedient. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any”. The essence of this saying is that some conditions or practices are actually permissible but not all the issues are in public interest in the end.

In other words, the article by Minister Fashola is very well researched and has threatened to answer some questions concerning the president’s frequent trips whose answers have been blowing in the wind. But the flip side is that there is no relationship between the minister’s omnibus schedules and the content of the article on the president’s controversial diplomatic shuttles. I mean the former governor of Lagos state has been unequally yoked with some inter-ministerial issues that his colleagues should have been allowed to handle. What this means in effect is that the officers who have had the responsibility of gathering the huge data for the journal article should be queried by their principal for sleeping on duty or for showing gross operational inefficiency.

Drama in CCT: Umar orders police to ‘throw out’ Saraki’s lawyer

There was mild drama at the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) on Thursday, as the CCT Chairman, Danladi Umar, refused to hear the motion filed by counsel of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on his (Umar) alleged bias.

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Buhari’s government Is losing direction, says group

By Eniola Daniel   

                                         President Muhammadu Buhari
The Buhari-led government received a low rating yesterday, as some acclaimed supporters of the government have accused the government of derailing from its original visions.
Some of the supporters, who made the assertion yesterday during the maiden edition of the state of the nation town hall meeting organised by Change Vigilantes, a pro-Buhari group, in Lagos, stated that the government needed to be helped to reverse itself from the wrong direction.
Those who spoke at the event listed various challenges facing the country to include corruption, epileptics power supply, unemployment, bad economy, after almost one year the government of President Muhammadu Buhari came into power.
Chairman of Change Vigilantes, Dr Ope Banwo, said Buhari should not be allowed to fall into the same situation former President Goodluck Jonathan fell into when his supporters refused to tell him the truth.
“I am one of those people spending their money and energy fighting for Buhari’s government,” Banwo said, adding “right now am not happy with the direction the country is taking in different area” of the administration.
“They say those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat the mistakes of history. So the government must learn from the mistakes of the previous administration. One of those things that led to the downfall of the Jonathan’s administration was that those who sincerely believed in the government never told the former president the truth until it was too late, and that is one of the things we are determined will never happen with the change government.
I do not need to prove my commitment to the Buhari government because I have been a die-hard Buharist even before the election, touring places to ensure the success of the president at the election.
“We felt that the government is losing direction. So, as part of my own way to make sure the government never derail from its change mantra, we continue to call on the government, spending our resources to make sure he is on the right track.”
On corruption, Banwo said: “the government is doing well, but the government performance on employment is poor. The president must be reminded that he promised 740,000 jobs in first year, but we got more than 740,000 layoffs.”
On her part, President and Founder, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CAFON) Mrs. Sola Salako said: “I would rate the government as being fair, but after one year, we are not where we are expected to be.”

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