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INEC hosts FOSIECOM, gives remark.

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The Hon. Chairman INEC, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu and members of the Commission received the Chairmen and executive members of the Forum of State Independent Electoral Commission of Nigeria (FOSIECOM) led by Chairman of FOSIECOM, Chief Barrister Jossy Chibundu Eze at INEC headquarters Abuja.

 

REMARKS BY THE CHAIRMAN, INDEPENDENT NATIONAL ELECTORAL COMMISSION (INEC), PROF. MAHMOOD YAKUBU, ON THE OCCASION OF A COURTESY CALL BY EXECUTIVE MEMBERS OF THE FORUM OF STATE INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONS (FOSIECOM) HELD AT THE INEC CONFERENCE ROOM, ABUJA, ON WEDNESDAY 22NDMAY 2024

 

Chairmen and other Executive Members of FOSIECOM

National Commissioners

The Secretary to the Commission

Other Senior Officials of the Commission

Members of the INEC Press Corps

Ladies and Gentlemen

 

1. I warmly welcome the Chairman of FOSIECOM, Chief Barrister Jossy Chibundu Eze who is also the Chairman of the Ebonyi State Independent Electoral Commission, as well as the other Executive Members of the Forum to INEC. This is not the first meeting between INEC and FOSIECOM since the inception of the Forum 18 years ago in 2006.

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2. Both INEC and SIECs are creations of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended). The conduct of Local Government elections is fundamental to the proper functioning of our democracy. In fact, Sections 153 and 197 of the Constitution establish INEC and SIECs as two distinct and independent bodies with powers under the Third Schedule Part I (F)(14-15) and Part II (B)[3-4] to organise, undertake and supervise elections. While SIECs are responsible for the conduct of Local Government elections for Chairmen and Councillors, INEC conducts all other executive and legislative polls from presidential and governorship to national and State legislative elections. Our mandates are therefore clearly defined by the Constitution. However, INEC is also empowered by Section 98 of the Electoral Act 2022 to conduct Local Government or Area Council elections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

3. Realising our shared responsibility for the conduct of democratic elections in Nigeria and the challenges faced by SIECs in carrying out their mandates, INEC encouraged the establishment of FOSIECOM in a genuine effort to foster partnership for credible elections in Nigeria. Over the years, attempts were made to encourage the SIECs to maintain their independence. We signed an MoU under which assistance in the form of training, provision of some facilities, institutionalisation of the culture of planning through the development of a strategic plan, holding regular meetings with stakeholders, encouraging the SIECs to participate in our retreats and accrediting their officials to observe our elections. We also established the joint INEC/FOSIECOM consultative Committee headed by a National Commissioner. All these initiatives were proposed and undertaken in the firm belief that by working together, the 36 SIECs will leverage on the experience of INEC for a progressive improvement in the conduct of Local Government elections in Nigeria.

3. Unfortunately, the conduct of Local Government elections in virtually all the States of the Federation has become mere coronation of candidates of the ruling parties. It is time to stop the coronation and conduct proper elections. State Governors should allow the SIECs to have greater capacity for independent action. Many of the SIECs have no functional offices in the Local Government Areas in their States and cannot recruit their own permanent staff. In some States, the SIECs are either not properly constituted, have no security of tenure or their critical functions have been taken over by government officials. Some SIECs are only constituted on the eve of elections and dissolved thereafter. They are also severely under-resourced to the extent that some of them rely on INEC even for basic facilities such as ballot boxes and voting cubicles.

4. Consequently, many Nigerians mistake the SIECs for INEC. Indeed, even some of the stakeholders, including candidates for Local Government elections, call them State INEC. This situation has forced us to reconsider some aspects of our relationship with the SIECs. Our support is now largely restricted to the voters’ register as provided by the Constitution. INEC cannot shoulder its own extensive responsibilities and at the same time extend almost limitless support to other independent electoral commissions for elections outside our mandate across the country from our lean Federal budget.

5. INEC is not unaware of the ongoing discussions about the future of elections for the 774 Local Government Chairmen as well as Councillors representing the 8,809 electoral wards in Nigeria. However, under the extant law, the 36 SIECs are responsible for the election of 768 Local Government Chairmen and 8,747 Councillors, making a total of 9,515 constituencies. INEC conducts elections for the 68 constituencies in the FCT made up of 6 Area Council Chairmen and 62 Councillors, including bye-elections as they arise.

6. It has been our earnest hope that the elections conducted by INEC in the FCT will provide a model for Local Government elections across the country. In spite of the challenges encountered, there has been a progressive improvement in the conduct of the Area Council Elections in the FCT. There is security of tenure for Chairmen and Councillors which is now four years. There are no caretaker committees as elections are held regularly. There is plurality in electoral outcomes as no single party has ever won elections in all the constituencies in the Area Councils. Happily, the Electoral Act 2022 that now governs the conduct of national and Area Council elections also applies to Local Government elections nationwide. This has been made possible by the efforts of INEC arising from earlier discussions with FOSIECOM on the imperative of a model law to govern the conduct of Local Government elections across the country.

7. I therefore appeal to FOSIECOM to take the bull by the horns. While there are legal and financial constraints to your operations, your independence does not necessarily draw from statutory or financial provisions alone. The courage with which you discharge your obligation to protect the integrity and credibility of elections is the most important determinant of success. There are no shortcuts to the discharge of this enormous responsibility.

8. I want to reassure you that INEC will continue to work with you to push the boundaries of electoral reform. Working together, we should continue to explore all avenues under the law to improve the conduct of Local Government Elections in Nigeria. However, you should always bear in mind that INEC and other stakeholders can only help you, but there must be a determination on your part to do the needful.

9. We appreciate this visit and look forward to a robust discussion on the way forward.

10. I thank you and may God continue to bless our efforts.

 

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A church wedding is just an owambe – Reno Omokri.

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You had a wedding in church. You did not have a marriage. What you did in church is not better than an owambe. It is not even necessary. A marriage is a family affair. That is why, in almost every country on Earth, marriage is under family law. Please assume I am lying age fact-check me.

No priest, pastor or reverend has ANY business with marriage. Once your family accepts the union, you are married. It is only the girl’s father that has authority to say, ‘I now pronounce you husband and wife’. Any church doing that is just an interloper. From there, you simply have to register it in a marriage registry.

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A church marriage is just an uneconomical use of money. It is not unnecessary. The word church is even unknown to the original Scripture and Bible. I know that many of us, as Black people, are fond of reading one thing and understanding another. I am not saying that the word church is not in your English translation of the Bible. What I am telling you is that it is not in the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek Scriptures and Bible.

The actual Koine Greek word used is Ekklesia, which simply means gathering.

The word church is a European invention. It is from their culture. It has NOTHING to do with Yeshua, who never entered a church, cathedral, basilica, abbey, or any similar edifice throughout His life on Earth.

Yeshua (Jesus) worshipped at a synagogue and attended a marriage ceremony at a house. Yeshua (Jesus) was invited as a guest. He was not an officiating priest. There is nothing like an officiating priest. Any priest who officiates at a wedding is serving his church, not God. Read it yourself in John 2:2, which says:

“Yeshua himself and his disciples were invited to the wedding banquet.”

Your African traditional marriage is acceptable. It is not evil. It is not heathen or uncivilised. Marriage is part of the Fifth Commandment, to “Honour thy father and thy mother”. You honour them by marrying in their house and under their authority.

That is why Scripture in Genesis 24:67 says:

“Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife.”

If your parents are dead, then you can marry in your own house, which is why Scripture says in 2 Samuel 11:27 that:

“David had her brought to his house, and she became his wife.”

Read Scripture and the Bible for yourself. Organised religion from Europe is not better than organised crime from the same Europe.

The Catholic, Anglican, and other European Churches have historically killed more people than the Italian and Sicilian Mafia. It is not even close.

But you will see their brainwashed, mind-controlled minions come under this post and regurgitate dogma (church doctrine) and philosophy in defence of those who programmed their minds.

 


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Lyrics of ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’

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Lyrics of ‘Nigeria We Hail Thee’

Nigeria, we hail thee,

Our own dear native land,

Though tribe and tongue may differ,

In brotherhood, we stand,

Nigerians all, and proud to serve

Our sovereign Motherland.

Our flag shall be a symbol

That truth and justice reign,

In peace or battle honour’d,

And this we count as gain,

To hand on to our children

A banner without stain.

 

O God of all creation,

Grant this our one request,

Help us to build a nation

Where no man is oppressed,

And so with peace and plenty

Nigeria may be blessed.

Unlike the anthem we’re used to, this one seems shorter, and we can bet that the students in schools are already learning the new anthem. You should get on board too.


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IGP MOURNS RETIRED DIG IBRAHIM LAMORDE

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The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, Ph.D., NPM, on behalf of the Officers and Men of the Nigeria Police Force deeply regrets to announce the passing of DIG Ibrahim Lamorde (retired), a distinguished officer and an exemplary leader. Born on December 20, 1962, in Mubi, Adamawa State, DIG Lamorde dedicated his life to public service and police, joining the Nigeria Police Force in 1986.

Throughout his illustrious career, DIG Lamorde rose through the ranks, serving with staunch professionalism. His integrity and dedication were evident in every role he undertook, culminating in his appointment as Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in 2011. During his tenure at the EFCC, DIG Lamorde was renowned for his steadfast stance against corruption. His leadership led to the successful prosecution of numerous high-profile cases and the recovery of substantial sums of looted funds.

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Upon concluding his service at the EFCC in 2015, DIG Lamorde continued his distinguished career in the Nigeria Police Force, eventually retiring as a Deputy Inspector General of Police in 2021 as the pioneer DIG for the Force Intelligence Department (FID). His career was characterized by an unyielding commitment to justice and the principles of professional policing.

The entire Nigeria Police Force mourns the loss of DIG Ibrahim Lamorde. His legacy as a dedicated officer and an anti-corruption crusader will continue to inspire future generations of police officers. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues during this challenging time. May his soul rest in peace.

 

 


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