President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, has described the statement purportedly issued by the military’s high command warning state governors against criticizing its handling of insecurity as unfortunate.
Wabba in a statement issued to journalists said the Congress’ first response was to doubt that such a statement actually came from the high command.
He said it would be regrettable if such emanated from an institution that is supposed to be under the sovereignty of the people.
While saluting the gallantry and sacrifice of members of the Armed Forces, he stressed that no person or institution is beyond constructive criticism especially by the people such claim to serve.
“It has come to the notice of the Nigeria Labour Congress strenuous efforts by some faceless groups to politicize, discredit, discourage and demobilize credible, progressive, and patriotic voices speaking out courageously on the rising insecurity across the country.
“Even the blind knows that the resurgence of insecurity in the country has taken very extreme dimensions.
As we noted in our recent press statement on insecurity in Nigeria, many communities in the North East and North West geopolitical zones of Nigeria have been deserted for a long time owing to the prevailing insecurity.
“The lives of our fellow compatriots, many of whom are workers, have been turned into a living hell due to the protracted security challenge in the country.
So, many lives, families, dreams and prospects have been torn apart and many citizens have been inflicted with scars that may never heal throughout their lifetime. And some people want Nigerians to be quiet.
No way! “Under this democratic dispensation, no person carries the weight of the expectations, hopes and aspirations of the people than their elected leaders.
Any attempt to belittle or dismiss their mandate would be tantamount to undermining the will of the Nigerian people, our democratic foundations and our sovereignty as a state.”
He however, warned “meddlesome interlopers whose stock in trade is to sing for attention or to perform for the highest bidder to cease and desist from aggravating Joy Obakeye and Andrew Orolua Ukpono Ukpong, Abuja free from their blood,” he said.
“The church works on the pattern delivered by God not the pattern of man. Government has no power to appoint people over churches. This is a secular nation.
The church is the greatest asset of God in this country. Please be warned. Judgment is coming. The Lord says I have been still but now I will arise. Anybody that is in this deal is taking poison.
This will never work. I am waiting for a day when anybody will appoint a trustee over this church… You can’t gag anybody. We own this country together. “‘I am 51 years old in this thing (Christianity). Don’t try it.
I have been with Jesus for some time and I am sent as a prophet to nations. “You don’t know the strength of any man until you molest his wife. The cheapest way for a leader to lose respect is to insult the wife of his worker.
He will tell you to take your job and insult you thoroughly. “In fact, they said they would appoint managers. So, they can appoint occultists to be managers of church affairs when we are alive.
Don’t try it when this crude prophet is alive, when all the sons of the prophets are alive, don’t try it. This is timely advice.” But tweeting about the Act, Orji Uka, Senior Associate at Africa Law Practice (ALP), said: “Two weeks ago I had to correct a widespread mischaracterisation of the concept of waiver of sovereign immunity.
Today I see myself again forced to discuss the 2020 CAMA. So far the reviews I have read appear not to be from a standpoint of legal knowledge but pure sensationalism.
“To put my observations in perspective, it is vital to acknowledge that there is a near breakdown of trust of our leaders by the people and it must be said that the current admins (Federal & States) have not painted themselves in gold in terms of their regulatory legislations.
“But to hold the government to account or to take them to task when they have done wrong, we can’t afford to get it wrong ourselves or be guilty of sensationalism. Otherwise you throw them a lifeline, divert attention to your embellishments and cast doubt on your credibility.”
Also, Managing DirectorSages Consult Ltd and Managing Partner-Castalia Consultants at Sages Consult Ltd, Iyabo Awokoya, said what has been introduced in CAMA is normal.
“Incorporated Trustees have rules as to how many terms the leaders can serve and the number of years and these were contained in the Constitution. In those days, congregants who had courage and convictions sued the Trustees when infractions of the Constitution occurred.”
“I salute the National Assembly for a job well done. Why do the ‘heathens’ then rage against this provision that tells them to be accountable? Would anyone remove you as Trustee if there is no failure of accountability on your part? Why are those who should be above board angry?
“The spirit of God is an orderly spirit and not one that fights all things. The Spirit of God is the spirit of truth, of love. Don’t cheat your congregation and they won’t report you and if you can’t be accountable, get out of the Ministry.
I rest my case,” she said. An Abuja-based legal practitioner, Adejumo Adedoyin Marvin pleaded with critics of CAMA 2020 to allow the law to be tried out for some period. Marvin told Daily Times in Abuja that laws are meant to be socially engineering, dynamic, able to regulate human transactions and evolving.
He said there are very laudable sections as there are also some that generate reservations.
He said for instance, annual general meetings of companies can now be held through virtual conferences and members do not have to gather themselves in one particular conference room any more.
Marvin noted however that one reservation people have with the law is Part C that regulates public companies limited by guarantee.
According to him, before now, it takes the consent of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) to apply to register a company under Part C.
But now, consent needs to be sought from the Director General of CAC which is not proper. That power should be domiciled with the AGF.
Marvin said that what the law envisages is an introduction of competent hands in the management of companies and allowing them to engage experts and knowledgeable chief executive officers to take charge of daily affairs of the companies, not necessarily the owners who are funding them.
The hurt in the minds of many Nigerians especially those in the conflict zones who live everyday as if it is their last day.”
“Even when the corpse of another person resembles a log of wood, our humanity must evoke some sympathy with the suffering, the wounded and the grieving otherwise we would be worse than the dead.
“The Nigeria Labour Congress will not hesitate to expose those playing politics with the lives of ordinary Nigerians being wasted daily.
We once again call on Mr. President to rejig the security apparatus in the country. We need to try new tactics and new capable hands.
Enough of the bloodshed already! We refuse to be reduced to a land of blood, tears, misery, fears and pains. Nigerians will not be cowed!”
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