Weekly review: Pandora Papers, state of emergency in Anambra, budget 2022 and much more …
The Pandora Papers, detailing how political elites disobey their country’s laws to avoid paying taxes, have been published; AGF Malami, on its own, threatened to impose a state of emergency in Anambra State; Buhari presented the 2022 budget to the National Assembly; The arrest of Chinwetalu Agu…
We’re reporting them and more as we review last week!
Peter Obi, Atiku, Stella Oduah, Tinubu, Others caught in Pandora’s web
The ‘Pandora Papers’, created by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) a nonprofit newsroom and a network of journalists centered in Washington, DC, have exposed a global tangle of political power and covert offshore finance and transactions.
The investigation which involved more than 600 journalists and more than 100 media organizations has already revealed the financial transactions of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, Russian President Imager Vladimir Putin and many others.
Pandora Papers investigation uncovered financial secrets, including those of politicians, former and former public officials, including the governor Atiku Bagudu from Kebbi State, former PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, APC leader, Senator Stella Oduah, London home of Gboyega Oyetola / Bola Tinubu, among others.
Peter Obi, Premium Times Fight
Peter Obi, in response to the Pandora Papers presentation by Premium Times, denied breaking any Nigerian law by engaging in secret companies operating in tax havens.
He said that nowhere in the article was he accused of any form of corruption, whether in the form of embezzlement of public funds or in any other way during and after his tenure as governor of the state. from Anambra.
Obi added that the post did not indicate that he had been engaged in illegal business ventures at any time.
But in a swift response, Premium Times accused the former bank executive of breaking Nigerian laws.
Describing Peter Obi’s transactions as opaque and illegal, the newspaper said the former government official tried to confuse the public.
Malami’s solo state of emergency and Buhari’s “denial”
Speaking on the election of Anambra and the security challenges, AGF Abubakar Malami said: “no possibility is excluded by the government in terms of guaranteeing the sanctity of our democratic order, in terms of guaranteeing the holding of our elections in Anambra, and you cannot exclude the possibilities of exclusion, including the possibility of declaration or state of emergency where it is established, in substance, that there is a failure on the part of the state government to ensure the sanctity of the security of life, property and property democratic order”.
Supporting Malami, Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed said: “Those who criticize the AGF on this, have they thought for a minute what would happen if the election did not take place in Anambra state on November 6? They must keep in mind that under our constitution a governor cannot spend an extra day beyond the four-year term. What will happen will be a constitutional crisis of immense proportions. “
Barely 24 hours after Malami threatened to impose a state of emergency on Anambra, Governor Willie Obiano visited President Buhari.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the meeting, Obiano told reporters Buhari disagreed.
Was Malami speaking alone or on behalf of the president? Time will tell us.
Buhari presents the 2022 Appropriation Bill
President Muhammadu Buhari presented to the National Assembly on Thursday the appropriation bill estimated at 6.258 billion naira for 2022.
While acknowledging the concerns of some Nigerians about his administration’s level of borrowing, Buhari said the government debt level is still within sustainable limits.
Buhari said his government has used the loans to finance critical development projects and programs aimed at improving the economy and ensuring efficient delivery of public services to Nigerians.
Biafra: the army passes Chinwetalu Agu to the DSS
The Nigerian military on Thursday arrested veteran Nollywood actor Chinwetalu Agu for allegedly inciting the public against the government and seeking support from the outlawed indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
The actor was released the next day but was turned over to the State Department, which later vowed to let “justice prevail.”
The quiet return of Bola Tinubu
The national leader of the Congress of All Progressives, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, returned to the country on Friday.
Tinubu, who had spent nearly three months in the UK, was received by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
In a statement from his media office, the former governor of Lagos admitted to having undergone surgery on his right knee.
That will be all for this week! Next week is another time.