5 Best Uses For Cucumber

Cucumber is not only one of the most popular vegetables in Nigeria, but also a powerful product for our health and beauty. Cucumber can be added to snacks, entrees, drinks and desserts, as well as be used in a variety of beauty recipes. Check out 5 best things to do with fresh cucumbers and buy fresh cucumbers from top Nigerian sellers on Jiji: https://jiji.ng/agriculture-and-foodstuff/cucumber.

1. Fight bad breath

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There are dozens of things that cause unpleasant odor from the mouth, including tooth decay and stomach problems, but the result is the lack of confidence and even attempts to avoid conversations with people because of bad breath. This is where cucumber can help you: its texture and appealing, slightly sweet taste and aroma help you forget about this problem. Cucumber is also very effective at eliminating strong odors like onion and garlic.

2. Cucumber ice cream

5 Best Uses For Cucumber

Ice cream is a favorite summer dessert for Nigerians of all ages, but regular cream-based and sugar-heavy ice cream may not be the best choice for people keeping to a diet. Luckily, with the help of cucumber and a few other ingredients like mint you can make a batch of fresh ice cream or sorbet in a matter of minutes! This kind of ice cream will be much more refreshing than the regular kind, not to mention its health value!

3. Make a wonder toner

5 Best Uses For Cucumber

Toning your skin is an important part of the beauty routine, and you can make it even more healing with the help of homemade cucumber toner. Since it doesn’t contain any alcohol or chemical additives, it’s the best choice for sensitive skin. It’s better to make this toner in small doses. For one small bottle of toner, blend together peeled cucumber, witch hazel, and 2 tbsp distilled water. Store the toner in a fridge for several weeks.

4. Cucumber mojito

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Another fantastic way to get some refreshment on a hot summer day without the extra calories of fruit juices and soda drinks is a fun twist on a classic mojito recipe. This one is alcohol-free, which makes it a perfect drink for the whole family. First make a mint syrup out of mint leaves, water, and sugar. Next, combine sliced cucumber and lime with the mint syrup, sparkling water, and ice. Now it’s ready to be served!

5. Eliminate cellulite

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Cellulite is one of the biggest enemies for women during the bikini season, but among all treatments for this issue, the most affordable and natural one is the humble cucumber. The nutrients contained in cucumbers tightens your skin thanks to the effect on skin collagen, so just rub a slice or two of cucumber onto your problem areas before leaving for the beach.

Fani-Kayode Threatens To Reveal How Former NSA Andrew Azazi Was Killed

The former minister of aviation Femi Fani-Kayode on Monday, March 13, promised to reveal how the former national security adviser Andrew Azazi was killed in a plane crash.

Fani-Kayode said he believes that the Synagogue, Church Of All Nations (SCOAN) founded by Pastor T. B Joshua was remotely brought down by a control device and not a faulty foundation as widely claimed.

On a Facebook post made on Monday, Fani-Kayode said he has been researching on the circumstance and forces behind both incident and will soon reveal his findings.

He also said the same people who perpetrated these acts – the fifth columnists in former president Goodluck Jonathan’s intelligence agencies – are now after the founder of Omega Fire Ministries Apostle Johnson Suleman.

Recall that Azazi was killed on December 15, 2015, alongside the Kaduna state governor Ibrahim Yakowa and four others in a naval plane crash in Okoroba village, Bayelsa state.

They were on their way back to the Port Harcourt AIrport from the funeral of Oronto Douglas’ father in Bayelsa state.

Subsequently, on September 12, 2014, a guest house housed by T. B Joshua’s church popularly known as the Synagogue collapsed in Ikotun-Egbe area of Lagos state.

Hundreds of worshipers were killed in the incident which the founder was remotely control after an helicopter was seen hovering above the church building.

Below is the full post made by Fani-Kayode:

“There are strong speculations that Prophet TB Joshua’s Church was brought down by a remote control device and not a faulty foundation.

There are strong speculations that General Azazi and Gov. Yakowa’s helicopter was brought down by a similar device and by the same people and not by pilot error.

I intend to write more on both of these terrible events later and I have almost completed my research.

For now I will say this much: it appears that those behind both events were fifth columnists in President Goodluck Jonathan’s intelligence agencies and they were inspired, sponsored and encouraged by certain forces from outside government.

The objective was to weaken Jonathan and ultimately to get him out of power.

It appears that the same group are now after Apostle Suleman for daring to challenge their friends in high places and for taking on those that they are using to commit mass murder, genocide and other hideous crimes.

Nigerians pray hard and beware!

Inner Galaxy Group Commits to Nigeria’s Steel Industry Development

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The Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Inner Galaxy Group, Mr. Andy Lu, has restated his company’s determination to support Nigeria to become an important regional player in steel development, as a catalyst for the country’s overall industrial development.

Mr. Lu observed that at Nigeria’s current stage of development as a country’s, the steel industry is very vital.

According to him, “the steel industry is the backbone of industrial revolution, because all the construction needed as part of infrastructure improvement will largely ride on the back of the steel industry”. He continued “even machinery in the production process, the automotive industry and most other industries will be supported by the steel industry”.

Mr. Lu who was speaking with newsmen in Lagos recently pointed out that his group’s appreciation of the future of Nigeria is the reason “we are investing heavily even now that many other foreign investors are leaving the country”.

He pointed out that two subsidiaries of the Inner Galaxy Group, namely Hongxing Steel Company Ltd based in Amuwo Odofin, in Lagos State and Inner Galaxy Steel Company based in Abia State, are major players in the steel industry and West Africa.

According to him “our factory in Abia State is the largest steel company in the whole of West Africa”. The factory will soon be commissioned, will be able to supply much of the steel needs of Nigeria and many of her West African neighbours.

The Inner Galaxy Group is one of the leading Chinese companies playing in the real sector of Nigeria’s economy. Its subsidiaries include Hongxing Steel Company Ltd; Inner Galaxy Steel Company Ltd; Inner Galaxy Ship Scrapping Company Ltd; Jiuxing Integrated Industries Ltd; and Paramount Gas Co., Ltd.

Hongxing Steel Company Expresses Faith in Nigeria

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One of the leading  companies in West Africa, the Hongxing Steel Company Limited, with head office in Amuwo Odofin, Lagos State, has renewed its faith in the future of Nigeria, saying the country has the potential to become a leading world economy in the next few years.

According to Mr. Andy Lu, Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Inner Galaxy Group, of which Hongxing is a subsidiary, despite the country’s current challenges, it has the in-built resilience, not only to survive but also to come out stronger.

Mr. Lu made the remarks recently in his address at an event in Lagos in honour of the staff of the company who had put in long years of service and those who excelled in their various departments at the end of 2016.

Mr. Lu said that “all countries that are currently prosperous, at one time or another, passed through trying times.”

According to him, “ Nigeria of today is at a stage that China was just a few years ago. China was able to overcome those challenges and is today the world’s second largest economy”. He therefore encouraged Nigerians to remain steadfast and focus on building a strong nation.

He also pointed out that his company, the Inner Galaxy Group was positive about Nigeria’s future and that was why the company was building the largest steel factory in West Africa in their complex located in Abia State.

Independence Day: FG Declares Public Holiday On Monday

In order to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Nigeria’s independence, the federal government has declared Monday, October 3 as a public holiday.

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Traditionally, the anniversary and holiday is supposed to be celebrated on October 1 but being a weekend, it was moved to Monday.

Vanguard reports that in a statement sighed on Thursday, September 29 by Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido who is the acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Interior, the federal government congratulated Nigerians.

The statement read: “The Minister of Interior, Lt Gen (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, while making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulates Nigerians at home and abroad on the commemoration of this year’s independence anniversary and assures them that Government is working assiduously to put in place various palliative measures to cushion the effects of the current economic challenges.

“The minister enjoins all Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari in his avowed determination to build a strong, virile and united country in line with the dream of the country’s founding fathers.”

APC Candidate, Godwin Obaseki Wins Edo Governorship Election

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Godwin Obaseki, the All Progressives Congress (APC) party candidate in the gubernatorial election in Edo State, has won the contest in the two-way race with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), winning most of the votes.

Pastor Ize-Iyamu of the PDP came second in the votes collated and announced by INEC.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, announcing collated results across the state, said APC won 13 of the state’s 18local government areas.

Details to follow…

Assets sale: PENGASSAN, TUC threaten to shut down Nigeria

Fidelis Soriwei, Everest Amaefule, Okechukwu Nnodim and ’Femi Asu

Oil workers, under the aegis of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria, have threatened to shut down the country should the Federal Government carry out its plan to sell national assets to augment revenue shortfall.

Also, the Trade Union Congress on Sunday said it would join PENGASSAN to shut down the country if the government remained adamant on its plan to sell some national assets.

PENGASSAN, in a statement on Sunday by its National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Emmanuel Ojugbana, said the government should look into other ways to increase its revenue base while plugging loopholes and leakages in government’s finances.

The union, which described the plan to sell the national assets as a self-destructive move for Nigeria, said, “The plan meant to solve short-term financial obligations is targeted at handing over our collective wealth to a few individuals and further impoverish the rest of our countrymen and women.”

It said government at all levels should pump money into the economy through the execution of capital projects and payment of workers’ salaries to revive the economy.

PENGASSAN said it would not sit back and watch the sale of national assets, especially those in the oil and gas industry, such as the Nigeria LNG that had become a huge revenue-earner for Nigeria; refineries and shares in the upstream oil and gas JV operations being shared among those in power and their cronies.

It said, “Any attempt to sell these national assets will be met with stiff resistance from the association, as PENGASSAN will galvanise every support, including that of our sister union and labour centres to shut down this country by ensuring that every activity in the oil and gas sector is brought to a complete halt.

“Some opportunists in the clothes of businessmen and short-sighted politicians had earlier advocated the sale of public assets such as the NLNG, four state-owned refineries, Nigeria’s stakes in the Africa Finance Corporation, the nation’s airports and reduction of government’s shares in upstream oil joint venture operations and this was approved by the National Economic Council.”

Reacting to the recent approval of the sale of the national assets by the NEC, Ojugbana said the sale of the assets would further compound the economic and security problems in the country.

He added, “They should tell us what will happen after the recession if we have sold the assets to greedy individuals. Will the country go cap in hand begging those individuals who bought the assets and borrowing from them?”

He said the plan “is ill-timed and unwarranted as it does not serve national interest,” adding that no nation could develop, survive or feel secure after selling all its national assets.”

PENGASSAN stated, “Doing this will further mortgage the future of our great country in the hands of few cabals. These individuals are just looking for advantage to further loot the country through illegal acquisition of the national assets as in the case of various oil blocks held by a few powerful Nigerians.

“The sale of national assets is not only surprising but also embarrassing for a nation experiencing economic recession. The proponents of the sale of national assets are those who have been actively involved in the operations of the nation’s economy in the past. They were part of those responsible for the country’s current economic situation.”

According to him, such sales in the past, including the power and steel sectors privatisation, are just a shift from public monopoly to private monopoly, which has further worsen those sectors.

“It is, therefore, the candid position of PENGASSAN that such a plan should be thrown into the trash bin. Government should continue to seek better ways to address the present economic challenges and reduce areas of wastage. The long overdue calls for diversification of the economy should be driven with all seriousness; more action is required urgently than propaganda mechanism,” he said.

The President of the TUC, Mr. Bala Kaigama, said on the telephone on Sunday that the Congress would collaborate with the two major unions in the oil sector because the planned sale of the assets was flawed.

He noted that if those who invested in the assets had sold them, the current administration would not have met them.

Kaigama said, “We will solidarise with them. You cannot sell vital assets like that. You don’t. If those who invested in the assets had sold them, would they have met them?

“Of course, these business people, who are saying sell and sell, let them pay the appropriate taxes. Those people who are not paying the appropriate taxes, let them pay the appropriate taxes and money will accrue to the Federal Government.

“TUC will solidarise with NUPENG and PENGASSAN to shut down the country.”

The Nigeria Labour Congress, on its own, said while it would take necessary steps on the issue, it had not taken the decision to shut down the country.

The General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, stated on Sunday that the congress would inform Nigerians when the decision was taken.

Ozo-Eson added, “No. We are a democratic organ; we have our processes. We have not taken a decision; when we take a decision, we will let the country know.

“If individual unions have announced, we have no quarrel with that. We are opposed to it (assets sale) and we will take the necessary steps. We have not yet taken that decision of shutting down the country or whatever. We will inform the nation when we take that decision.”

Selling national assets signifies panic, says don, activist

Also, a frontline economist and Executive Chairman, African Centre for Shared Development Capacity Building, Prof. Olu Ajakaiye, has said selling national assets because of the current economic recession in the country will amount to taking a panicky measure.

In an interview with one of our correspondents on Sunday, Ajakaiye said rather than selling national assets in a hurry, the government should undertake a comprehensive study of the funding gaps required to bail the nation out of recession in order to determine the best step possible.

He stated, “The highly publicised Medium Term Expenditure Framework and similar basically financial programming tools do not contain specific screened, selected and prioritised projects and programmes to which Nigerians can relate. Resource gap determined from such tools can be dangerously misdirecting and can create unnecessary panic. Sale of assets in a panic situation like was done carelessly during the late 1980s should not be repeated.

“If the resource gap includes recurrent, sale of assets to close such gap will be inappropriate because it is tantamount to consuming capital and that will be irresponsible. Moreover, what happens when the proceeds of the sale is exhausted? What are we going to sell to pay the next salary, for example?

“If the resource gap is exclusively due to bona fide capital projects that have been properly screened, selected and ranked in order of priority based on their direct and indirect contributions to national development goals, alternative financing options should be carefully considered. The first step is to surgically consider cutting excesses and illegitimate as well as unreasonable components of recurrent expenditure.”

Ajakaiye said the personnel cost component of government should be cleaned up by sustaining and generalising ongoing application of technology to eliminate all forms of impurities in the system including ‘ghost’ workers.

He argued that no attempt should be made to retrench workers, saying this would be inconsistent with the goal of reducing unemployment and legitimately reflating the economy.

He added that salaries and allowances of political and public office holders should be drastically reviewed downwards.

Ajakaiye said, “This is consistent with the slogan of Change Begins With Me. Change should begin with those at the top. The Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation and Fiscal Commission should quickly propose such reductions so as to make it mandatory. Very few political and public office holders followed the example of the President and Vice-President because it is optional.”

A civil rights activist, Imma Okochua, said savings from the removal of petrol subsidy as well as monies recovered from looted public funds should be used to fund gaps in government resources.

He said, “If the recession was caused by the fall in oil price and especially by the reduced production and exportation due to militancy, why don’t you solve the militancy problem? Is it impossible to solve?

“When you have sold our national assets and we have consumed the proceeds, or the government has squandered it, and oil prices remain low and the militants remain undefeated or persuaded, what will the government do? Will they sell us to the highest bidder?”

He urged the government to ensure that it made effective use of the N50 stamp duty it was collecting from payments into current accounts.

 

SERAP sues FG over Patience Jonathan’s $15m

A rights advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, said it had sued the Federal Government for its failure to initiate criminal proceedings against the wife of former President Goodluck Jonathan, Patience, in relation to the $15m traced to bank accounts belonging to her.

The group said in a statement on Sunday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbi Mumuni, that it resorted to suing the Federal Government after its request for Patience’s prosecution was ignored by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

In the said suit marked, FHC/L/CS/1318/2016, SERAP is seeking an order of mandamus, compelling the AGF to immediately file a criminal charge against Patience for what the group termed illicit enrichment.

It argued that the AGF was bound by Section 174 of the constitution to prosecute anyone found to have contravened any law enacted by the National Assembly.

It stressed that the failure of the AGF to prosecute Patience was at variance with the rule of law binding on all citizens.

SERAP said, “The Attorney General of the Federation has failed, neglected and or refused to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against Mrs. Dame Patience Jonathan over the $15m unexplained wealth frozen in her accounts.

“Obedience to the rule of law by all citizens, but more particularly those who publicly took oath of office to protect and preserve the constitution, is a desideratum to good governance and respect for the rule of law. In a democratic society, this is meant to be the norm; it is an apostasy for government to ignore the provisions of the law and the necessary rules made to regulate matters.

“Mrs. Jonathan is a politically-exposed person under anti-corruption standards. She is also covered under the definition of ‘public officials’ contained in the UN Convention against Corruption to which Nigeria is a state party. Under Article 2 of the convention, public officials include Mrs. Jonathan or any other family members of former President Goodluck Jonathan who exercised official duties while he was President.”

SERAP is urging the court to declare that Malami’s refusal to file a criminal charge against Patience was in conflict with his constitutional mandate as well as the provisions of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

The court has yet to fix a date for the hearing of the suit.

Police arrest SARS officer for killing undergraduate

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The police have arrested the Special Anti Robbery Squad officer who fired the shot that killed an undergraduate of a polytechnic in Edo State, Joseph Eidonojie-Ugbeni.

PUNCH Metro learnt that the suspect was nabbed on Friday shortly after PUNCH Metropublished the report.

Our correspondent had reported that some SARS officers, who were chasing a suspected Internet fraudster at the Ogoja Market along LASU-Igando Road, had started shooting sporadically.

The bullet was said to have hit 20-year-old Joseph in the head, while his cousin, Friday Ojah, fled to avoid been killed.

Ojah had told our correspondent that the policemen took Joseph’s corpse and dumped it in the boot of the fraudster’s car, before driving away to the command headquarters in Ikeja, Lagos.

It was gathered on Sunday that the officer that fired the shot had been arrested and taken to the scene of the incident.

A source said, “He was arrested on Friday and taken in handcuffs to the place where the incident happened.”

A legal practitioner and friend of the victim’s family, Saheed Sanni, said the family had decided to petition the Inspector-General of Police on the case to demand justice for the victim.

It was learnt that the suspected fraudster,Badoo, who the officers were allegedly chasing on the day of the incident, had reported at the command headquarters.

A source said the suspect had been detained.

He said, “Badoo lives in that community and is popular; the SARS officers also know him. He was not their target that day. They had actually conducted a raid and arrested some people. They were leaving when they sighted him in his car. They called his name and he quickly abandoned his car and fled.

“He had just returned from the bank that day. Badoo had travelled to South Africa and had recently returned to the community.”

The victim’s father, Patrick Eidonojie-Ugbeni, demanded justice for the son.

He said, “The Badoo they were chasing showed up on Friday at the SARS office with his lawyer and parents. I met the Officer-in-Charge of SARS as well. They shot my son in the head and they claimed that he had a gun and that they shot him in self-defence. How is that possible when he was shot in the head from behind? All I want now is that the police should release the post-mortem result and the police report on the incident.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Dolapo Badmos, said the case had been transferred to the homicide section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation.

She said, “The state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, has directed that the case be investigated by the homicide section. We will come out with the full report at the conclusion of investigation.”

Condemnation greets purchase of bulletproof cars for govs, wives

Apart from corruption that has crippled Nigeria’s economy, another cankerworm that is devouring our nation’s treasury is the extravagant lifestyles of public office holders. The public officers do not show restraint in the usage of public resources as far as their pleasure and that of their families is in concerned. They are schooled in the art and science of ensuring maximum enjoyment of office to the detriment of the majority of the citizens. Their ostentatious lifestyles defy logic and commonsense.

This issue started long ago but regrettably the present government has not shown any sign that it would change the culture. Apart from the judiciary, the other two arms of government have always displayed their appetite for pleasure and comfort even when the economy is bleeding. At the beginning of this administration, the senators scorned the people by purchasing SUVs at a unit price of above N35m; that happened at a time the signs were obvious that the economy was not healthy. When questions were asked, their explanations were that these expensive cars were necessary for their oversight functions. What is painful about their decision was that it happened when experts were warning that Nigeria’s economy was heading for a fall. The lawmakers, at national and state levels, have continued in that fashion. These things are happening in a country where an average individual cannot afford a decent accommodation or a square meal.

The executives, both at the national and state levels, are in a world of their own. The worst are the governors, especially those from the South-East and South-South. What is heartbreaking is that these governors owe arrears of salaries of close to a year in some cases. They are eager to advise workers and citizens to tighten their belts, whereas their own belts enjoy abnormal elasticity.

Nigerians should take the destiny of this country into their hands. They should take an unusual step/s to flush out the parasites.  Lawmakers that need to be recalled should be recalled while chief executives that require impeachment should be impeached. The majority cannot afford to be wallowing in poverty and squalor while the minority lives in opulence. Monday Ubani (Vice-President, Nigerian Bar Association)

Salvaging the sinking economy requires absolute sacrifice and self-denial by public office holders. We cannot get a different result by doing the same thing the same way. Also, we cannot continue to circulate the same set of people whose obsolete and primordial ideas have yielded nothing other than an economic recession.

The practice where public officers shield themselves and their wives in bulletproof cars is nothing but a needless display of extravagance and affluence in a society where the larger population suffers untold hardship. If their policy framework and implementation gladden the minds of Nigerians, they would not need bulletproof cars to move about.

The change agenda of the current regime should be made total, starting from the top. State governors, after spending eight years wasting taxpayers’ money on bulletproof cars, proceed to the National Assembly with the same ostentatious disposition.

Whether we believe it or not, Nigeria has become a laughing stock in the global community. People are laughing at us because of our unserious leaders who cannot lead by example. We thought the presidential fleet would have been reduced to three by now. After all, we read of a country where the president moves around with a self-driven beetle car, a move borne out of stringent cost-saving measure. Despite the public outcry, the National Assembly members still went ahead to purchase extremely expensive SUVs. What a callous and insensitive decision! Now, the country is thinking of selling national assets to raise money to fund expensive governance. To get out of the recession, public officials should jettison their ostentatious living, cut their jumbo pay and entitlements and embark on selfless service. Adeleye Matthew (Public affairs commentator)

We cannot continue to tolerate lavish and wasteful spending of public resources. What I have come to realise is that public officers are so deceitful that what they tell the masses is, in most cases, the opposite of what they do. The current administration is not different. They live lavishly on taxpayers’ money while the people are neglected. That cannot be tolerated.

You cannot be moving around in expensive bulletproof cars to tell the people to tighten their belts. If we must make a sacrifice, everybody should be ready to adjust his lifestyle. As a matter of fact, sacrifice at a difficult time like this should start with the public officers.

Everybody must pay a price. But my worry is that they are not ready to join the masses in sacrificing for the good of the country. Why should they use taxpayers’ money to buy bulletproof cars at this hard time? Do their families know what it means to be hungry?

The truth is that nothing has changed. Rather, what the people are saying is that President Muhammadu Buhari should take Nigeria back to where it was last year when he assumed office. He has not changed anything. Rather, the suffering has multiplied. Our demand is simple; Buhari should take Nigeria to the state it was when he took over power.

It took Buhari six months to compose the current cabinet, which has turned out to be the worst cabinet we have ever had. And all they do is to waste the country’s resources on extravagant lifestyles. They talk too much but do nothing. I am not a card-carrying member of the Peoples Democratic Party or any other opposition party. But I speak as a Nigerian. This administration has increased the woes of Nigerians. Its deceit is enough. We want to see impacts, not excuses. Shettima Yerima (President, Arewa Youth Consultative Forum)

Wasteful spending is one of the things that have ruined the country. It is one issue that the current administration is trying to stop. But we would recall that some of these things started several decades ago, and many people have actually benefitted from them. So, they are difficult to stop.

Notwithstanding, Nigerians are not ready to tolerate such wastages. It is the responsibility of the current administration to stop all forms of wasteful spending. The All Progressives Congress-led administration must be held responsible because it came to power on the wings of the promise to change things. I am sure the administration would change the culture of bulletproof cars. Maybe we should give it some time to see what it would do.

What we have is a civil government. So, the President cannot direct that an existing practice be stopped without following due process and meeting with relevant stakeholders for dialogue. The government would take the change agenda step by step. We can only pray that the judiciary and other concerned institutions live up to the expectation. Nobody wants waste. Actually, it is immoral for a few people to live in affluence in a society where many cannot meet their basic needs.

Apart from the elite, which are not up to five per cent of the population, not many people live comfortably. The wasteful avenue should be blocked so that Nigeria would be able to utilise its resources for the good of the majority. There should be justice and fairness in the way we use national resources. Every form of corruption should be tamed. •Frank Kokori (Human rights activist/former labour leader)

I am not sure any sane person would encourage public officers to continue to continue in their extravagant lifestyles, including the use of expensive cars.

Why should the so-called leaders protect themselves at the detriment of those they govern?  Are their lives more precious? In a saner clime, the masses would revolt at the slightest display of ostentatious lifestyles by their leaders because the money they spend belongs to taxpayers.

The political leaders should put in more efforts at ensuring a more equitable distribution of our wealth. They should strive to create jobs in order to reduce unemployment. When they do that, the general society would be safer to live in. Doing this, to me, is a better security measure than buying bulletproof vehicles.

In my opinion, there should be a ban on the use of bulletproof cars by public officers with a few exceptions. Only the President, the Vice-President, governors, deputy governors and the leaders of the National Assembly should use bulletproof cars. This is because of the sensitive nature of their offices. But the relations of the listed public office holders should not be allowed have bulletproof cars. When we do this, public officers would see the need to ensure that the entire society is secured. Olugbenga Adimula (Financial analyst)

It is unfortunate that despite the current economic crisis our the country, some reckless leaders have not controlled their wasteful spending of public resources, looting, outright stealing, misappropriation and diversion of public funds. Much of the spending has nothing to do with public well-being or creating conducive socio-economic atmosphere for productive activities.

Their primitive accumulation of wealth leads to this unreasonable spending. Also, this is a result of electoral frauds. They do not win election through transparent and participatory process. So, they are always afraid of the people they claim to represent. If you won an election through a fair contest and carry out your responsibility, you would not be hiding in bulletproof cars. But you would be scared when you know you manipulated the people and the process.

Instead of investing in health care, education, infrastructure and sustainable jobs through transparent and accountable governance, public officers choose to spend public funds on bulletproof cars for themselves and their families. This clearly shows lack of vision and an appetite to abuse public office.

It is high time Nigerians resisted this primitive culture and insist on prudent management of public resources. Democracy is not a license for reckless spending and wastefulness. Even if there was no economic recession, we must not allow this shameful act of mismanagement and diversion of public fund in the name of security. Enough of irresponsible spending, enough of  expenditures that have no impact on the collective well-being of Nigerians.  •Auwal Rafsanjani (Executive Director, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre)