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"Who Are You? Who Are You?" - Legislator To Keyamo

Now, I did not watch the proceedings of the House Ethics Committee hearing on the N2.3bn car deal with renowned lawyer Festus Keyamo on Wednesday.

However, I have just read an interesting piece covering the hearing here:

http://odili.net/news/source/2008/oct/30/709.html (see full story below)

Apparently, the hearing turned into a stormy verbal match between some legislators and the lawyer.

But of very interesting note in that story is the quote from a legislator to Keyamo:

This is in the House of Representatives - representatives of the Nigerian people, responsible for making laws! Any wonder why the country is in the state it is currently in, if those statements were indeed made, as reported?

Another worrying aspect is a comment attributed to the Chairman of the committee, Sani Saleh Minjibir:

Focusing on the portion I have put in bold, does it appear to you as if he has[b] ALREADY [/b]assumed that Keyamo, who had come to give evidence, was trying to get the worst from the legislators?

With public 'hearings' like this, we certainly don't need soap-operas in Nigeria.

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@Sky Blue - thank you.

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I just really don't even know how to even begin to respond to this sort of reasoning or statement. Who cares who the lawyer Keyamo wants to be like? Is that the issue at stake? Does wether or not he want to be like anybody automatically make his allegations null and void and lacking in substance? WOW! Is it so easy for us to lose sight of issues? Is that why Nigeria seems to keep on slipping backwards? Someone just said the house has something to answer in terms of corruption and accountability and instead of people to look at the substance and possible implications of such some are more interested in who the lawyer wants to be like? WOW. Talk about attacking a man who is telling you your house is on fire because you don't like the smell of his cologne; while your house continues to burn

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And I will join the Honourable members to ask Keyamo 'Who are you?' Every Nigerian Lawyer wants to be like Gani, and Keyamo is exploring every available means to make himself popular. He should watch his back. A slave should note that he will be buried the same way his colleagues were buried. Keyamo is becoming the nuisance that Gani once was.

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while i dont see keyamo as the next gani or falana either morally or otherwiseand also believe he is corrupt to an extent himself,the fact remains that he is still doing something to expose these people even if he has ulterior motives for doing so,he is doing something much more admirable which is sensitising us to the filth going on in the political class, he cant do it all by himself and rather than condemn him i think we should contribute our quota

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@subice you won't get any arguements from me on that issue. PDP does indeed seem to be one of the greatest threats to a non existent democracy in a nation whereby to simply question the reps is seen as being audacious

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Simply the class mentality attitude Niagrans posses

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Well, someone made the suggestion and I responded.

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Kobojunkie

Thanks for your reply.

But I do not think Nigerians are waiting on those outside to do anything.

What can they do?I say that without giving any offence.

But this is the first time Im hearing that Nigerians are waiting for those in diaspora to do anything.

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I am vexed at people living outside Nigeria?? Where in my post do you get that idea from though?? My post clearly shows that people should stop waiting on those outside to come SAVE them from the BAD politicians they keep electing into office and allowing to live and die in office.

I already vote where I am here. Do I have to come back to Nigeria as MESSIAH to the over 140 million people living there for things to change in that country?? The same person with the "NIGERIANS outside should come save us" mentality knows how to criticize everything western governments do as if they are there to SERVE his person. Why can he not do same and ACT as those in western cultures do, right where he is? No be the same democracy? OH WAIT!!! I remember, it is democracy hijacked by some goons, while the millions who live under it continue to walk around like the living-dead waiting for their MESSIAHS who live abroad to come save them?? Come on!!! roflmao!!

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Nemesis will soon catch up with all of them, i can't even blame them since judiciary seem to have been corrupted vide its back hand which breeds this stupidity. For a rep to be arrogant simply because he was called for questions and also treating to kill, yet  accolade kudos by some crook member of reps!  it's silly, i can't imagine this, my people is high time you should all wake up from dead.

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Keyamo is doing his own part.

Who r these two people: Kobojunkie and xantas.

So u live outside Nigeria.Im sure you love Nigeria nd all that and no one has a problem with u being out of the country.and u still rep Nigeria

God bless you on that point.

Kobojunkie:

I dnt understand ur reply to Pap.

U seem to be vexd at the pple living outside Nigeria?R u saying they have little or nothing to contribute?

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Imagine!if most lawyers start behaving like Keyamo,those touts who call themselves politicians won't try to steal!What the hell is Madam Farida doing?!Keyamo go on jo!no mind them!criminals!

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@pepperspray

All you do is fool yourself day in day out by creating tribal tensions.

Dumb nigerians sending touts and killers to represent them politically is not exclusive to only Rivers state. Its just so foolish to make such statement.

Shame on nigerians!

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Having considered one useless formal ekiti governor couple with what is presently happening at the house of rep, it is obvious that those we believed to have acquired effective knowledge from foreign land and in return impacted it positively in our economy were so unfortunately seeing dispaying madness for lucre. You people should knows that there is limit to everything in life, as Dbanj always says " NO LONG THINGS" i swear you will all rip your sowed and the time you will be lobbying to cry is almost here.

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Of course you agree. And because you do, Xanadu must not express his or her opinion, nor any one living outside Nigeria. We must all come and stay there. If you are looking for some apology (as some people are wont to do) for my living outside the country, you are looking in the wrong place. If I lived in the Nigeria right now, the country will be a great place, wouldn't it?.

And you? "Y don't u run for govt office if u can do a better job?" He does not want to run for public office (like you who are already a politician, solving the country's problems) - does that mean he must accept the status quo and not comment? Wow - there does seem such a great paucity of capacity to appreciate the true situation Nigeria finds herself in.

Please lets get back to the main issue here - comments/opinions on the Ethics hearing last Wednesday, and leave myopic standpoints to cretins, of which I am certain you are not, Pap.

(By the way, my name is XANADU, NOT xandu, thanks).

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I am not sure if you know this but your post only spouts the same old "NIGERIAS saviours are living in Foreign Land" message and you do add some lines from the "TO MAKE A CHANGE YOU HAVE TO RUN FOR OFFICE" rhetoric we get from many in Nigeria as well. Are you sure you are really making sense here? Do you understand what it means to actually change things? Do you understand how change occurs in a country? Do you know understand the place of an individual when it comes to changing a country? Do you really believe that the FATE of the many in Nigeria lies in the hands of those who according to you, are looking at their screens and doing nothing? Seriously, could you people come up with better for pete's sake??

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I agree 100%.We r sitting down lookin and saying blah blah blah abt poo.

Kobojunkie is it nt a representative of d pple that sed kill him kill him?does he nt represnt sumbody?

Y dont u run for govt office if u can do a better job?

If nt u can stay here and look at ur computer screen.lol

140million pple my Bottom.Make a bleeping change if ur good enuf nw.

Even xandu is putting opinion here

Stay here is be writing opinion.nepa will take light while u do it.lol

hiss.

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Ah this is simply fascinating: So until the Nigerians outside Nigeria 'all' come home, the 'scums' in government cannot make things better! Interesting. The Nigerian Army in the Diaspora must rally round, answer the clarion call, and dash home to rescue the countr[/b]y from the hands of the scum (who by the way are [b]mostly (s)elected from among those IN the country).

Landis and all those who believe that only this foreign-based rescue team has the solution, I do hope you are very, very patient. Just wait - all you have to do is wait (and twiddle your thumbs while you're at it), and keep waiting for that army, for that rescue, to come and 'change things'.

@moderator, any suggestions how I can possibly express a typical Nigerian hiss here??

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Interesting!! so the only way things can work in Nigeria is only when those Nigerians who do not live in Nigeria come back as SAVIOURS? The 140 million or more who are not in government have there hands tied until then, right?? I get you!

We want to change things but those(the 140 million or more)down there who do not have the comfort of EU/USA also want change. Is the change they seek irrelevant? Does condemning the arrest of "elendu reporter" from here matter more than the condemnation coming from down in Nigeria? Or are the 140 million voices down there insignificant and hence not relevant in this fight for change??

Abeg make person hear word oh jare!!

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YES and even till end of time.

Problem: We all run away from Nigeria and we expect the 'scums' in government to make things better.

We want a change but within the comfort of our abode in US/EU etc.

How many of you have condemn the arrest of 'elendu reporter'?

We are a nation of dreamers.

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The guy tough small. No be him take on Omisore and the rest of Ige's killers?

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since when orisa become legislator. ha weird country

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if u r better than any of the pple here y rnt u a lgislatr?

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who appointed keyamo as the national private investigator, keyamo should just be careful cos the day these politician will decide to finally snuff him all thispeople hailing his foolish courage will be no where to support his widow and kids.

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'I am a street boy from Port Harcourt'. I would love to see that as the headline on the morning paper. The man deserves exposure.

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Nigeria we hailed thee

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God help Nigeria. How can Rivers people be sending touts to the house in the name of reps?.

Shame on them.

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How can such people make laws for the good of the 'common' Nigerian citizen? Only those who rigged their way in would talk like that! Representatives my foot (to use the polite version). Yaradua, forget about Channels, the PDP is the single biggest threat to the national security and existence of Nigeria! I honestly don't know if to laugh or cry. I'm sure Nigeria has more to offer than people like the 'street boy from Port Harcourt'.

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Nigeria ti te! Are these the sort of people we still have in office in the year 2008?? roflmao!!

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