Friday, 24 January 2014

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Nigeria opposition to block budget until 'rule of law' restored



ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria's main opposition party will block the passage of this year's budget until what it described as lawlessness is ended in politically volatile Rivers state in the southern oil region, it said on Friday.

According to The Star Reports,
The All Progressives Congress (APC), which now holds a majority in the lower house of parliament, also said it would block the confirmation of twelve new ministers and four military chiefs President Goodluck Jonathan appointed this month. Nigeria is fighting a violent Islamist insurgency in the northeast.

Politics has become increasingly heated in Africa's top oil exporter since four opposition parties merged last February into the APC. Six state governors and dozens of lawmakers defected from the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) late last year.

Political wrangling is expected to continue until elections next year and could damage Africa's second largest economy, at a time when oil savings are dwindling and its currency, which has been largely stable, is under pressure.

"The APC hereby directs its members in the National Assembly to block all legislative proposals, including the 2014 Budget ... until the rule of law and constitutionalism is restored in Rivers State," an APC statement said.

PDP Spokesman Olisa Metuh responded by accusing the APC of a "devilish plot to undermine the nation's security system ... (and) cripple the nation's economy".

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