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Nigerian News Today (Saturday, 20 July 2019 Edition)

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Governor of Kano State

Good Day Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Saturday. Enjoy!

1. Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to abolish the movement of Fulani herdsmen from the north to the southern part of the country.

Ganduje noted that the abolishment of herdsmen movement to the southern parts of the nation would end clashes between the herders and farmers.

The Kano governor noted that the Federal Government proposed Ruga Settlement was the only way to address the crisis which has led to the death of thousands. Read his statement in parts on Naija Buzz News

2. Wole Oke, a member of the National House of Representatives representing Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency of Osun State, says that N8.5million monthly allowance and N600,000 salary given to lawmakers is peanuts compared to what he earns from his private engagements.

He said this when asked about his opinion by how Nigerians perceive the National Assembly as the citadel of corruption.

“I will disagree with you that we have corruption in the National Assembly. I’ve been privileged to be here since 2003, I will disagree with you. What I earn as salary in the National Assembly is open. What I earn as running costs is open. And anybody who knows me too well will know that what I earn as salary and as running costs are peanuts compared to what I can earn from my private engagements,” he said.

According to him, in the United States of America, lawmakers earn $14,000 as salary and gets $1million as running cost.

3. The Presidency on Friday alleges that the judiciary, not President Muhammadu Buhari was responsible for the incarceration of the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky.

According to the Presidency, no matter the protests by the group, Buhari would not interfere in a judicial process by releasing El-Zakzaky.

The statement was released by Mr. Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to Buhari on Media and Publicity, who urged the group to halt the protests and allow court to decide on the fate of their leader. Read the complete report

4. The Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association has asked Fulani herdsmen in the southern part of Nigeria to defend themselves against any ethnic attack against them.

The statement came apparently as a response to the ban on movement of herders with their cattle on foot in the South-East zone.

President Muhammadu Buhari in his response told the herders to ignore the call for their return, saying they could stay anywhere they wish because it is their right.

Speaking about the call for herdsmen return, the apex Fulani group noted that those calling for herdsmen return should know that if any herder is killed, the Miyetti Allah would first come for them before going after their enemies (apparently referring to the people in the south who have intentions of attacking them). Read more

5. President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as fair to all Nigerians.

According to him, if a small state like Bayelsa with only 8 Local Government Areas could produce 3 senators and a minister, compared to a big state like Kano with 44 LGAs also having only 3 senators, then the constitution is fair enough.

“The Constitution facilitates one thing; that there must be a member of the (Federal) Executive Council from each state of the federation,” Buhari said.

“Why I praise the authors of our constitution is that Bayelsa with eight local governments has three senators and Kano with 44 (local governments) has three senators. So, you can’t be fairer than that in the context of one Nigeria,” he added.

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