Good Day Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top stories in Naija. Enjoy!
1. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the decision of the Federal Government for places of worship to obtain licenses from the Ministry of Interior before conducting weddings.
Samuel Kwamkur, CAN legal adviser, told Punch that the FG had an ulterior motive for insisting that churches must obtain licenses to conduct weddings.
The Interior Ministry had noted that only 314 worship centres in Nigeria were licensed to conduct weddings, adding that license obtained by church headquarters was not applicable to its branches nationwide.
2. Governor Godwin Obaseki has warned the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria against setting Edo State ablaze.
The governor’s warning came following an instruction to issue a fresh proclamation for the inauguration of the State House of Assembly.
The Senate warned that if Obaseki fails to issue a new proclamation within a week, it would take over the Edo State House of Assembly. Naija Buzz News has more details
3. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday at the 70th anniversary lecture of the Lagos Country Club, said that there was no guarantee that if Nigeria breaks up, every region would prosper individually.
He noted that the fact that people speak same language and practice same religion was no guarantee that they would live in peace together.
Osinbajo who spoke on the topic ‘Promoting National Cohesion as a means of Promoting Progress and Prosperity’ noted that Sudan separated, thinking it was the solution, but it didn’t go well. He also cited Somalia as an example too. Read more
4. The Islamic Movement of Nigeria (aka Shiites) in its response to the ban against it by the Federal Government accuses President Muhammadu Buhari of doing the bid of Saudi Arabia.
According to the group, President Buhari purposely declared the Shiites a terrorist organization so that he can eliminate Sheikh Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, their leader.
Their protest became violent as the Shiites members who were protesting against the incarceration of their leader, El-Zakzaky, since 2015, clashed with the police. About 11 of their members died in the clash on July 22. Here’s what you should know today about the Shiites issue in Nigeria
5. President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed that he is not training anyone to succeed him after he leaves office in 2023.
According to Buhari, choosing a successor would only create more problems for him or her. He noted that he would rather not identify anyone to take over from him.
Buhari’s statement came as a response to members of the progressives in academics who had asked him to start grooming his successor who would take over from him. Here’s who Buhari responded to the youths