Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Friday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Leaders of Southern and Middle Belt Nigeria on Thursday appealed to the National Assembly to restructure the country to save it. According to the elder statesmen who met the leadership of the National Assembly in Abuja, a national emergency should be immediately declared. Some of the leaders who met with the senate leadership on the issue includes; Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere; Chief Edwin Clark, the Chairman of Pan-Niger Delta Elders Forum; Chief John Nwodo, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndi’gbo; Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation; Air Commodore Dan Suleiman (rtd), the first Military Governor of Plateau State; and others.
2. The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately end the ceaseless killings particularly of Christians in the northern part of the country. PFN said that if the killings is not stopped within a month, a massive protest that would put the country to a standstill will hold.
3. President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday in Abuja while delivering his speech at the 58th Annual Delegates Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Medical Association in Abuja on Thursday, blamed Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan for neglecting the health sector between 2010 and 2015. Buhari’s statement was issued by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who noted that it is not news that the APC-government inherited a troubled health care sector. Osinbajo also added that the current government is more honest than the PDP government.
4. Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, in a statement on Thursday condemned the arraigning of Senator Dino Melaye by the Nigeria Police in a stretcher. According to Falana, the degrading and humiliating treatment meted out on Melaye was a violation of his fundamental human right. “The arraignment of Senator Dino Melaye on a stretcher in Abuja on Wednesday and Lokoja on Thursday morning is unacceptable in a civilized society,” he said.
5. The Lagos State Government in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Dr. Babatunde Adejare, in Ikeja, the state capital, said that the phase 6 of the Eko Atlantic City would be completed in October 2019.
6. Senator Shehu Sani, the lawmaker representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the Senate, said that there is a need for an emergence of a new political party, a party made up of mainly intellectuals, working class and the youths. He noted that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cannot lead Nigeria to the Promised Land.
7. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) says that all parties without offices may not participate in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. The statement was issued on Thursday by Dr. Ibe U. Ibe, the Head of Department of Elections and Political Party Monitoring of INEC, when he visited the Anambra State office of the People Democratic Party (PDP) at Udoka, Awka.
8. Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, warned against the impeachment of President Muhammadu Buhari. Gowon spoke while addressing the members of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly led by Alhaji Tanko Yakasai, who visited him in his office. “It will be too early in the day to start impeaching presidents in Nigeria, otherwise, there will be no president that will not get impeached because of these interest groups,” he said.