Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s what you need to know this Tuesday morning 🙂. Enjoy!
1. Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, in Abuja at the opening ceremony of a conference attended by the Electoral Management Bodies of the ECOWAS member countries and the South African Development Community member states, expressed fears over the increasing incidence of election meddling through the use of technology in many countries. He noted that it must be tackled in order to protect democracy.
2. President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration for 2019 on Monday at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee meeting held in Abuja draws kudos and knocks from different individuals. Governors under the platform of the ruling party expressed happiness over his 2019 ambition, however, APC Senator Shehu Sani in his own statement said Buhari has refused to be a Mandela. Many Nigerian have already pledged support for Buhari, while others cannot wait to send him back to his hometown, Daura.
3. Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited says that it paid $4.32billion to the Nigerian Government for its activities in the country in 2017. The payment was about 19% higher than what was paid in 2016. $3.197billion was paid to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for production entitlement, $765.526million was paid to the Federal Inland Revenue Service in taxes, $160.71million and $239,189 for royalties and fees respectively, were paid to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR). Also, 79.675million was paid to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
4. The Edo State Chapter of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed support for the call by former Governor Adams Oshiomhole on President Muhammadu Buhari to ruthlessly go against alleged looters. The party urges the Federal Government to however start with Oshiomhole, saying that the people of Edo State feel cheated that the former governor has not been arraigned for almost 2 years after losing immunity.
5. Senator Buruji Kashamu, the senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, on Sunday at the Peoples Democratic Party stakeholders meeting held in Ijebu-Igbo, Ijebu North Local Government Area, said that the PDP will take over power in Ogun State in 2019.
6. Mike Tyson has expressed doubts over Anthony Joshua over his performance against Joseph Parker who he defeated on March 31. “Joshua looked like he was the guy to become undisputed champion, but in his last fight, he did not impress me,” Tyson said. “Deontay Wilder is improving, he’s getting better,” he added.
7. Former Governor of Kaduna State and former Chairman of the PDP Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, said that President Buhari’s declaration for 2019 was no news to Nigerians. “For me it should be news only if the announcement had been that he will not seek re-election.” He said.
8. Dr. Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former Minister of Finance, and former Managing Director of the World Bank, is set to release her new book titled “Fighting Corruption is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines.” According to her, writing the book in the first place was risky, but not writing it is also dangerous. The book will be released on April 12 by the MIT Press.